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Calling All Race Fans!! See all the
details of the first ever pumpkin..Page 3

Lots of Public Notices coming
up....Page 4-5

Pet of The WEEK from Alaqua
Animal refuge.Page 6

Letters to the EDITOR: Pg. 9

Ebola Timeline 2014 Outbreak:
A break down of times and locations.Page 10

See what Rian wrote this week. Page 11
And the bridge building continues on into the night. It is impressive to see its structuring and how it will
be able to handle the amount of traffic on the Hwy.331 bridge. It is projected to take a couple years to
complete. But a vote No to a toll bridge has already been passed.

Well, Hello there. From the looks from all the E-mails and
letters I got recently, youd think I was running for office or
something. I was told by a few that I should. As if.
Im going to post a story news this week instead of my opinion so that
you can write in and tell me your thoughts on what was written. Deal? Good.
As the world continues to grapple with the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa,
there's growing concern about another invasive disease whose origin is much closer to
home. Chagas along with its cousins Dengue Fever and the Chikungunya virus is a
disease found mainly in Latin America, but is starting to gain a foothold in the U.S.
Caused by a parasite inside triatomines, or "kissing bugs," Chagas causes fever, fatigue,
body aches, headache and other symptoms in its early stages, while more severe symp-
toms such as cardiac arrest and megacolon emerge in its chronic phase.
While the disease is found mainly in poor, rural parts of Latin America the U.S.s Center
for Disease Control estimates that 8 million people in the region live with the disease
isolated cases of Chagas have begun to crop up throughout the U.S. in places like Louisi-
ana, Texas and Virginia. The CDC believes that there are currently 300,000 people in-
fected with Chagas in the U.S., enough for a clinic devoted to diagnosing and treating the
disease to open at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and doctors in New
York City and Georgia to start screening patients who have travelled to Latin America.
The disease is not classified by health officials as endemic, leaving many doctors to fail to
diagnose Chagas or not think that people could contract the disease in the U.S. Medical
research, however, suggests that 40,000 pregnant North American women may be infected
with the disease at any given time, resulting in 2,000 congenital cases through mother-to-
child transmission.
Its not something that we think of asking right away, Julie-Ann Crewalk, a pediatrician
who has handled Chagas cases, told The Atlantic. I wouldnt be surprised if the numbers
were higher and were just not seeing it.
The U.S. is not the only country seeing new cases. Spain is now grappling with a rise in
Changa cases because 80,000 migrants from Latin America are living with the illness,
according to the BBC.
Chagas was named after Brazilian doctor Carlos Chagas who first described the disease
also known as as American trypanosomiasis - in 1909, while combating a malaria out-
break in a small town called Lassance. The disease is spread by bites or fecal matter de-
posited on the skin of a human by the triatomines, or "kissing bugs," called so because
they tend to leave bites around the mouth.
The disease can also spread from congenital transmission - from a pregnant woman to her
baby - by blood transfusion, organ transplantation, consumption of uncooked food con-
taminated with feces from infected bugs or accidental laboratory exposure.
Treatment of the disease is done through antiparasitic drugs to kill the parasite, but that
can only be done if the Chagas is caught in its early stages. If it goes untreated past its
acute stage, the Chagas can only be managed by patients with chronic cardiac or intestinal
problems by devices like pacemakers and medications for irregular heartbeats.
Despite the 300,000 or so people living in the U.S. that have Chagas disease, the CDC and
health experts in the U.S. say that most of these people suffering from the disease have
immigrated to the country and the biggest risk of contracting this disease is traveling to
areas where Chagas is endemic.
So, on the store front the media tries to help downplay the Ebola crisis. All for votes?
Come on people, you must get out and vote. After I see all of the witnesses to fraud for
Obamas last election. People voting 10x or more? Sounds also like a 3rd world conspir-
acy for elections. Obama took that to us as an all-time low.
Our credibility is gone with amongst other countries. We are in debt to whom? By how
much? To think that the war on ISIS will be costly is an understatement. Do you think the
Saudis will run out of money? Ever? Who do you think is backing the terrorist?
Now Iran wants to have nuclear warhead bomb, didnt we try to keep them from having
access to such? Oh yes, like Obama once said, Ebola will not reach our lands and then it
did. He said it wont spread, it did and cases throughout the US have surfaced.
What will they do to stop the rioting in Ferguson? I dont see that going as they hope it
will, so more damage to the city. As if that makes any sense.
I do want to say one last thing. I am proud to have served this city in a way I never
dreamt of. I hope to enstill this newspaper into the archives of Freeport and its history.
Yea, me, the guy not from here who wants to lend a helping hand to those in need. If you
have a business, you will always have a need to advertise to some degree. Just give me a
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Calling all RACE FANS.
Come join the race with your
pumpkin racer this
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at
South Walton First Baptist
Highway 331 South.
Race kits are available but are
in limited supply so call or
come early to purchase yours.
Pumpkin racer kits can be
purchased and personalized
before each race.
Preparations will begin at
10:00 am with a CRAFT FAIR,
PUMPKIN RACER ASSEMBLY and races will being at 1pm. You
can build your own pumpkin at home and bring it to race. No
motorized accessories, the pumpkin should roll on its own.
Barbecue pork sandwiches, chili, hot dogs, drinks and pop
corn will be available to purchase also.
For any information or to pre-purchase your race kit call:
Dr. Walt Campbell @ 850-685-0684
Come cheer your favorite pumpkin racer to victory. Ribbons
will be awarded and 1
and 3
place trophies will be
awarded for the final race of all the prior winners
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We are very close to putting the final
touches on the program. We are still very
much in need of additional help from
any and all who want to participate. Right now we
have six Churchs that have been part of the plan-
ning process and it has been wonderful.
The goal is to reach out to the community to
help families and individuals that are hurting. We
want to do the best job that we can as a community
of believers working together.
I believe in miracles; first because I read
about them in The Bible, second because I have per-
sonally seen miracles, and third because others
have told me about miracles. I think you believe as
Plan on joining us on November 6, 2014 at 5pm
at the Community Center for another
meeting. Youre Pastor or any per-
sons designated to represent the
Church, please come on Thursday.
Pastor Sam Dunaway
FBC Freeport (850) 835-2742
8:00am 12:00pm
The Walton Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring
a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of
these and other household hazardous wastes:
Pesticides - Used Oil - Stale Gasoline Solvents Fertil-
izers Paint Paint Thinners Paint Strippers Batter-
ies Furniture Polish Brake Fluid Engine Degreasers
Anti-Freeze Pool Chemicals Insecticides Spot Re-
Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, dur-
ing the same hours and locations. Walton county residents
may bring up to 12 tires per residence.
Locations: Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83
North (9th Avenue), Defuniak Springs, South Walton Mos-
quito Control Office, County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach
No gas cylinders or explosives, please.
Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home
computers, we will be accepting old computer hardware in-
cluding processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners,
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (small
businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a re-
duced rate.
For more information or to schedule a drop off time, contact
the Landfill Department at 892-8180
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to
change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in
saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A
week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.

