Emerald Star News


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Aug. 9, 2012

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Teen Slang for Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse
Parents, if you overheard kids talking or texting about getting high on cough or cold medicine, would you know what they were talking about? There are many slang….…...

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Walton County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results
Walton County - The Walton County Health Department conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality …..……..

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Another Postal Related Arrest
As reported by WZEP AM1460

The Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, along with Federal Postal Inspectors, intercepted a package containing cocaine, prescription pills ………...………..

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Auto burglaries on the increase in South Walton The Walton County
Sheriff's Office has recently seen an increase in the number of auto burglaries. Most of the victims are families on …………...

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The Wolfe’s Den


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hello. These weeks are flying by like birds in the wind lately. School is already starting too. Didn’t they just get out from ending last year? Anyway, buckle down for another school year. Help your children become the best at what they want. They are our future. Being that we are midway of the summer Olympics, I’d like to bring up a subject on the topic of children and the sacrifices of sport and self. I am most definite that more than half of society would say that those children are forced by those parents to compete at very young ages. Especially when the latest overtone is being fair…..everyone’s a winner attitude. Tell that to those who compete. It is as early as 4am when some gymnast practices, all because they have a dream to getting a gold ribbon. This is not a chore, nor a punishment, it is a routine that there parents conditioned them for since as early as age 3. What? You know how many stories we’ve heard of tough parenting when it comes to drill sergeant mentality? Not letting their kids be kids kind of stuff. How wrong they say it is? What is your take on it? Does it appear to you that society looks at sports in a much more different level than any other one thing that children do most of? Sure we like to have them be active and have friends. Play soccer or something. It is all in the eye of the parent /coach to see potential in something and they decide whether or not to pursue them as the next hero. I’ve witnessed kids work so hard only to not get picked at school, they become depressed with feeling as if they don’t fit in. Kids are funny, who picks who?, who likes who? Believe it or not that has an impact that will carry them into adulthood and beyond. You can try but No one can control it, it just forms and there it is. That is when an inner desire is lit to go on through the struggles yet to come, or not. The Olympics has numerous categories from countries to the event. The event to see who is “the best”. Have them get up on a podium and show it to the world that you are the one in your event. You rarely see an athlete have more than one field of sport they participate and compete in. To win at different distances is one thing but to be a runner and a gymnastic person in the same is not how it works. There probably is a few parents that feel differently about that. To parents all around the world who want to see their children succeed at whatever it is they do. Being young has sports written all over it. How hard do you push your kids into that? Do you make them do it….always? I am surprised that children haven’t spoke out against what they would have rather done then dream of the Olympics. The one’s who don’t succeed seem to attempt to bring others down too. The knowing of what competition and strategizing against one another-is what drives you as an adult in a business world too. There will be high times and low times but to try daily to get the best from your efforts is really what we all are doing everyday. Make a dollar, win a medal-similar motives. If you look at it that way. Do you feel that just because a company has a large office and many employees that it is the best? Of course not. It is the small businessman who works from sun up to sundown thinking about a better way. To offer the best service they can for you with what they have to offer overall. Learning through sports helps many young adults cope with daily pressures of school success going into college or not. To learn from doing not just by watching, to actually feeling the pressure from sports to reach that goal and win. Not to play it in PlayStation and think you know what it’s like. That would be foolish. They should make new games that have business minded sense of management, shipping procedures, protocols to succeed. Let’s see where that may lead to?

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Walton County Sheriff Office……. K-9
As reported by WZEP AM1460

“Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This verse from John 15:13 expresses law enforcement’s feelings towards their fellow officers, both human and canine. Corporal Nick Bearden of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit says having a K-9 to work with is a mix of a patrol zone partner and a member of your own family, all in one. You become close to your dog. The relationship between K-9 handlers and their partners is one that can be described but can never truly be understood, unless you walk in the shoes or paws of the K-9 officers. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office currently has four dedicated officer teams in the K-9 Unit that assist patrol, school resource officers, and other law enforcement agencies. The unit has been recognized for their achievement in the field of K-9 training and drug detection. In 2011, Deputy Sheriff Steve Key won the 4th quarter award from the USPCA (United States Police Canine Association) when he and his partner “Ella” located 30 lbs. of marijuana in a secret compartment of a fuel tank while on a traffic stop on Interstate 10. Deputy Key and “Ella” won the 1st quarter award in 2012 for his continued fight against the war on drugs with 19 drug arrests made between January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012. Deputy Sheriff Matt Key and his partner “Kayne” have been working together since 2010. “Kayne”, a German Shepherd, are also an award-winning team. At the USPCA Region 1 Field Trials, they placed 3rd in indoor and outdoor competition, and won 3rd place overall. Deputy Key credits his time spent as a Police Explorer when he was a teenager to his interest in law enforcement. His love of dogs has led Key to work as a K-9 officer not only at Walton County but other agencies as well. Deputy Sheriff Chad Biernacki has been in the spotlight recently, both with and without his partner “Nero”, a Belgium Malinois. Biernacki was recently honored by the American Federation of Police Officers and Concerned Citizens and by Sheriff Michael Adkinson for his actions in saving the life of a 6 day old child. On July 12, Deputy Biernacki won the 2nd quarter USPCA Detector Case award for the hard work put forth on a traffic stop that lead to seizure of several bags of MDMA (also known as Ecstasy), along with narcotic equipment used in the process of distribution. Biernacki and “Nero” have been working as a team since 2009 and placed 1st in the outdoor competition at the USPCA Region 1 Field Trials. Corporal Nick Bearden and his K-9 partner “Lee” are the last of the team members. “Lee” is the seasoned veteran of the group, with 9 years of performing as a K-9. Even though “Lee” has some age on him, don’t let that fool you. “Lee” is still working hard every time he comes on shift and recently assisted patrol deputies in locating two burglary suspects whose “track” was approximately 8 hours old. Cpl. Bearden and “Lee” won the USPCA Region 1 field trials by scoring a 199.5 out of a possible 200, which earned them the “Top Dog” Award. During the competition they also placed 2nd in outdoor and indoor testing. Bearden has recently been nominated for the 3rd quarter USPCA Detector and Patrol case for his recent work in the field. Since 2009, the Walton County Canine Unit has recovered two stolen vehicles, approximately $40,000 in cash, seized seven vehicles related to narcotics trafficking. There have been numerous felony arrests made for trafficking in controlled substances and there has been a seizure of over $200,000 in counterfeit merchandise. 40 pounds of marijuana, 175 Ecstasy pills along with 97 grams of Ecstasy powder, 45 pounds of cocaine, 6 ounces of crack cocaine, and 4 ounces of methamphetamine have been cleaned up from Walton County by the K-9 unit alone. Whether they are helping deputies locate narcotics or track down fleeing felons, the four-legged members of WCSO’s are proving everyday they are not only “Man’s Best Friend” but are his partners in crime-fighting as well.

Teen Slang for Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse
Parents, if you overheard kids talking or texting about getting high on cough or cold medicine, would you know what they were talking about? There are many slang words for dextromethorphan abuse. Get to know them. By educating yourself in drug slang, you can help protect your child. DXM. A common abbreviation for dextromethorphan, a drug in many cough and cold medicines. It's abused by some teens because it can cause hallucinations and dissociative effects at high doses. Dex or Drex. Street terms for cold and cough medicines with dextromethorphan. Dexing. Getting high on products with dextromethorphan. Orange crush. A term for some cough medicines with dextromethorphan. It may stem from the orange-colored syrup -- and packaging -- of brands like Delsym. Poor man's PCP, or Poor man's X. Products with dextromethorphan, since they're cheap but can cause effects similar to those of PCP or ecstasy at high doses. Red devils. Another term for Coricidin tablets or other cough medicines. Red hots. A term for capsules or tablets with dextromethorphan. The term comes from their resemblance to the candy. Robo. Usually a reference to cough syrup with dextromethorphan. It derives from the brand name Robitussin, but it is common slang for any cough syrup. Robo-dosing. Abusing products with dextromethorphan, like cough syrups. Robo-fizzing. Combining cough medicine with soda or alcohol. Robotard. A term for someone who abuses dextromethorphan. Robo-tripping. Abusing products with dextromethorphan. The term refers to the hallucinogenic trips that people experience at high doses. Rojo. Cold and cough medicines with dextromethorphan. "Rojo" is Spanish for "red," and refers to the color of many syrups and gelcaps. Skittles. Usually applied to Coricidin tablets with dextromethorphan, since they have a size and shape similar to the candy. Skittling. Another term for abusing products with dextromethorphan. It applies specifically to using Coricidin tablets, sometimes called Skittles after the candy. Syrup head. Someone who uses cough syrups or other products with dextromethorphan to get high. Triple C’s or CCCs. A term for Coricidin tablets with dextromethorphan, which have three small C's printed on each tablet for "Coricidin Cold and Cough." Tussin. Another term for cough syrup with dextromethorphan. Tussing. A term for using products with dextromethorphan. It refers to cough syrups such as Tussin or Robitussin. Velvet or velvet syrup. Cough syrup with dextromethorphan. Vitamin D. Another term for medicines with dextromethorphan, often applied to Robitussin products.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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You’ve probably heard that exercise can help keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. But what kind of exercise? For how long, and how often? And how much of an impact can you really expect exercise to have on cholesterol levels? If you’re exercising the right way, the answer to that last question can be “a lot,” according to Patrick McBride, MD, MPH, director of the preventive cardiology program and the cholesterol clinic at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Regular exercise affects your cholesterol and triglycerides in two main ways.


