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Emerald Star News


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July 12, 2012

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Freeport Gets Interim Fire Chief After a meeting Friday morning

between the Walton County Sheriffs Office and the mayor of Freeport, the move was made to make Alfred Ford the Interim Fire.....

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Medical Needs In Walton Discussed Walton County is considered

the healthiest county in the state when you look at adjusted mortality rates. Roger Hall with Sacred Heart Hospital, told those...

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Traffic Stop in DeFuniak leads to narcotics arrest for WCSO On July 6, 2012 the Walton County
Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit Investigators conducted a traffic stop on W....

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Fireboat Called
Be sure to stay hydrated in the record heat waves we are having. Several people have lost their lives due to overheating from the sun. Try not to be in the heat for extended periods of time.

A fire on the banks of the Intracoastal waterway put Freeports fire boat on water. South Walton Fire District called Freeport Fire and Rescue.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hello to you all. Is it hot enough outside or what? I know this summer is going by fast and with all of the activities to get done can be overwhelming but hang in there. Add that to the heat factor you need to be sure to hydrate yourself often. There has been already over 30 heat-related deaths in the Midwest alone. I was up in Ohio and let me tell you it was hard to breathe cause it was so hot. They can say its only 104 outside but add movement and your risking life. Be careful when your outside and think smart. There seems to be plenty to talk about recently. But Ill leave the Obamacare decision to you. It will be most interesting to see what else happens prior to re-election hopes for the president. Even the gas prices are coming down some. I found $2.98/gal in Tennessee. Maybe that shows you how easily the prices can be played with, especially around here. Take 50cent per gal, what a difference it would make. One story I heard of makes me wonder what will not offend someone in some kind of way or another. There is people upset about the showing of signs of God in happiness joyous moments. As if most of us can contain ourselves. However you express your joy, do it! Why should religious leaders, of all people, turn their fire on celebrities who use their popularity for public proclamations of the almighty's power? In an age when media icons flaunt every sort of indulgence and depravity, prominent members of clergy should find more appropriate targets to scold than athletic achievers like football's Tim Tebow, basketball's Jeremy Lin or baseball's Josh Hamilton, who choose to flaunt their devout Christian commitment. When our children emulate their favorite sports star or for that matter anyone who influences them. Why not it be about God and his love for all people? It was the other day that I read about certain religions taking offense to the gestures of pointing to the sky for God. That makes me wonder what is next? They already have separated church and state, meaning anything public like our schools. That still confuses me, what is so wrong with the Pledge of Allegiance The newly elected leader of the important Reform movement in Judaism clearly shares the instinct to wince at the insertion of too many religious gestures in today's pop culture. . He goes on to suggest "a deep reason for our unease. The God-talk we hear most is worth emulating, except when it has a negative connotation. Watching athletes pointing to the heavens to acknowledge their savior after scoring a touchdown, you'd think God actually cared about which team won. While I hope God's presence can be felt in all places, including football stadiums, I find it offensive to reduce the almighty to a football mascot in the sky. Now lets try this on for size..instead of religious signs during sports, lets make it anything self promoting like putting your number one sign in the air. Making the cross sign across your chest as you do in church. It is all based upon emotion from certain moments of joy. Church shouldnt be the only place you can show Gods love and your adoration for him and not offend someone. Come on, in a world like we have today to see a sign of religious jesture is about the least offending jesture I see most. Dont you agree? Maybe we can all act as if we score a touchdown when something good happens or you do something great. Stop and kneel for a second, cause even in football it can be considered excessive if it takes too long of a celebration. Go figure.

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WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS Walton County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results Walton County - The Walton County Health Department conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems and whether future beach monitoring efforts are necessary.

Freeport Gets Interim Fire Chief

After a meeting Friday morning between the Walton County Sheriffs Office and the mayor of Freeport, the move was made to make Alfred Ford the Interim Fire Chief of Freeport. Chief Ford will be responsible for all operational fire duties while Chief Ben Greenslait will be responsible for administrative issues. The Sheriffs Office says rumors have been spreading that deputies were going to be sent in to take over the position of the Chief; however, they state this is not the case. Major Joe Preston, Director of Support Services and Emergency Management says the Sheriffs Office Division of Emergency Management is fortunate to have two extremely well-qualified firefighters on staff. He says they are pleased their services can fulfill a temporary need for the citizens of Freeport and Walton County. Chief Ford has been in the business of firefighting since 1977, when he first worked as a volunteer firefighter with the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. He has worked at various other fire departments throughout the state since then and has served as the fire chief at the Parker Fire Department in Parker, FL for 3 years and the Battalion Fire Chief with Bay County Fire Rescue for nearly 6 years. In his role of Battalion Chief for Bay County, he has supervised and commanded 45 fire personnel, 6 fire stations and attended to budget needs. Chief Ford was also deployed to Pass Christian, MS to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has also worked as a Private Fire Investigator for 3 years. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor in both fire standards and incident command courses with Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL and Texas A&M in College Station, TX. Chief Fords education is steeped in firefighting and fire technology. He graduated from Florida State Fire College and has studied courses such as firefighting, fire instructor, fire officer I and II, HazMat Tech, and Radiological Monitoring. He has an Associates of Science in Fire Technology from Gulf Coast Community Col-