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improve something? Tell us. Say?
Got ideas? that you think would be
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E-mail anytime..check page 2
Think about this:
1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing
that during the mad cow epidemic our government
could track a single cow, born in Canada almost
three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in
the state of Washington? And, they tracked her
calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate
11 million illegal aliens wandering around our
country. Maybe we should give each of them a
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for
Iraq ....why don't we just give them ours?
It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has
worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Com-
mandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you
cannot post:
'Thou Shalt Not Steal'
'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and
'Thou Shall Not Lie'
in a building full of lawyers, judges and politi-
cians. It creates a hostile work environment.

Also, think about this ..... If you don't
want to share this for fear of offending
someone -- YOU ARE PART OF THE
The DeFuniak Business and Professional Association (DBPA) is now
accepting applications from local and area craft vendors and artists for the
upcoming 2014 Hometown Christmas arts and craft show at the Walton
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 83, in DeFuniak Springs. The one-day event is
held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Now in its 24

year, Hometown Christmas is the oldest and largest handmade craft show
in northwest Florida. The event attracts thousands of local and area resi-
dents and is a DBPA signature event. To find out how to be a part of this
arts and crafts extravaganza, call (850) 830-1661. Booth spaces go
quickly. Dont delay, call today.
In order to better serve employees and members of the public, the Walton
County Department of Human Resources will be expanding its hours of
operations beginning Friday, October 17
The departments new hours of operation will be as follows:
Monday Friday from 7:00am 5:30pm
If you should have any questions, please contact the Department of
Human Resources at 850-892-8586
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners
proposes to adopt the following by ordinance:
You are hereby notified that a Public Hearing on the ordi-
nance will be held on October 28, 2014, beginning at 4:00
p.m., or as soon as possible to that time, at the South Walton
Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa
Rosa Beach, Florida.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
~Remember, Early Detection Saves Lives ~
WALTON COUNTY The Florida Department of Health in Walton County
(DOH-Walton) recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness month and
reminds women to take charge of their health by getting regular mammo-
grams. The best way to find breast cancer is with a mammogram. Getting
mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading
cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that
breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about
3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with
larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be
the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well
as improved treatment.
Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection - Staying at a healthy weight,
being physically active, and limiting how much alcohol you drink can help re-
duce your risk of breast cancer. Regular screening can often find breast cancer
early when treatments are more likely to be successful. Early detection is the
key to successful diagnosis and treatment. Contact your health care provider
There is a special program called the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early
Detection Program (FBCCEDP) that provides a free breast exam by a health
care professional, a free pap test (which is a screening test for cervical cancer),
if needed, and a free mammogram to women who qualify. If you are aged 50-64
and have no health insurance, you can apply to participate in the FBCCEDP. To
see if you qualify, call the Florida Department of Health in Walton County at
(850) 892-8015, Ext. 1175. Remember, early detection saves lives!

