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July 11, 2013

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Man Caught Smuggling 9 Illegal Entered People As reported by WZEP AM1460
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello to each of you. I hope your enjoying these beautiful days in Walton county. I know I’m getting to the beach more often than last year and to me that’s a good sign. I want to congratulate our Newly elected by a landslide Mayor of Freeport Russ Barley. We look forward to seeing Freeport taking off in a direction that’s beneficial for us all. A new beginning……. Here’s a story from WZEP> Fire meeting, Commissioner Sara Comander started the discussion on the proposed changes to the fire services agreement saying she would like to hold a second public hearing in DeFuniak Springs since it concerns the residents north of the bay. They agreed to start the hearing, then continue it to July 16th. Sandi Melgarejo with Government Services Group, said they recommend updating the fire services agreement. This is the agreement that has a $25 fee on your property bill if you live in the unincorporated part of Walton County where no independent fire district is served. Currently the rates have not changed since 1997 and fund only about 6.5% of the amount to provide fire protection. The study shows a cost of close to $380 per residence. Some of the people in the southern part of the county say they do not believe it is fair that they pay a fire tax and pay for county taxes that are used to pay for fire protection in other parts of the county. The residents in southern Walton choose to pay an additional tax for fire services as well as their property taxes. The residents in Freeport and DeFuniak Springs also chose to create a government that has city taxes as well as the county taxes. Paxton does not collect city taxes. Liberty and Argyle Fire Departments have their own boards that set rates and their residents also pay county property taxes. The residents in the unincorporated parts of Walton pay $25 a year per dwelling residence and there is no charge for land. The recommendation is to have dwelling units, commercial and other units as well as farmland and other land also pay for fire protection. As public comment time began, one resident said he did not see the study and he does not know of a home being saved because of the fire department. He said farmland does not burn the way other land does and Forestry has to take care of the woods. He said there are questions about what the cost will be. He said they do not want to go through ObamaCare again. He told commissioners he does not mind paying for protection, but wants to know what the exact costs are. Another resident said, if taxes go up then they should get more services. Staff said the study has been on the website, but they will make it more visible. The county is looking at raising the rate to $95 and it could go to $150 next year. There are also maximum rates. The notices sent to property owners had the maximum rates. The GSG representative said this is confusing, but it was language requested by the commissioners. Speaking for the change, a resident asked the commissioners to treat them fair. He thanked the commissioners for the study. He said he does not know why the north part has an MSBU and the South Walton District has a millage. Another resident suggested the district in the north have a taxing district. He said $4.3 million a year is going to supplement the north district. He said they are paying for their protection in the south and 92% of the protection in the north. The meeting continued with both residents and commissioners saying there are questions. Eventually the hearing was stopped to be continued to the 16th in DeFuniak Springs. Have a great week!! You work hard get a massage or something.

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Flooding Health Cautions
Walton County is experiencing heavy rainfall, causing significant flooding in the area. Although skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Flood waters may contain waste material with associated bacteria and viruses. The Florida Department of Health in Walton County advises residents impacted by flooding to take the following precautions.