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Mayor was unable to make a post this week, check back next issue. Pharmaceutical companies, military contractors, banks and other corporations are on track to pay as much as $8 billion this year to resolve charges of defrauding the government, analysts say — a record sum and more than twice the amount assessed last year by the Justice Department. The surge in penalties is because of a number of factors, including the resolution of longstanding actions against drug makers and military contractors, as well as lawsuits brought against mortgage lenders after the financial crisis. But it also reflects a renewed emphasis on corporate fraud, as the Justice Department devotes more resources to the issue and demands higher penalties from companies. “We are putting more resources into these cases and better using the resources we have,” said Tony West, the acting associate attorney general. The ballooning settlements are for civil charges of fraud against the government, criminal charges often related to the same conduct and, in the case of health care companies, recovery of money for states for Medicare fraud. But while the collections are a boon to the government and taxpayers, they are resurrecting questions about the relative lack of charges against executives at the companies that are getting the stiffest penalties. “A lot of people on the street, they’re wondering how a company can commit serious violations of securities laws and yet no individuals seem to be involved and no individual responsibility was assessed,” Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and chairman of a subcommittee that oversees securities regulation. Freeport Pool Times Starting this week, the Freeport pool will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6 pm (weather permitting, of course). The ongoing water aerobics class will continue as is until the end of September.

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Exercise helps lower triglycerides, which at high levels are linked to coronary artery disease.  Exercise also raises your levels of HDL, or the “good” cholesterol. “Consistent regular exercise can lower triglycerides by 30% to 40% and boost HDL by 5 to 8 mg/dL,” says McBride. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like exercise can lower your LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) levels -- unless by exercising you also lose a significant amount of weight. Still, lower triglycerides and higher HDL levels are both important to heart health, so what kind of exercise should you pursue to achieve these goals? most experts recommend a combination of three forms of exercise to get the most health benefit.

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Aerobics to get your heart rate up Strength training to build muscle Flexibility exercises like stretching to keep you limber “We really like it when people use variety, alternating endurance and strength training. Fitness means you’re strong, flexible, and have endurance.” So don’t be too concerned about whether you’re walking or running, swimming or biking, lifting free weights or using weight machines. It’s all exercise, and it’s all good for your heart.

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Free Service for Smart and Safe Digging
HEALTH ADVISORY FOR HORSESHOE BAYOU AND NEARBY AREAS As reported by WZEP AM1460 IN CHOCTAWHATCHEE Here is a follow up on that rolling meth BAY lab and child endangerment we told Have some yard work or landscaping projects to do this summer of you about. fall? Before you pick up that shovel, Walton County - Due to a sewage spill in A DeFuniak Springs Police detective was the Sandestin area of Walton County the Gulf Power Company reminds you approached on Monday, August 6th to dig safely. If yard projects includ- Walton County Health Department is issu- around 12:30 pm by a concerned citizen ing a health advisory for the Horseshoe ing planting trees or hedges or putwho reported a white male was asking to Bayou and nearby areas in the Chocting in a fence or mailbox are on purchase pseudoephedrine and wanted the tawhatchee Bay. your to do list, call 8-1-1 before you citizen to purchase it from a local drug The Health Department advises against begin. store. The citizen was unfamiliar with the Homeowners often disregard pos- any water-related activities at the above person and was concerned that it was golocation until a bacteriological survey resible safety issues that can arise ing to be used to make methamphetamine. veals that the area is safe. Sewage from from digging without knowing The Detective made contact with the susthe spill may have contaminated this area. what’s lying below. If you hit an pect, later identified as Jeffery Darrell Individuals, especially those with wounds Chadwick, at a green car. The detective underground utility line you can harm yourself or others in the proc- and weakened immune systems, may be at observed a large bag of suspicious chemiess. And, you could be held respon- risk of contracting a water-borne disease if cals near the vehicle. Chadwick said the they come into contact with these waters. sible for possible fines or repair chemicals were being used to make The Health Department will advise the costs. “meth.” Chadwick turned over a needle and syringe which he said he used to Natalie Smith, Corporate Commu- public when water samples confirm that there is no longer a threat to the public. “shoot-up” with. Chadwick was detained nication specialist says the utility For more information, contact the Walton for further investigation. encourages all customers, homeowners and business owners to call County Health Department at Further investigation revealed the driver of 892-8021. 8-1-1 before digging. She says this the vehicle, 33-year-old Victoria L. White is a great free service provided to and a passenger, 32-year-old John Lamar the community to help our customGraham, were aware of the chemicals. A ers stay safe and prevent costly search revealed two plastic soda containdamage. ers being used actively to produce methamphetamine. White said the bottles According to the 811 website you belonged to Chadwick and he had been can call 8-1-1 from anywhere in the riding in the car next to them. country, your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Tell the A one year old infant was found lying near operator where you're planning to the bottles inside the vehicle. dig and what type of work you will The infant appeared to be unharmed, but be doing and the affected local utilcould have been seriously injured if the ity companies will be notified about bottles had ruptured. The infant was taken your into custody by the Department of Chilplans to dig. dren and Families, pending placement with a family member. In a few days, a locator will come to your home to mark the approxiThe Walton County Sheriff’s Office was mate location of your underground contacted to assist in the active lab relines, pipes and cables, so you’ll moval. Investigators, trained in clandesknow where you can dig safely. tine lab removal, responded to assist in safely containing the chemicals and presFor more information on the 8-1-1 ervation of evidence. campaign, visit www.call811.com. Due to the nature and active state of the chemicals, a hazardous materials clean-up crew was contacted for removal and disposal. DeFuniak Springs Police arrested and charged Chadwick, White, and Graham with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Abuse. All 3 suspects were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections and booked on these charges.

