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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...

2008-07-22 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...

2008-07-16 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,...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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