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Emerald Star News


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February 7, 2013

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Slain FHP Trooper remembered as Bomb Maker Gets Death

Florida Highway Patrol trooper 35-year-old James Jimmy Fulford, died after being blown to death when he opened a booby-trapped package during a routine traffic ....

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Freeport City Council Meeting

It was money for the City of Freeport as the insurance company gave a return of premium due to no storms this year. ...

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DeFuniak Springs Police Fighting The War On Drugs

Over the last few weeks members from DeFuniak Springs Police have been successful in executing investigations that have led to arrests pertaining to the manufacturing ......

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Gaetz Talks Transportation

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Hello to everyone. As we near the end of winter there still has been a lot of reports of cold and flu. Take precautionary measures when around young infants and the elderly. It was just this week that about 2.3 million units of Triaminic and Theraflu cold and cough syrups have been recalled by Novartis Consumer Health Inc. due to potential problems with the child-resistant caps. Some of the caps may be faulty and a child can remove them even with the tamperevident plastic seal still in place, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The agency said there have been four cases of children opening the caps and accidentally consuming the medication. One of the children required medical attention. Eight other children were able to open the caps but did not consume the syrup. The recall includes six kinds of Theraflu Warming Relief syrups and 18 kinds of Triaminic syrups. The syrups contain acetaminophen, which can cause liver injury or liver failure if consumed in large amounts, Henry Spiller, a toxicologist and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center. Some of the syrups also contain the antihistamine diphenhydramine, which can cause seizures or heart rhythm problems after an overdose. Keep all medications away from a childs reach. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to:, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to I hope you found this information helpful and keep in mind about your medications that they can be harmful and possibly fatal in the hands of the wrong person, especially a child. You can learn more about specific drugs and recalls online at any web site that offers helpful information. Dont hesitate to look up descriptions and questions you may have.

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Walton Commissioners Select Administrator

The Walton Commissioners were given a list of six to pick their top choice for the vacant County Administrator from. Commissioner Cindy Meadows suggested picking the top three so they could have a list in case the first pick does not accept. Substitute County Attorney Mark Davis agreed and suggested they announce the top three and agree on a top pick to begin negotiations with. This gives the ability to negotiate with the first choice and then the second if the first withdraws or no agreement can be made. There was discussion on exactly how to rank, that is the process of ranking. The commissioners had trouble deciding among themselves how the ranking process should go. Commissioner Cindy Meadows suggested ranking and the first one to get three votes would be the top choice. Commissioner Bill Imfeld suggested a point system for the ranking and tallying the points to determine the final ranking. After a lengthy discussion on how to rank, and multiple elimination rankings, the commissioners ranked their top choice. The six were taken down to four, Cory Godwin, Robert Halfhill, Larry Jones and Ted Lakey. Godwin and Jones are from Walton and Halfhill and Lakey are from out of the county. This was reduced again and eventually the choice was Halfhill. Lakey was second and Jones the third. They will begin negotiations with Halfhill. Halfhill is not employed in this area. Commissioners agreed to have attorney Mark Davis, the HR manager and the Board Chair Pridgen negotiate. It could be later in February before the final hire is made.

WC BCC Meeting

As reported by WZEP AM1460

The Walton Commissioner meeting started with money coming in. The County has property insurance through the Florida League of Cities. With no storms, and the League being non-profit, they returned $106,286 in unused premiums. Leigh Morrison gave the Life Enrichment Senior Center report. She noted two seniors, one from here and one from the Geneva Center, were married. The Center is closed on Fridays due to budget restraints. Health Department Administrator Holly Holt asked for support in applying for a grant. She also gave a report on the services provided last year. She said they have grown to 99 employees, have increased in clients thanks to more funding, have grown the drug assistance program, expanded the low income pool to the Coastal Branch, have a qualified health center in DeFuniak Springs, and are working for health improvement in the community. Holt said soon the County Health Departments will be accredited. Major Joe Preston, with the Sheriffs Office gave an update on the Courthouse Security Phase 2. This deals with increased security at the South Walton Courthouse Annex. The plans are not available for public review due to security exemption allowances. The attorney advised bringing a budget amendment back for a vote. Attorney Mark Davis will conduct a workshop to help the commissioners with instruction on how to conduct meetings and hearings. Davis said he has been borrowing from other counties to come up with the information. He also noted recent changes and court cases. Meadows asked to hold the meeting on the south end at 1pm on February 12th. They already have other meetings planned for that day. Some of the meetings are strategic planning sessions. The commissioners will use a facilitator for these.. Commissioners will look at parking in the commercial and congregant areas of south Walton as well as the TDC areas; approved tree harvesting for mitigation land; approved advertising for disaster response services, auctioning services and a forestry management contractor; the capital project list projects; collect letter of credit for Village of Grayton Beach Phase I; and to extend the contract with Ecological Associates for the Habitat Conservation Plan. Commissioners talked about a land use attorney, but no final decision was made. County Attorney Toni Craig is still out due to medical reasons and commissioners asked to be updated on the expected length of her absence. They will continue to use attorney Mark Davis temporarily. The Beach Ordinance was updated and there will not be an allowance for visiting dogs on the beach. They made other changes, including some recommended by residents.