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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. The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract 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 and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems and whether future beach monitoring efforts are necessary. Site -Name-Enterococci-Water Quality-SP-1 Miramar Beach-148-Poor-SP-3 Dune Allen Beach- 248-Poor-SP-4 Blue Mountain Beach-152-Poor-SP-5 Grayton Beach- 12-Good-SP-7 Holly Street Beach-192-Poor-SP-8 Eastern Lake Beach- 40-Moderate-SP-9 Inlet Beach Access- 44-Moderate 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 marine Moderate = 36 - 104 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water Poor = greater than 105 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water Health Advisories have been issued for the Miramar Beach Access, Dune Allen Beach Access, Blue Mountain Beach Access and the Holley Street Beach Access based on the enterococci standard recommended by the EPA. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public. 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

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The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc. The Choctawhatchee Military Council will be collecting items for the Homeless Veterans Stand Down this year. Requested donations include: Band-Aids, dental floss, note pads/pens/pencils, playing cards, books, puzzle books, shaving cream & razors, wet wipes, toothbrushes/ toothpaste/toothbrush covers, deodorant, hand sanitizer, plastic rain ponchos, sewing kits, socks/t-shirts, tissue packages, washcloths, shampoo, combs, small containers of insect repellant, new caps or knit caps and non-perishable snacks. If you would like to donate, drop off points are:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Michael Crichton with Richard Preston
Amazing. Thrilling. Enlightening. Michael Crichton and Richard Preston have done it. With all the new surgical robots and developments in nanotechnology, they have effectively captured the growing and future fears of weaponization of this awe-inspiring technology. Supposed to be used to help the environment by finding and studying previously undiscovered organisms, a mad scientist and corrupt businessman turns this green tech against humanity and thus endangers us all. When a team of young scientists, invited to said scientist’s facility to study these nanobots, they unwittingly fall into a trap and subsequently become shrunken to the nano level and are forced to fight their way out of a dangerous rainforest wrought with insects. While this sounds perfectly innocuous, they are now roughly the same size as these insects, and unfortunately, most are carnivorous. If there are any fans of either Michael Crichton or science-fiction, I strongly recommend this novel to anyone 15 years of age and up.

By M. Vreeland

According to Mr. Webster, a rascal is a person or animal who is full of mischief. Our Rascal at Alaqua Animal Refuge is not so much a mischief maker as he is  Gulf Power on Circle Drive in Defuplayful and fun loving. A Terrier/Silky niak Springs Terrier mix, this adorable dog just can’t th  JobsPlus on 9 Street North in DeFuget enough of hanging out with his caniak Springs nine buddies in the play area where he City Hall in Freeport can take part in a good frolic. Sociable and eager to please, Rascal loves to go All items must be received by September out for long walks to show off his conth 7 so we can get them to The Mental siderable skills on the leash, and to enHealth Association of Okaloosa Walton joy the local scenery. He is most gratewho will fill the personal care bags to be ful for all his blessings, and knows how given the homeless veterans. lucky he is to be in such a beautiful place. There are still times, though, Point of contact is Melinda Wickham at when he is terribly lonely and longs for 850-585-5477. a family of his very own. Rascal is one of the sweetest dogs we know, and truly Walton County Master Gardener Course deserves a second chance at having a Offered September 6 – December 6, 2012 happy home. He hopes one special Applications are being accepted for the 2012 someone out there will see his picture, Dear Aunt Ruby, Class. The Master Gardener Program is a joint read about what a great guy he is and Less than a year ago, my 28-year-old endeavor of the University of Florida/Institute welcome him into their heart. Bruce Tribal Pantry…..We have run son, "David," married his college sweetof Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) low (or out ) of a some non-food heart, "Ann." She's a wonderful girl. Extension, Walton County and gardening items. Before the next pantry can the "Northwest Florida's Premier Animal They bought a home near her job in the volunteers. Sanctuary and Adoption Center" churches please help stock us up on area. David sometimes goes out of state The 50-hour course will be held weekly each these items too? on temporary jobs. He called me a Thursday (8:30 am to 12:30 pm) beginning Diapers Sizes New Born, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, September 6th and ending December 6th (no Alaqua Animal Refuge is a non-profit, month ago, while on a job in a resort 6. Size 5 and 6 go fast. People have area, and told me he has met someone no-kill shelter, located at 914 Whitfield class 10/11 or 11/22). Applicants must attend asked for pullups, Large sizes, but we all classes. Classes are held at the Walton and wants out of his marriage. He said Road, Freeport. We welcome you to Ann has been great, they never argue, have never had any donations of those, County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in visit all the adoptable animals at our etc., but he was pressured into the marbeautiful ten acre sanctuary any TuesWe also need adult pullup diapers. DeFuniak Springs. Plus there will be some day through Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to riage and doesn't really know where his They need to be the pull up kind of field trips as well. Training will include seslife is going. Ann has called me several 5:00 P.M. For more information you pants (diapers) not incerts) sions on plant physiology, insects, plant distimes in tears. She said she will give him can call us at 850-880-6399 or check eases, care of landscape plants, vegetable We need Size XL for Men and XL for time, but she is almost ready to give up. out our website at gardening, lawn management, landscape dewomen. (we have a couple of older I hope he reads this and will know now. www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org ladies that need these so please stress sign and communication skills. There is a charge of $125 for the course which covers the pullup kind of panties) Feminine products. We need boxes of the cost of materials. In tampons and sanitary napkins. These addition to classroom work, students are expected to participate in Master Gardener comare expensive and yet a necessary We represent individual claimants, retail business owners & munity volunteer projects to receive certificaproduct needed every month. employees, construction businesses and workers; restaurant tion. Fifty volunteer hours must be accumuThis last pantry we also handed out businesses and employees, and others. lated within one year of course completion. formula and if we had them would have handed out wet wipes. We had 2 Men and women who want to serve their communities as Master Gardeners may contact babies that were both a month old *We can help you determine if you have a BP CLAIM. the Walton County Extension office at 850come through. Another family came *We can process your BP CLAIM 892-8172 to receive an application. The class through with 3 in diapers. The new will be limited to 15 students. Applications borns wiped out our formula supply. *****Fee Charged Only If We Recover a Claim for you. must be returned by August 20th. Master Garthanks, Cyndi and Tom Talty STEPHEN C. WILLIS dener Applications can be printed off the Intake workers at Rural Relief Attorney at Law The next Rural Relief Food Pantry is Walton Extension Office website at _http:// walton.ifas.ufl.edu/_ (http:// the 25th of August. walton.ifas.ufl.edu/) Submitted by Barbara

