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Arbovirus Alert
The Walton County Health Department continues its mosquito-borne illness alert for Walton County, Florida. The fourth human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in Walton County. The possibility…....

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DeFuniak Springs Bank Robbed Officers with
the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to a bank robbery at Sun Trust at approximately 9 AM on November 26, 2012…......

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MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE ALERT IN EFFECT FOR WALTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES
-- Holmes County confirms two human cases and Walton County confirms third human case of West Nile Virus -WALTON AND HOLMES COUNTY - Walton County Health Department Administrator, Holly B. Holt and …………..……..

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Hello everyone! The holidays are among us. The turkey dinner was fabulous and the gathering of family always does the heart good. Now back to the grindstone until Christmas rolls around. Before I continue on I need your help in passing the word to everyone who may need to know…...our E-mail address has changed!! It is now: emerald_star_news@hotmail.com Those pesky little companies that are informing you of new changes that will cost you more than anticipated hit us again. I suppose that’s the price of dealing with everything via the internet. Please let your school, churches and media contacts know of this. We would not want to miss a beat when it comes to informing you of a special meeting or event. I sincerely appreciate your help and understanding. In the wake of our elections have you prepared yourself or made any changes realizing what goes in effect at the start of the new year? I hear so much anymore it’s hard to distinguish the truth from the facts. It would do yourself some good to check out any programs you may be enrolled in such as medicare of what drastic changes will be taking place. If you have elderly folks ask to check it out for themselves too. I catch myself as I grow older that I am listening to talk radio discussions. Some of them are just unbelievable in how drastic the stories you see in the TV news and the news sides you hear on the radio. Why is there such big differences? Sometimes like the ambassador story from our embassy being hushed down throughout the media. What is the benefit of that? Maybe to avoid rioting in our streets for justice to be served and those to be blamed be confronted. Oh yes, the problem there would be to have America look weaker than it already has here lately. Whenever turmoil from within occurs it makes us vulnerable to attacks from the outside world. At least it always appears to be that way. They like kicking you when your already down type of logic. That is why as Americans I feel that we deserve the truth no matter how unreal it may seem or whom may suffer for their lack of integrity towards the United States. Leaders become leaders by a faith in those around them understanding that they would do what is right, almost at any cost. When I think of those days of the declaration of independence being written, the characters involved and the belief in God was intriguing to say the least. Doesn’t it feel like so much has changed that it has been re-written to some degree? From the presidents we had admired to the ones who said oooops, my fault. This country has always stood on it’s belief in trust in God. It is more than just saying it that reminds us of those facts from those days when we were wanting to be free from British rules. It was a belief in God that made them follow their hearts in what we felt as Americans should be. That was why they wrote what they wrote, they said what they said for the freedoms as individuals should not be powered by government solely. Some of the laws in this country are now being changed in certain states who believe what they know about marijuana and made laws that would benefit more than destroy the way of life in America. You must admit that there has been some foolish laws that lawmakers wasted time and energy with that didn’t benefit anyone. Even the war on drugs overall. Remember it wasn’t long ago that alcohol was not legal either and look at us today. When you make so many laws that over ride each other the people of America suffer to not understanding what is the law of the land. Just something to think about. Alcohol turned out to be an accepted drug that thrives in America, legally.

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DFS Council Meeting
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Freeport Council Meeting
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Bonifay Police Make Meth Arrest
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Staff said the City’s Christmas decorations are so worn they did not want to put them up this year. There has been discussions about the need and the city budgeted $8000, but it was taken out due to cash flow. Council member Wayne Graham asked to pick out the best they have and put them up. Christmas Reflections might be tapped to help come up with new decorations. Mayor Carpenter appointed Council Member Mac Work to the Economic Development Alliance Board. Work has questioned the Alliance’s work and has been attempting to bring more businesses into the city. Mr. Tuitt will be moving to Delaware and has resigned from the Planning Board. A new water utility worker, Mr. Gibson, was hired. Another utility worker still in a probation period did not work out and was terminated. They cancelled the regular December 24th meeting. Work asked about accreditation for the Police Department. Chief Mark Weeks said it is a long process and will take someone to handle the process. He agreed it is something they want to get and want to strive for. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Walton Department of Corrections have both received accreditation. Weeks noted it took the SO about three years to complete the process. Weeks said there is a cost and it really takes someone working full time. The Chief said he is not sure they can pass the process at this time. He said a new facility will help and when they build it features can be installed to meet standards. Work asked about the Fire Department. Chief Coley said there is an accreditation process, though different for the Fire. He said one cost might be a ladder truck, a cost of $700,000. The city is spending $870 for pine straw. Council Member Kermit Wright asked if they rake up straw. Staff said yes, but this is bales for the right of way landscaping. BIll Holloway said they do use inmate labor to rake as much as they can, but it takes a lot of straw. Council paid the bills. The Council agreed to possibly help 62 families with an additional tax exemption. This is for low income elderly families who meet certain criteria.

