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Local Legislators Meet To Take Public Input – Walton

It was a time for the citizens to let their state representatives know what is on their minds. State Senator Don Gaetz and State Representative Brad Drake and their staff met with citizens to hear ideas, complaints, needs, direction and more as they prepare for the upcoming legislative session. The open forum was held at the Walton County Courthouse Boardroom. ...

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Kiwanis Student Of The Month

Supporting youth, here are the names of the January 13, 2015, Students for the Student of the Month program for the DeFuniak Springs Kiwanis Club. SCHOOL STUDENT NAME Maude Saunders Elementary Caden Henderson West DeFuniak Elementary Kirsten Seigler Mossy Head Elementary Alexis Reliford Paxton Elementary School Casidy Nidy Paxton Middle School Mercedes Goldsmith Walton Middle School Abigail Comacho First Christian ...

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Be On Alert! Latest Scam Spoofs OCSO Dispatch Number

It shows the sheriff’s number, but is it? The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the public aware of a new twist on an old scam. The recurring ploy involves someone calling locals to say there’s a warrant for their arrest and they must pay money or a deputy will take them into custody. But in this latest fraud ...

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DFS Council Meeting

A representative with D Train Security said they have sent a letter to the City Marshal to purchase police vehicles taken out of service. The local security company works in Walton and the surrounding area. They use the cars as supervisor vehicles. The attorney said, since they are a private company the vehicles need to go to auction. Rev. Tyron ...

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DFS Finance Director Position Reviewed

Two items on the agenda concerned the City Manager and Finance Manager positions. Attorney Clayton Adkinson said councilmember Mac Carpenter asked to have an item placed on the agenda. Adkinson said a second call concerned a second item and about which one will or will not be on and what another member would do. He said his problem with it is ...

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OCSO Recovers Approximately $70,000 In Stolen Money

Last Friday Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary to an ATM courier’s vehicle on Denton Boulevard in Ft. Walton Beach. The victim reported someone had broken a window and stolen more than $70,000 from inside the vehicle. The money was slated to be used to refill ATM machines within the local community. During the investigation it was ...

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Deputies Attempt to Save Man’s Life

Last Friday Walton COunty Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Gaydos responded to Pine Street and Yaupon Street in Santa Rosa Beach, with regard to a DeFuniak Springs man who needed medical assistance. Deputy Gaydos, along with another individual, alternated between CPR and chest compressions in an effort to get air into the victim’s lungs. Deputies Don Fernandez and Pat Colbert also arrived, ...

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ASPCA Gives WCSO $8,000 Grant for the Care of Seized Horses

A grant will help covers costs of taking care of livestock taken in by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says it is thankful to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for an $8,000 grant. Investigator Breezy Adkinson applied for a grant with the ASPCA to help offset expenses the Sheriff’s ...

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COPE Center to provide 2-1-1 Services for Okaloosa County

At one time Walton had no 211 call line. Locals worked to bring the service where residents can call for information or as the first point of contact for questions. Now the Walton 211 will also provide for Okaloosa. On January 1, 2015, COPE Center became the official 2-1-1 provider for Okaloosa County. 2-1-1 is a vital system that provides ...

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Update on New Year’s Day Dog Attack that lead to Saving 40 Dogs

Remember the Dog attack investigation that lead to dogs being rescued? The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has met with members of the State Attorney’s Office in reference to the incident that occurred New Year’s Day and put a local man in the hospital and 40 dogs were rescued. All the dogs taken from the residence located on Orange Avenue, west ...

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