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May 31, 2012
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Inside this WEEK: Capital Case Lawyers Seek Additional Pay
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Hello to you all. I hope this past weekend was a great time for your friends and family. The weather was hot but awesome. I finally was able to make the time to venture out amongst Freeport parts of the bay. Piney Point was very tranquil to enjoy. The amount of trees provide endless driftwood along the shorelines giving it a unique atmosphere. With all of the different passage ways around there I made sure to stick with my group of friends for not to get confused or lost. A lot of it looks the same. It looked like an abundance of fishing spots too. There doesn’t seem to be much to comment on lately. However, I was surprised at the responses from the past few editorials and the support for this enterprise continues on. I would like to invite all of you to be a part of this newspaper. How? I have plenty of ideas to share and with the right few people this venture can restart itself as it did back a couple years ago. For example, Seniors who graduated that would like a p/t job selling advertising space, the opportunity is now. Stay local and in between college you can get to know your community. Create experience in a field that always is looking for the sharpest people around. Build a good reputation along the way. Retiree? Same thing. A slow steady pace can make the week go by fast when making contacts. Maybe you only have a few hours a day, that’s fine. Maybe a couple days a week? That’s perfect! If you may have noticed there are several new businesses in our coverage areas. If you live in Freeport, Santa Rosa and DeFuniak Springs I can offer you a good deal for your time promoting this newspaper. The rest is up to you, give me a call @ 585-0262 and we’ll go from there. In a rebuilding stage of a business one looks for avenues to help others who can utilize their business as well. We all need to advertise. DID you know? Every issue of the Emerald Star is online? Business Ads receive worldly exposure and from the numbers we have from hits on our web page says a lot. Granted many folks have moved away but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t checking on the area often. I have even had several phone calls from visitor’s asking of upcoming events over the weekend. That means they know our name and number to ask. A couple weeks back I was approached by a woman who asked if I knew of a yard man, someone who will keep up her yard work. I remember the name and number of those who advertised in the paper before and refer them. As I found out recently the few numbers I have given now have steady enough work to help support their family. Isn’t that what it is all about? For helping us, we do our best to help you too. So figure, even the company who hasn’t advertised in awhile still get referrals from fellow readers needing services through us. Call any other newspaper and see if you get those results. Getting back to the point. We need some help. Spread the word to businesses, have them call us for the lowest guaranteed pricing available in the county! WE ARE….NOW hiring! No experience necessary just a willingness to learn will be fine. I look forward to hearing from you!
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WC BCC Kisela Resigns
As reported by WZEP AM1460 At last Tuesday morning’s Walton County Commissioner meeting, Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen said he met with County Administrator Greg Kisela Monday. He read a letter where Kisella agreed to a voluntary resignation and gave an agreement worked out by Kisela, the County Attorney and himself. The County will pay Kisela for six months salary in exchange for satisfaction of any claims he may have against the county. The motion was made by Pridgen and seconded by Sara Comander. The vote was 3-1 with Cecilia Jones and Larry Jones the nay votes. Gary Demers will step in as interim administrator and Dede highnote will assist. Bob Hudson, president of the Walton County Taxpayer’s Association asked why, since Kisela has a contract with the county, are they paying him for six months when he is voluntarily resigning. Hudson said Kisela is worth more, but questioned why there was a hiring contract if they were not going to follow it. Pridgen said this is the agreement they worked up at the meeting Monday. County Attorney Toni Craig said it is legal. Mary Nelson also questioned the motion and asked how the motion could be made if they had not already made up their minds and met out of the sunshine. She said the motion was quickly made and passed. She said it is likely a day going backwards for Walton County. Commissioners thanked Kisela for his time and service and recognized his wife who was in the audience. The two have a farm in Paxton. Also at the meeting, Raymond Jackson, president of the local NAACP covering Walton, Holmes and Washington asked to speak with the commissioners. He talked about the email Commissioner Scott Brannon sent using a racial slur. Jackson said they find this offensive. Jackson said they accept the apology Brannon had previously made. He also said the county flying a Confederate flag is a concern and asked for its removal from the courthouse. He noted the upcoming meeting of the NAACP leadership in Walton County. The Confederate Stars and Bars, one type of Confederate flag used during the time of the Confederate States, flies over the Walton Confederate War Memorial. This was put into place many years ago as a way to remember those who served. Florida was part of the Confederacy. The NAACP had asked for the flag’s removal in the past, but the commissioners decided not to take action, acknowledging the historical value of the memorial. Jackson called the flag a symbol of hate.
Helen McCall Park
On Friday Commissioner Cecilia Jones hosted a ribbon cutting at the new Splash Pad at Helen McCall Park. The Splash Pad is the first of its kind to open in South Walton. The opening had many families excited about the the pad. Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, about 2 dozen children enjoyed the new feature. Helen McCall Park is located at 325 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. The Splash Pad is the newest addition to the park which currently features Mission Play Park, baseball/softball fields, batting cages, football fields, picnic tables, restrooms, pavilions and soccer fields.
