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Former Officer Filed Lawsuit Against City Council

In September of 2012, WZEP First News reported on the DeFuniak Springs City Council’s firing of a city police officer, David Krika. The firing came after Krika took information from an investigation into the possible hiring of a new city manager to the FBI. At that meeting, City Attorney Clayton Adkinson said the Chief outlined the reason for termination as ...

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Walton Calendar Committee To Meet

The Walton County School District Calendar Committee will meet on April 29th at 3:30 p.m. to discuss new legislation changing school start dates to August 10th. The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to cut back on testing requirements, a change from former governor Jeb Bush’s agenda. HB 7069 passed and is said to have received bipartisan support, as ...

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Show to Feature Local Case

The national television show “Cold Justice” will air an episode Friday, April 17th called “Devoted”, showcasing a suspicious Okaloosa County missing person case. The segment, which airs on TNT at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m., outlines the October 2011 disappearance of Marie Carlson of Fort Walton Beach. During the end of February, Cold Justice worked with the Okaloosa ...

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DFS Voter Turnout

Every vote counts. The recent DeFuniak Springs Election has a good turnout and about a third of the voters used mail in ballots. There are 3015 registered voters in the city and 1069 ballots were cast. Of this, there were 349 ballots mailed in. In one very close race, as the staff left the voting precinct, Janie Griffith and Mac ...

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DFS City Election Results

Small town with a big election event as a good turnout went to the polls for the DeFuniak Springs City elections. Up for election were three council seats and the city marshal. DeFuniak Springs is one of only two Florida cities with an elected city marshal, who is also the police chief. As the votes were counted, a change will ...

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City Hall Site Report

Elizabeth Moore, with Preble-Rish gave an update of the city hall site evaluation report. She said the city has a lot of topographic relief so they selected a higher location. She told Council they worked on a 16,000 square foot space, but noted that can be changed to reduce costs. Sites include the old store site at 10th and Baldwin, ...

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Will The Council Look At the Sign Ordinance?

Councilman Kermit Wright talked about the sign ordinance. He suggested modifying the ordinance to allow the Council to alter or remove a sign that is brought to them as offensive. He said they need some way to control the signage in the city. Wright said bringing it to the Council for a vote is fair. Councilman Ron Kelley said they ...

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3 Cases – Two Sex Related, One Domestic

Soldier Arrested For Sex Acitivity With Minor   The Crestview Bulletin reports that a 27-year-old soldier with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) is charged with five felony counts of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 19.   The Crestview Police Department arrested Terry DeWayne Ellison Jr., of Cabana Way, Tuesday ...

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Teeny Tiny Turtle!

Previously we reported on making sure that before you take a turtle hatchling to the saltwater to make sure it is indeed a saltwater turtle. Better yet, do not bother a turtle unless you have to. Now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helps us help land turtle hatchlings. Right now, many hatchling freshwater turtles like mud turtles are ...

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