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Walton Construction Projects Underway

On the east side of DeFuniak Springs is a cement bunker. The odd building has doors set back with protecting concrete and dirt coverings. The old OEC Bunker use was discontinued, but now the commissioners are putting the bunker back online. After a remodel, it will again become an Emergency Operations Center. The bunker is an old emergency bunker the ...

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Giving a Boost to Child Safety

Child restraint laws change in January 2015. In 2013, 5 children were killed and 150 injured in Florida traffic crashes as a result of improper or no child restraint use. To date, 5 children have been killed and 145 injured for the same reason in 2014. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding parents and guardians ...

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Lotto Winner Won In Westville

The Florida Lottery says 64-year-old Carolyn Bell, of Montgomery, Alabama, claimed the $48 million FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot from the drawing held on November 19, 2014. Bell chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $32,609,501.60. Florida Lottery says that Bell is a loyal FLORIDA LOTTO player and plays her lucky numbers every time she visits Florida. Bell ...

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CBA Recognised

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) receives award for Eco-Tours and was named representative to receive award on behalf of the Choctawhatchee Bay in the “2015 Perfect in South Walton-Best of the Best” list. The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College received two awards in the 2015 Perfect in South Walton- Best of the Best list. A perfect ...

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WC BCC Meeting

As the Walton Commissioner meeting began, commissioners recognised the many things they are thankful for in Walton County. The commissioners also recognised a former employee, Gary Mattison, who has been selected as the new Freeport City Clerk. Freeport has a mayoral and council form of government with the City Clerk acting as the on site manager reporting to them. Mattison ...

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WC Commissioners Look At Enterprise Zone Tax Breaks

In November of 2012, a referendum allowed Walton to give tax breaks. Walton Administrator Larry Jones reviewed the voted allowance and state statutes. This applies to enterprise and brownfield zones. Jones says the businesses located in an enterprise zone can be treated differently than other businesses in the statute. They have three, one in Freeport, one in DeFuniak Springs and ...

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Holmes County SO / FDOT

Holmes County Sheriff Office Arrests Burglary Ring Suspects Citizens and Deputies working together help break up a multi county burglary ring. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, along with help from citizens, were able to break up a burglary ring that covers, Holmes, Walton, Washington and Jackson Counties. On Veteran’s Day, the Holmes Sheriff’s Office received information from a burglary victim ...

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Walton County & Municipal Data January – June 2014

Crime is down for the first six months in Walton County. Crime continues to fall across Florida according to the 2014 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report. The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 2.4 percent or 8,133 fewer crimes committed compared to the first six months of 2013. Governor Scott said, “Florida is on a path to a 44 year crime ...

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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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