Slain FHP Trooper remembered as Bomb Maker Gets Death

As reported by WZEP AM1460

Florida Highway Patrol trooper 35-year-old James Jimmy Fulford, died after being blown to death when he opened a booby-trapped package during a routine traffic stop on I-10 in February 1992. Fulford has ties to our area. The man charged goes to the death chamber this Saturday. The pipe bomb was hidden in a gift-wrapped microwave oven and intended to kill two women in Marianna due to knowledge of a drugrelated murder in 1991. The death led to federal and state investigations that exposed a drug trafficking ring based in South Florida. During a traffic stop, Trooper Fulford stopped a car with a male suspect and an associate. Both men were arrested during and taken to jail by two Jefferson County deputies. Shortly thereafter, Trooper Fulford was killed while still searching the car. One suspect made the bomb and placed it inside a microwave, gift wrapped. He paid a second man to deliver the package to his ex-wife, who had prior knowledge of a murder and an active drug ring he was involved with. The man agreed to deliver the package thinking it only contained drugs. It was later determined by a State's explosive expert that Trooper Fulford was holding the package when it exploded The bomb maker, 38-year-old Paul Howell, was convicted of building the bomb and sentenced to death in 1995. The male driving the vehicle was sentenced to 40 years. Trooper Fulford had been a member of the Florida Highway Patrol for 14 years and is credited with intercepting the package that likely would have killed others. Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for Howell. The execution has been set for February 26 at 6 p.m.

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A new report warns that popular energy drinks such as Red Bull and Rockstar pose potential hazards to teens, especially when mixed with alcohol. The report, published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics in Review, summarizes existing research and concludes that the caffeine-laden beverages can cause rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, obesity and other medical problems in teens. Combined with alcohol, the potential harms can be severe, the authors noted. "I don't think there is any sensationalism going on here. These drinks can be dangerous for teens," said review lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson, a U.S. Air Force major and an adolescent medicine specialist at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. "They contain too much caffeine and other additives that we don't know enough about. Healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep are better ways to get energy." Doctors and parents need to "intelligently speak to teenagers about why energy drinks may not be safe," Blankson said. "They need to ask teens if they are drinking energy drinks and suggest healthy alternatives." Surveys suggest that as many as half of young people consume these unregulated beverages, often in search of a hefty dose of caffeine to help them wake up, stay awake or get a "buzz." Sixteen-ounce cans of Red Bull, Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar hold about 160 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, according to the report. However, a much smaller container of the drink Cocaine -- briefly banned in 2007 -delivers 280 mg in just 8.4 ounces. By contrast, a typical cup of coffee packs a caffeine punch of about 100 mg. Too much caffeine, Blankson said, "can have troubling side effects." More than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day is considered unhealthy for teens, he noted.