Dear Aunt Ruby, I'm a 25-year-old, happily married woman with a great life. Ever since the birth of my son a little over a year ago, I find myself angry at things that happened in my childhood that I thought I had "gotten over." Ruby, I was mentally, physically and sexually abused by my father. He has never had to answer for his actions, which of course he denies. My mother was also emotionally and verbally abusive, as well as absent. I have a newfound anger toward her, and the hatred for my father has resurfaced. (I have had no contact with him for years.) How do I get over this? I had therapy as a kid and I'm looking for other options. Having Flashbacks DEAR HAVING FLASHBACKS, You may be looking for "other options," but more counseling may be the best option for you. Now that you're a mother yourself, with a daily reminder of how small and fragile a child is, it's not surprising you're angry at your parents for the way you were treated when you were little and helpless. A licensed psychotherapist can help you work this through in the shortest possible time, so please don't wait to ask for a referral.



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‘Happenings’ in DeFuniak Springs
WCSB Special Meeting
As reported by WZEP AM 1460

The Special Walton County School Board meeting opened with the budget and setting a tentative millage rate with no tax increase. There were no public comments. The Board passed a millage that is less than the rollback millage rate by negative .94%. The proposed millage rate is more than last year, but due to a change in property values, it is still not a tax increase. The tentative millage was adopted at 5.013 total mills. It can not be raised, but can be lowered before the final public hearing in September. The certified taxable value for Walton is $11.2 billion. Mark Davis was the only nay vote. The proposed budget is approximately $92.9 million, about a million two less than last year. The largest part of the budget is instruction, about 62%. There are 9 new instruction positions for growth and a change in insurance costs. Board member Mark Davis asked about a corrected copy. An older copy was accidentally sent to the paper and Finance Director Mary Hobbs said the Department of Revenue said the correct document could be presented at the meeting without having to re-advertise. Board member Sharon Roberts confirmed the recommended millage will not increase taxes. The vote for the tentative millage passed 4-1 with Mark Davis the nay vote. The budget was set with a final public hearing on September 6th. The vote for the slightly lower budget was 5-0. Davis’ opposition was due to the state required local effort causing the local Board to adjust the discretion part of the budget to compensate. Davis said the local Board has to vote for a lower budget or they would have to advertise a tax increase. He previously stated the increase is not really from the local Board, rather from the state legislature. The Board passed a lengthy personnel recommendation list. The Board also passed the student handbooks for Freeport High School and for the Career Development Center post secondary. After Board member Faye Leddon said she did not get the updated handbook, she voted nay for the South Walton handbook. The motion passed 3-2 with Roberts the other nay vote.

