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  • King cake sale benefits Mary Perkins Cancer CenterThe annual King Cakes for a Cause benefit sponsored by Cannata's Family Market is underway.Ten percent of sales from the Gooey Butter Snickerdoodle and the new Gooey Butter S'mores-A-Doodle King Cakes will be donated to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at Terrebonne General Medical Center.The king cakes can be purchased at any Cannata's location, at the TGMC PJ's Coffee or online at [...]
  • Dewey Destin to drop easement feud from lawsuitDestin and his company, B.I. Inc., sued Destin in October 2016 after the city fenced off the easement that his employees and other workers had been using to get to the harborfront.
  • Starved dog found near death in DeFuniak; owner chargedThe deputy took it to Alaqua Animal Refuge, where it defecated in the office. The feces were 90 percent sand, with the rest being acorns and leaves. There was no food in the sample.
  • Trump, Schumer to meet as Dems, GOP trade pre-shutdown blameA bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.
  • GCEC presents service awardsWEWAHITCHKA – Three Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative employees received special awards named in memory and in honor of former employees, and several employees and trustees were recognized for service anniversaries.Energy Services Representative Manuela Heyn was presented with the AlfrediaOwens Member Service Award. Qualities management looked for included providinga high quality of service to members; getting along well with fellow employees; demonstrating empathy [...]
  • Negotiations to begin for $1.9 million for Project 79CHIPLEY – Washington County Board of County Commissioners gave approval to move ahead with negotiations on the $1.9 million in funds requested for the 79 Corridor project when they met in special session January 17.The Department of Economic Opportunity requests negotiations prior to award to learn how the funds will be spent and the timeline in which they would be used, should they be awarded.The application for the funds was submitted last summer to [...]
  • Lenora Henderson is 2019 Teacher of the YearCHIPLEY -- Last year's Teacher of the Year Erin Harris described the role of great teachers with a familiar saying for educators worldwide.A great teacher is "like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others," Harris said Thursday evening at the opening of Washington County School District's annual Teacher of the Year award ceremony, held at Chipley High School.Holding a torch high for her students at Chipley High School, [...]
  • Alabama maintains record low unemployment rateAlabama maintained its record low 3.5 percent unemployment rate in December, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday, with more people counted as employed than ever before.December saw 2,093,063 people counted as employed, more than November’s count of 2,087,509, and up from December 2016’s count of 2,047,753. December’s unemployment rate matched November’s 3.5 percent, and was significantly below December 2016’s rate of 6.3 percent.Etowah [...]
  • Regulators want to get to the bottom of this week's energy shortage in La.Regulators want an investigation into what led an organization that manages power for much of the state to urge customers to reduce electricity use to avoid periodic blackouts during this week's brutal cold snap.Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta, R-Metairie, said he wants to find out why there were shortages of electricity."There's no reason in the state of Louisiana for electricity to become short," [...]
  • Panel works to clarify La.'s criminal codeBATON ROUGE -- Members of a task force charged with simplifying Louisiana's criminal code can't seem to agree on what to do. Nevertheless, next week they will be recommending to the Legislature how to go about classifying crimes.Prosecutors say the task force has focused too much on making sentences more lenient rather than on categorizing criminal laws.Others on the 12-member panel say more time is [...]
  • Pence's Mideast trip still on as government shutdown looms An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians.
  • BREAKING: Crews responding to structure fire in Destin DESTIN — Fire crews and law enforcement are on scene of a house fire on Sibert Avenue in Destin.Firefighters from the Destin Fire Control District lead the fight against the blaze at a home two lots east of the Destin Library. A photo provided by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office showed a small home engulfed in flames.OCSO spokeswoman Michele Nicholson said the fire was reported at 9:32 a.m. Friday.Nicholson said the home was believed to be vacant. [...]
  • Video shows 3 teens stalking woman at Walmart, stealing car (VIDEO)LAUDERHILL LAKES — Sheriff's deputies in Florida are searching for three teens accused of following a woman into and out of a Wal-Mart store before pointing a gun at her and demanding her car keys.The SunSentinel reports the teens fled so abruptly that they nearly struck the 81-year-old victim with her car.The incident was captured on surveillance video and Broward Sheriff's officials are asking anyone who recognizes the teens to contact investigators.The video [...]
  • Destin Elementary Lunch Menu Jan. 22-26The menu for Jan. 22-26 at Destin Elementary includes:• Jan. 22: Mini Slider Burgers, Chicken Patty on a Bun, Black Bean and Corn Salad, Chilled Juicy Pears and Choice of Milk• Jan. 23: Ham & Cheese Hot on a Bagel, Turkey Taco Meat with Tortilla Corn Chips, Bread Slice, Baked Potato Rounds, Mixed Fruit and Choice of Milk• Jan. 24: Meatball Sub, [...]
  • VIDEO: A scraper is a scraperMILTON — Reporter Aaron Little uses a makeshift ice scraper.
  • Border wall models thwart U.S. commandos in testsSAN DIEGO — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and [...]
  • Florida mom arrested after severely burned baby diesMIAMI — A Florida mother faces an aggravated manslaughter charge after police say she failed to get help for her 1-year-old child who was severely burned while taking a bath and later died.News outlets, citing a Miami-Dade police arrest report, say 35-year-old Christina Hurt was arrested late Thursday.The arrest report says Hurt has been investigated in the past for child neglect.Police said officers and a rescue crew found the child "unresponsive" on a [...]
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Hill, agencies target home loan 'churning'Phone calls can begin only a day after veterans close on VA-guaranteed home loans. Brokers will claim they can offer an even lower interest rate, or a better strategy for refinancing that will cut mortgage payments even more.The practice is called serial refinancing, or home loan churning, and the goal is to generate profits for lenders. The side effects often are more home debt on veterans and more financial risks for their families.The number of lenders aggressively targeting [...]
  • SCHOOL SCOOPS: Eglin ES open house slated TuesdayEglin Elementary School parents and guardians can mark their calendars for an open house scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. The book fair will also be open that evening. The fair will run Monday through Friday during school hours.---As the Paxton School students in grades six through 12 returned after winter break, they had an opportunity to participate in the school’s inaugural Career Day.Throughout the day, students learned about different career paths, including [...]
  • Oops! DUI suspect mistook bank drive-thru for Taco BellWhen bank workers banged on the man's car to wake him up at the drive-thru, he tried to order a burrito.