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Title: The DeFuniak herald combined with the breeze
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Publisher: Larry and Merle Woodham
Place of Publication: DeFuniak Springs Fla
Creation Date: December 15, 2011
Publication Date: 1993-
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Last meeting of
2011 handles brief
agenda. 3-A

Photos of historic
local residences and
interiors. 9-A

ARNOLD 67-57
Recovering from
early-season slump.

Kicks off district
season. 12-B

DFS Council to hire

contractors to continue

work on'former Health

Department Building

The fate of the former
Walton County Health De-
partment building remains.
uncertain as a new environ-
mental report on the build-
ing indicates additional
measures need to be taken
to protect workers tasked
with demolishing the inte-
rior of the building.
However, a decision to
gut either the interior, then
renovate the former Health
Department building, the
site of which is planned to
be the new location for the
DeFuniak Springs: Police'
Department, or to tear it
down and rebuild altogether
did not come up at the Dec.
12 meeting of the DeFuniak
Springs City Council. The
council members voted in
September to attempt the
former plan of action before
then reassessing the situ-
ation to determine a final
course of action in regards
to the building's renovation
or demotion. That said. as

work moved forward on the
project at hand,. the pres-
ence of extensive mold and
fungal growth in the build-
ing created concerns for
worker safety, so a new en-
vironmental: inspection was'
carried out in order to as-
certain how best to protect
workers while inside.
Barksdale andAssociates,
Inc., the Pensacola-based
environmental services firm
used by the city to conduct
the initial inspection of the
building in 2009, released a
report on Nov. 21 in which
the following conclusions
were reached after the most
recent battery of testing:
mold and fungal growth and
low levels of asbestos and
lead in the building neces-
sitate the use of respiratory'
protection and protective
outer clothing by workers
while inside the building.
This recommendation
adds a complication to the
renovation process because
inmate labor, which the

bCouncil had actively sup-
ported, will no longer be an
option due to the liability
for injury and the city's own
employees will likely not be
sufficient to complete the in-
terior demolition alone, ex-
plained.Inteiim City Man-
ager Sara Bowers.
"The other wrinkle to this
is, we were going to use in-
mates but now that option
isn't available to us," she
said. "We also don't have
the manpower .[within the
city] to go in there. They're
spread thin keeping up with
the jobs they already have."
The Council voted 4-0
(Mayor Harold Carpen-
ter was not present at the
meeting, so Mayor Pro-Tem
Henry Ennis, as the acting
chairman, abstained from
voting) to pursue bids for
an outside company to come
in and complete the interior
demolition of the former
Health Department build-

Photos of annual event. 1-B

"A Christmas Sto collection has lg up on the holiday


Walton girls
ketball off to
start. 9-B


Ninth- straight
win for Ponce de


girls hoops.

Bobcats earn 73-


home victory.

Almost everyone has a
favorite holiday movie, but
Dawne Miller takes it. to a,
whole other level with her
love for the 1983 film A

Christmas Storv.
The shapely leg-shaped
lamp, glowing and replete in
fishnets and high heels, that
yearly appears in her home's
front window is proof.
The movie, for thosethat

don't already know, tells the
story of 9-year-old Ralphie
Parker, who wants noth-
ing more than a prized Red
Ryder BB Gun (the one with
which, as his parents and ev-
eryone else assures him, he

PERHAPS THE MOST ICONIC of all scenes in "A Christmas Story" is the big reveal
of the now-infamous '"eg lamp" purchased by main character Ralphie Parker's obsessed
father. "Fra-gi-le! It must be Italian!" he exclaims in the film. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

will "shoot his eye out") for
Christmas. went from sleep-
er hit upon release to.being
regarded as a classic of the
comedy genre. This reversal
of fortunes is largely due to
annual top-rated 24-hour
marathon screenings of the
film from Christmas Eve
through Christmas day on
Turner Broadcasting Sys-
tem's television networks
like TNT and TBS.
Also aiding the movie's
enduring popularity is scene
after scene of decidedly
subversive holiday humor,
capped off, in this writer's
estimation, by the introduc-
tion of that gloriously tacky
leg-shaped lamp.
Miller has been a fan of
the comedy classic since it
came out, but she got into
collecting memorabilia re-
lated to the film in 2004.
Fittingly, her collection be-
gan and is highlighted by a
full-size replica of the (in)fa-
mous 'leg lamp" bought by
Ralphie's father in the mov-
ie and Miller proudly dis-
iplays it year-round, though
unlit, in the front window of
her Live Oak Avenue home.
However, as the Christmas
season rolls around, Miller,
husband and children in
tow, pulls back the curtain
and lights the leg lamp,
which she said has become

a tradition as important
as putting up a Christmas
"I love that lamp," Miller
said. "I remember think-
ing, 'that is the coolest, thing
ever,' the very first time I
saw it. When I found out
that' someone made: them
and that you could buy one,
I had to have it. It has re-
ally become a: part of our
family." Passers-by who
see the lit lamp will stop in
Miller's front yard to snap
photographs, leaning way
out over the fence and cran-
ing their necks to get a good
look at it, she said.
In addition to the leg
lamp, Miller's "A Christmas
Story" prominently features
an assortment of miniatures
depicting scenes and loca-
tions from the movie. New
items in the series, which is
produced by Department 56,
one of the big names in win-
ter village, collectibles, are
introduced and retired each
year. Miller said she already
has the newest three, on or-
der, including one represent-
ing a scene from the movie
in which Ralphie finally has
his expletive-laden revenge
on bully Scut Farkus, who,
according to the film's nar-
rator "...had yellow eyes! So
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Jury recommends death sentence for McCoy

A Walton County jury of
12 persons has voted 11-1
to recommend that Thom-
as Ford McCoy receive the
death penalty for the 2009
murder of Curtis Brown.
The homicide took place on
April 10, 2009, at the North-
west Florida State College's
Chautauqua Center in De-
Funiak Springs. Brown was
a Coca-Cola vending ma-

chine repairman and former
co-worker of McCoy's. Mc-
Coy fatally shot Brown, then
fled and was apprehended
later in Tampa. McCoy pled
guilty to the crime in July of
2011, and last week's hear-
ing was solely on the issue
of his sentence.
The jury was chosen last
Monday and heard testimo-
ny from state and defense
witnesses all week before re-
ceiving judge's instructions

and retiring for delibera-
tion Friday. The jury made
its decision after about two
hours of deliberation, and
the recommendation was
read in court on Friday.
Presiding Judge Kelvin
Wells will sentence McCoy
.early next year, and will
give the jury's recommenda-
tion strong consideration in
making his final decision.
If the judge sentences Mc-

Coy to death, it will be car-
ried out by lethal injection.
A death sentence will be
appealed to the Florida Su-
preme Court.
The defense presented
evidence of a history of men-
tal illness and abuse in Mc-
Coy's family, and evidence
that McCoy was suffering
from major depression at
the time of the killing. The
state countered with evi-
dence of the cold and calcu-

lasting nature of the crime.
Brown was ambushed by a
false service call, and shot
six times, each shot fatal by
itself, according to medical
examiner's testimony.
Brown's relatives de-
clined to speak to the media
following the hearing, and
none of McCoy's family were
present in court when the
jury recommendation was
read. No date has been set
for sentencing.


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Walton County officials

travel to DC to support



Walton County Commis-
sion Chairman Scott Bran-
non, Commissioner Cecilia
Jones and South Walton
Tourist Development Coun-
cil (TDC) Executive Director
Dawn Moliterno, traveled
to Washington D.C. for the
House Committee Hearing
on the RESTORE Act held
Dec. 7. The group, there to
press Congress to quickly
approve the measure, met
with Florida Congressmen
in a show of support for its
Sponsored by Louisi-
ana Representative Steve
Scalise, the RESTORE
Act (Resources and Eco-
systems Sustainability,
Tourist Opportunity, and
Revived Economies of the
Gulf States Act of 2011;
H.R. 3096) provides for 80
percent of the estimated $5-
$20 billion Clean Water Act
fines collected as a result of
the 2010 Deepwater Hori-
zon oil spill to go directly to
the five affected Gulf Coast
states. Under current law,
fines collected go to the U.S.
Treasury, leaving further
environmental and. econom-
ic efforts associated with the
spill unfunded.
"Passing the RESTORE
Act would have an immedi-
ate, noticeable impact on
Walton County," said Bran-
non. "Florida could receive
anywhere from $850 mil-
lion to $2.85 billion as the
result of this measure, with-
Walton County :receiving
roughly 10 percent of those
funds for projects related to
environmental and econom-
ic restoration."
Florida Representatives

Jeff Miller of District 1
(R-Chumuckla) and Steve,
Southerland of District 2 (R-
Panama City) co-sponsored
the measure and testified
before Congress regarding
the importance of RESTORE
funding to Northwest Flori-
da and Walton County, with
Miller noting in his testimo-
ny that "the Restore act fixes
the imbalance by creating
a way to rebuild local and
state economies that took
such a tremendous hit from
the oil spill ... This damage
took place along the Gulf
Coast and fines paid for the
damage should be returned
to the Gulf Coast."
."After meeting with our
representatives in Washing-
ton and hearing their tes-
timony, I'm convinced they
are doing their best to make
sure these funds are allocat-
ed directly to victims of the
oil spill," noted Jones. "Our,
meetings underscored the
importance of passing this
Added, the TDC's Mo-
literno, "Although we ex-
perienced a very successful
tourism season this year,
2010 was devastating to
many .south Walton, busi-
nesses. Proper allocation
of these funds is crucial to
Walton County's complete
The deadline for passage
of the measure is July 2012;
otherwise, RESTORE Act
funding will. revert to the
Treasury's general fund,.
with no recourse for further,
While in Washington,
Walton County officials also
met with representatives re-

garding the federal highway
bill. Considered once every
six years, the highway bill is
the primary spending mea-
sure that determines the
level of funding for roads
and transportation infra-
structure nationwide. -
In March 2010, Walton
County officials worked with
Southerland to carefully
craft language highlighting
the importance -of U.S. 331
as a major evacuation route
for residents and tourists
in numbers that far exceed
Walton County's population
numbers. Since that time,
local, officials have worked
with Northwest Florida's
Congressional delegation to
ensure full support for the
evacuation language, which
could lead to millions of dol-
lars in improvements along
U.S. 331.
"Wewere pleased to learn
that the Transportation
Committee's policy staff are
supportive of the evacua-
tion language in the bill,"
said Brannon. "Passage of
this bill will go a long way
toward improving the safety
of Walton County residents
and visitors." Jones added
that "we should continue
our efforts to press for sup-
port of this important initia-
tive while we have the mo-
The Chairman of the
House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee,
Congressman John Mica,
is expected to make a final
decision on inclusion of the
language in the bill by late
January 2012.

WALTON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Scott Brannon, Representative Steve
Southerland and Walton County Commissioner Cecilia Jones (l-r).

Operation Christmas Child

Volunteers have been
working tirelessly at De-
Funiak Springs-area collec-
(tion sites where hundreds
of shoe boxes packed with
school supplies, toys and ne-
cessity items were dropped
off by caring DeFuniak
Springs residents. National
Collection Week is ,.wrap-
ping up for the world's larg-
est Christmas project of its
kind-Operation Christmas
Child-where participants
fill empty shoe boxes with
items for kids suffering from
natural disaster, war, ter-
rorism, famine, and poverty.
Soon, these shoe boxes.will
be delivered to 8.5 million
kids worldwide.
For families who haven't

Syet packed their gift of hope,
it's not too late.. Many lo-
cal families are choosing to
pack shoe box gifts virtu-
ally through "Build a Box,"
an online giving tool. It's a
simple, quick, yet meaning-
ful way to impact a child in
need. Volunteers can visit
the project's website at
occ, select a child's age and
gender, shop through an on-
line selection of gifts, "pack"
them in an empty shoe box,
and finish it off with a-note
of encouragement. Then
through tracking, technol-
ogy, donors can "follow" the
box to the destination coun-
try where it will be hand-
delivered .
Operation Christmas

Child, a project of interna-
tional Christian relief and
evangelism organization Sa-
maritan's Purse, uses simple
gift-filled shoe boxes to let
hurting children know they
are loved and not forgotten.
For many of these children,
the simple shoe box will'be
the first gift they have ever
Since 1993, Operation
Christmas Child has hand-
delivered more than 86 mil-
lion gift-filled shape boxes to
needy children in more than
130 countries.
For more information on
how to participate in Opera-
tion Christmas Child, call
(407) 852-3727 or visit www.

SUNDAY, DEC 18,2011 6:00PM













Healthmark Regional

\ Medical Center

is pleased to announce the promotion of
Rebeca Scott, R.N., to the position of
Director of Nursing"and the employment
of Ms. Machelle Grimes, R.N.. as the ne%\
Home Health Director. These essential
additions to our staff have occurred to fill the
voids created when Mrs. Violet Kennison,
R.N, was assigned to other, very important
management roles with Healthmark. Gerald
Beard, Administrator, expressed'how pleased '
he is to have Ms. Scott, RN., and Ms.
Grimes, R.N.; as members of his
Administrative Staff. '
Ms. Scott is a native of Biloxi,
Mississippi, with family ties, to Northwest
Florida and Walton County. She was
employed as a floor nurse by .Healthmark
Regional Medical Center in:August. 2011.
Her knowledge and skills in the nursing pro-
fession and her experience in management
was quickly recognize'd.lhis resulted in a promotion to Assistant Director of
Nursing in October, 2011, to be oriented fbr the position she now holds as
Director of Nursing. Ms. Scott has 16 years of diverse clinical and management
experience in acute and sub acute settings. She served in positions of Assistant
Director, Interim Director and National Clinical Operations Manager of a rec-
ognized company. She also has several years experience in home health care as
manager, clinical care specialist, and has been
and wellness 'to communities through local
school programs outreach events and pres-
enntations. "As Director of Nursing at
Healthmark, I look forward to promoting
patient-centered care in a patient and com-
nunity focused hospital," Rebeca said.
Ms. Grimes grew up in small town in
Missouri, received her nursing education in
Iowa and has practiced her profession in sev-
eral states during the past nineteen years. She
is married to Tony Grimes who was in mili-
S tary service but now is involved with civil
service at a local military base. Ms. Grimes'
proficiency in home health setting and enjoy-
ment of the hometown atmosphere, in this
area, will be an asset in performing her duties
as Director of Home Health. for

Healthmark Regional Medical Center
4413 U.S. Hwy. 331 South
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Telephone: 850-951-4500




ing. After that job is com-
plete, the Council will then,
as per the decision reached
in September, re-examine
the cost effectiveness of
renovating the building or
constructing a new police
department headquarters
from the ground up. City
Attorney Clayton Adkin-
son advised that workers,
whether belonging to the
city or a hired contractor,
fully, comply with the safe-
ty recommendations of the
environmental survey by
Barksdale and Associates in
order to avoid liability.
Assistant City Manager
Bill Holloway, who autho-
rized the most recent safety
inspection, informed the
Council that the protective
and respiratory gear had al-
ready been ordered.
Despite the straight vote
from the Council, individual
members of the board were
not entirely pleased with
the fact that Barksdale and
Associates were hired to
conduct a further environ-
mental survey of the build-
ing without the Council's
knowledge. Councilman
Ron- Kelley said a recom-

mendation to seek for bids
on the complete demolition
of the building amounted to
"overreaching" on the part of
staff. However, the harshest
criticism came from Coun-
cilman Kermit Wright, who
presented his own plan for
the renovation of the former
Health Department build-
ing, which he contended
could be done at a cost of
$30 per square foot versus
the $60 per square foot it
would cost for demolition, at
the aforementioned Septem-
ber meeting.
"There's too many folks
here that want to spend
$2 million we don't have,"
Wright said, speaking in
reference to the estimated
cost to rebuild on the Health
Department site. "I think
it's silly.
'We're blowing mon-
ey that we don't need to
Other items on the Coun-
cil's agenda included a re-
quest from City Marshal
Mark Weeks to use $3,956
in unclaimed monies col-
lected by the DFSPD to pur-
chase an ID card printer at a
cost of $2,599 plus supplies.

The money, which the police
department acquired in the
process of criminal investi-
gations, has been in police
possession for more than 90
days, in which case it will
be transferred back into the
city's general fund budget.
However, Weeks requested
that the money be used to
purchase a new ID printer
to replace the department's
broken one. Weeks said the
DFSPD is responsible for
printing ID cards for all city
departments. The Council
voted 4-0 in favor of honor-
ing Weeks' request, provid-
ed it not exceed the amount
of the unclaimed funds.
Per Councilman Kelley's
recommendation at the last
November meeting, several
members of the community
were nominated by some of
the councilmen to an air-
port advisory committee.
Ennis got verbal commit-
ments from Terry Dawkins
and 'Bob Fullencamp, who
were his nominations to the
committee and Kelley rec-
ommended Ed Armbruster.
Kelley suggested that nomi-
nations to the committee
be placed on the agenda at

WCSB finishes up 2011

TheWalton CountySchool
Board (WCSB) opened'its
Dec. 6 meeting by approv-
ing the agenda before them
unanimously and adopted
prior minutes from Nov.. 22
. unanimously as well. Board
chairperson Dennis Wallace
then moved to call for pub-
lic comments, but none were
Next up, Walton County
School Superintendent Car-
lene Anderson recommend-
ed all items for approval on
the consent agenda listed
for the meeting. The board
agreed, and approved the.
agenda unanimously.
The action agenda was

presented in front of the
board next. The board ap-
proved specifications for
consistency in the build-
ing of eight-room classroom
for Emerald Coast Middle
School. The board. also ap-
proved the, construction
management process for the
addition of the eight rooms.
The board then moved
to make a back payment to
a dismissed employee. The
board explained the indi-
vidual had been brought
up on criminal charges and
was suspended with pay
by the superintendent 'and
later suspended without
pay by the board. The indi-
vidual later had the charg-

es against them dropped.
.Board attorney Ben Holley
told the board that due to
the charges being dropped,
state statute deems the in-
dividual is due their back
pay on the remainder of
their contract. The amount
approved for the individual
was a little over $14,800.
Board members voted to ap-
prove the back pay, except
for member Mildred Wilker-
son. Board member Sharon
Roberts voted yes, but stat-
ed, "Only because Mr. Hol-
ley said we had to according
to statute."