8 Tons of Kids' Lunch Wraps Recalled Over Listeria
Recall of Armour 'Active Packs' Turkey, Ham Wraps Marketed to Kids Just as a new school year begins in many areas, some 8 tons of "Active Packs" kids' lunches have been recalled due to possible contamination with listeria bacteria. No illnesses have been reported. Listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Tests conducted on behalf of Reichel Foods detected listeria in some of their products. The company has issued a recall for these products:

Another Postal Related Arrest

5.6-oz packages of "Armour Active Packs Turkey & Cheese Wrap" Package Code 1026090112 or Case Code 27815-17994.  5.6-oz packages of "Armour Active Packs Ham & Cheese Wrap" Package Code 1026090112 or Case Code 27815-17995.  5.6-oz packages of "Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza" Package Code 1026090112 or Case Code 2781517996.  2.75-oz single serve trays of Dippin' Stix Apples & Caramel with Peanuts. The affected case code dates are 09/01/12, 09/02/12, and 09/03/12. The affected single serve tray code dates are USE BY 01SEP2012, USE BY 02SEP2012, and USE BY 03SEP2012. So far, only these specific items have been recalled. The pizza and Dippin' Stix products were added today to the initial recall issued on Sunday, Aug. 5. The products were sent to distribution centers in Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. From there they were sent to major retailers throughout the U.S. Active Packs come in child-friendly boxed kits that contain wrap ingredients, sauce, and sliced apples with caramel dip.

Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will be holding a series of public County ViAs reported by WZEP AM1460 sioning Meetings as follow-up to the meetings that were held in 2010. The Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, along with Federal During the meetings information Postal Inspectors, intercepted a pack- will be presented on items that have age containing cocaine, prescription met or are in process of meeting the pills and marijuana on July 25th. The goals set during those meetings. In package was destined to be delivered addition, there will be public input to 303 South Avenue in Fort Walton garnered on how to move forward Beach. with visioning and if any changes or additions need to be made to current. 20-year old Tori Scott of that address is charged with trafficking in In preparation for the meetings, the cocaine (over 200 grams), trafficking County has created a pre-meeting surin Hydrocodone (over 28 grams) and vey that they would like to have compossession of marijuana. pleted by the public in order to help The investigation led to the seizure guide the meetings as well as the of over $10,000.00 in currency and the preparation of the final document. freezing of several bank accounts reThe public can complete the survey lated to the investigation, accounts online at https:// which contain $9,000.00 believed to www.surveymonkey.com/s/ be the proceeds of felony activity. WCBCCVisioning. Online surveys will Additional suspects in this case are being sought. close on August 7th at midnight. There will also be surveys available in printed format at each meeting for Supt. Carlene Anderson proudly those residents who do not have interannounced last week the Parent Pornet access. tal for on-line grades will be available for all schools in Walton County Currently, there are three scheduled meetings The schedule is listed below. during the first weeks of September. - August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the FreeInformation will be sent on with students during the first weeks of school port Community Center in Freeport with access information. - August 15th at 6:00 pm at the “This project has been in the works NWFSC South Walton Center in for many years and I’m proud to anSouth Walton nounce it is coming to fruition the - August 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Defirst of September,” said Supt. Funiak Springs Community Center Anderson in an interview with Mr. Members of the public are encouraged Marello, Principal of Emerald Coast to attend and participate. Middle School. “We have wanted this feature for our parents and students for years but have experienced challenges along the way to determine which system best served our county.

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The EMERALD STAR NEWS, Inc. Obituary for Frances Ruth Edwards Mrs. Frances Ruth Edwards, age 88, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012. She was born February 14, 1924 in Tupelo, Mississippi to William and Martha Sanders Davis. Mrs. Edwards was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach. She was Baptist by faith. She worked with Kmart as a sales manager for many years before retiring. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano and the guitar. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling. Mrs. Edwards is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymon D. Edwards, Sr. of 30 years; three brothers Charles Davis, Ed Davis and Les Davis and four sisters Winney Mynatt, Ora Davis, Eutalla Hammond and May Cox. Mrs. Edwards is survived by her two sons Raymon D. Edwards, Jr. and wife Loralyn of Santa Rosa Beach and William P. Edwards of Tallahassee; seven grandchildren Raymon “Trey” Edwards III, Amy Carol White and husband Randy, Cheryl Carroll and husband Karlle, Colt Eugene Edwards and wife Karen, Kevin Douglas Smith, Desiree Ozimek and Sarah Edwards and fourteen great grandchildren. 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.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 Obituary for Nina Faye Clements McCormick Faglie Mrs. Faye Faglie, age 68, of Pensacola passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. She was born May 25, 1944 in Mobile, Alabama to Eugene and Aurelia Tatum Clements. Mrs. Faglie was a resident of Pensacola. She was Baptist by faith. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, talking on the phone and was talented at telling stories. She also enjoyed cooking for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Mrs. Faglie is preceded in death by her parents Eugene Norman Clements and mother Aurelia Ruth Clements; first husband William Henry McCormick, Sr., granddaughter Kimberly Knight McCormick, great grandson Zane Alexander Newman and daughter Julie Marie Faglie. Mrs. Faglie is survived by her husband Gerald Clayton Faglie of Pensacola, Florida; sons Williams “Boots” McCormick, Jr. and wife Casandra, Douglas D. McCormick and wife Jamie and Johnnie R. McCormick and wife Terrie all of Freeport, Florida; daughters Aurelia F. Goodwin and husband Gene of Shelby, Alabama, Pamela L. Canaday and husband Jimmy of Freeport, Florida and Laura A. McMurray of Germantown, Maryland; grandchildren Blake, Jerad, Jessica, Johnnie Ray, Shelby, Jonathon, Thomas, Will, Wesley, Jacob, Matt and Sarah, great grandchildren Adalyn, Ty, Ian, Zoë, Peyton, Marleigh, Aquirah and Kaidence . Graveside services will be held at Barancas National Cemetery 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.