You are hereby notified that a
Public Hearing on the ordinance
will be held on October 28, 2014,
beginning at 4:00 p.m., or as
soon as possible to that time, at
the South Walton Court-
house Annex located at 31
Coastal Centre Blvd.,
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
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Preparing for the unthinkable
By Ron Kelley
Ebola, the deadly virus that originated in West Africa, has found
its way to America. One person has died and two nurses have been
diagnosed with the virus.
The death toll for Ebola virus disease in West Africa since April
has now passed 4,000. The total number of cases exceeds 8,000.
Estimates for the current Ebola epidemic gave it a fatality rate of 55
70 percent.
Still, for most Americans, the odds of contracting Ebola are sig-
nificantly lower than the odds of having heart disease, cancer,
stroke, a motor vehicle accident, assault by firearm, or an air travel
accident to name a few. There has been only one Ebola-related
death in the United States and two nurses contracted the disease in
Texas. There have been no reported cases in Florida, so far.
However, while there is no cause for immediate alarm, in a state
whose economy relies on attracting huge numbers of visitors and
tourists from across the nation and around the world, many Florida
hospitals are taking steps to prepare for the unthinkable. Among
those is Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs.
Quality Assurance Director Violet Kennison, R.N., said Health-
mark is working with the Walton County Health Department, the
Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control
(CDC) regarding protocols for the physicians and nursing staff.
We are already trained in basic patient isolation procedures. Given
the seriousness of the Ebola virus, we are re-familiarizing ourselves
with those procedures and precautions, she said. We have the
special clothing, gloves and masks needed to protect ourselves and
we have a portable haz-mat unit tent and trailer that could be util-
ized should there be a case here.
Generally, the highest risk of infection are for those people who
have recently traveled to West Africa, including Guinea, Liberia,
Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the
Congo. The CDC is reporting that people cannot contract Ebola
through air, food or water. It can only be contracted through direct
contact with body fluids from an infected person or from exposure
to contaminated objects, such as needles.
Kennison noted that since there have been no cases reported in
Florida, the chances of having an incident in Walton County are
very low. However, we have to take it seriously and we have to be
prepared. We are reviewing isolation procedures and will be doing
some training and drills just to be sure that we are ready, no matter
what, she said.
Greetings from the Mayors Office, hope this finds you all doing well
in the Fall Season of the year.
Applications are now in for the new city clerk and the council is in the
process of reviewing and narrowing down the 23 applications to the top
4 for interview, this should take place at our meeting on October 23