Capital Case Lawyers Seek Additional Pay
As reported by WZEP AM1460
The lawyers who recently worked cases in Walton County, came before Judge Kelvin Wells and asked for more pay than is normally allowed. The two asked for the additional pay beyond the norm due to the amount of time they spent working on cases involving possible death penalties. Sharon Wilson, an attorney for Steven Cozzie, asked for $62,550 for her work in the case. Jay Gontarek, the attorney for Thomas Ford McCoy, Jr. asked for $42,500. The state normally allows a $15,000 payment and can double that to $30,000. Since the amount requested was much more, Judge Wells had to give approval. The Justice Administrative Commission representative told the judge in a phone conversation that the requests were denied since they go above the normal amount. The JAC also questioned the charges submitted, saying some are not always considered allowed. The main reason, however, was the amount exceeded the cap. Judge Wells asked what the average for a capital case is. He told the JAC representative they would find the circuit in northwest Florida was probably the lowest in the state as far as fees. He also said the cases were involved, with travel and linked to other cases. Wells said the rate charged was $100 per hour and he knows what the cases involved. Calling the cases, “Not run of the mill”, the judge eventually decided to award Gontarek the requested $42,550. He told Wilson he would award her $55,000, less than what she requested, but the highest amount he has ever allowed. Wells also approved paying Dr. Larson $26,000 for his work.
The Walton County School Board took up social media. This is for creating a policy on the use of social media by anyone, staff, parents, students and others who want to work with the district. The policy is to make sure anyone who makes a social media site that represents a school or part of the district, does so within certain guidelines. The vote passed 3-2 with Roberts and Leddon the nay votes. The Board also approved personnel recommendations, agreed to waive the 7th grade retention requirement in the Student Progression Plan and approved four expulsions and set the first budget workshop for May 29th at 5pm. The Board approved a job description of Coordinator of Instructional Services and took another look at the analysis of the Staffing Plan, an item that was previously tabled. They tabled the staffing plan again. Superintendent Anderson said the job description is to adjust so more people can do the job, making it more generic, so people can move around. Anderson said this is a new job description that encompuses other positions and is at the same pay scale as other coordinators. The people that would be put into this job description would be a coordinator. Board member Faye Leddon said she checked the request out and found it is not creating a new position. She said she wanted to make sure that if they are telling teachers they do not have enough money, then they do not need to create a new position. Anderson agreed and said this is a generic job description. Member Mark Davis said he would not be voting for funding another coordinator position.
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Sooner or later, everyone gets the blues. Feeling sadness, loneliness, or grief when you go through a difficult life experience is part of being human. And most of the time, you can continue to function. You know that in time you will bounce back, and you do. But what if you don’t bounce back? What if your feelings of sadness linger, are excessive, or interfere with your work, sleep, or recreation? What if you’re feeling fatigue or worthlessness, or experiencing weight changes along with your sadness? You may be experiencing major depression. Also known as clinical depression, major depressive disorder, or unipolar depression, major depression is a medical condition that exists beyond life’s ordinary ups and downs. Almost 18.8 million American adults experience depression each year, and women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop major depression. People with depression cannot simply “pull themselves together” and get better. Treatment -- consisting of counseling or medications, or both -- can be key to recovery. Major Depression: What Are the Symptoms? Depression shows itself differently in different people. Common depression symptoms are: Depressed mood, sadness, or an “empty” feeling, or appearing sad or tearful to others Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed Significant weight loss when not dieting, or significant weight gain (for example, more than 5% of body weight in a month) Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping Restlessness or irritation (irritable mood may be a symptom in children or adolescents too), or feelings of “dragging” Fatigue or loss of energy Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt Difficulty thinking or concentrating, or indecisiveness Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or specific plan for committing suicide. If you have five or more of these symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, speak to your doctor about treatments.
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WCEDA Talks Job Growth
The Paxton City Council is willing to go the extra mile, or acreage, to bring a new retail business to the town. This is just one of several new businesses coming to Walton County with the assistance of the WCEDA. Scarlett Phaneuf, with the Walton County Economic Development Alliance, asked the Walton Commissioners for a resolution in support of a company coming to Walton County. The company, getting a Qualified Target Industry Tax Assistance or QTI, has other locations and wants to use a building in south Walton for it commercial products such as ceiling tiles and windows. They would bring 12 jobs making about $40,000 a year. Phaneuf also updated the commissioners on another project using tax qualifying funds. She said the company has received an award letter of over $500,000. It will bring 40 new jobs averaging over $50,000 for the food and beverage company. She told commissioners they have been visiting with site selection people in other areas and have found they usually know about Walton County. Phaneuf said the Paxton Council has agreed to donate land in order to recruit a dollar retail store. Because of the size of the population, bringing a store has been a challenge, but the Paxton Council’s use of the land has made a difference. She updated the Board on the Mossy Head Industrial Park. She said there is a need to install infrastructure to entice businesses. The spirits company is still planning to locate in Freeport.