During the Walton County Commission Meeting on Tuesday, July 24th, District 5 Commissioner Cecilia Jones introduced a program, in partnership with the Friends of Scenic 30A, to bring an Adopt-A-Road Program to the Scenic Highways, major arteries and collector roads of South Walton. The purpose of the program is simple; every year visitors get their first glimpse of our county from their car windows as they travel along Walton County's scenic highways. First impressions can be long lasting. Do we want them to see miles of roadway cluttered with litter? Or clean highways that truly represent Walton County? According to Jones, "This is a fantastic partnership that the County can forge with residents to beautify and take pride in our community. I think this is another great step towards building additional public-private partnerships." As part of the program, volunteers would enter into a two-year agreement with Walton County, during which they agree to conduct litter removal at regularly scheduled intervals. The Walton County Adopt-A-Road program is an opportunity that allows for incorporated civic groups and incorporated businesses to make a visible difference in their community for a minimal cost. The program also frees up Walton County's maintenance staff for more productive activities such as road repairs. "We are proud to be working with Commissioner Jones to implement this program," said Vivian Shamel, County Coordinator for the Friends of Scenic 30A, the management group entrusted with maintaining the Florida State Scenic Highway designation. "It is one of the goals in the approved action plan to work with citizens, businesses and organizations to address litter issues on the roadsides." The Adopt A Road Program is an excellent beginning for community involvement in the preservation of Walton County's scenic highways and roads. The program is laid out a follows: Volunteers Agree to: * "Adopt" a one to two-mile section of a County Road * Dedicate two years to the program * Follow specified DOT safety regulations * Remove litter a minimum of four times each year Walton County Agrees to: * Assist with safety meetings * Provide safety vests, gloves, litter bags and safety signs * Pick up litter at specified locations * Post Adopt-A-Road signs commending the group at the beginning and end of their section As an additional partner to the program, Waste Management, Inc. has signed on to provide gloves, vests and bags for all volunteers. To become part of the Adopt-A-Road program, or for more information, please contact the Walton County Planning and Development Services Division at (850) 267-1955.

August blood drives in Destin area and Walton County. Wednesday 8th – Crystal Bay – 2400 Crystal Cove Lane, Miramar Beach – 12 pm to 3 pm Saturday 11th – Wal-Mart DeFuniak Springs – 12 pm to 6 pm – Free gift card for all donors Monday 20th – The Village of Baytowne Wharf – 9100 Baytowne Blvd., Miramar Beach – 11 am to 2 pm Wednesday 22nd – Walton Career Development Center – DeFuniak Springs – 8 am to 1 pm – Free Movie ticket for all donors Friday 24th – Coast Guard Station Destin – 9.30 am to 1.30 pm Friday 24th – Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast – 9 am to 4 pm

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Auto burglaries on the increase in South Walton
The Walton County Sheriff's Office has recently seen an increase in the number of auto burglaries. Most of the victims are families on vacation to South Walton, primarily in the Seacrest/Seagrove communities. The burglaries have been happening on the weekends in the late hours of the night. The suspect(s) stole items ranging from firearms to radar detectors. In all of the cases, the victims forgot to lock their car doors. These burglaries are crimes of opportunity and can be prevented by taking your valuables out of your car and locking it. The Walton County Sheriff's Office is asking for any information that might be able to help identify the suspect(s) involved in the auto burglaries. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can contact Inv. John Glenister @ 850-401-4606 or you can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 1888-654-TIPS or www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com.

