Feb. 9 - 15
25 years ago — 1989
A meeting of the Choctaw Ferry Users Association had few in attendance, as the Choctaw Ferry broke down a half-hour before the meeting, leaving 15 cars stranded on the north side of the Intracoastal Waterway. A week later, the Walton County Commission shut down the ferry, which had operated there for 51 years.
20 years ago — 1994
Walton County Sheriff Quinn McMillian asks the county to provide funds for four more deputies.
An annual audit report revealed the South Walton Fire District is in good financial shape.
Freeport adopted a symbol representing the city, with logo designed by 12-year-old Travis Hollington.
10 years ago — 2004
Experts say the local real estate market in South Walton is second only to south California.
Somerset Beach was renamed Alys Beach in memory of the wife of Elton B. Stephens, founder of EBSCO Gulf Coast Development Company, which developed the property.
A new beach safety star, Seemore the Safety Crab, was introduced with the new beach flag system proposed by the Beach Safety Committee.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort opened its third Starbucks Coffee at Uptown Grayton on County Road 30A.
Café Thirty-A restaurant received the North American Restaurant Association’s highest award, the Five Star Award of Excellence.
Carol Ferony was the winner of the 2004 ArtsQuest poster and T-shirt competition.
The artwork of Nina Fritz was selected to hang in all units of Club Intrawest at the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.