and the interviews to take place on November 6, 2014. The City Engi-
neering Department has been at work on a Water & Sewer Model to
present to the council and will also do this at a special workshop also
slated for October 23
. We received notice that effective immediately
city employees are now eligible to receive their medical insurance after
60 days of employment instead the 90 days that was required and
The city engineers have applied for the Water Supply Community As-
sistance Initiative, requesting $331,238, for City of Freeport Business
331 and Hwy 20 Water Upgrades and $375,879 for City of Freeport
Water System Upgrades and Expansions, hopefully, we will be hearing
on these grants in the near future to be able to proceed with these pro-
jects. Discussing for changing the charter for the city from a voting to
non-voting mayor has been brought up, which would mean that if ap-
proved by the citizens of Freeport that the mayor would be able to have
discussions with the city council members and sit in on other discus-
sions related to city business with a council member, as it is now with
the Sunshine Law ,the city council and mayor cannot discuss anything
related to the city business that may in time become a matter that would
require a vote, currently the mayor only votes in case of a tie anyway,
further discussion and information will become available at future
meetings. We received two applications for an IT person and the coun-
cil is in the process of reviewing for a selection and this too should be
decided at the next regular meeting. A couple of reminders for the up-
coming month of November, the annual Veterans Day Ceremony is
scheduled for November 11,2014 , beginning at 2:00 PM ,at the Veter-
ans Memorial in front of city hall and the 2
annual Mayors Charity
Ball will be held on November 15,2014, at The Lake Place at Ham-
mock Bay, tickets are available at City Hall, TJs Table, The Prissy Hen
and Emerald Coast Flowers, tickets are $30 per person or $50.00 per
couple, the proceeds help with the Freeport Christmas Fund for those
less fortunate in our area, it provides Thanksgiving Dinner and Christ-
mas Dinner along with gifts for the children of those families. Please
join us for a worthy cause. Further information on both of these events
can be obtained by calling Tim Ard at 585-3304. Looking forward to
the upcoming holiday season the plans are in the making for the annual
Christmas Parade and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December
. Please make plans to attend both as we begin the holiday season.
Any comments, questions or discussions please give me a call at 835-
Please be advised that the
Walton County Board of
County Commissioners
will hold a Special Meet-
ing on Tuesday, October
28, 2014 at 3:30 PM in the
South Walton Courthouse
Annex located at 31
Coastal Centre Blvd.,
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
The purpose of this Spe-
cial Meeting is to hear a
report from Government
Services Group regarding
Tax Increment Financing.
Please be advised that the
Walton County Board of
County Commissioners
will hold a Special Meet-
ing on Tuesday, November
18, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the
Walton County Court-
house located at 571 US
Highway 90, DeFuniak
Springs, FL
The purpose of this Spe-
cial Meeting is to elect a
new Chair and Vice-Chair
and appoint representatives
to serve on various Boards

Opal -
I have been of this earth for 2 years and I
am still for my looking for my forever
home. Currently I am living in a lovely
foster home and hope to find a forever
home that is just as nice. I am super sweet,
have a great personality, and I interact well
with my pasture mates. My foster humans
tell me I am very smart too.
I have been an Alaqua horse for a year. I
haven't fully grown, so I am almost ready
for my ground work in preparation for rid-
ing. I just know I am going to love learning
to ride because I am such a people pleaser.
I am a quick learner and I stand readily for
the farrier and the vet. I just had my dental
and I am in excellent health. I am not
scared to load in the trailer and I am very
trusting. I am around 14 hands now and
probably won't be over 15 hands when
When I dream about my forever home, I
feel as though I would be a perfect lap
horse. They tell me that there is no such
thing, but I am pretty sure if there were, I
would be the perfect one! I just love atten-
tion and being close to humans brings me
such pleasure. I will be so
happy to be part of a family.
In the meantime, I will con-
tinue to grow and love and
dream. Please help me find
the perfect home. I am oh so
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On Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m., District 1 Commissioner and Chair-
man Bill Chapmans office will be hosting a public meeting at the Red Bay
Community Center. This meeting will be in regard to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) proposed camping rule
changes on the Choctawhatchee River Wildlife Management Area (WMA),
in partnership with the Northwest Florida Water Management District
In order to provide information to the public, representatives from the
FWC and Northwest Florida Water Management District will be on hand to
discuss a proposed change to camping rules in the WMA.
While there are no changes to the camping rules for most of the WMA,
camping in specially designated campsites will be allowed by District per-
mit only under the proposed rule change. This means that camping on a
first-come, first-served basis will still be allowed throughout the WMA
along the river banks, sandbars, and all other areas that are not within the
designated campsites, unless the area is marked as no camping.
Designated campsites include popular improved recreation sites that can
be easily accessed by vehicles, such as Dead River Landing and Lost Lake
along the Choctawhatchee River WMA.
Campers can easily obtain a free permit to use a designated campsite by
making a reservation with the District. The District recently launched an
online camping reservation system that makes it easier and more conven-
ient for users to find campsites, check availability, view alternative dates
and make reservations to ensure that their desired site will be available
when they arrive. Users can make a reservation online at
www.nwfwater.com or by contacting the District at (850) 539-5999.
If approved by the FWC, the proposed rule change requiring reservations
at the designated campsites would take effect July 1, 2015. The rules for
camping at non-designated sites will remain as currently written, and in-
In the remainder of the area (meaning non-designated campsites),
camping is limited to 14 consecutive days and prohibited where posted as
no camping.
Camping is limited to tents, trailers, or self-propelled camping vehi-
cles only. Kitchen stoves, refrigerators and freezers are prohibited, unless
contained in mobile campers. Lumber, sheet metal or other building materi-
als are prohibited.
*****If you should have any questions about the meeting, please
contact the District 1 Commission Office at 850-835-4860.
Join the Pregnancy Support Center on Saturday, October
25th at the DeFuniak Springs Lakeyard for the Bubbles for
Babies Walk for Life. Registration will be in front of the
Chautauqua Building. Warm-up at 7:15 am and the walk will
begin at 7:30 am. Pre-registration packets can be picked up
at the Pregnancy Support Center located on Hwy 90 W Mon-
day, Wednesday, or Thursday from 8 am-2 pm. Everyone is
The Anchored Down with Love Buddy Walk is coming up
on Saturday, October 25th from 9 am-2 pm at the Wee Care
Park in DFS. Sponsored by the Walton High School Anchor
Club to raise awareness for Down Syndrome, funds raised
will benefit local programs and services and the National
Down Syndrome Society. Featuring the walk, childrens ac-
tivities, performances by the West DeFuniak Bee Bops and
the WHS Chorus, a costume contest, and more. To download
a registration form or for more information, visit
The Westville Fire Department will be holding a Turkey
Shoot on Saturday, October 25th and every Saturday until
December 20th. It will be held at 1 pm at 179A and Cedar
Street in Westville. For more information, call Johnny at 850
The WCSO Jailbreak Zombie Run will be held on Saturday,
November 1st at the Walton County Sheriffs Office located
on Triple G Road. Registration and packet pickup will begin
at 7 am. The race will begin at 8 am. Registration for runners
is $35 and $25 for Zombies. Proceeds will benefit the Juve-
nile Diabetes Research Foundation. Call 892-8186 for more
information or visit www.active.com to register.