The next WCSB meeting
will be Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.

least one more time, with
the aim of getting five com-
munity representatives on
Sthe committee.
The Council also voted
unanimously to approve re-
quests from Florida Chau-
tauqua Center President
Chris Mitchell to obtain per-
mission for two projects set
to take place at the Chau-
tauqua Assembly early next
year. The Council autho-

rized Civil War and Florida
frontier re-enactors to camp
near the Chautauqua Hall of
Brotherhood over a period of
three days. The 14-tent ex-
hibit will be allowed to have
Finally, the Council
voted 4-0 to allow Mitchell
and Chautauqua Assembly
organizers to move ahead
with plans to plant trees at
Lake DeFuniak and along

some of the nearby streets
in honor of Arbor Day.
Mitchell presented docu-
ments and newspaper ar-
ticles from around the coun-
try showing that Arbor Day
in Florida got its start at the
Florida Winter Chautauqua
in DeFuniak Springs in the
late 19th century. The trees
will be planted at a special
ceremony on Thursday, Jan.

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSWOMEN Angle Willoughby (1) of Walton Music and Linda
Betts of.Nature's Health Food Store take advantage of a sunny day to work on their Chirist-
mas float. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)










Editorial Comment





Science has not been taking a holiday, but there may be
reason for at least a little celebrating. Physicists working
at the world's largest particle accelerator, a.k.a. the Large
Hadron Collider in Switzerland, say they are getting closer
to locating what is officially called the Higgs boson particle.
Unofficially it's known as the God particle. I assume it gets
this name because Higgs boson is theorized to be part of
a field (known as the Higgs field) that gives all other par-
ticles their mass.
Any such announcements can bring .out the worst in
people. I made the mistake of checking out an Internet
page purporting to list some of the scientific implications of
such a discovery. They were complicated and riddled with
terms of physics. I am not a physicist, so much of it was a
complete mystery to me. The mistake I made was reading
some of the comments the news attracted.."This explains
the resurrection of Jesus Christ," said one. "This caused the
shroud of Turin," said another. In short order, people were
telling each to shut up no, you shut up, etc. The Internet
can be both flypaper and Geiger counter for aggressive idi-
I'm a Christian. That's my. faith, and I don't require sci-
Aentific prof for whiat I believe, for the simple reason that
':faith is outside the relm otscience, and no acceptable sci-
entific method can pi6ve wha I'b'eTi'ee. "At the same time,
'I also agree that much of the universe is comprehensible, or
capable of being comprehended, by human beings. I think
we werecreated with brains and a mandate to use them,
for all worldly and un-worldly purposes. That includes good
and evil choices. Stupid ones, too.
I see no reason to conclude that God can be explained
"away" by science, any more than the pleasure I get from
music can be explained "away" by acoustic theory. You can
tell me all you want about why Hummel's'Trumpet Concer-
to in E-flat sounds the way it does, but nothing can explain
to me the feeling I get when I hear Wynton Marsalis play
the piece. Does that feeling come from science?
Scientists and the people who love them used to be lot'
more humble, less willing to start smashing other people's -
furniture whenever they discovered something new about
the universe. That is, until the 20th century, when appar-
ently they got the keys to the kingdom. For that matter, so
were Christians, until they got into the driver's seat. Nei-
ther has a spotless rap sheet. Christians were responsible
for the Spanish Inquisition. Scientists developed nuclear
weapons. I call that a draw, at least.
Next week is Christmas, and with it we.get the usual
bickering about celebrating the reason for the season or the
season with reason. We're being told we have to choose. For
me, it's like the old public service announcement "This is
your brain. This is your brain on reason. This is your soul.
This is your soul on faith. Any questions?"
As Albert Einstein observed, "Physics is not the uni-
verse. Physics is just what we say about the universe."

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None of our children came with an instruction book, yet
raising our children is probably the most important job of
our lifetime. As an educator I frequently see parents use
what behavior analysts sometimes call coercives. Use of
these coercives "corrode" our relationship with our chil-
dren. We should never use coercives to attempt to change a
child's behavior. What are these coercives and how are they
used? Three coercives: questioning, arguing, and sarcasm/
teasing. But what is wrong with some of these things?
Questioning: Asking questions when the caregiver does
not really expect an honest answer and won't accept the
likely answer.
Example 1: The child has left their dirty clothes on the
floor of the bathroom. You walk by and notice this, find the
child and say "Where do your dirty clothes go? Why have
you left them on the floor of the bathroom?"
Example 2: You have just come home from work and
found the child has not finished homework. You say "How
many times am I going to have to tell you to finish your
homework before you watch TV?"
What answer can the child give that will make you say,
"oh, OK then!" Asking questions to get information from
the child that only the child knows is not "questioning."
Use open ended questions.
Arguing: Attempting to force the child to agree, and re-
sponding to any objection by the child.
Example: The child has the chore of washing or drying-
the dishes along with another child in the house. After din-

ner you notice that only one child is working in the kitchen.
You find the other child and tell them to go help with- the
dishes. They say it is not their turn. You say they are sup-
posed to. help every night. They say they did it last night
and thay don't want to tonight. You repeat that they need
to do their chores. They repeat they do not want to. You
repeat they need to do chores everyday like everyone else.
And it goes on. Your hope as a parent is that your child will
respond with something like, "Oh! You are so right. I must
be fair, to my sibling. I will finish all the dishes myself."
However, what you are more likely to get is more arguing.
Sarcasm/Teasing: Making fun.
Example: Your child comes to dinner 20 minutes late
and you say, "Thank you for gracing us with your company,
we are so honored." As a parent you are trying to get your
child to come to dinner on time and feel bad for coming late.
However what you are more likely to get, depending on the
cognitive level of the child, is sarcasm back from the child
or the child feeling pleased that you are glad they came.
Joking around with a child about something-that does
not criticize or belittle the child may be fun if the child un-
derstands the joke.
Use of coercives causes your child to avoid you, to to get
even with you and escape you. We say that the effects of co-
ercives will age you. These are the effects mostof the time.
Even adults react this way when other people are coercive.

Renee Campbell
DeFuniak Springs


My husband and I want to thank the fine men and wom-
en who work or volunteer for the north Walton County Fire
Department and the Forestry Department who responded
to a large grass fire on our property on Dec. 5. We were not
home when the fire occurred.
We thank our neighbors who reported the fire and those
who assisted the fire departments. These well-trained fire-

men saved our home, six neighboring homes, our churel,
and our hay barn from a 20-plus acre. grass fire. They also
managed to keep the fire out of the neighboring woods even
with a brisk wind blowing.
May God bless everyone who helped!

Hinton and Barbara Smith
Paxton, Fla.


I love America so much that supporting and defending
the U.S. Constitution was and is not an option. I love Amer-
ica so much that I voluntarily gave it my heart, body and
soul to be used for combat if that's the choice to preserve
freedom. I love America so much that only one (unwritten)
pledge of allegiance is required as I took an oath by U.S.
law to every citizens of this great Nation regardless of any
political affiliation. I love America so much that I accept
the free choice of.individuals who were not willing to make
the ultimate sacrifice by not serving in our Armed Forces,
but make one pledge of allegiance to the U.S.-not to a po-
litical party. I love America so much to know the cost of
freedom should not be held hostage by U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller

and U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland signing a pledge to Glover
Norquist, a private citizen who does not live in our districts
or to a partisan non-profit organization whose donations
are not publicly disclosed. I love America so much to know
that individuals who sign any pledge that goes against our
Constitution are enemies of the state, and inherently be-
come the problem of not solving the biggest economic crisis
of our time. I love America so much to know that when I
look into the mirror each day I don't see a hypocrite and
don't need my enemy thanking me for my service.

Michael J. Barnes
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.


Seventy years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
at the Hawaiian Islands. Throughout the years, that attack
has been labeled a "sneak attack." Leading up to the Dec.
7 attack, there were many indicators that an attack was a
probability. Pertinent information that would have alerted
the commanders in Hawaii was not transmitted with prior-
ity. Therefore, the important warnings were too late to be
I was 9 years old with two of my five brothers old enough
to volunteer for military duty. It' appeared that everyone
was patriotic and anxious to serve their country. Long lines
appeared of men age 18 to 45 at recruiting stations. The
educational level of those individuals ranged from manual
laborers to those with graduate degrees in highly technical
fields. Females also applied for jobs in every field to fill the
void caused by men joining military service. The U.S. was
ill prepared to protect itself both in manpower and-equip-
ment. Americans had lost interest in war preparation after
World War I in 1918. After all, that was the war to end all
Throughout the United States prior to 1941, massive

numbers of manufacturing businesses were producing ev-
erything from small tools to large trucks. The proficiency of
that production made it possible to sell their output world-
wide. Within weeks those facilities were converted to. war
production. Thousands of rifles, tanks, ships, and combat
airplanes came off the production lines. Some shipyards
turned out a new, war ship each week. After staggering
battle losses for the first 18 months of the war, the aggres-
sive U.S. action to turn out military equipment produced
excellent results. It was perhaps the most significant ac-
complishment in history at that time.
Our posture today is inverted in the event of a major at-
tack by a combative country. Most manufacturing has been
chased out of the U.S. by union demands for more pay and
benefits. Production facilities no longer exist here at home
that could be converted to war production. In my opinion,
this situation .coupled with the country's magnanimous
debt make the future of our youth precarious at best.

Lou Barber
Ruston, La.


Subject: Unlimited Blessings, Joy, Peace and Victories.
1. The subject speaks the truth for all living today who
have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Sav-
ior. By looking only to him and trusting him completely
we're not affected by the storms swirling around us. By fol-
lowing God's Holy Spirit without question, never entertain-
ing negative thoughts and always doing what is right these
joys and victories become a natural part of the life for those
readying to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
2. No one's past excludes him once God sees a pure heart.
Self no longer, exists and other's needs are placed first.
3.God has allowed each of us a very short time and pre-

pared us for this hour and time in the history of mankind.
Let's do all we know to do for each other, our communities,
nation and world. God expects it of us. Let's all get involved
in our local Tea Party, trust God and allow him to change
our nation into a godly nation led by godly men. This is
what we can do nbw for the sake of ourselves, children and
grandchildren. Pray for, encourage each other and trust
God and he will do the rest.

S Sincerely;
William B. Webster
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extra jingle in their pocket
in time for Christmas. Mem-
bers who had active accounts
in 1991 and/or 2010 have
been sent refund checks this

CHELCO is a member-
owned, not-for-profit electric
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at the end of the year is con-
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be of high interest for her
second grade classroom.
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S Book Closing, Machine Testing and Early Voting for the
Presidential Preference Primary to be held on
January 31, 2012
Please be advised that the Presidential Preference Primary election will be held on Tuesday,
January 31, 2012. Polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Since there is only one
Democratic candidate for president, this election will be to determine the Republican nominee to
face the Democratic candidate in the General Election to be held November 6, 2012.
SIf you are a registered Republican voter in Walton County, you may cast your vote in this
Registration Deadline: The registration deadline (for new registrations and party
changes) for this election is Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm. If you wish to change
party or if your signature, name, or address has changed, please come by one of the elections
offices and update your information, or call for a form to be sent to you. Sample ballots are
available on our website and in the offices.
Early Voting will take place in the office of the Supervisor of Elections on the first floor of
the courthouse in DeFuniak Springs and the Satellite office.in the South Walton Courthouse
Annex at 31 Coastal Centre Boulevard inr Santa Rosa Beach first office on the left. ADA
voting equipment is available upon request.
Saturday Saturday from 8:30 am 4:30 pm January 21, 2012 through January 28,
2012. Section 101.657(1)(d) F.S. mandates early voting on Sunday which is a new change.
Request Absentee Ballot: You may request an absentee ballot by calling one of our offices
or using the online form on our website. Oie request shall be deemed sufficient to receive an
absentee ballot for all elections through the end of the calendar year of the second ensuing
regularly scheduled general election if the voter requests "all elections".
Free Access: You may now track your absentee or provisional ballot, registration status,
precinct information and get the correct sample ballot on our website.
Go to www.votewalton.com/lookup for this information.
Logic and Accuracy Testing: The machines to be used in the polling places will be tested
for logic and accuracy. The test will be conducted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm in
the office of the Supervisor of Elections, 571 US Hwy 90 E (Walton County Courthouse) in
DeFuniak Springs. All tested machines will be sealed at this time. This testing is open to
the public.
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Canvassing Board will begin the canvassing of absentee ballots. The remainder of the absentee
ballots will be canvassed. on election day starting at 4:30 pm. The Canvassing Board meetings
are open to the public and will be held in the Office of the Supervisor of Elections in the
Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs.

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could there be in Walton County? Maybe 25 or 50? Would
one believe more than 1,300? Based on figures from the
Florida State Elder Affairs, there are probably about 1,333
persons in Walton County who have Alzheimer or another
form of dementia. When considered that this disease affects
the entire family, probably more than 3,000 persons are af-
Where are these families? The Friendship House has a
daily program that can allow patients to remain in their
homes much longer, and maintain or even improve the
quality of life. However, in over two years of operation the
Board of Directors and staff have not been able to reach this
population. They are open Monday through Friday from 6
a.m. to 6 p.m., and rates are $5 per hour plus $5 for lunch
.with the Advance Pay plan, or $45 for a full day. They also
offer a free day for any individual to see if the program fits.
Their daily program includes a nutritional plan, mental
stimulation activities, physical exercise, and socialization
activities as recommended by leading authorities to main-
tain quality of life for dementia patients. In some cases,
there has even been improvement noted. It is also docu-
mented that the earlier intervention begins, the more hope
there is for improvement.
The Friendship House has recently become a member of
the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and plans to begin
efforts toward certification in the Excellence in Care Pro-
gram sponsored by AFA. This membership also opens up
other resources for the Friendship House and participants.
They are asking for help in determining if there is truly
a need in Walton County for this program. Like every other
non-profit and family, the Friendship House is struggling
for survival.
Unless they are able to
reach more clients in:'the
next couple of months, they
.. are in danger of shutting
:'' : : down. The citizens of Wal-
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for a challenge.

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I found out I was expecting
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On your first birthday,
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After that first year, you
hit warp-speed. Within days
of turning one, you were
a walking, talking, climb-
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down the stairs; from "ba-
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By summer, you were
jumping out of the boat to
play in the white-foam of
crashing waves. In the fall,
you sat in my lap as we went
kayaking, and whether it
was a lake, a dog bowl, or
the toilet, you made it clear
that water was your one
true love.
Now you drive Grandpa's
tractor and ride "Unkey
Bubs' four-wheeler and,
cook with Grammy and go
fishing with Daddy and play
with Mimi and shop with
Aunt Brandi, and read with
mommy and in everything
you do I see little snippets of
all of those who love you-
oh, how we love you.
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HOMEOWNER BRENDA RAY shows off "The Verandas"
on Circle Drive, restored to its original glory.

MARIE HINSON'S SANTA DISPLAY is now the highlight of the Walton County Heritage Museum. It kicks off the tour
of homes in festive style.

Tour of

, Homes

offers a

taste of

old and


rj Photos by

THE "OCTAGON HOUSE" on Circle Drive showed off its:
Scottish roots on this year's tree.

AUTHOR and Child Advocate Deborah Polston was available for book signing along
with the tour of homes on Dec. 3.


HOST the second annual
WAM! (Women and Money)
Conference on Saturday,
Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m., at the Sandestin Golf
and Beach Resort. The con-
ference is open to men and
women and even feat urel a
new youth track this year
specially designed to get
teens thinking about money
and making smart economic
The conference will offer
breakout workshops on top-
ics such as organizing your
finances, budgeting, cooking'
on a budget, investing .and
women and cars. Workshops
under the YES! (Youth Eco-
nomic Strategies) program
will include budgeting,
banking, savings, inter-
viewing, resume writing
and entrepreneurship and
are geared toward ages 12
to 18.
The conference registra-
tiop fee is $25 per person in
advance or $30 at the door
and includes all workshops,
keynote address, breakfast
and, lunch. Scholarships
are available. Click here to
register online today. To ap-.
ply for a scholarship, call
the Shelter House office at

OUTSIDE, left, a "no girls
allowed" man cave on the in-

THE "MAN CAVE," right,
of this historic home was
quite the draw for gentle-
man on the tour.


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Healthmark Hospital & Clinic



Rob Garver, M.D.
Pulmonology &
Critical Care

Larry Rafey, PA.-C
Pediatrics &
Family Practice

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F. Edward Tenewitz, M.D. Shyla D. Scott, LPT Michael Psikogios, M.D.
General Surgeon Licensed Physical Therapist Internal Medicine

Alfredo Cartaya, M.D.
Emergency Medicine

You're Invited To Contact Our Healthcare Professionals
At (850) 951-4556 Or Visit
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WCSO releases

sexual predator



WCSO releases

sexual predator


The Walton County Sher-
iffs Office (WCSO) is mak-
ing public notification that
Chad Christopher Richard,
who resides at 2008 Juni-
Sper Lake Road in DeFuniak
Springs, Fla., has been
designated as a registered
sexual predator pursuant to
Florida Statute 775.
There are currently 125
registered sexual offenders/
predators living in Walton
County. The WCSO con-
ducts monthly residence
verification checks to ensure
registered sexual offenders

and predators comply with
the law.
Florida Statutes provide
specific guidelines regard-
ing the registration require-
ment of offenders and pred-
ators to report any change
in permanent or temporary
address within 48 hours of
any change.
The WCSO encourage
families to visit www.flsex-
offender.net to subscribe to
receive e-mail alert notifica-
tions when registered sexual
offenders or predators move
into neighborhoods. WCSO


also encourages citizens
to use the Neighborhood
Search feature prior to sign-
ing up for alerts to identify
registered sexual offenders
and predators currently liv-
ing in neighborhoods.

