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COMMENCE OPERATION “BLUE BIRD”

As the new school year inches closer, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is taking a close look at how to to help keep our children safe as they head back to the classroom. Starting August 10th the Sheriff is initiating “Operation Blue Bird”.   The focus of the operation is school zone and school bus safety. A Task Force will ...

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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Rates Among Florida’s Best for Patient Experience

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach has received a 5 Star Hospital Rating based on the latest quarterly results from the nation’s only standardized patient satisfaction survey. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) utilizes star ratings to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care it delivers. ...

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NEW JAIL NEEDED FOR GENEVA COUNTY

By: T.H. Merritt, WZEP AM1460 Geneva County, Alabama Sheriff Tony Helms needs a new jail. Currently, the main structure of the county jail is over 60 years with two fiberglass dome additions that are ten years old.  The current capacity is depending on classification of the offender. The Sheriff says they need a 120 man jail.  Currently they have 83 ...

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WEEKEND PROTESTS

By: T.H. Merritt, WZEP It was a weekend of protests as residents across the area turned out to support God & flag. In the town of Bonifay in Holmes County, 5 demonstrators showed up at the Police Department on Hwy. 79 around 10 AM Sunday morning to protest Police Chief Chris Wells’ decision to put the official motto of the ...

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HUNDREDS SHOW UP TO SUPPORT FOR CONFEDERATE FLAG RIDE

By: T.H. Merritt, WZEP Area citizens turned out, once again, Sunday in support of the Confederate Flag. A convoy of hundreds of vehicles wound through Walton County circling the courthouse and continued on to the city of Crestview bound for the William Lundy War Memorial. This latest dust up is over the order of Crestview Mayor David Cadle to remove ...

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VOLUNTEER FIREMAN RESIGNS

A Slocomb, Alabama volunteer fireman resigned recently after pleading guilty in court to theft of property. 28-year old Justin Myles was arrested after stealing over two thousand gallons of water from the Slocomb Water Authority.  Police say Myles hooked up a farm truck tanker to a fire hydrant. Miles resigned from the Slocomb Volunteer Fire Department in Geneva County soon ...

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CRESTVIEW TEENS CHARGED IN RASH OF CAR BURGLARIES

Two Crestview teenagers have been charged in connection with a rash of area burglaries. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 16-year old Devon Moore of 129 Randolph Court and 17-year old Nkosi Seals of 190 Conquest Avenue. The teens face multiple counts ranging from grand theft auto to armed burglary and criminal mischief. The pair was spotted by a deputy ...

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FHP JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT TO COMBAT AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

The Florida Highway Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers have begun another phase of Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving when driving around large trucks on the road. Deputy Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Lt. Colonel Troy Thompson, says “The safety of all motorists is our number ...

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OKALOOSA NAMES DEPUTY OF THE YEAR

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has named Deputy Jeremy Miller as its DEPUTY OF THE YEAR. A former Navy SEAL for nearly a decade, Miller is a U.S. Navy veteran, Sunday School teacher and a group leader for Reformers Unanimous where he mentors and counsels those with drug and alcohol addiction. Miller is credited with saving the life of a ...

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STATE DROPS ALL CHARGES AGAINST BUFFALO BILLS COACH, SON

Assistant State Attorney Robert C. Elmore announced late Friday afternoon that the State has dismissed the charges of misdemeanor battery in the cases against Buffalo Bills Coach Aaron Kromer and his son Zachery. Charges were dismissed at the request of the parents of the two minor children who were the two alleged victims in the two cases.  The parents of ...

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