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RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG

Confederate Flag supporters gather today to show their support for a Southern Pride Ride from the Paxton Community Center south to Miramar Beach. 27-year old Walton County native Justin Hammond organized the convoy after seeing over 2,000 people show up for a similar event in Ocala earlier this month. Hammond says he has never been involved in any kind of ...

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TROOPERS IDENTIFY FATALITY

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the victim killed in a Tuesday night crash on Hwy. 98 in Bay County.  Troopers say 48-year old Kay Ellen Ferguson of Panama City was killed while trying to cross Hwy. 98 on a pedacycle. Ferguson was killed when her bike was struck by a car and she was thrown from the bike landing ...

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GOING BATTY

The Walton County Defuniak Springs Branch Library was closed Friday until an exclusion can be performed to remove a bat population that has made their home in the library. The closure is being conducted to ensure the health, safety and welfare of both employees who work at the location and members of the public. During the closure, the Bookmobile will ...

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WEST NILE VIRUS CONFIRMED IN WALTON COUNTY: First Case in Florida in 2015

WEST NILE VIRUS CONFIRMED IN WALTON COUNTY First Case in Florida in 2015 By: T.H. Merritt The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory for Walton County.  Holly Holt, DOH-Walton Administrator, says a human case of West Nile virus illness has been confirmed and there is a heightened concern that additional residents may ...

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WEST NILE VIRUS REACHES WALTON COUNTY

BREAKING NEWS – WEST NILE VIRUS REACHES WALTON COUNTY WEST NILE VIRUS REACHES WALTON COUNTY   Walton County Health Department Officials spent the morning on a conference call with officials in Tallahassee regarding the detection of the West Nile Virus in Walton County.  Two people in the area have been tested for possible exposure on July 20th. Laura Brazell, Public ...

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CONFEDERATE FLAG SUPPORTERS TO RIDE

CONFEDERATE FLAG SUPPORTERS TO RIDE By: T.H. Merritt  Recent efforts to remove the Confederate Flag have ignited a firestorm among flag supporters and those who oppose it.  As Walton County Commissioners prepare to consider whether to remove the flag from the Confederate War Memorial in Defuniak Springs, local residents are taking action. Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder is petitioning ...

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FATALITY IDENTIFIED

FATALITY IDENTIFIED A man killed Wednesday morning in a motorcycle accident on the onramp at State Road 85 to State Road 123 has been identified.  State Troopers say 25 year-old Anthony Lee Coleman II of Ft. Walton Beach was a U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. Coleman lost control of his motorcycle, overturned and struck ...

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TEENAGER FACING WEAPONS CHARGES

A 17-year old Fort Walton Beach resident faces multiple weapons charges after a Shalimar resident says he came to his apartment yesterday and threatened him with a military style rifle loaded with nearly 100 rounds of ammunition. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged Kionte Jamal McGrew, of 433 Woodrow Street, with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a ...

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POLICE OFFICERS FACE HEARING

Two Defuniak Springs police officers who were fired last month for racial harassment, face a hearing Friday before City Manager Sara Bowers. Defuniak Springs Police Sgt. Anthony Kaiser and Patrolman Rick Boblitt were fired June 3rd after an internal affairs investigation concluded they had engaged in the racial harassment of fellow officer Chuwan Boros, who is of Asian descent. Kaiser and ...

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FUEL SPILL DOWNTOWN

By. T.H. Merritt Cars were slipping and sliding for a short time Thursday morning at the intersection of Hwy. 90 and 331 South.  WZEP First News Now was on scene.  Fire Chief Charles Burney tells us what happened. SOUNDBITE: DFS Police diverted traffic for a short while as firemen dealt with the spill. Traffic was flowing smoothly again by 9 ...

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