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Flu Shots Running Scarce
A call to pharmacies and medical providers reveals flu shots are running scarce in our area. The Walton County Health Department offers an adult flu vaccine for $30, but as of Wednesday afternoon they were ….…….

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Obama cites democracy
President Barack Obama launched his second term Monday by calling on the nation to live up to its founding ideals and for Americans to fulfill their citizenship by participating ……....

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Man Arrested After Seeking Out Teen Online
If he was looking for a date, he got one, a date with the judge. Shawn Scott Brock, 31, of Crestview planned on meeting with someone on January 9, but he hadn’t intended …….…...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hello to each and every one of you. I want to Thank You for reading this newspaper, spread the word to local businesses about advertising with us. We do guarantee to meat or beat other prices. Well, it’s now been 20 days into 2013. Have you noticed any changes around you? I haven’t noticed any either. Here’s part of a story I read last week…..I’m always annoyed when I go to my local pharmacy to buy razor blades and have to ask a clerk to unlock the two-inch thick, bullet-proof case where they’re stored. You’d think I was asking to see the crown jewels. Still, it’s easy to see why stores take such measures. Gillette Fusion Power blades may give you a close shave, but an 8-pack sells for the extravagant price of $26.99. Without the locks, some people might be tempted to stick a pack in their pocket and walk out of the store. On its face, a 50-ounce bottle of Tide detergent seems like a much less attractive object of theft. It’s big and bulky, and at a mere $10 a bottle, hardly seems worth the risk. So why the recent surge in klepto-Tide-mania? The recent New York magazine article suggests that Tide thieves have engaged in a sophisticated form of analysis. Somehow, it’s claimed, they’ve all simultaneously determined that, compared to stealing other goods, stealing Tide offers greater benefits and lower costs. The only problem with this theory is that it makes no sense. First, there’s no evidence that, compared to any number of other products, Tide is any easier to steal, any less likely to spoil, or any harder for the authorities to trace. In terms of benefits, stealing Tide should be no more attractive than stealing, say, Clorox bleach, Cascade dishwasher detergent, Similac baby formula or Jack Daniel's whiskey. Second, the costs of stealing Tide are virtually indistinguishable from the costs associated with stealing other kinds of comparably valued goods. The amount of jail time for a theft reflects both the value of the thing stolen (the higher the price, the more time behind bars) and the means by which the theft is perpetrated (if you steal Tide by sticking a gun in someone’s face, you’re going to spend a lot more time in Sing Sing than if you merely took it off the shelf at the Shop Rite). The magazine article claims that Tide is an attractive target because its misappropriation involves simple “shoplifting,” rather than some more serious form of theft. But, in most jurisdictions, “shoplifting” is not a term with any real legal significance. Whether you steal a bottle of Tide from Wal-Mart, purloin it from another patron at the local laundromat, or pinch it from your next-door neighbor’s porch, you’re likely to face the same sentence. Even if stealing Tide did reflect the high benefits and low costs claimed, it’s doubtful that most thieves would care anyway. Most thefts, like most crimes, are more impulsive, opportunistic and irrational than many legislatures and criminologists would like to think. People contemplating theft hardly ever take out their calculators before they steal (one exception may be insider traders). Rather, they see something they want, they have an opportunity to take it, and they do so. So, what is it that explains the recent tidal wave of Tide thievery? My best guess is that decisions about what products people steal are just as irrational and fashiondriven as decisions about what people buy. The “must-have” brands of last season become the brands that one would not be caught dead with this season – think of Crocs. No one knows exactly why consumers make some brands popular and others not – for marketers, that is the Holy Grail. Similarly, no one knows exactly why thieves choose to steal certain products over others.

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Legislators To Hear From Locals
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Flu Shots Running Scarce
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Speak up and tell them what you want to see in Tallahassee. This time of year and many thoughts in the local governments turn to the upcoming Legislative session. But speaking to your local representatives about what you like them to take up with their counterparts is not limited to just government and elected officials. You can ask to address the representatives about any concerns or issues you want to see passed. Members of the Walton, Holmes and Washington County state legislative delegation will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The Walton County Delegation Meeting will begin at 1:30 pm until 3 pm at the Walton County Commissioners' Chamber Boardroom located at 571 US Highway 90 West, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. The Holmes County Delegation Meeting will take place at the Holmes County School District Office located at 701 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Bonifay, Florida 32425 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Washington County Delegation Meeting, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. until 7 pm, will be located Board of County Commissioners' Chamber Annex Boardroom located at 1331 South Boulevard, Chipley, Florida 32428. Delegation members will hear public comments on proposals for the 2013 Legislative Session. They will also consider and vote on “local bills”, which is state legislation that only pertains to a municipality, taxing district, or school district within the county. Delegation chairman Senator Don Gaetz says the most important job of a state legislator is to listen to the concerns and guidance of the people represented. He says when they listen better, they lead better. If you would like to be placed on the agenda for any of these delegation meetings, please contact Melissa Ullery, assistant to Senator Gaetz, toll-free at 1-866-450-4366 or by email atullery.melissa@flsenate.gov no later than 5 pm, Friday, January 25, 2013. Any member of the public is welcome to attend and participate. The Walton, Holmes and Washington County legislative delegation includes Representative Marti Coley (R-Marianna) and Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). Each of these state members also represents other portions of counties in Northwest Florida.