It was money for the City of Freeport as the insurance company gave a return of premium due to no storms this year. Mr. Conley indicated the City would be receiving $15,978 back in unused insurance premium. Attorney Clayton Adkinson had the 1st reading of annexation ordinance for Chancey (122 Waterview Cove Dr) and Barley/Ard (134 Waterview Cove Dr). Adkinson also said a letter was sent to Stokes (Bishops Landing property) giving 30 days to clean up, remove a dismantled house and fill in an abandoned swimming pool before legal action is taken. The engineer said the wellhouse for well #4 trusses are on the ground and the roof is to be installed soon. The contractor is still waiting on valves for the project on Highway 20. The Freeport Council also gave approval of a fire station electrical upgrade where an additional breaker is needed, approved and agreed to advertise a fire chief position description until February 28, the Calypso Cove RV Park (fka Lazy Days) connection fee swap was not approved, they gave approval for staff attendance at the Certified Local Government Training Conference, and tabled a Town Planters fence installation around the Veterans Memorial until drawings could be given. The Council also had a discussion regarding vandalism and skateboarding on premises. The Council did not agreed to a regular scheduled workshop each month, paid the bills, and approved hiring B.A. Bates as a temporary employee through the end of August. At budget workshops, it will be determined whether or not to create a new position for grounds. City Clerk Robin Haynes requested the council consider management of the pool. This was previously headed up by the fire department. There was also discussion regarding batting cages. Council member Simmons will check on the batting cages to be relocated to the Sports Complex. The money used will be from some set aside for the development of new ballfields.

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DFS New Jobs
In less than two years, DeFuniak Springs City Councilman Mac Work says 100 new jobs have been created or are on their way. Work took a look at business opened, approved to open or expanding and the number of jobs they bring to the city. Work says the new: Family Dollar 6 Electric Car Company 1 Southern Power Works 6 Tractor Supply 15 Sweet Talk Wireless 6 Freedom Tax 3 Serenity Insurance 2 4-C Bar-B-Que 6 Taco Bell (June) 12 Dr. John Ward 2 Ingram Memorial 3 Ajax Construction 4 Coffee Shop 1 And the new Piggly Wiggly expanding from the former Twin Lakes brought in 15 more and the expansion with Professional Products is listed at 18. While a few, like the Taco Bell and Professional Products do not have construction completed, the hiring or planned hiring has begun. Work and others are also working on a possible job creation project for the former Microspine building. DeFuniak Springs is at the top of a list of about 6 possible locations. The building has sold, but the project is not set. There is a hope of an economic development grant to stimulate the project. If this is brought is, the jobs and job creation through support could be close to 100.

Womans Body Identified

The Medical Examiners Office identified the body of a woman found January 27th on the waters edge in Destin. Dental records indicate it is 60-year-old Shigeko Freeman of Niceville, who disappeared sometime January 5th or 6th. Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office investigators looking into the disappearance do not suspect foul play. The autopsy conducted on January 29th by the Medical Examiners Office did not turn up anything suspicious. The final autopsy report is still being compiled. Freemans car was found in the emergency lane near the top of the Mid-Bay Bridge on January 6th. The car keys were inside, along with a sign that said Call 9-1-1 and had her husbands name and cell phone number. It was signed from wife Shigeko. The Sheriffs Office, Coast Guard, and Fish and Wildlife had conducted a search of the water but were unable to locate Freeman. The body was discovered washed ashore behind a home on Indian Trail in Destin.

Walton Beach Ordinance

As reported by WZEP AM1460

The visiting dogs on the beach allowance and the vendors flying the safety flags have been taken out of the Beach Activities Ordinance. This as the public hearing on changes to the Beach Ordinance was continued. The County has been looking at changes that help clarify the ordinance, brings it to requirements or corrects mistakes. The Surfriders Organization made recommendations for minor changes, stand up paddle boards and surfboards can be more than 500 feet from the waters edge. Minor spelling changes were noted. The ordinance presented was 50 pages, but 25 are strikethroughs. Half of the remaining are fees and fines that go with it. Mary Nelson asked for clarification on use of public boat ramps complaints contacts, asked about fires on private property and how that can be transferred or not, and asked about fireworks. The ordinance has provisions for dealing with fireworks, but the question is about visitors and residents using fireworks. State law only allows the use of non-exploding fireworks that do not leave the ground or large fireworks displays conducted by a licensed and permitted person. TDC Director Dawn Moliterno said they have been working with PSAs and bed tax alerts to let people know about safety including fireworks. Attorney Clay Adkinson pointed out that state law not only prohibits exploding fireworks, you can not possess them or even bring them into the state. Seascape asked about being able to operate as they have been, including vehicles on the beach and four huts. The commissioners were asked if larger beaches, such as Seascapes 2000 feet of beach could have allowances or if they could be grandfathered in. Commissioners agreed there could be simple language put in with Meadows giving a recommendation for beaches over 1000 feet and limiting to a 12 by 12 hut and only a defined amount over a distance. Commissioners were told the structure prohibition is to protect turtles and Seascape now has less of footprint. The wording presented by Meadows was agreed as a way to work this. The attorney said the change is better than trying to grandfather in. Sharon Maxwell cited problems with beach vendors, particularly one that has a large hut and drives vehicles on the beach making ruts.