Dear Editor , In response to your editorial last issue…..I have too seen dog fights and many of them. Dogs are dogs from little ones to big ones. I have worked around several types of dogs and breeds. From poodles to jack russels they all fight. Because the fight you witnessed was pit bulls doesn't make the hole breed bad. I own a pitbull and american bullys and bread them for years. But all the different breeds were for different purposes. Dachshund is a German breed that was developed as a badger hunter hundreds of years ago. In German, "dachs" means badger and "hund" means hound. Jack Russell strong and attractive; these dogs were raised to be aggressive and to hunt foxes. The Scottish Terrier was bred to be a working farm dog that hunted foxes, badgers. Wildcats and other varmints. The Yorkie is a fearless watchdog and can be aggressive towards animals. Collie these dogs love to bark at strangers who look suspicious and can behave violently at certain situations. American Pit Bull Terrier they are friendly towards everyone they see whether it's family, friends or strangers. The American Pit Bull Terrier makes a great dog for children, rough housing with them yet protecting them from harm if need be.. If they are raised around other animals they will get along with them fine, never provoking trouble. However, if the other animal instigates a fight, the American Pit Bull Terrier most likely will not walk away. But all dogs need to be trained -there are bad seeds in every breed and sometimes the bad seed is the owner. thank you Jerry H.
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Alaqua Offers Cat Adoption
It is a fact - adult cats have a longer stay in the shelter environment than kittens or dogs of any age. Cats are less time intensive in their care requirements and make wonderful pets for busy people, but there are still fewer cats adopted. Unfortunately, there are many cats euthanized in our area shelters for this reason alone. Alaqua Animal Refuge has decided to take a bold step to save as many of these precious felines as possible. Starting immediately, they will no longer be charging an adoption fee for cats over the age of six months of age to approved homes. All cats are fully vetted, so if you are in the market for a new friend, there could not be a better time. You can start your search online or visit their facility and let one of their cats pick you!. Samantha Graves, Alaqua Shelter Manager says they are excited to offer this as an incentive to help find homes for the many adult cats we have at the refuge. Some of these wonderful animals have lived here for years, so they want to give them every opportunity to find the loving home they deserve. She says they will still require applicants to go through the adoption process so they can ensure the animals find safe, appropriate homes. The refuge hopes that their new website will help absorb the financial loss of offering these fully vetted felines free of charge. The site will give the public the option to sponsor an animal in need, so they can help even if they are not able to adopt. The refuge is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. (except Mondays) or you can see all of the animals currently up for adoption on the website at www.AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org< If you would like to make a donation towards this program, you can do so online or by mail, or call the refuge at 850-880-6399.
Watch Out For Pelicans
Santa Rosa Beach, FL Walton County Coastal Library presents As reported by WZEP AM1460 the 2012 "Summer Reading Program" for children. The In our area, fishing is an important part of our lifetheme this year is "Dream Big, style as well as the economy. However, this enjoyRead" presented on On May 18, the Walton County Sheriff’s Ofable activity sometimes can lead to problems for Wednesday mornings 10:00 fice Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at birds and other wildlife, such as sea turtles and a.m. starting May 30 in the com- 392 Long Road in the Mossy Head area of manatees. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Walton County. Conservation Commission biologists, monofilament munity room of the library. All age children are invited. Join The investigators initially responded to an fishing line and fishing hooks that are improperly in the fun and entertainment on anonymous report of an active methamphetahandled or discarded can entangle these animals, May 30, June 6, June 13, and leading to injury and even death. mine laboratory at this location. During the investigation deputies observed enough items in The brown pelican is one species that is especially June 20. Kids, pick up your reading logs available at the plain view to secure a search warrant for the impacted by monofilament line. These birds frequently spend time looking for an easy meal at piers front desk for the summer read- residence. ing challenge. Then return them Upon executing the search warrant, a methamand other fishing hotspots. They are often hooked for a prize! Make a wishing star phetamine laboratory was discovered including accidentally as they try to grab bait off an angler’s line. Discarded monofilament line can wind up hang- wand for each participate acall the chemicals and paraphernalia necessary to cepting the summer reading ing from trees, piers and other structures, and can manufacture the drug. Methamphetamine finchallenge and as a reminder ensnare these birds. Once entangled, pelicans can ished product and methamphetamine oil were have a difficult time flying and feeding. to "Dream Big, Read" at your both recovered from the residence. In Walton County, you can find disposal containers library this summer. Coastal Melissa Ann Clifton, 39, was arrested at the Branch Library, 437 for fishing line at various boat docks and fishing arscene and charged with Manufacture of eas. Look for the disposal container made from large Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Methamphetamine (1st degree felony), Traffickpipe. The containers were put together and set up by Beach, FL, 850-267-2809, ing Methamphetamine (1st degree felony), and members of the Walton County 4-H. Possession of Narcotics Equipment (1st degree www.youseemore.com/ misdemeanor). Clifton was transported to the “We often find pelicans that died as a result of walton<http:// monofilament line entanglements hanging from trees www.youseemore.com/walton> Walton County Department of Corrections for booking and first appearance. and other vegetation,” said FWC regional biologist Ricardo Zambrano. “These birds often suffer for days before succumbing to injury or starvation.” Here are some simple things you can do to help protect brown pelicans and other wildlife: - Properly dispose of monofilament