A call to pharmacies and medical providers reveals flu shots are running scarce in our area. The Walton County Health Department offers an adult flu vaccine for $30, but as of Wednesday afternoon they were low on supplies. They were out last week, but received a shipment, a stock that is already running low. A check with pharmacies in the DeFuniak Springs area revealed most were out of stock. Some will not be getting more in while others are expecting shipments. For many, the cost of a flu vaccine at around $30 is a good choice to keep from getting the flu. The viral disease has been an ongoing problem across the nation. Pharmacies and your health provider is usually the source of the shots, but the supply has been selling out quick. The Florida Department of Health reports Influenza-like illness activity is increasing statewide Currently, influenza and ILI activity is elevated in all regions of Florida. Panhandle, Central, and South Florida regions are showing higher than expected ILI activity in emergency department (ED) visits. Walton and Bay are listed as mild. Holmes and Washington are listed as Moderate. Twenty counties across all regions of Florida report moderate influenza activity in week 1, 2013. Because of the statewide reports of elevated influenza and ILI activity, FDOH is reporting Widespread influenza activity to CDC for week 1, 2013. The activity level refers to the geographic spread of influenza, not its severity or intensity.

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You might be sick, but is it the flu? Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. The "flu" is a common catch-all term used for a variety of illnesses, but it correctly applies only to the upper respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus. Estimates are that between 15% and 40% of the population will develop illness from influenza every year. An average of about 36,000 people per year in the United States die from influenza, and 114,000 per year have to be admitted to the hospital as a result of influenza infection. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are more likely to get complications from influenza. If you get the flu vaccine, it can not give you the flu. It does take about two weeks for the antibodies to build up. This means, if you are actually already sick when you get the flu, you will still develop symptoms. You sickness can also be from something else that gives symptoms like the flu, but is not actually the sickness. Remember, the flu is a virus and that means you often can only treat the symptoms.

Cancer death rates have fallen by 20% from their peak about
20 years ago, according to the latest statistics from the American Cancer Society. This means that from 1991 to 2009, 1.2 million lives were spared, including 152,900 lives in 2009 alone. “The big picture is that progress is steady, and for the four major cancer sites, progress is even more rapid,” says researcher Rebecca Siegel, MPH. She is the director of surveillance information at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. The four major cancer sites are breast, prostate, colorectum, and lung. “Cancer death rates peaked in the 1990s, and we have seen a 1% decline per year, but we are seeing much larger declines for the most common cancers.” Specifically, death rates have dropped by more than 30% for colorectal cancer, breast cancer in women, and lung cancer in men, and by more than 40% for prostate cancer. There are several factors that may be driving these drops. It’s less smoking for lung cancer, and earlier detection and better treatments for colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers. Still, not all the news is good. One in four deaths in the U.S. is due to cancer, and rates of certain cancers, including liver, thyroid, and pancreatic cancers, are on the rise. The findings also make estimates about cancer cases and deaths for 2013. There will be about 1,660,290 new cancer cases and 580,350 cancer deaths in the U.S. this year. The findings are published as two reports, "Cancer Facts and Figures 2013" and "Cancer Statistics 2013," the latter of which appears in CA Smoking is a risk factor for many cancers including lung, head and neck, pancreatic, and bladder cancers, among others.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Freeport Mayor’s Post
No post this week. The Freeport City Council meeting had a discussion about finding a replacement Fire Chief. Walton County is currently providing a chief to the city. Fire Chief Ford gave a short report for December including calls, training hours, fire hydrant maintenance items and Christmas projects completed. Mayor Marse recommended Al Ford & Russell Beaty interview all applicants and bring back the two recommendations for the council to choose one. Council member Simmons recommended bringing back up to five candidates. Council member Brannon recommended the fire board interview along with the 2 fire chiefs, Councilman Taunton and two outside area fire chiefs. There was a discussion on forming a committee, whether or not to include outside Walton county residents. They also talked about the budget implications of the fire chief’s salary. There was discussion on whether to postpone hiring a staff position until the fire chief position was filled. Eventually the Council approved forming a committee to include Chief Ford, Beaty, Taunton, and two colleagues chosen by fire chiefs. The committee is to bring the four top ranked applicants back to the council on February 12 for selection, re-interview, or whichever direction to be determined by the Council at that time. They also approved an extension of the agreement with the County. The City Clerk will have the advertisement for the next meeting. The City Planner asked to reschedule an LDC workshop for the Industrial Use category to Workshop scheduled for 1/23/13 at 7:00 pm. Under the Parks Department, the Council approved the purchase of a used SandPro from Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation for $6,150. The funds are to be used from an amount set aside for ballfield construction. Charley Cotton updated the council on the two water construction projects. For well house #4, the block is being laid and should be completed by weeks end. For the valve upgrades, the materials are ordered and should be started within a couple of weeks. The Council also approved a rental fee waiver for the Town Planters Arts & Craft Festival for the community center on April 6. Councilman Simmons requested an update on the annexation package for TJ Chancey (Waterview Cove). The Council approved a request by Cliff Knauer to apply for a boating grant (75/25 split) for upgrading the parking at Marse Landing.