The Walton County Sher-
iffs Office (WCSO) is mak-
ing public notification that
James Agerton, who resides
at 124 West Poinsetta Av-
enue in DeFuniak Springs,
has been designated as a
registered sexual predator
pursuant to Florida Statute
There are currently 126
registered sexual offenders/
predators living in Walton
County. The WCSO con-
ducts monthly residence
verification checks to ensure

registered sexual offenders
and predators comply with
the law.
Florida Statutes provide
specific guidelines regard-
ing the registration require-
ment of offenders and pred-
ators to report any change
in permanent or temporary
address within 48 hours. of
any change.
The WCSO encourage
families to visit www.flsex-
offender.net to subscribe to
receive e-mail alert notifica-
tions when registered sexual


offenders or predators move
into neighborhoods.- WCSO
also encourages citizens
to use the Neighborhood
Search feature prior to sign-
ing up for alerts to identify
registered sexual offenders
and predators currently liv-
ing in neighborhoods.


DeFuniak Springs Police
arrested the following peo-,
ple during the week ending
Dec. 11, 2011:

Tyler Dewayne Garrett,
20, Address not given, Retail
Devonte Antwann
Clinch, 19, DFS, Intent to
sell controlled substance w/
in 1,000 feet of child care fa-

cility/place of worship,
Christian Jahmal Free-
man, 22, Address not given,
Suzanna Rose McCoy,
21, DFS, Petit theft, posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia,
Jackie Bernard Thom-
as, 36, Address not given,
Disorderly intoxication;
Anthony Joseph Rich-
ard, 41, PDL, VOP, violation

of domestic violence injunc-
tion x2, battery domestic,
Amberlei Tara Moon,
28, Address not given, Re-
tail theft,
Joseph Anthony Down-
ing, 51, DFS, Possession of
listed chemical w/intent to
manufacture controlled sub-

WCSO captures fugitive

On Dec. 8 the Walton
County Sheriffs: Office
(WCSO) arrested Gerald,
Wayne Simmons, 23, of De-
Funiak Springs, for proba-'
tion violation, fleeing and
eluding a law enforcement
officer, and resisting arrest
without violence.

'While deputies were at-
tempting to serve arrest
warrants in the area of Nel-
son Road, they observed a
suspicious vehicle driving
away from a nearby resi-

During the investigation,
deputies verified Simmons
as the driver of the vehicle.
Following a traffic stop on
Cosson Road, Simmons
abandoned the vehicle and
fled the scene into a wooded
area onto private property.
The WCSO warrants di-
vision, canine teams and
patrol division along with
the Washington and Walton
County Correctional Insti-
tution's canine teams began
a search for Simmons' loca-

Simmons was appre-
hended at approximately
1:15 p.m. after a citizen
discharged a; firearm to-
ward the sky as Simmons
trespassed on his property.
Simmons immediately fell
to the ground and surren-
dered to the canine units.
No injuries were. reported
during the two-hour 'search.

He was booked into the
Walton County Jail. Fur-
ther charges are pending.


Walton County. Sheriffs
Deputies arrested the fol-
lowing people during the
week ending Dec. 11, 2011:

Crystal Dawn Breland,
37, Panama City, Posses-
sion of harmful new legend
drug w/6 prescription, ob-
taining controlled substance
by fraud or deception,
Crystal Renee Brewer,
.24, PDL, Battery domestic,
Katrina Louise Cava-
lere, 20, Niceville, Posses-
sion of controlled substance
4 grams 30 kgs., poss. of
Robin Lynn Clark, 53,
FWB, Failure to leave prop-
erty upon order by owner,
Steven Thomas Gril-
lone, 24, Niceville, Posses-
.sion of controlled substance
4 grams 30 kgs., poss. of
paraphernalia, -
Dennis Eugene Lam-
bert, 39, DFS, Battery do-
Bobbie Ann Smallwood,
29, Westville, Battery do-
*- Shawn Mumford Ware,
51, DFS, DUI,
Jennifer Elizabeth
Burning, 33, Panama City
Beach, DUI,
Paul Burns, 56, SRB,
Sexual battery on victim 12
years old or under,
Robby James Rowles,
20, Freeport, FVOP,

Adam Ray Rohn, 37,
Bree Anne Agee. 30.
Pueblo, Colo., Possession
of controlled substance
w/o prescription, poss. of
paraphernalia to transport
Shane Levell Berry, 21,
Freeport, Failure to register
motor vehicle,
Randall Wyatt Craig,
51, Freeport, DWLSR,
Patrick Ryan Edenfield,
31, Baker, FVOP, .
Johnathan Tyler Har-
vard, 18, Niceville, Obstruc-
tion w/o violence,
Gerald Lee Heath, 42,
DFS, Warrant, DWLSR,
Joshua Niles Hicks, 22,
Jay Michael Jones, 33,
DFS, Theft, petit theft, deal-
ing in stolen property,
Gerald Wayne Sim-
mons, 23, DFS, VOP, flee-
ing LEO w/lights and siren
active, obstruction w/o vio-
lence, possession of para-
Westin Thomas Wag-
staff, 23, SRB, Allowing a
minor alcohol/drugs at open
house party,
SChristopher Carlyn
Brown, 23, DFS, DUI,
Joshua Lee Drake, 30,
Richard Wayne John-
son, 25, Westville, VOP,
Amanda Marie Potter,

.23, DFS, VOP,
Alyson Leigh Roberts,
36, Greenville, Ala., War-
'* Jason Douglas Strick-
land, 30, DFS, Worthless
Merril Anthony Blake
Walters, 28, Samson, Ala.,
William Monroe Ander-
son, 47, TMary NEsther, VOP,
'James Robert Barfield,
37, Niceville, VOP,
John Philip Blizzard,
45, DFS, VOP,
Casey Lee Brookshire,
19, Address not given, War-
Allan Ray Day, 48, DFS,
Possession of controlled sub-
stance 4 30 kg,
James O'Neal Dukes,
39, DFS, VOP,
Joshua Walker Gradick;
20, DFS, VOP,
Travis William Knau-
ber, 24, Address not given,
William Anthony Mor-
rison, 42, Freeport, Battery,
*- James Logan Scofield,
30, DFS, VOP,
John David Towery, 49,
DFS, Violation of domestic
violence injunction,
Voncille Ann Traywick,.
Patrick O'Shay Tyus,
34, SRB,' Battery, criminal
mischief $200 1,,000 dam-

Florida Trail Association events

Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2
pm. Join the Florida Trail
Association to view the

Christmas lights in De-
Funiak Springs and have
dinner in a local restaurant.

Details: (850) 736-7534 or
(850) 484-0528 or http://

following traffic stop

The Walton County Sher-
iffs Office (WCSO) has ar-
rested Katrina Cavaliere,
20, and Steven Grillone, 24,
both of Niceville, Fla., on
drug trafficking charges.
The investigation began
Dec. 11 after Deputy Steve
Key and Ella, a certified
narcotics detection canine,,
conducted a traffic stop near
mile marker 84 on Inter-
state 10 on a vehicle with a
faulty turn signal.
A probable cause search
of the vehicle was conducted
after Ella alerted the deputy
of the possible presence of
illegal narcotics in the vehi-
cle.. During the search, Key
recovered what appeared to
be approximately 52 Oxy-
codone tablets and drug
During the investigation,
Grillone allegedly stated
that he and his girlfriend
were traveling from Orlan-
do where they purchased
the Schedule II controlled
substance for $500 with the
intent of selling .individual
tablets for $30.
Cavaliere and Grillone
were each charged with one
count of drug trafficking, a
first-degree felony; and pos-
session of drug paralpher-
nalia, a first-degree misde-
meanor. They.were booked
into the Walton County
The WCSO Canine Unit
consists of four teams who
assist in the apprehension
of suspects and the seizure
of narcotics. In 2010, the
unit apprehended seven


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games .at noon; early birds
at 1 p.m. Regular session at
2 p.m. For more information
call (850) 892-35.39.


suspects and seized more
than eight pounds of mari-
juana, 45 pounds of cocaine,

two. ounces of methamphet-
amine and $40,000 in cash.


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The Liberty
will be hosting
Santa Claus, on top of our fire' truck,
on the following dates and locations:
Dec. 14 ClusterSprings Church at 7 p.m.
Dec. 17- First Baptist Church of Liberty at 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 19 King Lake areas from 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 20 Junpier Lake areas from.6-9 p.m.
Dec. 21 Oakwood Lakes, Smith, and Woodyard areas
from 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 22 and 23 --Rain Days
The Liberty Fire District has been hosting Santa Claus
for the past 12 years. This training helps our members
with area familiarization, hydrant locations and
additional apparatus experience.
Any questions, call the Liberty Fire District Station at
(850) 892-5833

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Prepare now to save money and energy this winter

The cold weather has ar-
rived along the Gulf Coast
and Gulf Power wants to
make sure you stay warm
and save money and energy
during the winter season.

Things you can do to save
money and energy:
Set your thermostat to 68
degrees or lower. For every
degree below 68 you'll save
10 percent on your heating
A fireplace is not always
an efficient heat source. If
not used properly it can ac-
tually make the rest of the
house cooler because airflow
up the chimney can remove
the heated air. When using
the fireplace, close all doors
and warm air ducts to the
room where the fireplace
is located. Glass doors on
a fireplace will reduce the
outflow of warm air. And a
fireplace with a blower sys-
tem is ever better because it
actually blows the warm air
around the firebox back into
the room.
An electric blanket is
more economical than heat-
ing the entire house all night
Use a portable electric
heater to heat only a small
area. Purchase models that
are thermostatically con-
trolled. Keep it at least
three feet from items that
could catch fire like curtains
or furniture. Make sure you
have working 'smoke detec-
tors on every floor and in
every sleeping room of your
Make sure vents and re-
turn air registers are not
blocked by furniture, drap-
"eries, doors or other obsta-
Don't use your oven to
heat your home it's not
efficient, and most impor-
'tantly, it's very dangerous.
Things you can do to pre-
pare your home for the en-
tire winter season:
Temperature settings
Heating a house makes up
about half of your electricity
'bill so set your thermostat

to 68 degrees or lower in the
Programmable thermo-
stats are a good investment,
or you can take advantage
of Gulf Power's Energy Se-
lect. Energy Select is Gulf
Power's advanced energy
management program that
offers a lower price for elec-
tricity 87 percent of the
time. Energy Select features
a programmable thermostat
and a special rate of four
price periods based upon
time of day, day of week and
season. Installation and me-
ter-based surge protection
are both free with Energy
Heating and cooling equip-
SThe system heating your
home is extremely impor-
tant. If it's an older, less
efficient unit, upgrading
to a geothermal heating
and cooling system or a
high efficiency air-source
heat pump may be a wise
choice. Contact Gulf Power
at 1-877-655-4001 for a free
Energy Checkup and to find
out about rebates that can
help you save even more.
Routine maintenance
- A well-maintained heat-
ing system runs more effi-
ciently. A complete tune-up
of the home heating system
can cost anywhere from $50
to $100 or more, but this is
a very worthwhile invest-
ment and can reduce your
heating bill from 3 to 10 per-
cent. Some companies offer
regular service contracts,
which are convenient if you
tend to forget system main-
tenance. Gulf Power offers
rebates on these important
services learn more at
GulfPower.com. Remember
to replace, the filter every
Ductwork Duct leakage
can account for 20 percent
of the heating and cooling
cost. Getting ducts sealed up
should'be at the top of the
list for making your home
energy efficient.
Adding insulation to your
attic is one of the most cost-
effective energy saving mea-

sures. Gulf Power is now of-
fering an incentive of $0.15
per square foot of qualifying
insulation products installed
over conditioned space. Call
1-877-655-4001 to learn how
to apply.
Weather-stripping and
Weather-strip door jambs
and caulk any cracks around
windows to prevent cool air
from entering your home.
Window units
If you have a window air
conditioning unit, remove
it for the winter months to
prevent heat from escap-
ing through and around the
unit. If it can't be moved,
put a cover over it to pre-
vent drafts.
Use a humidifier to keep,
your home more comfort-
able. Adding moisture al-
lows you to reduce the
thermostat setting 'without
feeling colder.
Customers can get a free
Energy Checkup online or at
your home with an appoint-
ment. Gulf Power energy ex-
perts will analyze your house
,and electricity use, and look
for ways to make the house
more energy efficient. Just
go to www.gulfpower.com or
call 1-877-655-4001.
Additional help for custom-
ers having' difficulty paying
their bills:
Additional help is avail-
able for customers.who may
have difficulty paying their
bills this winter season.
Gulf Power Company
has several programs that
help customers save money
on their energy bills, make
their homes more energy ef-
ficient or help them get di-
' rect assistance.
Gulf Power customer
service representatives are
available 24 hours/7 days
a week to discuss payment
and billing options.with cus-
tomers. To speak with a rep-
resentative, customers can
call 1-800-225-5797 or visit
our website GulfPower.com
for information about the
programs or to make pay-
ment arrangements.,
Some of the. billing or pay-

ment programs include:

1. Gulf Power participates
with the Salvation Army in
Project SHARE, a program
that provides emergency as-
sistance to those who need
help with energy bills. Proj-
ect Share and other non-
profit programs assist the
elderly, the disabled, the
sick, and others experienc-
ing financial hardship. Eligi-
ble customers can apply for
Project SHARE assistance
at The Salvation Army of-
fice in their county. Eligibil-
ity requirements for Project
SHARE recipients are set by
The Salvation Army. Gulf
Power customers can donate
to the program.by indicating
so on their power bill.
.2. Gulf Power offers a
bill payment option called
Budget Billing. Budget
Billing can "level" monthly
payments so customers can
know approximately how
much their bill will be each
month and avoid high cost
fluctuations caused by in-
creased energy purchases
during very cold or hot peri-
3. The WAP (Weatheriza-
tion Assistance Program)
and LIHEAP (Low-Income
Home Energy Assistance
Program) are federal, siate-
wide programs that help
pay energy bills for low-
income households. To find
out more about qualifica-
tions, contact your county's
local WAP and/or LIHEAP
agency, which can be found
on the Florida Department
of Economic Development's
Web site at http://florida-
4. Gulf Power also has
many programs to help
customers save money by
making their homes-and
businesses more energy effi-
cient. Visit GulfPower.com/
EarthCents to learn more.
Gulf Power Company is
an investor-owned electric
utility with all of its com-
mon stock owned by Atlan-
ta-based Southern Compa-
ny. Gulf Power serves more
than 430,000 customers in

Crime Stoppers seeks

fugitive suspects

Crime Stoppers of Wal-
ton County is seeking in-
formation on the following
fugitives, who are wanted
as of Dec 7, 2011. Anyone
GARRETT with any information on
these fugitives or any other
crime is asked to call Crime
Stoppers at 1-866-718-TIPS
(8477). Callers do not have
to give their name or appear
in court and could be eligi-
ble for a cash reward up to
Casey Lynn Soukup AKA:
Casey Jones, white female,
S 25, height:5 feet 7 inches,
weight: 125 pounds; hair:
brown, eyes: brown, tattoos:
GOODWIN left side of neck: "MZ BOSS"
and below right eye: stars.
j:;':, l This fugitive is wanted on


"Working together as
one, to improve a
community for all."

the following charge: felony
violation of probation on
the original charge of grand
Archie Thaxton Goodwin,
white male, 60, height: 5
feet 10 inches, weight:150
pounds, hair: gray/brown,
eyes: brown. This fugitive
is wanted on the following
charges: felony violation of
probation on the original
charge of felony criminal
mischief with property dam-
Johnny Ray Peters, black
male, 47, height: 6 feet 1
inch, weight:200 pounds,
hair: black, eyes: brown.
This fugitive is wanted on
the following charges: felony
violation of probation on the
original charges of burglary

of a unoccupied structure
and criminal mischief.
Amy Heather Garrett,
white female, 40, height:
5 feet 4 inches, weight:158
pounds, hair: blond, eyes:
blue. This fugitive is wanted
on the following charges:
felony failure to appear on
the original charge of grand
theft third degree $300 or.
More. This fugitive is also
wanted on the following
misdemeanors: misdemean-
or violation of probation on
the original charges of driv-
ing on a suspended driver's
license and four counts of
worthless checks and one
count of petit theft.

These subjects were last
seen in Walton County, Fla.

We need your help!
Working together as one to
improve a community for all.

The Walton County Prevention Coalition is
the Tobacco Free Partnership for Walton
County. We need parents, youth, young
adults (ages 18-24) and anyone in the
community interested in tobacco
prevention and policy change throughout
Walton County. Together WE can make our
community a.healthier place to live!

If you would like to join a committee that produces results in
tobacco and substance abuse prevention, come to our
December meeting.
Please JOIN US at
First Apostolic Church of DeFuniak Springs
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
at 13:30 on Thursday, December 15 to discuss changes to
Walton County's Tobacco Citation.
We hope to see you there!

eight counties throughout on the company's Facebook
Northwest Florida. Visit page, "Gulf Power Compa-
online at GulfPower.com or ny."