Weather

Friday morning the Walton County Board of County Commissioners held a special emergency meeting in order to discuss the declaration of a local state of emergency due to the recent storms and rain totals that have hit the area. A motion was made by Commissioner Sara Comander and seconded by Commissioner Bill Chapman to declare a local state of emergency by resolution that will remain in place until Friday, July 12th. The motion passed unanimously. Moving Flood Water - During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size Interim County Commissioner Gerry Demers reported early damage totals from the rain and subsequent flooding issues are estiof the vehicle. mated to be $1.4 million. More assessments will be done as the rainwater recedes and public works crews can access additional Pooling Flood Water - Heavy rain causes flood waters to rise and pool on streets and throughout areas of the county. neighborhoods. In these situations, be aware of the following: The declaration of a local state of emergency will allow the filing Road surfaces become disguised and drivers can unknowingly steer into a deep body of water, such as a for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management canal or pond. Agency, FEMA, if the County meets their dollar amount threshElectricity from streetlights and power poles may be present in standing water, causing a deadly shock to old as well as the state meeting their dollar amount threshold. anyone coming in contact with it. The Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level 2, which is a partial activation. Personnel will be keeping tabs on Children playing in contaminated standing water can become sick or be bitten by snakes or floating inlocal weather conditions, flooding and storm damage. sects. People coming into contact with floodwaters should thoroughly wash and rinse any exposed body parts The South Walton Fire District is out conducting damage assessments of the South Walton area as well as deputies countywide. with soap and disinfected water. Contaminated Water Supply - Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. Water in a flood-affected If citizens have received damage due to the storm please call the area may not be safe to drink. Listen to local announcements on safety of the water supply. If the public Walton County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 850892-8111. water system lost pressure, a boil water notice will likely be issued for your area. People in these areas Reports have come in of citizens seeing oil washing up on the should take precautions to avoid consuming contaminated water. If your well is in a flooded area, your water may contain disease-causing bacteria and may not be safe to drink. DOH recommends one of the beach. Please report any oil sightings to the National Response Center at 1.800.424.8802. following: The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Boil water for at least 1 minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or Choctawhatchee River in Walton County. Rising waters prewashing dishes. dicted for this weekend might require that CHELCO, in consultaDisinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon – this would form a puddle about the size of a tion with Walton County emergency management officials, temdime) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water porarily switch off electrical power to some homes and busiis cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting nesses for public safety reasons. If switched off, CHELCO will restore your power as soon as conditions permit. Thank you. and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination. Use only bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula. From a report on the internet, the U.S. Coast Guard says a dyke After the flooding subsides: break has caused a four-mile section of the Intracoastal Waterway Disinfect your well using the steps provided on our website- http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdwalton/ to close between Choctawhatchee Bay and West Bay. Coast PopulationBased/After_the_Storm.htm#Disinfecting_Water or located on the Department of Health’s Guard officials say they received a call from boaters Thursday website at http://www.myfloridaeh.com/water/index.html. afternoon reporting that the dyke had given way at mile marker 263 between Panama City and Destin. Coast Guard Station PaIf available, have your water tested through your county health department or by a laboratory certified by nama City assessed the situation and deemed the channel unsafe. The waterway is now closed from mile marker 262 to mile the state to perform a drinking water analysis. marker 266 in Walton County. Boaters in the region are urged to Contaminated Food use extreme caution. Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood waters. Discard any food without a waterproof container if there is any chance it has come into contact with floodwaters. Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the labels thoroughly, wash the cans, and then disinfect them with a solution consisting of 1/4 cup of unscented household bleach per gallon of water for clean surfaces. Re-label your cans, including the expiration date, with a marker. Food containers with screw-caps, snap lids and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come in contact with floodwaters, because they cannot be disinfected. Sewage Backed Up in the Home If a sewage backup has happened in your home, stay out of affected areas and keep children away. If your entire home has been soaked, abandon the home until all affected areas, including but not limited to carpets, rugs, sheetrock, drywall and baseboards, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. If sewage has overflowed in open areas or streets, avoid these areas and do not let children play in these areas. If you are having problems in areas served by public sewer systems, please contact your utility company to make sure they are aware of problems in your area. Contaminated Items Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. There is no way to safely clean them if they have come in contact with contaminated floodwaters. Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils with soap and hot water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup of household bleach per gallon of water. Hygiene- Basic hygiene is very important during flooding. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected and cooled. Hands should be washed before preparing or eating food, after using the bathroom or changing a diaper, after handling uncooked food, after playing with a pet, after handling garbage, after tending to someone who is sick or injured, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after helping in flood cleanup activities, and after handling items contaminated with flood water or sewage. For more information, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Walton at (850) 892-8021 or visit www.doh.state.fl.us orwww.floridadisaster.org.

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George Roll P.A.-C Seagrove Medical Clinic Call # 850-231-6200 Walk-ins and Appt.s Send health questions or comments to: P.O.Box 1133 Freeport, Florida 32439

College Opens Native Plant Trail
On the first day of summer, June 21, the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center hosted both the Walton Area & Destin Area Chambers of Commerce and many community members to officially open a new Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail. The Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail is a joint project of the Walton County Master Gardeners, NWFSC, and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), an environmental organization operated under the auspices of the college. Julie Terrell, Director of the South Walton Center and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance says the added feature to their center is a result of the dedication of the community who contributed more than $15,000 in cash and in-kind donations to get both the garden and trail open. Terrell also praised the expertise and project leadership of the Walton County Master Gardeners organization in helping to spearhead the project, especially Mary Lutz, Len Ross, president, and Janet Foltz, as well as the work of Dr. Sarah Schindele (CBA). Both the garden and trail area are sites for beauty and inspiration as well as public education at the college’s Santa Rosa Beach facility, which is located off Highway 331. The Native Plant Demonstration Garden skirts the center’s main building complex and showcases best practices for the use of native plants, water conservation, and other Floridafriendly gardening techniques in the home landscape. The nearly half-milelong paved Native Plant Trail is open for walks or bicycles and wraps around the south and western edge of the college’s property. It provides a marked Trail Guide with information about native plants that occur in our local ecosystem. Len Ross, president of the Walton County Master Gardeners, noted that the group plans to work with NWFSC South Walton Center staff to offer regular noncredit classes and workshops that teach unique garden features and techniques. The college expressed thanks to individuals and organizations who helped make the project possible. The Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail is a 501(c)(3) project of the NWFSC Foundation, and donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. The Garden and Trail are available for named endowments, as well as monetary donations for on-going development. To make a donation in support of the program contact the NWFSC Foundation at 729-5357 or the South Walton Center at 200-4160.

