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15 hrs ago | Northwest Florida Daily News

Man pulled from Sound identified, still critical

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified Robert David Walters as the man pulled from the Santa Rosa Sound Monday after attempting to cross the waterway on a dare.

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Related Topix: Fort Walton Beach, FL

16 hrs ago | Northwest Florida Daily News

Unemployment rates drop locally

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently released its March unemployment report, which showed unemployment rates dropped in Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.

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Related Topix: Florida, Santa Rosa County, FL

23 hrs ago | CBS Local

Deputy: Man Wanted To Be Arrested So He Could Get Out Of The Rain

A Florida man told an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy that he deliberately violated a trespass order so he could be arrested and get out of the rain, according to the arrest report.

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Mon Apr 21, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

Clerk's records' office moving out of annex

As a date with the wrecking ball fast approaches for the Shalimar Courthouse-annex, its last inhabitants are pulling out.

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Related Topix: Shalimar, FL, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Northwest Florida Daily News

Eating up taste of paradise in Margaritaville

They say Margaritaville is a state of mind. A mind hungry for the beach life and thirsty for tequila.

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Related Topix: Destin, FL, Life, Food, Dining, Seafood, Entertainment

Sun Apr 20, 2014

Front www.keysnet.com

Keys jobless rate rises in March but it's still tied for lowest among all 67 counties in Florida

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday that while the number of people with jobs has increased, the state's unemployment mark rose from 6.2 percent in February to 6.3 percent in March.

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Related Topix: Florida, Santa Rosa County, FL, Flagler County, FL, Hendry County, FL, Rick Scott, US Governors

Pensacola News Journal

Military Assistance: Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Pensacola Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be awarding scholarship grants to children, stepchildren, spouses or grandchildren of both officer and enlisted active duty or retired military personnel.

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Related Topix: Pensacola, FL, US Military, US Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base, Crestview, FL

Sat Apr 19, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

EDC turns 25

"We had very little money," said Larry Scott, one of the founders of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council.

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Related Topix: Drink, Coffee, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Crestview, FL

Northwest Florida Daily News

A look back and ahead, five years after the sheriff's office scandal

A legal odyssey unlike anything in Okaloosa County history began five years ago this week when a federal grand jury was convened to consider charges against Sheriff Charlie Morris and Teresa Adams, his administrative assistant.

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Related Topix: Charlie Crist, US Governors

The Miami Herald

Panhandle fisherman report increase in big sharks

In Destin, Capt. Curt Gwin caught a 668-pound mako shark on April 10. On April 2, two men from Milton caught an 11-foot, 805-pound short fin mako.

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Related Topix: Destin, FL

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

Bridge collision report raises more questions

The U.S. Coast Guard has determined the dredge that struck the Brooks Bridge in March of 2013 had inexplicably been "adjusted and raised" after the barge carrying it negotiated passage beneath the Navarre Bridge.

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Related Topix: Panama City, FL, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Destin, FL

Northwest Florida Daily News

EBT system launched for WIC families in Okaloosa County

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has announced the Women, Infants and Children program has transitioned to an electronic benefits transfer, or EBT system.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Nutrition, Medicine, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Crestview, FL

Tue Apr 15, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

Teen teaches business lessons to children

"Brave cost me 500 dozen eggs," said Bolen of the horse he purchased by selling cartons of his Natural Eggs to customers from Walton to Okaloosa county.

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Related Topix: Niceville, FL

Northwest Florida Daily News

Choctaw High may forgo the 'royalty' at prom

That's what some graduating seniors at Choctawhatchee High School are asking now that it appears there won't be any crowns at their formal dance next week.

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Related Topix: Fort Walton Beach, FL

Northwest Florida Daily News

Gardens may be affected by cold

Gardens planted during this month's warm spring weather may be affected by this week's cold spell, according to horticulture experts from local University of Florida IFAS Extension Offices.

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Related Topix: Santa Rosa County, FL, Home Gardening, Home

Sun Apr 13, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

Looming storms stir up the Gulf, but don't keep beachgoers away

As temperatures pushed toward 80 degrees, a light breeze kept people from getting too warm.

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Related Topix: Destin, FL, Weather

Sat Apr 12, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

Three arrested after meth lab found

Deputies responded to the home in Wright after someone called 911 and said 31-year-old Jessica Burgess was being choked with an electrical cord, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Wright, FL, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Northwest Florida Daily News

Bike Safety: Tips and FAQs

Bike Safety: Tips and FAQs

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Related Topix: Headphones, Destin, FL, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Walton County, FL

Fri Apr 11, 2014

Northwest Florida Daily News

Motorcyclists flock to competition

The yellow motorcycle wound his way through the bright orange cones with ease before coming to a halt on a sharp turn.

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Related Topix: Motorcycles

WJHG-TV Panama City

Man Impersonating Airline Pilot Arrested

Okaloosa County sheriff's investigators say they've arrested a man who's been impersonating an airline pilot to rip off condo owners.

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