Freeport students

help with Gator AIDE

for Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes a teen-
ager from Lake City, Fla. is
battling cancer for the third
\ Andrew's story began
when he first battled leuke-
mia at the age of three. His
treatments lasted for sever-
al years and then he enjoyed
three years of good health.
His cancer- returned at the
-end of. 2006 and he again
underwent a long series of
treatnients at Shands Chil-
dren's Hospital in Gaines-
ville. Now his cancer is back
and it is in Andrew's spine
and brain. He is facing six
months of intensive chemo-
therapy and a bone marrow
The family's financial
needs increased as An-
drew's dad, Dave Holmes
suffered from a heart attack
and underwent emergency
surgery this past summer.
Andrew's dad has not been
able to work as much as he
normally would because of
his own recovery. During
Andrew's second battle with
cancer, Tim Tebow, former
Florida Gator quarterback,

went to visit Andrew at
Shands Hospital in Gaines-
To donate to Gator AIDE
for Andrew, send donations
to Gator AIDE for Andrew,
c/o Freeport Middle School,
360 Kylea Laird Dr., Free-
port, FL 32439-4014. For
further information, contact
Tammy Goodman at (850)
892-1221 or go to www.an-
Students in Tammy
Goodman's fifth-grade class
at Freeport Middle School
are collecting money to do-
nate to Andrew's family.
Andrew, a fan of the Florida
Gator's, was a student in
Mrs. Goodman's class dur-
ing his second battle with
The students .in Good-
man's class have decided to
forego the traditional gift
giving at their class party.
Instead, each student is be-
Sing asked to contribute one
dollar to "Gator AIDE for
Andrew." They have also
decided to open up their
"party" to the community.






from Kevin, Wes,

SStephanie, Brandon,

'Marty & Art

) www.wzep1460.com


Walton County residents north of the
Choctawhatchee Bay can have old tires
picked up for free by North Walton Mosquito
Control during the months of November -
February. North Walton Mosquito Control
will only handle the rubber portion of tires -
not rims. Also, we cannot pick
up tires generated by
commercial entities. Businesses
should contact the county
landfill to inquire about tire

Old tires hold water and breed several
species of mosquitoes, some of which are
linked to diseases.

If you want old tires collected please call our



DAWNE MILLER leaves her grand piano decorated with miniatures depicting scenes and locations from the 1983 holi-
day classic "A Christmas Story"on display year-round. However, the biggest draw is the full-size replica of the movie's "leg
lamp" that only gets lit and revealed at Christmas time. (Photo by Reid Tucker)


MILLER'S COLLECTION also includes videos, statues,
snow globes, book ends and books all related to "A Christ-
mas Story" This small statue recreates the scene wherein
protagonist Ralphie's friend Flick goes through with a par-
ticularly hilarious "triple dog dare." (Photo by Reid Tuck-


help me God! Yellow eyes!"
Miller leaves the televi-
sion tuned to A Christmas
Story every year during the
holiday marathon, watching
it several times through over

the course of Christmas Eve
and Christmas day, but she
said she also "cheats and
watches it a couple times
during the year." Miller said
her husband, George Ralph,

and their children, Court-
ney and Curtis, all love A
Christmas Story and the
holiday the film so brazenly
spoofs, ridicules and immor-
talizes just as much as she

"Christmas is a big deal,
around here," she said, in-
dicating with a sweep of
her hand the mostly per-
manently decorated room
that houses the leg lamp,
the collection of miniatures,
videos, statues, books, and
everything else related to'
her favorite movie. "We are
crazy about that movie. I
think it's hysterical. I defi-
nitely think it is the best
Christmas movie ever, end
.of story."
Anyone interested in pur-
chasing a leg lamp or min-
iatures like those in Miller's
collection can find them and
other "A Christmas Story"-
related merchandise at

City Hall Christmas Eve

sanitation schedule

City Hall will be closed
on Friday, Dec. 23 in ob-
servance of Christmas Eve.

Trash and garbage pickup
for Friday will be picked up
on Thursday.

Public Notice

The city of DeFuniak
Springs will hold a work-
shop to discuss Walton Mid-
dle School Campus Master

Planning on Thursday, Jan.
19, 2012 at 9 a.m. at City
SHall, 71 U.S. 90. West, De-
Funiak Springs, FL.

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PARADE GRAND MARSHAL Jean Anderson enjoyed a trip around the lake in her horse drawn carriage.



THE DEFUNIAK SPRINGS Woman's Club celebrated
the season with residents at their ninth annual Christmas
Parade this past Saturday around the lake-yard.

Residents filled up the
parking spaces, along Bald-
win Avenue and pulled out
their lawn chairs awaiting
candy, beads and the Christ-
mas Spirit from the ninth

annual DeFuniak Springs
Christmas Parade.
The DeFuniak Springs
Woman's Club .left no elf
unturned as they, with San-
ta Claus and many other
magical figures, came to life

to celebrate the Christmas
season. Characters from
A Christmas Carol strode
round the lake-yard, fol-
lowed by reindeer, elves,
Frosty the Snowman and
others too numerous to men-

THE IIALTON HIGH SCHOOL marching band brought the holiday tunes to help every-
one attending the parade to get into the Christmas spirit.

.AII"YS P.UIPERED PETS shared the season and some treats with those attending the

CHARLES DICKENS CHARACTERS from "A Christmas Carol"were on hand to say,
"God Bless Us, Every One!"

MRS. SANTA CLAUS made an appearance separate from the big guy with lots of candy
for the girls and boys along the route.

THESE ELVES really tricked out the Elf-mobile for their ride around the lake.

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Lakeview Concert Series

Guild, Inc. sponsors

January concert

The prospect of winter
reminds us of just how for-
tunate we are to be living
where we can enjoy the holi-
day season while singing,
about snow but not shovel-
ing any. During the upcom-
ing holiday season wewill be
lisenting to some of the most
glorious music ever com-
posed, .and when January
rolls around we will have an
opportunity to hear a glori-
ous live performance of fine
music when the violin/piano
duo of Alfonso Lopez and
Michelle Tabor returns to
DeFuniak. The concert is'
scheduled for Sunday Jan.
22, 2012 at 3 p.m.
The Lopez /Tabor Duo,
with Alfonso Lopez, violin,

and Michelle Tabor, piano,
have performed and toured
together in the southeast-
ern U.S. and Venezuela
since 2004. Alfonso Lopez
is one of the most prominent
and versatile musicians of
his country. He holds the
important position of con-
certmaster of the Venezu-
ela Symphony Orchestra,
the national and principal
orchestra. He is also a con-
ductor, teacher, and, com-
poser. Michelle Tabor grew
up. in Venezuela and now
lives in Tallahassee. She
holds doctorate, master's,
and bachelor's degrees in
music, from Florida State
University, the University
of Denver,, and Tulane Uni-

.versity. For more informa-
tion on the Lopez Tabor Duo
go to their website: www.lo-
The concert will be held at
the First United Methodist
Church on Circle Drive (di-
rectly across from the Chau-
tauqua Building). There
will be a reception immedi-
ately following the concert
to provide an opportunity
for concert goers to meet the
artists. Both the concert
and reception are free. A
collection willbe taken (by
the Guild) to be used solely
for the support of future
concerts. They are going to
hear a wonderful harpist in
May, but more about that

Dear Auntie Em,

Dear Auntie Em,

While most families are
getting ready for the holi-
days, mine is at a loss. We
lost a dear family member
and are still reeling from
the unexpectedness of it
all. Decorations sit out in
boxes and the tree stands
We 'are not quite sure
about how to go about the
holidays and dealing with
this loss at the same time.
We know there are no easy
answers, but were hoping
for a few words of advice or

Lost at the holidays

Dear Lost,

I can certainly under-
stand your feelings. The
unexpected loss of a fam-
ily member is a shock and
leaves a hole in the heart

of a family where they used
to be. I honestly don't think
there are any easy answers,
but I can make a few sug-
Don't be afraid of change.
Have your celebrations in a
different place or on' a dif-
ferent. date if you so chose.
Some like to keep things as
they were as a' memorial,
others want to embrace the
newness and make new tra-
ditions. Don't be afraid to
talk about the person you
lost and how much you love
them or miss them. It is a
part of the process of griev-
ing. Don't forget to help
children in your family to
handle this as'well. Some-
times we have to be strong
for those that can't be. You
might have to be that person
for your family, but try your
best not to let your grief
overwhelm those too young
to understand your pain.
Get out and do some-

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thing. Many times one of
the best pieces of advice to
those who have lost a loved
one is to stay busy. Spend
time with a soup kitchen or
help a needy family. This
will take your focus off of
yourself. So many that are
still here with us are in dire
need. Donate a gift br money
in your loved one's name for
those that need help.
Take time -for yourself
and rest if possible. Enlist
the aid of friends to help
with those decorations ,and
include a a happy photo of
your loved one in the area.
Most importantly, do not
lose hope. Those that have
passed before us, I sincerely




party Dec. 22
The Walton County
Council on Aging will be
having their annual Senior
Citizens Christmas Party
on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the
DeFuniak Springs Civic
Center beginning at 10 a.m.
There will be entertain-
ment and delicious meal
prepared by the Council on
Aging. Call (850) 892-8165
to make reservation.

Senior Center

Calendar of


Monday; Dec. 12 Zumba
for seniors at 9:30 a.m.; Tai
Chifor seniors at 10:30 a.m.;
Bridge Players from 12:30-4
p.m.;,Movie Monday 1 p.m.
showing "A Christmas Car-
ol," and Legal Shield meet-
ing at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 Yoga
with June at 8:30a.m.; line
dancing at noon; Bingo at
1p.m., and Wii Bowling at
Wednesday, Dec.14-
Zumba for seniors at 9:30
a.m.; Canasta players at 10
a.m.; Wii Bowling practice
at 1p.m. instruction as
Christmas party for Wii
Bowlers and Canasta play-
Thursday, Dec. 15 Red
Hat Christmas luncheon
at 11:30 a.m.; Bridge Club
Christmas party at 5:30
p.m.; Tea Party patriots
meeting at 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16 Zumba
for seniors at 9:30 a.m.; Pi-
nochle play at. p.m., and
leave for ASF Trip to Mont-
gomery at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 return
from Montgomery ASF trip. .

,believe, do not want us to
waste away in mourning
them. They want us to have
hope and live our lives as
fully as possible. What bet-
ter gift could we give them
than for them to look down
on us and see us living well
and honoring their memory?
Live in love, hope, and faith
this season and every season
and honor those that pass
before us with the fullness
of our lives. Healing will fol-
low. Good luck and may God
bless you and your family
this holiday season.
Auntie Em

Have a problem? Got
a question? Want to vent
about an issue and get some
feedback? She'd love to hear
what's on your mind. Send
an email to Auntie Em at
dfsherald@gmail.com at-
tention Auntie Em or send
it the old fashioned way to
P.O. Box 1546 DeFuniak
Springs, FL 32435


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birth of their son, Andrew Robert Brown. Andrew was born
on Nov. 2, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.'He weighed six pounds and 14
ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long. Andrew was welcomed
home by his big sister Amabel, his maternal grandparents,
Terry and.Paula Shoaf and maternal great-grandparents,
Gerald and Gerry Shoaf of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. and pa-
ternal grandparents, Greg and Suzanne Brown of Soldotna,


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ternoon Dec. 11. The event
featured a beautifully deco-'
rated house, an abundance
of lavish holiday treats, re-
freshing punch and freshly
brewed coffee for those at-
tending. Displayed were
several historical albums
with articles and photos for
guests to view of past civic
projects the Town Planters
Society has provided for the
The Town Planters have
already made plans for new
and exciting civic projects
for the New Year with the
intent to help make Free-)
port one of the best places to
live and work in the Florida
Panhandle. To be a part of
this civic group, attend one
of, the monthly meetings
which are held the first
Tuesday of every month at
7 p.m. at the Blount House
on Kylea Laird Road or call
Eleanor Turner (850) 835-

5611 or Judy Aultman at
(850) 835-1737 and have an

informational brochure sent
by mail..

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CONFIDENTIAL and caring atmosphere.

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congregation invite you to come join us for services at 9 a.m. every
Sunday. Church school for children and coffee fellowship follow the
morning service. Serving the faithful at 4189 Coy Burgess Loop
since 1837. Come to the country for worship. Call pastor Henry
Martin at (850)892-4860 for more information.

ARGYLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 252 Argyle Church Road, Argyle,
FL invites everyone to attend their services. Sunday School 9:45
a.m. all ages, Church Service 11 a.m., Sunday night 6 p.m. -
all ages, Wednesday night 6 p.m. Pastor James Burnham. Call
(850)892-2327, or (850)259-2173. All are welcome.

Sunday School 9:45, Worship Service 11 a.m., Discipleship Train-
ing 5 p.m., Sunday Evening Service 6 p.m., Wednesday Prayer
Service 6:30 p.m. Come and be a part of an awesome ministry
here in your community.

Rickards extend a warm welcome to everyone to attend their regular
services. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m.; morning worship at 11
a.m.; Sunday night services begin at 5 p.m. and Wednesday night
services begin at 6 p.m. The church is located six miles south of
Ponce de Leon on CR 183. For information (850)836-4484.

Pastor Dan Hershey, would like to invite you to come and be a part of
ur continuing church growth. If you are looking for a fundamental,
KJV Bible-believing, independent Baptist Church, then we are just
hat you are looking for. The preaching is not compromised, it is
straight out of God's Word. The preaching is known to be "old-
ashioned,"'like it used to be. So, please come join us in worship.
330 North Davis Lane, DFS. Sunday School at 10 a.m. services 11
and 6 p.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study 6:30
p.m. 'Teaching the Bible as it is for men as they are."

Live Oak Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Pastor Howard Taylor and
congregation welcomes you to join Spirit filled worship services
where we'll treat you in so many different ways, you will have to
ike some of them. Service each Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
wednesday night Bible study at 7 p.m. All are cordially invited and
welcome. For a ride to church contact (850)892-0554 or (850) 892-

CORNERSTONE CHURCH Come meet and fellowship with
their real people who genuinely love the Lord. Sit under practical
bible teaching and preaching relevant to today's issues. Come let
Jesus Christ heal your body, save your marriage, touch your kids,
and give hope to the broken hearted. Come dressed casual or
Sunday best. All are welcome and will fit in. No ties required. Seekers
welcome. Come see for yourself that we are sound, practical, God
loving people who center our lives around the person of Jesus
Christ and a solid approach to the Holy Scriptures. We do pray for
the sick and needy, and believe in the bible gospel of power to meet
the human need. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. and Wednesday night
classes begin at 6:30 p.m., Teens: Wednesday nights, Children's,
Church: Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Cornerstone'
Church is located at 2044 Hwy. 83, two miles north of DeFuniak
Springs. Ph.(850) 892-2240.

Pastor Daniel H. McCormick invites everyone to come and join the
congregation for Sunday Bible study at 9 a.m. with worship service
at 10 a.m. and Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday
at 7 p.m. For more information call (850)859-2321.

FIRST APOSTOLIC CHURCH at 440 Orange Ave. Church
attendance doesn't have to be dull, mundane or feel like just an
added burden to your life You can attend a church service-in which
you feel both welcomed and loved, as well as be challenged by
the powerful preaching of God's Word. The church family of the
First Apostolic' Church embraces the doctrine of the early Apos-
les"and fheir preaching as recorded ih the Book of Acts and other
New Testament teachings. Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. with
Sunday school for the children and a spirt-filled worship for adults.,
Sunday evening service begins at 5:30 with prayer, with worship
and preaching beginning at 6. p.m. Wednesday night bible study
begins at 7 p.m. and we offer family prayer on Thursday from 6 p.m
to 7 p.m. each week. Not able to physically attend? Hear sermons
posted on our website at www.defuniakapostolic.com. Come and
experience church the way God started it all in the New Testament!
f you have any questions or need ministry assistance, please feel
ree to call the church office at (850) 892-7882. Rev. David W. King,

FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD of DeFuniak Springs, located at
461 Van Buren Avenue, pastor Russell Pettis, his wife, Angle and
daughter, Anna would like to extend an invitation for all.to come join
us as we celebrate the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ through
Spirit filled worship & annointed preaching!! Sunday School begins
at 9:30 a.m., followed by Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday
evening service is at 6 p.m. and Wednesday evening service begins
at 6:30 p,m: Youth ministry services are held every Wednesday
evening at 7 p.m. Please come and worship with us.

Live Oak Avenue. We cordially invite you to join our "Fellowship
of Encouragement" and come for Worship and Bible Study at the
following times: Sunday Bible Study (9:15 a.m.), Morning worship
(10:30 a.m.), discipleship studies (5 p.m.) and evening worship
(6:00 p.m.) You are also .encouraged to join us for prayer meeting
at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and come early for fellowship dinners.
Call the church office, (850) 892-2722, for details. Visit our webpage
at www.fbcdfs.org.

The members of FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH warmly invite
you to worship with us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Then stay for
refreshments and adult Bible Study and children's Sunday School.
Our pastor, the Rev. Jack Betz, speaks from the Gospel each.
Sunday of Jesus' love for each of us. We are known throughout
our community as a friendly and serving Church that welcomes
newcomers. We are located on U.S. 331, very near the Florida line
245121 bd 5th Avenue] in Florala, Ala. If you wish, call us at (334)
858-3515 for more specific directions.