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Water quality classifications are based upon United States Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) recommended criteria and Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories: Good = 0 - 35 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine Moderate = 36 - 104 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water Poor = greater than 105 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water If you should have any questions, please contact the Walton County Health Department of (850) 8928021, or visit the Department of Healths internet Beach Water Quality website (www.doh.state.fl.us, click on Floridians and Visitors under Food, Water, Air, Land, choose Beach Wa-

Bonifay Man Sentenced By Walton Judge for Sexual Battery

Walton County Circuit Court Judge Kelvin Wells, sentenced Jason Waring Reed to 25 years state prison and designated him as a Sexual Offender. Waring Reed entered a plea to two counts of Sexual Battery & two counts of Burglary of a dwelling with a Battery. These charges arose from two incidents that occurred in South Walton during the summer of 2011. The victims were in agreement with the plea and were pleased with the resolution of the case prior to trial. After the arrest of 41-year-old Reed of Bonifay for sexual battery, Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. said The evidence suggests this predator is responsible for victimizing others in multiple jurisdictions, I applaud the participating law enforcement agencies for their assistance in helping keep our communities safe. The WCSO investigation began Aug. 2010 after investigators received information from a 51-year-old woman who alleged that an unknown man entered her Santa Rosa Beach domicile on or about Aug. 30, 2010 and committed sexual battery. The WCSO investigation revealed evidence prompting the arrest of Reed for the 2010 crime and a July 19, 2011 crime involving a 27-year-old female who was sexually battered in a domicile in Seagrove. The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Walton County Sheriffs office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Angela Mason.

Active Local Passes After Heat Stress Problems

Our area lost an active community leader Sunday. Luther Ates has gone to Troy, AL after church and was bush-hogging, getting the hunting lodge ready. He overheated and sought out neighbors for Gatorade. He told them he would let them call an ambulance, which he got into under his own power. He reportedly died in route to the hospital. Luther was active in many DeFuniak Springs area activities like Junior Miss, Kiwanis, the Gospel Sing in the Lakeyard, the Ates Family Singers, Christmas Reflections and many more. Among his favorite activities was broadcasting Walton Braves Football with Art Dees on the radio, especially when his son Scott was quarterback. Art says they had many road trips and none were boring. Ates is best remembered for his involvement with First Federal Savings & Loan of DeFuniak Springs, where he served as President from its beginning.

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High Blood Pressure a Rising Risk for Kids, Teens

The number of young people sent to the hospital for high blood pressure rose steeply during a recent 10-year period, according to a new study published online in the journal Hypertension. Hospital stays for Americans ages 18 and under due to high blood pressure nearly doubled from 12,661 in 1997 to 24,602 in 2006. The study shows that high blood pressure in young people comes with a high cost for the nation today and is setting the stage for serious health problems in the future. A central discovery in the study goes beyond the obvious health cost to the children and highlights the actual cost of treating high blood pressure in young people, says researcher Cheryl Tran, MD, of the University of Michigan. During this time period, these hospital stays cost $3.1 billion. The average charges for treating these young people in the hospital rose by 50%. One of the key reasons given by researchers for this trend: obesity. According to the CDC, roughly 17% of kids and teens are now obese. Their numbers have grown steeply in recent decades. Children who are obese are more likely to have high blood pressure, according to the CDC. In their study, the researchers point out that high blood pressure in kids is growing more common. It now affects up to 3% of American children. When the researchers looked at the hospital records of the young people, only 9.3% of the claims with high blood pressure also made a reference to obesity. But it's possible that more of the kids and teens were obese, but their records didn't make note of it, Tran says. The database they used for the study didn't contain information on the young people's body mass indexes. Have your children stay active in the growing years. With the heat being so high now please monitor activities outside, give plenty of water on hand. If you need any help with your medical needs please contact our office anytime.


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I learned Monday morning that we lost a friend over the weekend. Luther Ates, one of our long time bankers in this county, died. I was told that he got overheated. He will certainly be missed. July and August are extremely hot, so be extra careful outside. The City as a lot of controversy going on over the Freeport Fire Department. Last week was one of those weeks from hell. We all take a lot of pride in our fire department. It was running very smoothly. Allegations were made to the State Fire Marshalls office that the Chiefs certification was no valid, and they investigated. I cant remember all of the volunteers that were here during the period in question. The ones I do remember are the ones that gave this City a lot of problems. Like the volunteer that turned our tanker truck over on Highway 20 and destroyed it. Or the one that drove the fairly new fire truck out of the old fire station with both doors open and tore the front of the building down and laid it down in the parking lot. Those are some that I do remember. We were also told by the Fire Marshalls office that the Chief could remain at work, he just couldnt respond to an oxygen depleted area (which would be either a fire or haz -mat call). We tried this last week, but we had one individual calling all over northwest Florida whenever the truck was on the road. I guess what they al wanted was for the City to fire him. I now have a lot of information on this matter. It will be fixed. So keep us in your prayers. A special thanks to the Walton County Sheriffs Department for assisting the City by providing interim fire chiefs while we get this sorted out. The Freeport City Council meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of every month at the Freeport City Hall beginning at 7:00 pm. The regular scheduled meeting for July 26, 2012 has been cancelled and the regular scheduled meeting for August 23, 2012 has been cancelled and rescheduled for August 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Mayor Marse

