Author Archives: Christopher Henderson

It’s Bat Week! Did You Know Bats Eat Insect Pests?

November 9, 2018 by hollyober The week prior to Halloween is officially designated as National Bat Week. In honor of this event, it’s worth considering some of the benefits bats provide to us. Did you know there is a species of bat that lives nowhere in the world but within our state? It’s called the Florida Bonneted Bat, and occurs in only about ...

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The Calm After the Storm

November 9, 2018 by Larry Williams Recovery and cleanup following the devastation of a storm such as Michael begins by removing one limb at a time, one neighbor helping another neighbor, one word of encouragement, which in turn becomes a community pulling together to see order come from chaos. Despite inconveniences of not having power there is something about it ...

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Vince Gill, John Prine, Dean Dillon, Tom T. Hall & More Earn Nominations for 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame

November 8, 2018 The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced more than 20 nominees in two categories (performing and non-performing) for its Class of 2019, including a handful of country-centric songwriters. Performing nominees include Vince Gill, John Prine, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Lloyd Price, Missy Elliott, Tommy James and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox ...

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Hurricane Michael Recovery

by Jennifer Bearden Florida Panhandle – We all know that our neighbors to the east are suffering after taking a direct hit from massive Hurricane Michael.  Many in our community are asking, “What can I do”. We have an opportunity for those who would like to help.  UF IFAS Extension has offices in every county in the state.  Extension Agents from ...

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6th Ranger Battalion to Hold Mass Casualty Response Exercise

Eglin Reservation – The Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion, in conjunction with the 96th Test Wing, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County Emergency Services and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, are scheduled to conduct their annual mass casualty exercise Oct. 3, 2018 between 10 a.m. and noon. The annual training exercise will take place in the northwest portion of the Eglin range ...

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WCSO Releases 911 Tape and In-Car Video of Events Leading Up to Triple Fatality

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Walton County, FL – On Friday, August 31, 2018 at approximately 11:45 pm the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the intersection of US Highway 98 and State Rd 283 in South Walton County in reference to a two vehicle accident that resulted in three (3) fatalities. According to the FHP news release, 21-year-old Dustin Lee Dupree ...

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Wavyleaf Basketgrass Confirmed in Okaloosa County

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Jennifer Bearden Okaloosa Co., FL – We have confirmed a new invasive plant in Okaloosa County.  Wavyleaf Basketgrass was first found in Maryland in 1996 and quickly spread into Virginia and Pennsylvania.  This invasive is very shade tolerant.  It originates from Southern Europe and Southeast Asia. It is a low growing, shallow rooted, short lived perennial.  It ...

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Burglar Smashes Store Front Door for Two Packs of Cigarettes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Milligan, FL – A man arrested for smashing the front door of a convenience store with a large rock caused $700 damage for $10 dollars’ worth of merchandise. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm at the Sunoco Food Mart on Highway 90 in Milligan around 2:43 a.m. today and found the front door ...

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WCSO Searching For Murder Suspect in Ponce De Leon

September 16, 2018 Ponce De Leon, Fla — A physical altercation turned deadly early Sunday morning and Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators are looking for the man responsible. Just after midnight, WCSO Deputies and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to 9604 County Highway 183 South in Ponce de Leon following a 911 call. When they arrived, they discovered a deceased victim ...

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Speed Limit Increase on State Road 85 Near Niceville

September 7, 2018 Niceville, FL – The speed limit on State Road 85 (South Ferdon Boulevard) from north of  East College Boulevard to the State Road 293 Interchange near Niceville has been raised from 45 MPH to 55 MPH.  New signs depicting the speed limit increase have been installed along the corridor.   For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation ...

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