A new health clinic could be around the corner for Walton County. Officials have applied for a national grant to build a facility in Mossy Head.

MOSSY HEAD — A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture could soon pave the way toward improving the health of residents in rural Walton County.


According to Holly Holt, a health officer with the Walton County Public Health Department, county officials have approved a grant request, which, if awarded, would be used to build a new health clinic in Mossy Head.


"With the economic development increasing and improving in that area, there’s always a need for health care locally," she said.


Holt added that unfit conditions in a previous satellite clinic forced the department out of the area.


Those services have since been transferred to Paxton, which are currently available four days a week.


"We could not stay in (the clinic)," she said. "The floors were falling in, (and) we just had some safety issues with it."


According to Deputy County Administrator Dede Hinote, Walton applied for $80,000.


She added that it was a "very competitive grant" under the USDA’s Community Facilities Program. It will be awarded sometime next March.


"The county has the land and infrastructure and internet. All we need is funds for a new building," Hinote wrote in an email. "The new proposed location is where the District 3 Commission Office use to be on (U.S.) Highway 90 West."


With an additional facility, the health department would have more resources to fulfill an ongoing community health project, Holt said. She added that the department’s mission aimed to tackle issues in areas including affordable housing, hearty places to eat, workplace wellness, preventable diseases, mental health and substance abuse.