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DFS Council Sworn In

The returning and new DeFuniak Springs City Council members were sworn in Monday night. Ron Kelley and Kermit Wright both returned to their seats as re-elected council members. And Janie Griffith took the oath of office as a new councilwoman. Also sworn in was City Marshal Mark Weeks, returning as the Police Chief. Mayor Bob Campbell administered the oath. Wearing a ...

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DFS Council Meeting

The Energy Expo Event Committee asked to move the event from the Lakeyard to the Fairgrounds. The request came due to weather problems and vendors not being able to participate after travelling several hours. They also noted the setup at the Lakeyard and weddings or other events, the use of the Fairgrounds for HazMat pickup and the ability to better ...

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Tragic Infant Death

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS POLICE INVESTIGATE INFANT DEATH At approximately 5:30 AM on Saturday morning, Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police, along with Walton Fire Rescue, and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Oakdale Garden Apartments in reference to an unresponsive 6 month old female. A Deputy Sheriff was the first to arrive and was approached by a family member holding ...

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Shanahan receives Excellence in Nursing Award

Healthmark Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Raymond Shanahan, R.N., has received the Marguerite Ahern Graff Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award in a ceremony held in Boston, Massachusetts. Shanahan is one of the Healthmark charge nurse/house supervisors on the night shift here in the Emergency Department. The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) Marguerite Ahern Graff ...

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Gaetz Updates Legislature

State Senator Don Gaetz gives us an update on the current Legislative Session. Friday, Senate President Andy Gardiner confirmed the obvious:  the House, Senate and Governor are at loggerheads over budget issues, primarily health care, which means that the legislative session will continue past its planned adjournment date of May 1. Senator Gaetz says plenty has been written and said ...

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Walton to Host Two Dedications and an Introduction

Remember the old State Governor’s emergency bunker that Walton County has been using for many years? The partially underground facility on the east end of Defuniak Springs is designed to take on storms and nuclear emergencies. It was the E911 office and has housed Emergency Management, County Administration, GIS and has even held Commissioner meetings. The building was mothballed, but ...

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CIC Board Member Takes Teens Shopping

Long-time Children in Crisis Board Member Judy Wiseman, gave the transitioning teens living at the CIC Neighborhood a real shopping treat last week. Judy volunteered to take the two small groups of teens to find that special Easter outfit and other items needed to present a professional look while going for job interviews. Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, ...

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Cocaine Washes Ashore

You never know what will wash ashore. Sunday morning Okaloosa County Beach Safety personnel found a large bale of cocaine in the surf behind a Destin condominium complex on the Gulf of Mexico. Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded. They say 21 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $600,000 washed ashore. The cocaine was packaged into ...

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Man Found Stabbed

A man was found lying in a field with apparent stab wounds to his chest. Suspect identified. Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police responded Friday, April 17th to S. 13th Street in reference to a man needing medical attention. Officers arrived around 8:30 PM and found a conscious 31-year-old man lying in a field with his hand clutching his chest. ...

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Another Bathroom Message in Okaloosa

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a second incident of a threatening message being handwritten on a wall in a high school bathroom. The OCSO and Okaloosa County School District notified parents last week of a handwritten threat on a bathroom stall at Crestview High School that mentioned “bullies” being targeted on April 17th. Deputies and school district officials say ...

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