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It was a horse of another color as manure was on the discussion list for the Freeport City Council. City Planner Latilda Henninger said she has researched for an ordinance concerning horse manure. Mayor Mickey Marse said he has received complaints of people riding horses in the city, along the roads, sidewalks and bike paths and the manure being dropped. He talked to one man and said he needs to carry some sort of disposal bag. Marse said his intention is not to stop people from riding horses, rather to make them responsible. Henninger said there are two parts, equine on property and off. If the horse, mule or donkey is on your property, you need to make sure the accumulation of manure does not cause problems with your neighbors. Passing near streams, nuisance complaints, disease and health concerns were listed. She also talked about proper citation and working with the sheriff’s office. She said the increasing fines would be based on the rider of the horse, not the horse itself. How should the waste problem be handled? Should they simply carry some sort of disposal bag or should the horse be equipped with a type of catch bag like used in the cities. Henninger said if the manure hits the ground then they can be cited and fined. City Clerk Robin Haynes said she is hearing complaints about horse kept near an apartment complex. Earl King said trying to regulate pickup on an agricultural site can be a problem. He said it could be tied to the size of parcel the horses are on. He also asked when does the removal requirement start and if 24 hours to pick up is right. He said he is not trying to be restrictive, but wants people riding horses in the city to be responsible. He said they probably would not have had any complaints if the riders did not ride down the bike path and sidewalk or highway and would have just stayed on the right of way. King said the ordinance reads that the horse needs to be equipped with some sort of bag if they are riding in the city. Attorney Adkinson agreed and further said if something happens, they should have to clean it up. The discussion turned to the ordinances on keeping animals. There is a requirement to have an acre for a horse and two acres for more horses. Some suggested it should be two acres for one horse. Freeport has updated their ordinance to allow the keeping of horses. The Council suggested they should put something in the ordinance that limits the amount of horses to the size of land. King said they could also have requirements for the amount of waste. The ordinance being proposed also has a part talking about a horse or waste being a nuisance. Mayor Marse said he would like the issues to be worked on so they can make a decision after the holidays. Staff will return with updates.

On November 23 a month long investigation into the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine ended with the execution of a search warrant at a residence located West Wisconsin Avenue in Bonifay. Bonifay Police located over 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine in both oil and powder form. Also located was the materials commonly used to manufacture and ingest methamphetamine. Some of these chemicals were disguised and/or concealed in food containers within reach of children in the home. Bonifay Police arrested three individuals in connection to the search: Deanna Kay Weeks, white female, age 34 of Bonifay. Weeks is charged with trafficking in amphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals, possession of drug paraphernalia, child neglect and criminal conspiracy. Ruby Nicole Hatcher, white female, age 29 of Bonifay. Hatcher is charged with trafficking in amphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals, possession of drug paraphernalia, child neglect and criminal conspiracy. Hatcher had an existing warrant for retail sale/purchase of ephedrine as well. Cary Hood, white male, age 58 of Bonifay. Hood is charged with possession of methamphetamine. All three defendants were first appeared before Circuit Judge Allen Register. Weeks is being held on $75,000 bond, Hatcher received a bond totaling $77,000 and Hood received a $5,000 bond.