1063 Circle Drive, invites the public to join them throughout the
week for worship, fellowship, study and service. A men's fellow-
ship group and Presbyterian women meet monthly for fellowship
and Bible study. Children's and youth activities are announced. Call
for information. Sunday (nursery provided from 9:30 a.m.-.12 p.rm.)
9:30 a.m. Songfest for everyone 9:45 a.m. Sunday school for all
ages. 11 a.m. morning worship. Wednesday 3:30 p.m. Presbyterian
youth fellowship. 6:30 p.m. Chancel choir rehearsal.
First and third Wednesday, 9 a.m. 12 p.m. KID'S CLOSET to pro-
vide basic necessities to children of Walton County families in need.
First Presbyterian is a community of disciples of Jesus Christ who
are committed to being an inclusive faith community, where per-
sons from all walks of life feel comfortable worshiping and working
together. If you're looking for a church home, we invite you to come
visit us. Church office phone rnimber892-5832. email:fpcdfs@em-
barqmail.com Website: fpcdfs.com

SPRINGS, located at 88 Circle Drive, the Rev. Dr. Larry Teasley,
staff and congregation wish. to invite you to join our family for
activities on Sunday beginning with Contemporary Worship Service
in the sanctuary at 8:45 a.m.; Traditional Worship Service at 11
a.m. with Children's Church (Pre-K to third grade) provided for both.
services; Vesper service at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. Communion
is observed at both morning services on first Sunday and Sunday
School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Children's Sunday school (k-6th) is
"JAM" (Jesus and Me) is the Multi-Dimensional Learning program
ith children rotating to different workshops (art, computer, cooking/
science, games, storytelling/movie) each Sunday "learning by
doing". Other opportunities on Sunday include: Sr. High Youth
Fellowship at 4 p.m..; Jr. High Youth Fellowship and Children (HIS
Kids Club) at 3:30 p.m.; Food pantry every 3rd Sat. 7-9 a.m. For

more information, call (850) 892-5332, 892-5128 e-mail fumcdfs@
embarqmail.com website www.fumcdefuniaksprings.org.

Highway 90 West, Westville. Pastor Jason Campbell and the Westville
church family invite you to come to a place where Pentecost is an
experience, not a thing of the past. We offer a friendly environment
with annointed preaching and singing, Our Sunday morning services
begin at 10 a.m. and our Sunday evening service begins at 5 p.m. Our
Wednesday evening service begins at 7 p.m. We also offer children's
church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Come experience the power of the
Holy Ghost just like early church did in the book of Acts. For more
information call, (850) 548-5898 or(850) 892-7499.

Drive, Freeport, Fla. Pastor Ken Coots would like to extend an invitation
to one and all to come and '"Worship"the Lord Jesus Christ with us,
as we seek His perfect will. Bible Study for all ages commences at
8:45 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday a.m. worship service begins at 10
a.m., and Sunday p.m. service at 5 p.m.. The Wednesday p.m. prayer
service begins at 6 p.m.. Both the Sunday p.m. and Wednesday p.m.
prayer services are being held in the Fellowship Hall. Explicit Bible
doctrine is the continuous thread during both evenings. We at FBC
Freeport are strong advocates of Romans 10:17, "Faith cometh by
hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Hope and pray to see all
there! (850) 835-2742 (850) 774-8327.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (formerly the Concerned Chris-
tian Church) desires to reproduce in doctrine, in life and practice,
the Church founded by Christ. Our position may be summarized as
"where the Bible speaks, we speak" and "where the Bible is silent,
we are silent," we invite you to join us and help spread the message
of Christ in our community. Sunday School (all ages) at 10 a.m. and
worship (including Childrens' Church) starts at 11 a.m. Nursery avail-
able. Our minister is John Dixon and the church is located on U.S.
90, 2.4 miles west of the intersection of U.S. 90 and U.S. 331 North.

tional church filled with excitement about what the future holds and
a sincere hunger for the outpouring of the Spirit of God. We are. a
church where God's presence is never takenfor granted and neither
are you. Freedom Fellowship is a church looking for a people "who
will humble themselves before God and seek His ways." 2Chr. 7:14,
Pastor Dennis Grey II invites your family to be a part of our family
each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Casual dress / Contemporary Worship.
We are now meeting at the Continental' Worship Center located at
'2132 U.S. 90 across from the DeFuniak Springs Airport.

FREEPORT ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 17457 Hwy. 331 S. Sunday
Services: Learning Center 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:50 a.m.
-you are invited to hear the sermon series that examines life-chang-
ing ideas from the Bible entitled A Word from the Word!" Wednes-
day 7 p.m. Hear the teaching series "Traveling through the Psalms."
Nursery available. Phone 865-4068 for more information.

Freeport, Florida. 32439, Rev. Wesley Syfrett, Pastor. Please feel
free to Worship with us anytime. Friends are always welcome to be-
come part of. our family. The family of God! Sunday School 9:00
a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Song
Worship 4:00 p.m. Choir Practice Tuesday Evenings 6:00 p.m.
Our Prayer is that you will join us at Freeport UMC and together we
will make a difference through our Obedience to God, in our commu-
nities. We are located on the corner of Harrison St. and County Rd.
83A (East Bayloop) or you can make a right off of Madison St. onto
Harrison St. and church is on the opposite corner. Contact num-
bers are: Office 850-880-6633 Parsonage- 850-835-2261 secretary.
fumc@yahoo.com www.gbgm-umc.org/freeportumc

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, 2415 County Hwy. 1883, De-
Funiak Springs is a friendly little country 'chThic' that welcomes all
visitors. Everyone is invited to worship with the.dbngregation. Sun-
day school starts at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning worship is at 10:30
a.m. and Sunday evening services are at 5 p.m. Wednesday we have
prayer meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. and children's mission program
and Bible drill program. Every fifth,Sunday, we have special music
followed by "Dinner on the Grounds." We have a nursery for 0-3 and
Children's Church for ages 3 through the first grade.
Missions are very important to Friendship. We have Men's, Wom-,
en's and children's mission program. Our pastor is Johnmark Brown.
We extend a heartfelt welcome for you to come and join with us in
worship and fellowship. For any questions please call (850)859-

tion of GPC invite you to come and worship with them. At GPC, you'll
find teaching that's biblical, practical, and encouraging; worship that's
exciting, joyous, and Christ-honoring; and fellowship that's warm and
personal. Sunday: Sunday School (all ages!) at 9:30 a.m. Wor-
ship and Kidz Klub at 11 a.m. Ignite! (Youth) at various locations
from 5 7 p.m. Wednesday: Transformation (Bible study for men
and women) at 6:30 p.m. GPC is located about 10 minutes north of
DeFuniak Springs on SR-83N. Find out more on the web at www.
glendalechurch.org or call (850)859-0080.

GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH is located one mile north of
Highway 90 on Laird Road. Laird Road is west of Mossy Head just
before the Okaloosa County line. Grace Community is a church com-
mitted to historical Southern Baptist principles and believes that the
Church is called, not to reflect Its culture,-but to shape it. We- believe
that faith must be lived as well as affirmed, therefore, right living de-
rives from right believing. We hold to a high view of Scripture believ-
ing the Bible as our final authority and that it "stands in judgement of
us, never do we stand in judgement of it." Sunday morning worship
begins at 9:45 a.m. With Sunday School at 11 a:m. and evening bible
study at 6 p.m. Friday night home Bible study at 6:30 p.m. If you are
tired of playing church, come help us shape the culture where we
are "learning God's will one verse at a time."

together with his family welcome all to worship God in spirit and in
truth, at 974 Adams Road, DeFuniak Springs.
Church services will begin with Sunday School at 10 a.m.; Sunday
morning worship at 11 a.m.; Sunday evening at 5 p.m., and Wednes-
day evening 6:30 p.m. Directions: U.S. 331 N turn on to Williams
Road, go about 3.3 miles to Adams Road, turn right onto Adams go
about 9/10 of a mile to church. U.S. 90, turn onto CR-1087 in the
Mossy Head area, go to Williams Road, turn right onto Williams about'
2.8 miles to Adams Road, turn left onto Adams, go 9/10 of a mile to
church. From CR-1087 out of New Harmony, turn left onto Adams
Road and go 9/10 of a mile to church. For more information, call the
pastorium phone number at (850) 834-2017.

located in the Euchee Valley community at the intersection of County
Hwys. 183 S. and 280 E. We are a congregation that is Bible Believing,
Christ Centered, and Family Friendly.
Reverend John Erthein and the congregation warmly invite you to
come and worship with us and make us your church home. Sunday
school for all ages begins at 9:45 A.M. and is followed by Morning
Worship at 11:00 A.M. A nursery is provided. Adult Bible Study is
held at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday evenings. A Prayer Meeting is held on
Wednesday evenings at 6:00 P.M. Choir rehearsal is held at 7:00

P.M. on Wednesday nights.
If you have questions or need assistance, please call 850-892-3180.
You may also view our website at www.DeFuniakSpringsChurch.

INDIAN CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, Highway 280-A, 4.5 miles
south of DeFuniak Springs, cordially invites you to come and worship
with us in Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Sunday Worship services,
at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday night Bible study is at 6 p.m.
Pastor Scot Keppel and the congregation extends a very special
welcome to come visit or make us your church home. We practice
"Love one another". A nursery is provided.

service begins about 1:30 p.m. Friday evening service 7 p.m. -
prayer, Royal Rangers, Missionettes and Adult Bible Study followed
by prayer time. Pastor is Thomas Adamson, Children's Ministries
Kevin Chilcutt. For more information call 892-3817 or 652-4610.
Website www.victorylighthouse church.org.

of Live Oak and 21st Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL. "Open Hearts,
Open Minds, Open Doors," Pastor David Wilson. Sunday School
9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m. The small church by the side of
the road with a cross over the entrance, longing to extend the love
and peace of God to any wayfarer or pilgrim seeking a rest from
this world of strife and despair. A place where common people can
assemble for simple worship and experience the Presence of God
in their midst. "For where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20 K.J.V. 'The
devil wins a skirmish with a roar, but we belong to HIM who wins the


NEW HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH is located at 2281 County
Hwy. 2A, DeFuniak Springs, FL. -only nine miles north of Hwy. 90 on
Rt. 1087 from Mossy Head. Pastor Todd Camp would like to invite
you to worship with us during any of our exciting weekly services.
We are a family church that loves Jesus! Our Sunday School hour
is from 9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. followed by our morning worship
service at 11 a.m. Nursery and children's church are provided. Our
Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m., as we "study to show
ourselves approved unto God." On Wednesday evenings at 7
p.m. we have a dynamic children's program, youth meeting, ladies
ministry, and adult prayer and Bible study service. The church also
offers affordable daycare services. Monday-Friday. We area Bible
church committed to seeing God change lives in the power of the
Holy Spirit. Come and be a part of what the Lord is doing at New
Harmony Baptist Church. Call for more information at (850) 834-

Darlington, Fla. We are reaching out to the lost, hurting, hungry, and
naked. The Rev. Curtis Manning and his congregation would like to
invite you to attend services with them. Sunday School for all ages
is at 10 a.m., and Sunday Morning worship is at 11 a.m.; Sunday
evening services will be at 5 p.m.; Wednesday night prayer and
teaching is at 6 p.m.; Come enjoy our anointed praise and worship
and be encouraged with Holy Ghost filled preaching and teaching
of God's Word. For more information call (850) 892-2048.

the Wildwood," invites you to come and worship with us just as you
are. Black Creek UMC is located five miles east of Freeport at 278
Memorial Lane. (If you need directions, please call (850)859-2366
or (850)830-1497. We are a church body who loves people and
who also loves to hear the word of God preached. If you sing and/
or play a musical instrument and would like to share your talents)
please come and joinus. Make plans now to attend Sunday school
at 10 a.m., Morning Worship at 11 a,m., and Evening Worship at
6 p.rm Rev. Bill may be reached at (850)859-2366 or (850)830-

Located one mile south of Bob Sikes Road at 1015 Pleasant Ridge
Rd. extends a special invitation for you to join us to worship the
Lord and study His Word at the following times: Sunday Breakfast/
Fellowship (8:45); age appropriate Sunday Bible Study (9:15);
Morning Worship (10:30); Discipleship training (5 p.m.) and Evening
Worship (6 p.m.); Wednesday (6 p.m.) adult Bible study and youth
activities. Participate in meaningful worship with family and friends.
Call (850) 892-3500 for more information:

intersection of Hwy. 1883 & 183 invites you to Sunday School 9:45
a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m., Discipleship Training at 5 p.m.,
Evening Service 6 p.m., Prayer Meeting Wed. 6:30 p.m. Please
come worship God with us. For more information call pastor David
Ellis (386)697-5770.

diverse congregation in service to all through. Christ. We are a
community of Christians who strive to love instead of hate, forgive
instead of judge, and accept instead of exclude. Our vision is to
follow in Jesus' footsteps. It's a radical idea. It leads us to care for
the' less fortunate, to seek justice for the oppressed, and to treat all
persons with dignity an respect. If you'd like to know more, please
join us for Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. or Bible Study on Wednesday
at 6:30 p.m.
Come visit us and see if our faith journey aligns with yours. We would
be honored to welcome you. Any questions may be addressed to
Pastor Bruce Benedict @ brotherbrucel3@yahoo.com.

RIVERSIDE GOSPEL CHURCH, and congregation extend a
warm welcome to all .who are looking for a church family. They
are a non-denomination church and are located at 6250 CR-181 E,
Westville, FL 32464. Church is actually in Darlington, Fla. Services
times are Sunday, 2 p.m. and Thursday night at 7 p;mr. More infor-
mation call (850)333-4450.

DeFuniak Springs, FL. Sunday school 8:45 a.m.; Morning Worship
10 a.m.; Adult Choir 4 p.m.; Evening Adult Bible Study, Puppets,
and Graded Children's Choir 5 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship at 6,
p.m. Wednesday. Morning Senior Adult Worship Service at 10:30
a.m. Wednesday Youth and AWANA at 6 p.m.Wednesday Mid-
week Worship Service at 6:30 p.m. Sign language interpretation
for the deaf provided at all services. Southwide Baptist Church
has classes and activities for all ages: Youth Group, Adult Choir,
Women on Mission, Paintball (ages 10+ every third Saturday of
the month), AWANA (3yrs-6th Grade), and sign language classes.
Pastor William Whaley invites everyone to come and hear the
saving word of God. Directions: from DeFuniak take U.S. 331 S.
turn right on first road (Coy Burgess Loop) past 1-10. Southwide
Baptist Church is located 1.5 miles on the left at intersection of Coy
Burgess Loop and Millard Gainey Road. Call (850) 892-3835 for
more information or for directions.

ST. AGATHA'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH is a historic mission
located at 144 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Sunday schedule:
9 a.m. Bible study in the vicarage and 10:15 a.m. Eucharist in the
each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the church. All are invited.
From December through May COMMUNITY FIRST SATURDAY
BREAKFASTS are served in the parish hall from 7 am. till 11 a.m.
St. Agatha's is the home of the Lakeside Concert series. For more
information call (850) 892-9754

N., P.O. Box 590, DeFuniak Springs, Fla. 32435, Phone: (850)
892-9247. Mass Schedule: Monday Friday, 8:30 a.m.; Thursday,
6:30 p.m. Vigil Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.; Holy Days of
Obligation 8:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Rev. Richard Dawson, pastor.

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER will be having their regular services
every Sunday evening at 3 p.m. and every Friday night at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to come visit them if they don't have a home
church, they can have. They are located, four miles north on SR-
83,next to Randall's Barber Shop. For more information call Evelyn
Ward at (850)892-6173.

tion cordially invite you to attend services with us. Sunday School is
at 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Services are at 6:00 pm. Wednesday
Services are. at 7 p.m. The church is located at 26 Joe Anderson
Road (Hwy 83 North). Our pastor is the Rev. Larry Murphy. Please
come ready to worship and expecting a blessing!

at the Mossy Head Community Center across from the Mossy
Head General Store. We would like to extend to all an invitation to
come and join us and be 'blessed. We are a church dedicated to
serving Jesus and spreading His wonderful word. Let us share the
light of God's word with you. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.,
followed by Morning Worship at 11-a.m. Each Sunday we have a
fellowship lunch on the grounds, all are invited. Sunday afternoon


SIXTH-GRADE students
of the First Baptist Church
of DeFuniak Springs' First
Christian Academy went
caroling at homes around
the neighborhood on Fri-
day, Dec. 9. The students
and their teachers visited
and sang at about 10 dif-
ferent homes. In addition to
getting to take some time off
from their studies to spread
some holiday cheer, each
child was given a Christmas
card and small gift. (Photo
by Reid Tucker)

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Students ate pizza, played
games, and enjoyed hands
on learning with teachers
throughout the school. It
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Reba Strickland Fuqua
age 77 passed away Mon-
day, Dec. 5, 2011 at the
home of her daughter in
Ponce de Leon, Fla. She
was born March 11, 1934
in Geneva County, Ala., the
daughter of James Marvin
and Mary Wise Strickland.
She was a 1952 graduate of
Samson High School. Reba
worked for many years in
local convenience stores un-
til her retirement. She was
Baptist by faith.
Among survivors are her

Mrs. Olaudia Lavern
Rushing, 72, of Ponce de
Leon, Fla., passed away
Dec. 7, 2011. She was born
Dec. 3, 1939 in Valdosta,
Ga. to Claude and Ada Wil-
liamson Sauls.
Mrs. Rushing was a resi-
dent of Walton County. She
Was- holiness by faith and
Member of the New Life
fOiess Church. She was
a loving wife, mother, sis-
ter, daughter, grandmother
and great-grandmother.
She worked as a Care Giver
helping take care of those in
Mrs. Rushing is preceded
in death by her father and
one grandson, Brad Burns.
Mrs. Rushing is survived

Fulgham .
Mrs. Mary Catherine
Fulgham, 86, of the New
Harmony Community, Fla.
passed away Thursday, Dec.
8, 2011. She was born July
22, 1925 in Walton County,
Fla. to Jason and Elizabeth
Huliori Courtney.
Mrs. Fulgham was a resi-
dent of the New Harmony
Community. She was' Bap-
tist by faith, and a mem-
ber of. the Victory Baptist
Church in Sneads, Fla. She
was a loving wife, mother,
grandmother, great-grand-
mother and great-great-
grandmother. She enjoyed
working at home and taking
care of her family. She also
worked as a welder in the
shipyards in Panama City
during World War II. She
dearly loved music.

son, Allen Broward Gomil-
lion and wife Bonnie of De-
Funiak Springs, Fla.; her
daughter, Brenda How-
ard and husband Perry of
Westville, Fla.; her sisters,
Frances Martin, Martha
White and husband Robert
and Dianne Thomas all of
Samson, Ala.; her brothers,
James Franklin Strickland
and Roger Wayne Strick-
land and wife Pam all of
Samson; her granddaugh-
ters, Bethany Gorman and
husband Jeff and Shanta
Sapp and husband Jer-
emy; her grandsons, Allen
McDonald, Tanner McDon-
ald and James McDonald;
three great -grandchildren,
Cayden, Judah and Peyton
also survive.
Funeral services were
held Wednesday, Dec. 7,
2011 at 11 a.m. in Jerry
Evans Chapel with Brother
Larry McGowan officiating.
Burial followed in Red Bay
Cemetery next to her hus-
band Broward Gomillion.
Friends and family may go
online to view obituaries, of-
fer condolences and sign the
guest register at jerryevans-

by her mother, Ada Sauls of
Sneeds, Fla.; her husband
of 54 years, Covis Rushing
of Euchee Valley, Fla.; one
son, Tommy Rushing and
wife, Kathy, of Wicksburg,
Ala.; one daughter, Tammy
House and husband, David,
of Mobile, Ala.; one brother,
Jimmy Sauls and wife, De-
lora, of Prattville, Ala. and
three sisters, Hazel Arner
and husband, Ken, of Cleve-
land, Tenn.; Pat Frazier and
husband, James of Saint
Mary's, Ga. and Brenda
Granger of Bainbridge, Ga.
SShe is also survived by 10
grandchildren and 11 great-
Funeral services were
held Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home.
Chapel with Revs, Kenny
Montgomery and Donald
Ross officiated.
Burial followed 'in the
Magnolia Cemetery.
Family and friends mky
go online to view obituaries,
offer condolences and sign
a guest book at www.clary-
Clary-Glenh Funeral
Home was entrusted with
the arrangements.

