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WC & Frpt Fire Merge, WC ISO, Fire Safety

Freeport Fire To Merge With Walton County Fire After years of questions and debate, the Freeport Fire Department will merge with Walton County Fire-Rescue. The merger makes sure the current Freeport Firefighters will still have a job. At a meeting Tuesday, City Attorney Clayton Adkinson presented a proposal and Walton County counter proposal number 2 for discussion. The Freeport City ...

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DFS Council Talks About Working With County

As the DeFuniak Springs City Council meeting started, Janie Griffith, asked about comments from an earlier meeting where the council talked about problems with the county and maintenance of parks. This concerned a request from staff to let the city take back the maintenance of the park at Harbeson Field and the Sports Complex off Gene Hurley Road. Griffith asked ...

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WCSB Workshop On Curriculum

Some parents have a problem with the words in a poem, but not with the type of poetry structure used. The concern came after an assignment to write a haiku poem used an example that said, “Allah is the one; Praise to him they all will cry; Islam is our life.” An example with a student’s notes is shown below. ...

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Walton County Commissioners Seeking Better Broadband in Rural Areas

Walton County Administration, under direction from the Board of County Commissioners, has been working to find solutions to increase the amount of broadband access that exists throughout the County. Currently, Walton County has a large number of residents and areas that have little to no broadband capability. Many of these residents and areas lie in more rural County areas; however, ...

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Drug Prevention Grant For Walton

Good news, the Walton County Prevention Coalition will get $125,000 to prevent youth substance use. And the even better news, the grant will continue for over five years for a total of $625,000. October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The Walton County Prevention Coalition is chaired by Shayne Betts. Betts says we are not powerless against the challenge of ...

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Reward Increased for Information In Church Vandalism

A Church member had a SUV spray painted with profanity while attending services and now the reward offered has been increased. On Sunday, October 12, 2014 between 9 AM and 11:15 AM, a church member at College Avenue Church of Christ came out of services to find that their SUV had profanity spray painted on both sides of it. This ...

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Commissioner-Elect Jones Announces Office Location for District 2

After questions during Walton Commissioner meetings about setting up her office, District 2 Commissioner Elect Cecilia Jones has issued a release about her preparations. Jones and county officials worked together to repurpose existing county-owned property, saving taxpayer money. Jones issued the following statement, announcing the location of her upcoming District 2 Commission office: “Since my election, I have worked closely ...

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DFS Council Agrees to Counter Offer with Changes

While Saad Developers are building a warehouse in Mossy Head, T Investments, LLC wants to buy the city hall property in DeFuniak Springs. They made an offer with a very limited time frame and the city council made a slightly higher counter offer. T Investments responded and the Council accepted the counteroffer, but with stipulations. The site will be used ...

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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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