FWC Officer Pete Rockwell inspected a man using a cast-net along Gap Creek in Fort Walton Beach. The subject was in possession of 147 mullet. The lawful bag limit is 50 mullet per person per day. The subject stated he knew better, having been arrested for the same violation four years earlier. He was issued a citation, and the fish were seized and donated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.

Commissioners approved the changes including changes from comments Officer Heath Nichols was checking hunters on by the public. Eglin Air Force Base WMA when he received information from hunters about a subject who had killed a deer. Officer Nichols identified the subjects vehicle as it was exiting the management area and made contact with the subject. When Officer Nichols inquired about the deer, the subject told him the deer was in his toolbox. An inspection of the toolbox revealed a short-antlered buck, which was later determined to have only two-inch antlers. The subject was cited for taking a deer with antlers less than five inches.

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The EMERALD STAR NEWS Inc. Highway 90 Crews will focus efforts on widening work at the intersection of U.S. 90 and State Road 285 in Walton County. Off duty law enforcement and CSX railroad flagmen will assist with traffic control. Westbound traffic on U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs will continue to encounter daytime intermittent lane restrictions between 4th Street and 7th Street. Crews will perform work in the westbound lanes and intersecting side street connections in this area. Construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to pay attention to the speed limit when traveling through the construction area, and to use caution, especially at night when driving in work zones. Most people recognize chest pain as a symptom of heart attack, as well as pain or numbness in the arm or shortness of breath. But did you know that a feeling of "doom" or back pain could also be signs of a heart attack? An article in our local paper reported that most people do not recognize other warning signs of a heart attack. They include: a sense of doom, back pain, sweating, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue or malaise, and jaw or neck pain. My mother, age 87, who had never had back trouble and hadn't strained her back muscles in any way, suddenly developed back pain that the usual over-the-counter pain pills couldn't stop. Two days later, the pain moved to her chest, and that's when we took her to the emergency room. We would have gotten her there two days sooner if anyone had told us that heart attack pain could begin in the back. Please, Abby, let your readers know these other symptoms.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

U.S. Benefits Direct Deposit The U.S. Department of the Treasury reports that 5 million checks continue to be mailed to federal beneficiaries each month. With just a month remaining until the March 1, electronic payment law goes into effect, the Treasury Department is urging Social Security and other federal benefit recipients to not delay and switch now to either direct deposit or the Direct ExpressDebit MasterCard card. David Lebryk, commissioner of the Treasury Departments Financial Management Service says, Choosing direct deposit or the Direct Express card makes it easier, safer and more convenient for beneficiaries to receive their payments. Switching to an electronic payment is not optional its the law. If you or a loved one still receive paper checks for your benefit payments, now is the time to switch. Its free and easy just call 1-800-333-1795 or visit Currently, approximately 93 percent of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are being made electronically. Converting the remaining paper check recipients to electronic payments will save American taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. March 1, 2013, is the final deadline by which all remaining federal benefit check recipients must receive their money electronically. You need to switch to electronic payments now before time runs out. If you have a bank account, you can check with them about using the automatic deposit. If you do not have a bank account, you can apply for a debit card that your benefits will be deposited on. You can then use the card to pay bills, buy from merchants or get money out of ATM machines. There is one free ATM withdrawal each month. Check recipients can sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express card by calling toll-free 1-800-333-1795, visiting, or talking to their local federal paying agency office. The process is said to be fast, easy and free. By taking a few minutes to gather the necessary information ahead of time, most federal benefit recipients can sign up for electronic payments with one phone call. Individuals will need their Social Security number or claim number, their 12-digital federal benefit check number and the amount of their most recent federal benefit check. If choosing direct deposit, recipients also will need their financial institutions routing transit number, (often found on a personal check) account number and account type (checking or saving). There are no sign-up fees or monthly fees to receive benefits electronically.

