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July 12,2012 Edition

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Volume: 4
 
Issue: 14
July 12, 2012
 
bi-weekly Edition
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Freeport Gets Interim FireChief 
After a meeting Friday morning
 between the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and
the mayor of Freeport, the move was made tomake Alfred Ford the Interim Fire.....
Page 3Medical Needs In WaltonDiscussed
Walton County is consideredthe healthiest county in the state when you look at adjusted mortality rates. Roger Hall with Sa-
cred Heart Hospital, told those….…..
Page 5Traffic Stop in DeFuniak leads to narcotics arrest forWCSO
On July 6, 2012 the Walton CountySheriff's Office Narcotics Unit Investigators
conducted a traffic stop on W…...….
Page 6
 
Fireboat Called
A fire on the banks
of the Intracoastal waterway put Freeport’s fire
 boat on water. South Walton Fire District called
Freeport Fire and Rescue………….
Page 10
 
Be sure to stay hydrated in the record heat waveswe are having. Several people have lost their lives due tooverheating from the sun.Try not to be in the heat for extended periods of time.
 
 Hello to you all. Is it hot enough outside or what? I know thissummer is going by fast and with all of the activities to getdone can be overwhelming but hang in there. Add that to theheat factor you need to be sure to hydrate yourself often. There has beenalready over 30 heat-related deaths in the Midwest alone. I was up in Ohio and let me tell
you it was hard to breathe cause it was so hot. They can say it’s only 104 outside but add
movement and your risking life. Be careful when your outside and think smart.
There seems to be plenty to talk about recently. But I’ll leave the Obamacare decision
to you. It will be most interesting to see what else happens prior to re-election hopes for the president. Even the gas prices are coming down some. I found $2.98/gal in Tennes-see. Maybe that shows you how easily the prices can be played with, especially aroundhere. Take 50cent per gal, what a difference it would make.One story I heard of makes me wonder what will not offend someone in some kind of way or another. There is people upset about the showing of signs of God in happiness joyous moments. As if most of us can contain ourselves. However you express your joy,do it!Why should religious leaders, of all people, turn their fire on celebrities who use their  popularity for public proclamations of the almighty's power? In an age when media iconsflaunt every sort of indulgence and depravity, prominent members of clergy should findmore appropriate targets to scold than athletic achievers like football'sTim Tebow,bas-ketball'sJeremy Linor baseball'sJosh Hamilton,who choose to flaunt their devout Christian commitment.When our children emulate their favorite sports star or for that matter anyone who in-fluences them. Why not it be about God and his love for all people? It was the other daythat I read about certain religions taking offense to the gestures of pointing to the sky for God. That makes me wonder what is next? They already have separated church and state,meaning anything public like our schools. That still confuses me, what is so wrong withthe Pledge of AllegianceThe newly elected leader of the important Reform movement in Judaism clearly sharesthe instinct to wince at the insertion of too many religious gestures in today's pop culture.. He goes on to suggest "a deep reason for our unease. The God-talk we hear most isworth emulating, except when it has a negative connotation. Watching athletes pointingto the heavens to acknowledge their savior after scoring a touchdown, you'd think Godactually cared about which team won. While I hope God's presence can be felt in all places, including football stadiums, I find it offensive to reduce the almighty to a football
mascot in the sky”.
 
 Now let’s try this on for size…..instead of religious signs during sports, let’s make it
anything self promoting like putting your number one sign in the air. Making the crosssign across your chest as you do in church. It is all based upon emotion from certain mo-
ments of joy. Church shouldn’t be the only place you can show God’s love and your ado-
ration for him and not offend someone.Come on, in a world like we have today to see a sign of religious jesture is about the
least offending jesture I see most. Don’t you agree? Maybe we can all act as if we score
a touchdown when something good happens or you do something great. Stop and kneelfor a second, cause even in football it can be considered excessive if it takes too long of acelebration. Go figure.
 