October 24
~Healthy, Affordable and Sustainable Food for All ~
Department of Health in Walton County
(DOH-Walton) recognizes October 24, as Food Day. Food Day is a nation-
wide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food that promotes healthier diets and food education. Food
Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. The typical American diet contributes to obesity, diabetes,
heart disease, and other health problems. The costs of care for chronic diseases from obesity alone are expected to be $34
billion over the next 17 years.
Food Day is not just a day-long event, but an opportunity to make a permanent change that supports a more sustainable and
healthy future, stated Holly Holt, DOH-Walton Administrator.
Locally, DOH-Walton has joined with
community partners to promote healthy
eating habits. The Walton County
School District supports school gardens
that help supply students with an interac-
tive learning experience to teach students
the importance of growing, harvesting,
and eating fruits and vegetables.
During the 2013-2014 school year,
Freeport Elementary School fourth grade
students and teachers created five class-
room gardens that contained vegetables
and fruits. The students harvested over
39 laundry baskets of red potatoes. The
students and teachers then prepared and
tasted the fruits and vegetables they
produced. This helped the students
understand the value and importance of
growing fresh produce.
Happenings in DeFuniak Springs
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Walton County Fire Rescue
Celebrates Fire Prevention Week
Walton County Fire Rescue employees helped to celebrate Fire Prevention Week
at Mossy Head Elementary School on October 10
Bobby Collins, the fire prevention committee coordinator, along with Firefighter
Stevie Foreman, Engine 11 crew, Nathan Hickingbottom, J. R. Arsenault, and
Medic 11 crew Melissa Brown and Heidi Roach presented to approximately 134
students from Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade.
This presentation served as one of the many activities that Walton County Fire
Rescue participated in during Fire Prevention Week. Representatives were also
at the Walton County Fair and participated in fire extinguisher training Florida
Photographer was J. R. Arsenault.
Walton County Fire Rescue Participates
in Florida State Fire Colleges Honor
Guard Academy

Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters
Andrew Pyeatt, Jonathon Davis and Luke
Roberts recently participated in the Florida
State Fire Colleges Honor Guard Acad-
emy class on September 28- October 2 in
The academy is a 40-hour class instructing
on flag etiquette, marching, line of duty
deaths and funerals and many other topics.
Following the academy class, the graduat-
ing academy members participated in the
annual Florida Fallen Firefighters Memo-
rial service on October 3rd. Firefighters
Pyeatt and Davis raised the State of Florida
flag for the service. As part of the service,
six Florida firefighters were honored for
giving their lives in the line of duty.
Local firefighters honored were as fol-
Rupert Fuller Passed away experi-
encing a cardiac event on a fire
scene. Served with the Darlington Gaskin
FD which today is Walton County Fire
Rescue District 3
Robert Heighton Died in the line of
duty on Airheart 1 when it crashed. Served
as a Firefighter/Paramedic with South
Walton Fire Department and worked for
Walton County EMS.
This is the first time Walton County Fire
Rescue has participated in the Fallen Fire-
fighters Memorial ceremony honoring their
fallen brothers.
Now Open! Freeport is attracting customers and
new businesses. **Welcome to Freeport MiMi
The Walton County Board of County Commis-
sioners proposes to adopt the following by ordi-
RISE. You are hereby notified that a Public Hear-
ing on the ordinance will be held on October 28,
2014, beginning at 4:00 p.m., or as soon as pos-
sible to that time, at the South Walton Courthouse

