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Courts for Carjacker, Murderer and Child Abuse

Life for Carjacker Remember the story of a man who took a woman’s keys and cut her arm at the fitness center, then took a car on I-10? Edwin Donald Campbell was sentenced by Judge Kelvin Wells to serve 20 years in state prison. Campbell had previously entered a no contest plea on September 18, 2014 to the charges of ...

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DFS City Hall Gets Another Proposal

The Council said they would come back and now another developer is looking at the DeFuniak Springs City Hall property. Mayor Bob Campbell tells WZEP First News T Investments, LLC out of Alabama is interested in purchasing the land at the corner of 331 South and Highway 90. The purchase would be around $2.5 million and a major business would ...

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WCSB Hears From Parents About Allah Haiku

A class assignment at Walton High used an example of a Haiku Poem to show students in a history class how to do an assignment. Several parents and residents came to the Walton School Board meeting to express concern with the assignment and the example given. The residents, from a wide range of areas in the county, received an explanation ...

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DFS Bight Ordinance Workshop

The DeFuniak Springs City Council is to meet in a workshop session at 6pm this evening to discuss the proposed Blight Ordinance. The ordinance brought a number of citizens to the Council Chambers the last time it was discussed. After a contentious Council meeting where residents questioned the proposed Blight Ordinance, the Council decided to give time for public input. ...

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Haiku Poem About Allah Causes Concerns For Parents

On a social media site, local parents have posted a picture of a classroom assignment where the student was given an example of a Haiku Poem. Some parents have expressed concern as the example given said, “After studying ancient Persia and discussing contemporary ideas in world cultures, the example said, Allah is the one; Praise to him they all will ...

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New Tenant Coming To MH Park

It was one of the most productive 4 minute meetings the Walton Commissioners have had. A vote to sell land could mean more jobs coming to Walton County. Friday morning the Board agreed to sell 24.5 acres of property in the Mossy Head Industrial Park to Saad Development. The agreement is $19,800 per acre with a 180 day due diligence ...

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State Investigates Complaint and Finds Insufficient Evidence

The Office of the State Attorney has completed its review of a complaint against Suzanne Harris. The complaint, Scott Brannon, alleged that Harris had illegally obtained a Florida Driver’s License while being licensed in another state and that she had illegally voted in the State of Florida while not being a legal resident. Based upon the review, the State’s Attorney ...

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DFS Picks Up Yard Waste, But Only If You Mow

With the sales tax in Walton County, residential customers have their household garbage picked up for no additional charge. While Waste Management takes care of the rest of the county, for the City of DeFuniak Springs, their staff operates waste collection. This includes yard waste that is picked up with a knuckleboom loader. At the last Council meeting, Council member ...

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WC BCC Considers Dune Walkover

Should a new boardwalk near Topsail Preserve be built? This topic was taken up by the Walton County Commissioners in a special meeting Monday evening. Residents showed up and gave their input. Some say a dune walkover is needed to get more people on the beach and provide better access for the neighborhoods on 30-A. Those opposed feel a boardwalk ...

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