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2008-08-05 12:00:28

By Mona Moore, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Aug. 5--A public hearing for the Air Force's plans to privatize family housing has been postponed. The hearing and open information session to discuss the third draft of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Hurlburt Soundside Club. Originally scheduled for today, the hearing was rescheduled to ensure that the public had ample time to be a part of the decision-making...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Dusty Ricketts, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Aug. 2--FORT WALTON BEACH -- The cul-de-sac on Carson Drive that is designed to cut down on drug sales has been completed. Fort Walton Beach staffers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning to unveil the completed project, which was funded by the city's Community Redevelopment Agency. "We're just really thrilled that the CRA was able to do (this project) that people can see," said Joyce Gillie Gossom, the CRA's...

2008-08-01 12:00:00

By Kimberly White, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Aug. 1--As Gov. Charlie Crist announced his support Thursday of investing in Florida's renewable energy industry at the Farm to Fuel summit in Orlando, Gulf Coast Energy LLC was moving forward with plans to build the first biofuel plant in Northwest Florida. However, it might not be in the Northwest Florida Commerce Park in Mossy Head. Mark Warner, Gulf Coast Energy's president and CEO, said groundbreaking on the plant...

2008-07-28 12:00:42

By Kimberly White, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 28--DEFUNIAK SPRINGS -- Fido's days of free-spirited joy riding in an open-bed pickup truck are numbered in parts of Walton County. Parts of a revised ordinance that takes effect Friday applies only to unincorporated areas and owners of cats and dogs. The law prohibits carrying those animals in open-bed trucks or similar vehicles unless the animals are restrained by at least two tethers. The ordinance also states...

2008-07-27 15:00:25

By Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 27--Autopsy: Man drowned in surf PANAMA CITY -- The district medical examiner's office has ruled that a struggling swimmer pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday died from drowning. The medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy on Jeffrey Evert, 56, of Georgia, on Friday and determined he drowned. Hurricane Dolly created rough surf in the gulf this week and forced local officials to rescue several swimmers. Red...

2008-07-27 15:00:21

By Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 27--The Better Business serving northwest Florida is warning of a phishing scam targeting 15 states, including Florida. The Internet crime complaint center (IC3) has received reports of phishing attacks targeting users of EPPICards. The EPPICard is similar to a debit card, and is issued by a state agency for the purpose of receiving child-support payments. Individuals have reported receiving e-mail or text messages indicating...

2008-07-22 12:00:41

By Kimberly White, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 22--FREEPORT -- Habitat for Humanity of Walton County is restoring the ReStore. An army of volunteers, made up partly by staff from Sacred Heart Hospital, will descend on the ReStore from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to give the facility a much-needed face-lift, including painting, patching up holes in the walls and basic cleaning. ReStore manager Shawne Shiflett said she's extremely grateful for all the help she's...

2008-07-18 12:01:14

By Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 18--Tune in to local Cox Channel 6 beginning at 8 tonight through 8 p.m. Saturday for the 36th annual Cox Communications Cablethon benefiting Covenant Hospice. The 24-hour broadcast will feature live music by local entertainers. Multiple call-in auctions with items such as vacation getaways, golf packages, artwork and jewelry will run throughout the event. The cablethon also will be Web cast live at http://support....

2008-07-16 12:00:00

By Kimberly White, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 16--When James Walker disappeared from his home in Pensacola on the evening of June 30, Escambia County sheriff 's deputies began a desperate search on foot for the 70-year-old Alzheimer's patient. "His wife described it as if he were an 18-year-old," said Kristina Robison, executive director of Pensacola-based Alzheimer's Family Services. "He just got up and ran out of the house." About an hour into the search,...

2008-07-15 12:00:53

By Tom Mclaughlin, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jul. 15--Support for or opposition to President George W. Bush's decision to lift an executive ban on off-shore drilling fell roughly along party lines among members of Congress representing Northwest Florida. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, RChumuckla, joined fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez in praising the president for the move. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, spoke against the president's decision. U.S. Rep....


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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