Mrs. Fulgham is preceded
in death by her parents, her
husband of 44 years, Thom-
as H. Fulgham Sr. and one
brother, Robert Courtney.
*Mrs. Fulgham is sur-
vived by her four sons,
Larry Thomas of Pensaco-
la, Fla., Jerry Phillips and
wife, Mary, of Tennessee,
Waymon Fulgham and wife,
Debbie of Pensacola, Fla.
and Thomas H. Fulgham,
Jr. and wife, Michelle of
Pensacola; two daughters,
Shirley Suggs and husband,
Gene, of New Harmony.
and Libby Wilkerson and
husband, Ed, of Sneads,
Fla.; one brother, John D.
Courtney and wife, Marie
of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.;
one sister, Zeddie McIn-
tosh of DeFuniak Springs;
14 grandchildren; 21 great
grandchildren, and seven
Funeral services were,
held Saturday, Dec. 10,
2011, at Clary-Glenn Fu-
neral Home Chapel with
Revs. David Pipping and
Joel Glenn officiating.
Burial followed in the
New Harmony Cemetery.
Family and friends may
go online to view obituaries,
offer condolences and sign
a guest book at www.clary-
Clary-Glenn Funeral
Home is entrusted with the

Thank You
The family of Geraldine Holly Goodsell would like to give
thanks for the prayers, hugs, cards, flowers and love given
to us after her sudden passing. We could not have made it
through the last week without the support of friends and
family and their prayers lifting us up.
We would like to give special thanks to Karen, the ICU
nurse that gave so much of her heart to Deanie and us the
day we lost her. To the DeFuniak Herald and Florala News
family for their support and the beautiful obituary. We
would also like to extend special thanks to Evans' Brown
Funeral Home and Joey for helping us through the process
of letting a loved one go and to Sasha and the Trendy Tulip
for the beautiful flowers and support.
Her passing hurts so very much, but. the comfort that
has been given by faith, friends and family helps us make
it through each new day. We are grateful and thankful for
everyone that reached out and supported us during this
trying time. May God bless you all.

First Presbyterian Church announces
Candlelight Christmas Eve service

The congregation of First
Presbyterian Church in-
vites the community to a
Candlelight Christmas Eve
Service at 5:30 p.m in our
beautiful and historic sanc-
tuary. Sing familiar car-
ols, celebrate communion,
reflect on God's Word and
share in the wonder and
beauty of Christmas Eve.

They always celebrate an
open Communion to those
who confess Jesus Christ as
The public is invite to
join them in celebrating his
Christmas Day worship
will be at 10 a.m. and there
will not be any Sunday
school that morning.

Christmas Season

at St. Agatha's

There are three special
services planned at St. Ag-
atha's Episcopal Church
'this year for everyone
Christmas enjoyment. This
Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10:15
a.m. an Advent Festival of
lessons and .songs will be
offered. Selections from old
and New Testament read-
ing, along with songs about
the coming of the Christ
On Saturday at 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve services;
will start with caroling as
participants gather. The
Holy Eucharist Service will
begin with a large festive'
procession about 6:30 -
6:45 p.m. The Rev. Morgan
Hickenloojer will be the cel-'
ebrating ceremony appeal-
ing to children of all ages
will abound with lighting
of the advent wreath and
Christ Candles, placement
'of the Christ Child in the
changing and passing the
illumination of Christ from
one person to another un-
til the entire nave is bright
with light.
On Christmas Day at
10:15 a.m, Christmas Fes-
tival of Lessons and Carols
will be held. Again, reading
from the Old and New Tes-
taments, along with Christ-

St. Stephens
Baptist Church
of Freeport
December 17
St. Stephens Baptist
church in Freeport will be
serving a free Christmas
dinner to anyone in need on
Dec. 17, 2011. Dinner will
begin at 12 and served until
6 p.m. There will- be eat-in
or carry-out.
Everyone is cordially en-
courage to join the church.
If anyone would like to par-
ticipate,"just let the church
know so that they can be
prepared. For more infor-
mation call (850) 835-3232.
St. Stephens Baptist
Church is located at 1698
SR-20 in Freeport, Fla.

Red Bay Community Churches
to host Christmas Eve Service

Red Bay Community Churches will be holding

a Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Dec. 24

at 6p.m.

Everyone is invited to come and join them.

mas carols, will celebrate
the long awaited birth of
Come and join for one or
all of these services. Every-
one is encourage to attend.

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returning to family.
renewing old friendships.
rediscovering our faith.

If you need a place to celebrate this Christmas,
we at First United Methodist Church (across from'Chautauqua Bldg.)
invite you to join us during our special celebrations.
Come home this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of the One who leads us Home.

Candlelight Service
Sat., Dec. 24th 6:00 p.m.

Watch Night Service
Sat., Dec. 31st 5:00-7:00 p.m.
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Sun., Dec. 18th 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Service
Sun., Dec. 25th 10:30 a.m.
(No Sunday School classes)

New Year's Day Service
Sun., Jan. 1st 10:30 a.m.
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Down From His Glory

December 18

First Baptist and Southwide Baptist choirs have been practicing long and hard for the upcoming Christmas musical,
Down from His Glory, to be presented Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6p.m.
The Minister of Music, Cordell Harrison and Minister of Music Buddy Goodman cordially invite the public to join them
in this special service.

Featuring Lynwood "the funny man" Williams

Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church
to host A Time for Giving Progam, Dec. 17

Union Springs Mission-
ary Baptist Church will be
having a Time For Giving
program. There will be toys
and pre-arranged food bas-
kets forfamilies. ,
The church's children-

ministry Christmas program
will bring joy and delight to
the audience.. The special
guest will be Lynwood "the
Funny Man" Williams from
The special occasion will

be held on Saturday, Dec.
17, starting at 5 p.m..

Union Springs Mission-
ary Baptist Church is locat-
ed At 416 Rail Road Ave. in
DeFuniak Springs.

World Evangelism Out-
reach Church will present
their Christmas Drama
Comfort and Joy, on Dec. 24
at 10:30 a.m.' The drama is
for all ages, about angels on
The drama is free to the

public and everyone is en-
courage:to attend.

World Evangelism is lo-
cated at 170i US 90E in De-
Funiak Springs. For more
information call (850)892-

I Send Church News -and Events to norma@defuniakherald.con I

Mark your
calenders for
December 15, 16. 17

The church will
be taking nativity
pictures. Any fam-
ilies interested in
getting a picture,

there will

be extra

Harmony Fellowship Church presenting

live nativity scene December 15, 16, 17

Harmony Fellowship
Church will have a live na-
tivity scene on Dec. 15, 16,
17;.at 6-8 p.m.. nightly. Re-
freshments will be served.
Pastor Donel Davidson
aand congregation encourag-
es everyone to join them in
celebrating the birth of their
'Savior Jesus Christ.

Directions to the church
are from U.S. 331 N, turn
on to Williams Road, go
about 3.3 miles to Adams
Road, turn right onto Ad-
ams go about 9/10 of a. mile
to church. U.S. 90, turn onto
CR-1087 in the Mossy Head
area, go to Williams Road,.
turn right onto Williams

about 2.8. miles to Adams
Road, turn left.onto Adams.
go 9/10 of a mile to church.
From CR-1087 out of New
Harmonv. turn left bnto Ad-
ams Road and go 9/10 of a
mile to church.
For more information, call
Jan Davidson at (850)834-,
2017 or (850)978-0628.

Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory......By RonnieMcBrayer

C.S. Le'wis observed that
something of genuine beauty
produces in us joy, joy born
from two reactions. First,
Lewis said, we stop. If it is
a work of art, a symphony,
a striking human being, or a
sunset on the beach; a thing
of beauty arrests us, stops
us in our tracks to look and
observe, the rest of the world
falling away.
And second, we must
then share what we have
experienced with others.,
We simply cannot contain
ourselves. "Listen to what I
am hearing! Come see what
I see! You have to experi-
ence this with me!" Stop and
share, Lewis said, are the
products 6f complete joy.
. For those of us who are
parents, we know this sen-
sation well. We cannot for-
get holding our newly born
children for the first time.
The world around us disap-
peared. We were stunned

Motionless by a holy silence,
a silence broken only by the
sharing of joyful phone calls
to waiting friends and fam-
If you have ever been in
love passionate, blissful,
absurd, fanatical love then
you know what it is like for
life to stop otherwise. New
love is more than butterflies
in the belly, it is absorption
in another person, so much
so that nothing else matters
. except, for telling others
about the one you love.
I can remember standing
at Beluga Point outside
Anchorage, .Alaska. The
whales were breaking the
white-capped waves, the
lush green mountains stood
in the background, and the
creaking of melting glaciers
filled the air. I was stunned
silent. The majesty of that
moment stopped time, but
when time resumed I want-
ed to tell everyone what I

had experienced!
I have stood at the rim
of the Grand Canyon, flown
over the Grand Tetons,
climbed the volcanoes of
Central America, watched
life emerge into the world,.
gazed into the eyes of the
woman who loves me, wit-.
nessed my grandmother
pull fresh biscuits from a
wood stove: In each case I
can't tell you much about
"what was going in the world
,around me. I can only share
with you the pure joy that'
ruptured my heart at those
moments, and tell you I will,
if you will let me.
This is exactly Lewis'
point. We find joy in what
we see, hear, or experience
and then we must share it
with others. I wonder if this
is what the shepherds expe-
rienced on that first Christ-

mas. It was a night that be-
gan just like so many other
nights before. The shepherds
huddled together, shivering
beneath the twinkling stars,
as the frost fell heavy on the
ground and on the topsides
of the stupid sheep they
were guarding.
It was just another night
of low-class, no-class work,
scraping out a living while
dreaming of warm food and
a warm bed. The only things
that kept them awake were
the worries on their minds:
Lurking .predators in the
night, lurking bill collectors
on their doorsteps, a sick
child back at home, an emp-
ty pot over the family fire.
There was so much with
which to be troubled.
Then, it happened. An
angelic chorus erupted from
the sky or from heaven,


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of the Christ-Child born in
Bethlehem. The" shepherds
quaked and shook with fear,
stunned with a silence as
still as death. But it was a
silence that might as well
have, been shouting when
compared to the holiness of
kneeling in the barpn where
the beautiful newborn baby
As they tiptoed away
from the manger, they could
no longer contain their
.joy. "They spread the word
concerning what had been
told them about this child,,
:and all who heard it were
amazed." And they returned
to the low-class,. no-class
work of guarding stupid
sheep under the cold stars.
They still had their troubles;
They were still poor, hun-
gry, and tired. They still had

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four. and two-legged preda-
tors with which to deal, but
joy had found a place in
their hearts, joy unspeak-
able and full of God's glory.
They couldn't be quiet about
it, and neither can we.

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and author. His books in-
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Following Jesus" and "The
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"I Lady Bulldogs claim top spot.
in Walton County girls

Paxton Holds Off Freeport 73-68

The Paxton Bobcats had
four players score in dou-
ble figures as they held off
a pesky group of Freeport
Bulldogs to take a 73-68
home victory.
Chad Zessin scored 20
points on the night and
overcame a gimpy ankle to
help the Bobcats to a 23-
13 lead after one quarter
of play with Dustin Geogh-
agan dropping bombs from
outside the arc to the tune
of 11 points in the opening
eight minutes.
Teammate Mason McCor-
mick, who scored' 11 points
on the night, added six
points in the second quarter
as the Bobcats hit 14-of-29
shots in the first half of play
for a 39-29 lead heading into

the locker room.
Marcus Bradley got go-
ing in the second half as he
scored 14 of his 18 points
after intermission with deft
three-point shooting for a
54-51 advantage after 24
minutes of the contest.
The Bobcats, who hit on
15-of-18 shots from the free
throw line, shot 50 percent
for the game as they made
24-of-48 shots from the
field. Geoghagan finished
the night with 19 points as
the Bobcats improved to 4-1
despite struggling with 20
turnovers as a team.
Freeport, which played
the game without Collin
Myrick (who was in New
York City for the Wendy's
High School Heisman cere-
mony) and an injured Clay-

ton Jones, got 21 points from
Austin Woodard as the Bull-
dogs struggled with their
shooting in the.first half of
play. The Bulldogs managed
to hit only 13-of-39 shots
from the floor in the opening
16 minutes of play and went
0-for-5 from the free throw
line in falling behind early-
in the contest.
Caleb Piasecki added
16 points with Gabe Moore
contributing 14 points and
Darrien Looney 13 in the
loss. While the Bulldogs
dropped the contest, they
also dropped a couple of
dunks on the Paxton de-
fense, though that did not
deter the host squad 'from
claiming their seventh con-
secutive win in the series.
Freeport was able to keep

the ball alive for several sec-
ond and third chances but
could connect on only 26-of-
73 shots on offense.
Paxton was able to con-
nect on ten shots from be-
hind the arc to six for the
Bulldogs, who made 10-of-
17 free throws in the game.
Both teams had a good
night on Friday as Freeport
traveled to Jay and picked
up a 53-46 win over the
Royals behind Woodard's
22 points to improve to 4-2
overall and 2-0 in district
play. The Bulldogs crushed
Northview on Dec. 6 by a 75-
26 count for their first dis-
trict win. Paxton improved
to 5-1 with a 66-43 'home
victory over Central on Fri-
day night as the Bobcats
outscored the Jaguars 44-22
in the second half of play be-
hind Zessin's 19 points and
Geoghagan's 17.
Team Notes: Paxton coach

Jeff Bradley and Freeport
coach David Burke both took
over the head coaching jobs
for their respective teams as
the beginning of the 1998-99

season. Paxton owns a 14-9
advantage in that time with
the Bobcats earning their
seventh consecutive victory
in the series.

FREEPORT'S AUSTIN WOODARD( O) scored 21 points
to lead the Bulldogs in scoring against Ryan Gilbert(4) and
the Paxton Bobcats. Paxton won for the seventh consecutive
time with a 73-68 decision that saw the Bobcats improve to
4-1 on the year. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

PAXTON'S CHAD ZESSIN(20) scored 20 points while Mason 1McCorm ick(1 1)chipped in
11 on the night as the Bobcats shot the ball well from the perimeter to survive 20 turnovers
in a win over Freeport. Paxton added a victory over Central 66-43 on Friday night to move
to 5-1 on the year. (Photo by Patrick Casey).

FREEPORT'S DARRIEN LOONEY(32) connected on this jumper against Paxton on
Thursday night as he scored 13 points in a 73-68 loss to the Bobcats. (Photo':by Patrick

Lady Pirates win ninth-straight Holmes

County Christmas basketball tourney

Ponce De Leon girls bas-
ketball program claimed
a ninth-straight Holmes
County Christmas Tourna-
ment with decisive wins
against rivals Holmes. Coun-
ty High and Poplar Springs.
The Lady Pirates (10-0)
may have taken top spot in
the tournament on Satur-
day, Dec. 10, after a defen-
sive 39-21 win over Poplar
Springs in which the Lady
Atomics failed to put up a
field goal in the first half,
but the real action took place
two days prior when Ponce
beat its perennial rival from
Bonifay by a score of 74-58.
Though Ponce de Leon
carried a 36-17 lead into the
second half, the Lady Blue
Devils narrowly outpointed
their hosts in the latter two
periods, which PDL coach
Tim Alford said could be
partially explained by the
anticipation of facing the
other top-ranked team in
the tournament on the first
night of play.