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What Is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is an illness that leads people to overeat, starve themselves, or adopt other unhealthy behaviors surrounding food and body weight. These disorders -- binge eating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia -- are not simply bad habits. They interfere with daily life and without proper treatment they can cause serious health problems.

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What Is Binge Eating Disorder?
Episodes of extreme overeating are the hallmark of this illness, which is the most common eating disorder. People who struggle with it are usually overweight or obese -- male or female. In contrast with bulimia, this illness does not lead people to purge (vomit), fast, or over-exercise. It can develop at any age but is often diagnosed in middle age. It can lead to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Many of us overeat from time to time; binge eating is different. People describe feeling out of control when they overeat. They may eat more quickly than usual during a binge. They may eat until they are painfully full, or binge when they aren't hungry. Many people with binge eating disorder say that stress, anxiety, depression, or boredom can trigger a binge. It's not uncommon for someone with binge eating disorder to have weight fluctuations because of attempts to diet between bingeing episodes. But until the bingeing behavior is under control, weight loss efforts are unlikely to be successful in the long term. Successful treatment may come from a combination of approaches. Talking with a therapist -- particularly cognitive behavioral therapy -- can help to change unhealthy eating habits and thinking patterns. Nutrition education, family counseling, and support groups can provide further help. Weight loss programs can also help get long-term control over binge eating. If depression is an issue, a doctor may prescribe medicine. People with anorexia nervosa develop an unusual fear of gaining weight, which can drive them to become dangerously thin. It's more common in women and girls, but it affects boys and men, too. It can start after life change, a traumatic event, or the desire to excel in sports such as gymnastics or cross-country running. Anorexia is a serious health problem, but with support and the right treatments people can and do get better.

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Local Restore Act Committee Wednesday, July 10 Please be advised the Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will hold their next meeting on July 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM at the Bayou Arts Center located at 105 Hogtown Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the RESTORE Act. Please be advised that two or more Walton County Commissioners may attend. Local RESTORE Act Committee – Subcommittee Wednesday, July 31 The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will hold a subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Bayou Arts Center located at 105 Hogtown Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the RESTORE Act project application. Two or more County Commissioners may attend. These meetings are open to the public.

WCSO Gets More Posse Members
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says it is proud to have four new volunteers on their Citizen Posse Unit. Duties will include providing assistance with patrol, emergency services and special events. Posse members are non-sworn citizens who do not possess arrest powers but are equipped with a retired patrol vehicle to provide assistance when necessary. The unit is an invaluable resource in saving taxpayer money while providing sworn officers more time to focus on criminal activity investigations. The Citizen Posse Unit falls under the WCSO Citizen Volunteer Unit. Collectively, the volunteers provided 3,500 hours of assistance to the agency in 2012. Currently there are 39 volunteers dedicated to serve with the WCSO. If you are interested in volunteering, applicants must pass a criminal history investigation and interview. Volunteers must serve a minimum of 16 hours per month. Please contact the volunteer coordinator Leah Snaith or Lt. Danny Garner at 850.892.8186.

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The FREEPORT POST
WCSB Special Meeting
AS reported by WZEP AM1460

Freeport Sees Changes After a Multi-Race Election
As reported by WZEP AM1460

At a special meeting, the Walton County School Board voted to a slight increase in the capital side of the property tax bill to help pay for required new student stations. Superintendent Carlene Anderson did not recommend the original higher amount talked about, rather choose to make the recommendation to keep the millage below the rate when the voters approved the half mill tax swap. Anderson made the recommendation to keep the promise the previous administration made to voters in 2002 when the half mill referendum was approved. The Board approved a tentative millage of 1.393 mills, up from 0.96 mills. This is for the capital budget only. Being tentative, it can not be raised. At the meeting anderson told the Board Walton Property Appraiser Patrick Pilcher has to have the millage rate. She said her first intention was to recommend the higher 1.5 mills, a rate that could bring in around $17.14 million at the 11.9 billion taxable value. Anderson then said, back in 2002, the Board and Superintendent promised the voters, if they would approve the half mill swap from capital to general, they would also reduce the capital by half a mill to make the swap revenue neutral. This is not a requirement, but a promise by the then Board. That promise require the lower rate to be met. Anderson asked for the 1.393. This will generate around $15.9 million to be used for student stations. If the millage was kept at the 0.96 mills, it would generate $10.3 million, almost $5 million less. If the taxable value goes up and the rate stays the same, it would have to be advertised as a tax increase since it would bring in more than the year before. Either way the district would have a slight tax increase. The general operating side of the budget is from the state and the Board has no control. The need for the extra money is to build new classrooms to meet current student growth. The district is faced with having to provide more student stations after the state’s voters said they wanted lower classroom numbers. This means more desks for growth, more classrooms since there are not as many students in each and more teachers. The district is required to meet this our be faced with being out of compliance. At a recent workshop, Anderson and her staff reported the growth in the southern part of the county and the need for new student stations. A new school can cost from around $20 million to $40 million, depending on the size and current construction. The Board is considering borrowing funds to begin construction now for future growth. Staff explained that the cost to build is down, so building now could be cheaper than building later, when with an interest payment.

