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THE EMERALD STAR NEWS - May 30, 2013 Edition

THE EMERALD STAR NEWS - May 30, 2013 Edition

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Summer Safety
The official mark of the summer vacation season is upon us, Memorial Day weekend. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says, as schools around the nation release for summer break, families from all over will descend on Walton County to enjoy all ……......

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Grapefruit and your medication
The number of drugs that can be risky when taken with grapefruit is on the rise, largely due to the influx of new medications and chemical formulations, a new study shows…….…...

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Walton Bike Patrol A group of deputies with the Walton
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Editorial
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Hello to each of you. I hope you all are ready for a hot summer….it’s coming. I’ve seen plenty of bad sunburns on the visitors and a few locals around town. Be smart when tanning or just being out in the sun for any long periods of time, it can be dangerous to your health. I’m sure many of you are attending the movies a lot more than usual. More movies approved for young viewers are showing alcohol brands, a trend that could influence teen drinking, researchers say. I was reading some statistics and this is part of the reports on it. Children's exposure to movie imagery of tobacco and alcohol has been linked to smoking and drinking at a younger age, heavier drinking and alcohol abuse, said the researchers from Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine. Still, some good news emerged from their study: Fewer movies intended for young audiences show tobacco brands. The researchers determined tobacco-brand exposure dropped significantly after they examined 1,400 films produced after the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement took effect in 1998. That agreement, between major tobacco manufacturers and most of the United States, changed the way tobacco products were marketed and provided for funding of anti-smoking campaigns by tobacco companies. For the study, published online May 27 in JAMA Pediatrics, the research team analyzed the top 100 box-office movie hits released in the United States from 1996 to 2009. Tobacco brand product appearances declined by 7 percent each year until 2006, the study found. From then on these placements remained stable at 22 per year. The Master Settlement Agreement also led to a 42 percent decrease in tobacco screen time for youth -rated movies and an 85 percent drop for films intended for an adult audience. Alcohol placements, on the other hand, are self-regulated by the industry. The study showed these product placements have increased from 80 to 145 each year in movies rated acceptable for young viewers. This represented an increase of 5.2 appearances annually from 1996 to 2009. "In summary, this study found dramatic declines in brand appearances for tobacco after such placements were prohibited by an externally monitored and enforced regulatory structure, even though such activity had already been prohibited in the self-regulatory structure a decade before," the study's authors wrote in a journal news release. "During the same period, alcohol brand placements, subject only to self-regulation, increased significantly in movies rated acceptable for youth audiences, a trend that could have implications for teen drinking," they said. Now you can believe what you want about certain studies, some of them are so one sided but the stats are there. How strong do you feel about the need to censorship the lyrics of songs and to limit scenes in movies to curb addictive behaviors in teens and adults? I personally feel that there should be an age of appropriateness for children, the marks are close. Kids are growing a faster rate and appear to the eye as older so you assume a bit smarter too. That is not the case in the majority of children in Walton county. Our children are just like the rest of the US kids however the activities they choose to do with their free time seems to dictate the under age drinking and sex amongst kids much younger than most of you would care to know about. Touchy subject to some , a cold fact of reality to most. Keep an eye out for the teens of today as they become adults that will lead someday our future direction. Do you feel good about it now?

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WCSB Meeting
Walton Superintendent started the Board meeting with an announcement that South Walton High Student Athletes won the state champion for academics. Anderson also announced the district has been designated for the seventh consecutive year as a high performing school district. Anderson said it is not only the students, but the staff who helps to make this achievement. The Board approved an agreement for employee relations services, the person who works with Anderson on the collective bargaining and school board policies. The Board approved an agreement with SunTrust for banking, based on the same agreement with another district. The attorney said this is a better agreement than the one previously used. English language learners will benefit from approval of a grant to provide services. Financial summaries and personnel recommendations were also approved. The state had $4 million available so Walton wrote a grant for training principals to use a teacher rating form so they all do a fair and equitable job. The board was told this is important to make sure it is done right since teacher’s pay will eventually be linked. Board member Gail Smith said she feels it is critical that all the principals do this the same way and it is fair. This is all part of the process staff says is still evolving for implementation in 2014-2015. Anderson presented the names for the School Security Task Force. The change was to remove some and add others. The Board approved a food services agreement that will provide some advantage by purchasing through a power buying group. The group approved a reduction to the Walton Athletic Complex project. The change is through the scaling back the needs of the architect. A Calstaldi Analysis will look at whether to remove and replace old buildings in the district. Hammock Bay in Freeport donated land that can be used as a future school site. The special warranty deed with revision was approved. Developer Jay Odom said Hammock Bay is growing rapidly and since they are adding to the school load they gave the land. He told Board members they will likely have to be out there with groundbreaking shovels soon.

