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November 2012 Local Candidates On-Air Forum
Walton County Sheriff: Mike Adkinson Rep. and Danny Griffith Dem. -
Tuesday, Oct 23 8:45 am
WC Superintendent: Carlene Anderson Rep. and Rosemary Ragle Dem. -
Wednesday, Oct 24 8:45 am
WC BCC District 1: Bill Chapman Rep. and Frank Day Dem. - Thursday, Oct 25
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News Segment 1
Runaway Teen Found
Daniel Colburn Jr., the 17 year old reported as a runaway on September
24th, has been located. WCSO investigators have learned that he has been
found by law enforcement authorities in Tuscaloosa, AL. According to the
investigators, the juvenile is in good health. Colburn Jr.’s family members
have been notified.
The Walton Board of County Commissioners is accepting application for
citizens to serve on a volunteer committee to assist the Board with local
RESTORE projects. This council will make recommendations to the Board of
County Commissioners on the merits and suitability of local projects to be
funded by RESTORE funds. The RESTORE Act deals with the oil spill fines and
The Board is currently looking for citizens/representatives that all under
the following categories:
- Elected City Official
- Coastal Restoration/Management
- Business/North & South
- Tourism Industry
- Fishing Industry
- Health & Human Services
- Economic Development
- Community Leader
Applications to serve are available on the County’s website at
www.co.walton.fl.us. The application can be obtained by accessing the link
from the homepage. An application can also be obtained from the
Administration office by calling (850) 892-8155. Applicants are encouraged
to attach a resume and/or a letter detailing why and under which area of
expertise they would be a good fit on this council.
The Board of County Commissioners will make their selections and notify
News Segment 2
OCSO New Dog Named After Fallen Deputy
The newest addition to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is a 15-month
old German Shepherd who just arrived from Hungary. His name is “K9 Forg”
and his moniker is in tribute to fallen Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy
Tony Forgione. Deputy Forgione was killed in July 2008 while trying to take
an individual wanted for mental evaluation. K9 Forg’s handler, is Deputy
“I’ve been close to the Forgione family for probably eleven years now. Tony
and I got hired at the S.O. the same day and his brother Joey and I worked
together at the Niceville Police Department for several years, as long as
Joey’s been in law enforcement, so I’ve got a special bond with the family
with and to know Tony, you know I’m just honored. I’m honored to have my
dog named after him, “said Eslinger.
Joey Forgione added, “I want to thank the Sheriff’s Office; the Sheriff and
Undersheriff and all my brothers and sisters Sterling. They couldn’t have
picked a better handler in Sterling so I want to thank everyone for all the
In coming months, Deputy Eslinger will be training K9 Forg in narcotics
detection, tracking, criminal apprehension, and other crime-fighting skills
prior to his certification.
Sheriff Larry Ashley, a former K9 handler himself, said the naming of “K9
Forg” was just one more way to show the agency will never forget Deputy
Forgione’s service and sacrifice.
WCTC Employee of Quarter
Rhonda Skipper, Walton County Tax Collector and staff honored James
Hallford as Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter. Hallford joined
the Tax Collector’s Office in June after being employed by the Florida
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for 26 years.
Hallford serves as the Driver License Administrator in the Tax Collector’s
Office. He provides training to staff on driver license and identity card
transactions as well as serves as the point of knowledge for any unusual or
difficult situations involving the issuance of a driver license or identity
“James has been a very welcome addition to our staff. We’re thankful to
have his knowledge and expertise on our team, “said Tax Collector Rhonda
Skipper. “ James has certainly been integral to the success our office has
experienced in taking on driver license services.”
Nominations for the honor of Employee of the Quarter are made by all
employees based on an employee’s overall performance, demonstration of the
organization’s commitment to service, and efforts to exemplify the core
values during each quarter.
News Segment 3 <http://www.co.walton.fl.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=4269>
ECMS Hears From Stars
The Emerald Coast Middle School recently had a star-studded cast for their
“Focus on Reading Day.” Students enjoyed presentations by local “stars” who
shared how reading and writing impacts their careers everyday.