The City of Freeport will have a new mayor and two new council members. Voters went to the polls Tuesday and elected Russ Barley as the new mayor. Barley won over Mayor Mickey Marse, 366 to 160. Council member Earl King, Seat 1, lost to Janice McLean, 153 votes to McLean’s 365 votes. Council Seat 2 will stay with Elizabeth Brannon who won over opponent Dottie Hunter, 371 to 140. And Council member Charlie Simmons lost the Seat 4 to Jennifer Laird in a close 251 to 267 race. There were two provisional ballots where Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley said the voters came in late and said they lived in the city. They were allowed to vote, but the canvassing board determined they did not live in the city. The canvassing board is made of the two council members who were not up for election and the city clerk. Beasley also said the closest race did not meet the requirement for a recount.

The Walton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Freeport Council will hold a Joint Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Walton County Courthouse located at 571 U.S. Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Bay Area Sewer Loan. 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.

SO Needs Help With Robbery Suspects
As reported by WZEP AM1460

WCBCC Meeting As reported by WZEP AM1460
The Walton County Commissioner meeting began with an introduction of the new DeFuniak Springs and Walton Queens. The girls said they are grateful to represent the area and are proud of where they come from and hope to show that by giving back to the community. They are willing to give a helping hand. With a check for $50 million from the FDOT, the county looked at restructuring the loan through SunTrust Leasing. This is the $75 million loan for the second bridge. The loan will go down to about $25 million plus fees. The idea is to restructure this to a new note of five to seven years with a lower rate. This means the additional half cent sales tax will go away quicker. Staff recommended a quicker payoff with the ability to still pay off 15% early. The agreement requires one more payment by October 1st. Commissioners were told paying this early would help lock in the rate. They will have staff move forward. Commissioners approved the jail pharmacy services agreement, set a public workshop on July 22 at 5pm so staff can take public input on the south Walton Sports Complex, made an adjustment on the Mossy Head Industrial Park agreements and approved infrastructure funding for the park. They will begin with storm water and roadway on the western parcel east of 285. There is interest in this land. The commissioners also agreed to pay CHELCO for running electricity. While the garbage fund allows money to be used for economic development, Commissioner Meadows said some residents in condos are paying for garbage. The other commissioners agreed they need to look at the issue, but felt the question at hand was about the park funding. Later, Bob Hudson, with the Walton County Taxpayers Association, talked about the solid waste removal.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in identifying two suspects who broke into a vehicle, stole a handbag and then proceeded to use the victim’s credit card at various locations including Wal-Mart in Santa Rosa Beach. The Sheriff’s Office responded to Club Intrawest (9300 West US Hwy 98) located in Sandestin last Sunday morning. The victim reported she was notified earlier by her credit card company they noticed suspicious activity on her card. The victim checked her vehicle and noticed her purse was missing. The victim immediately canceled her credit card. On the same day the Sheriff’s Office responded to Wal-Mart in Santa Rosa Beach at 5:19 p.m. in reference to shoplifting. The manager stated a white male and white female attempted to pay for their merchandise using a credit card which was declined three times. The two suspects left the store with the merchandise in hand without paying. The suspects left in a gold or tan sedan. The credit card used is linked to the victim whose purse was stolen. If you have any information to the identity and whereabouts of these individuals please contact Deputy Sheriff Blake McCormick at 850.892.8111. Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, text "TIP214 plus your tip" to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new "Tipsubmit Mobile" application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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CHELCO Pays For Part of Study
Two power companies are serious enough about helping bring business to our area, they are putting their money out there. Tuesday CHELCO, Inc. presented a $2,750 check to the Walton County Economic Development Alliance to help kick-start a project long on the drawing board. The contribution will be used to pay for half of the Mossy Head Industrial Park’s site certification. It is located off State Road 285 near I -10 and U.S. Highway 90 between Crestview and DeFuniak Springs. Gulf Power, which initiated the Northwest Florida-wide certification program, is paying the remaining half. CHELCO CEO Steve Rhodes says this is part of their ongoing commitment to help local communities grow and prosper by creating jobs. He says economic development is one of their top priorities. Rhodes added that the decision to cover Walton County’s share of the certification cost wasn’t made lightly. He says they are careful about spending because they want the member-owners to feel they’re getting their money’s worth. He says, “This project has great promise.” Rhodes said tourism, construction and the military are very important job-makers in the area, but it would be helpful to attract other types of businesses to Northwest Florida. Drawing manufacturers and warehousing and distribution companies to the industrial park would boost the economic prospects of the Emerald Coast by diversifying its economic base, he explained. Certification amounts to a seal of approval. The certification process evaluates a site’s strengths and weaknesses. The end result will be an industrial park with power, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure in place, so that businesses can move in and start producing with no wasted time. EDA Director Steve Jaeger says this will help market the Mossy Head site. He says they want to create jobs and want a place that attracts companies from around the country and the world. He thanked CHELCO for its contribution to the certification project, one that the EDA imagines could also draw the interest of hi-tech firms in the aerospace business.

