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OCSO Shooting Incident The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has opened an active investigation into a shooting incident that took place early Wednesday morning in the Mary Esther area. Deputies were called to 500 Channel Marker Street #6 shortly before one a.m. in reference to a shooting victim call. They found 31-year old Tyree Frost in the living room with a ...

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WC BCC Gets Update From FDOT District 3 Secretary Barfield

As the Walton Commissioner meeting started, FDOT District Three Secretary Tommy Barfield gave an update on the 331 widening project. Barfield started with the multi-laning between the bridge and Highway 20, saying it is ongoing and they should be shifting traffic to the new lanes in August. With a number of weather days, it should be completed later next year. ...

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WC BCC Meeting 7-22-14

It has been water everywhere and drainage problems showed up this spring. Walton Commissioner Bill Imfeld talked about the county’s stormwater situation, saying they need to address it now. He asked hire firms to look at the list and create recommendations. Imfeld asked to take $500,000 out of reserves and have engineers look at how to take care of the ...

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Meth Arrest & LEO Battery – OK Sentencing – Fatality X2

After Meth Arrest, Suspect Also Charged with Battery on a LEO On July 21, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 190 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach. During the afternoon hours, a probable cause search warrant was obtained for the residence. During ...

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Argyle VFD Gets Check From Wayne Farms

Wayne Farms owns the feedmill east of DeFuniak Springs. Earlier this year the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department worked to extinguish a fire in a grain silo. Thursday morning Wayne Farms presented the firefighters with a check for $2500. Phillip Metcalf, the area HS&E Manager for Wayne Farms, presented the check to Chief Day. Metcalf said they are pleased to donate ...

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WC BCC Budget Workshop

WC BCC Budget Workshop 1 – Review of Budget The proposed 2015 Walton County Budget was publicly presented for the first time Thursday morning. The Walton Commissioners held a budget workshop. Melissa Thomason, Walton Finance Manager, said the budget being presented has a $10.9 million increase, but not a millage increase. Staff had previously met with the commissioners to look ...

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Cuchens Wins Freeport – Parking Needs Followup

Kasey Cuchens is the new Freeport City Council member as she won the Tuesday election 175 to 33 over former member Harold Taunton. Taunton and Ray Jackson were two long time Council members remaining after a previous change of two members and the mayor. Parking Needs And a followup to our story on the Parking Needs, the Walton County Board ...

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Types of Beach Access

Commissioner Cindy Meadows notes that the possible beach access at Topsail is proposed to be a neighborhood access, not a regional access. While both offer a way to get onto the beach with less damage to the dune system, there is a difference. Travis Currie, Communications Coordinator with the Walton County TDC gives us an insight into the differences between ...

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Welch, Jr. Convicted of Arson

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Jesse Rayndle Welch, Jr. was convicted by a Walton County Jury for Burglary of a Dwelling while armed with a firearm and Arson of a dwelling. Following the verdict, Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells remanded Welch to the custody of the Walton County Jail and ordered a presentence investigation. ...

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Walton Considering Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

TDC Director Jim Bagby asked the commissioners for a letter, a memorandum of understanding, with the state on looking at a possible Neighborhood Beach Access the county and state will have at Topsail Preserve State Park. Bagby said the understanding would allow the two to work together in talking about the possibilities. He said the access would still be part ...

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