Arbovirus Alert
The Walton County Health Department continues its mosquito-borne illness alert for Walton County, Florida. The fourth human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in Walton County. The possibility that others may become infected with the virus remains extremely high, and the health department strongly encourages the public to continue to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes infected with WNV can bite and infect humans. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop serious illness. Symptoms of West Nile Virus may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Those individuals who develop a fever or other signs of illness following a mosquito bite should consult with their healthcare provider. Health care providers should contact either health department if they suspect an individual may be infected with a mosquito-borne illness.

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The number of children and teens with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is expected to spike dramatically in the next 40 years, creating what one expert calls a potential catastrophe for the nation’s health care system. Rates of type 2 diabetes could increase four times over the next 40 years, and rates of type 1 diabetes may triple, the new CDC report says. The CDC’s numbers assume that the rate of diabetes will increase over time. Even if the rates stay as they are now, the number of children and teens with type 2 diabetes is projected to climb by almost 50% over the same period, and the number with type 1 diabetes will rise by 23%. Right now, about 215,000, or 0.26%, of this age group under 20 years old have diabetes. The spike in both type 1 and 2 will be particularly high among minorities. “Diabetes is clearly increasing at an unacceptable rate, and while we are doing a whole lot better in terms of treating it, we simply can’t keep up, Just two decades ago, type 2 diabetes was almost never seen in children, but it has become more common with higher rates of childhood obesity, The disease has historically been diagnosed mostly among whites in the U.S., but this is changing. Projections suggest that by 2050, about 45% of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will be from minority populations. The CDC report noted it will be important that these children have access to care. The cost of delivering health care to an increasing number of children and teens with diabetes could very well overwhelm the health care system if the less conservative projections become reality. Medical expenditures among children and teens with diabetes are typically at least six times higher than for children and teens without the disease.

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Thanksgiving Day ended with Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arresting 25-year-old Robert Jacob Cheatham, of Freeport, after deputies were called to the area of Bayshore Drive in Freeport just before 8 p.m. in reference to a physical disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim of the disturbance and found him with serious injuries to his head. According to witness statements, Cheatham had been harassing the victim, 52-year-old Raymond Hinley, throughout the week. It ended with Cheatham attacking Hinley with his hands, feet and possibly a metal pipe. Cheatham was charged with Aggravated Battery (causing harm or disability), a second-degree felony. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.

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The number of kids sent to emergency rooms after being hurt on blow-up bouncy castles or houses jumped sharply from 1995 to 2010. And the annual rate doubled between 2008 and 2010, according to research in Pediatrics. A child in the U.S. is sent to the ER after being injured in a blow-up bouncy castle or house every 46 minutes. "If this was an infectious disease that was increasing at this rate, there would be headlines across the country. But because it is an injury, it is often overlooked," Injuries included sprains, strains, and fractures, mostly in the legs or arms. Boys were more likely to sustain concussions, closed head injuries, or cuts than girls. So how do these injuries happen? Mostly kids fell. Some fell in or on the bouncer, while others fell out. Some got hurt getting on or off the bouncer.

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The FREEPORT POST
WCC Meeting
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Eglin Association of Chief Master Sergeants Annual Holiday Party
Please join us for our Eglin Association of Chief Master Sergeants Annual Holiday Party. All Chiefs and E-9s from any of our sister services are welcome to join us for dinner and lots of fun. We will have a delicious Holiday Buffet with an assortment of traditional holiday fare along with some fantastic “790 On the Gulf” specialties. Please pass this information along to any other E-9s you may know in the area. We will have a raffle of some items with the proceeds going to support the Bob Hope Village. If you have any items you would like to donate to this raffle, please contact Mary G. Additionally, we will also be hosting a Dirty Santa present exchange. We ask that anyone who wants to participate in the Dirty Santa bring a store bought or homemade item valued at around

As the Walton Commissioner meeting started, Retiring Chairman Scott Brannon was given a plaque with a gavel in recognition of his time leading the Board. Brannon, Larry Jones and Cecilia Jones were all given a gift with their dates of service. Sara Comander said it contained a clock to help them remember the time they served the people of Walton County and a compass to remember where they go. Pat Kellogg donated property for use as a nature preserve and education use by the public. The county is moving forward with updating the property with enhancements. Commissioners renewed the agreement with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Part of the agreement has the CBA testing the water quality of the rare coastal dune lakes. Commissioners also approved the bid for the Scenic Gulf Drive western boardwalk handrail retrofit. The county will collect on the letter of credit for Windsor Estates sidewalk surety. Commissioners agreed to hire a records management consultant and approved a CSX railroad agreement for the Mossy Head Industrial Park. Professional Products has purchased an old building and wants to upgrade it by about $1.2 million. They are asking Walton County for an economic development ad valorem tax exemption. They will create at least 15 new jobs. The search for a new County Administrator continues and the new Board should have a choice soon. The commissioners will narrow down the field of 48 applicants to five by the end of December and should be able to select a new County Administrator at the first meeting of January. The commissioners agreed to use $86, 603 from the Solid Waste fund to hire someone to work as a special projects coordinator for economic development. Commissioners will hold two more executive sessions. A lien was released for lot 6 at Eagles Landing. Walton County works with Regional Utilities as a non-profit corporation. The county holds property and the commissioners were asked to lease the property back to the utility to meet bond requirements. TDC Director Dawn Moliterno asked for direction on options for the health and safety deficiencies for the TDC Building. Lord & Sons came in lowest of the two bids. Moliterno said there are two other issues that have come up, that were not addressed in the initial assessment. One is additional lighting for those working at night and the other is for a leaking roof that lets water into electronic components. Other issues are mold, fire safety and ADA. They will also be able to get 12 additional parking spots. Moliterno said this will address the health and safety concerns to allow them to continue to operate out of the building. Even if they move, they would have to do the upgrades. Commissioners will rebuild a walkover at Grayton Beach that will elevate it above the dune line and a restroom remodel at the Miramar Beach Regional Access.

Event Details When: Saturday, 1 Dec 2012, Cocktails 1800/Dinner 1900 Costs: $26 per person Where: “790 On the Gulf” restaurant in Destin, 2996 Scenic Hwy 98, located inside The Crystal Beach Inn. 850-650-4853 Directions: In Destin, from the corner of Hwy 98 and Hwy 293 (Mid Bay Bridge Road), head east on Hwy 98. Immediately get into the Right lane. Take a Right on Crystal Beach Drive (light at Bass Pro Shop). When you hit the beach front road/Scenic Hwy 98, the Crystal Beach Inn/ restaurant will be directly in front of you. Park in the Inn’s parking lot. Please RSVP to Chiefs (ret) Mary Gianelloni at marygianelloni@cox.net or Melinda Wickham at wicmelinda@co.walton.fl.us by 26 Nov 2012. Contact Mary if interested in room rates. 790 On the Gulf Restaurant http://www/eatmoregumbo.com/790_on_the_gulf_1 This is going to be a fantastic fun event! See you there, Mary G.

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DeFuniak Springs Bank Robbed
Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to a bank robbery at Sun Trust at approximately 9 AM on November 26, 2012. Bank employees advised that a white male entered the bank and demanded money. No weapon was shown, but was threatened. The suspect then reportedly left on foot walking North on U.S. 331 S. No one was injured. Suspect is described as a white male in his twenties or early thirties, approximately six foot in height, low cut brown hair, and shaven. Suspect was last seen wearing a white ball cap with the letter “A” on top of a “U.” He had a black long sleeved pull over shirt with gold emblems and writing on it. Suspect possibly had on grey sweat pants or faded blue jeans and work boots. Tracking dogs with Walton Correctional Institution and Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are actively following possible escape routes of the suspect. The hat, believed to be worn by the suspect, was located approximately a half a mile away. It has been collected a evidence and will be submitted for processing.