Vinegar as an All Natural Weed Killer
MISSY By M. Vreeland
Cute, cuddly and sometimes a bit too venturesome for her own good, Missy is a charming Chihuahua currently calling Alaqua Animal Refuge home. Before she arrived at our peaceful sanctuary, Missy decided it was time to explore new and exciting places. Unfortunately her adventure ended when she found herself pregnant and locked up at a local kill shelter. Alaqua Angels to the rescue! Missy gave birth to her puppies and is now in need of a loving forever home. Although when you first meet her she may seem somewhat shy, once you’ve earned her trust you’ll find that underneath her bit of bashfulness Missy is quite the character. She is a canine companion who will dote on you and never fail to give you her all. Missy enjoys the company of other small dogs, and loves her walks. Probably her favorite activity, however, is just curling up with someone who delights in a good snuggle. Her needs are simple and few, and she promises to bring a little something special to each and every day. When I first read that vinegar can actually kill weeds, I was so excited! This wonder liquid that I already use all over the house in my homemade cleaning supplies can also be used in my garden? SCORE!

Walton Scam Alert
As reported by WZEP AM1460

But I was skeptical so checked with gardening guru, Walter Reeves first, to find out his opinion. He recommends 5% white distilled vinegar only if used on young weeds that aren’t well established. Brand name weed killers contain glyphosphate, a chemical that when sprayed onto a weed, is translocated to the roots, killing them, too. So, good ole’ Walter (he’s a Georgia boy) says it won’t be very effective on established weeds. If looking for a natural option that you don’t have to keep pets and children away from (like I am), then he says there is 20% vinegar but it easily burns the skin. I checked prices and it costs about 5 times more than 5% vinegar that I buy at my grocery store. So, I decided to try the 5% anyway. It won’t burn my skin, it’s cheap, it’s totally natural and non-toxic and, therefore, eco-friendly. I buy several gallons of vinegar every time I go to the grocery store since I use it as fabric softener and in my homemade cleaners, so I already had a gallon in the garage! For a very safe, eco-friendly version, you need: 1 Gallon 5% vinegar 1 cup castile Soap 1 Garden Sprayer It works best on sunny, warm days with no or very light wind. The dish soap helps the vinegar to stick to the plant and the sun causes the vinegar to burn the weed and kill it. If enough is sprayed, the vinegar will also seep into the soil and temporarily change it’s pH, which will help to kill the roots. I did find that I had to apply it very generously for it to work. I tried using both a spray bottle and garden sprayer and the garden sprayer was much easier and gave much better coverage.

An alert citizen likely saved himself from more problems as a scam was thwarted. A citizen contacted the Walton County Sheriff’s Office stating he received a call from an individual claiming to be from Best Buy who needed his information for an “account update”. Luckily the citizen found the call suspicious and did not release any personal information. After the phone call, the citizen called back the number and was denied his request to speak to a "Northwest Florida's Premier supervisor. The citizen immediately contacted Best Buy’s Fraud Department and confirmed that the number provided was not affili- Animal Sanctuary and Adoption ated with Best Buy. The caller’s location is unknown. 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.alaquaanimalrefuge.org.
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‘Happenings’ in DeFuniak Springs
Storm Creates Danger
As reported by WZEP AM1460

Man Caught Smuggling Traffic Problems 9 Illegal Entered People
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As summer sun shines, our area can also see summer storms. While many of these are short lived, they can bring problems and dangers in lightning, flooding and wind. A storm Monday cause injuries in two incidents. Two Indiana teenagers were seriously injured in a parasailing accident Monday in Panama City Beach. Sidney Renea Good (DOB 03/17/96), Roanoake, Ind., and Alexis Fairchild, from Huntington, Ind., were parasailing in a tandem harness over the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City Beach when an afternoon storm developed with strong winds, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. These winds kept the chute aloft and several attempts to winch the riders back onto the vessel failed. The anchor was set to keep the boat from being pulled onto shore. The towline detached and the riders were helpless to control the chute. The riders then impacted power lines, buildings and parked vehicles. Good and Fairchild were transported to Bay Medical-Sacred Heart in Panama City. According to FWC investigators, the girls are in critical condition. FWC is continuing to investigate the accident. Monday afternoon a waterspout was reported to have made landfall in Seagrove near the Santa Clara Beach Access. South Walton Fire District Lifeguards Brad Stewart and Joel Chapman were on duty at SWFD Lifeguard Tower 2 when rain began to move on shore. As the guards were removing their equipment from the beach a water spout was spotted approximately 700 feet from shore. As the water spout began to rapidly make its way towards the shore, SWFD Lifeguard Chapman began directing patrons in his response area to seek shelter at the closest structure. At this time, SWFD Lifeguard Stewart witnessed a family who was attempting to move one of their own family members with a (physical disability) to a safe shelter. As he reached the group with beach wheelchair in hand, Stewart realized it was too late to make it to a safe shelter. Stewart ordered them all to lay face down in the sand as he lay across them. The waterspout, now turned tornado, was now on shore and passing directly over this group. A tent awning collapsed and skirted across Stewart’s back however he did not sustain any injuries. Despite the fact that the tornado ripped a 6 foot tall door off of the SWFD Lifeguard storage shed and other tents, umbrellas and other debris were blown across the beach, no injuries or other significant damage were reported. As a precaution, SWFD rescue units evaluated all persons involved and no one was transported for further medical evaluation.

