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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...

The legend of Euchee Indian Chief Sam Story

Could it be an Euchee (Yuchi) Indian chief named Sam Story was the earliest known conservationist in Walton county? Our history books tell us so, however some traditions handed down may be simply legends, and solidified as truth when shared through generations. So with that said, here is one story, through a collection of information, about a man named Sam Story. Historic documentation shows many of the earliest white settlers in Walton County were Scottish families from North and South...

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...

Sandhill cranes winter in north Walton County

Winter visitors a welcome sight for local bird lovers For the last several years, migrating sandhill cranes have been spending the winter months in north Walton County in Paxton. Foraging in a wetland area and private pasture near Lake Jackson, more than 24 sandhill cranes spend several months in the area every year. Typically migrating in mid-December and staying until mid-March, the cranes are a welcome sight. With a wingspan of 73 inches and standing more than 41 inches tall,...

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...

Local couple restoring long leaf pine habitat in North Walton

Owners of Little Creek Woods a testament to good land stewardship Bob Reid and Betsy Clark are on a mission to bring back long leaf pine habitat to their land in North Walton County. Both avid naturalists, the couple has been working on land stewardship since acquiring acreage north of Mossy Head in 2000. Now more than 1,200 acres, Reid and Clark stay busy with their efforts. Stewardship Landowners of the year in 2003, Reid and Clark understand the process...

The Florida Chautauqua Assembly comes to DeFuniak Springs Jan. 25 – 28

The Florida Chautauqua Assembly is a 4-day educational program for families featuring famous keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, performance teas, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme. The 2018 Florida Chautauqua Assembly “Into the Pillars of Chautauqua” runs January 25th through the 28th. Featuring the Klinge Brothers as their feature presentation. The Klinge Brothers of Everyday Paranormal, are featured on the hit show on Discovery Channel Ghost Lab. Brad and Barry Klinge will join in with an...