line. If you have unwanted line, store it safely and securely until Licensed Stylists it can be placed in a recycling bin. Needed - Don’t leave fishing line unattended, as pelicans may be tempted to steal your bait. - Avoid casting near trees, utility lines and other Publix Shopping Ctr, areas where your line may get caught. Hwy 98 Santa Rosa - Check your tackle frequently for frayed line that Great Clips Offers: may easily break. Competitive Wages - Do not feed pelicans or other wildlife, since it encourages them to approach fishing boats, piers and Bonus Pay anglers. If available, use fish-scrap repositories. If Great Benefits "A Great Haircut, Guaranteed" they are not available, discard your fish scraps in a garbage can or at home. The Best Training in If you do accidentally hook a pelican, you should Call NOW the Industry avoid cutting the line. Gently remove the hook if you Growth Opportunities Evenings (7-9PM) and Weekends: feel confident you can do so without causing harm to yourself or the bird. If you cannot safely remove the hook and line from the pelican, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator. For a list of wildlife rehabilitators in your area, contact any of the FWC’s five regional offices or consul thttp://wildliferehabinfo.org/. With this ad....no expiration
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN TO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Education (DOE) launched a host of resources geared toward communicating directly with Florida's parents about public education. The purpose of this effort is to help parents understand Florida's assessment and accountability system, increased standards, and how these changes will help prepare our K-12 students for college, career, and life. "Florida's parents and guardians provide invaluable support to our students and the department is committed to ensuring they have the most accurate userfriendly information and resources available," said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "We are asking more from our students and teachers than we ever have, and parents play a critical role in Florida's path forward." New resources for parents include an FCAT 2.0 Call Center, Florida's Path to Success website, DOE Parent Portal by Novachi, and Just for Parents e-mail address. See below for details about these resources. FCAT 2.0 Call Center< http://www.floridapathtosuccess.org/ Beginning today, DOE experts will be available to answer parent questions from 7:00a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents may call 866-507-1109, toll-free, to ask questions about FCAT, recent changes to Florida's accountability system, and how this impacts students and teachers. Florida's Path to Success< http://www.floridapathtosuccess.org/ Visit the Florida's Path to Success website to find out more information about our transition to tougher standards and higher expectations. The website features a letter from Commissioner Robinson, timelines about Florida's education system, a question and answer page, and video from a Florida public school parent. DOE Parent Portal by Novachi< http://parents.fldoe.org In partnership with Novachi, the department has launched the DOE Parent Portal. This public forum is designed for parents to ask questions and voice ideas at the state level. The portal features a parent blog, discussion board, and announcements page with more education resources coming soon. Parents may logon for access to this free user-friendly site. DOE Just for Parents E-mail< mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org This e-mail address is especially for Florida's parents to get answers, voice opinions and share ideas with the department. [Please note this is corrected link to the Just for Parents E-mail.] About the Florida Department of Education: The department's mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org<http://www.fldoe.org> http://www.fldoe.org Dear Aunt Ruby, I'm a 40-year-old woman who has been living with my boyfriend, "Jim." He has asked me to marry him, and I said yes. The problem is, Jim is still married. Jim and his wife have been separated for eight years. I keep telling him to get in touch with her and see if she filed for divorce, but he keeps putting it off. I really do love this man, Abby. Jim is good to me and to my children and grandchildren, but sometimes I don't know what to think or do. I want us to buy a house, but I'm scared that if we do, she'll try to take it from us. He says she wouldn't. What do I do? DEAR WAITING, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a marriage proposal from a man who is still married means nothing. I urge you to please consult a lawyer before putting money into any joint financial ventures with this man. He may be "good" to you, your children and grandchildren, but he hasn't been completely forthright. Your concerns are justified.
RODDY By M. Vreeland All it takes is one look into his big brown eyes and you’re bound to fall in love with Roddy. Small in stature but with a heart big enough embrace the world, this Chihuahua/Pug mix is quite the charming character. With his sweet face and sometimes shy ways, Roddy is hoping to win over that special someone who will offer him a loving forever home. His favorite activities include being cuddled, going for lots of walks, and having fun with his playmates at Alaqua Animal Refuge. Roddy would like to point out that he would take up hardly any room (except in your heart) and promises to be the best canine companion ever. All you have to do is give him a chance to show you all the joy a four legged friend can bring to your life. Just think how much brighter the world will be seen through Roddy’s big brown eyes. "Northwest Florida's Premier Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Center" Alaqua Animal Refuge is a non-profit, nokill shelter, located at 914 Whitfield Road, Freeport. We welcome you to visit all the adoptable animals at our beautiful ten acre sanctuary any Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more information you can call us at 850880-6399 or check out our website at www.aarflorida.com.
I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year, I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well.. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it....Pass it on.
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Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach has placed a wreath at the Blue Star Marker, which is located at the intersection of Hwys 331 and 98 in front of the Walton County Tourist Development building. The Blue Star Markers is a program of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. honoring all the men and women of the Armed Forces, past, present, and future.
