Oct. 6 - 12


30 years ago — 1983

The Walton County Taxpayers Association filed suit against the county commissioners to force them to redraw commission district lines.

The Walton County Commission unexpectedly abolished the District 5 Planning Commission, returning planning duties to the commissioners.


25 years ago — 1988

Two Panama City men were arrested for operating a moonshine distillery in the Steele Field area of South Walton.

South Walton welcomed Curtis C. Lieber, licensed physician assistant, at the Santa Rosa Beach Medical Center.


20 years ago — 1993

Fire Board discussed liability issues of female firefighters who responded while pregnant and brought their children to the scene of a fire.

Walton County Sheriff Quinn McMillian said he may one day hire a female deputy to go on the road and patrol since backup is now available, whereas he currently had a policy of not allowing female deputies on the road.

Sandestin’s director of human resources, Sylvia Bell, captured state honors as the Florida Human Resource Executive of the Year.

The corner of Old 98 and U.S. 98 in South Walton qualifies for a right turn lane but not a traffic light, according to a traffic study completed by the Department of Transportation.

Arson is the primary cause of forest fires in Walton County destroying 476.1 acres of land in 1992-1993, according to the Division of Forestry’s annual report.


10 years ago — 2003

The Boys and Girls Club facility, to be built across from Butler Elementary, becomes a divisive issue for nearby residents and property owners and those in the community who welcome the activities the project would offer.

South Walton residents who live near the beach may soon have to purchase turtle safe lights and cover their windows at night for nearly six months a year if county officials approve a proposed turtle lighting ordinance.

An early morning thief at Paradise Pets on Mussett Bayou Road stole exotic pets, including two red-tailed boas, a dusky lorry parrot, a bearded dragon lizard and a leopard gecko. An African grey parrot died of fright.

The Walton County Commission approved the first phase of WaterSound North, a large residential community north of U.S. 98 near the Bay County line.

Blue Mountain Beach artist Susan Lucas was selected as Walton County’s tourist Development Council’s 2004 “Artist of the Year.”