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Double RED FLAGS
The Walton County Sheriff's Office advises the public that there are double red flags flying on Walton County Beaches today. Double Red Flags indicate that the water is closed to the public.….

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Red Cross helping storm victims
With some areas receiving as much as 23 inches of rain, there are hundreds of families affected by flooding. “As damage assessment continues…..……...

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The 2nd Annual "Drop the Drugs" Day to take place on June 16th
The 2nd Annual "Drop the Drugs" Day will be taking place on June 16, 2012. The event will be held in two separate locations: see inside for details...….

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hello to you and Thank you for reading this newspaper. I hope you are having a wonderful week to an outstanding weekend. I know I sure have. The signs of aging trying to appear from me doing things like I once did. And I’m sure how many of us can say that! From riding a jet ski to swimming at the beach, the wear and tear on the body comes to light each day. But that’s Ok, for as long as it’s times spent with family and friends it makes it all worth the while. Over the weekend I got to experience torrential rain and down pour over in Pensacola and Gautier Miss. I think the totals of rain reached up to 14 inches and more in other spots. Driving home took forever, for the ability to see was next to zero. I witnessed a couple of accidents that could have been prevented by driving at a slower safer speed. Everyday we drive we need to be cautious of other drivers habits. I hate to see when another vehicle is up on my rear impatiently waiting to hit the gas to do 80mph. Leave earlier if your need to be somewhere is that important, if not relax and enjoy the drive for a change. It’s not worth your life to be behind schedule. Lately, I have been hearing of many people talking about the Swamp people show, the auction show, pawn show and the list goes on and on. Is this a sign? Seems like the History channel has become a top contender in programming. Most people complained about soap operas and the way they make normal living a scene out of a book. The cheating, lying and deceptions made you want to tell your friends about what they did. The talk around the office water cooler was what might they do next and so on. Even though some of those same folks were living lives similar to those on a show. Isn’t it called now, reality TV? Of course soaps were drawn more for the ladies back in the day. It seems to be another change in our TV watching habits. Watching people work and argue, cuss and scream seems to be what’s big on TV these days. From riding in motorcycle gangs to redoing your house in a make-over. Ideas come from everywhere. Some of us can stand to learn a few new things that we didn’t know or even realize that existed, such as people who hunt animals for a livelihood. The risks involved are far more severe when you mess up than what most of us would ever encounter in our lives. I couldn’t imagine doing that stuff. Now they also have bobble-heads? That is the market of advertising. Risks of trying new lines of work to meeting new people are what life has to offer. The thought of losing a limb for just another catch of the big one baffles me, but I suppose someone has to do it. Just like the garbage man, the job stinks and is not so desirable but someone has to be that person. They are a valuable part of our everyday lives. Every time I put together a new issue of this newspaper I wonder about how it came this far. The people I had working for me and the businesses who advertised in the past seem to change every few months but that is part of the advertising game. Rarely does one stay in the same mode without trying something new or taking a break for a bit. Other than those of us who work everyday do we realize that every billboard, street sign for advertising, someone makes that decision to place the advertisement there in the first place. Finding the best deal for what you want to have your business displayed as in where the sign is located. This newspaper is not just a local Freeport paper. The newspaper makes it’s way to Bruce, Portland and along the Hwy 30A with numerous locations in DeFuniak Springs. New business people may not realize how many faithful readers there are like you around here. When you frequent these locations, remember the # 585-0262 and have them call me. We are in business to help your businesses. Our prices are made to fit any budget.

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WCSB looks At Honors
Should Walton simply do away with honors classes since there are already other high rigor possibilities or could they make all classes honors? As the Walton County School Board met in workshop session to look at the annual Student Progression Plan, Board members talked about honors classes and weighted programs. Staff presented a request that they pattern their system after the one Okaloosa County uses. In Okaloosa the final honors graduation GPA is completed at the end of semester 7, not at the end of the year, with provisions for 18 credit graduation options. Students must remain enrolled until the end of the year. Only credits used in core courses and some electives are used. College level (AP and dual enrollment) earn an extra full weight point and honors classes earn 0.5 extra weight. Staff says this will require the student to not only take the course, but to do well. They say, with this system, a student could be an honor graduate without taking any of the specified courses but would have to make straight “A”s to do so. The district has basic courses, the higher rigor honors courses, and even higher rigor AP and dual enrollment. The courses are not always available in all the high schools due to the need for additional teachers. Superintendent Carlene Anderson questioned if the courses are truly honors level. She told the Board she can’t confirm an honors class is really higher rigor. Board member Mildred Wilkerson said colleges do not look at honors. She says they have to look at the children and the children have to want to be in the classes. Referring to students who leave Walton and head off to higher education but have problems, Wilkerson said you have to go to class to be in college. At a later meeting, two South Walton mothers addressed the Board about honors classes. They said some of the students need the higher rigor classes, higher than the basic class, but are not ready for Dual Enrollment or AP. They asked for ways to have more honors classes at the school. Right now only an honors science class is offered. Anderson explained how the classes would need a teacher. She said the required class size reduction voters approved, limit the amount of teachers they have. She told the mothers they might find another way, such as video teaching, to offer more classes in more schools.

