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Remember our fallen service men and women this Memorial Day

Take a moment to remember the brave soldiers who gave their lives for the United States of America As many of us enjoy an extended Memorial Day weekend by firing up the grill, heading to the beach, watching the Indy 500, or simply enjoying an extra day off with family and friends; please take a moment to remember our brave soldiers who gave their lives for our country. Since 1868, we have set aside this special day of remembrance. Nearly...

It’s blueberry picking time in Northwest Florida

Where to find local sweet blueberries to pick or purchase  June and July is the time of year to head out and find tasty Florida blueberries. In addition to a great topping for cereal or salads, blueberry pancakes, muffins and coffee cakes are also a popular homemade treat for blueberry lovers. Many locals take advantage of the local pick-your-own farms and stock up by purchasing berries by the gallon from local growers. Since the fruit freezes well, many buy in...

Yellow flies are back!

It’s that time of year again, and those nasty yellow flies are biting… here are some tips for armoring yourself In Florida, the name “yellow fly” is used to describe about a dozen different species of yellow-bodied biting flies. “Yellow flies” readily attack humans and are usually abundant in Florida with peak annoyance occurring in May and June. “Yellow flies” are in the family known as Tabanidae. All tabanids go through an egg, larva, pupa and adult stage, referred to...

A guide to Florida snakes

Knowledge is power when sharing the outdoors with these interesting reptiles Florida has an abundance of wildlife, including a wide variety of reptiles. Snakes, and their cousins the alligators, crocodiles, turtles and lizards, play an interesting and vital role in Florida’s complex ecology. Many people have an uncontrollable fear of snakes. Perhaps because man is an animal who stands upright, he has developed a deep-rooted aversion to all crawling creatures. And, too, snakes long have been use in folklore to...

Hometown Christmas shopping fair in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 30

The annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 8 am – 4 pm at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. The annual shopping event brings thousands of holiday shoppers to historic DeFuniak Springs and features activities for children, food, entertainment, and hundreds of unique one-of-a-kind gifts for every taste.  Free admission. For more information, call (850) 830-1661....

Walton Outdoors wishes you a happy Independence Day

Click here to listen to the Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions...

Cut your own tree at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm in DeFuniak Springs

Leyland cypress, Southern Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice Cypress, Florida Pines available Bring back an old holiday tradition, or start a new one as you select and cut down your Christmas tree at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm. Located in DeFuniak Springs, the farm is owned by Cody and Linda Strickland. The 60-acre farm is one of the largest in Florida, and offers the following varieties: Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice Cypress, and Florida Pine. A few of the...

Walton County hurricane preparedness workshop July 16

Walton County Emergency Management will be hosting a hurricane preparedness workshop at 5:30 p.m. July 16. The event will be held at South Walton Annex Board Room, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: What does Emergency Management do? Evacuation decision making process Public alert and notification – Alert Walton Re-Entry processes Questions and answers This is a great opportunity to learn how the Walton County Emergency Management team prepares for...

Watermelon contest in Chipley June 23

The Panhandle Watermelon Festival on Saturday, June 23 is hosting a watermelon competition. The festival committee is accepting both homeowner and commercially grown melons for contribution to the Big Melon Contest and Auction. Entries must be brought to the Washington County Agricultural Center, 1424 Jackson Ave., Chipley FL. no later than 3:30 pm on Friday, June 22. Winners of the contest will be announced prior to the scheduled auction at 12:00 pm and will subsequently be auctioned off along with...

Cops on Top Summit for Heroes June 30

On Saturday, June 30, teams from across the country will set out to summit their state’s highest point in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. On that day, Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be reaching our states highest point, which is Britton Hill located in Lakewood Park, Paxton to honor of officers and deputies who have been killed in the line of duty. The event will begin at 11 a.m. The...

Living bear wise program at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park June 15

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 10 – 11:00 a.m. Come learn about the Florida Black Bear and how to “Live Bear Wise.” This program is free with regular park admission. Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park. Future dates and topics are “Prescribed Fires and the Forest” by Florida Forest Service on July 20, “Native...

Pond management workshop in DeFuniak Springs June 4

If you have a pond on your property or are interested in having one, Walton County Extension is presenting a workshop for you. It will be held at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St., DeFuniak Springs on Monday, June 4 from 5 – 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10 fee to attend. Topics covered will include weed identification and management, fish for Florida ponds, and rules and regulations for ponds. To register or for more information, please contact the...