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After recalling 41 lots of its generic Lipitor -- atorvastatin -- the FDA says Ranbaxy Inc. will stop making the drug "until it has thoroughly investigated" how glass particles got into the medication. Although Ranbaxy supplied more than 40% of the generic cholesterollowering drug sold in the U.S., the FDA says it does not expect a shortage. Five other firms make generic Lipitor: Sandoz, Teva, Apotex, Mylan, and Dr. Reddy's. The FDA says the tiny glass particles contaminating Ranbaxy's atorvastatin have only "a remote possibility" of causing harm. Ranbaxy says the particles, about the size of a grain of sand, might cause "physical irritation." Ranbaxy makes atorvastatin, and puts it into pill form at its U.S. facilities. The active ingredient, however, comes from India. Ranbaxy's preliminary investigation suggests that this active ingredient was contaminated with the glass particles, It's not the first sign of trouble for Ranbaxy, the huge Indian pharmaceutical company owned by Japan's Daiichi Sankyo. Last January, the company signed an FDA-requested consent decree closing plants in India and the U.S. until it made "fundamental changes." None of those plants made the recently recalled generic Lipitor products. The company admitted to several serious charges, including submitting false data to the FDA, failing to prevent contamination of sterile drugs, failing to prevent penicillin contamination of non-penicillin drugs, and inadequate testing of drugs to ensure they kept their potency until their expiration date. The U.S. Justice Department said the action was "unprecedented in its scope."

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WILDLIFE LIGHTING WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN SOUTH WALTON ON JANUARY 29 Walton County is hosting a Wildlife Friendly Lighting Workshop on January 29, 2013. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss different lights and fixtures that are appropriate for wildlife friendly lighting compliance. Property owners within the Wildlife Conservation Zone are responsible for ensuring that all exterior lighting along the beach does not directly or indirectly illuminate the beach. Participants will learn about threatened and endangered sea turtles that nest in Walton County and see how different types of lights affect the turtles. In addition, the workshop will include examples of different lights appropriate for beachfront development and how property owners and managers can change or install the lights. This event is also intended to inform and answer questions about Wildlife Lighting Ordinance No. 2009-03 now in effect in Walton County. Wildlife lighting certification exams will be available. This workshop is open to the public, tourism professionals, beachside property managers and their staff, contractors, residents and visitors. All are encouraged to attend.

Obama cites democracy
President Barack Obama launched his second term Monday by calling on the nation to live up to its founding ideals and for Americans to fulfill their citizenship by participating in the process to bring needed change. In becoming the 17th U.S. president to deliver a second inaugural address, Obama invoked the country's history of facing hardship in citing the chronic federal deficit, rising health care costs, climate change and equal rights as continuing challenges to be faced. "We are made for this moment, and we will seize it -so long as we seize it together," Obama said at the U.S. Capitol as flag-waving celebrants thronged the National Mall for the 57th presidential inauguration. Before the speech, the nation's first African-American president and Vice President Joe Biden took their oaths of office for the second time in two days. Later Monday, Obama will lead the traditional parade up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and attend two official inaugural balls. Unlike the election campaign, Obama made a direct reference to climate change, saying the nation would "respond to the threat ... knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." He made made a reference to gun control in saying that the nation needed to ensure that "all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm." Obama also said Americans "still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war," pledging to "show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully -- not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear." The loudest cheer came when Obama said the nation's journey remained incomplete "until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts," and "until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law."