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Freeport Gets Interim Fire Chief 
After a meeting Friday morning between the Walton County
Sheriff’s Office and the mayor of Freeport, the move was made to
make Alfred Ford the Interim Fire Chief of Freeport. Chief Fordwill be responsible for all operational fire duties while Chief BenGreenslait will be responsible for administrative issues. The Sher-
iff’s Office says rumors have been spreading that deputies were
going to be sent in to take over the position of the Chief; however,they state this is not the case.Major Joe Preston, Director of Support Services and Emergency
Management says the Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Man-
agement is fortunate to have two extremely well-qualified firefight-ers on staff. He says they are pleased their services can fulfill a tem- porary need for the citizens of Freeport and Walton County.Chief Ford has been in the business of firefighting since 1977,when he first worked as a volunteer firefighter with the Hillsbor-ough County Fire Rescue. He has worked at various other fire de- partments throughout the state since then and has served as the firechief at the Parker Fire Department in Parker, FL for 3 years andthe Battalion Fire Chief with Bay County Fire Rescue for nearly 6years. In his role of Battalion Chief for Bay County, he has super-vised and commanded 45 fire personnel, 6 fire stations and attendedto budget needs. Chief Ford was also deployed to Pass Christian,MS to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has alsoworked as a Private Fire Investigator for 3 years. He has served asan Adjunct Instructor in both fire standards and incident commandcourses with Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FLand Texas A&M in College Station, TX.
Chief Ford’s education is steeped in firefighting and fire technol-
ogy. He graduated from Florida State Fire College and has studiedcourses such as firefighting, fire instructor, fire officer I and II,HazMat Tech, and Radiological Monitoring. He has an Associatesof Science in Fire Technology from Gulf Coast Community Col-
WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS
Walton County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results
Walton County -
The Walton County Health Department conducts regularly scheduled saltwater  beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Thewater samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinaltract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets andwildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to deter-mine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems and whether future beachmonitoring efforts are necessary.
Water quality classifications are based upon United States Environmental Protection Agency’s(EPA’s) recommended criteria and Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories:
Good = 0 - 35 Enterococci per 100 ml of marineModerate = 36 - 104 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water Poor = greater than 105 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water If you should have any questions, please contact the Walton County Health Department of (850) 892-
8021, or visit the Department of Health’s internet Beach Water Quality website (
click on “Floridians and Visitors” – 
 
under “Food, Water, Air, Land,” choose “Beach Wa-
Site
 
Name
 
Enterococci
 
Water Quality
 SP-1 Miramar Beach 16 GoodSP-3 Dune Allen Beach 4
Good
SP-4 Blue Mountain Beach 4
Good
SP-5 Grayton Beach 8
Good
SP-7 Holly Street Beach 4
Good
SP-8 Eastern Lake Beach 4
Good
SP-9 Inlet Beach Access 8
Good
Bonifay Man Sentenced By WaltonJudge for Sexual Battery
Walton County Circuit Court Judge Kelvin Wells,sentenced Jason Waring Reed to 25 years state prisonand designated him as a Sexual Offender. Waring Reedentered a plea to two counts of Sexual Battery & twocounts of Burglary of a dwelling with a Battery. Thesecharges arose from two incidents that occurred in SouthWalton during the summer of 2011.The victims were in agreement with the plea andwere pleased with the resolution of the case prior totrial.After the arrest of 41-year-old Reed of Bonifay for sexual battery, Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. said
“The evidence suggests this predator is responsible for 
victimizing others in multiple jurisdictions, I applaudthe participating law enforcement agencies for their 
assistance in helping keep our communities safe.”
 The WCSO investigation began Aug. 2010 after in-vestigators received information from a 51-year-oldwoman who alleged that an unknown man entered her Santa Rosa Beach domicile on or about Aug. 30, 2010and committed sexual battery. The WCSO investiga-tion revealed evidence prompting the arrest of Reed for the 2010 crime and a July 19, 2011 crime involving a27-year-old female who was sexually battered in adomicile in Seagrove.The investigation and arrest were conducted by the
Walton County Sheriff’s office. The case was prose-
cuted by Assistant State Attorney Angela Mason.
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Active Local Passes AfterHeat Stress Problems
Our area lost an active commu-nity leader Sunday. Luther Ateshas gone to Troy, AL after church and was bush-hogging,getting the hunting lodge ready.He overheated and sought outneighbors for Gatorade. He toldthem he would let them call anambulance, which he got intounder his own power. He report-edly died in route to the hospital.Luther was active in many De-Funiak Springs area activitieslike Junior Miss, Kiwanis, theGospel Sing in the Lakeyard, theAtes Family Singers, ChristmasReflections and many more.Among his favorite activitieswas broadcasting Walton BravesFootball with Art Dees on theradio, especially when his sonScott was quarterback. Art saysthey had many road trips andnone were boring.Ates is best remembered for hisinvolvement with First FederalSavings & Loan of DeFuniak Springs, where he served asPresident from its beginning.

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