Summer Safety
As reported by WZEP AM1460

The official mark of the summer vacation season is upon us, Memorial Day weekend. The Walton COunty Sheriff’s Office says, as schools around the nation release for summer break, families from all over will descend on Walton County to enjoy all we have to offer. The influx of people to the area means citizens and visitors need to pay attention to their surroundings, whether on the roadway or in the emerald green waters of the Gulf. There are several safety tips the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) offers up to the public. Travel/road safety: The increased traffic on the roadways can be hazardous. Take precautions. Being in a hurry to get to the beach or shopping center could mean drivers are not aware of vehicles maneuvering around them, especially if they are not familiar with the area. Drivers are cautioned to familiarize themselves with the area ahead of time. Never drink and drive and always use your safety belt. Beach Flag System: Get acquainted and abide by the rules that have been set forth for your safety. South Walton beaches follow Florida’s uniform beach warning flag system, designed to alert beachgoers to changing surf conditions and their relative safety to swimmers. Because the Gulf of Mexico is a natural body of water, dangerous rip currents can be present even under seemingly calm conditions. By heeding the flag system, beachgoers can remain safe. The easiest way to keep abreast of changing surf conditions is through South Walton’s text alert system. Simply text the word “SAFETY” to 67463 to have daily updates sent to your mobile phone for the duration of your stay. You may also check out http:// www.visitsouthwalton.com/beach-safety orhttp://www.swfd.org/beach.php which details beach flag colors and current weather conditions. Boater and swimmer safety: Memorial Day weekend is often the time of year that boaters begin to come out in full force to enjoy our beaches and waterways. Boaters should remember to wear their life jackets, as 67% of the 55 boating deaths last year in Florida resulted from drowning (according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Operators of vessels, just as with vehicles on the roadway, should remain sober. Boaters should also be aware of maritime rules, water conditions and swimmers in the area. Marine pests, such as jellyfish, are present in our waters. Don’t swim alone and supervise children at all times in and near the water. Identify points on the beaches where lifeguards are stationed. Lifeguards will be stationed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Learn to identify rip current conditions. Sun Safety: Even if water-related activities are not in the plans for this holiday, you may want to enjoy Florida’s sunny weather. If you do so, make sure you are prepared. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it generously throughout the day. Wear a hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water.

You are hereby notified of a Public Hearing to be held June 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM, or soon thereafter, to consider:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CURRENT CHAPTER 22 OF THE WALTON COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, AMENDING SECTION 2257 (d) (3) e, TO SPECIFY THE AMOUNT OF LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIRED; AMENDING SECTION 22-60 (D) 4, TO STIPULATE THE TIMES BEACH VENDORS ARE ALLOWED ON THE BEACH DURING SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON; AMENDING SECTION 22-62 TO DESIGNATE THE DISPOSITION OF THE FEES AND FINES COLLECTED; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CONFLICTS; AND SETTING AN EFFECTIVE DATE The Meeting will be held at the Walton County Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL. A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the South Walton Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Boulevard, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 in the Commission Boardroom to discuss a Regional approach to Road/ Watershed Projects for potential Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) and RESTORE Funding.

The Walton County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) will hold its monthly board meeting on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM in the Walton County Administration Conference room located at 76 North 6th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL.

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A FAWN (Florida Automated Weather Network) weather station was recently installed at Brown Pit off of Brown Road in North Walton County.

In its new sunscreen ratings evaluation, Consumer Reports found that paying more for sunscreen doesn't always mean better protection. "Some of our best products were also the least expensive," says Nicole Sarrubbo, associate editor for Consumer Reports. Up & Up Sport SPF 50, from Target, got top honors in these latest ratings, and is one of the least expensive products tested. Some of the pricier sunscreens, in fact, did not live up to the SPF (sun protection factor) value on the label, the testers found. Two sunscreens -- All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30 and Badger Unscented SPF 34 -- were rated poor in protecting against UVB rays.

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The University of Florida provided Walton County with a $15,000.00 weather station. The Walton County Extension Office was contacted last September about the possibility of having the weather station located here in Walton County. The only cost to the County was providing a site to install and the use of a backhoe to dig footers for the tower. This was a joint effort between the University of Florida, Walton County Extension Office, Public Works Department, and the Walton County Board of County Commissioners. You can access the data at the weather station at: fawn.ifas.ufl.edu or just Google: FAWN weather stations and click on FAWN. Once on the website you will see a map of Florida and just point to temperature reading on Walton County and you will receive additional information like soil temperatures, dew point, rainfall, and other data. This weather station will benefit farmers and gardeners in the County in making decisions when to plant and water their crops if irrigation is available. Other resources include aerial maps, links to publications from University of Florida on agriculture, horticulture, and turf grass. On the home page click on ABOUT and choose Links, this will give you a list of some of the publications available. Like all websites it takes a while to discover all the information that is available. Hopefully this new weather tower will benefit the citizens of Walton County.