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If water runs through it. WE DO IT!! Meth Lab located in Freeport

On Wednesday June 27, 2012 Walton County deputy sheriff Matt Aimanovich conducted a traffic stop at Indian Bay Drive in Freeport, Florida on a vehicle that was being driven by James Kidder (W/M, 07/30/1976) of Freeport, Florida. During his investigation Deputy Aimanovich discovered that Kidder did not have a valid driver's license and the tag displayed on the vehicle was not assigned to that vehicle. Deputy Aimanovich then arrested Kidder for the traffic violations. While Kidder was being transported to the Walton County Jail, Deputy Steve Key conducted an inventory of Kidder's vehicle when he discovered numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. At that time the Walton County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit was notified to assist in the investigation and cleanup of the methamphetamine lab. Kidder was charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Narcotics Equipment, Driving while license suspended or revoked and attaching tag not assigned to vehicle and taken to the Walton County Jail.

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Medical Needs In Walton Discussed
Walton County is considered the healthiest county in the state when you look at adjusted mortality rates. Roger Hall with Sacred Heart Hospital, told those attending the Chambers First Friday Breakfast Walton has moved from a rate of 940 to 640, the lowest rate in the state. Sacred Heart started 400 years ago in France, came to Pensacola and in 2003 they built the $55 million hospital in southern Walton County. The facility has grown to include joint replacement, a family birthplace, a womens diagnostic center and can help with a heart attack using technology that can send a person home in just a few days. Hall talked about the cost of medical care. He says Sacred Heart will spend $36 million in uncompensated care this year. Hall also talked about the use of the ER. He says an ER is the most expensive way to get medical care. Another problem is those with little or no insurance discharged from the ER not getting continued care. He says there is a better way, to use medical home continuing care. Hall talked about partners like PanCare. Mike Hill, Founder, president and CEO of PanCare said there are 1100 Federally Qualified Health Care facilities in the U.S. FQHCs were started with LBJ and have grown under every president, democrat and republican. In 2009, Walton County had 25.2% of non-elderly residents between the ages of birth ot 64 listed as uninsured. Add the underinsured and the rate goes to 34%. PanCare has opened facilities in Freeport and Bruce. These non-profit providers operate on a sliding scale and provide medical services including dental. The dental cost can be as low as $25 and some on full medicaid can be seen for a $3 co-pay. Hill also says they will soon have a pediatric dentist. The medical clinic is not free, but they use grants as a nonprofit to keep costs low. The biggest problem they have is people using the service not showing up for their appointment. Hill says, even with the low cost, 30 to 35% are no-shows. You can get more information and forms online at www.PanCareFL.org<http:// www.pancarefl.org/>or call 880-6568.


After discussions with a large number of Walton County citizens, I believe the following issues are of most concern; The public has no confidence in our county government. We need to restore confidence by strictly adhering to the Sunshine Law and Public Records Law with completely open and transparent governance. *Our citizens do not feel that their commissioners listen or respond to their concerns and opinions. We need to foster better communications and feedback between our government and the citizens. This means we work together as one county and not as North or South Walton. * I heard a lot of complaints about inconsistencies in dealing with development requests. This is unacceptable and should be easily corrected. * Many feel that our Scenic Corridor rules are ambiguous and inconsistently enforced. Similar concerns about Code Enforcement and Zoning. There needs to be a thorough review and clarification. * We need to entice more businesses and industry to our county to lessen the impact of a downturn in tourism. * We need to run the county as a business rather than an entity that can agree to spend money it doesn't have by simply increasing or imposing a new tax. I'd rather look at ways to cut spending. * We need to evaluate and redefine the role of our TDC. At the same time, we should not overreact because of the outrageous actions of the Okaloosa County TDC.