Rest You Merry Charlotte MacLeod
An amusing comedy-mystery by Charlotte MacLeod set around the fictional Balaclava Agricultural College and the first in her Armchair Detective Library series. Taking place during Christmas, Professor Shandy is the Ebenezer Scrooge of the college. Being constantly badgered about his lack of decorations, Shandy takes the passiveaggressive approach and goes overboard with his decorations, even hiring a team of professionals to fix up his abode. While he absconds on a cruise to avoid the wrath of his fellow teachers and students, something tragic awaits him on his return. Full of sarcastic humor and dry wit, Charlotte MacLeod masterfully combines the stylings of Agatha Christie, Edgar Allen Poe, and Janet Evanovich in a creation that embodies all the humbug feelings we sometimes have towards our nosier neighbors and the stress that comes with the Yuletide season in a fun and festive way that reads like classic literature, but easier to understand. Truly a great read for Christmas and a perfect gift to get back at those neighbors. *Author’s Note: All books previously reviewed and all books that will be reviewed in the future come from the Walton-DeFuniak Public Library located at 3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.

JACINDA
By M. Vreeland If you’re someone who happens to be susceptible to “adorable,” beware! One look into Jacinda’s appealing brown eyes and you may be seriously smitten. A Labrador/Beagle mix, Jacinda is a young lady loaded with energy and eager to socialize with lots of playmates, both canine and human. Her great positive outlook on life will brighten even the gloomiest day and make you smile no matter how dismal your mood. And not only is Jacinda exuberant, affectionate and an all around awesome companion, she would also be the best beach dog ever because she really LOVES the water. But don’t take our word for it, come to Alaqua Animal Refuge and meet her yourself. Jacinda is waiting for that special someone she knows is out there, and that someone could very well be you. "Northwest Florida's Premier Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Center" Alaqua Animal Refuge is a non-profit, no-kill shelter, located at 914 Whitfield Road, Freeport. We welcome you to visit all the adoptable animals at our beautiful ten acre sanctuary any Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more information you can call us at 850-880-6399 or check out our website at www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org Go to; theemeraldstarnews.blogspot.com Write it down; this our new web site Check out past editions complete with our advertising customers

Aunt Ruby would like to remind you all to drive safe and party responsibly over these holidays. Too many unfortunate things happen when people are not paying attention while driving. As several people have wrote in about the increasing number of deer along the sides of the roadways too. Have a safe and happy holiday season!!

Matrix Offers Housing Help
The Matrix Community Outreach Center announces the beginning of another opportunity to better provide for those in need in our community. Candy L. Nowling, Managing Director, says in October they began the Hope Housing Program. This program was designed to provide qualifying applicants with the opportunity to better the lives of themselves and their families. With the help of donors they are able to provide temporary housing for up to 3 months. This program is setup to alleviate the burden of housing so applicants can focus on transforming their lives, removing themselves from the system and reentering society as a contributing member. The program is designed around a case plan that covers regularly scheduled activities, homestay regulations, daily living skills, and goals that consist of: financial, physical, mental, educational, employment, legal, and spiritual. All of the goals listed in the case plan are to help the client to reestablish themselves into the community. With the help of the program they are able to provide clients with someone to reach out to. The program helps clients see their self worth, build their confidence and recognize their abilities. They also help to create new relationships with mainstream people, and re-establish family relationships. Nowling asks that you take the time to seriously consider how you can help to provide thru the Hope Housing Program. They are currently renting an apartment but want see the program grow. With donations they can continue to provide life changing opportunity to those in need in our community.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact Detective Smith with the DeFuniak Springs Police at 850-892-8513. IndiThe husband of a US woman who was too viduals may also leave a message big to be flown home from Europe on our TIPS line at 850-910-TIPS where she later died - is to sue the airlines (8477) or by calling Emerald Coast involved for damages. Crime Stoppers at 1-888-654-8477. Vilma Soltesz, who weighed about 30st (193kg), was refused a place on two After an intensive investigation flights in October. and partnering with surrounding She died of kidney failure before a suitagencies investigators were able able flight could be found, after refusing to identify the suspect as Jordan treatment from local doctors. Delta Airlines said every effort was made Kyle Townsend 25 years of age. to accommodate her but it had been Late afternoon DeFuniak Springs "physically unable" to get her aboard. But Peter Ronai, the lawyer acting for her Police were able to obtain an arrest warrant, at which time husband, Janos, told CBS: "They [the Townsend was quickly located airlines] took on the responsibility to get her to Hungary, it's their responsibility to and arrested for this horrific offense. get her back." Mrs Soltesz died of kidney failure before an alternative flight could be found. Mr Soltesz is seeking $6m (£3.7m; 4.6m euros) in damages from Delta and KLM.