Late in the morning on the 4th, a 2011 Dodge Ram was traveling east in the outside eastbound lane of IAn Okaloosa County deputy who stopped a van on Interstate Ten for a 10. A witness told the FHP the truck began to hydrotraffic violation Monday afternoon plane and entered the south shoulder. The driver over discovered that its passengers were corrected and due to the action the left front collided with the center median guardrail and the truck overin the U.S. illegally, being transturned clockwise. It came to final rest in a southwestported from Houston Texas to Miami. erly direction on its top in the center median. Both the driver and a passenger are listed with serious injuries. The driver, 38-year-old Alexander Charges are pending. Romero Aguilera, of West Palm Beach, is charged with nine counts of human smuggling. The FHP also says a shoulder of I-10 was closed along the inside westbound emergency lane in the area None of the passengers spoke Eng- of the 48mm west of the Holt exit due to soil erosion lish. Contact was made with a Span- from the recent heavy rains. The erosion was not afish speaking Customs and Border fecting the travel lanes. The closure was a precautionPatrol Officer, who determined they ary measure as crews monitor the erosion. Motorists were in the country illegally. One in the area should drive with care, by reducing their passenger said she’d walked in to speed, watching for advisory signs, and work crews the United States across a river from that will be onsite through the night. Mexico on Sunday. She reported that she had paid $5,360.90 to enter The FHP says, around 7:30am Wednesday, a 2006 the country and then another $750 to Dodge Durango was traveling north on Country Road be transported from Houston to Mi- 177A in Holmes County. As it entered a curve to the ami. Another female passenger said right, the vehicle rotated clockwise. The driver, 20she had also just entered the U.S. on year-old Candace Faith Capshaw of Lockhart, Ala., Sunday as well and paid that same took evasive action, steering sharply to the left, atfee for a ride to Miami. tempting to regain control. Capshaw lost control of the SUV as it started rotating counter-clockwise. The veAguilera was being held at the Oka- hicle slid onto the south shoulder of the roadway and loosa County jail, on hold for Bor- the right front collided with a large pine tree, rotated der Patrol. and came to final rest on the south shoulder of the road. Capshaw was eventually transported to the trauma center, where she later died from the injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt. Advertising special of 2 months for only $100 Several roads in Walton and Holmes Counties were issued advisories. The full list is on our website, http:// Get your advertisement printed www.wzep1460.com. Not all the roads are closed, but 10,000 times , you change your many have cautionary notes and might not be passable Ad as wish during special. by all vehicles. A listener reported a line down on Highway 83 north near the Fairgrounds.
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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