Double RED FLAGS
The Walton County Sheriff's Office advises the public that there are double red flags flying on Walton County Beaches today. Double Red Flags indicate that the water is closed to the public. According to Walton County Ordinance, "The Director of Emergency Operations or the Walton County Sheriff's Office shall have authority to declare that an emergency exists and temporarily close or restrict the use of the beach and adjacent waters for use by the public when conditions endangering the safety of the public are present." After notice has been given to the public, either by being told or by the posting of signs, it is a violation of ordinance 2003-07. The fine is $100, but could end up costing more than the money in someone's wallet; it could cost someone's life. According to Lt. Gray of the Beach Patrol Unit, there are numerous rescues that have already occurred today, due to visitors not heeding the warnings. "It is still dangerous out there. Don't be fooled by the sunny weather," Gray said. Warning signs are posted at the entrances to beaches, as well as businesses in South Walton. They are also posted on South Walton Fire Department's website: www.swfd.org<http://www.swfd.org> and the South Walton Tourist Development Councils website: www.visitsouthwalton.com<http:// www.visitsouthwalton.com>.

Walton Code of Conduct
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Walton Tax Collector Holds Sale
As reported by WZEP AM1460

The Walton County Tax Collector’s Office held the annual tax certificate auction online for the seventh consecutive year on June 1, attracting just over 821,000 bids and generating $3,692,088.15, down approximately $2 million from last year. The tax collector’s online auction offered 4,905 tax certificates on parcels owned by individuals who owe delinquent property taxes. A sale of 4,128 parcels resulted, leaving 777 unpaid and assigned to the county at 18 percent interest, the highest possible interest allowed by law. “A decrease in property values from previous years as well as a lower number of parcels offered, are attributed to the decreased revenues generated this year through the sale. However, the Tax Sale continues to be a benefit to both local government and delinquent taxpayers, “said Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper. “The sale provides the funds needed for taxing authorities to operate budgets as well as provides delinquent taxpayer’s time to pay their bill while trying to keep interest to a minimum by awarding the bid to the lowest bidder.” For those persons still interested in investing in tax certificates, certificates struck to the county will be available for purchase online at www.waltonfl.realtaxlien.com on July 2 at 8 am. Those interested in purchasing county held certificates will be required to register online to obtain a bidder number, complete an IRS W-9 form, and pay the face amount of the tax certificate plus a $6.25 per certificate purchase fee. The county held certificates will be sold in a similar fashion to the “Buy It Now” feature on Ebay. Interested bidders should register at the sale site prior to July 2 to ensure all banking information is available upon the start of the sale. The 2012 Tax Sale results will be available at the sale site, www.waltonfl.realtaxlien.com, on July 2.

The Walton School Board recently held a workshop to discuss the Student Code of Conduct. This workshop and revision is an annual event where the Board looks at the rules governing the students. Staff presents any recommended or state required changes. Eventually the code will be officially voted on and published for students and parents. This year the attendance policy was looked at and a recommendation made to add Compulsory Attendance. The policy would require that in any school setting where course credit is earned by period, students with class absences, excused or unexcused, exceeding ten in a semester, will be referred by the course teacher to the Principal. Upon review, if the Principal determines there is a continued pattern of absence, the student will be referred to the District Attendance Officer and recommended to the State Attorney’s Office for further interventions. The recommendation includes three levels of offense. The first has the parent or guardian issued a written notification concerning attendance issues. The second offence will have a “Notice to Appear” sent. On the third offence the student can be placed in an alternative attendance school for the remainder of the semester and the following semester. The policy also looked at dress. A recommended change is to have approved shirts defined as: crew neck T-shirts, polo shirts, or button-up shirts. All shirts must have sleeves and cover the midriff. No V-neck shirts or zipper-front shirts would be allowed. They also addressed adding a bullet about leggings. The statement would say that leggings, spandex or tights are not permitted unless worn with an outer garment that complies with dress code requirements. When questioned about this, Superintendent Carlene Anderson said girls were coming to school with no pants on, just leggings and a long tailed shirt. There are also recommended changes on what to do with students who bring firearms to the school and those who make a threat or files a false report of a bomb or explosive device. There is a recommended change to require asthma inhalers, epi-pens, pancreatic enzymes and diabetic supplements shall not be kept with the student unless a physician states there is a need. A woman's dictionary Argument (ar*gyou*ment) n. A discussion that occurs when you're right, but he just hasn't realized it yet. Airhead (er*hed) n. What a woman intentionally becomes when pulled over by a policeman. Blonde jokes (blond joks) n. Jokes that are short so men can understand them. Cantaloupe (kant*e*lope) n. Gotta get married in a church. Clothes dryer (kloze dri*yer) n. An appliance designed to eat socks. Diet Soda (dy*it so*da) n. A drink you buy at a convenience store to go with a half pound bag of peanut M&Ms.

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Patients aged 80 and older account for nearly two-thirds of osteoporosis-related hip fractures in the United States, a new study finds. The researchers said their results show the need for more aggressive prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in this age group, referred to as the extreme elderly. The study authors analyzed U.S. national daton 4.3 million patients who suffered osteoporotic hip fractures between 1993 and 2008, and found that 67 percent of those hip fractures occurred in the extreme elderly. During that time, the number of osteoporotic hip fractures among the extreme elderly increased from about 172,000 to 180,000, even though hip fracture prevalence declined from 2,236 to 1,600 per 1,000 person-years over the same period. The researchers noted that the extreme elderly population in the United States rose from 7.7 million in 1993 to 11.2 million in 2008. They also noted that the extreme elderly made up 42 percent of the elderly U.S. population in 2008, but accounted for 69 percent of hospitalizations. "We know that hip fracture in the extreme elderly is a serious problem due to the associated consequences of hospitalization, disability and [death]," lead author Amrita Sehgal, of the University of California, said in a news release from the European League Against Rheumatism. "This data is cause for concern as the impact highlighted will only increase along with this population segment. The question now is how we manage the extreme elderly more effectively to limit the impact that osteoporotic fractures have going forward," she added. By 2050, the extreme elderly are predicted to account for 25 percent of the U.S. population. The study was scheduled for presentation Thursday at the European League Against Rheumatism annual meeting in Berlin. The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. More information The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about hip fractures among older adults.