Top Sunscreens This Year
Consumer Reports regularly rates sunscreens, and this time picked 12 popular products from a variety of stores. They took into account protection from UVA and UVB, how much the product stained clothing, and the cost per ounce. Six got recommended ratings: Target's Up & Up Sport, at the top spot, costs $1.16 an ounce. Walmart's Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, is just 47 cents an ounce. It won the CR Best Buy award of the dozen. Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, at $1.38 an ounce. Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50, at $1.33 an ounce. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30, at $1.38 an ounce. Coppertone Sport High Performance SPF 30, at $1.67 an ounce. The six that didn't get recommended ratings include: California Baby SPF 30+, at $6.90 an ounce (discontinued, but may still be available). No-Ad with Avobenzone, Aloe, and Vitamin E SPF 45, at 63 cents an ounce. Neutrogena Wet Skin SPF 45+, at $3.67 an ounce. Kiss My Face with Hydresia SPF 40, at $5.33 an ounce. Badger Unscented SPF 34, at $5.52 an ounce (discontinued, but may still be available). All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30, at $4.33 an ounce.

Inspect your water heater for signs of leaking fittings and corrosion or rust.

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is excited to announce that we will be open this Summer to the Public!
Open June and July (Closed August) Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $ 8 Adults $5 Children (12- 3 years old) Free (under 2 years old)

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The FREEPORT POST
The Freeport Public Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program: “Dig Into Reading” will kick off on
June 5th at 10:00 with the opportunity for children to dig for buried treasure! On June 12th Nonie’s Ark will amaze and educate with her collection of exotic animals. The program on June 19th will be about the history of Florida and Freeport, and on the 26 th there will be a craft program. All events begin at 10:00am and run until approximately 11:00am and are held at the Freeport Community Center located at 16040 US Highway 331 South. Programs are open to children of all ages and are free. Registration is not required. There will be prizes, giveaways, and plenty of snacks for all! Please call the Freeport Public Library at (850) 835-2040 for more information.

Child Death Case
William Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit; says defendant Nicole Allen entered a plea of no contest to Principal to Third Degree Murder of two year old Logan Sherwin and nine counts of Child Neglect of Logan and one count of Child Neglect of his three year old sister Olivia Sherwin. Logan Sherwin died on December 29, 2011 of brain injuries associated with a four inch fracture to the rear of his skull approximately eight hours after the defendant called 911 on December 28, 2011 from the home of she and the children's father Grant Sherwin in Crestview Both Ms. Allen and Grant Sherwin were initially arrested by the Crestview Police Department on December 29, 2011 for charges of Aggravated Child Abuse and the Office of the 'State Attorney added the charge of Third Degree Murder and charges of Child Neglect after an autopsy and further investigation. The Child Neglect charges arose from a routine practice of Ms. Allen and Mr. Sherwin locking the toddler aged children in the home alone whenever they would go out; sometimes for hours on end. Grant Sherwin entered a plea on January 23, 2013 of no contest to one (1) count of Child Abuse and ten (10) counts of Child Neglect and is set for sentencing on May 29,2013. He faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years prison. Nicole Allen faces a maximum sentence of sixty-five (65) years prison and is to be sentenced July 8, 2013.

RESTORE Meeting
Last Friday District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander, Special Projects and Local RESTORE Committee Coordinator Larry Jones and County Environmental Manager Billy McKee, who also assists with the Local RESTORE Committee, attended the Gulf Consortium Meeting in Key Largo. As part of the Consortiums regular business, the members were given an update and information in regard to the Department of Treasury rules that will determine the process for Counties to submit projects for the three pots of RESTORE Act funds. This discussion will allow the County to continue to prepare for RESTORE Act funding that should become available in the future. In addition, the members heard from a variety of speakers on issues that face the Gulf Coast Counties within the state. A common theme throughout the presentations with the impact of watershed on not only the 23 counties affected by the BP oil spill, but the importance of watershed throughout the state. According to Commissioner Comander, “When thinking of RESTORE Act funds, we tend to lean towards the 23 affected counties. The presentations that were given at this meeting really helped to show that watershed issues not only affect these counties, but are important statewide. Local and statewide watershed maintenance is important to maintaining a healthy and viable ecosystem and environment.” Currently, Commissioner Comander has been working with representatives from Okaloosa County to develop a partner approach when looking at potential RESTORE projects that could affect and improve the areas local watershed. In addition to the meeting, Commissioner Comander toured Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center located in Key West. The center focused on teaching adults and children about the importance of maintaining the Gulf of Mexico and the importance of protecting Florida’s ecosystem and environment. Walton County District 5 County Commissioner Cindy Meadows has announced that she will be holding a South Walton Town Meeting on Thursday, June 6th. The meeting will be held at the Edgewater Condominiums located at 291 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

