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News Segment 1
SWHS Bomb Threat
At around 1 pm Thursday afternoon, Walton County Sheriff’s Office received
a call from staff at South Walton High School stating a male subject had
made a statement he heard there was a bomb at the school that was going to
go off. He then ran off. Deputies arrived in the area and began the search
for the subject. They located him and he was detained for questioning.
Supt. Carlene Anderson also released information regarding the bomb threat
made at South Walton High School. She says students were evacuated and are
safe. Students may be picked up at the field house. Car riders have been
dismissed and bus riders will be transported from the field house. Walton
County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
In the meantime, the school was evacuated and placed on lockdown. Parents
are picking up students. For those who are wanting to pick up their
children they will need to use entrance off of JD Miller Road. School buses
will not leave until they are all checked. The subject was not a current
student at the school. Deputies on scene are waiting for bomb squad from
Bay County to arrive. Eglin bomb squad is also assisting.
Ethics Claim Denied
The Florida Commission on Ethics has returned the claim against Walton
Sheriff Mike Adkinson filed by Alan Osborne. In a letter dated October 30,
Virlindia Doss tells Osborne the claim does not appear to be one the
Commission of Ethics has jurisdiction to investigate.
The letter notes that the complaint alleges Sheriff Adkinson refused to
enforce the law in that he did not move forward with Osborne’s allegations
that a member of the Walton County Commission violated the law and that the
County Commission itself violated the law when it refused to take action on
matters which allegedly violated the law.
Doss says the one provision of law which could be implicated is the misuse
of public position. She explains that in order to violate the standard,
Adkinson would have had to act to secure a special privilege, benefit or
exemption for himself or others, and must have acted corruptly, a term
defined by the Legislature as meaning done with wrongful intent.
She goes on to explain that to find violation of the provision, the
Commission would have to demonstrate the sheriff acted wrongfully; meaning
he knew he was required to take certain action and failed to do so. She
says Constitutionally elected Sheriffs have a great deal of discretion in
their enforcement determinations and the Commission on Ethics does not have
the authority to second-guess their decisions. She says noting in the
materials Osborne provided indicates any benefit to the Sheriff. The letter
also says, though Osborne makes broad allegations the Sheriff was acting to
benefit members of the County Commission, there is no factual allegations
in his materials to support the conclusion. Doss tells Osborne his belief
is not enough to suffice.
Sheriff Adkinson says he was never officially notified of the allegations..
News Segment 2
Disease In Some Deer
Florida is the latest state to report the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic
disease (EHD) in its white-tailed deer herd. This viral disease has been
confirmed in two deer and suspected in at least 10 others from North
Florida that were examined this year.
EHD is an insect-borne disease, transmitted to deer by small biting flies
known as midges or “no-see-ums.” The disease can cause illness or death in
individual deer but should disappear when freezing temperatures halt insect
activity. EHD cannot be transmitted to humans or pets; however, as a
general rule, people should avoid consuming sick or unhealthy deer.
“This is a disease that you typically see in late summer or the fall, and
it often occurs after periods of drought,” said Dr. Mark Cunningham,
wildlife veterinarian for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC). “The good news is we don’t expect long-term impacts to
our state’s deer herd.”
Deer infected with EHD may have pronounced swelling of the head, neck, and
tongue, and often have large ulcers in the mouth. Infected deer are often
found near water and may be lethargic, lame and emaciated.
The FWC is monitoring the health of the state’s deer herd and is examining
deer for EHD and other diseases. Sightings of sick or dead deer can be
reported to the FWC by calling 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282), which is the
state’s chronic wasting disease hotline number.
In addition to Florida, at least 12 other states are reporting EHD cases.
News Segment 3
Eglin Land Use Study
The local cities and counties in our area have a neighbor, a really big
neighbor. Eglin Air Force Base covers parts of Walton, Okaloosa and Santa
Rosa Counties. The base also connects to several municipalities. With these
areas growing new houses and businesses, the base and the governments are
working together to make sure the Eglin mission can continue.
Ken Little, presented the Tri-County Small Area Studies to several local
governments. The recommendations are policies and land use tools for growth
management. The presentation is the final report. Matrix Design Group and
the HAAS Center worked on the report.
Because of critical approach to two airfields on the eastern side of the
reservation, the DeFuniak Springs and Freeport areas are affected. Building
heights and noise are two things looked at. Eglin brings in over $5.2
Billion in community economic impact. The recommendations are similar to
many other defense communities. For Walton County, there are five subzones
and the recommendation includes creating Military Overlay Districts. Much
of north Walton is in this area.