Town Planters Society of Freeport Dedicates Member Memorial Garden

___________________________________________________________ On Saturday June 30th, the members of the Town Planters Society of Freeport held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new memorial garden located at The Blount House on Kylea Laird Drive. The ribbon cutting was done by Eleanor Turner, President, Judy Aultman, Vice President, Lucille Mahan, Secretary and Sandra Pugh, Treasurer. Following the ribbon cutting, a service presented by Russ Barley , project chair was held to pay tribute to those members of the club who have passed away. Barley remarked "these members gave so much of themselves in helping with projects to make Freeport a better, more desireable place to live". Following his words, a prayer was led by Freeport historian and club member Beckie Buxton. As the names of the members were read, a flower in their memory was place in the newly erected fountain. Those members were Hillary Melvin Eldridge, Earlene Campbell Shephard, Roy Wayne Davenport, Lisa Moore, Earlene Ward Snell, Lucy McBroom Marse, Billy Ralph Simmons, Vera Martin Williams Davis, Hazel Garrett Barley, Billie Ward Lauderdale, Gene Barley, James Evans Caswell, Mary Jane Potts, Virinia Simmons, Bernice Cadenhead & Thelma Melvin. Following the dedication, a delightful reception was held in The Blount House for all in attendance. The committee for the memorial garden was Russ Barley, chair, Sandra Pugh, Jim Mahan, Trudy Boudreaux, Lucille Mahan and Debbie Coffee.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Obituary for Joann Koerner

Mrs. Joann Koerner, age 75, of Freeport passed away Monday, July 9, 2012. She was born April 13, 1937 in Bell, California. Mrs. Koerner was a resident of Freeport. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Dreamer, astrology lover, collector of many things, Christmas tree decorator extraordinaire, perfectly accessorized for every occasion. She denied her love for sweets, but always opted for more sugar. Artist and painter, she used her gifts to make our world more beautiful. Mrs. Koerner is preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Koerner is survived by her husband of 47 years William Koerner of Freeport, Florida; three sons Russell H. Almon of Arizona, Kevin L. Almon and wife Heather of Kent, Washington and Brett A. Almon and wife May of Yakima, Washington; two step-sons Wesley Koerner and Les Koerner; one daughter Colleen Y. Friesen and husband Ron of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; step-daughter Linda Koerner; one brother Gary Edwards of Wisconsin, one sister Susan Plunkett of California; eighteen grandchildren Rachelle, Clint, Blake, Mima, Wendy, Brittany, Kate, Reina, Andrew, Kendra, Macala, Dillion, Thomas, Kiley, Devin, Coery, Keenan, and Heather and eight great grandchildren. Memorialization will be by direct cremation. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Traffic Stop in DeFuniak leads to narcotics arrest for WCSO

On July 6, 2012 the Walton County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit Investigators conducted a traffic stop on W. Orange Avenue on a vehicle driven by Catherine R. Claudio, 28. Claudio was stopped due to driving while her license was suspended. The Walton County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit responded to the scene, and following a positive alert from the K-9, Claudio's vehicle was searched. Search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, hypodermic syringes and various other narcotics equipment. Following the traffic stop, Claudio's residence located at 685 W Orange Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, was subsequently searched. During the search of the residence, several containers of methamphetamine oil were recovered along with more hypodermic syringes, cook vessels, razor blades and various other narcotics equipment. Claudio was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Possession of Controlled Substance (Prescription Drugs), Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine and Possession of Narcotics Equipment. Claudio was transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for first appearance and bond to be set. Claudio's two minor children that were with her at the time of the traffic stop were released to the Department of Children and Families Investigators.

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Dear Aunt Ruby, My parents got divorced when I was four years old. I am their only child and theyve shared custody of me for about thirteen years. About five years ago my mom remarried, until recently we all lived in the same neighborhood about three blocks apart. The problem is that I usually try to spend equal time with both of my parents but now my mom tells me that shes moving across state (and wants me to come along) because my step dads new job. The thing is I am really close to both my parents and moving with my mom would mean I would only see dad on long holidays and not moving would mean I would only see mom once in awhile. Plus this is my senior year; all my friends are here and all in all this is a really bad time for me to move to a new place. I dont want to hurt either of my parents and at the same time I would miss them both either way. I dont know what to do. Help!!! Mixed-up Dear Mixed up, Look at it this way your parents are going to miss you just as much but at the same time theyd want the best for you. Considering that you probably have SATs and college applications to think about and graduation, you are absolutely right, this really isnt the best time to move across state. I am sure your mom will agree that staying put would be the best thing for you to do. Its not like youre choosing or taking sides, you only making the most pragmatic and logical choice. As for see your mom once in a while, well the distance can be made up for (at least a little) with phone calls and on-line chat. So prep up your web cam so that your mom can be there to help you pick out your prom dress! Just be sure to make an effort as far as keeping in touch and itll seem like she never left. Dear Aunt Ruby, I am almost 13 and I want to spend more time with my mom. Her mom wasnt a very good mother, and if you ask me she is a great mother compared to her. After work she is really worn out and stressed, so after she makes dinner she kind of wants to sit down and relax, and we dont end up spending allot of time together. On the weekends it is also her time to relax, but even though we are close enough to talk candidly I want to know my mom more. Do you have any ideas? Wanting more Dear Wanting, For starters it's great that you and your mom have an open line of communication, but since she is so busy it's understandable that she needs time to relax, so the best way for the two of you to spend time together would be to relax together. Take a relaxing walk along the beach together, or get relaxing facials, manicures, pedicures together.