Get things done: Cross them off the list and move on. Such is Monday and Tuesday. This productivity likely comes from you ignoring some deeper emotional question, but when you're being so efficient, you almost don't care where it comes from. Toward the middle of the week, you have plenty of time to duly consider your The bill from Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) feelings. A discovery -- probably personal -- awaits you and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) would create the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites NaEntertaining friends is a great way to see them. Make some dinner (or grab some takeout), find out what's on tional Historical Park. The park would be TV (or get a board game out of the closet) and try to have as much fun as possible. Heck, just sit around and chat if you like. The chatting midweek may take a prescriptive note -- friends telling friends what they should comprised of all artifacts left on the surface of the moon from the Apollo 11 through 17 do about such and such -- and if you can avoid that, all the better. missions. Take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and explain what's going on to someone who cares. That's all you need to do on Monday to relieve this crazy tension you feel. On Tuesday, you may hear from someone The bill says these sites need to be protected (possibly a family member) who brings a whole new level of tension into your week. Just repeat the breathing because of the anticipated increase in comand relaxing again. By Wednesday, you won't have to remind yourself of this stuff mercial moon landings in the future. ou can't figure out what gear to be in on Monday. Do you want to fly down the highway? Do you want to go slowly enough to appreciate the wildflowers along the way? On Tuesday, your indecision translates to the commercial realm: Do you want to buy such and such or do you want to shop around? Decisions! Wednesday and Thursday you barely have to make any decisions whatsoever "As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the Moon, it is necessary to protect the Apollo lunar landing sites for posterity," according to the Making new friends at the office? Plan on doing something outside of it this weekend. Your connections could text of the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy deepen over brunch mimosas! This evening the element of Fire is burning strong. When was the last time you Act, H.R. 2617. and your sweetie had a romantic evening? Drop your kids off at the in-laws. A night of togetherness is well Under the legislation, the park would be esdeserved for you and your significant other. tablished no later than one year after the bill You feel like two people at the week's outset. One of you has a lot of energy and is set on tackling problems passes and would be run jointly by the Dethat have absolutely nothing to do with you; the other is deeply interested in your own interior life, like your partment of the Interior and the National goals and feelings. Finding some balance is necessary. A big purchase defines the middle of the week -- it's Aeronautics and Space Administration funny how striving for balance sometimes brings about extravagance. (NASA). Even good friends won't be able to tell what's going on under your exterior of extreme efficiency. If you want them to know how you feel, you'll have to tell them. And no time would be better than Wednesday or Thursday to do so, since warmth and radiance will figure prominently. In the friendship realm, things will be at their best. Your heart will be placed at the center of your life this week. You have everyone's email addresses, and you have the social capital to make things happen. You're the one to organize this get-together, which likely involves a combination of friends and family. With the stress of the week, you might find yourself taking a walk to clear your head and release some of the pressure on your shoulders, but by Friday, people are going to be thanking you for all you've done. You're a driven person, and sometimes, when things don't progress as quickly as you'd like them to, you get frustrated. That's totally understandable, but also totally unnecessary. Give yourself -- and others -- a break. There are good things on the horizon; let the world deliver them to you when it's ready. Friends crowd every room you're in on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, most of the voices you hear are in your own head. You just can't rest! Supporters and critics of President Obama are looking for leadership on many pressing issues from the White House, but many believe they are not getting it. On Monday, Obama held a Cabinet meeting and spoke about his effort to modernize government databases. He avoided public remarks on several matters seen as more pressing, such as turmoil in Egypt and the wider Middle East, faltering efforts to reform immigration in the U.S. and the rocky implementation of ObamaCare. Instead the president spoke to a small group of reporters about his efforts to improve databases and make government more efficient. “We’re working to make huge swaths of your government more transparent and more accountable than ever before,” Obama said at the White House. Even to the most loyal Obama supporters, the move seemed irrelevant, even odd. One top Democratic strategist griped on Monday that a White House in need of a second-term win “isn’t using all the tools they have available to them in their toolbox.”

Two House Democrats have proposed legislation that would establish a national historical park on the surface of the moon to mark where the Apollo missions landed between 1969 and 1972.

Libra 9/23 – 10/22 Scorpio

Your intuition is as good as any compass on Monday. You can tell where you're heading, but you wouldn't be able to articulate it to anyone else. On Tuesday you draw on your intuition again to connect with someone on a 10/23 –11/21 deep level, but Wednesday and Thursday are superficial and frustrating. The boss is being crazy. Other than keeping your head down, what can you do? Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/2 Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19 It's no one's fault. Your energies are just mismatched. You proceed through the world with a certain personality, a distinct style, and the clash you experience on Monday and Tuesday is just a minor -- and perhaps fleeting -- incompatibility with someone. Under other circumstances, you might even take to this person. Wednesday and Thursday are incredible days -- luck, travel and cheerfulness are all in the stars.

If you could be anywhere else on Monday and Tuesday, you would be, but you can't. And since you're here, you might as well face the music. The situation is not nearly as fraught as you might think, and you may actu- “The president needs to be consistent about ally have fun dealing with things -- in the sense that it's a challenge. Wednesday and Thursday are not piece-of what he cares about,” the strategist said. “The -cake days either, but it's nothing you can't handle. only things he should be talking about are things on his priority list and nothing else.”

