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Walton County issues local state of emergency due to Subtropical Storm Alberto

Walton County Issues Local State of Emergency and Activate to Level 2; Shelter and Sandbag Stations to Open The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has issued a Local State of Emergency effective beginning at 3:00pm CST May 27, 2018. With this Local State of Emergency, there are several actions that are being taken by the Department of Emergency Management. The Emergency Operations Center has moved to a Level-2 Partial Activation. As part of this activation, the County is issuing...

Artisanal cheese making and Greek yogurt workshop May 31

Registration is now open for anyone interested in learning more about making cheese and Greek yogurt at home. The Artisanal Cheese Making & Greek Yogurt Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 31st from 2:00-4:30 pm at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension office located at 732 N 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs. Participants will learn to make and store homemade mozzarella, ricotta, cherve/fromage blanc and Greek yogurt. Nutrition, Food safety and recommended sanitation methods, will be discussed. Making cheese and yogurt...

Memorial Day ceremonies in north and south Walton May 28

North Walton – 8 a.m. A Memorial Day Service will be held at the Gum Creek Cemetery located north of DeFuniak Springs off State Road 83 near Glendale, Florida. The service will be held on May 28, 2018 and will begin at 8 a.m. The guest speaker this year will be Thomas T. Remington also known as Judge Tom Remington. Judge Remington served as a U.S. Army Infantry Platoon Commander with the 2/503 Infantry, 173rd (ABN) BGE. (SEP), Viet Nam War....

A new micro farm sprouting at Muscogee Nation in Bruce

The Muscogee Nation of Florida has been busy the last several years. With a rural relief project started in 2010, their community efforts have grown to boast a food pantry, thrift store, and most recently, a micro farm is now emerging on their nine acres in Bruce. Chuck Tucker, Muscogee Farms project director explains the farm will have many facets including educational potential, and as an agri-tourism destination. “We want to have it as an educational destination for nature, tribal...

Low maintenance gardening seminar in DeFuniak Springs May 2

The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Plant This, Not That: Florida Friendly Alternatives to Old Garden Favorites,” the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 2 from 2 – 4 pm at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. This workshop will feature Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard and Master Gardener Andrea Schnapp and will demonstrate how regardless of where you are...

Walton County to host fixed price sale at landfill May 5

Walton County will be hosting a fixed price yard sale on Saturday, May 5th, from 7 – 10 am at the County Landfill located north of DeFuniak Springs off Highway 83 North. The fixed price sale may include furniture, computers, monitors, collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and much more. This sale does not include vehicles. Items that will be sold at the yard sale include items that the county has surplussed that are no longer...

Garden oddities workshop in Santa Rosa Beach April 4

Anyone who has gardened for any length of time has some strange things in their lawns and landscapes. If you are interested in learning more about these garden oddities, then the Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “What on earth is that: the lowdown on weird occurrences in the landscape,” on April 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon. The event will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane, Santa...

Walton County beach driving lottery begins on April 1

Each year, 150 Beach Driving Permits are issued through a random lottery process. Applications for the lottery will be available beginning April 1st and are accepted through May 10th of each year. Applications will not be accepted unless all eligibility requirements are met and all documentation is provided at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for the lottery draw. The following copies of documents must be submitted in the name of the applicant at the time...

Bee college in Blountstown March 23-24

The March 23 & 24 Panhandle Bee College in Blountstown Florida is a two-day event offering training for beekeepers of all experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, county agents, and anyone interested in honey bees. This year, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory will offer a mixture of multi-class training series in addition to traditional shorter lectures. The Friday and Saturday courses cover practical beekeeping skills, honey bee behavior, specialty hive products, native bees, and pollination. There will be live honey...

Haz-mat collection day in north and south Walton March 3

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 am to 2 pm. The collection will be held at two locations: • Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach Pesticides • Used Oil • Stale Gasoline • Solvents • Fertilizers •...

Walton County Master Gardeners offering scholarship

The Walton County Master Gardeners will award a $2,000 scholarship to a Walton or Holmes County resident who will attend college or technical school and wishes to study the Agricultural Sciences.  Specific areas of interest may include horticulture, landscaping, nursery/garden center management, forestry, agriculture, grounds/turf management, parks, environmental science, natural resource conservation or other related fields. The award will be paid jointly to the student and the school.  A minimum of a 2.5 GPA, strong extracurricular activity and commitment to...