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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...

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...

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...

Learn about WWII and its connection to South Walton at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 12

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Coffeen Nature Preserve on January 12, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about the connection between Coffeen Nature Preserve, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and WWII. 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. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida...

Recycle your old Christmas tree

Don’t let your Christmas tree go to waste, recycle it! Waste Management will pick up your old tree at the curb on your designated yard debris pick up day.  Waste Management asks that any tree taller than 6 ft. be cut in half. The trees will be transported to the Walton County landfill, then processed on their chipper. Mulch should be available in January to county residents. For those that do not have garbage pick up, the County is accepting...

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 moves forward with plans for bay side park, public workshops Jan. 11 and 18

On Nov. 28, 2017 the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) discussed preliminary plans for the 6 ½ acre bay side park located at Bay Grove Road and U.S. Hwy. 331 in Freeport. Before final plans are approved, the Walton County Public Works Department will hold public workshops on Thursday, January 11, 2018 and Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Freeport City Hall, 112 Highway 20 West, Freeport. The purpose of these workshops are to...

The swallow-tailed kite: Graceful raptors of our wetlands

Florida’s birding trail symbol is often spotted gliding around Walton County The swallow-tailed kite is a snack-food junkie if ever there was one. It spends most of the day aloft, eating on the run – catching bugs and eating them in one swoop, then circling and diving to devour another. Elanoides forficatus is also an energy miser. The kite uses thermal uplifts and winds to spend the day gliding, merely flipping one side of its forked tail to change direction....