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Friday 1st – City of Freeport, at the Freeport Community Center, 16040 US Hwy 331 South – 11 am to 3 pm Sunday 3rd – Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive West, Destin – 9am to 12pm 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 donors Thursday 28th - Northwest Florida State College, DeFuniak Springs – 1 pm to 6 pm – Free movie ticket for all donors
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Obituary for Jon B. Addie Mr. Jon B. Addie, of Santa Rosa Beach passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012. He was born April 23, 1953 in Reno, Nevada to Robert and Pauline Betz Addie. Mr. Addie was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach for the past three years moving from Natick, Massachusetts. He was Christian by faith. He was a veteran of the Armed Forces serving his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Belchertown, Massachusetts. He was a great lover of the outdoors. To him, the ocean, woods and streams were 'home'. He loved fishing and hunting for the sake of standing in the lapping water or hiking the leaf covered floor of the woods. He believed in conserving the land, sea and all it's creatures and was a devoted contributor to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mr. Addie is survived by his two daughters Jennifer Addie of Chicopee, Massachusetts and Karen Addie of Enfield, Connecticut, three brothers Gary Addie of Washington, DC, and Richard Addie of Maryland, one sister Kim Addonizio, California and Rusty Addie of Maryland, one grandchild Montell Kopacz. Also survived by dear friends Terry Cox and Rob Arner. We ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Mass Audubon Society in his memory to continue the important work they do to conserve the great outdoors our dad loved so much. 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. President Barack Obama called the treatment decades ago of returning Vietnam War veterans a "national shame" on Monday and promised as commander-in-chief not to send U.S. troops back into harm's way without a clear mission and strategy. Obama did not mention rising tensions with Iran and Syria or other potential threats in his remarks to veterans and military families on a hot, sunny Memorial Day, focusing instead on the legacy of Vietnam and his own efforts to wind down the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by his predecessor, George W. Bush. Many of those who survived brutal fights in the Southeast Asian jungle faced derision when they got home in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of public opposition to that Cold War battle. Some 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War, compared to 4,000 who were killed in Iraq and nearly 2,000 who have been killed so far in Afghanistan. "You were often blamed for a war you didn't start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor," Obama told a crowd gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which lists names of those who died in the conflict. "You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. And that's why here today we resolve that it will not happen again," he said to applause. The president noted that many Vietnam War veterans have gone to airports to personally greet soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom joined the military in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks that triggered the now-unpopular wars. "Across America, communities have welcomed home our forces from Iraq, and when our troops return from Afghanistan, America will give this entire 9/11 generation the welcome home they deserve. That happened in part because of you," he said. Obama asked all of the veterans in the crowd to rise to be recognized. "Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home," he said. Veterans and family members wiped tears and sweat from their faces during the ceremony, which ended with a flyover by Vietnam-era aircraft including a B-52 bomber. John Hoffmann, 67, of Springfield, Virginia, served a year in Vietnam from 1970-1971. In a conversation with a reporter, he stopped abruptly to salute when the U.S. national anthem was played. "We virtually came back to a thankless country," he said, his voice breaking. "So I'm ... grateful for this day that we get the recognition that we duly deserved so many years ago."
FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT
The DeFuniak Springs Economic Development/Tourism Committee will sponsor the First Friday Family Fun Night on Friday, June 1, 2012, beginning at 5:30 PM. All events will take place on Baldwin Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets. Activities include free live entertainment with Southern Soul, the well known band formerly called Dakota. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Space has also been set aside for a mini-farmers’ market and local folks are encouraged to bring fresh local produce, homemade preserves, baked goods, honey, and other local food products. Free table space is available but vendors must provide their own tables and any other needed equipment. Space is still available but interested vendors should call soon. For vendor registration and information, call Mary at 850-333-3406, Janie at 850-892-6233 or Marilyn at 850-892-6172. Amanda Usrey of Studio By The Sea will be teaching an acrylic art class starting at 6:30 PM. All supplies are furnished and no experience is necessary. The class will be painting “The Clock” and each participant will take their masterpiece home with them. Space is limited. To register, go to www.studiobythesea.com or call Amanda at 256-263-8478. The Economic Development/ Tourism Committee is made up of volunteers who have been appointed by the DeFuniak Springs City Council to provide a variety of events and activities which encourage individual and family participation in the rich heritage and unique spirit of our community. Don’t miss this event! Bring your lawn chairs and come downtown to join your friends and neighbors in an old fashioned evening filled with fun, food, fellowship and entertainment for the entire family.
DFS Hires Finance Director
As reported by WZEP AM1460
Former DeFuniak Springs Finance Director and current City Manager Sara Bowers is happier now that the City Council has hired a new Finance Director. The Council interviewed three candidates and chose John McCue. The Council and McCue also agreed upon a salary of $70,000. This is just under what Bowers was making as Finance Director. McCue said he would take $70,000, but is worth more. He told the Council he will prove it in the first year. Of the three candidates, the Council felt all were high quality and could do the job. Council member Kermit Wright looked at small details in the applications, saying the job required technically sound and pointed out minor items in two of the three. One candidate was younger and had less experience, but showed an ability to adapt and learn and has been working with the public on BP issues. Another currently lives locally and has many years of government experience. McCue also has years of government accounting, with 20 years in the state retirement. The Council admitted all three had strengths and all three would make a good choice for the city. McCue says he has been living in central and south Florida, but wants to move to the north part of the state. He also wants an area where he might be able to teach at a college some evenings. McCue comes from a small town, but has also worked in a large metro area. He says he has and will be able to do the job, even helping with customer service when needed. He tried retiring early, but says he has too much energy for that lifestyle. He likes fishing and his granddaughter. McCue says he will give a two week notice and take another week to move. He offered to be available for consultation on phone and online. He should start June 11th.
