April 20 - 26

30 years ago — 1984

South Walton Utilities took steps to avoid imposing a sewer service moratorium.

25 years ago — 1994

A South Walton real estate saleswoman was attacked while showing a home in Dune Allen Beach.

20 years ago — 1999

Tired of government passing down decrees to the county without providing funding to support the requirements, the Walton commissioners continued to oppose unfunded mandates.

Gov. Lawton Chiles’ endorsement of $8,432,106 for a new single-cell housing unit and a work camp at Walton Correctional Institution, as well as his suggestions for road repair within the county, were adopted by the Legislature, and Topsail Hill project received state park funding.

Five overhead street lights to be installed in Freeport.

Grayton Beach named No. 1 best beach in the country.

Seventy-three percent of people responding to The Walton Log telephone survey favored the South Walton area incorporating into a city.

10 years ago — 2004

Residents of the Beach Highlands area had a new kind of complaint for the country road department. They don’t want their roads paved.

A 25,000-square foot CVS Pharmacy and retail complex was to be built at the southwest corner of Holiday Road and U.S. 98.

School board approved school calendar, with classes beginning Aug. 5.

An early morning fire in Rosemary Beach that destroyed three structures and caused an estimated $6 million in damages was rules arson based on evidence found at the scene.

The new Finz Restaurant, formerly Elephant Walk, on Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort opened.

The new bridge over Caney Creek on State Hwy. 2 in north Walton County held a grand re-opening ceremony.

Officials of the Wild Heron community unveiled an outdoor, life-size bronze sculpture of three great blue herons in flight.

Suella McMillan was the new executive director of Chautauqua Assembly.

Award-winning singer Amy Grant announced she will perform in concert in Seaside in June for Lighthouse
Family Retreat.