Bryan Kennedy, singer/songwriter/author shared his journey through school,
including his years of playing college football at Ole Miss to sharing the
honor of writing three number #1 songs for country music star Garth Brooks
and many others. He shared some his favorite songs and wow’d the crowd!
Brook Stetler is the Artistic Director of the Seaside Repertory Theatre and
majored in theatre arts. He shared everyday stories with the students about
how his career and interest in literature landed him in today’s career with
Mike Ragsdale had the students’ attention the minute he shared that he
created a video game. Students listened to his story and how uses
literature in his everyday life at 30A.com.
Following the presentations, students returned to classrooms to have a
reading competition. School-wide, students read a total of 27,758 pages!
Rabies Alert Rescinded
Holly Holt, Administrator, Walton County Health Department, has rescinded
the rabies alert issued on August 16, 2012 for the following areas located
in South Walton:
- South of US Hwy 98 to the Gulf of Mexico
- East of County Road 393 to County Road 283
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted
through the bite of a rabid animal. An animal with rabies could infect
other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated
against rabies. Because rabies can be prevented but not cured, being
proactive in getting pets vaccinated is the key to safeguarding our
community from this deadly disease. Rabies vaccination is required for all
pets. Ask your veterinarian to vaccinate pets and at-risk livestock and
make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions for revaccination.
News Segment 4
Looking for the arrest report? http://jailpublic.co.walton.fl.us. This is
the new jail search page. Use the drop down calendar to find dates.
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In High School Volleyball
Thursday, October 11
Freeport hosts Bozeman 5:30 pm
In High School Football
Thursday, October 11
Walton JV at Pensacola Catholic 6 pm
Freeport JV at North Bay Haven 6 pm
South Walton at Baker 6 pm
Friday, October 12
Walton at Pensacola Catholic 7:30 pm
Vernon hosts Holmes County for Homecoming
The FSU Seminoles will host Boston College on Saturday, October 13th.
Pre-game at 2:30 pm. Kick-off at 4:30 pm. Go Noles!
DGE Pro Baseball World Series Games on Saturday and Sunday, October 13th
and 14th at Douglass Crossroads Park. The fun starts at 1 pm with Baseball
Games all day!
The Rotary Club of DeFuniak Springs is holding a Night Golf Tournament on
Friday, October 26th at the DeFuniak Springs Country Club. Come play golf
in the moonlight using lit golf balls and specially marked greens.
Registration begins at 5:30 pm. Shotgun start at dark. BBQ Pork will be
served from 6-7 pm. The entry fee is $45 per person and includes 3
mulligan, string, cart, green fees, and meal. For more information or to
register, contact Robert Harrington at 801-498-0029.
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Gregory Spikes, age 65, passed away October 11 at his residence.
Celebration of life services, beginning and ending with the Florida State
University Fight Song, will be held Wednesday, October 17 at 3pm in the
Chapel at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 Highway 83, DeFuniak Springs.
Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service. Memories and
condolences may be shared with the family at
http://www.daviswatkins.com.Floral arrangements are being accepted or
donations may be made to Greg
Spikes Memorial, Security Bank, PO Box S Waynesville, MO 65583.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Mr. Eulis “Rocky” Carthell Corbin, age 72, of Ponce De Leon passed away
October 15. A time of Visitation will be held 6:00~8:00 PM, Wednesday,
October 17, 2012 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will
be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, October 18, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home.
Floral arrangements are being accepted. 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.
Mrs. Leiah Marie Harrison, age 48, passed away Saturday, October 13. Family
will be receiving friends from 10:00~11:00 AM, Thursday, October 18, at
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial services will be held at 11:00
AM, Thursday, October 18, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel. Floral
arrangements are being accepted. 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. Darwin O. Dunlap, age 74, passed away September 21. Funeral services
will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, October 21 at the Destin Elk Lodge #2688. 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
Velma Brackins Messer, age 65, passed away Tuesday, October 2. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 1pm at the Community Holiness
Church. Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm. Her ashes will be interned at
Brakins Family Plot in Alaqua Cemetery. Faith Chapel Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.
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