By M. Vreeland One look into his warm, intelligent golden brown eyes will tell you that our Joe Boxer is not just an ordinary dog. When you first meet him he may seem to be a bit bashful, but once youve earned his trust you can rest assured that Joe Boxer will be the most loyal friend you could ever hope to have. Being a gregarious guy, Joe has a number of canine pals here at Alaqua Animal Refuge that he thoroughly enjoys romping with in the play area. If you ask him who his favorite playmate is however, hell tell you its Cody, another handsome pup who is a Beagle/Boxer mix. In addition to his rugged good looks and extremely sweet disposition, Joe Boxer has excellent leash skills that would make any special someone proud to be seen with him. Like all of us, Joe Boxer needs a loving forever home to call his own. If Joe might be the dog youd like to welcome into your family, hes anxious to meet you any Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM. Please come and make his acquaintance. We promise, you wont be sorry you if you do. "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 850-880-6399 or check out our website at

DEAR Aunt Ruby: I'm a 20-year-old college student with a great job, life ambitions and parents who love me. They raised me to think for myself and follow my dreams. I didn't date much in high school, but a few months ago I met a wonderful young man who is in the Army. Two things about this relationship are different: First, we met on the Internet, communicated online for several weeks, then took the next step to meet in person. The second is, "James" is 10 years older than I am and has a son from a previous marriage. James is stationed not far from me. When I met him, I realized he was everything a woman could want. I did a background check and everything he told me is true. He supports me fully in pursuing my degree and my future career. But I'm afraid to introduce him to my parents because they're old-fashioned. They are leery about people meeting on the Internet. They also want me to meet a guy closer to my age. The more James and I are together, the more I realize how much I love him. I want to introduce the man I love to my family. How do I proceed with this? I am scared that my parents won't accept James. How can I get them to accept my choice? -- DETERMINED IN S. Walton DEAR DETERMINED: Your relationship with James appears to be progressing at warp speed. If you want your parents to accept him, you must give them an opportunity to get to know him -- and the same applies to you because this romance is fresh. As you communicate with your parents, start mentioning James. Tell them he is a member of the military and how you met. Meeting someone on the Internet these days is very common and nothing to be ashamed of. The longer you continue keeping his existence a secret, the more concerned and disappointed your parents will be when you spring him on them. They will want to meet him and you should introduce him. After that, the selling job will be his. Keep your cool. You are your parents' little girl and always will be. But the decision of who you'll wind up with is your own to make, not theirs.

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Happenings in DeFuniak Springs

DFS Council Agenda
As reported by WZEP AM1460

The DeFuniak Springs City Council meeting began with a premium return check of over $20,000. Since there has been no hurricanes, the Florida League of Cities operating as a non-profit returned some of the premiums. The Council approved a roadblock for March 2nd for a Relay For Life fundraiser. Chris Mitchell was appointed to the DeFuniak Springs Housing Authority Board and Jack Hicks was reappointed as a Cemetery Board member. Clay Adkinson brought up the City Managers employment agreement. The attorney said Bowers was to start for a year and has received a raise when the other city employees received one. The contract agreement was updated and she is now officially permanent full time. Council member Ron Kelley said he is very pleased with Bowers and the job she has done. Council member Wright noted she has been doing her job and others. Council member Wright asked for a temporary pay raise for Loretta Laird as she has been picking up the responsibilities of the vacant Planning Director position. He recommended giving her a $2.88 increase while doing the job. Work pointed out when the Finance Director position was vacant they appointed someone as interim. Kelley also recommended the raise. Work said there has been some animosity with workers in other departments about the ladies at city hall getting extra pay. City Manager Sara Bowers said they have been seeking applications for the vacant position, but with a lawsuit being settled caused a delay. Work said he has no problem with Laird, rather with the timing, feeling it should be done during the budget time. Council member Mac Work talked about out of town dealers coming in town and selling cars. Work said local citizens have told him about complaints such as buying a car that did not have a muffler. Another resident bought a used truck several years old and paid only three thousands less than a new one. Staff will return with a possible change in permits. There will be a referendum on April 9th to ask voters if the mayor should have the voting privilege taken away so he will not have to fall under Sunshine requirements. The mayor only votes in the case of a tie and this rarely happens. The mayor would still have veto power of ordinances. The mayor asked for the change to give him the ability to talk with Council members and better manage the duties for the city. Police Chief Mark Weeks asked to make changes to promote within the agency. He said the recommended changes would keep the same amount of sworn officer positions and take away one non-sworn position. The promotions will cost more, but the overall effect is a savings to the budget while promoting within. There is no budget increase. Council approve promoting a lieutenant, sergeant and hiring a police officer. The council agreed to a contract with Baskerville-Donovan to engineer and work on the compressed natural gas filling station. It could be a year before all the government parts come together. The city will be abled to take credit cards and echecks. Council approved accepting money from Christmas Reflections to help pay for the elevator engineering for the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. Gulf Power and the city will have a thank you ceremony Wednesday at 3:30pm for a Christmas Reflections donation. The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Workshop on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM, or soon thereafter, at the South Walton Annex Courthouse located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The purpose of this Workshop is for the temporary County Attorney Mark Davis to provide information and training to the Commissioners relating to the meeting procedures and Quasi-Judicial Hearings.