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World's fattest man, Ricky Naputi, ate himself to death at almost 900 pounds
The tragic final days of one of the world's fattest men were spent desperately hoping to lose the weight that kept him bedridden for five years. Ricky Naputi, who weighed nearly 900 pounds, died in November 2012, but before he passed, the 39-year-old opened up his home to reality TV cameras from TLC. The cable network aired his story Wednesday night in a special called "900 Pound Man: Race Against Time." Naputi, who lived in the U.S. island territory Guam, was bedridden and confined to his home, unable to walk or to bathe himself. The last time I got out and enjoyed myself must have been years. I miss feeling the sun on my face. Miss showering, feeling water run down my body," he said at one point. But Naputi had also vowed to turn his life around. He was working on losing enough weight to be able to fly to the continental U.S. for weight loss surgery. I'm willing to try my best," he said. "My one goal and my one goal only is to get my life back." The show also revealed Naputi's loving relationship with his wife, Cheryl, his primary caretaker. Cheryl acted as Ricky's nurse, cooking for him, giving him sponge baths and helping him go to the bathroom, which she likened to "taking care of an overgrown baby." The two met 10 years ago, and at first communicated only over the phone. Naputi was already obese, but still far from his heaviest. "He asked me for my number so he could call me up, so we could talk," a smiling Cheryl told the cameras. "When I went to Ricky's apartment ... he only cracked [the door] about an inch." Three and a half weeks later, she moved in. The pair remained together until his death.

EMS Week
As reported by WZEP AM1460

In every corner of our country, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are hard at work delivering hope and care to Americans in dire circumstances. In the face of chaos and tragedy, their steady hands provide vital, life-saving services, and their calm under pressure delivers comfort to neighbors in need. During this 40th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week, continuing through the 25th we pause to offer our gratitude to these remarkable men and women, whose dedication is fundamental to our society's well-being. The theme of this year’s National EMS Week is "One Mission, One Team” This was chosen to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve and to honor the dedication of those men and women who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line. “We recognize the tremendous role that our SWFD personnel make to improve health in our community. Recently the State of Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conducted a random, unannounced inspection of our EMS Operations. The results were “Excellence in all phases of the inspection”. We are extremely proud of our men and women that make this possible”, said Operations Chief Ryan Crawford. Fire Chief Rick Talbert says SWFD personnel are committed to delivering emergency medical care in the community. He says they strive for seamless care, from the field to the hospital emergency department or trauma center. Talbert says their commitment to ensuring that patients receive the best medical care available, anytime and anywhere, is instrumental to advancing the health, safety, and well-being of our community. SWFD pledges to maintain this high level of Prompt, Competent, Caring Response in Time of Need he says.

Obituary for Infant Bruwin Terrance Victor Cuchens,
Infant Bruwin Terrance Victor Cuchens one month and nineteen days,

DASHER By M. Vreeland
Looking at this spirited little guy, one might wonder if he was named for his dashing good looks or the energy that keeps him going and going like the Energizer Bunny. A Wire Haired Terrier mix, Dasher has enough character for a dog three times his size, a trait that made him perfect for the Unconditional Love program at the Bay County Correctional Facility. Cheerfully greeting everyone he meets, Dasher was a huge hit with both inmates and staff during his time in the prison, and he never lacked for a welcoming lap to curl up on. Of course¸ he passed his Canine Good Citizenship certification with flying colors and now he’s back at Alaqua Animal Refuge waiting for a special someone and a forever home. Dasher is ready, willing and more than able to be the best canine companion ever. And as the commercial says, “You can take that to the bank!”

