This week in Walton history

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

Nov 8 - 14

40 years ago — 1974

The U. S. 331 Improvement Association organized in Walton County with goals that included four-laning 331 from Paxton to South Walton and a highway billboard campaign advertising 331 for tourists.

30 years ago — 1984

South Walton teenager Russell Guy anxiously awaited his U.S. citizenship.

25 years ago — 1989

The Walton County Commission agreed to locate a recycling facility at the county landfill as a temporary solution for reducing solid waste.

20 years ago — 1994

Walton County voters barely defeated the anti-nudity ordinance and a one-cent local option sales tax.

A record crowd turned out for the eighth annual South Walton Sportsfest held in Seaside, with about 700 athletes participating in the triathlon and duathlon.

10 years ago — 2004

Snowbirds Tom and Harriet Ayers from Tennessee and Linda and Jerry Bartlett from Minnesota volunteered a couple of hours to the first Scenic 98 Cleanup.

The Walton County Health Department had a limited supply of child and adult influenza vaccine available, so it was given to high-risk individuals ages 6 to 23 months, 65 years or older, persons 2 to 64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.

South Walton High School senior Natasha Johnson was the first student at the three-year old high school to be named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

South Walton High School Girls Cross Country Team finished 8th at state finals.

Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach welcomed its new rector, The Rev. Francis Marion Cooper IV.

A ribbon cutting was held for The Household Vet in Miramar Beach, whose veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Rotruck, provides veterinary care in the home.

The Walton County TDC announced the 2004 Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award winner was Joann Saucier from Abbott Resorts.

The Walton County Chamber celebrated the addition of the 3-Thirty-1 Café to its roster with a ribbon cutting.