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WALTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS BACKTO-SCHOOL PHYSICALS
Call for AJ’s -’tip of the week’ - Walton County Health Department will provide school physicals and immunizations on a first-come, first-served basis at the Walton County Health Department located at 362 Highway 83 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays this summer: June 19, June 26, July 17, July 24, and August 7, 2012. There is a $35.00 fee for each physical; vaccination services for children through age 18 are free. Please bring a copy of your students' shot record with you. If any vaccinations are needed for schoolentry, they will be given at this time. No appointment is necessary since students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. School related immunizations will be available on a walk-in basis at the Walton County Health Department located at 361 Green Way Trail in Santa Rosa Beach, FL from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in July: July 11, July 18, and July 25, 2012. Physical exams will not be available on these dates at this location. Call the Walton County Health Department at (850) 892-8015 for more information.

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From the Freeport City Planning Department:
New Development: 2 development projects are underway/ in the technical review phase of the development process. 1) Wm. Dennis Brannon Office Complex on Business 331 just north of Dr. Mary's Office. The project will have leasable office space. 2) Southern Wine & Spirits Inc. is a distribution center locating on Bulldog Road in the County Industrial Park. Freeport Youth Sports: 1)Freeport All Star Teams are currently competing in the District 2 T-Ball Tournament (ages 4-6) and Machine Pitch Tournament (ages 7-8), both of which are being held in Ponce de Leon. The games start at 5:30 pm. 2) The District 2 Minors Tournament (ages 9-10) will be held at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex, starting this Saturday (June 16) at 5:30 pm and will continue through Thursday, June 21st.

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The FREEPORT POST
Man Crushed By Roof
As reported by WZEP AM1460

“It was a miracle.” That a statement by a Freeport firefighter responding after a roof and building fell on a construction worker. The accident happened Monday afternoon at the old Piggly Wiggly building on the old Highway 331, just north of Highway 20 in Freeport. The building fell as workers were taking it down and crushed a man, roof trusses just missing landing with their weight on his head. After 30 minutes, the man was extracted and taken by air ambulance to the trauma center. Freeport Fire Department responded and found where workers were removing a second story apartment on the roof of the old building, located on the highway curve east of the pool. As they cut the building, it suddenly shifted and leaned over, collapsing and trapping a man in his 50’s under the roof and supports. Rescuers estimate the weight of the 30 by 40 foot roof at 4,000 to 10,000 lbs. At one point one of the firefighters fell through a weak portion of the roof. Freeport Fire Chief Ben Greenslait said the man’s fellow workers had already started to cut the roof back as the heavy wood and asphalt shingles were crushing his body from the neck down. His head was eventually exposed and only the space between the roof trusses saved him from having the weight of the structure crushing his head and neck. Chief Greenslait says the rescue became one of trying to lift the large roof structure. They ran into a problem when the airbags they use for lift did not function as needed. Greenslait says the airbags, flat pancake like devices that inflate and lift about a foot, are around 20 years old. He explains they are not used often, and as they tried to lift, the pressure regulator did not function correctly. The Chief says they were able to inflate, but the equipment did not perform as needed when needed. He says it will be updated. Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and South Walton Fire Department were called to assist with their heavy rescue equipment. The chief calls it an intense situation. As the man was trapped under the roof, rescuers report he remained calm for most of the ordeal and used prayer to help. With the heat in the 90’s and the stress of the situation, firefighters gave him oxygen. Also helping was a firefighter who kept him calm and held his hand as he waited for the roof to be lifted. Once the pressure was off, the report was the man was visibly happy and at least one firefighter had tears in his eyes. The old building has been vacant for some time and has been used as a local hangout by teens. Even the roof has been used as a skate area by local teens. The building has damage, but it appears the owners are trying to update it. With the nature and age of the building, some rescuers call the man lucky to be alive while others simply call it a miracle. Chief Greenslait said, “God was with him.”

Red Cross Adds a Twist to Annual Red, White & Blue 5K
- The fourth of July is right around the corner, and the American Red Cross invites you to join us as we show our colors June 30th at the annual Red, White & Blue 5K and Paddle board race. A new twist to the run, this year participants can heat up on the 5K route then cool off from the summer heat with the paddleboard race. Walkers are welcome and there is even a half-mile children’s fun run that requires no registration and everyone is a winner! Registration has already begun and will continue until 7:00am the day of the race. KC’s Bar and Grill is hosting the post race party, complete with food, beverages and a game room for the kids which will be open all day. Be sure to register early. You don’t want to miss this day of fun for the entire family. The cost to enter either one of the races is $25 with pre registration, and $30 on the day of the race. To participate in both races it is only an extra $10 dollars. Proceeds from the race will benefit the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida to assist in serving the local armed forces and people in our communities affected by disaster. To sign up or for more information about the race or the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida please visit: www.yourredcross.org. About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.yourredcross.org.

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Red Cross helping storm victims
With some areas receiving as much as 23 inches of rain, there are hundreds of families affected by flooding. “As damage assessment continues tomorrow the affected number of families will surely rise,” says Jerry Kindle, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida. Last Sunday night more than 100 people spent the night at Red Cross shelters while flood waters continued to rise and Red Cross volunteers provided comfort and care throughout the night. As dozens of families cannot return home Red Cross shelter at Ferry Pass Middle School at 8355 Yancey Blvd., Pensacola, FL, 32514 will remain open. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) are providing meals and snacks to the residents of neighborhoods still without power. Over the course of the next several days the Red Cross will be providing food, shelter, and cleanup kits to those most affected. The Red Cross will work with families to help assess and address their emergencies needs as damage assessment teams travel throughout the community. The Red Cross continues to monitor flood conditions in Northwest Florida. The Red Cross urges residents to practice safe measures in areas that have experienced flooding and especially those that live along or near waterways. For more information on assistance and volunteering, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-773-7620 or 432-7601 People can help those affected by disasters like flooding, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800 -RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance

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Sheltering In Walton
As reported by WZEP AM1460

June brings Hurricane season and the word from emergency management is to be prepared. No matter what the expectation for the storm season is, emergency management professionals are reminding residents to plan now and get ready. Remember, it only takes one storm to change your life. Russell Beaty, Assistance EM Director with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office provides information on shelters. Many of the buildings once used for shelters are now deemed inadequate. For a time there was a need for more shelters, but with new construction, the amount of space you can get out of a storm has increased. Walton now has 5 General Risk shelters and 1 Special Needs shelter. Beaty says shelters open on an “as needed” basis and the public should monitor local radio and media for information on what shelter(s) are open. The primary shelter for hurricane evacuation is Freeport High School and it also serves as the Special Needs shelter. Ordinarily, additional shelters would not be opened until Freeport has reached capacity (2,630). Special Needs is a shelter for people who have some form of medical need such as electricity or oxygen but are not too serious. Those requiring space in a Special Needs shelter must bring any medically necessary equipment and must be accompanied by a caregiver. They ask those who think they require a Special Needs shelter to pre-register. This allows the Health Department to screen them to assure they need a special shelter and are not too seriously ill for the shelter’s capability. Citizens who would like to register can contact the Emergency Management office at 892-8065 and they will provide an application. Those who are too seriously ill for Special Needs sheltering should work with their healthcare provider to arrange for hospital admission or other alternative. Currently, there are no “pet-friendly” shelters in Walton County. They ask the public to plan ahead for pet needs. Leaving pets in an evacuated residence is not recommended nor is abandoning animals. This can create a public nuisance and public safety issue post-storm. June 1st marked the official beginning of hurricane season, and the American Red Cross reminds you that the best time to prepare for a hurricane is now. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-normal year for hurricanes with nine to 15 fifteen storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Of these storms, four to eight could strengthen to a hurricane with winds of 74 mph or higher, with as many as three becoming major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. Remember, it only takes one hurricane to literally turn your house or business upside down.

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Dear Aunt Ruby, I found this article to share. State fire officials are investigating Fire Chief Ben Greenslait amid allegations that he is not properly certified. Deborah Cox, a spokeswoman for the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, confirmed Tuesday that Greenslait’s “certification is currently under review.” The review was prompted by complaints filed by Walton County firefighter Wayne Charles, who served as Freeport fire chief from 1993 to 2002. Charles has questioned whether Greenslait’s certification is current. He said he began looking into Greenslait’s history with the department lat year. “To work as a paid firefighter you have to have Firefighter II certification,” Charles said. “According to my calculations, there was a 9 1/2-year gap between his last firefighter job and his Freeport job, but his information says he was allegedly here while I was the fire chief.” Greenslait, who has been fire chief since February 2008, said early Tuesday he was not aware of an investigation into his certification. “There’s nothing to know about,” Greenslait said. “I didn’t know I was being investigated.” He did not return additional calls for comment. According to the complaint Charles sent to the Fire Marshal’s Office on April 3, Greenslait was employed with South Walton Fire District from June 18, 1989, until his resignation Nov. 28, 1994. Charles claims Greenslait worked for several food establishments during a 10-year gap between paid firefighting jobs, causing his certification to lapse. In Florida, firefighters who have not worked in the field for more than three years must take a state exam to be recertified, according to the Florida Department of Financial Services. Cox said Tuesday that Greenslait first obtained his certification in 1989. Freeport Mayor Mickey Marse said Tuesday that the Fire Marshal’s Office has not notified him that Greenslait is not properly certified. “My attorney told me not to go and talk to Wayne Charles ’cause I wanted to talk to him this morning and choke the living hell out of him,” Marse said. “He is stirring crap as far as he can go. … Why is he in my grits? “As far as I’m concerned, nobody’s notified me (of) anything. (Greenslait is) going to stay there until somebody tells me, ‘Hey, you can’t have him anymore.’ I’ve just about had it with this (expletive).”