DeFuniak Springs Police Fighting The War On Drugs

As reported by WZEP AM1460

Over the last few weeks members from DeFuniak Springs Police have been successful in executing investigations that have led to arrests pertaining to the manufacturing of the dangerous drug known as meth. These arrests and investigations were the result of citizens and police working together. In 2004, there were 17, 170 meth lab incidents according to the Drug Enforcement Administration National Clandestine Laboratory Database. The use of methamphetamines as an abused drug has risen dramatically in the last 10 years. It can be made from materials found in drug stores and just about any type home improvement store. It can be made in small quantities in a basement, garage, storage space, bathrooms, bedrooms and vehicles in just a few hours. It doesnt have to be smuggled into our communities; it can be manufactured practically anywhere. The dangers are also as dramatic: explosions, pollution, and short or long term health effects, contamination of homes, vehicles, children and law enforcement personnel. These professional men and women who perform seizures of these clandestine meth labs face significant dangers. This is also true with all the first responders who may be at a meth lab site for a significant period of time. If you have any information on any criminal activity in the DeFuniak Springs area, please contact us at (850)893-8513 or our anonymous tip line at (850)910-TIPS (8477). The citizens and police working together and sound police tactics is what makes DeFuniak Springs a better and safer place to live.

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Remember that it's easy to manipulate statistics on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, even if a so-called expert starts spouting proof about his or her latest theory. So keep an open mind, but remember that you have a right to your opinion. However, another challenge -- this one not so easily dismissed -- to your philosophical beliefs comes up during the latter part of the week. It's time to stop and take a look so you can figure out what's really going on. The first half of the week is excellent for emotional detective work like that. Talk it out with a friend, a skilled professional or spend some time with yourself meditating on the issue. Could it be that you're projecting some disowned part of yourself onto this problem? The first half of the week, you might feel like a car that's stuck in the wrong gear. That's fine. Don't push yourself past a block. It's there for a reason, and holds a lesson you need to learn. By Thursday, a seemingly meaningless coincidence actually holds a pretty significant clue as to what you need to understand about the current situation make it a daily practice to appreciate what it is that you have now, whether that means being grateful for a sunny morning or the extra cream cheese the counterperson puts on your bagel. Your efforts to love life really come to fruition in the latter part of the week. The lesson isn't just to not sweat the small stuff, It's tough to resist the siren song of someone praising your efforts on Monday, but use Tuesday and Wednesday to be honest with yourself: Do you really think that your current work is up to snuff? The more realistic you are, the better the results will be. The latter half of the week is a great time to make headway on any changes that might need implementing Think about what you really want and then do a little (very little) legwork to get there. After you put out that initial invitation to your true desires, you might find that opportunities (and some people) pretty much fall into your lap with very little effort on your part during the first half of this week. Wednesday and Thursday, be careful about how you discuss what's happened Mind over matter is a nice idea, but how about working with the matters that are at hand instead of against them? The more you embrace the idea of flow and stop beating your head against a wall (metaphorical or literal), the easier life will be, especially from Monday through Wednesday. Remember to challenge your preconceptions A touch of tact is usually a lovely thing, but if you use too much of it, you might end up confusing your audience -- what exactly is it that you're trying to communicate? If you're not getting the answer you desire Monday (or, indeed, any answer at all), change tactics and be more forthcoming -- even blunt -- midweek.