WCSO Meth Arrests
As reported by WZEP AM1460

It was not a good week in Walton County for criminals involved in the making and distribution of methamphetamine. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announces four arrests made in two days for various methamphetamine charges. On Thursday, January 17, while on patrol, a deputy with the WCSO noticed a vehicle parked in the middle of Slalom Way, in Santa Rosa Beach. The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with two occupants, Stacey Nicole Scott, 29, and Corey Lee Raybon, 27. When Raybon opened his door, the deputy saw an active “shake and bake” lab in plain view. Raybon and Scott were removed from the vehicle and narcotics investigators, along with South Walton Fire, were called to the scene. The investigation into the rolling meth lab led authorities to find another bottle in the vehicle with meth inside. There was over 14 grams of methamphetamine oil located during the arrest. Raybon and Scott were both charged with Possession of Meth with intent to sell and Trafficking in Methamphetamine-14 grams or over. On Friday, January 18, members of the WCSO Vice/Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on West Royal Palm Ave in DeFuniak Springs, the residence of Lora Sue Lilland, 41, and Troy Wayne Roberts, 38. Lilland, Roberts and a sixteen year old juvenile were on scene at the time of execution. During the search, numerous items associated with a "one pot" or "shake and bake" method of methamphetamine manufacturing were located and seized. Also located during the search was a bi-layer liquid identified as "meth oil," prescription drugs packaged for distribution, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Most of the items were located in the common living and kitchen areas of the residence. The “meth oil” was discovered on the kitchen counter in close proximity to prepared food. Both Lilland and Roberts were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Trafficking in Amphetamine/Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Neglect.

The workshop will be held at 2:00 pm on January 29th at the District 5 Commissioner/South Walton Extension Office lo- In January 2009, nearly seven in 10 Americated at 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, cans questioned in a CNN survey said they FL 32459. were thrilled or happy that Obama was about

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to take office. Now, according to the new, that number is down 18 points, to 50%. Back then, six in 10 saw Obama's inauguration as a celebration by all Americans of democracy in action, with just 39% saying it was a political celebration by the supporters of the winning candidate. Now, the numbers are nearly reversed, with 62% saying the second inauguration is a celebration by those backing the president, and 35% saying it's a celebration of democracy. "The thrill is gone, along with the hope that the start of a new presidential term of office will bring a divided nation together.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Arbor Days Beginning in Florida
The Chautauqua Assembly was started as an education forum in New York and eventually the Winter Chautauqua Assembly took place around the lake in DeFuniak Springs. From the gathering sprang many arts, education and cultural opportunities in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. This continued until around 1920.

WHS Orcutt Signs with Lurleen B. Wallace
Walton High’s Brennon Orcutt, a senior pitcher for the Braves baseball program signed with Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Friday morning. This gives Orcutt a full ride scholarship to the Alabama school. Orcutt called it a blessing to sign.

POPPIN
By M. Vreeland She was born on the Fourth of July, but her date of birth is just one of the things that makes this baby girl extra special. Pretty little Poppin, with her unique look of one blue eye and one brown eye, came to Alaqua Animal Refuge after she was rescued from a local kill shelter. Seeing her now, you’d never guess that this American Bulldog mix was virtually hairless when she arrived at our sanctuary. She had been badly neglected by her previous owner. Thanks to lots of TLC from our dedicated staff and volunteers, Poppin has recovered nicely. Her black and white coat shines, and there’s a new spring in her step. Every day she looks forward to having a good romp in the play area with other dogs her own size. She is a true darling of a dog who is just as lovable as can be, and according to those who know her best, she is very people oriented. Poppin really wants to connect with her human friends. She especially longs to connect with that one someone who will give her a forever home. This super sweet dog is eager to please and anxious give you her heart and all the companionship she has to offer. "Northwest Florida's Premier Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Center" Alaqua Animal Refuge is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, located at 914 Whitfield Road, Freeport. We welcome you to visit all the adoptable animals at our beautiful ten acre sanctuary any Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more information you can call us at 850880-6399 or check out our website at www.alaquaanimalrefulge.org.

DEAR Aunt Ruby: "James" and I have known each other for five years, but have grown really close over the past three. We tell each other everything, and I have fallen in love with him. A few months ago, James sent me a text saying he needed to tell me a "secret." He went on to say the guy he had told me was his brother, "Jeff," is really his lover. Needless to say, that bombshell floored me. We have discussed it in person, and I have never told him how I feel. I visit them a couple of times a month and always go home feeling hurt. I want James for myself, even though I know I can't have him. I don't want to lose him as my friend, but it hurts seeing him and Jeff together. How do I resolve this? -- GIRL LEFT BEHIND IN Portland DEAR LEFT BEHIND: Start by being as honest with James as he was with you. Tell him that over the course of your friendship you fell in love with him -- and that you wish you had known he was gay before you became so emotionally involved. If you want romance, you will have to look for it elsewhere. In order for you to find it, I cannot stress strongly enough that you will need to feel good about yourself. Stop torturing yourself by visiting the two lovebirds and take a break for a while. A long while. DEAR Aunt Ruby: My friend "Michelle" is getting a divorce. She has been living with my husband and me for four months. She pays onethird of our utility bill but pays no rent. My husband feels that since Michelle is living with us, she should pay something -- even if it's only $100 a month. She's a lifelong friend, and I don't know what to do. Michelle is very upset over her messy divorce. Should I ask her for rent money? (I don't want to fight over this with my husband.) -ONLY FRIEND IN Town DEAR ONLY FRIEND: It depends on Michelle’s financial circumstances. If she has the money, it's certainly OK to ask. If she doesn't have the resources - or a job -- she should consider finding one so she's not completely financially dependent on others.