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‘Happenings’ in DeFuniak Springs
Obituary for Mrs. Nella Jeanette Richards. Nella Jeanette Richards, 89, of Jacksonville, FL passed away on November 13, 2012. She was born in Winter Haven, FL to the late Lloyd and Daisy Harvey. She was a long time resident of Jacksonville, FL where she loved to work in her yard. Jeanette was a devoted mother and well-loved family member. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Edward Richards, Sr.; brother, Virgil Harvey; and sisters, Hazel Taylor and Helen Juanita Taylor. She is survived by her son, Jack Edward Richards, Jr. (Sylvia) of Atlanta, GA; three granddaughters, Michelle Donnelly (Jerry), Shannon McMains (Donny) and Jenne Garrett (Travis); 8 greatgrandchildren; brother, Vernon Harvey (Jackie); sister, Margie Davis (Carlton); and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tim Tebow Foundation, 2220 County Road 210 W, Suite 108, PMB 317, St. Johns, FL 32259. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025. Obituary for Nathan Jerome Johnson Mr. Nathan Johnson, age 56, of Westville, Florida passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012. He was born July 7, 1956 in Orlando, Florida to William Joe Johnson and Betty Garrett Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a resident of the Hurricane Creek Community in Holmes County. He was Baptist by faith. He worked in the Tree Removal Business for many years. He enjoyed fishing and especially loved spending time with his family. Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his father. Mr. Johnson is survived by his mother Betty Johnson of Westville, Florida, his wife of 34 years Janet Johnson, one son Nathan Johnson, Jr., two daughters Jenifer Johnson and Rollie Barber, Katie Johnson all of the Hurricane Creek Community, two brothers Jody Johnson of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, David Johnson of Fort Meyers, Florida, three sisters Judy Lathrope and husband Russell of Umatila, Florida, Martha Johnson and husband Doug of Ponce De Leon, Florida, Mary Gerdes and husband John of Jacksonville, Florida, three grandchildren Joseph Johnson, Melanie Johnson, and Colton Butler.

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Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China will perform their new international sensation "Cirque Chinois" at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on December 12 at 7:30 p.m. as a part of their inaugural coast to coast tour of the United States and Canada. The National Circus has toured 80 countries around the world and is renowned for their unique acts, award-winning talent, and innovative "non-animal circus" concept which influenced the pioneers of "Cirque du Solel" in the 1980's. The show features incredible performances of masterful contortion, graceful aerial acts with silks and rings, powerful Chinese martial arts, the Golden Award-winning "Great Teeterboard" act, magic acts including one featuring Chinese opera masks, and much more. The "Cirque Chinois" program also features an opening ceremony displaying the traditional Chinese culture and ancient artistic legacy of the performers. The National Circus was founded in 1953 making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Tickets for the December 12 production of "Cirque Chinois" are on sale now for $35 each or $30 each for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box at (850) 729-6000 or 1-888-838-ARTS (2787) Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org<http:// www.mattiekellyartscenter.org>. Tickets will also be available the night of the show, space permitting, starting at 6:00 p.m. At-the-door seating is the same price as advance tickets. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee. The acts presented by the National Circus are all unique and include feats to amaze including: Aerial Silk -A perfect combination of dance and circus arts, the aerialists will perform different tricks on the silks raised up and down in sync with the rhythm of music. This act not only displays the performers' courage, but produces images of true beauty. Other aerial acts include the famous Aerial Rings, with the artists presenting fabulous poses in the air, and the Aerial Rope an aerial act performed by a man and a girl that portrays a couple in love; Chinese Kung Fu - Professional Chinese martial arts athletes perform the Kung Fu feats of knife, sticks and swords; Guanyin's Thousand Hands - In Buddhism, Guanyin is Goddess of Mercy who always saves people from misery. This spellbinding dance was developed from a choreography performed as a part of China Showcase at the closing ceremony of Athens Olympic Games in 2004; The Great Teeterboard -This international high calibre circus act won the golden award at the Eighth China National Acrobatic Competition in 2010 and in 2010, as well as winning the golden award at The Ninth Wuhan International Circus Festival; A Group Contortion of Girls -A graceful contortion in which the performers show the audience the beautiful and elegant images of sculptures with their masterful contorting skills; Grand Bicycle -This traditional Chinese circus act features artists performing on running bikes. Historically this act has replaced the circus' horse act, and is used throughout the world by the leading contemporary non-animal circuses; Diving Through Rings - Dressing in tribe costume, the performers dive through the rings accompanied by the strong rhythm of music. The act shows a scenario of the ancient sacrifice ceremony with the performers beating drums and hunting for animals. It won the Gold Medal at the Third Wuhan International Circus Festival in 1996; Plates Spinning -These performers not only hold the plates atop three foot long, pencil thin poles, but spin them at the same time! The spinning plates look like lotus' leaves against wind or butterflies dancing above the flowers. The act won the Golden Award at Cirque de Demain festival in Paris in 1992; Straw Hats Juggling -The scenes reveal the Kung Fu monks at Shaolin Temple chanting Buddhism and sitting in meditation. The happy training scene of Straw Hats Juggling provides to the audience the sense of the ancient Kung Fu, which is characterized by sitting like a bell and walking like wind. Head Balancing With Bowls -The girls' head balancing with bowls has been one of the most amazing acts with this circus troupe for years. The artists balance bowls on their heads and feet and makes various handstands and rolls; and many more Chinese circus acts. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a performing arts venue located on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard. The center is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285 and Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge, about 20 minutes from Destin and Fort Walton Beach and 15 minutes from Interstate 10. For more information or a season brochure visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org<http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org>.