Ice cream is one of the food treats men love most. You do get some protein and calcium. But you also get 230 calories per half-cup, and that's just for plain vanilla, no toppings. Better Bet: Look for the slow-churned kind. It's lower in fat, and many flavors have only 100 calories per half-cup. What if you could only have one snack for the rest of your life? Men in one survey picked chips. A serving of 15 chips has 160 calories. But who stops at 15? Add just 2 tablespoons of French onion dip and you've piled on 60 more calories and 5 grams of fat. Better Bet: Fat-free popcorn. Six cups have just 100 calories. The average 12-ounce can of beer has about 150 calories. Down a couple every night, and "Hello, beer belly." Men with a waist bigger than 40 inches (with or without beer) are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer. Better Bet: Light beer cuts your intake to about 100 calories a can. If you're the meat and potatoes type, you'd love a big, juicy steak that covers your plate. But a 16-ounce prime rib can have more than 1,000 calories and 37 grams of "bad" fat. That's without any sides or appetizers. Better Bet: Lean meat, such as sirloin, tenderloin, or flank steak. The piece should be the size of your fist, not your plate. Pizza can be healthy. But if you like toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, ham, and beef, you could get more than 300 calories in one slice. Better Bet: Instead, top pizza with veggies. You get extra fiber and nutrients, and up to 100 fewer calories per slice. If it looks big and loaded, it will bloat your calorie budget, too. Some have more than 1,000 calories and up to 75 grams of fat. Better Bet: Stick to a single grilled burger made with lean ground beef. A soda spiked with caffeine or an energy drink may seem like a smart pick-me-up. One 20-ounce bottle of full-sugar soda packs 250 calories, along with the caffeine. Better Bet: Black coffee. A 20-ounce cup has almost no calories. Like milk? Use the nonfat kind to stay under 100 calories.

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That old adage about being careful what you wish for, or you just might get it? Pay very close attention to what you say you want and what you honestly desire during the first half of the week. The more honest you are about all of the wishes in your heart and soul, the easier it will be to gain your objective.

Relationships are simultaneously the most enduring and the most fragile thing in everyone's life. During the first half of the week, you get the chance to work on the most important relationship in your life: The one with yourself. All the rest are mirrors of your inner reality. During the last half of the week, focus on explo10/23 11/21 ration and setting new boundaries for you and your companions The more you try to deny something, the more it will interfere with your life. Use the first three days of the week to explore some part of yourself that doesn't jibe with your public image. When you're able to accept all parts of yourself, you free up more energy to live the life you deserve. Thursday and Friday are about making that belief a reality. Sometimes you have to take the action before you get the insight. You know what they say about the best-laid plans? No matter how much you try to make Monday go your way, it's just going to be a crazy day, and at a certain point it's wise to opt for a more passive role. Tuesday and Wednesday, your fun comes from creative pursuits -- art, music, poetry -- but toward the end of the week, you take your fun wherever you can find it.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Okaloosa County Home Invasion

As reported by WZEP AM1460

Gaetz Talks Transportation

As reported by WZEP AM1460

Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers and the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office are seeking information about a reported home invasion robbery that occurred at a residence on Blvd. De LOrleans in Mary Esther Tuesday night, January 29th. The two victims stated they were watching television around 11:15 p.m. when a man with a knife came in through the back door and demanded money. The suspect took cash and wallets and ran out the back door. The suspect is described as a fair skinned white male around 58-59 tall with a thin build. He was wearing grey sweatpants and a brown/beige flannel button up shirt with sneakers. He was also wearing black gloves, a hat and possibly a scarf or mask covering his face except for his eyes which are possibly blue. Anybody with information about this robbery may contact the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office at(850) 609-2000 or may possibly become eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 by contactingEmerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (863-8477), or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637).Anonymous tips can also be submitted on-line at Crime Stoppers callers are never required to reveal their identity nor testify in court. A code number system is used to pay cash rewards without compromising the tipsters identity. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information that helps solve crimes, or leads to the location of wanted fugitives, illegal drugs, or recovery of stolen property. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, community organization; it is not a government program or law enforcement agency, and no taxpayer dollars are used in its reward fund.