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The process most likely began around this time last year but could now accelerate. Though at the start of
what should be a busy week you may be unclear as to what you're doing (or even why?!), in the coming
weeks a fresh way of working might appeal to you greatly. It might not all be smooth sailing: around the
eclipse itself a power struggle of some kind may be apparent. One possibility is that the conclusion of a
relationship or way of working will require you to be ultra-detached as decisions are made.
It wouldn't be so surprising if you rediscovered faith in humanity and even, maybe, the sense that luck is just
around the corner. True, there's a real difference between 'sense' and things actually happening.
The discovery that certain people (whom you feel may have been blocking your path) are finally moving on
should be encouraging. It's possible too that the restructuring of a debt or contract will bring some relief.
Everyone has star quality: but most people need about four others to assist in setting their 'star' to sparkle.
This week one of those people could turn the spotlight on you in a big way. It's likely to be someone you've
worked with and have seen as an equal but who now encourages you to take a step forward. If you have any
untapped ambition, then it's likely to surface soon.
It seems likely that a new partnership will be formed. Of course this could have romantic over-tones: it's as
likely that this will involve someone with whom you share financial aspirations. It may be that this person
recognizes you have unexplored assets that they feel you could explore. True, documentation (contract)
might not be forthcoming until early November.
Is it possible that you have too much going on that could be listed under 'research and development'? Enter-
taining though this may be it's possible that it's having negative effect on your nervous system. It may be
time for a detox - and at many different levels. For a start, the antics and affairs of younger people may have
been draining. It's perhaps time to think about you and an older generation.
Yet you might not be ready to start anew until early next week. It may be that you really need breathing
space just to assess and, maybe, tidy up loose ends. It might also suit you to renew contact with someone
who seems to have mastered a schedule and who, maybe, could now share some tasks with you. Job-sharing
of one kind or another might be much discussed.
If you've been thinking about starting your own business (between now and your birthday next year), the
cosmos could give you a thumbs up signal. News reaching you ahead of the eclipse could bring just the lift
that's needed to get you where you need to be, not just there for others to stare at.
Don't doubt your instincts. You may be right that certain facts have been kept hidden (could be tax or pen-
sion-related). Another possibility is that someone you want to do business with is not in as secure a position
as they've implied: in short, you may be asked to provide more. A shift within a partnership that puts you on
more equal terms is possible.
As of the end of this month it should be clear that you are on a new commercial path. At the very least, the way in
which you operate seems set to change. Of course you may have been planning this for some considerable time. It's
likely too that a substantial investment will soon be required. True, all this could be related to home improvement. Yet
perhaps that can't happen until a flow of funds is assured and yes, you may need to wait.
The very real possibilities presented will surely require you to stop and give pause for thought as to what it is that
would really improve your life journey and yes, you might well to choose to stall on signing a contract or agreeing
final terms until you're clear as to the best way forward. A partnership of some kind may well be involved - but one
where you're required to take more responsibility. Whereas a year or so ago you might have baulked at this, you might
now agree that you really are well placed to accept this role or not.
It might also require you to pay close attention to administrative matters and to sort through paper-work that at
times feels over-whelming and incomprehensible. Yet by midweek there's a strong possibility of you experiencing
a 'light bulb' moment where you know exactly what needs to be done. It might even be that you can then pass on a
muddle to someone whom you feel is better qualified to move things to the next stage.
Eclipses tend to shake things up and it may be that someone decides to move on - leaving an opening that, at first
glance anyway, seems perfect for you. The only difficulty may be extricating yourself from a promise or contract -
or, alternatively, negotiating so that you too can move on when the time is right (probably closer to your birthday).
What's especially interesting in all this is your position within an organization (not necessarily to do with work)
where you're asked to accept a place on a committee.
Dear Editor,
I wanted to take a moment to say Thank you.
You were very helpful to us when we called.
Thanks to your skills of fixing the loose
ends on our home was such a big help to us.
Thanks again.
Carol & Elmer Whitenn