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‘Happenings’ in DeFuniak Springs
DFS Council Meeting
As reported by WZEP AM1460

DeFuniak Springs has a new Finance Director, John McCue, whose first day on the job was yesterday and his first Council meeting was last night. Thomas Dunn, with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, requested a $200 refund for a training seminar for law enforcement and social workers. Council member Mac Work asked for clarification on a second engineering firm already designated by previous action. Work also asked for consideration of a sign promoting city and community activities. A city ordinance was approved that allows the City Manager to suspend employees with or without pay. The City Police requested a transfer of funds to provide for the state and federal assessment of funds to the budget. A bid was awarded for over $58,000 for an inchannel screw screen compactor for the city’s waste water facility. The device is required by the DEP. The City Planner had three issues. The first was a public hearing to repeal the proportionate fair share ordinance. Work called this another layer of bureaucracy being removed. The second was related and concerned traffic counts by the FDOT. The third was the most controversial, the abandonment of streets on the Walton Middle School campus and adjoining property. Some of the roads already exist and cause security and building problems for the campus. Other roads are on the land plats and cause future building problems. Council member Ron Kelley wants a two or three story building, saying the site originally had a multi story building. The School District is planning for a 1000 student station school. Council approved two new tenants for the hangers at the airport. The 70 X 70 hangers and office space will be $1000 a month. One was for a helicopter repair business. The second was to a company that is currently an Eglin AFB contractor. It also offers fire support and could have 15 positions, including pilots and mechanics. With money budgeted, the Council also awarded a construction bid for T-hanger site development and additional task authorization for quality assurance. Council awarded a bid for Human Resource Consulting services on an asneeded basis with Work voting no. They also approved a five-year lease from the previous two years for the Walton County Heritage Association for the depot.

WALTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PREPARING FOR HURRICANE SEASON
"Residents Asked to Plan Now for Special Needs During Storms" -The Walton County Health Department is continually preparing to support the community during any public health emergency. Special needs registration is critical at this time due to the fact that some patients may not qualify for a special needs shelter and may need to make other plans. Walton County residents with "special needs" and no other sheltering options are asked to pre-register now by contacting the Walton County Sheriff's Office at (850) 892-8065. "Families who have members with special needs should take measures now to ensure that they are prepared for hurricane season," said Holly Holt, Walton County Health Department Administrator. Shelter occupants should bring a 72 hour supply of food and water; clothing, personal hygiene items, and bedding; and personal medical supplies. All medications should be in labeled prescription bottles. In addition, shelter occupants can expect the following: * Individual care is not provided; clients MUST be accompanied by a caretaker or family member. * Space is limited, air conditioning is not guaranteed, and back-up electricity is available only for essential medical equipment and light. * Special diets or foods are not provided; you must bring nonperishable food with you. * Complex medical equipment and care is not available. * Service animals are allowed. Their care is the responsibility of the owner. * Back-up oxygen tanks are the responsibility of the shelter client. During any given storm event, the Walton County Health Department, upon direction from the Walton County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management may open a "Special Needs Shelter" for those residents who cannot care for themselves at a standard evacuation shelter. When a disaster occurs, special needs shelter registrants should listen to local news sources for information and instructions. The designated Special Needs Shelter for Walton County is Freeport High School at 12612 U.S. Hwy 331 South in Freeport, FL. To pre-register for the Walton County Special Needs Shelter, contact the Walton County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management at (850) 892-8065. For more information about emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities or special needs: http://www.floridadisaster.org/disability/

The 2nd Annual "Drop the Drugs" Day to take place on June 16th
The 2nd Annual "Drop the Drugs" Day will be taking place on June 16, 2012. The event will be held in two separate locations: The DeFuniak Springs Police will be set up at the DeFuniak Wal-Mart from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Walton County Sheriff's Office will be set up at the Santa Rosa Beach WalMart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is geared at educating the public about the dangers of prescription medication and how the community can help in the fight against misuse of prescription medication. Citizens are encouraged to drop by one of the sites and drop off any unused or old prescription medication. The medicine will then be destroyed and out of the reach of the wrong hands. "I think this is a great initiative to prevent these pills from falling into the possession of those who would abuse them," Sheriff Michael Adkinson said. Statistics show that the misuse of prescription medication has been a problem for Walton County. According to the 2010 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, 17.3% of students age 15-17 in Walton County have used prescription pain relievers compared to 9.7% statewide. The Department of Children and Families said between 2009-2011 that there was average of 27.1 child mistreatments each month in the 1st circuit (which includes Walton County) each month suspected to include substance misuse. Even in death, prescription medications are showing up more and more. The FDLE Medical Examiners Commission said between January 2009 and June 2010, Benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants were frequently linked to overdose deaths and medical emergencies across Florida. The Center for Disease Control said in 2008 drug overdose deaths were second only to car crashes for unintentional injury deaths. The event is being sponsored by the Substance Misuse Taskforce, which is made up of local agencies to include: Walton County Sheriff's Office, DeFuniak Springs Police, Department of Children and Families, Families First Network, Walton County Corrections, COPE center, Walton County Head Start, Walton County Prevention Coalition, and the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. The taskforce are trying to discover ways to help educate the community and the largest events so far have been through Champion of Choices, a non-profit organization founded by Marc Mero, a professional wrestler, and Drop the Drugs Day. If you would like to know more about the task force or how you can help, please contact Bryan Callahan at 850-892-8035 ext. 233.

June Blood drives in the Walton County, Destin Area

Saturday 16th – Lowe’s, Destin – 12 pm to 5 pm – Free $10 gift card for all donors Wednesday 20th – Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast, Sandestin – 9 am to 4 pm Wednesday 27th – Northwest Florida State College, DeFuniak Springs – 1 pm to 6 pm – Free movie ticket for all. Thursday 28th - Northwest Florida State College, DeFuniak Springs – 1 pm to 6 pm – Free movie ticket for all donors

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 30A Passes 100,000 Facebook Fans Walton County, FL - June 5, 2012 - The 30A network passed 100,000 fans on its popular Facebook page today. The network -- which includes 30A.com and SouthWalton.com along with a half-dozen other popular brands -- is dedicated to promoting the small beach towns and laid-back lifestyle found throughout South Walton and along Florida's Scenic Highway 30A. "The site is a clubhouse of sorts," said Southern Living in April's article about the company's explosive growth. "30A visitors post photos, comments, or ask about where to find anybody and anything from fishing guides to yoga studios." The 100,000 fan milestone is one that few companies reach, and 30A's audience size ranks it ahead of many nationally known media brands such as Coastal Living (45,442 fans), The New York Post(46,001 fans), The Atlanta Journal Constitution(31,902 fans), Frommer's(18,218 fans), POLITICO(55,502 fans), The Chicago Tribune(49,014 fans), The Tennessean(18,053 fans) and NBC Sports(55,458 fans), to name a few. "About 3 percent of our Facebook fans are locals," said 30A's Mike Ragsdale. "And while 97 percent of them reside in the U.S., we have 1,096 fans in Canada, 96 in the U.K., 38 in France, 35 in Mexico and so on. It's the largest community of South Walton and 30A fans in the world."

Obituary for Mark P. Doherty

Mark P. Doherty, age 41, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida passed away May Mrs. Zafrira Frankfurter, age 76, 30, 2012. He was born February 5, of Miramar Beach, Florida passed 1971 in Clinton, Iowa to Maurice and away May 27, 2012. She was Judy Sullivan Doherty born January 22, 1936 in Haifa, Israel to Zvi and Esther Landau Mark was a resident of Santa Rosa Halperin. Beach, Florida. He was Catholic by Mrs. Frankfurter was a resident of faith and a member of the St. Rita Walton County, Florida for the Catholic Church. He was Owner/ Operator of Snapperheads Restaurant past 13 years moving here from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was on 30-A, manager of Pandora’s ResJewish by faith. taurant in Grayton Beach for 5 years Mrs. Frankfurter is preceded in and was currently the owner and opdeath by her father and mother. erator of Doherty’s Lawn Service Mrs. Frankfurter is survived by serving the Santa Rosa Beach area. her husband of 54 years, George His interests included being an avid Bears and Cubs Fan as well as an en- M. Frankfurter of Miramar Beach, Florida; one son, David Frankthusiast of the Grateful Dead. furter and wife Lisa of Rockville, Mark is preceded in death by his faMaryland and one daughter, Mither, Maurice P. Doherty. Mark is survived by his mother, Judy chelle Frankfurter of Takoma Park, Maryland. She is also surA. Doherty; his wife, Justina “Tina” Rockwell Doherty both of Santa Rosa vived by two grandchildren, Maxwell and Zoe. Beach, Florida; one step-son, Kyle Rockwell of Rockford, Illinois; two Arrangements for Mrs. Frankbrothers, Daniel Doherty and wife furter will be for the immediate Sherrie of Olathe, Kansas and David family only. Doherty of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; You may go online to view obituone sister, Ann Florek and husband aries, offer condolences and sign Peter of Freeport, Florida; 2 nephews guest book at www.claryand 1 niece. He is also survived by his glenn.com. loving K-9 friends, Sadie and Lulu. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel FuFloral arrangements are being acneral Home is entrusted with the cepted. Memorialization will be by arrangements. cremation. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.

Obituary for Zafrira Frankfurter

Obituary for Lola Taranto.
Ms. Taranto, age 75, passed away May 26, 2012. She was born January 28, 1937 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to Charles Joseph DiFatta, Sr. and Mary Lou Tanner DiFatta. Ms. Taranto was a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, where she was originally from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. She was Christian by faith and she worked as a caregiver for many years before retiring. She enjoyed helping others and witnessing to others about her Christian faith. Ms. Taranto is preceded in death by her parents. Ms. Taranto is survived by one son, Dana Buuck; one daughter, RaeAnn Buuck of both of St. Barnard Parish, Louisiana; two dauthers-in-law, Cindy Buuck of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and Lisa Calabresi of Mississippi; her siblings; Chuck DiFatta of Biloxi, Mississippi, Margaret Conn of Gulfport, Mississippi, Betty DiFatta Huff of Atlanta, Georgia, Tony DiFatta of Madison, Mississippi, Brenda DiFatta of Jackson, Mississippi, JerriLynn Pittman of Petal, Mississippi, Tommy DiFatta Northport of Atlanta, Georgia, Gloria DiFatta, Joey DiFatta and Rosie Harrington DiFatta all of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Burial will be held in the Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The Walton County Master Gardeners have recently landscaped
their 13th Habitat for Humanity House in Walton County. The home is located on Lowery Road in Freeport and owner, Devin Harrigan, and his family will move in soon. Donations of plants and supplies were provided by Valley Crest Landscaping, Environmental Solutions, Choctawhatchee Hemerocallis Society and the DeFuniak Springs Garden Club. Pictured are L to R: Art Stenberg, Becky Grant, Jerry Fulaytar, Ginger and Bob Alexander, Laura Roeser, Art Brodersen, Janet Foltz, Mary Lutz and Len Ross.