"The girls on both sides
were pretty hyped. up," Al-
ford said. "This is a big ri-
valry game for us, so' the
girls really came out strong.
"Fortunately, offensive-
ly, we played well enough
to keep ahead. Overall, I'd
say I'm pleased. Maybe we
shouldn't have turned the
ball over as much or maybe
our defense could have been
better but all in all, we'll
certainly take the win."
Jazz Flock was the high-
est-scoring PDL player in
both games, as she scored
.12 points against Pop-
lar Springs and 24 points
against the Lady Blue Dev-
ils. Other standouts for the
Lady Pirates in the game
against Holmes County
were Kaitlynn Carroll and
Jojo Carlson, who each

scored 13 points to ensure
Ponce de Leon's victory in
what amounts to the coun-
ty's fiercest grudge match.
Holmes County made good
use of Mikayla Moore, who
scored 14 of her 20 .points
in the second half to keep
the pressure on the Lady
Pirates. She was backed up
by Zoie Hodge, who scored
13 points on three 3 point-
ers, and Selina Long, an-
other long-range specialist
with three baskets from the
Ponce's girls came hard
out of the gate to quickly
run up a five-point lead on

Holmes County, which they
extended to a 20-7 lead by
the end of the quarter. The
Lady Blue Devils would nev-
er get closer the rest of the
night as all but four of the
Lady Pirates squad scored
from the floor through the

Flock, who was dominant
all night underneath the
rim, dusted off a quick trio
of 2s before two minutes had
elapsed at the start of the
third quarter, but she then
fell silent for the rest of the
period save a good pair of
free-throw shots toward the

end. Holmes County man-
aged 19 points to Ponce's 17
in the period with Moore do-
ing most of the heavy lifting
on three field goals, one of
which was an and-one..
The Lady Pirates were up
47-24 with 5:00 to go in the
quarter, but several pre-
viously scoreless Holmes
County players, including
Long, starting making good
on Ponce's turnovers to raise
the score to 53-36 by. the pe-
riod's end.

The fourth quarter was
a big one for both squads,
and though Holmes County

outscored Ponce de Leon 22-
"21 on the period it proved to
be too-little-too-late for the
Lady Blue Devils. Ponce's
Jordan Thomas, who'd
struggled to find her range
through the middle periods
exploded with two 3-pointers
in the fourth and ultimately
proved to be the deciding
factor in the Lady Pirate's
win. Flock scored two bas-
kets from the floor but went
1-for-7 at the charity stripe,
dropping her overall free-
throws to 6-for-14 when she
had made six of her previous
seven shots from the line.
Long and Moore both had

big fourth quarters, scor-
ing eight points and seven
points, respectively, with
Long recording her final two

Ponce de Leon is set to
play Holmes County once
more, thought the rematch
won't come until the last
week of the season and the
game will be played in Boni-
fay. After that, if the two
teams are to meet again it
will be in the post-season,
as both squads stand a good
chance of making it.to Lake-
land for the finals in Febru-

HOLMES COUNTYS SELINA LONG scored 11 points, making her the third-highest
scorer for the Lady Blue Devils, but she had the highest 3-point percentage and drained three PONCE DE LEON'S JAZZ FLOCK was the leading
baskets from behind the arch. She is seen here being guarded by Ponce's Jordan Thomas, scorer for the Lady Pirates, posting a combined tournament-
whose two 3s late in the game helped seal PDL's win. (Photo by Reid Tucker) high score of 36points. (Photo by Reid Tucker)


Walton basketball team claims 67-57

win against visiting Arnold

The Walton Braves con-
tinued working their way
back from an early-season
slump with a solid 67-57
win over Arnold High.
The Braves (2-4) came
out strong on the evening
of Tuesday, Dec. 6, posting
a 19-9 advantage over the
visiting Marlins (2-3) by
the end of the first quarter.
However, the slick shooting
of Deshun Tucker, Trey Wil-
lams, Chris Shider and oth-
ers turned flat in the second

quarter when Walton scored
just two points. Arnold took
the advantage by making up
the difference and then some
to take the lead at 24-22 by
the end of the first half.
Walton Coach Brad West
said the team's previous
three losses weighed his
players heavily, especially
considering that the Braves
gave away leads in all three
games to lose by no more
than five points. Things be-
gan to turn around for Wal-
ton with a 75-55 win against

DESHUN TUCKER SCORED 16 points against Arnold
to lead the Braves in scoring on the night of Dec. 6. (Photo
by Reid Tucker)

Samson on Nov. 28, but their
luck shifted again when the
team lost 49-43 to Crestview
on Monday, so when Tucker
and Williams began making

buckets at whim in the first
quarter against Arnold only
to turn cold in the second,,
West said it looked like the
Braves were in for more of

WALTON'S TREY WILLIAMS made a good account of
himself against the Marlins, scoring 14 points. He did the
most of the Braves' heavy lifting in the third quarter but
played mostly defense in the fourth. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

the same.
However, Walton turned
the heat back up in the final
two periods to outgun the
Marlins by five points in the
third quarter and by 28-21
in the. fourth to ultimately
take the win.
Though West said mis-
takes were made and con-
sistency and concentration
could have been better, just
getting the win was enough.
"We won one and we
probably didn't play as well
tonight as we did in our four
losses," he said. "I think-
what was happening with
our concentration tonight
was that we played our butts
off and still got beat anyway
(in other games). We got re-
ally up for those games and
then couldn't pull it togeth-
er at the end. What's impor-
tant, though, is that we won
tonight. That's all that mat-
Walton and Arnold traded
blows throughout the second
half but the Braves began to
get the better of the Marlins
when Chris Murphy and
Tucker both knocked back
3-pointers at the onset of
the fourth quarter to make
it a 45-38 in Walton's favor.
Ken.Randolf got off his first
of three good shots from the
free-throw line for six at-
tempts, but he also scored
two field goals. Angus An-
derson scored his first four
points since the first quarter
on a 2 and the ensuing two
shots from the stripe after-
being fouled, while Shider
scored on a single 3-pointer
after falling silent from the
arch since the introductory
The Marlins didn't sit still
in the fourth quarter, as,Da-

vison went on a spree, scor-
ing 15 of Arnold's 21 points
in the final eight minutes
of regulation play. Though
he shot 50 percent from the
stripe in the fourth he was
5-8 on the night and he also
scored six times from the
floor: five 2-pointers and a 3
late in the game to give the
Marlins their, high-water
mark of the evening at 65-
However, it was Walton's
Tucker and Williams who
made the biggest impact in
the fourth quarter, though,
with nine points between
them in the period, they
made their mark not through
scoring volume hut by keep-
ing the Marlins' offense on
its toes. Tucker knocked
out a 3-pointer close to the
start of the period and also
scored a brace of 2-pointers
via some high-flying layups,
plus one basket from the
charity stripe and Williams
scored just one point, going
1-2 at the free-throw line.
Williams in particular gave
Arnold trouble with succes-
sive rebounds to stave off a
late-game comeback from
the Marlins.
West had a lot of praise
for Williams, who for the.
first time in his high school
career is playing point guard
for the Braves, in spite of
some inconsistencies in the
scoring department. Never-
theless, West said Williams
will continue to be a critical
part of Walton's efforts in
the rest of the season.
"When he struggled to-
night, we struggled," West
said. "He played really well,
early on and he played well
late so the whole team fol-
lowed suit."

Walton Girls

Off to 8-2 Start

Taliah Moore scored 16
Points on the night as the
Walton. Braves raced out to
a 24-7 lead after one quarter
of play to cruise to .a 57-39
win over Niceville in girls
basketball play.
The Lady Braves hit 10-
of-13 shots from the floor in
the opening eight minutes to
build a lead they would nev-
er relinquish. Moore scored
nine points in the first quar-
ter while Deja Tucker added
six of her seven points as the
Braves blistered the nets
early on.
Niceville struggled with
17 .turnovers in the first
half, then lost their shoot-
ing touch in the second half
as they connected on only
6-of-37 attempts from the
field over the final 16 min-
utes of play. The Eagles did
not enjoy.their first trip to
DeFuniak Springs since the
new Walton High School
opened as they hit only 17-
of-73 shots on the night, out-
rebounding the Braves most
of the night only to misfire

Michaela Mitchell scored
10 points to lead the Eagles'
scoring attack but Niceville
could manage only 2-of-9
shooting from the free throw
line to go with 28 turnovers.
Walton got sloppy in the
second half but turned back
a Niceville charge late in
the third quarter to hold a
47-31 margin after 24 min-
utes of play. The Braves
also finished the game with
28 turnovers but hit 21-of-
57 shots from the field while
connecting on 9-of-20 free
Sierra Contreras played
a strong second half, scor-
ing eight of her 10 points
after intermission while rip-
ping down rebounds on the
myriad of Niceville missed
Gillian Infinger scored
nine points, all on three-
point shots in the second-
quarter, while teammate
Caretha Paul added eight
points of her own with two
from behind the three-point
line. /
Walton added to their vic-
tory total with a 47-33 win

WALTON'S GILLIAN INFINGER(21) worked her way
around a Niceville defender during the'Braves game with
the Eagles on Monday night. The Braves beat Niceville twice
last week to improve to 8-2 on the year. (Photo by Patrick

over Pensacola Catholic on
Thursday night in Pensa-
cola as Teondria Guice and
Caretha Paul each scored 11
points in the victory.
Walton dropped Niceville
for the second time in six
days with a 46-41 victory on
Saturday as Taliah Moore
led the Braves with 15
points. Walton went on a 15-
10 run in the third'quarter
to take a 35-31 lead into the
,final quarter of play. Care-
tha Paul and Deja Tucker
added nine points each as
the 'Braves earned their
third victory of the week.
Team Notes: Jerry Hester
is in his second year as girls
basketball coach at Walton
and holds a 22-11 record.
Walton holds a 7-6 advan-
tage in the series after win-
ning two games against the
Eagles in less than a week.
The Braves recorded their
first win in the series on
Dec. 5 since a 64-61 home
victory during the 1997-98
season. Niceville had won
the last two meetings in'the
series which occurred-dur-
ing the 1998-99 season.

a combined 17 points in
two wins over Niceville last
week. Walton beat the Eagles
at home 57-39 on December
5 and 46-41 in Niceville on
December 10. (Photo by Pat-
rick Casey)

ARNOLD'S ROB DAVISON exploded in the final period, scoring 15 of the Marlins' 21
points in the fourth quarter. He was the high-score man of the evening, with 26points to his
credit. (Photo' by Reid Tucker)

School Sports Calendar

Wednesday- Dec. 14
Freeport and Walton Girls Weightlifting at Crestview 3 p.m.
Fort Walton Beach at South Walton JV Girls Basketball 5:30 p.m.

Thursday- Dec. 15
NW FL State Women's Basketball at Alabama Southern 5:30 p.m.
P.C. Bay at South Walton Boys Soccer 5:30 p.m.
P.C. Arnold at Walton Girls Basketball 5:30/7 p.m.
P.C. Bozeman at Walton Girls and Boys Soccer 5:30/7 p.m.
Graceville at PDL Girls Basketball 7 p.m.
NW FL State Men's Basketball at Alabama Southern 7:30 p.m.

Friday- Dec. 16
South Walton Boys Basketball vs Florida High at Maclay 2 p.m.
P.C. Arnold at South Walton Girls Soccer 5:30 p.m.
Fort Walton Beach at Walton Boys Basketball 5:30/7 p.m.
PDL Boys Basketball at Altha 5:30/7 p.m.
Freeport Soccer at Port St. Joe 6 p.m.
Baker at Freeport Boys Basketball 6/7:15 p.m.
Laurel Hill at Paxton Girls and Boys Basketball 6/7:30 p.m.
South Walton at PDL Girls Basketball 6/7:30 p.m.
'South Walton Wrestling in Birmingham, Ala.

Saturday- Dec. 17
Walton Girls.and Boys Soccer at Pensacola Catholic 11 a.m./1 p.m.
South Walton Boys Basketball in Maclay Tourney 2 p.m.
South Walton Wrestling in Birmingham, Ala.

Monday- Dec. 19
Walton Girls Basketball vs Agape Christian in Paxton 10:30 a.m.
Walton Boys Basketball vs Agape Christian in Paxton 12 p.m.
Freeport Girls Basketball vs Laurel Hill in Paxton 3 p.m.
Beth Haven, Ky. at Paxton Girls Basketball 6 p.m.
Beth Haven, Ky. at Paxton Boys Basketball 7:30 p.m.
South Walton Boys Basketball in Maclay Tourney

Tuesday- Dec. 20
Freeport Girls Basketball vs Beth Haven, Ky. at Paxton 10:30 a.m.
Walton Girls Basketball vs Columbia Central, Tenn. at Paxton 3 p.m.
Walton Boys Basketball vs North Florida Christian at Paxton 4:30 p.m.
Agape Christian at Paxton Girls Basketball 6 p.m.
Agape Christian at Paxton Boys Basketball 7:30 p.m.


Walton Topples Marianna 74-65

The Walton Braves boys
basketball team broke a 12-
game losing streak to the
Marianna Bulldogs with a
74-65 district win at home
on Friday night.
Junior DeShun Tucker
scored 29 points and senior
Angus Anderson added 20
points along with a key
blocked shot in the final
minute of the game to help
the Braves improve to 3-4
overall and 1-0 i District 1,
Class 4A play.
The game was tied at 18-

all after one quarter of the
contest as both teams hit
7-of-14 shots from the floor
to match the other in a very
evenly played first eight
Walton opened up a slight
lead in the second quar-
ter but Marianna finished
strong, getting a basket from
guard Shaquarious Baker as
time expired to take a 31-29
lead into the locker room.
Walton got going in the
third quarter as they forced
eight of Marianna's 22'turn-
overs for the game in that

time frame. Angus Anderson
put up eight of his 20 points
during that eight minute
stretch as the Braves built
a six-point lead only to see
Marianna respond as the
cut the margin to 50-47 at
the end of three quarters.
DeShun Tucker got hot
in the fourth quarter as he
scored 12 of his 29 points
in the final eight minutes,
using outside shots and
drives to the basket along
with three free throws to
hold off the Bulldogs. Senior
Tray Williams had 11 points

and connected on 4-of-6 free
.throws in the fourth quarter
to add to Walton's attack.
Marianna got 20 points
from guard Trae Pringley as
he kept the visiting team in
the game with several long
three-point shots during,
the contest. Forward Gary
SRoyster added 19 points on
the interior but turnovers
and poor free throw shoot-
ing did in .the Bulldogs in
the final quarter of play.
The Braves pulled away
in the final two minutes of
play with Tucker providing

implored his troops to take care of the basketball in the fi- the Braves defeated Marianna to snap a 12-game losing
nal seconds of a 74-65 win over Marianna on Friday night.. streak to the Bulldogs in boys basketball on Friday night.
(Photo by Patrick Casey) (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Chris Shider(15) worked to double-team a Marianna guard
during the Braves victory over Marianna on Friday night.
Walton is 3-4 overall but 1-0 in district play on the year.
(Photo by Patrick Casey)

On this date in local
sports.....Dec. 16, 1983

The Walton Braves traveled to Eustis for the Class 2A
football state championship game and immediately found
themselves behind as the home team scored two touch-
downs in the first quarter and added another in the second
for an early 21-0 lead. Eustis quarterback Dewayne McLeod
threw two touchdown passes on the night and grabbed two
interceptions on the defensive side of the ball to keep the
Braves from pulling off a road victory. Walton's only score
of the night came in the third quarter when quarterback
Joel Dietz scored on a quarterback sneak to cut the margin
to 21-6. Walton finished the year at 9-5 in the third season
under coach Jeff Webb. The 14 games played are the most
ever played in one season by a Walton football team.

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Sports News and Notes

The Ponce de Leon Pi-
rates split a pair of varsity
games with the Vernon Yel-
lowjackets on Dec. 6 as the
girls captured a 50-13 victo-
ry while the boys squad took
a 61-27 loss. Jasmine Flock
and Brittany Alford scored
13 points apiece as the Pi-
rates coasted to a 32-4 half-
time lead and never looked
back as they improved to 7-0
on the year. The boys squad
fell behind 40-21 at the half
and could not overcome 22
turnovers in the contest as
the Yellowjackets earned a
district victory. The Pirates,
who have won only three of
their last 54 boys basketball

contests, got nine points
from Alex Price as they fell
to 0-5 on the year.
South Walton contin-
ued to rule the roost in
county soccer action as the
Seahawks (6-2) defeated
Freeport (0-3) 8-0 in a non-
district game on Thursday,
Dec. 8, in front of the Sea-
hawks' home crowd. South
Walton scored six goals in
the first half and two in the
second to blank their oppo-
nents. The Seahawks also
took out Bozeman (0-3) by
a similar eight-gbal spread,
defeating the Bucks 10-2 on
Monday, Dec. 6. South Wal-
ton once again scored six
goals before the half, though
Bozeman did retaliate with

a goal of its own. The visit-
ing Seahawks got their lat-
ter four goals in the second
half, while the Bucks scored
their second from two in the
same period.