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

Social matters dominate the first half of the week, so get out your phone list or email contacts and work them until you're satisfied. Things are getting even more interesting in your work or school life; people are everything, so build up your lists. Weird events at home make Thursday and Friday a bit uncomfortable, but try not to fight back. Escalation could make the situation much worse for you! There is so much going on early this week that you may get caught up in it all and say too much. Try to listen carefully and keep from speaking unless you know you're talking to the right people. Things get a little better on Thursday, and you might actually see a friend do you a big favor using power you never knew they had. This could lead to a new chapter of your life, but it may take a while to kick in. The first half of the week is a great time to do your own thing and go your own way -- the important people in your life are probably all doing more or less the same. Your thinking could stray into unusual areas, and that could mean that things are just about to get a lot more interesting for you! Take it easy on Thursday and Friday, though, because all that fiery energy needs to cool off for at least a little while. Your positive social energy is propelling you into the week and should keep you going for a few days at least, even when you feel tired. It's a great time to meet new people and build up your network of work or romantic prospects. Even if those areas are settled, you can still enjoy others' company quite a bit. Your eyes open to a new point of view on Thursday, and the perspective shift should be quite valuable for some time to come. Most people are incredibly sensitive to anything that could be interpreted as preaching or even simple persuasion. That doesn't mean you need to stay cloistered, though! Starting Thursday, you can make a lot more progress with folks -- it just may take some doing. Experiment a bit and see what works, but don't expect any one trick to work on everyone. Take time out. You may play the role of assistant on Monday, and your help could be vital for several days. The more you pour into this project, the more everyone will get out of it in the long run -- and the better you'll feel about yourself! Work issues could take over your life on Thursday and Friday, and you should try to make sure that you're keeping things balanced as much as possible. You're not exactly impatient this week, but you are certainly keeping your speechifying to a minimum! That leaves more time for the fun and games that come early in the week. See if you can keep that spirit flowing for a while. Listen to everyone who approaches you on Thursday and Friday -- you need to take in as much information as you can before reaching any kind of decision. Your feet may be dragging this week -- and not just on Monday! Force yourself to go through the motions for a few days and eventually your energy levels will pick back up. Get ready for a blast of romantic energy coming your way, peaking on Thursday and Friday. That's the time to ask people out or spend some quality time with your current partner. You're more easily persuaded than usual on Monday, and that could lead to some interesting events early this week. That doesn't mean you should be stubborn, though -- you ought to end up somewhere great by the time all the events have played themselves out. Thursday and Friday are great for negotiations, dates, interviews and any other situations requiring diplomacy or social finesse. You see someone in need on Monday and can't help but jump in. It may not be a huge crisis, but it's a good opportunity to rack up some positive karma. Conflicts aren't so good for you midweek, and you may want to walk away from them even if it leaves you at a temporary disadvantage. You should have a better hand later. Don't sign anything Thursday or Friday. Hang out with the people who mean the most to you early this week -- your great energy is just what they need to keep themselves happy, and their company is perfect for your positive frame of mind. Things should go well for you, but they start to slow down on Thursday, and you might decide to reel yourself back in from your extravagant ways. Save money however you can -- it should come in handy later. The weekend is all about learning, and forcing yourself to face new ideas. You're in the flow, no matter where you are or what you're doing, and it could be that you get more done than you had thought possible. Your energy levels shoot up even higher on Thursday and Friday, and you should have a great time with friends and family. Expect a bit of praise over something you thought nobody had noticed. Change things up this weekend, but not so much that you can't be reached -- someone may need to get your opinion at a random time.

Paxton Fire
As reported by WZEP AM 1460

Libra 9/23 – 10/22 Scorpio 10/23 –11/21

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

A Paxton woman lost everything except the family Bible after her home caught fire last Thursday morning. Walton Fire-Rescue was dispatched to Cannon Drive, north of Highway 147, to a single wide mobile home. Chief Brian Coley says as the firefighters arrived, the home was already completely involved and was a total loss. The home’s owner, Viola Cooper, was not at home. She has been in the hospital for two months with multiple medical complications and recently was released and was staying with her son. He says she has most of her clothes, but lost everything in the blaze. Coley says the front of the property in the rural residential neighborhood has a high and thick hedge. He says this prevented neighbors from seeing the fire sooner. Surrounding trees were scorched, but the damp morning and cut grass kept the fire from spreading to the nearby woods and a brick home about 100 feet away. Cooper’s son-in-law, Bill Imfeld, says she lost many pictures and personal belongings. However, he says the family Bible made it through.

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Red Cross News
As Tropical Storm Ernesto continues to trek through the Atlantic with an eye on the Gulf, Your American Red Cross reminds local residents that the best defense against disaster is being prepared. This week the American Red Cross launched a valuable addition to your preparedness toolkit, its official Hurricane App. This lifesaving App puts information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit hurricane prone areas. This free app is the second in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. Building on the Red Cross’ leadership in the social media space, the app also includes a number of features that allow people to monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it. “We want everyone to be to be ready for hurricanes,” said Jerry Kindle, CEO, American Red Cross of Northwest Florida. “The Red Cross Hurricane App allows people to receive and spread emergency information and to share their own status with friends and loved ones through social networks, anywhere, anytime.” The launch of the Red Cross hurricane app comes just before what is traditionally the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season. Features of the app include: One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way; Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories users can share on social networks; Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside Locations of open Red Cross shelters; Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan; Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity; Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks. The app enables people across the country to receive alerts for locations in areas where they like to vacation or where loved ones live, giving peace of mind to travelers, people who winter in warmer climates, and those with elderly relatives or college students in coastal areas. National Red Cross experts in health, safety, and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app. The Hurricane App follows the recently released Red Cross First Aid App which has had nearly 600,000 downloads in just six weeks. Testimonials and positive reviews have shown how dozens of people already have used the app to help in real-life situations. The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

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