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have awarded two $1,000 scholarships this year to local students. The money was raised through the group's annual Tree Sale and plant Advertising specials going on NOW!! raffles at monthly meetings. Alannah Ward is a Freeport resident who Please thank those advertisers in this issue, graduated from the University of West Florbecause of them we can continue to promote ida in Environmental Studies and a Certificate The 14 day Overview business in Walton county. Thank you in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She will enter the master's program at Florida State University seeking her MS in GIS. The first few days of the week are great for committing (or recommitting) yourself to exercise in all its Gordon Porter, a Mossy Head resident, is a forms. Try yoga, take the stairs instead of the elevator or just swallow your pride and go back to the gym -2012 graduate of Paxton High School. He will you'll be glad you did! A seeming contradiction turns into an extraordinary new idea for you on Thursday be attending Florida Gateway College in Lake or Friday, and you should be able to work it to your advantage within a few weeks at the most. City pursuing a degree in Golf and Landscape Your poetic imagination makes the first half of the week seem almost magical -- for you and for those close Operations. His interest is in turf grass manenough to consider family. It's the best time to share your feelings or to try out new artistic projects. Beware agement. of work issues on Thursday and Friday, especially involving your immediate supervisor or closest client. Both students attended the Master Gardeners Things could get quite contentious if you don't de-escalate immediately. Association meeting in May and received hardy congratulations from the members. You're feeling much more domestic than usual during the first half of the week, and should think about family and repair projects before other issues. If you can handle it, you may find it fruitful to have a heart-to -heart with a parent. Exciting energy floods your senses later in the week, so expect to have a good time out of almost anything then. Push ahead with something totally new! Listen carefully and make sure that you're also speaking in turn through Wednesday -- communication is far more important than usual, and should be easier for you to achieve. Try to get your peers to see what is most important to you! Don't overdo it later in the week, though, or you may find that others stop listening when they decide that you've said enough. It's a fine line! Watch out for foul moods during the first half of the week, in yourself as well as those around you. It's a time that makes disappointment ten times as bitter as usual, and you need to avoid raising expectations too high. See if you can coast through to Thursday, when your intellectual energy starts to rise dramatically. You should be able to realign yourself with a plan that is much more reasonable for you. Go ahead and talk to yourself for the first few days of the week -- if anyone thinks you're crazy, they'll soon learn otherwise! It's a good time for you to see if you can get your people to commit to something new and important. If you show off a little on Thursday and Friday, it's for a good reason, and you ought to impress the right people and put yourself in a good position for the future. Expect big ideas to come your way early this week -- through your own inspiration or through mundane channels like email. You're in just the right frame of mind to give them the careful consideration they deserve, so take the time to think them through. At least one leads to some serious recognition on Thursday or Friday, and you should be able to make the most of your great energy then. Fall back on your good friends as the week begins -- you know they're there for you, and it's easier than ever to ask them for anything you may need. You are all more or less on the same page, so work together! Try your best to relax on Thursday and Friday -- especially when new ideas or requests come your way. Flexibility should go a long way toward making life sweeter for you in the long run. You need to spend some time during the first half of this week just taking stock of your life and appreciating all the things (and people) you may not have noticed up until now. It may be hard for you to understand some of the connections, but that just means you need to make time for thinking. Let yourself dive into some big project or idea on Thursday -- you don't have to worry about how all the pieces fit together as long as you're doing something you love. You get word from far away of a friend's or relative's big adventure -- and it inspires you to plan your own! The first half of the week is a good time to think really big, because you can always negotiate down from taking a year off to sail around the world on your own. Work issues loom large on Thursday and Friday -especially if you aren't your own boss. Dealing with supervision is tricky business at this time. Your mind is almost perfectly organized this weekend. You just aren't so sure about what you need to do next when the week begins -- but keep asking questions! You're in the right frame of mind to accept big changes, or sets of small changes that add up to something great. When things start to gel (Thursday or Friday, most likely), your good mood is ineradicable and you should find that those around you are caught up in your excitement. You're doing quite a bit of eye-rolling all the way through Wednesday evening -- almost everyone you know is overreacting to some bit of news or surprise announcement, and you seem to be the only one who has any kind of perspective. Good luck sharing it! Things might actually get worse for your people later in the week, as a wave of selfish energy flows over them and it suddenly becomes dog-eat-dog for almost everyone but you. Focus on your own projects and all will be well. The weekend brings blessed relief, and your mind opens up to new ideas and information.