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Happenings in DeFuniak Springs

WCSB Special Meeting
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Walton Confederate Monument

As reported by WZEP AM1460 On the front lawn of the Walton County Courthouse stands a monument to those who served in the Civil War. The monument has lost parts, including a urn and hand with finger pointing to heaven. The inscription says, To the memory of the Confederate Dead of Walton Co. Florida. Erected by the Ladies of the Walton County Female Memorial Association. Shortly after the Civil War, the women of Walton County organized a Ladies' Memorial Association to erect a marble monument honoring Walton County's Confederate dead. They were able to raise $250 for the monument. The monument was first erected in 1871 at Valley Church. It was moved to Eucheeanna, the County seat, and then to DeFuniak Springs when it became the County seat. Now the County has given its consent for the Walton Heritage Association to contract with GLMCO Memorials for the restoration of the top. The goal is to raise $3,500 to replace the urn and the hand pointing to heaven. The Heritage Association says the original monument was carved in Alabama marble, which is no longer available. The new top will still come from the south, it will be carved out of Georgia marble, a stone close to the original and possibly stronger. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to the Walton County Heritage Association, 1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.

We know who the principals will be for Walton School District this year. The Walton County School Board met in special session and approved the personnel recommendations. The question was approved without any comments given from the audience. Later an attendance member asked for a copy of the list. It was noted the matter had already been voted on and they had asked for comments. After explaining to the audience how the meeting moves and that the personnel recommendations were already voted on, Board member Mark Davis asked to revisit the personnel item. A parent representing a group of parents asked that South Walton Principal David Preast be removed. One mother said they are very concerned. Since Superintendent Anderson makes the recommendation, she responded. Anderson said she did not promise to change the principal. Anderson said they added an assistant principal, Jonathan DAvignon, who will work with Preast and has high school experience. Anderson said she would not change her recommendation. Attorney Holley noted that once a recommendation has been made then they can only reject it for good cause. Another mother asked Anderson to reconsider her recommendation for Beth Tucker at Paxton High. She told the Superintendent and Board that Tucker is not good for Paxton. Another person said she was asked to represent the teachers at Paxton, calling them a silent majority. She said they are afraid to speak up. She said they want to make sure the Board members realize there is a problem at Paxton. Pastor Phil McMillan spoke for a teacher being dismissed. He asked for reconsideration before letting someone go. Rosemary Regal said she is concerned with adding an administrative position to the Tivoli Complex. She also talked about ESE staff having access to an approved file room. Anderson explained there will be no additional cost for the employee and actually the costs will be reduced since it is being funded through Title Programs. The Personnel Recommendations were brought back and Mark Davis recused himself for two names of employees he is related to, his brother and his cousin. Those two names were approved. After the statements by the audience and promised additional information coming, the Board asked if they could split the names questioned out. Attorney Holley said, to vote no, would mean they have to show good cause. There was a lot of confusion and discussion about how to proceed. Time was given for the Board to review a packet of complaints against Principal Tucker. Attorney Holley said he did not see good cause that would likely hold up in court and noted the signed petition asked to have Tucker moved to another school. He said, if she is good enough to be a principal at another school, then there is not good cause to have her removed as principal at Paxton. The vote on the personnel recommendation came as the whole list minus the two names related to Davis. The vote was 5-0 to approve the recommendation. The Board also approved the recommendation for a job description for Pre-K Lead Instructional Aide. The Pre-K allocations are different from the funding of the K-12. Since Walton does not normally provide voluntary Pre-K during the school year, who can work as the instructor can be limited. The requirements allow people with certain certificates to teach, without having to have a normal teaching certificate. They would still use an approved curriculum and not teach special needs students. With the tight budget and with the state approving the practice, they would be able to fund the programs instructors. Board member Sharon Roberts noted this was how they used to take care of it. The Board approved the student handbooks and a food service agreement with Power Buying Group. This is a way to buy bulk that could save about $20,000 a year.

Shelter Operations/Shelter Simulation

Shelter volunteers needed! We are always looking for shelter workers. This six hour class will prepare you to take on that role. There will be a morning class room session detailing how to set up and operate a shelter. The afternoon session will be a shelter simulation allowing students to use the knowledge gained in the morning class. This class is open both current volunteers and those looking to volunteer! When: Saturday July 28th Time: 8:830 Location: Pensacola Office 222 N. Baylen Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Obituary for Cecil D.C. Wayne Law Enforcement asks for Davis assistance in locating missing
Mr. Cecil D.C. Davis, age 62, of Bruce, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012. He was born June 22, 1950 in Aiken, South Carolina to Leland Davis and Ruth Conroy. Mr. Davis had been a resident of Bruce for the past 25 years. He was Christian by faith. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Era serving his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a contractor, owning and operating D.C. Davis Construction in Freeport. He was an avid pool player, and he loved fishing. He was also an avid motorcycle rider. He was a talented magician and he was always smiling. Mr. Davis is preceded in death by his father and one brother Calvin Davis. Mr. Davis is survived by his mother Ruth Conroy of Elberton, Georgia; his loving wife of 37 years Sandy Davis of Bruce, Florida; two daughters Kameron Reddick and husband Troy and Arlee Bush and husband Donald all of Bruce, Florida; one brother Lee Davis and wife Dianne of New York; one sister Sadonna and husband Reggie of Utah and four grandchildren Joshua Purves, Adam Reddick, Skylar Reddick and Jeremy Thompson. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home with Reverend Woody Bollinger officiating, with military honors. Memorialization will be by cremation. Flowers are being accepted. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.claryglenn.com. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Letter to the EDITOR:

Like all practicing physicians (and medical correspondents), I was glued to the news last Thursday morning at 10 am ET when the US Supreme Court via some questionable fancy legal footwork allowed ObamaCare to survive. Like many of my medical brethren, I was deeply disappointed by the outcome. But ultimately I am not concerned about Americas doctors; we will survive even if our paperwork continues to pile up, our income continues to decline, and our waiting rooms overflow well beyond capacity. We may feel like quitting but most of us will soldier on, continuing to work even as the new Affordable Care Act committees regulate and restrict us to the point of impotence. Most of us have no choice; we are super-specialized and we dont know how to do much of anything else. We will survive, but what about you, Americas patients? I am worried that the more than 250 million of you who already have health insurance will see the quality of care you receive diminish greatly. Doctors will weather the storm of ObamaCare even if we have to see a patient every five minutes and spend most of our time seeking test and treatment approvals, but what about you? How will you feel when you hear about a brand new cure only to find out that your insurance wont cover it? You, the patient, will have to get used to less access to real health care solutions, fewer approvals for the very latest, personalized, genetic-based cancer treatment or surgical technology that could save your life. Gone will be the ability to pay out of pocket and receive a tax break for higher quality care. Flexible Spending Accounts will shrink to a maximum of $2,500 and you will only be able to deduct a medical expense from your taxes if it exceeds a whopping 10 percent of your gross income for the year. With fewer cash payments, lower fees, and more red tape, no wonder your doctor isnt happy. Recent surveys by Deloitte, sermo.com, and most recently Jackson Health Care reveal that a majority of doctors believe the Affordable Care Act will have a negative impact on their practices. Earlier this month the Doctor Patient Medical Association released a survey of doctors that showed that 90% believe that the health care system is on the wrong track. Dont get me wrong, covering you regardless of pre-existing condition with no possibility of your insurance dropping you when you are sick and no copay for preventive services are attractive features of ObamaCare. But these expensive features have to be paid for with a "rob Peter to pay Paul" concept that comprehensive insurance is famous for. You see, the ACA mandates the kind of expensive insurance that allows you to go to the doctor too easily; if insurance pays for people when they just want reassurance for a palpitation or an upper respiratory infection, it wont have enough left to pay for expensive state-of-the-art treatment when a person is very ill. Over the last few years I have diagnosed three cases of curable lung cancer using a screening Chest CT that I fear an Independent Medicare Advisory Board (created by ObamaCare) will deny in the future. I have also witnessed two patients waking from comas and walking out of the hospital long after ObamaCares new committees would likely recommend that their breathing tubes be pulled. I am concerned that ObamaCare rulings from on high will interfere with the art of medicine down here in the trenches. It is one thing to provide a catastrophic insurance for everyone in case they end up in an emergency room, it is quite another to mandate the kind of insurance that restricts some services while blanketly approving others. ObamaCare will cause your premiums to soar. ObamaCare promises to increase your access to health care but it may actually decrease it because your doctor will no longer have as much time for you. The growing numbers of insured will have difficulty finding a doctor. The current doctor shortage will be compounded by all the doctors who restrict the insurances they accept, beginning with Medicaid and Medicare. Many physicians chose medicine, in the first place, because of the oldfashioned joy of taking care of people. I am afraid that joy is now in jeopardy. My patients are asking me the same question that patients all over the country are asking their doctors this week. "What do we do now?" Unfortunately, my answer, "I will be there for you no matter what," may not apply to all doctors.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office and the Walton County Sheriff's Office are asking the public's assistance in locating two missing people. Heidi Ann Rhodes, 41, and John Gregory Hughes, 49, have both been reported missing by family members to local law enforcement. Rhodes resides in Panama City Beach and Hughes lives in the Santa Rosa Beach area of Walton County. Neither of them has been seen for several weeks and neighbors of Hughes reported seeing a UHaul at his residence sometime in May. The last time they were seen together was in Bay County on the evening of May 7, 2012. Rhodes and Hughes may be traveling in a 2003 White Cadillac Escalade, bearing Florida tag 912 NWJ or in a 2001 4 door Silver Cadillac Seville, Florida tag 913NWJ. If you have any information that could help law enforcement locate Rhodes and Hughes, please contact Inv. Donna Armstrong or Inv. Randy Brown at the Walton County Sheriff's Office (850) 892-8186 or Lt. Mitch Pitts at the Bay County Sheriff's Office (850) 747-4700. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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Questioning instead of just deciding helps you see what you want and who you want to be. New connections are in the stars for you around Tuesday and Wednesday -- whether work-related, lovewise or in a community setting. Reach out, online and in real-time! You might experience a setback at the end of the workweek, but it's not the end of the world. There's a lesson to be learned, and with the right attitude, you emerge stronger and smarter than ever. You don't have to agree with a certain someone, but how you disagree is a real test of your mettle. Knowing you, you'll come to the table with a spirit of goodwill, containing the issue and retaining mutual respect. Then someone's got a word to the wise for you at the end of the workweek or over the weekend. Think about the special expertise of those around you -- with practical matters and in relationships, too. If you actively focus on renewal instead of retreading the same old ground. If worst comes to worst, just hang on-great energy, spawning the kind of unique thought that leads to amazing, exploratory action. Yes, you're really getting going now, but you won't get far without a solid foundation, and that's what deserves attention during the rest of this week. Play the devil's advocate around Tuesday and Wednesday. The more you help everyone (including yourself) to explore every angle, the better the outcome. At the end of the workweek and on Saturday, it's time to plan a trip, whether literally or figuratively. Where do you want to go on this earth? In your life? On Sunday, look for the symbolism in an unusual occurrence. Don't just sit there; your action can even be a little extreme, if it moves a situation forward. Then toward the end of the workweek and through the first part of the weekend, people won't behave according to plan (possibly even you!). Leave them plenty of wiggle room, but do keep communicating. Leave time on Sunday to regroup and think seriously about life. If you're not sure what to say, let them fill the void -- you'll learn something! Then make doing what's best for you your top priority around Tuesday and Wednesday. No, you don't want to be an egomaniac, but provided you're not trampling over others, there's nothing wrong with doing a little looking out for numero uno. And while you may feel like just quietly floating along through the rest of the week. With a solid foundation at your back, you're ready to move forward in exciting (and possibly hot) directions around Tuesday and Wednesday. Whatever you've been thinking, it's time to say it or do it! At the end of the workweek and over the weekend though, honesty is only an excellent policy if you also know when to let the other person have their say. You might need to let something slip now -- but if you recognize it, you can let anyone else involved know in a timely manner instead of leaving them hanging. At the end of the workweek and through the weekend, a bit of an adventurous attitude is all it takes to welcome the sweet -- and possibly hot -- stuff the stars have in store. Are you ready to explore? There's nothing wrong with being idealistic around Tuesday and Wednesday --strong values and sweeping vision make for great things. At the end of the workweek, while the past informs the present, it's crucial to process issues as they pop up -- especially when it comes to interactions with others. Your positive, proactive attitude continues to come in handy when the stars send some fun. If someone's trying to tell you something that doesn't ring true, ask them more, or do some background digging on your own. At the end of the workweek and on Saturday, the cosmic atmosphere's clearer, as is communication in general. An agreement's easy to reach now, whether at work or in a sweeter, more personal context. But be aware, there's something you need to settle when it comes to homelife on Sunday. Tap into your subconscious on Monday -- a dream or meditative state tells you more than the ol' noggin right now. Then you're especially loving and lovable around Tuesday and Wednesday, if the stars have their say. Bring that sense of humor along, and life's fun, funny and genuinely wonderful. But something's bringing you back to basics at the end of the workweek. Could it be that bankbook? Between your healthy perspective and a little input from someone you trust on Monday, you're golden. But a certain idea or plan that you're attached to just might not be holding up around Tuesday or Wednesday. Try an adjustment (or two) before you throw your hands up -- it's not like you to give in! The stars send extra energy and brainpower your way at the end of the workweek and through this weekend.