Walton High Principal Russell Hughes said Orcutt is an outstanding student that has never been to the office for anything negative. He also noted he has been his principal for part of middle school as well as high school From the success of the Chautauqua As- Principal Hughes noted he has a privilege in sembly sprang many stories, its leaders working with the students in both academics became well entrenched with state lead- and athletics. Hughes told Orcutt that when he ers, including the Governor of Florida E. makes it big in the world, in athletics or anything else, to remember the little people like A. Perry. With his support and on the him. The Principal also reminded Brennon he suggestion of the American Forestry Congress, a Southern Forestry Congress will always be a Walton Brave. was organized by the Florida ChautauWalton Baseball Coach Matt Tate is now to qua Association. On December 16th, 17th, and 18th 1885, the First Southern Walton after five years in Holmes County. He Forestry Congress met on the shores of played for the Orioles as a pitcher for five Lake DeFuniak. In the 2,500 seat Chau- years before an injury. He talked about the tauqua Tabernacle, the work of promot- honor of working with a student like Orcutt and helping students through athletics. The ing the interest and preservation of Brave’s 2013 season, the first under new head southern forest began. One particular success of this first meeting was praised coach Matt Tate, gets underway soon. at the second meeting of the Congress during the 1887 Florida Chautauqua Assembly. Man Arrested After Seeking Out One of the goals was to bring the idea of Arbor Day to the south. This venture met with much success when during the congress, a speaker named B. G. Northrop spoke on Arbor Day. After his speech, Gov Perry went up to him, took his hand and exclaimed that he liked his Arbor day idea so much he would make it so in Florida. Within a few weeks Florida celebrated its first official Arbor Day. In an address by President Pringle of the Southern Forestry Congress in 1887, he noted several southern states had started Arbor Day observances because of the first congress. On December 17th, 1885, the first planting of trees in the state of Florida in recognition of Arbor day took place on the shores of Lake DeFuniak, by the members of the Congress, which included U. S. Dept of Agriculture representatives. The Chautauqua Assembly was revived and this weekend they expect thousands to visit the many events. A number are free and provide great family education opportunities. The events will take place all around the DeFuniak Springs area with some on the shores of the round Lake DeFuniak and at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Circle Drive.

Teen Online
If he was looking for a date, he got one, a date with the judge. Shawn Scott Brock, 31, of Crestview planned on meeting with someone on January 9, but he hadn’t intended for the person to be a law enforcement officer. While online on the day before, he came across an advertisement of a bored, young female looking for someone to chat with. Brock made contact with the young female, who identified herself as “Katie”, a 14-year-old residing in DeFuniak Springs. “Katie” was actually an investigator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. During their conversations, Brock made known his intentions of driving to Walton County to engage in illegal sexual activity with “Katie”. Brock believed that “Katie” would be home alone without parental supervision during the course of the intended acts. Brock was arrested at a local convenience store in DeFuniak where he had planned on meeting “Katie”. Items related to sexual activity were located in Brock’s vehicle, validating his intentions. Brock was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections. He was charged with Obscene Communications Traveling to Meet after Using Computer to Lure Child.

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‘Happenings’ in DeFuniak Springs
Beach Ordinance Gets Voice
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Walton School News
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A look at the Beach Ordinance, a look intended to simply update it for clarity, not major changes, brought a number of residents to the Walton Commissioner meeting. In a public hearing to consider the waterways and beach ordinance staff asked for direction about dogs on the beach, specifically visiting dogs. The County has only been allowing dogs of property owners, but there are some calling for the allowance of visiting dogs. Commissioners were told a no-wake zone section was consolidated. The disposal of abandoned items was changed to include doing so under Florida Statutes. Commissioner Bill Imfeld said he has some concerns about more government intrusion into the public’s lives. He said this seems to be adding another layer to the bureaucracy. Commissioner Cindy Meadows said her initial reaction was it possibly was further intrusion. She said living near the beach shows her they do need to establish some rules. A member of the public brought up an issue, but it is currently in litigation and the commissioners agreed to stay with the previous rule of not discussing anything in litigation. The meeting was a public hearing, though they did not formally open it to public comments. While the public is not guaranteed the right to speak at a meeting, a public hearing requires time for the public to address the Board. The commissioners said they do not want to hear about or discuss any topic under litigation. The attorneys have cautioned them to not respond to the questions, though they have told the Board they can allow comments to be made. Substituting for the County Attorney, Mark Davis later explained why the commissioners would want to carefully consider what they allow. During the public comment time, one resident said they should not take up the visiting dogs issue. Commissioner Meadows said she has received public comments about the issue. Another resident said she was in agreement with consolidating the ordinances, but questioned what is being enforced. She cited what she says is a lack of enforcement of the noise ordinance as an example. She said they need to keep the beach clean, safe and habitable. She also talked about fireworks being shot into the air and the rule applying to everyone. She told the commissioners that if they write ordinances, they need to enforce them. Another resident talked about a code enforcement issue and said the wording in the ordinance is a problem for her. She said wording makes it harder to understand. Walton Sheriff Mike Adkinson explained that when the Sheriff’s Office is called, they respond, even if a law is not involved. He said there has been problems with the noise ordinances and the courts upholding them. Adkinson disagreed with Meadows and said the public has said they are responding. Issues of fences, dunes, dogs and more were talked about. Others said there is a feeling in the community there is a lack of enforcement, not necessarily just the Sheriff’s Office. The issue of dogs, visiting dogs and whether to allow them was a main point. Commissioner Sara Comander said she has been on the beach and found a left surprise. She said permitting them would help with control. Comander said the code enforcement needs more people and they need to be able to write tickets. She also addressed another concern brought by those speaking, having the enforcement on the weekend. Comander recommended taking the dog section out. Commissioner Cindy Meadows agreed to taking it out. Meadows went over several other points such as beach parking permits and being able to apply again if you miss a year. Property rights and enforcement were other main points. Removing items and protecting turtles were issues also brought up. Near the end the Leave Theemeraldstarnews.blogspot.com No Trace ordinance was brought back up. The hearing was continued to January 22nd.

