New club director

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has announced the new DeFuniak Springs Club Director, Daryl Betts.  Betts has lived in DeFuniak Springs for 30 years, originally from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. He moved to the area because he felt that DeFuniak Springs was a great place to raise his children, who have all attended elementary, middle and high school in DeFuniak.   

Daryl’s primary goal for the DeFuniak Springs Boys & Girls Club, 435 N 9th St., is to ensure they provide a safe environment for kids to learn and have fun.  It’s his hope that they can continue to grow and impact more youth in the community through their afterschool and summer programs. 

“We’re currently providing impactful, outcome driven programming such as Power Hour, Triple Play, Healthy Habits, Character Counts, Art, and Music,” Betts said. “With the support of the community, we plan to continue these wonderful programs and grow even more.”

Walton County Master Gardeners offer scholarship

The Walton County Master Gardeners is offering a scholarship to a Walton County Florida high school senior or Walton County, Florida, resident currently attending college or technical school and interested in furthering their education in Floriculture/Horticulture. Specific areas of interest may include landscaping, nursery/garden center management, floriculture, forestry, grounds and turf management, parks and natural resources and/or other agriculturally related fields. 

A $1,000 scholarship is available and will be paid jointly to the student and the school. A good scholastic record, special interests, and commitment to a floriculture/horticulture career are considerations when awarding the scholarship.

Applications are available for the 2013-2014 school year in the Guidance Counselors’ Offices at Walton High Schools, at, and at the University of Florida/Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Call 892-2522.  The deadline to apply is April 1.