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DFS Council Meeting

The annual Energy Expo is not until November, but the committee is making plans for the growing event now. They are asking to relocate the Energy Expo from Circle Drive to the Fairgrounds. The reasons are to allow for rain and weather, use of HazMat disposal and to accommodate the growth. The Energy Expo will be November 7th and will ...

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Laurel Hill Teen Charged With Animal Abuse and Burglaries

A 14-year-old Laurel Hill teenager faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges following an investigation that started with allegations that he battered his mother during an argument over him “hurting animals”. Okaloosa County deputies went to a home on Fisherman’s Lane May 10th, Mother’s Day, in response to a battery call. The teen’s mother says the middle school student had punched her with his fist ...

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Okaloosa-Walton TPO to hold Project Priorities Workshops May 14

Roadways have been a hot topic among residents. Even with ongoing projects like the widening of 331 south and a new bridge, there are still needs. Sometimes those driving the roadways of our area can sometimes best say what is needed and where. Do you have concerns about transportation in Northwest Florida? Want more bike lanes, additional sidewalks, wider traffic ...

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Food Mart Burglarized, Suspect Caught

Thanks to the help of the community, the suspect in the Petro Food Mart burglary was identified and arrested. The DeFuniak Springs Police say 33-year-old Charles Ray Gann was arrested early Friday morning and taken to the Walton County Jail. Gann is being charged with 3 felony counts of Burglary, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief. Additional charges are pending. A ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Petro Burglary Suspect in Custody

33 year old Charles Ray Gann was arrested this morning in connection with the recent burglary at Petro.  Mr. Gann is being charged with 3 felony counts of Burglary, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief. Additional charges are pending.  Mr. Gann is in the Walton County Jail.  More updates as they become available.

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LECOM Dental School To Open Soon

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has seen the continued need for dentists across the nation, especially in Florida and the Gulf Coast states. Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of communities designated as Dental Health Shortage Areas. With one-out-of five residents lacking insurance, the burden falls on Florida emergency rooms where treating preventable dental ...

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Manny Gets new Leg

In late March, Alaqua Animal Refuge received a call from a shelter facility in Chipley, stating they had a dog that came in that just broke their heart.  “Manny,” a 4-year-old large shepherd mix had arrived, missing his front right foot and was in horrific pain. The Chipley shelter manager was told that it was “a homemade amputation.” With circumstances ...

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Two Okaloosa Stories – School Lockdown and Baker Stabbing Incident

Walker Elementary School on Stillwell Boulevard in Crestview was put on a precautionary modified lockdown after students reported seeing a suspicious man wearing black near school grounds. Additional units from the OCSO and Crestview Police Department responded, along with an OCSO K9. The OCSO investigated. The lockdown was lifted later in the afternoon. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged a ...

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Morning Accident Involving Bus Sends One To Hospital Via Air Ambulance

DeFuniak Springs Police Officers responded to U.S. Highway 90 West and Shoemaker Drive around 7:00 am Thursday morning in reference to a pickup colliding with a School Bus. The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department along with Walton Fire Rescue responded due to injuries and entrapment. Witnesses reported the driver of the School Bus, 53-year-old Phyllis Pinson of DeFuniak Springs, was making ...

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South Walton TDC Mid Year Report

The Fiscal Year 2015 Mid-year report from the Walton County TDC is in and rental revenue is up. The report indicates the short term accommodation rental revenue in South Walton is up 30% for January this year over last. The shoulder season is also up, 100% versus 50% in peak season over the last 10 years. The report talks about ...

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