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Veterans Day ceremonies in DeFuniak Springs and Freeport Nov. 11

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS 11 a.m.– The 2012-2013 Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief John E. Hamilton will provide the keynote address at the City of DeFuniak Springs annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the DeFuniak Springs Amphitheater, 1183 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.  The event is free and open to the public. FREEPORT 2 p.m. – There will be a Veterans Day program at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in...

South Walton Fire District hosting Caring and Sharing Angel Tree through Dec. 4

South Walton Fire District is once again sponsoring the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree. Each holiday season the “Angel Tree” is filled with names of children throughout Walton County that otherwise may not receive Christmas gifts without your assistance. “Angels” will be available for selection beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 North County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach. The deadline for gift drop off is scheduled for December 4, 2019....

Community clean up day in Choctaw Beach Nov. 12 – 16

Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dispose of tires (4), appliances, electronics, metal, furniture, old lumber, junk, and other miscellaneous debris. The District 4 Road Crew will collect yard waste in the community during the week. This event is for the convenience of the residents of the community to dispose of small quantities of junk and debris.  This is not for businesses of any kind.  Large loads should be taken to the Landfill for disposal. The event will...

Best daffodils for north Florida lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 9

On Sat., Nov. 9, 2018 from 9 -10 a.m., Master Gardener Dara Dobson of 7 Pines Native Plant Nursery will host a free lecture on daffodils. The program will cover best cultivars for our warm climate, how to plant and how to maintain for years of enjoyment. There will be nine types of bulbs available for purchase. 7 Pines Native Plant Nursery is located at 2365 County Hwy 192, DeFuniak Springs. Call 850-830-8996 or e-mail wildflowersmatter@7pinesranch.com...

Public meeting on planned Walton area prescribed burns at Eden Gardens State Park Nov. 14

Local agencies from Walton are inviting the public’s participation in a “town hall” meeting to discuss the annual prescribed burning program on public lands. Cooperating agencies include the Florida Forest Service, Florida Park Service, South Walton Fire District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Atlanta Botanical Garden Organization and Walton County Emergency Management. Discussions will involve prescribed fire benefits, preparations and evaluations on local state forests and state parks. The meeting will be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 7...

Herb gardening lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 6

The Walton County Master Gardeners present their next Lecture Series installment on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Jane Szarek and Paula Thornquist will share their experience and knowledge of herb gardening.  The location is the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office at 732 N. Ninth Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. These Master Gardeners will address growing herbs inside as well as in the garden.  They will cover which plants are perennials, and which are annuals, and how to preserve them.   Some herbs are grown for...

Burn ban issued for Walton County

October 9, 2019 – Walton County officials have issued a burn ban resolution: WHEREAS, the Walton county Board of Commissioners does hereby find that the circumstances present in Walton County create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning; and WHEREAS, Walton County Emergency Management and the Florida Forest Service have conferred and support the banning of open burning and certain fireworks use; and WHEREAS, all outdoor burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming...

Hazmat recycling, tire amnesty day at in north and south Walton Nov. 2

Walton County is hosting a hazmat recycling and waste tire amnesty collection on November 2, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The events will be held at: • Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park – 7525 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach Representatives from the Walton County Solid Waste and Recycling office will be on hand to help unload the following items from your car: Pesticides, Used Oil, Stale...

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set in Fort Walton Beach October 12

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Fort Walton Beach. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers a legal alternative to releasing exotic pets that owners can no longer keep and helps reduce the number of nonnative species being introduced into...

Witches ride in South Walton on Oct. 31

The Witches of South Walton are set the host their 16th Annual Witch Ride on Wednesday, October 31, 2019 to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN). “When our founders started the ride in 2004, it was just three of them. It’s hard to believe that we have grown to around 350 riders and many more followers,” said Stephen Brinker of the Witches of South Walton. “Our little ride has inspired others around the US...

World War II Navy veteran treks across the U.S. on a mission

Ernie Andrus grew up in Kansas, a poor farm boy who survived the great depression, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. These days at age 95, he is running across the U.S. to raise funds for the U.S.S. LST 325 ship memorial. This is the second time he’s running. On his first journey, he ran from the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, CA. on October 7, 2013 and reached the Atlantic Ocean, Saint Simons Island, GA. on...

Container gardening lecture in Grayton Beach Oct. 2

The Walton County Master Gardeners invite you to join them for their next lecture series installment, given by Andrea Schnapp.  Andrea has been a Master Gardener in St. Louis, MO. and currently in Walton County, FL., and her passion is container gardening. The presentation will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension – Coastal Branch located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Learn which plants will last many seasons and how to refurbish...