passed away Monday, May 20, 2013. He was born April 1, 2013 in Gainesville to Terrance Earl Cuchens and Melinda Bea Thompson Cuchens.
Bruwin was a very sweet and loving baby boy and was a courageous fighter. He was met by his great grandfather V.H. Cuchens and grandfather Bruce Thompson in Heaven. Bruwin is preceded in death by his uncles Denver Thompson, Johnnie Howell, Ricky and Donna Howell, Dale Howell, paternal great grandmothers Willie Dee Cuchens and Betty Penton Weekley. Bruwin is survived by his maternal grandparents Leslie and Barbara Marks of Freeport, his paternal grandparents Edwin and Beverly Cuchens of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Ronald and Donna Pullen of Shreveport, Louisiana, his paternal great grandparents Dave and Verna Peterson of Homer, Louisiana, his father and mother Terrance and Melinda Cuchens, brother Gunner Cuchens, sister Melodee Cuchens all of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Aunts and Uncles Shawn and April Cuchens, David and Jennifer Cuchens, Darby Dean, Lisa Irelan, Darren Peterson, John and Jodie Meeks, Benny Thompson, Jamie and Sheila Thompson, Brenda Howell, Honorary Aunts and Uncles Brad and Shelley McLean, Johnny King, and Nicole Boyer . Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to the family. 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.

"Northwest Florida's Premier Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Center" Alaqua Animal Refuge is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, located at 914 Whitfield Road, Freeport. We welcome you to visit all the adoptable animals at our beautiful ten acre sanctuary any Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more information you can call us at 850-880-6399 or check out our website at www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

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‘Happenings’ in DeFuniak Springs
WALTON COUNTY DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER, SARA COMANDER, AND PUBLIC WORKS TO HOST COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY AT CHOCTAW BEACH PARK … On Saturday, June 8th, from 8am to 2pm, District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will be hosting a community clean-up day at Choctaw Beach Park on State Road 20 in the Choctaw Beach Community. The Walton County Public Works Department will be providing dumpsters for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances and other miscellaneous items. There will also be a crew and equipment to off-load heavy items. In addition to providing a place for residents to bring their trash and other debris, there will also be separate recycling trailers on site to take in newspapers, glass, aluminum and other metals. For this event, there will not be any dumping of hazardous wastes such as poisons, paint, gasoline or other flammables. There will be a separate hazardous waste disposal day scheduled at a later time. This clean-up day is a continuation of the many other clean-up days that have been held in District 4 over the past several years at locations including Villa Tasso, Freeport, Woodlawn, Choctaw Beach Park and Santa Rosa Beach.

DFS Police and Safety
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Members from the DeFuniak Springs Police continue to work to protect and serve their community. Lt. Tillman Mears says, while it’s almost impossible to inform the public of every incident and all the duties performed by officers; they feel the community needs a summary of what the police are doing. He says citizens and police working together and sound police tactics provide an enjoyable and safer community to live in. On May 9, Mears says he was given the honor to present a “Women’s Safety Presentation” at the Walton County Health Department. The presentation was focused on the safety of women that work late by themselves. May 10, the DeFuniak Springs Police joined with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the “Operation Lifesaver”. Since 1972 Operation Lifesaver programs have augmented important engineering improvements and law enforcement efforts to produce a steady decline in injuries and fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings (an 83% decrease in incidents since the founding). The next day the police participated in the annual “MAY DAY” festivities at We Care Park. The day was full of free entertainment for the whole family. Chief Mark A. Weeks says they can’t miss an opportunity to educate citizens when it comes to safety. May 16, officers participated along with other organizations at West DeFuniak Elementary School in “Safety and Career Day”. Special guest “Eddie the Eagle” made an appearance as well as providing them with gifts. On May 22, the DeFuniak Springs Police will host a Safety Day at the First Christian Academy. Officers, along with other organizations, will be onsite providing and fitting bicycle helmets on the children as well as performing safety demonstrations. In another effort to save lives in DeFuniak Springs, the police has once again joined forces with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and law enforcement leaders across the State to conduct a special high-visibility Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign thru June 2, 2013. On May 25th, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., members from the DeFuniak Springs Police will be hosting their first “Safety Saturday Event”. The location will be in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, located at 931 U.S. Highway 331 South. The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and others are scheduled to be on site. City Marshal, Chief Mark A. Weeks, invites you to be a part in making you and your child’s world a safer place in DeFuniak Springs. He says Safety Saturday’s goal is to create a free family-friendly event that promotes education and safety awareness.

Jobs Plus Freeport
Linda Sumlin, with the Workforce Development Board Jobs Plus, says they are expanding services to Freeport but will have continued services in DeFuniak Springs. She says it is a geographic decision, but they are not leaving DeFuniak Springs. Sumlin says they will continue services expanding with existing partners in the city. She says DeFuniak Springs is very important to them. Sumlin will be on the next County Commission Agenda and will also go before the DeFuniak Springs City Council.