Dear Editor,
I was thrilled to see you show up in such a
short time to install my ceiling fan and replace
those pesky doors I had.
I dont know how you do it but your work at
my house was perfect for what we needed, and
your price was perfect too.
Keep up the good work with your newspa-
per. Many of us who live it here really like it a
lot. God Bless you.
Slyvia Ternham

Dear Editor,
I really enjoyed your past few columns of
the Wolfs Den. You can tell that you are
smart and can attack almost any topic with
precise energy.
That is a skilled talent well known by many.
Id like to see anyone else do what you have
consistently for over 6yrs now. This will be-
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deserve better recognition from your Mayor
too. Your devotion is impeccable.
For this town to be so lucky to even have a
newspaper is one thing but yours has a flair to
it like no other. Maybe more businesses will
read this and realize that we love this newspa-
per and want them to help support this ven-
ture. It is one of a kind!
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Thank you for all your kind words, they help
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Ebola Timeline 2014 Outbreak:
Cases listed below include confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola as of October 8, 2014 (World Health Organization and CDC):
Guinea - 1350 cases, 778 deaths Liberia - 4076 cases, 2316 deaths
Nigeria - 20 cases, 8 deaths Senegal - 1 case, 0 deaths (infection originated in Guinea)
Sierra Leone - 2950 cases, 930 deaths Spain - 1 case, 0 deaths
United States - 1 case, 1 death (infection originated in Liberia)
March 25, 2014 - The CDC issues its initial announcement on an outbreak in Guinea, and reports of
cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone. "In Guinea, a total of 86 suspected cases, including 59 deaths (case
fatality ratio: 68.5%), had been reported as of March 24, 2014. Preliminary results from the Pasteur Insti-
tute in Lyon, France suggest Zaire ebolavirus as the causative agent."
April 16, 2014 - The New England Journal of Medicine publishes a report, speculating that the current
outbreak's Patient Zero was a two-year-old from Guinea. The child died on December 6, 2013, followed
by his mother, sister and grandmother over the next month.
July 2014 - Patrick Sawyer, a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance, dies at a local
Nigerian hospital. He is the first American to die in what officials are calling "deadliest Ebola outbreak in
July 2014 - Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker in Liberia, tests positive for Ebola. According to
Samaritan's Purse, Writebol is infected while treating Ebola patients in Liberia.
July 26, 2014 - Kent Brantly, medical director for Samaritan Purse's Ebola Consolidated Case Manage-
ment Center in Liberia, is infected with the virus. According to Samaritan's Purse, Brantly is infected
while treating Ebola patients.
July 29, 2014 - According to Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan who was overseeing
Ebola treatment at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone dies from complications of the disease.
July 30, 2014 - The Peace Corps announces it is removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and
July 31, 2014 - CDC raises its warning to Level 3. It warns U.S. residents to avoid "nonessential travel"
to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
August 2, 2014 - A specially equipped medical plane carrying Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly lands at
Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia. He is then driven by ambulance to Emory University
Hospital in Atlanta.
August 4, 2014 - CNN reports that three top secret, experimental vials of the drug, "ZMapp," were flown
into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save Brantly and Writebol, according to a source familiar
with details of the treatment. Doctors report "significant improvement."
August 6, 2014 - Nancy Writebol arrives at Emory in Atlanta for treatment.
August 8, 2014 - Experts at the World Health Organization declare the Ebola epidemic ravaging West
Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach, describing it as the
worst outbreak in the four-decade history of tracking the disease.
August 19, 2014 - Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declares a nationwide curfew beginning
August 20 and orders two communities to be completely quarantined, with no movement in or out of the
August 21, 2014 - Dr. Kent Brantly is discharged from Emory University Hospital. It is also announced
that Nancy Writebol had been released on Tuesday, August 19. The releases come after Emory staff are
confident Brantly and Writebol pose "no public health threat."
September 6, 2014 - The government of Sierra Leone announces plans for a nationwide lockdown from
September 19-21, in order to stop the spread of Ebola. The lockdown is being billed as a predominantly
social campaign rather than a medical one, in which volunteers will go door-to-door to talk to people.
September 16, 2014 - President Barack Obama calls the efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak centered in
West Africa "the largest international response in the history of the CDC." Speaking from the CDC head-
quarters in Atlanta, Obama adds that "faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to" the United States
to lead international efforts to combat the virus. He says the United States is ready to take on that leader-
ship role.
September 30, 2014 - Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, announces the first diagnosed case of
Ebola in the United States. The person has been hospitalized and isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian
Hospital in Dallas, Texas, since September 28.
October 1, 2014 - Liberian government officials release the name of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in
the United States: Thomas Eric Duncan.
October 6, 2014 - A nurse's assistant in Spain becomes the first person known to have contracted Ebola
outside Africa in the current outbreak. The woman helped treat two Spanish missionaries, both of whom
had contracted Ebola in West Africa, one in Liberia and the other in Sierra Leone. Both died after return-
ing to Spain. October 6, 2014 - NBC freelance camerman Ashoka Mukpo arrives at Nebraska Medical
Center for treatment after contracting Ebola in Liberia.
October 8, 2014 - Thomas Eric Duncan dies of Ebola in Dallas, Texas.
Did you know that Northwest Florida State College offers much more
than just your typical college classes? NWFSC professional and con-
tinuing education program is a hidden jewel in Walton County. You can
take everything from Ballroom dancing, Zumba, and culinary classes to
earning your GED. NWFSC staff can help you register and get you on
your journey towards checking off your bucket list! http://
Embarrassing Mullet Fest Moment
Country singer Dustin Lynch was struck in the face by a full beer can
during a concert at this years Mullet Festival! The 29-year-old country
singer, who is known for singles such as "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)"
and "Hell of a Night," proved to be a true rock star. He continued sing-
ing after the horrific incident, blood pouring down from an open wound
above his right cheekbone. The assailant was not found. Lynch
told People magazine that the beer can was "completely full," saying,
"It felt like a baseball had hit me." What an embarrassing way to get the
Mullet Festival in the news! We apologize for the incident Dustin
dont let one bad seed ruin the positive reputation of the Emerald Coast!
HWY. 331 Park Bridge Work
Construction crews will remove the pavilions and restrooms the week of
October 27 so that work can continue to build the new U.S. 331 Bridge.
Portable toilets and picnic tables will be temporarily placed at the park
during construction.
Once completed, the new bridge will include an expanded recreational
park beneath the southern approach. The park will include parking
spaces, a boat launch, a covered picnic area, restrooms, space for
fishing and observation areas with panoramic views of the bay.
All planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be
re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather or other delays. For
more information, the latest traffic advisories and to sign up for project
e-newsletters, visit www.facebook.com/USHighway331.

