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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello everybody! Maybe winter has one more bite left, but we all know whats waiting on the other side, spring! Soon all of our visitors will be coming to enjoy the sunshine and our special one of a kind beaches around. Ive been on a few walks already along the beaches but the air is still cold at times. Best to bring a jacket. I hear a lot of fishing stories lately, but I have yet to find any individual who would like to step up and write a column about hunting and fishing. Since there are so many places around to fish and kayak and Yolo board..do you know someone who could write about different cool places for our visitors? Even up in DeFuniak Springs wouldnt someone want to offer some help to let us help you draw some of the public coming down Hwy.331? Like I said before, when they pick-up their copy of this newspaper how will they know you even exist if you dont place an Ad with us? Im not going to fill the rest of this column on shouting out to the business owners all along Hwy. 90 and down thru Hwy.331 S. to the beaches. I place these newspapers throughout the county but I notice someone may be wiping out the boxes, if you see this get me a license # and I will pass it along to our local boys in the PD. They have already been watching out.Yes, its free but be fair enough to realize a small business owner, just like you is trying to help in ways beyond just your painting or repairs. We are representing Freeport and its growing expansions, but Im open to help anyone as I can. I have received a lot of e-mails wanting me to keep up on the wrong doings within our current government..especially our pres. But I can only be an opinion and to get you to think as you read about stuff. Things to provoke your intellect. Even prior to the Super Bowl, they interview the man, I dont think he answered any question with a definite answer. Just trying to blame Fox for staying on him about the scandals that are surrounding him from every angle. I hate to think, what could be next?, it sure feels like they find something else to divert attention to the facts that are presented. What will you be looking for in the elections to replace Mr. Obama? You know if the ball keeps rolling away and continue to blame the one before, who, when, will anyone catch the run away ball and change the direction of this mess? Think you can trust Hillary? Really? I feel that there is a lot of hidden agendas in the White House and switching words around to just stay elected shouldnt be the way it is to be run? Who enforces our government officials to adhere to the laws written before them? We have a president who is doing things totally against the Congressional pathway for to make law changes. His ideas of I have a pen and I can write whatever I want, isnt the way an American US president should act. At least none other before him has. I wonder why? Oh yea, Hitler tried that and a few others too. Let me make that clear, he has had 5 yrs to change a lot of what they said was Bushs fault. In your job, how many years will they give you to take and make the changes we were so once promised? And still have that job? Us regular folks know that we are all replaceable to most any degree. Seems like around these parts its not what you actually know, its whom do you know or who you related to? Which is also a stagnated way of thinking, if water doesnt have some movement even it becomes unhealthy for consumption. When I came here over 12yrs ago. I never thought I would see what I have for there is so much rare unique spots to go hang out. Providing you have friends and people who are open minded enough to accept your way of being brought up. We all have needs and personal feelings do seem to come up when inner struggles of the daily routine gets you thinking when talking with people. Dont be so quick to judge, cause no one knows what that person is dealing with on the inside. Lend a helping hand when you can. Offer a shoulder to lean on, times are going to be tough for some time to come. I guess when you think back to being a young kid, what was your vision of the United States, where we live, how we were raised? Think back to what age did you become less tolerable of others? What age did your guard go up against everything? Maybe being short minded to new ideas from a newbie on the job? I can tell you this from experience that if where you work, live or whatever. If your not feeling appreciated and or not supported mentally for being there, your wasting your time in a bubble going nowhere. I know everyone is out for the all mighty dollar but whats so wrong with sharing the goodness with those who help you make that money? To feel secure knowing you do a good job and wont be stabbed in the back when your working for someone elses greedy desire to be selfish, let others struggle each day wondering if there is ever going to be a chance for betterment where they are? Like that feeling? I think not. Do you really see yourselves doing what your doing now in 10-15-20yrs? Life is to be lived, enjoyed and shared with others. Dont let greed shadow your thoughts into thinking its everyone else..stop, look in the mirror and ask what have you done lately to let a friend know you hope they are doing fine? Have you sat, listened and really cared for someone who is going Advertising for only $50..thats a total of 10,000 times through troubling times printed/mo. you cant beat that anywhere! or do you desert from Call now for details...850-585-0262 them? Think about it.

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The Walton County School Board is to start Thursday afternoon at 3:30pm with a pair of workshops dealing with new construction. First, at 3:30pm, the board is meet to discuss the financing for the Walton Middle School rebuild. Next the Board will meet in workshop to discuss land available in southern Walton for a new school. Then they will switch to the regular meeting at 5:00pm.

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION


Take notice that the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a SPECIAL MEETING and a closed EXECUTIVE SESSION on February 11, 2014, beginning at 2:30 p.m., or as soon as possible to that time, at the South Walton County Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Boulevard, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to discuss the following: In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES (2:10-CV-09999-CJB-SS) The Board of Commissioners, Bill Chapman, Kenneth Pridgen, Bill Imfeld, Sara Comander, and Cindy Meadows; Larry Jones, County Administrator; Mark D. Davis, County Attorney, and Sidney Noyes, