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Florala purchasing property adjacent to old city school
The Covington County Board of Education on Tuesday accepted the City of Florala’s offer to purchase the Vaitis Building property for $40,000. Florala Mayor Terry Holley said that the building will be used for an economic development project, but will announce the full details on the project later.
Andalusia Christmas Tournament begins today
The Greenville Tigers and Georgiana Panthers will both compete in the Andalusia Christmas Tournament, which begins today. Greenville will take on Opp at 4:30 p.m. Georgiana will face off with Florala at 6 p.m.
Covington County commission makes decision regarding Pigeon Creek Bridge
COVINGTON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - New developments in the controversy surrounding the Pigeon Creek Bridge in Covington County. The county commission voted not to repair or replace the bridge. Commissioners felt it didn’t make financial sense, especially with it being nearly 90 years old. Some of the loc
OCSO: DUI driver arrested with blood alcohol level four times the legal limit https://bit.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WPMI) — A Defuniak Springs man pulled over by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for driving recklessly on State Road 85 is charged with DUI and deputies say the man’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit.
County building evacuated after bomb threat emailed
The Covington County Administration Building was evacuated Thursday afternoon after an employee received an email threatening that there was a bomb in the facility. Similar threats were made across the country — in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Miami, Washington, DC and other locations nationwid
Covington County Floor Manufacturer Receives $250 Million Investment
Andalusia’s soft and hard floor manufacturing distribution company Shaw Industries Plant 65 location is celebrating a large investment. This comes after its Dalton, Georgia headquarters chose to invest $250 million into the facility.
Bulldogs’ best game yet [with gallery]
The Andalusia High School boy’s basketball team took care of business last night in the first round of the 52nd Annual Andalusia High School Basketball Christmas Tournament, beating Red Level High School 63-37.
Alabama attorney general taking over case of black man killed by police officer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The investigation of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer inside Alabama's largest shopping mall is now in the hands of the state attorney general, he announced Thursday.
County buys land for project
The Covington County Commission on Tuesday agreed to buy five acres of land “for a future economic development project,” but declined to say what the project is. The property is adjacent to the current County Administration Building on Hillcrest Drive in Andalusia.
Three first responders sent to hospital after fentanyl exposure during traffic stop
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) -- Three first responders were sent to the hospital for evaluation after they were exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop in Okaloosa County. Florida Trooper M. Boggan stopped a 2011 Lincoln on State Road 85 on Tuesday for speeding.
CRASH REPORT: Baker plane crash result of possible engine trouble
BAKER — The pilot of a plane who was seriously injured in June 2017 as he tried take off from a local airstrip reported the aircraft “sputtered and hesitated” as it left the runway.
Hundreds attend law officer seminar
Investing in local law officers is part of the reason the district attorneys from seven Wiregrass Counties sponsor an annual, day long educational training conference. Nearly 200 municipal and county law officers from Dale, Geneva, Coffee, Pike, Henry, Houston and Covington Counties attended the 10t
Latter-day Saints branch opens in Freeport
When wards (congregations) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow in numbers, they divide. In the DeFuniak Springs Ward, this expansion happened and the Freeport branch was formed to accommodate this growth. Branch presidents and bishops of the Latter-day Saint Church are unpaid vol
WCSO: DeFuniak Springs Man Solicited 13-Year-Old for Sex
DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - A 21-year-old DeFuniak Springs man was arrested over the weekend after soliciting who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex, Walton County Sheriff's deputies wrote in a news release.
Laurel Hill family displaced after fire
LAUREL HILL — A family of five was displaced from their home on the 3900 block of Second Avenue following a kitchen fire Friday night. The Laurel Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire about 10 p.m., according to Fire Chief Mike McVay. The family already had extinguished the blaze by t
Cold weather shelter open in Walton County
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WEAR) — A cold weather shelter will be open in Walton County. This shelter will open Tuesday, December 11th beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will close at 7:00 a.m. the following morning.
Duck hunters rescued from river Saturday
At 5:30 a.m., Sat., Dec. 8, the Opp Fire Department was dispatched to assist the Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department, Advanced EMS and the Covington County Sheriff’s Department in rescuing two duck hunters that capsized their boat on the Conecuh River.
Senior Spotlight: Jane Boyd
This week, The Greenville Advocate spotlights Mrs. Jane Boyd of Greenville, who currently resides in Pine Needle Place. A: I was born in Winston Salem, N.C., in 1928. A: James L. Rogers and Sadie Dale Rogers.
Top runner logs 6:51 minute pace [with gallery]
Luke Ritter of Troy was the fastest runner in Saturday’s Candyland Christmas Half Marathon, finishing the 13.1-mile course in 1:29:44, or a pace of 6:51 minutes per mile. There was a total of 121 participants in the half marathon, 5K run and 5K walk coordinated by local runners with proceeds designa
Airshow cost $148K, drew 8K
The South Alabama Regional Airport spent $148,000 to stage the 2018 South Alabama Airshow, and recouped $90,000 of that from sponsorships, SARA Executive Director Jed Blackwell told board members Monday.