Dear Parents, Please see information below on how you can access the June Family calendars. They are also available on the school website. http://www.walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fes/ index.htm
Page 8 To Those I Love And To Those Who Loved Me When I am gone, release me, let me go I have so many things to see and do. You must not tie yourself to me with tears Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave me in happiness I thank you for the love you each have shown But now it’s time I traveled on alone So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust It’s only for awhile that we must part So bless the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away; for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear All my love around you soft and clear And then when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a hug and a “Welcome Home” Thank you on behalf of Dale’s entire family for your kindness shown during our difficult time. Your kind expression of sympathy will always be remembered. The Howell Family
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WC BCC Meeting
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The Walton County Commissioner meeting started with about 50 in the audience. Of these, around 10% were candidates for office (not including sitting commissioners), about half were staff or consultants and the rest were citizens. Scarlett Phaneuf, with the Walton County Economic Development Alliance asked for a resolution in support of a company coming to Walton County. She talked about several companies who are or should be coming to Walton and bringing new jobs. County Attorney Toni Craig started with a litigation update. She told commissioners, due to late occurrences, she will send the update to them later. Craig then presented information on funding for the U.S. 331 project. The firm working with the funding is looking at bonds based on the additional half cent sales tax. This is for the new second bridge. Commissioners were presented with a resolution. Commissioner Sara Comander asked if the county will also look at a loan as well as bonding. County Administrator Greg Kisela said they will, and noted FDOT will be looking for the money by September 1st. The bond attorney also explained how the process works, including a validation proceeding that will basically have the court agree the bonds are correct and will help to eliminate any challenges. Commissioners considered two ordinances. The first is to change the county codes to outline how Real Property Transactions should take place. This is an effort to put something in place that will help make sure everything is covered when the County purchases property by listing a procedure that must be followed. The second public hearing will be June 12th. The second ordinance deals with beach vending fees, making them more consistent. Dawn Moliterno, TDC Executive Director, asked to approve monitoring for the western beach restoration and presented the event sponsorship awards through a grant. The event sponsorship can be from a little as asking for $250 up to $10,000. A signature event can ask for up to $50,000. The money has to be used for marketing and other aspects that would come under the TDC. Bob Hudson with the Walton County Taxpayer’s Association asked the commissioners to consider putting the TDC under the County Administration instead of reporting directly to the commissioners. He talked about the recent events in Okaloosa County and said he does not think they should pass the opportunity to look at things. The commissioners asked Hudson a number of questions and Moliterno explained how the process in Walton is different than Okaloosa. She said Walton has been helping Okaloosa look at changes in how it handles spending money.
Walton County Health Department Urges Residents to Avoid Contact with Wild and Stray Animals
--Rabies is preventable, but not curable-- Walton County health officials urge residents to avoid contact with wild and stray animals to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure. In Florida, raccoons, bats foxes and unvaccinated cats are the animals most frequently diagnosed with rabies. Other animals that are at high risk for rabies include skunks, otters, coyotes, bobcats, and stray or unvaccinated dogs and ferrets. "Rabies is a potentially fatal disease that can be prevented but not cured. It is important not to handle wild animals, to be aware of unusual acting animals, and vaccinate pets against rabies," said Holly Holt, Walton County Health Department Administrator. Rabies is spread through saliva and can be passed from one animal to another animal or person, usually through a bite. Infection may also occur if the saliva enters open wounds, the mouth, or eyes of another animal or person. Walton County Health Department works with Walton County Animal Control in responding to incidents of animal bites, tests animals for rabies through the Department of Health state laboratory, and quarantines animals as necessary. Walton County Health Department also provides rabies vaccinations to victims of animal bites; these vaccinations are the only known effective treatment for rabies prevention in humans. The following are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones against rabies: * Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets. * Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Walton County Animal Control at (850) 8928682 or Walton County Health Department at (850) 892-8021. * Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. * Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated. * Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. * Never adopt wild animals or bring them into you home. * Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. * Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets. Unusual acting animals should be reported to Walton County Animal Control at (850) 892-8682. Anyone who is bitten or scratched by wild or stray animals should report the incident to their doctor immediately, as well as Walton County Health Department at (850) 892-8021 or Walton County Animal Control at (850) 892-8682. For further information on rabies, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/ dvrd/rabies; the Florida Department of Health website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabiesindex.html or contact Walton County Health Department, Environmental Health at (850) 892-8021.
