Oct. 13 - 19


30 years ago — 1983

The Walton County Sheriff’s Department investigated the discovery of a young woman’s body on a South Walton beach.

After abolishing South Walton’s planning committee, the Walton County Commission began taking steps toward countywide planning and zoning.


25 years ago — 1988

Some South Walton residents with 837 telephone prefixes were being billed the 50-cent surcharge for Okaloosa County’s 9-1-1 system.


20 years ago — 1993

European pottery predating Colombian times in the late 1400s may have been discovered in South Walton while archeologists dig at an American Indian site.

Defendant Donnie Demont Phillips was found guilty during retrial for the murder of Freeport liquor store clerk Sherry Lynn Dailey.

Robert Newton Linton, 30, who died in the Walton County Jail, did not receive the medication prescribed for him while he was incarcerated for two days.

A new ordinance makes complaint and enforcements procedures again contractors in Walton County official.


10 years ago — 2003

Contractors in Walton County who violate construction regulations could have their license suspended or revoked and be fined as much as $5,000 for violations by the Walton County Competency Board.

For his contribution to tourism, Van Ness Butler was presented with the Van Ness Butler Hospitality Award 2003 by the Tourist development Council.

Junior League of the Emerald Coast extends its clothing drive by adding Walton County to its Child Clothing Project.

First All That Jazz Wine Festival held at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

South Walton High School boys and girls cross country teams swept the competition with victories in the Walton County Championships held at SWHS.