Congratulations to 5th grader Drake Roberts for being awarded as a finalist in the NASA Scientist for a Day essay contest. Participants from around the world submitted a 500 word persuasive essay about which direction NASA’s Cassini Space Probe should go on it’s next mission to Saturn. The ECMS History Team is “fast with the past” and will be participating in the National History Bee Regional Qualifying Round on January 24th. Team members include Jonathan Elkins, James Hearin, Lauren Snodgrass, Jada Sumpter, and alternate Anabelle Bass. Sponsors are Mrs. Murray and Dr. Fairweather. Bay Elementary is proud to announce that they have been invited to represent Florida as a National Blue Ribbon School. As one of 13 outstanding schools nominated from Florida as deserving of the National Blue Ribbon Schools award, Bay Elementary is honored to accept the invitation and present their application to the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program for review. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award highlights and gives recognition to both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Please join us in commending BES Faculty and Staff as they continue to strive for excellence in reaching the goal of a National Blue Ribbon School. The Freeport High School Engineering classes and Key Club, instructed by Ted Missildine, recently completed a class project for a much greater cause. Through a Project Based Learning assignment, students built and constructed a playhouse for Cottages for Kids, a fundraising event held in Rosemary Beach that benefits the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The students worked vigorously both during and after school to complete the project in time for the 2012 Cottages for Kids raffle and online auction. Mr. Missildine and students would like to thank Randy Wise Homes for their sponsorship. Mossy Head School is pleased to announce Kayla Culpepper as the January Student of the Month. Kayla is a fifth grade student in Mrs. Burke’s class. A grant from Florida Farm Bureau will support a special learning experience for a group of students at West DeFuniak Elementary School. The grant has been awarded to Laurie Langford, a 2nd grade teacher, for the 2012-2013 academic year under Farm Bureau’s statewide competitive “Ag in the Classroom” program. The grant will be used to fund a school garden. Farm Bureau Mini-Grants are offered annually to certified classroom teachers who serve young people in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The grants are intended to help promote a better understanding of contemporary agriculture among students and teachers.

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Buy This Not That: Dining Out
Whether you prefer pizza, pad Thai, cheeseburgers or chicken curry, everyone loves to eat out. On average each of us spends a whopping $2,500 a year on meals away from home, according to the National Restaurant Association. But, it doesn’t need to be so expensive. Here’s what to buy and what to skip to keep both you and your wallet full. Save With Lunch First, if you’re looking to try out a new fancy joint, buy lunch instead of dinner. Between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., many restaurants allow you to order from the same menu at a lower price. In fact, more restaurants are cutting deals to patrons during off-peak hours. The free mobile app Savored lets you book at over 1,000 restaurants across the country, offering discounts of up to 40% off the entire bill for making reservations during slower hours. Now, when it comes to upscale restaurants, you may not get the same exact menu but you will get the same experience — just cheaper. For example, the lunch tasting menu at swanky New York restaurant Gramercy Tavern is half off the dinner version. The same goes for Philly’s top-rated Le Bec-Fin, where the chef’s tasting menu is more than 60% less during lunch — with dishes similar to those at dinner. Dinner Deals If your friends would rather meet for dinner instead of lunch, you still don’t have to break the bank. Some restaurants offer cheaper menus in the bar area. Or instead of ordering off the entrée list, scour the appetizers section and choose one or two smaller plates to save several bucks. And depending on the portion sizes at the restaurant, the apps could be more than enough. Speaking of portions, if you do get an oversized meal, make it last by getting a doggie bag. Better yet, ask the server to bring only half the meal to the table and wrap the rest to go right away. That way you won’t be tempted to eat all of it, and you’ll have lunch packed for tomorrow.