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Others may be freaking out during the first few days of this week, but you ought to be right in your element. Shifting circumstances, sudden switches, breakthroughs and so forth make for a dynamic world for dynamic you. Work your magic! Leaving something open-ended can cause mishaps now. When the weekend comes, get out and about, and watch for someone new to connect to. But don't rely on a first impression: Take a real interest and ask a few questions. Eat right to fuel yourself, get exercise to get centered and don't overdo anything. Find the middle path -- it'll come in handy around Thursday and Friday, when you can let your instincts take over and follow your nose. Silence that inner critic for a moment and see where your heart goes. With the weekend comes the opportunity to address an imbalance in a relationship. Room for improvement like this doesn't come along every day. If something or someone interrupts your groove around Thursday and Friday, it's all about how you react. It may be frustrating, but move beyond that initial response to some calm, cool, collected and effective problemsolving. When the weekend comes, all this being reasonable pays off -- as does paying particular attention to a certain someone. Think about building understanding now, and you'll be the hero. Then, from around Wednesday evening through the end of the workweek, you've got a lovely opportunity vis-a-vis romance. Whether you're playing matchmaker, renewing an existing relationship or starting some new sparks flying, your way with matters of the heart is stellar. When the weekend comes, do something a little different with your downtime. You're especially brilliant now if the stars have their say, so do what it takes to get your synapses firing and ideas flowing. But around Thursday and Friday, you may require some time alone. If there's something you don't quite understand, sorting it through might just be a matter of getting a little space. Pare away the peripheral and consider what lies at the core. Considering the future implications of what you're up to is key. It should all become clearer -- and you should become a bit calmer -- starting later on Wednesday and lasting through the end of the workweek. You're good at longer-term planning now, as well as taking care of the details. Take care of the interpersonal bonds you value, too, a better understanding you achieve may help with a possible difference of opinion. Other creative, flexible-minded people make for inspiration and amazing collaboration for you as the week begins, so get yourself in their company, either at work and at play. Inspiration of the romantic variety is favored now, too! You're a noble beast around Thursday and Friday, with virtue its own reward. Take care of errands, tidy up loose ends and do a good deed or two while you're at it. When the weekend comes, you can have a really lovely give-and-take going on. Your best efforts to get organized, at work and in your personal life, may be derailed -- can you accept what you can't change? Work toward this, and just hold on; starting later on Wednesday (and lasting through the end of the workweek), things (and people!) should start to come together in most interesting ways. If love's on your mind, now's the time! On a more practical note, don't buy anything you can't return this weekend. Don't get so caught up in the day-to-day that your hopes and dreams get shoved aside. Right now you've got a unique cosmic opportunity to consider everything in the larger context. Think big! Then, around Thursday and Friday, it's time to think about your connections with others. Your natural compassion is a beautiful thing, and your ability to listen and make others feel understood is a real skill. You may want to be in charge as this week gets going, but that role can be stressful, too. Whether at work or in your personal life, know when -- and how -- to rely on others. Share the burdens and the glory! Starting later on Wednesday (and through the end of the workweek), let your intuition weigh in -- you've got excellent instincts now, as well as the opportunity to lay out some practical plans. The catalyst is your own generosity, goodwill, honesty and humor. Love your world, and it'll return the favor. Around Thursday and Friday, you'll have to look much closer at things. It's not so much about philosophy now as it is about reality in all its specificity. Don't miss something important. When the weekend comes, understanding and unity of the interpersonal kind is favored -- whether it's platonic or something more is up to you! You might not feel as in control of your world as you'd like during the first few days of this week, but a little chaos can actually have a positive effect. Don't clamp down or flip out; leave a little wiggle room. Starting later on Wednesday (and lasting through the end of the workweek), your plans tend to come together and what you need begins to come your way. Patience really is a virtue! These are the days this week to reach out to others, too -- your human touch is terrific.
The Walton County Tea Party Patriots will meet on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. The meeting begins at 6:00 PM. Featured speaker will be Frank Day. He will be discussing the issues he sees as critical to Walton County and its citizens. Day will also be available to answer questions. In addition, updates of state and national importance, including upcoming elections, will be presented by WCTPP members. The Walton County Tea Party Patriots is comprised of ordinary citizens who believe that our participation in the governmental process can and does make a difference. The group supports smaller government, less taxation, limited governmental spending and strong enforcement of the principles of the U.S. Constitution. The meeting is free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit our website at www.waltoncountypatriots.tcoin c.com or by calling Bob Sullivan at 850-654-9972. You can also visit us on Facebook at Walton County FL Tea Party Patriots.
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"Erica's Movie Reel"
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The Avengers and The Dictator
I will start off with the letdown of the two, The Dictator. If you love Bruno and Borat chances are you may be let down by The Dictator. If you are looking for an off the wall, completely inappropriate story to match up with the previous film Bruno, then you will be disappointed. Sure, The Dictator is loaded with plenty of laughs and inappropriate innuendos, but there is a semi-meaningful story about love and the ability to change for the better in this film; which might be a little soft for some fans. However, on the other hand; The Avengers was AWESOME! I loved how they picked up each story where they left off, and found a great way to knit the Hulk’s story into the team. The Incredible Hulk really stole the show. He had great lines, and was portrayed beautifully and the film made the big green character cool. It was funny to watch how Captain America didn’t understand slang and our catch phrases due to being from the 50s; just like Thor and his greek god lingo. As usual Iron Man had most of the cool catch phrases and stole the spot light, but everyone really synched together to beat the bad guy and bond over being ‘super’. I was completely surprised by just how good the film was; it stayed away from the cheesiness that can result from such a far-fetched story line. As usual The Dictator is anything but a family film so pay attention to the rating system, and if you are thinking about taking the little ones to see The Avengers screen it first and see if you deem it appropriate, some of the action and bad guys may be too much for your child.