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June 1st marked the official beginning of hurricane season, and the American Red Cross reminds you that the best time to prepare for a hurricane is now. Walton County to Conduct ‘Hurricane Biz’ Workplace The National Oceanic Exercises on June 13, 2012 and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ~Free disaster preparedness training for businesses, compredicts a near-normal munity groups~ year for hurricanes with nine to 15 fifteen storms DeFuniak Springs, FL – WCSO Emergency Management in the Atlantic Ocean. officials are seeking local participants for the upcoming Of these storms, four to eight could strengthen to a Hurricane Biz Workplace Tabletop Exercise, free disaster hurricane with winds of 74 mph or higher, with as training event to be held June 13, 2012 in Walton County. many as three becoming major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. “Hurricane Biz” is an online tabletop exercise designed to Remember, it only takes one hurricane to literally help owners, managers and employees of businesses, nonturn your house or business upside down. profit organizations and government agencies to understand WHAT TO DO: The Red Cross offers steps to get and assess their disaster plans in response to a hurricane ready for hurricane season. These steps include: scenario. * Build an emergency kit 1 gal of water per person, per day, non-perishable Officials noted the importance of the local events. “With arrival of the 2012 hurricane season, this exercise will pro- food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a vide local businesses and community / faith groups along multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of with government agencies an excellent opportunity to develop and test their disaster plans,” said Russell Beaty, As- important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact sistant EM Director with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division. “We are committed information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store. to keeping Walton County prepared and urge all to take advantage of this free training.” * Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event. During the three hour exercise, participants will have the opportunity to work together as a workplace disaster reBe informed. sponse team. The team will work through the various activi- Learn about the community's hurricane response plan. ties associated with preparing for, responding to and recov- Plan routes to local shelters, register family members ering from a category two hurricane striking the county. with special medical needs as required and make Best of all, because the event is web-based, participants will plans for pets to be cared for. work from their own places of business. To date, 471 orBecause standard homeowners insurance doesn't ganizations and businesses have participated in the Hurricover flooding, it's important to have protection from cane Biz exercise nationally. the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. Hurricane Biz Exercise – Walton County For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Registration deadline is 9AM on the day prior to the website at www.FloodSmart.gov exercise. Participation is free of charge and open to all businesses, local community / faith groups and governmental agencies located in Walton County.

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South Walton is best known for its 26 miles of award-winning sugar-white sand beaches and clear turquoise water. The popular coastal destination in Northwest Florida recently took action to ensure those beaches remain award-worthy by installing solarpowered trash compactors<https:// www.facebook.com/media/set/? set=a.10150875691034081.421245.73460064080&ty pe=3&l=ed9ac3ce74>at six of its eight regional beach accesses. The compactors were purchased from Waste Management after an initial trial period at the Ed Walline beach access, located at County Road 393 and Scenic Highway 30A, proved highly successful. Although the compactors are the same size as a standard 35-gallon trash container, they hold five times more trash, thanks to patented solar-powered compression technology. Greater capacity results in fewer collections, reducing the fuel, maintenance and manpower costs associated with maintaining South Walton’s public beaches. Each unit also contains a receptacle for recycling plastic bottles, newspaper, glass and other recyclables, enabling beachgoers to easily participate in that environmentally friendly option. Visit South Walton Executive Director Dawn Moliterno says South Walton is blessed with a natural beauty they deeply respect and strive to maintain. Moliterno says record visitation levels over the past year prompted them to seek innovative ways to further assist them in maintaining the pristine nature of the beaches that visitors expect and deserve. Moliterno says she believes these solar-powered compactors and recycling kiosks will play a significant role in the overall efforts. Crafted from recycled materials, the containers are equipped with sensors that trigger the compactor to flatten contents when the unit is full and to send a wireless signal when the can is ready to be picked up. Notes Dave Sell, beach maintenance manager for Visit South Walton, “Our beach maintenance team services nearly 400 trash receptacles at 67 water accesses 365 days a year. He says it is imperative they perform as efficiently as possible while protecting natural resources, especially during the peak summer season. Sell says the solar-powered compactors help them do that. In addition to units purchased by Visit South Walton, four additional solar-powered compactors were donated by Waste Management for use in Walton County. They are currently installed at the Freeport Sports Complex and E.O. Wilson Biophilia The Green Thumb Garden Club's 2012 Center in Freeport, and at Helen McCall Park in Santa Landscape of Merit Award winners have been anRosa Beach. nounced. For best residential landscape the award In addition to Leave No Trace and South Walton went to Bill and Lois Crane of Santa Rosa Beach. Turtle Watch, Visit South Walton has directed 1 milIn the commercial division, St Rita Catholic Church lion plantings of vegetation to enhance the local dune was chosen. system and secured more than $10 million in coastal Members of the Green Thumb Garden Club preview grants for beach nourishment. The organization also the gardens and rank them using criteria set forth by funds a comprehensive beach safety program, includthe National Garden Clubs, Inc. The finalists are then ing lifeguards stationed at regional beach accesses judged by Landscape Designer, Kendall Horne of throughout the summer season. Alys Beach. The announcement of the winners was made at the club's May meeting by Chairman, Marcia Leitman who presented certificates and permanent yard signs. Kendall gave a slide program showing the finalists' gardens and why they were chosen.

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Morrison Springs Health Alert Rescinded Effective immediately, the Walton County Health Department is rescinding the June 1, 2012, health advisory for the Morrison Springs bathing place. The Health Department feels that water quality in this area has improved considerably due to the reduction in bacteria levels. They will continue to monitor the water quality monthly and routinely advise the public of results. For more information contact the Walton County Health Department at 8928021. Challenger Sports is hosting a soccer camp in Freeport June 18th-22nd for youth ages 3-14. This British Soccer Camp will provide players of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching. All camps will take place at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex. For more information or to register online, go to ww.waltonrec.com. The deadline for registering is June 8th. The 5K Alligator Trot is coming up on June 23rd at Florala State Park. Come race a 5K that runs in Two states around beautiful Lake Jackson. Race day registration will begin at 6:30 am. The race begins at 8 am. Go to www.alligatortrot.com for more information or to pre-register. SAVE THE DATE... Grit & Grace, Inc. Cordially invites you to join them for the 2012 kick-off reception for the production of Life at the Landings…and Beyond

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