WCSO More Arrests
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Deputies and investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) have been hot on the trail of the suspects involved in a string of burglaries occurring in the Driftwood Estates area in south Walton. Deputies responded to East Mack Bayou in reference to a suspicious persons call. An elderly neighbor made contact with two male individuals in her neighbor’s yard who were hanging around a window at the back of the house. They quickly fled after the neighbor spoke to them. Law enforcement and the owner of the residence were contacted and deputies found an open window, as well as a damaged window screen. Deputies were able to locate subjects, Miguel Arceo, 16 of Santa Rosa Beach and Thomas Howells, 22, of Santa Rosa Beach. After gathering more information during the investigation, both were arrested and charged with Burglary of a Structure and Criminal Mischief. The two have also been linked to several other burglaries in the Driftwood Estates area. Howells has additionally been charged with one count of Felony Criminal Mischief, one count of Grand Theft, two counts of Burglary, one count of Dealing in Stolen Property, one count of Grand Theft of a Firearm and one count of Grand Theft from the Elderly. Arceo has been charged with one count of Felony Criminal Mischief, one count of Grand Theft, one count of Grand Theft from the Elderly, one count of Grand Theft of a Firearm, and two counts of Burglary. Both were transported for booking to the Walton County Department of Corrections. Arceo was subsequently transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Crestview. This continues to be an active investigation.

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The 14 day Overview

Aquarius 1/20 – 2/18 Pisces 2/19 – 3/20 Aries 3/21 – 4/19 Taurus 4/20 – 5/20 Gemini 5/21 – 6/21 Cancer 6/22 – 7/22 Leo 7/23 – 8/22 Virgo 8/23 – 9/22

You have your troops behind you at every juncture. You are powerful, although you are choosing to exert your power in benevolent, beneficent ways. Tuesday and Wednesday are unexpectedly complicated days, and you get a bit disoriented in the maelstrom, but by Thursday you'll be sailing toward smoother waters and clearer skies. Friday is also sunny The hyperawareness you experience at the start of the week may be a bit exhausting, but it's extremely useful too. Subjects to be sensitive of: your boss, the way you come across when expressing your opinions, the difference between right and wrong. It's a very mixed bag. What you can do to relieve yourself of anxiety is confide in friends on Wednesday and do some kind of volunteer work (or even just help someone else ) The first one on the bus gets the seat of their choice. Although whatever bus you get on at the start of the week may take a circuitous route -- adventure is in the air! Tuesday and Wednesday, the detours pay off: Everything the world puts in your path is useful to you in some way. Your reputation at work is top-ofmind, and nothing satisfies you more than coming into a whole bunch of sudden success Someone may be devising a scheme to separate you from your money at the start of the week. You are too smart for that. Your charming ways have a sort of steamroller effect, and you may be able to convince someone to bark up another tree by your sheer likeability. Midweek, your thoughts are on travel -- that's one area in which you're willing to be separated from your money, what with all the places you haven't been. You and your partner in crime (or in love) are on a different level on Monday -- a higher plane than everyone else. It's golden. Let yourself bask in it. You can do anything. You're in charge of your destiny. Tuesday and Wednesday, control of your destiny seems a bit more elusive, but an anecdote on Thursday makes you realize you don't even know what you want. Energy sources are hard to come by on Monday -- all the fossil fuels on the planet couldn't get your engine going. There is a problem in your social or private life, and it may take a few days for you to realize just what it is. Tuesday and Wednesday, you're basically hibernating. You require alone time. Thursday and Friday, when you're in conversation with someone else, go for an intellectual connection You're getting ahead of yourself on Monday. If you're single, you'll imagine going on a honeymoon with someone you've just met. If you're married, you'll impulsively want to book a flight to the Bahamas -- even though that's totally impractical right now. Tuesday and Wednesday, happiness is in paying attention to your health and making your services available to any friend in need. You'd like to be at the head of the pack at the start of the week, but nothing you do seems to give you any advantage. You pump your legs and you move an inch. It's almost like you're walking on a conveyor belt in the wrong direction. Tuesday and Wednesday, you'll throw up your hands and let the conveyor belt carry you where it will You have the balance of a seal on Monday, and a lot more skills than a seal in the communication realm. Your ideas are well received, and the responses you get inspire still bigger ideas. Nevertheless, Tuesday and Wednesday are a letdown. You are very much in your head, but your thoughts tend in a looking-into-yourpast direction -- in particular, parts of your past that you feel weird about.