Walton Commissioners were told it is not that they can not develop, it is
that they need to develop the right construction. This is only for new
construction. A 50 foot residential building height limit is recommended.
Commissioners were told this is not a change for most areas, but does set
for future decisions. In some areas, there is a recommendation for sound
attenuation of 45 db or less. Lighting is another recommendation for some
some areas. Low pressure sodium lights are of a wavelength that does not
affect the night vision goggles. Light shields, downward lighting or light
cutoffs are recommended. The commissioners accepted the report. Planning
will review and bring it back to the commissioners.
The DeFuniak Springs City Council was told the study looked at the flyover
zones that support the Eglin mission. Parts of the critical approach and
the military training route takes in the southern area of DeFuniak Springs.
The report suggests limiting the height of buildings, residential or
multifamily to two stories or 35 feet. This would be a reduction from 60
feet. The report would also change density from up to 16 dwelling units to
acre to 2.5 units. Buildings would also have to have sound attenuation,
that is something to lessen the sound of aircraft. Other requirements would
include light and glare regulations. A development review process would
also be included to make sure any development does not impact the mission.
Council member Kermit Wright said Bob Sikes came and gave his grandparents
30 days to vacate from the New Home area. He said they have already taken
the whole reservation, and now they are being told what they can and cannot
do south of the interstate. Council member Mac Work said he has a heartburn
with 1400 acres of land they are trying to develope. This is part of the
land know as the Pickett’s Property.
Ken Little, the person working between the various entities and Eglin, said
the report is a guideline and there is no timeline. He did note there is
talk of a new round of BRAC. Little said the military is now reaching out
and trying to work with the community. Council member Ron Kelley, who
represents the city on the study, said he has found them to easy to work
News Segment 4
Looking for the arrest report? http://jailpublic.co.walton.fl.us. This is
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In High School Football
Friday, November 9
South Walton at Franklin County 7 pm
Freeport at Rocky Bayou 7 pm
Holmes County hosts Marianna for Homecoming
Chipley will be at Graceville
Vernon hosts Baker
The Town of Ponce de Leon is hosting turkey shoots on Friday, November 9th,
and Friday, November 16th beginning at 6pm at the ball fields behind
Wayne's Grocery. Shots are $3. 410, 12G, 16G and 20G shells will be
provided. NO scopes allowed. All ages are welcome. Proceeds will go to the
Old Gym Renovation Fund. Questions: Contact Sheena Hougland 836-4152.
DGE Pro Baseball is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, November 10th at the
Dolphin Building-Hwy 90 W and Smith Road from 11 am-5 pm. Fried fish and
hushpuppies with free soda. Plates $6 each. Proceeds will be used to
purchase uniforms for the DFS RedSox and the PDL Tigers. For more
information or delivery, call 333-2684.
Northwest Florida State College is hosting a Baseball Camp on November 19
and 20 on the College’s Niceville campus. Expert coaching staff and players
from the NWF State Baseball Team will serve as camp instructors, teaching
participants about the fundamentals of baseball in an educational and
entertaining setting. The camp is open to boys ages 7 to 14 and the fee is
$90. Campers may enroll in person at any NWFSC area campus or center for
course #XRL 6024; Ref# 84628. The registration form is also available on
the Raider Athletics website at www.nwfraiders.org , see the baseball team
portion of the site. Mail-in registration is accepted.
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Donald Edward Nonnweiler, age 60, passed away Tuesday, November 6, at his
residence in DeFuniak Springs, after a fierce and valiant fight with his
illness. Don's Memorial service will be held Friday, November 9, with
visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. in the
chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be
shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Arrangements and services
are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mrs. Zerlene Hall, age 99, passed away Sunday, November 4. Memorial will be
by direct cremation. You may go online to view obituaries, offer
condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral
Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mr. Lawson Hinson, Jr., age 64, passed away Saturday, November 3.
Memorialization will be by direct cremation. You may go online to view
obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mr. Chester Marion Rusher, Jr., age 70, passed away Tuesday, November 6. A
time of visitation will be held 1:00~2:00 PM, Friday, November 9, at
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday,
November 9, at Clary-Glenn Funeral. Floral arrangements are being accepted.
Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery. You may go online to view
obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.
Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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