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County Administrator Greg Kisela said there is more Walton can be doing for the environment. Kisela said this as he started a public Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald workshop on recycling. Coast Teen Center Director Bobbie Greg Graham, an engineer with the county, gave a presentation talkSmith’s position has been eliminated due to membership numbers. Jessica L. ing about the benefits of recycling including energy and money savings as well as helping the environment. Graham also said Florida Jarosz, President & CEO Boys & Girls Law requires counties to recycle, though Walton is exempt since it is Clubs of the Emerald Coast says under 100,000 in population, but says they must still make an effort. Smith’s service to the Boys & Girls Some of the current recycling efforts include recycling trailers. He Clubs of the Emerald Coast and DeFuniak Springs has been caring and loyal. showed work being done in surrounding counties. Okaloosa offers a Jarosz explains that, based on the mem- one day a week curbside pickup. bership numbers, a very tough business Currently in Walton they have what is called a Dirty MRF, recydecision was made to eliminate the posi- cling facility, one of the only ones in the state. The trucks drop the tion of Unit Director at their BGCECgarbage on the tipping floor where it goes through a sorting line, usuDeFuniak Teen Center. ally worked by prisoners. From there it is bundled and taken to a landfill out of county. Walton tried a blue bag program where blue bags She says the current summer operawere used to put recyclable materials in. This program did not work tions and service to members will continue at the highest levels of excellence. well since the blue bags were co-mingling with the regular garbage, They look forward to a wonderful sum- often splitting open and becoming unusable. mer with service being expanded to inRecently the county began to pull recyclables from the C&D pit. coming 4th and 5th graders. This pit is for construction and demolition materials. Graham said they previously were not pulling the materials but this has already Some of the summer fun includes Club members competing to win the proven successful. Boys & Girls Club Healthy Lifestyle In 1994 the Walton Commissioners adopted the 1 cent sales tax for Challenge by participating in fitness garbage collection. The surtax can also be used for other purposes activities, field trips that include bowlcommissioners deem are necessary. Waste Management collects the ing, skating, the annual Friends & Fam- garbage for the county with the exception of DeFuniak Springs. They ily Lock-In, and a trip to Wild Advenare recycling only between one and two percent of the waste. tures Water Park, among other great Graham presented several recycling programs as suggestions on activities. how Walton could increase its recycling. One is pay as you throw, where residents are charged for each bag they through out. RecyclaMembership spots are still available. bles are taken free. This encourages residents to recycle. Single Summer programming dates are May Stream Recycling is where the sorting is on the residents. The blue 31st – August 7, 2012. The Boys & Girls Clubs of DeFuniak Springs’ sum- bag program was a type of single stream. Recycling bins or a single mer operating hours are 8:30 am – 6:00 garbage can for a mixture of recyclables would also be single stream. pm. The Club also offers a Sunrise Pro- Other programs are recycling through schools, businesses and Reduce gram from 6:30 am – 8:30 am. For more -Reuse-Recycle. information, contact the Club at (850) Graham said the first place they might want to start is the more 892-3752. dense areas. He suggested a once a week pickup in south Walton for To register for summer programming, $2.40. The program can also be every other week and include any part of the county. South Walton currently gets garbage picked up twice a visit the Club’s summer programming page online at www.bgcec.com or stop week and lawn debris once a week. Graham said they could have by the Club at 435 State Hwy 83 North. regular garbage picked up once a week and recycling picked up the second time. Even with a cost, Graham explained that when you look at the profit that could be made from recycling, the cost would actually come down, possibly breaking even. Craig Overstreet has managed recycling at Hurlburt Field. He said they made almost a million dollars and gave employment to 12 people. Overstreet said he does not call the work garbage, rather material since it is a resource. He said they need to get buy-in from the public. Challenger Sports is hosting a socHe says glass, aluminum, plastic and paper can be recycled for profit. cer camp in Freeport June 18thOverstreet says there needs to be a cultural change. He told the group 22nd for Walton is sitting on a resource where people are giving the commodyouth ages 3-14. This British Soccer ity. Camp will provide players of all Communities like Seaside, Rosemary Beach and Sandestin are alages ready working towards some recycling programs. Several in the tourand abilities with the opportunity to ist industry explained the problems they have found. An example receive high-level soccer coaching. might be someone who comes for the week, uses only part of a bottle All camps will take place at the of ketchup, then throws it out because they do not want to take it Freeport Regional Sports Complex. home. If they do not throw it out, then the cleaning service likely will. For more They also said many of the guests like, want or even expect some type information or to register online, go of recycling program. Walton could tests various programs in small to www.waltonrec.com. The deadneighborhoods in southern Walton. line for registering is June 8th.
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ACREAGE TRACTS Approximately 4.26 acres with city water available. Bring your horses! Wooded. Adjoining 4.26 acre tract is also available.
East Side / West Side / Corners
$45,000 Each $85,000 For Both Tracts
THE FLORIDA GOOD LIFE - ID# T305914 3BR/2.5BA, 1,836 SF cottage on LaGrange Bayou. 1st floor Master BR. Open kitchen w/ granite countertops. Dbl garage. $369,500
BAYFRONT LOT - ID# T88493 Bay Harbour lot being offered at an unbelievably low price. Not a short sale! Owner Financing Available. $149,000
For Sale or Lease on Highway 331 South We Have the Most Ready-to-Build Land to Meet Your Business Needs. CALL TODAY!
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