Libra 9/23 – 10/22 Scorpio

Conflict isn't such a bad thing on days like today -- it can end up strengthening both sides, and that's good for the group as a whole. You may find that your arguments grow sharper as the day progresses. Stay focused on where you are going this week and not so much bragging on what you have done in the past. 10/23 –11/21 Work will feel like a dragging a ball and chain around. That is until the weekend! Your group of friends provides you with everything you need at the outset of the week: respect, confidence, comic relief. Find a way to let them know how you feel. Notes are nice. Tuesday and Wednesday, you may find yourself writing a flurry of them: short, sweet, maybe on a typewriter, maybe on Post-its -- just little letters of admiration. Thursday and Friday, your attention to others extends to the world of strangers. Sometimes inventing a structure -- imposing limitations on yourself -- is paradoxically freeing. It clarifies your goals and defines a means to achieve them. Your goals, high-minded as they are, might not seem achievable as you set out this week, but by Wednesday you'll be farther along than you imagined. Thursday and Friday, the future remains your primary interest. You may even babble on about it to people you barely know. You'd be wise to get out of the house -- and out of your head

Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/2 Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19

The number of drugs that can be risky when taken with grapefruit is on the rise, largely due to the influx of new medications and chemical formulations, a new study shows. As it stands, there are now more than 85 drugs that may interact with grapefruit. The number of drugs that may result in potentially fatal side effects when mixed with grapefruit increased from 17 to 43 during the past four years. This equates to more than six new potentially risky drugs a year. The list includes some statins that lower cholesterol (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin), some antibiotics, cancer drugs, and heart drugs. Most at risk are older people who use more prescriptions and buy more grapefruit. Here’s what happens: Grapefruit contains furanocoumarins, which block an enzyme that normally breaks down certain medications in the body. When it is left unchecked, medication levels can grow toxic in the body. It’s not just grapefruits, either. Other citrus fruits such as Seville oranges (often used in marmalade), limes, and pomelos also contain the active ingredients (furanocoumarins), but have not been as widely studied. Drugs that interact with grapefruit are taken by mouth. The degree of the grapefruit effect can vary. With some drugs, just one serving of grapefruit can make it seem like a person is taking multiple doses of the drug. This interaction can occur even if grapefruit is eaten many hours before taking the medication. For example, simvastatin, when taken with about a 7-ounce glass of grapefruit juice once a day for three days, produced a 330% greater concentration of the drug compared to taking it with water. This can cause lifethreatening muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis. “Grapefruit and grapefruit products may interact with a broad class of medications ranging from cardiovascular to hormonal drugs,” . “Some have more of an effect if you take them in close proximity to drinking grapefruit juice than if you space it out, but there can still be an interaction if you take the pill the night before or 12 hours before consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice.” “If you consume grapefruit juice and take medications, be careful.” “If you need these drugs and there are not appropriate substitutes, you may need to limit or reduce your consumption of grapefruit juice and products.” But better safe than sorry. “Double check with your doctor or pharmacist, as it doesn’t really require a lot of grapefruit juice to produce a dangerous interaction.”

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Walton Bike Patrol
As reported by WZEP AM1460

WCSB Meets But No Quorum
As reported by WZEP AM1460

A group of deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)
recently attended a three day bike patrol course in South Walton. Members of the WCSO POP (Problem Oriented Policing) Squad were chosen for the class and were trained in various riding techniques and scenarios involving obstacles which test both the technical aspects, as well as judgment skills of the riders. A written exam was also administered. Deputies logged in over 26 miles during the training, riding along the major highways and byways. Trainers from local law enforcement agencies facilitated the training. According to Captain Brian Schultz, who participated in the course, this is the first bike squad the WCSO has incorporated into their patrols. “We feel that the use of proactive bike patrol is just another tool in locating and fighting criminal activity,” Schultz said. “Deputies began their patrols a couple of nights ago in several different areas of the county. People were pleasantly surprised to see our presence on bikes in their neighborhoods.” Members of the bike squad were also recently called out to assist in locating a female lost in the woods in the area of Linton Road. Captain Michael Howell, another agency member who attended the training, stated there are many benefits in having a bike patrol, for both Agency and the community. “Bike patrols can go where traditional patrol vehicles can't. This is one of the biggest advantages. They have the ability to navigate swiftly around communities, avoiding obstacles and hazards that would stop or slow vehicle patrols. Bicycle patrols also result in more than twice as many contacts with the public than vehicle patrols.” Howell also added, “Bikes are essential for community policing initiatives. Targeted enforcement, surveillance, traffic enforcement, and public order are just a few ways in which we intend to deploy the bike patrol units.” If you feel there is an area of the county in which bike patrol would be beneficial, contact Capt. Schultz at 850-892-8186 or bschultz@waltonso.org.