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

Your uniqueness may catch up with you somewhat as the week begins, but it's not such a bad thing to remind others you're your own person. In fact, on Tuesday and Wednesday, people are more in tune with your own way of communicating, so you should find it easier to get your message out in the world. Focus on your domestic situation. You have just the right words on your tongue on Monday, so it's a great time to meet the parents, go in for an interview or just shoot the breeze with your friends. Expect disappointment -- or at least surprise -- in the middle of the week as clarity dissolves into something a bit more muddled. You need to put on a show later in the week, and while that might not be totally comfortable, Keep your phone handy at all times midweek, as you should get at least one important call at that time that rings your bell in a new way. Thursday and Friday are emotionally challenging, but as long as you have an outlet to talk, cry, scream or cackle maniacally, you should feel pretty great by the time it's all over. You begin the week feeling intensely practical -- and that is exactly the right attitude for you! Do what needs to be done. Tuesday and Wednesday are tricky for you in serious parts of life, notably business and finance, so you may need to put off any fun activities or interludes until those matters are under control. You should find it easier to impress the right person. Great energy starts to pour in midweek, so you can expect ten times as many great ideas. You should be able to meet the right person or show them what they need to see with your usual flair! Watch out for possessiveness This is your week to be active and in charge! Get things started on Monday with a quick call -- whatever you want to do should set the agenda. Go a little wild in the middle of the week, taking days off of work or finding new and nutty activities to keep people buzzing for weeks. Your energy is just about perfectly aligned with the rest of the world Things seem very weird as the week begins -- you aren't entirely certain what you're hearing from your sweetie or match. Things should clear up soon. Your social energy is fired up on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it's easier than ever to meet new people and impress them -- or to integrate different parts of your life. Try something new when you go out on Monday -- your good personal energy makes exploration fun, rather than challenging! The middle part of the week makes communication somewhat more difficult than usual, though everyone seems to be willing to try. Expect at least one crucial misunderstanding. Let go of the small stuff as the week begins -- otherwise it's just going to bog you down later! You should find it quite easy to communicate your deepest feelings and ideas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and others are far more receptive than usual. The later part of the week is best for finishing stuff up and trying to maintain a balance between your various projects and obligations.

Libra 9/23 – 10/22 Scorpio

Something finishes up on Monday that is completely your call -- you get to decide what happens and how, but you need to be conscious of your every move. The middle of the week is consumed with financial ar10/23 –11/21 rangements, and you may have to handle your friends' or colleagues' money for a while before it all ends. Your energy is quite productive . Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/2 Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19 The week just expands and expands for you! Start out on Monday by focusing on tiny details like paint swatches or bill payment schemes, then move out into socializing midweek. You do need to take greater care then, as most folks are far more sensitive to slights and insults than usual, but you should manage just fine. Dive deeply into your love life. as you're competing with far too many voices to be heard for more than a moment at a time. Restlessness keeps you on the move on Thursday and Friday, though you may not feel quite at home anywhere you end up -- wait it out, though! The weekend is a good time to focus on your personal needs and cloister yourself for a bit.

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Collegiate High For South Walton?
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Education Consortium of South Walton. Working as one community to serve a diverse academic population through a network of high performing schools. The Walton County School Board met in workshop session to hear about a possible Collegiate High School for South Walton through Seaside Neighborhood School. SW Vice-Principals Johnathan D'Avignon and James Ross said that when you look at the academic needs there is a diverse population. South Walton High is close to the current Northwest Florida State College as well as the library and Boys & Girls Club. At this time, if a student wants dual enrollment, they have to drive to Niceville and that takes time and money. Some students are going to Collegiate High School in Okaloosa, taking their talent with them. They said some of what this would offer is advanced placement, associates degree, community services, instructional diversity, and complementary school models. Cathy Brubaker, Director at Seaside, said they met with the staff at the South Walton campus of NWFSC and found there are classrooms underutilized. These could be leased for a collegiate school. She said this helps with the cost of college by providing two years. She also said there is a greater chance they would take additional years of college. The student would graduate with a degree from Seaside and with an AA from NWFSC. Seaside would provide the 9th and 10th grade levels and the students would go to Niceville for 11th and 12th due to the amount of classes offered. She also said they could get students from Okaloosa that do not want to cross the bridge. Brubaker talked about small schools. Teachers can follow a student and pull them back in if they see they are having trouble. Students in small schools typically have a sense of belongingness. There is a high rate of parent participation. She said at Seaside, they leave with an increased sense of self worth and confidence, they are more motivated, and have higher expectations for success. The School Board asked about costs and who pays for the classes. They also asked about transportation for the 11th and 12th graders. The Board also pointed out most of the classes are already offered at the high school. Brubaker agreed, saying this offers another option. The idea of students getting an AA when they graduate and a four year degree at 20 or 21 then finding they can not go on was brought up. Member Mark Davis said the younger students can be overlooked or not admitted when trying to go onto the masters level. He said the colleges feel they are simply too young. Superintendent Carlene Anderson said the collegiate is a want, not necessarily a need.

