Community Briefs June 6

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM.


The 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year applications available

The Walton County TDC is now taking applications for 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year. This will mark the 13th year of this community program showcasing a collection of local artists offering a wide range of media. Through this program, the TDC promotes the destination’s thriving arts community while placing the spotlight on one talented artist. To learn more about the South Walton Artist of the Year program, email

The deadline for The 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year Award is 4 p.m. Monday, July 28.

Free FBI Child ID app

The WCSO wants to inform the public of a free App, launched by the FBI, to store vital information about your child.  Physical identifiers such as height, weight and photographs are readily available at your fingertips in the event your child goes missing and can be given to law enforcement officers on the spot. The app is available through the Apple iTunes Store for iPhones and Google Play Store for Android devices.  The app includes tips on keeping children safe as well guidance on what to do in those first crucial hours after a child goes missing. No information about you or your child will be collected or stored by the FBI or iTunes. Visit and

Events Advisory Committee to meet

Funding consideration is being made available by the Walton County Tourist Development Council for events, including festivals, sporting events, concerts, etc., occurring in north Walton County for the period of July-September.  If interested in conducting a 2-3 minute presentation of a specific event to the North Walton Events Advisory Committee for funding consideration, email or call 622-7814 by June 20 for additional information and to secure your time slot on the agenda.  The meeting and presentation will take place June 24.

Rashid Chatani named to Dean’s List

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has announced that Rashid Chatani of Freeport, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the Spring 2014 semester.

The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differ from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average. Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

“WPI’s academic programs are remarkably rigorous, so being named to the Dean’s List is a testament to hard work, a sharp mind, and a commitment to excellence,” said Provost Eric Overstrom. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to learn subjects ranging from engineering to science to business and the humanities, and through our innovative project-based curriculum they conduct professional-level research and solve important problems all over the world. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled at facing such demanding challenges, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”

Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort earns top ratings

Tops’l was recently named a Gold Medal Resort by Tennis Resorts Online that ranks the best tennis resorts and camps in the world. Tops’l ranked 13th for “Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps” and fifth place for “best value for the dollar.”

“It’s a great honor to manage a property that is consistently recognized as a top tennis resort,” said Ed Evans, executive general manager at Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort. “We work hard to ensure our facilities are top notch and offer exceptional amenities you can’t find just anywhere.”

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