If you do not have a quorum, can you still meet and take action. What if the meeting was not to have any action anyway. The Walton County School Board advertised and was to hold a workshop meeting Friday morning, but only two board members showed. Member Sharon Roberts questioned if they could meet without a quorum, even if no action was to take place. Superintendent Carlene Anderson got attorney Ben Holley on the phone. The attorney said the meeting could take place since it was advertised and was only a workshop. The school board does not vote in workshop meetings. Holley felt the meeting requirements of the sunshine law were met as far as advertising and having to have a quorum if they would take action. The thought then turned to the legal requirements of the school board meetings as listed in Florida Statutes. School boards fall under a different set of operating rules than most other boards. Holley again felt they could meet because of not taking action, but said the statutes read that a quorum is needed for meetings. He advised they could err on the side of caution and not meet. Roberts said she did not feel they should meet and left. Holley called back and said he had further reviewed the statutes and believes the workshop is not a meeting as defined and listed. Since no action was to take place, only information from the superintendent, he said they should be able to meet with only two present. There was also a question about the rules of order. The school board generally follows Robert's Rules of Order. Like all formal gathering, a process is usually required. Most choose Robert’s Rules, but there are actually several editions and there are other rule books. To follow one specific is not required. If a board chooses to follow one and sets in order in a meeting that they will follow a specific set of rules, they can bind themselves to this. It was unclear if the school board was bound and if so were they required to have a quorum for an information meeting. After Roberts left, Superintendent Anderson and board member Faye Leddon met with three top district employees present. This is allowed at anytime and advertising does not need to take place to meet alone with an elected official as long as it is not two from the same board. Anderson allowed the press to remain in the room. She told Leddon she needs help with the budget as far as personnel. She said they have worked a tight budget, have cut back and the employees are doing more work than some can handle. She explained there are positions needs in several areas. Anderson said, with more and more mandates, they have to have the staff to get everything done. She said they can cut back on the service, but things would not be done well. They could ignore the requirements, but that would be wrong. She also said they could send the tasks to the schools, but told Leddon the schools do not have the personnel. She suggested using a teacher on special assignment for many of the needs and told Leddon she would not allow the district to be put in the red. She also suggested taking the duties of education at the DJJ facility back and not renewing the contract with the Raider for the Walton Learning Center off Gene Hurley Road.

The Walton County Department of Corrections has received approximately 3 1/2 tons of red potatoes from their shared garden at the prison. Sgt. Bird, the garden manager, delivered them to the County Jail last week. The Jail paid $700.00 for the seed potatoes and are calculating, between cost and shipping, they have saved at least $2,500.00. The inmates are enjoying the fresh from the garden potatoes as well. In that way the cost savings cannot be accurately measured but better food, (healthy and fresh) cuts down on inmate grievances and health issues.

Please be advised that the Walton County Board of Commissioners will hold their Regular Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013 rather than Tuesday, June 25, 2013 due to the Florida Association of Counties Conference held in Tampa, FL. This meeting will begin at 9:00 AM and will be held in the Walton County Courthouse located at 571 US Highway 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL

The Walton County Board of Commissioners will hold a Workshop on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM at the Walton County Courthouse located at 571 US Highway 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL. The purpose of this Workshop will be to hear brief presentations from the top 6 firms relating to RFQ 013-015 – Professional Engineering Services.

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Firefighters will be out on the streets of southern Walton County asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday. Every dollar that passing motorists can pitch into the fire fighters’ boots helps South Walton Fire District and Local #3516 firefighters provide medical treatment and support services to individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the South Walton area. Local #3516 MDA Coordinator and SWFD Lieutenant Tommy Thompson said they know the money raised makes a difference in the lives of people affected by neuromuscular diseases, and helps them get the care they need. The International Association of Firefighters has been a national MDA partner for more than 50 years and remains committed to the fight to end neuromuscular diseases. They became the first national sponsor for MDA in 1954, and over the years, firefighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Cyber Crime Unit has released information from the FBI on the MoneyPak virus. They say several citizens in the community have come across the scam and reported it to our office. The premise is cyber criminals disguise themselves as members of the FBI. They attempt to persuade victims to pay a fine (usually $100-$300) within a certain amount of time. The criminals have created a virus that will lock the victim’s computer down and then demand payment. Victims have also been threatened by the possibility of jail time. These criminals claim that the victim has violated laws, such as downloading copyrighted material or child pornography). It is important to stress these victims are NOT really in trouble with the FBI; the crooks just make them believe they are.

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MALLET BAYOU ELEGANCE
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