The Walton boys soccer
team (0-7) fell 3-1 at home
to district opponent Mari-
anna (1-5) after leading 1-0
at the half. The Bulldogs'
John Metzler, who came a
goal short of a hat trick, tied
the game early in the second
half on an assist from team
mate Nic Helms. Metzler
struck again just before the'
water break to make it 2-1
in Marianna's favor with 20
minutes remaining in play.
Marianna got its final goal

on a deflection by Walton
goalie Clay Permenter on a
corner kick from Zac Davis.
The Marianna Lady Bull-
dogs (0-5-1), however, had
their game against Walton
(0-5-2) end in a 1-1 draw.
Though neither team scored
in the first half, the Lady
Braves went up 1-0 over
Marianna at the onset of
the second half, a lead that
would hold until the last
minutes of the period. Mari-
anna's Linsey Toole eventu-
ally put a shot on the goal
from inside the box to tie the
game late in the match but
other opportunities to score
were thwarted by Walton
keeper Brianna Ellenberg
and time ran out before ei-

their team could put togeth-
er another goal.
Several Freeport football
players were named to the
Florida Athletic Coaches
Association's (FACA) all-
star team in District 2,
which includes Walton,,Bay,
Holmes, Calhoun, Washing-
ton, Franklin, Gulf, Gads-
den, Jackson and Liberty
counties. Freeport players
named to the FACA All-
Senior Team include Bran-
don Head at running back,
James Leogrande as a utility
player, Caleb McCormick at
tight end and safety, kicker
Jordan Varner and David
Bartlett in the cornerback
position. Some Freeport
underclassmen made the
FACA All-District Team as
well: defensive lineman Col-
ton Parsons, Owen Cole as a
utility player and Bulldogs
quarterback Gabe Moore for
his role as punter. McCor-
mick and Varner also made
the All-District team as a
tight-end and kicker, respec-
tively. "It's possible one of
our seniors could be chosen
to play in the FACA North-
South game in Sebring just
as Nick Ellington was last
season," Freeport coach Jim
Anderson said.
Navarre High School is
seeking a new head football
coach after Chad Lashley
resigned the post on Friday.
Lashley spent seven seasons
at Navarre, the last four as
head coach while posting a
22-21 record at the school.
Unseeded Florida's run
towards the Final Four

came to an end on Saturday
night, as the No. 17 Gator
volleyball team fell in four
sets (22-25, 25-23, 14-25, 20-
25) to third-seeded Illinois
in the NCAA Championship
regional final hosted by the
Gators. With the win, the
Fighting Illini advance to
the Final Four for the third
time in program history.
Florida finishes the year at
27-6 and reached the re-
gional final for the first time
since 2005.
Florida State fahs needed
just two days to snap up all
13,500 tickets Florida State
was allotted on top of an
extra 2,400 FSU requested
to the 2011 Champs Sports
Bowl. The match-up with
Notre Dame was announced
Sunday, Dec. 4, and as of
Tuesday evening, Dec. 6,
the complete allotment plus
the extra tickets requested
were sold out according to
FSU Assistant AD for Tick-
et Sales and Operations Ben
CBS Sports' national cov-
erage of the SEC ON CBS
for.the 2011 season is the
highest-rated regular-sea-
son college football package
on any network for the third
consecutive season averag-
ing a national household
rating/share of 4.2/9. The
SEC ON CBS season aver-
age of a 4.2/9 topped ABC's
season average of 3.5/8 for
college football.
Contact Patrick Casey at
The DeFuniak Herald with
your local sports notes at:

nine points to lead the Pirates in a 61-27 loss to Vernon last
week. Price drew the attention of two Yellowjackets defend-
ers as the home team fell to 0-5 on the year. (Photo by Pat-
rick Casey)

behind-the-back dribble against Vernon last week. The Pi-
rates are still in search of their first victory of the season
after losing at home in the first round of the Holmes County
Christmas Tournament to Bonifay on Friday night. (Photo,
by Patrick Casey)

This'Week in College Football History: Dec. 12-18

Courtesy The National Foot-
ball Foundation & College
Hall of Fame.

Dec. 15, 1962 In the sec-
ond and final Gotham Bowl
at Yankee Stadium in Bronx,
N.Y., College Football Hall
of Fame coach Bob Devaney
led Nebraska to a 36-34 win
over College Football Hall of
Fame coach Andy Gustafson
and Miami (Fla.). In frigid
temperatures, the, squads
played to a 20-20 halftime
draw capped by a six-yard
Dennis Claridge touchdown
pass to Mike Eger shortly
before the final horn. Miami
claimed its third lead of the
day early in the third quar-
ter, but the Cornhuskers
responded with two touch-
downs and a pair of two-
point conversions to take a
decisive 36-27 lead. Half-
back Nick Rider brought'
Miami to within two, and
quarterback George Mira
(321 passing yards, two
touchdowns) found end Bill
Sparks wide open on the
goal line for a potential go-
ahead score, but Sparks
slipped on the icy turf, end-
ing Miami's comeback hopes.
The Gotham Bowl marked
the first of six postseason
meetings between the two
intersectional powers, with
one or both teams ranked
among the top two teams in
the country leading into all
five matchups.

Dec. 12, 1987 Eastern

Michigan defeated San Jose
State 30-27 in the seventh
California Bowl in Fresno,
Calif. Tailback Gary Pat-
ton led the Eagles with 130
rushing yards and a touch-
down, but quarterback
Craig Ostrander's 32-yard
touchdown pass to Ron Ad-
ams with 3:59 to play pro-
vided the winning margin
The win capped a special
season for Eastern Michi-
gan as the Eagles claimed
the only MAC championship
and bowl victory in school

Dec. 13, 1958 In the first
and only edition of the Blue-
grass Bowl in Louisville,
Ky., No. 19 Oklahoma State
topped Florida State, 15-6.
Cowboys running back For-
rest Campbell earned Most
Valuable Player honors with
130 rushing yards on 26 car-
ries while backfield-mate
Duane Wood added 81 rush-
ing yards and two scores
on 17 attempts. Oklahoma
State's defense limited the
Seminoles to 100 rushing
yards and intercepted four
passes on the day. The win
was Oklahoma State's first
bowl triumph since the
1945 Cotton Bowl, when the
school was known as,Okla-
homa A&M.

Dec. 14, 1968 College
Football Hall of Fame coach
Johnny Vaught guided Ole
Miss to a 34-17 win-over
Virginia Tech in the Lib-

erty Bowl in Memphis,
Tenn. The game originally
appeared to be a blowout
in favor of the Hokies after
they built a 17-0 edge after
one quarter. Future College
Football Hall of Famer and
NFF Chairman Archie Man-
ning rallied the Rebels, com-
pleting touchdown passes of
21 and 23 yards to pull Ole
Miss within 17-14 at half-
time. Running back Steve
Hindman put the Rebels
on top for good with a 79-
yard scoring sprint to open
second half, and Bob Bailey
returned an interception 70
yards for a touchdown in the
fourth quarter to put the
game away for good. Hind-
man earned Most Valuable
Player honors with 121
rushing yards oh 15 carries,
and the Ole Miss defense
allowed Virginia. Tech into
Rebels territory just once
over the final three frames.

Dec. 16, 1978 Arizona
State defeated Rutgers 34-
:18 in the first Garden State
Bowl at Giants Stadium in
East Rutherford, ,N.J. The
Sun. Devils, who trailed 10-0
after one quarter, were led
by quarterback Mark Ma-
lone's 268 passing yards and
three touchdowns to go with
46 rushing yards and two
additional scores. The Gar-
den State Bowl lasted four
seasons and was the last
postseason bowl game in the
greater 'New York City area
until the New Era Pinstripe

Bowl opened in 2010.

Dec. 17, 1993 Utah
State earned the 'first bowl
victory in school .history
with a 42-33 triumph over
Ball State in the Las Vegas
Bowl. Quarterback Anthony
Calvillo led the Aggies by
connecting on 25-of-29 pass-
es for 286 yards and three
touchdowns while adding
eight carries for 50 yards.
The Aggies built a 35-10.
third-quarter lead before
Ball State mounted a late
rally, but Donald Toomer's
32-yard interception return
for a touchdown sealed the

Dec. 18, 2003 No. 14
Miami (Ohio) defeated Lou-
isville 49-28 in the -GMAC
Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The
RedHawks jumped to a 21-0
first-quarter lead, but Louis-
ville climbed to within 35-28
in the third quarter behind
three touchdown catches
from wide receiver J.R.
Russell. Matt Pusateri's 35-
yard interception return for
a touchdown with 7:57 re-
maining put the game away
for Miami. 'Quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger earned
Most Valuable Player ac-
colades by completing 21-
of-33 passes for 376 yards
and four touchdowns. The
win finished a 13-1 season
for the RedHawks in which
they claimed the MAC title"
and.were ranked 10thl in the
final AP poll.

High school football report- Week 15

Tallahassee North Flor-
ida Christian routed St.
Petersburg Admiral Far-
ragut Academy 69-0 in tie
Class 2A state champion-
ship game on Friday at the
Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The
Eagles led the contest 48-0
at halftime as they wrapped
up a 13-0 season with their
seventh state champion-
ship for the private school.
The Blue Jackets were no
match for the Eagles a week
after upsetting Belle Glades
Day 42-16 at home. Senior
quarterback Matt Dobson
completed 7 of 9 passes for
200 yards and three touch-
downs with running back
Jonathan Vickers rushing
12 times for 102 yards and
two touchdowns. Dobson
added 82 yards rushing and

a touchdown and Warren
Hart rushed for 77 yards
and two touchdowns on 10

Chipley fell apart in the
second half of a 7-7 game
with Jefferson County as
the Bulldogs won the Rural
Class A state championship
game 47-13 to deny the Ti-
gers yet another chance to
capture the school's first
team title in any sport. Af-
ter taking a 14-7 lead on se-
nior Alphonso Footman's 13-
yard run, Jefferson County
broke the game open in the
next six minutes. A botched
punt snap led to Lenorris
Footman's 22-yard touch-
down run. A fumble set up
Ladarian Smiley's 31-yard
touchdown reception. Then
Smiley returned a punt 72

yards for a touchdown. Sud-
denly, that 7-7 score became
a 33-7 Jefferson County lead
with 1:32 left in the third
quarter. Jefferson County
added two more touchdowns
- one on a 41-yard recep-
tion by Smiley and the next
a 20-yard run by Alphonso
Footman before Chipley's
Ryan McIntyre (22 rushes,
109 yards) closed out the
scoring with a 6-yard run
with 23 seconds left. The
win captured the fifth state
title for Jefferson County's
football team, the first since
the 1991 season.

Wakulla senior Deonte
Hutchinson scored from
eight yards out in the third
overtime to give the War
Eagles a 41-38 victory over
Dade City Pasco in a Class

5A state semi-final. Wakul-
la (12-2) led 21-7 at the half
only to see the visiting team
trim the lead to seven points
with a 51-yard touchdown
pass from quarterback Ja-
cob Guy to senior receiver
Michael Larry. Pasco then
tied it at 21-all in the fourth
quarter when Guy con-
nected with junior Janarion
Grant on a 32-yard scor-
ing strike. Guy threw five
touchdown passes on the
night but it wasn't enough
as Wakulla, which somehow
has managed to play all four
playoff games on their home
field, pulled out the win in
the third overtime. Wakulla
will face Miami Norland in
the Class 5A state champi-
onship game on Friday at 12
p.m. in the Citrus Bowl in

2011-12 High School Boys Basketball Standings
Through Dec. 11
District 1, Class A District Overall I
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SDistrict 3, Class A

Ponce de Leon

District 4, Class A

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South Waltaon
Port St. Joe
P.C. Bozeman
Franklin Co.
Liberty Co.

District 1, Class 4A

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Paxton 3 0 5 2
Malone 3 1 8 2
Central 1 2 5 2
Poplar Springs 1 2 5 4
Laurel Hill 1 2 1 3 2
Bethlehem 0 2... 1 5

District 2, Class A District 1 Overall

4o0s'Co 4 0 6 6 2-
Nor-thview i 1 i 0 1 1 1
Baker \ 2 1 6 1

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Freeporitck 0 4 1 8

District 3, Class A District Overall
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Ponce de Leon 4 0 9 0
Cottondale 3 1 4 3
Graceville 3 1 3 5 4
Vernon 2 2 2 3
Sneads, 2 3 4 4
WewahitchkaI 0 4 1 7

District 4, Class A District Overall

South --Walton 4 8 .
West Gadsden 3 1 3 3
Libey Co.3 1 3 2
Franklin Co. 2 2 2 7.
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Blountstown [ 13 2 3 1
P.C. Bozeman 0 5 0 6

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SPensacola Catholic 0 1 1 10

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Lady Bulldogs claim top spot in Walton

County girls weightlifting meet

S Freeport took first place
at their home gym in the
Walton County girls weight-
lifting meet, which kicks off
the district weightlifting
season for female athletes.
Freeport took first in four
different weight classes to
win top honors with a total
of 31 points to South Wal-
ton's 27 points and Walton's
17 on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The mebt included two
lifts, the bench press and
clean and jerk, with five
points being awarded to the
winner in each weight divi-
sion, three points for second
place, two points for third
and so on. Freeport's Aman-
da Dawkins (101-pound
class) was the top lifter in
the bench press competition

[High School T i
- Basketball Scores

Monday- December 5
Crestview I 49
Walton Boys 43
Freeport Girls 66
Pensacola Christian 35
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Walton Girls 5
Nicevirle 39
Tuesday- December 6
I.Freeport Boys ...I 75
Northvew 26_
Malone 65
Paxton Boys 29
i Nortvnhew 47
Freenpn Girls 46
Paxton Girls 42
Malone 40
PDL Girls 50
vermon.. 13
South Walton Boys 60
P.C. Bozeman 49
South Walton Girls 78
P.C. Bozeman 8
Vernon 61
PbL Boys 2i
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P.C. Arnold 57

with a lift of 95 pounds.

Dawkins and team-
mate Morgan Osterhoff
(139-pound class) and Wal-
ton's Allyson Huffman
(183-pound class) made up
a three-way tie for high-

lifter in the clean and jerk
event, as each had lifts of
85 pounds. The top overall
lifter was Dawkins with a
180-pound combined total
to make her the best pound-
for-pound lifter at the event
as well.

101 lbs. 1. Abby Walker, Freeport, 75 pounds bench, 65
pounds clean and jerk, 140 pounds total; 2. Gaby Guz-
man, Freeport, 50, 50, 100.
110 lbs. 1. Amanda Dawkins, Freeport, 95, 85, 180; 2.
Ashley Taylor, Freeport, 80, 65, 145.
119 lbs. 1. Dominique McCaskill, Walton, 85, 80, 165; 2.
Teryn Akridge, South Walton, 65, 70, 135; 3. Hanna Bish-
op, Freeport, 70, 60, 130; 4. Taylor Scott, South Walton, 60,
60, 120.
129 lbs. 1. Alivia Villareal, Freeport, 75; 70, 145.
139 lbs. TIE 1. Raquel Bradley, South Walton, 80, 80, 160;
TIE 1. Morgan Osterhoff, Freeport, 75, 85, 160.
154 lbs. 1. Tabitha Gaydos, South Walton, 85, 75, 160;
2. C.D. Chambers, South Walton, 75, 75, 150; 3. Courtney
Gammon, 70, 70, 140; 4. Taylor Hensley, 65.
169 lbs. 1. Cheyenne Chambers. 80. 80, 160: 2. Sara Shel-
ton, Freeport, 70, 70, 140; 3. Kelsie Hann, Freeport. 70, 70,
183 lbs. 1. Allyson Huffman, Walton, 85, 85, 170.
199 lbs. 1. Samantha Gaydos, 75, 75, 150.
Unlimited 1. Rebecca Williams, Walton. 90, 75, 165.

SFREEPORT'S WEIGHT ROOM was packed with the female weightlifting teams from
Walton, South Walton and Freeport. The Lady Bulldogs took firstplace at the event, with
31 total points and four first-place finishes. (Photo by Reid Tucker)

first in the 199-pound class
with lifts of 75 pounds in
both the bench and clean
and jerk events. (Photo by
Reid Tucker)

DAItKINS cleaned house
at the Walton County girls
weigh lifting meet. The
109-pound lifter's 95-pound
bench press was the highest
at the meet and she was part
of a three-way tie for highest
clean and jerk as well, with
a lift of 85 pounds. She also
had the highest total at the
meet at 180 pounds, which
made her the best pound-for-
poind lifter. (Photo by Reid

Freeport's Collin Myrick attends Wendy's

High School Heisman Award ceremony

Thursday. Decemb
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Holmes Co 58
South Walton Girls 66
SWest Gadsden 19
SW alton Gils 47
Pensacola Catholic 33

West Gadsden
South Walton Boys
Friday. December 9
Freeport Boys
SHolmes Co
PDL Boys
Freeport Girls
Paxton Boys
SPaxton Guils
South Wallon Boys
'Port St. Joe
South Walton Girls
Port Sr. Joe
Walton Boys
Saturday- December 1
PDL Girls
Poplar Springs


Freeport High School
senior Collin Myrick, one
of 12 finalists chosen from
among nearly 48,000 appli-
cants from around the coun-
try, attended the 18th an-
nual Wendy's High School
Heisman Award ceremony
on Dec. 9 in New York.,,
One male and one
female finalist is chosen as
the national winners for the
award. which recognizes
the academic and sporting
achievements as well as the
community service accomn-
plishments of the nation's

S top high-school student-
athletes. Though Myrick,
I one of two Florida finalists,
8 did not win the nomination,
27 the competition for the pres-
Stigious award was as high-
66 level as can be had in the
43 United States.
53 This year's winners were
14 Selena Pasadyn, of Bruns-
wick High in Brunswick,
so Ohio, and Garrett Gosse,
Swho attends The Mead-
52 ows School in Las Vegas,
23 Nev. The two national
'- winners will each receive a
74 crystal Wendy's High School
Heisman Trophy, a $10,000
0 donation to their respective
high schools and recognition
39 during the collegiate Heis-
21 man ceremony in.New York
4 City on Sunday, Dec. 11.
41 Pasadyn, a cross coun-

2011 High School Football Standings --

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try and track and field ath-
lete, holds the school record
for Ohio's Division 1 Cross
Country State meet and is a
four-year member of the var-
sity swim team and earned
perfect ACT and SAT scores
in mathematics. She plans
to run cross country and
track and field at Yale Uni-
versity upon graduation. ,
Gosse is Class 2A first-
team all-state selection in
football, basketball and
baseball. He broke several
school records passing for
448. yards in a single game
as quarterback on the foot-

ball team. As vice president
of his class, Gosse organized
a tutoring program at an
underprivileged school, and
he also volunteers his time
mentoring younger stu-
dents. After graduation, he
has set his sights on con-
tinuing to play football at
the collegiate.level.
The High School Heisman
Award ceremony will air on
ESPN2 on Sunday, Dec. 18
at 2 p.m. Check this space
for a follow-up interview
with Myrick in an upcoming
addition of The DeFuniak
Springs Herald.

finalists from around the country who competed for the 18th
annual Wendy's High School Heismah Award. The award
ceremony was held on Dec. 9 in New York and will be broad-
cast on ESPN2 on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2p.m. (Photo by Reid

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in the clean and press with 85 pounds. She attempted a lift
of 90 pounds but scratched on her final go. She nevertheless
finished with a, total of 170 pounds. (Photo by Reid Tucker)


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