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News Segment 1
The Walton County Economic Development Alliance was created to help bring
private and government entities together to encourage new businesses and
economic growth. The Alliance was created after Walton Commissioner Sara
Comander and others visited the efforts in Jackson County that has
successfully brought in a distribution facility and more. The organization
works with the local governments, but due to open information laws, is not
part of the government so business plans can be kept undisclosed when
The City of DeFuniak Springs has been helping to fund the Walton County
Economic Development Alliance. The agreement was presented for the annual
renewal. The item is in the budget.
The WCEDA’s Scarlett Phaneuf was asked what has been received for the money
spent. She said they have been laying the foundation for businesses to come
to the area. Council member Mac Work said the idea of a manufacturing
project is grand, but they need businesses. Work asked of it could be
several more years before the money pays off. Phaneuf said it can take
years to come. She did talk about some businesses being targeted for the
city, including a new Taco Bell.
Work suggested using traffic counts instead of the city population, Phaneuf
said the traffic count is seasonal. Work said that is how south Walton was
built. Mayor Carpenter and Council member Ennis both said there is a need
for infrastructure and an industrial park. Work said he has been the only
one suggesting an industrial park. Council member Wright told Phaneuf they
need more information and reports from her. He asked her to keep the
Council informed with frequent status updates. Work agreed. The motion to
support the funding passed.
The agreement was also brought before the Walton Commissioners at their
meeting Tuesday. While the item was on the consent agenda and easily
passed, commissioner Comander asked Phaneuf to provide more information and
reports on what the organization is doing.
News Segment 2
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, with support from the Drug
Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the
Department and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco
four simultaneous search warrant raids on specialty shops around Okaloosa
are selling controlled substances commonly known as “Spice” and “bath
salts” as part of
their business practice.
Authorities say Okaloosa County, the State of Florida, and the United
States are plagued with specialty shops and internet sites that are selling
synthetic cannabinoids, which are
designed to mimic tetrahydrocannabinol/THC (THC the primary psychotropic
found in marijuana) and synthetic cathinones, which are designed to mimic
methamphetamine and other controlled stimulants. In some instances these
untested and uncontrolled substances are 500 to 2000 times stronger than
the actual illicit substance. Some people that are buying these substances
and ingesting them believe that they are legal and safe. However medical
professionals are advising otherwise. Law enforcement officers seized bath
salts and Spice products, along with drug related paraphernalia, cash, and
Highway 90 Work
Crews are milling and resurfacing State Road (S.R.) 285 from south of I-10
to south of U.S. 90 and widening the intersection of U.S. 90 and S.R. 285
in Walton County. Motorists can expect daytime lane closures from 6 a.m. to
6 p.m. This work is part of the two resurfacing projects which extend 22.5
miles along U.S. 90 from the Okaloosa County line to the Holmes County line
in Walton County.
Crews from C.W Roberts are also working on sidewalk and driveway
replacement along U.S. 90 between County Club Drive and the Holmes County
Improvements along the 16-mile stretch includes resurfacing from the
Okaloosa County line to County Club Drive in DeFuniak Springs with new turn
lane construction at the S.R. 285 and U.S. 331 North intersections. New
guardrail, minor drainage improvements and a new signal at the intersection
of U.S. 90 and U.S. 331 North. S.R. 285 will also be resurfaced from south
of I-10 to U.S. 90. Weather permitting the project should be complete fall
Work on the 6.5-mile segment runs through DeFuniak Springs from Country
Club Drive to the Holmes County line. Construction consists of milling and
resurfacing the existing roadway, drainage upgrades, sidewalk construction,
and curb and gutter. The project is anticipated to be complete spring 2013.
News Segment 3
Walton Education Foundation
KIDS Clothes Kloset is for students in Walton County including from the
Pre-K through high school. The schools will find students who might be in
need. They fill out a form with grade and size information. The program
tries not to embarrass anyone, rather it tries to meet the need so the
students have the clothes they need to, not only go to school, but to fit
in and that helps their overall learning environment.
Leddon said she has orders from all over the county, including South Walton
high where they recently helped several students. She tries to find clothes
that are stylish for the teens as well as appropriate to any school dress
The Foundation is in need of all students sizes and styles, for both boys
and girls. Undergarments are also important, but due to health concerns
they do not work with used underclothes. You can still help in this area by
providing a financial donation. The clothes need to be gently used clean
clothes or new. They also accept money donations to help purchase needed
Leddon says, this time of year, with the weather changes, they especially
need, jeans, long sleeve t-shirts and other shirts, tennis shoes, coats and
sweaters. Remember, any donation need to be clean.
Donations can be dropped off at the WISE Center, the old Walton High
office, or call her at 859-2007 and she can help get them picked up. If you
know someone that needs clothes, contact the school they go to and have the
form filled out.
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!
Homecoming at Walton High School will be on Friday, October 19. The
activities that day will include a homecoming parade through downtown
DeFuniak Springs. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should
call Beth Yates at 892-1271, ext. 4488. The deadline for signing up to be
in the parade is Monday, Oct. 15. The Walton Braves will take on the
Marianna Bulldogs. The evening's activities at Yates Memorial Stadium will
begin at 6:15 with the presentation of the class floats. The homecoming
court will be presented at 6:30, and kick-off for the homecoming football
game will be at 7 pm.
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.
Join us on Wednesdays for the Jimbo Fisher Show from 6-7 pm right here on
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Mr. John Arsenault age 73, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida passed away October
8. There will be no formal services held at this time. 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
Mr. Darwin Dunlap, age 74, of Miramar Beach, passed away September 21.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 21, 2012 at
Destin Elk Lodge #2688 at 115 Palmetto Drive Destin, Florida 32540. In lieu
of flowers donations may be sent to Dawin O Dunlap-Local Charity, c/o
Destin Elk Lodge #2688, P.O. Box 1009, Destin, Florida 32540. 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
Mr. Homer Smith Jr., age 79, of DeFuniak Springs passed away Sunday,
October 7. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October
11, at Old Union Cemetery in Wray, Georgia. 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.
Ewell Lee Tadlock went to be with the Lord on October 4th. Rev. Michael
Tadlock will officiate a private farewell ceremony at New Hope Cemetery
near Bonifay on Friday, October 7th.
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 in DeFuniak Springs. Visitation will be Saturday, October 20 from
11am to 1pm at the Community Holiness Church. Her ashes will be interned at
the Brackins Family plot in Alaqua Cemetery. Faith Chapel Funeral Home is
in charge of the arrangements.
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