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Evelyn Horton Harris, age 97, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Imola Leonard Horton; her husband, George Rice Harris; a brother and two sisters. She was a native of Arkansas and had resided in Florida since 1998. She is survived by son George (Lynda ) Harris of Boerne, Texas, and daughter Nancy (Ed) Owen of DeFuniak Springs; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She attended Judkins Business College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and did undergraduate work at Arkansas A&M, Monticello, and Grand Canyon College, Phoenix, Arizona. At her retirement, Evelyn has 28 years of combined services for Jefferson County and the state of Arkansas, as Juvenile Probation Officer and Investigative Officer for Probate and Chancery Court for Jefferson County, and in the Administrative Juvenile Correctional Division for the State of Arkansas. She was an active member of Southside Baptist Church, a member and twice President of the Pilot Club of Pine Bluff, a member of the DAR, John McAlmont Chapter. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, November 30, 2012 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435, with Dr. Bobby Tucker officiating and Eulogy by Dr. George Harris. Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Preschool and Academy at 216 East Liveoak Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE ALERT IN EFFECT FOR WALTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES
-- Holmes County confirms two human cases and Walton County confirms third human case of West Nile Virus -WALTON AND HOLMES COUNTY - Walton County Health Department Administrator, Holly B. Holt and Holmes County Health Department Administrator, Rick Davis announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Holmes County where two human cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed, with one case possibly having exposure in Walton County. The mosquito-borne disease alert continues in Walton County where a third human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed. The possibility that others may become infected with the virus remains extremely high, and the health department strongly encourages the public to continue to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Symptoms of West Nile Virus may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Members of the public who develop a fever or other signs of illness should consult with their health care provider. Health care providers should contact Walton or Holmes County Health Department if they suspect an individual may be infected with a mosquito-borne illness. Both county health departments remind residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. County mosquito control offices and the health departments continue surveillance and prevention efforts and encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the Department of Health recommendations. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to 'DRAIN AND COVER.' DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying: * Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. * Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used. * Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week. * Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water. * Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. Cover skin with clothing or repellent: * Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present. * Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. * Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios. Tips on Repellent Use * Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children. * Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. Other US Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label. * Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. * In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old. * Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child's skin and clothing. * If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer's directions. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission web site at http://www.myfwc.com/bird/. For more information, visit DOH's Environmental Public Health web site at http:// www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/index.html or call the Walton County Health Department at (850) 892-8021 or the Holmes County Health Department at (850) 5478500.

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