The Economic Development and Tourism Committee of DeFuniak Springs is holding a First Friday Family Fun Night on Friday, August 3, 2012, in the Lakeyard and along Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. This event will include live music and karaoke and the mega-screen presentation of the recent first rate film Dolphin Tale. Activities will begin at 6:00 PM and will include childrens games and events, food and a vendor area. The committee is seeking vendors who wish to participate. Food vendors, fresh produce, quality arts and crafts, as well as specialty items which may include baked or canned goods are welcome. Charitable groups wishing to participate may do so at no charge with a registered 501c3 certification. For-profit groups or individuals may participate for a $25 fee. Space is limited and access to electricity will be on a first -come, first-served basis. For details or to register, contact Mary Burns at 850-3333406 by July 31.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Erica's Movie Reel"

Fireboat Called

As reported by WZEP AM1460

Bald Eagle

As reported by WZEP AM1460

Magic Mike
I have heard everything from loved it to hated it from the female population when it comes to this film. However, they are not writing this article, I am, and I LOVED IT! It was hilarious and filled to the brim with smoking hot guys. Obviously, we all know this movie was designed for the soccer moms and fans of 50 Shades of Grey, however, I think guys could enjoy this movie with their women, or on their own. Now guys, sure you will see more of Channing Tatum than any of his manlier movies such as: Stop-Loss, Fighting, or The Eagle, and there are no GI Joe themed striping scenes, but you will enjoy this movie because it dives into the personal side of being a male stripper. I dont recommend seeing this film in theatres boys, but once it hits redbox go rent it and enjoy the hilarity and dont tell any of your guy friends you saw it. Ladies, the most complaints I heard sounded something like this, there needs to be more stripping, they didnt show enough, or you had to wait til the end to see Matthew McConaughey strip! Lets remember this is just a movie, appreciate the film.