Northwest Florida will receive nearly $1 billion in accelerated transportation funding announced by Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation. Gaetz said he was told the initiative constitutes the largest single investment in our areas transportation infrastructure in state history. Ten projects, one starting as soon as next month, will improve the regions ports, roadways, bridges and rail transportation. Gaetz said the impact of the historic investments will be to help the private sector create more and better jobs. Gaetz explained that hundreds of jobs will be created during the engineering and construction of these projects. He says the real economic value is in building the arteries that get products to and from market. He also says a burst of construction getting the infrastructure in place will help communities attract and keep growing businesses that need skilled workers for decades to come. The largest single project is the replacement of the Three Mile Bridge on Highway 98 connecting Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. The bridge will cost $595,600 to build. Construction will begin in two years following acquisition of right of way and environmental permits. The Senate President emphasized that the new bridge will not be a toll bridge but will be paid for entirely by state transportation funds. In Okaloosa County, FDOT has committed to working with the Legislature to move up the expansion and improvement of State Road 123 from 2018 to 2015. The projects estimated cost is $20.6 million. A new interchange will be constructed in two years at the intersection of Highway 98 and 23rd Street in Panama City with costs pegged at $85 million. State Road 79 from south of Vernon to Bonifay through both Washington and Holmes counties will be widened from the current two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane divided highway. The construction contract will be executed next month with completion scheduled for 2017 at a cost of $139 million. Also announced was the multi-laning of State Road 77 from the Bay County line north to I-10. The 23 mile stretch will cost $44.9 million.

Take notice that the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a
closed attorney-client EXECUTIVE SESSION on February 11, 2013, at their Special Meeting beginning at 1:00 PM, or as soon as possible to that time, at the Walton County Courthouse located at 571 US Highway 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL to discuss the following cases: In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES (2:10-cv-09999-CJB-SS). The Board of County Commissioners, William Bill Chapman, Kenneth Pridgen, Bill Imfeld, Sara Comander, and Cindy Meadows; Gerry Demers, Interim County Administrator; Mark D. Davis, Temporary County Attorney; and Outside Counsel for the County in this case, Brantley Fry, Rick Stratton, and Rhon Jones of Beasley Allen, and Clayton J.M. Adkinson and Clay B. Adkinson of the Adkinson Law Firm will attend this meeting and it will be recorded by a certified court reporter. Any person who decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at a meeting of the Board will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which an appeal may be based. Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850) 892-8115 to make a request. For hearing impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE). Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to allow time to provide the requested services.

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Local Delegation Meets Frank Day Talks About Business

As the delegation of local legislators met with citizens Tuesday, Frank Day said he is working to put together a volunteer organization that will be a business incubator. He said the college has already offered office space both north and south once the project gets off ground. They would target all sizes of businesses. Day talked to Senator Gaetz and Representative Coley about the lack of industry in Walton County. He asked about legislation that could help. Airbus coming to Mobile and needed suppliers was an example of possible business incubation. Rep. Coley said Day is saying some of the same things she is hearing from across the district. She said they are doing things that can help keep or bring in jobs. This includes education and preparing people to meet the requirements of jobs, even manufacturing jobs that might only require a high school diploma. Coley said they are also looking at ways the legislator can help manufacturing come back to the state. Eliminating requirements and tax breaks were mentioned. Sen. Gaetz said the Governor has proposed in his budget a reduction of taxes for manufacturing concerns. Gaetz said Governor Scott will work with anyone who has a business wanting to work with Airbus. The funds from the oil spill coming to the area was also talked about. This funding has already been used to bring in one business for southern Walton and is being tapped to help bring in a business for DeFuniak Springs. Gaetz said there is the $30m in funds and other funds available for northwest Florida. Day said the county commission should be applauded for getting ahead on the oil spill money. He said the county can not continue to just rely on the tourism jobs.

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