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Holmes Burglary Arrest
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Mr. & Mrs. Doctor
By Ron Kelley
One hundred years ago, it was not uncommon. These days, it’s pretty rare – a doctor and a nurse who are also husband and wife – working side by side at the same hospital. What is also remarkable is the fact that it clearly works – for them and for the hospital. Dr. Ed Tenewitz and wife, Christine, R.N., are on staff at Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs. He is a surgeon. She is a registered nurse. Like many other doctors and nurses, they came from bigger cities and bigger hospitals searching for the good life at a smaller hospital in a more tranquil setting. Here, amid the beaches and natural woodland beauty that makes Walton County so popular with visitors throughout the South, they say they found just what they were looking for and they couldn’t be happier. “It’s the people,” said Ed Tenewitz. “I’ve never seen people as friendly as this anywhere I have ever been. Not only are the people we’ve met wonderful folk, the other doctors and staff members here have just been marvelous to us – so kind and helpful.” Christine agreed. “Everyone has been so gracious and inviting. Some of Ed’s patients have brought him fresh garden vegetables, a hand-knitted afghan, just all sorts of thoughtful gifts. I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. So how is this unusual arrangement at Healthmark working out? Both agree – it’s working out great. “Chris and I have never worked together before but it’s going well and I believe it has really made a difference with patient recovery,” said Ed. “Our knowledge and skills are compatible and seem to complement each other. It also seems to reassure the folks we treat.” Chris agreed. “When one of Ed’s patients is admitted, I always introduce myself and let them know that I am the wife of their doctor and that we are all working to get them well and back home again. So far,” she said, “everyone has seemed delighted knowing that both of us are helping to take care of them.” Dr. Tenewitz is a Florida native. He grew up in Tallahassee and attended FSU. Then he attended the medical school at University of Florida. He completed his surgical residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. From there, Dr. Tenewitz returned to Florida and set up a successful private practice in Melbourne, which he continued for 25 years. That’s where he met Christine. “We were working in different hospitals but found each other through Match.com,” said Chris. “We both love the beach. We love to run for exercise. We are just so compatible in every way.” Chris is originally from Arlington, Virginia. A former private investigator, she changed careers and attended nursing school in Poughkeepsie, New York. Graduating in 2001, Chris said she had always worked in large metropolitan hospitals before coming to Healthmark. Now she says she loves the smaller hospital setting. “The patients get better, more personalized care.” Chris says that working together with her husband at Healthmark has helped patients and made her and Ed better health care practioners. “We talk about the cases we’re working on together and we each share our ideas and perspectives. This has really been beneficial for the patients,” she said. “Getting a nurse’s perspective has made me a better doctor,” said Ed. “Again, our skills complement each other and on tough cases, we talk over various treatment options and what to do next. There’s no doubt that this has led to positive outcomes for the patient.” Dr. Tenewitz said he and Chris are grateful to Healthmark CEO Jim Thompson for making it possible for them to work together this way. “Dr. Thompson has been so welcoming and supportive that we feel right at home. He has invested millions in this hospital, too,” said Tenewitz. “We not only have some the latest and best medical equipment in northwest Florida, the staff here is made up of trained professionals who genuinely care about their patients. Not only that, if the patient count gets low in most hospitals, they start laying-off staff, but Dr. Thompson has not done that. He and Mr. Beard (chief operating officer) have really been great. We are very happy here.” Chris agreed. “The nursing department is top-notch. I knew I had to prove to them that I was not “the doctor’s wife” but just another hard -working nurse, like all of them. I think they recognized this and just accepted me as one of their own. It has been wonderful. I couldn’t be happier,” she said. Chief Operating officer Gerald Beard said he recognizes that the arrangement is somewhat unique but said that may be part of why it works. “We are always looking for ways to expand our services and sometimes we have to think outside the box. With Dr. Tenewitz, we had a chance to welcome a highly-skilled surgeon to our team, as well as get an experienced registered nurse. It has been a good fit for everybody and we are pleased to have Ed and Chris on board.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Geneva, Alabama man in regards to a weekend burglary. On the evening of June 30th, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Stateline Liquor Store, located at 1065 Highway 179A Westville. The caller stated that his wife had been murdered and he was inside the store hiding from the killers. Deputies responded to the store, which was closed for the day and observed the front glass door was shattered. Inside the store, Deputies located a black male, later identified as Andrew Antonio Townsend hiding behind the counter. Townsend was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed Townsend had shattered the glass door by throwing a rock and squeezed by a second security door making his way into the store. Townsend then took a bottle of liquor and hid behind the counter while calling 911 stating that his wife had been murdered in the store. Townsend then began cutting himself with a knife. When deputies arrived on scene, Townsend threw a bottle of liquor, breaking a light fixture. Townsend was placed under arrest and transported to the Holmes County Jail. Because of Townsend’s altered state and appearance, deputies began a search for the female Townsend kept referring to as his wife. With the assistance of the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office and the Geneva Police Department, Townsend’s vehicle was located in a wooded area near the state line. Later that evening, Investigators were able to locate the female alive and well in North Alabama. Sheriff Tim Brown states “this subject appeared to be under the influence of synthetic drugs or having a psychotic episode. His behavior was clearly that of a subject experiencing an altered reality and is a danger to themselves and anyone around them”. Sheriff Brown asks anyone with information regarding illegal activity call 850-547-4421 or reportacrime@holmescosheriff.org.

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Freeport will be hosting the Dixie Youth Baseball AAA Minor State Tournament. Games will begin Saturday and the final game will be held on Thursday, July 18th. Teams will be in the tournament from all over Florida, including teams from Freeport, Holmes County, Paxton, Marianna, and Baker. For more information, visit http://www.eteamz.com/

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