A fire on the banks of the Intracoastal waterway put Freeports fire boat on water. South Walton Fire District called Freeport for mutual aid to help reach the pine trees burning on the south side of the canal. Freeport Fire Chief Ben Greenslait, says their fire boat and rescue boat with a portable float pump attached were used to reach the fire on about a 20 foot embankment. They were able to put out most of the 150 foot area burning. Forestry was also called to help complete the work. Under Greenslait, Freeport has built up a water rescue unit and a fire boat unit. Some of the equipment was donated to the city department. The Council has worked with Greenslait to fund equipment and expand the department. Greenslait has fallen under criticism for his certification lapsing due to time between jobs, but remains in the desk position while paperwork and any requirements are completed. Greenslait has been certified as a firefighter in the past and the question arose after a former employee made a complaint. The Northwest Florida Daily News also reports the same former employee is questioning if the Freeport City Council violated the State Sunshine Laws due to a quick passing motion to continue with Greenslait in a paid desk job. The Freeport Council met Tuesday night in special session and made him administrative chief with pay.

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The bald eagle population is increasing in Florida, which continues to be one of the top spots in the lower 48 states for bald eagles to nest and raise their young. Based on its 2011 aerial survey, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates there are 1,457 active bald eagle nests in Florida, nearly a 9-percent increase since 2008, when the state implemented a bald eagle management plan. Longterm success with bald eagles in Florida is reflected in the species recovery from just 88 active nests in 1973. The nations bird is in Walton County, nesting near the bay and has been seen north of I-10. Today at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, leaders from the FWC and Audubon Florida highlighted the bald eagles recovery and the ongoing challenge of conserving these large raptors. They said celebrating the bald eagles resurgence in Florida was a great way to kick off the nations 236th anniversary of declaring independence. For 20 years, Audubon Florida has recruited citizenscientists to monitor eagles and their nests through its EagleWatch program, active in more than 40 counties. By monitoring more than 20 percent of the states nesting pairs, these volunteers make a significant difference in conserving the species. Working with ranchers and other landowners to protect bald eagle habitat is another priority for Audubon, with its involvement going back 50 years to the start of the Cooperative Kissimmee Eagle Sanctuary Program. Floridians and visitors are encouraged to get outdoors on July 4th and throughout the year to enjoy the states many parks and public lands and watch bald eagles soar. You can find a Bald Eagle Nest Locator<https://public.myfwc.com/FWRI/EagleNests/ Coastal Library Storytelling Workshop for children nestlocator.aspx> atMyFWC.com/Eagle. July 11, 18 and 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. All eleBald eagles almost disappeared from the lower 48 mentary age children are invited! Story teller Susie states by the mid-20th century, with an estimated 417 Arnold will present the art of storytelling with puppets and props inviting young people to "tell" stories. pairs in the United States in 1963. The use of the nowThose children interested in learning the art of story- banned pesticide DDT was causing eggshells to telling are encouraged to brush up their memories on weaken and break under the weight of adults incubatpopular fairy tales to join in with the fun! Please call ing eggs. While the bald eagle is no longer listed as an endanLinda Thompson (850) 267-2809 or email gered or threatened species, it is federally protected tholinda@co.walton.fl.us<mailto:tholinda@co.walto under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and n.fl.us> Visit the Coastal Library Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and by state rule (F.A.C. Calendar www.yousemore.com/walton<http:// 68A-16.002). It is illegal to feed, disturb, take or poswww.yousemore.com/walton> sess a bald eagle, its feathers, nest or eggs. The public can help conserve bald eagles in Florida by following state guidelines for activities near eagle nests, and by reporting new eagle nest locations to BaldEagle@MyFWC.com. The highway 83 yard sale date is about 6 For more on bald eagles, go to MyFWC.com/Eagle weeks from now- August 4, 2012. Last year <http://myfwc.com/eagle>. For information on Auduwas a huge success for buyers and sellers. Please bons EagleWatch and Center for Birds of Prey, visit consider this an open invitation to participate either http://fl.audubon.org/audubon-center-birds-prey. For as a buyer or seller. If you are selling and do not information on volunteering to monitor eagles through have access to a site along the route give us a call EagleWatch contact and we can set you up. There is no charge to particieaglewatch@audubon.org. pate. So clear out the overflowing closets, garage, barn and drawers and turn it into some cash in your pocket. For more information, give us a call at 850-5853764. Please share this with others widely.

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