The fourth annual 30A Songwriters Festival is heating up Florida's Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton this weekend. Writers who perform their own music and performers who write their own songs unite for a weekend of soulful melodies, powerful vocals and compelling lyrics in more than 20 venues along Scenic Highway 30A. The festival features more than 125 songwriters and 200 musical performances. Representing diverse styles ranging from folk and country to rock and blues, the 2013 line-up features nationally-acclaimed songwriters and musicians. Participating artists include Lucinda Williams, Shawn Mullins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, Fastball, Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer, Charlie Mars, Eliza Gilkyson, Freedy Johnston, Randall Bramblett, Chuck Cannon, The Shadowboxers, Melissa Ferrick, Joe Leathers, Kyle Jacobs, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters, Brigitte DeMeyer, Pete Sallis, Alan Rhody, Jerry Salley, Tommy Womack, Vicki Peterson, Susan Cowsill, Chas Sandford, Bill Mallonee, Donnie Sundal / Boukou Groove, Shannon Whitworth, Tommy Talton, Grayson Capps, Cory Chisel, Ray Bonneville, Webb Wilder, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, DeAnna Cox, Ruston Kelly, Jeff Black, The Quaildogs, Hope Cassity, Geoff McBride, Daphne Willis, Reed Waddle, David Berkeley, Davin McCoy, David Olney, Brian White & Karyn Williams, Bobby Houck of the Blue Dogs, Phillip Lammonds, Cooper Carter & the Royal Senders, Wesley Cook, Parker & Parker, Boxtop Jenkins, Mike Whitty, Jeep Rosenberg, Jonathan Singleton, Jon Nite, Tony Lane, Jaren Johnston, Andrew Combs, The Blue Ribbon Healers, Sterling Fletcher, Kyle LaMonica, Dannica Lowery, Diane Durrett, Eliot Bronson, Gabriel Kelley, Humming House, Jill Andrews, Kellin Watson, Kelsey Anna, Ashleigh Flynn, Max McCann, Steve Bogard, Hannah Thomas, The Owsley Brothers, Seth and May, Jessica Cayne, Julia Othmer, Kaydi Johnson, von Grey, Chris Alvarado, The Saint John’s, Rebecca Pronsky, Abigail Rose, Holly Renee Allen, Hannah Miller, Megan Redmond and Brooke Annibale, among others. "The 30A Songwriters Festival has quickly gained a reputation among musicians as a forum for true songwriters to perform their self-penned songs as well as established performers to showcase their original compositions," said Russell Carter, 30A Songwriters Festival chair and producer and owner of Russell Carter Artist Management. "We book artists with diverse musical styles. Our emphasis is the art of the song.” Performance venues include past favorites as well as new hot spots. From Vue, Fire and Gulf Place Amphitheater in Santa Rosa Beach to Amavida, Town Hall and Summer Kitchen in Rosemary Beach. New venues include 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove and Bentley’s in Seacrest. The 30A Songwriters Festival App is available for Android and iPhone. Net proceeds from the 30A Songwriters Festival benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com to learn more.

WCSB Meeting
The Walton County School Board approved both the administrative and instructional salary schedules. Superintendent Carlene Anderson said these included more pay for the Principal of Van R. Butler since that school is over 800 students. Anderson recommended approval. Answering a question by Sharon Roberts, Anderson and staff said no principal will lose money. The Board also approved the lengthy list of personnel recommendations. Anderson pointed out there usually are changes after the Christmas break. Some employees will get a pay raise due to the annual voter approved Florida constitutional amendment that requires a raise in the minimum wage. The minimum wage will go up .12 cents. Substitute teachers will also get a daily rate of pay increase. The Board were updated on the land deal where the DeFuniak Springs Sports Complex on Gene Hurley Road will move to land near Maude Saunders. If the city does not get going within two years, the land will revert back to the School District. The move will bring the grant supplied park features closer into the population for easier access. The move will also increase the number of ball fields in the Wee Care Park area, making it possible for more tournaments. The board approved an expulsion, approved filing a BP claim, and tried to approve a VAB small business owner. With no recommendation from Anderson, Sally Merrifield was appointed, if she accepts. Board member Faye Leddon reassured parents that safety is a top priority and there are deputies in the schools. Anderson said they are working with the sheriffs Office to have a collaborative task force to look at security. She said the elementary schools have benefited from deputies since the Sandy Hill tragedy and they plan to keep them until the end of the year. She said the task force will have met by then. She also plans for a line item in the budget.

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