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TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN CITY LIMITS

TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN CITY LIMITS By: T.H. Merritt An early morning accident on I-10 at Hwy. 331 snarled traffic for a few hours Monday morning. Defuniak Springs Chief of Police Mark Weeks says an eastbound semi-trailer loaded with plastic spoons ran off the road around 2:20 AM, hit a sign and over corrected before overturning in the median. The ...

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WILD, WILD WALTON WRAPS UP PERFORMANCE

WILD, WILD WALTON  WRAPS UP PERFORMANCE By: T.H. Merritt  Grit & Grace, Incorporated, a non-profit community based theatre group, wrapped up their annual performance Sunday afternoon with WILD, WILD WALTON – a play written by Ronnie McBrayer, author of the book WILD, WILD WALTON.  This year’s production was directed by Brandon Elkins as he made his debut from the director’s ...

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WALTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT RESIGNS

WALTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT RESIGNS By: T.H. Merritt The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new President.  Kellie Jo Kilberg notified the Board of Directors Friday of her resignation effective August 13th. President Ed Evans said the Executive Committee will appoint a selection committee to search for a new Chamber president. This might include an interim ...

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SUSPECT CAPTURED IN FWB SLAYING

SUSPECT CAPTURED IN FWB SLAYING A Fort Walton Beach man was arrested Sunday in connection with one of several recent slayings that had sparked concern over escalating community violence. Samuel Lee Parms, 21, is charged with murder in the death of Keyontray Henry, 23, who was shot outside a home in FWB July 14. Parms was taken into custody about ...

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WALTON COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE FLAG

WALTON COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE FLAG By: T.H. Merritt  It’s hot. And, it’s not just the weather.  As counties and municipalites across the south capitulate to pressure to remove the Confederate Flag from public monuments, buildings and war memorials, the temperature on both sides remain as heated as 1861. Last Tuesday, Commissioners heard pleas from Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder and ...

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GAS LEAK SPARKS EVACUATION

GAS LEAK SPARKS EVACUATION By T.H. Merritt  Shoppers at The Market Shops at Sandestin in Miramar Beach got some excitement Sunday afternoon when a gas leak forced the evacuation of the popular shopping destination for locals and tourists.  South Walton Fire units and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded in force. However, according to fire officials, the evacuation was more ...

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TWO DEAD IN SEPARATE WEEKEND CRASHES

TWO DEAD IN SEPARATE WEEKEND CRASHES By: T.H. Merritt  A single vehicle crash Saturday night on State Road 293 near N. Lakeshore Drive leaves a 51 year-old Fort Walton Beach resident dead and a 38 year-old Destin resident in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. State Troopers say a 1998 Ford Explorer was southbound on SR 293 shortly after ...

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TEAMWORK BRINGS HIM HOME

TEAMWORK BRINGS HIM HOME A 12 year old Siberian Husky named “Chevy” went missing from east Defuniak Springs a week ago and owner, David Henry, was frantic. After searching the area and canvassing neighborhoods, Chevy was nowhere to be found. Fearing the dog was stolen, Henry filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, an unidentified passing motorist found ...

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MOOOOOVE OVER

MOOOOOVE OVER Wild Walton looked more like the Wild West Thursday as deputies responded to an “outbreak” on Kid Road.  Several cows had wandered into local residents yards and were roaming freely.  Deputies rounded up the bovines as strays.  If you are missing any livestock in the area of Kid Road, contact the WCSO with a description or brand of ...

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NEW DISPATCHERS

NEW DISPATCHERS The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has five new dispatchers.  The trainees recently completed more than 260 hours of intensive classroom and on the job training in the WCSO Public Safety Telecommunicator program.   The new PSTs are now eligible to take the State of Florida Exam for certification.  PSTs, or, Dispatchers, as they are more commonly called, are ...

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