Wear Pink
By Rian Lyday

October is Breast Cancer
Awareness month, a fact I am sure all of you know. You
cant turn on the TV without seeing celebrities, athletes,
and newscasters wearing pink. Breast cancer is the most
common cancer among women worldwide and the second-
most common cancer overall. In the United States, an esti-
mated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diag-
nosed this year. Women, take advantage of the many op-
portunities available to us and check routine check-ups.
Even without insurance, there are clinics and doctors who offer free breast exams during
October. My family has had its share of cancer over the past two years, enough to make
me realize that I am not invincible.
But where how did the color pink become such a huge symbol for breast cancer? Pink
is the quintessential female color, says Margaret Welch, director of the Color Associa-
tion of the United States. The profile on pink is playful, life-affirming. We have studies
as to its calming effect, its quieting effect, its lessening of stress. [Pastel pink] is a shade
known to be health-giving; thats why we have expressions like in the pink. You cant
say a bad thing about it. Pink is, in other words, everything cancer notably is
not. (http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=26) So wear your pink this month and
show your support! I even had my husband add a streak of pink to my hair so that each
day I am reminded of the people we have lost and those still fighting so hard.
Here are some risk factors that contribute to breast cancer beyond your genetic makeup
and family history:
Having children
Women who have had no children or who had their first child after age 30 have a
slightly higher breast cancer risk overall.
Birth control
Oral contraceptives: Studies have found that women using oral contraceptives (birth
control pills) have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who have never
used them.
Depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA; Depo-Provera

) is an injectable form of
progesterone that is given once every 3 months as birth control. A few studies have
looked at the effect of DMPA on breast cancer risk. Women currently using DMPA
seem to have an increase in risk, but the risk doesnt seem to be increased if this drug
was used more than 5 years ago.
Hormone therapy after menopause
Hormone therapy with estrogen (often combined with progesterone) has been used for
many years to help relieve symptoms of menopause and to help prevent osteoporosis
(thinning of the bones). Earlier studies suggested it might have other health benefits as
well, but these benefits have not been found in more recent, better designed studies. This
treatment goes by many names, such as post-menopausal hormone ther-
apy (PHT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and menopausal hormone
therapy (MHT).

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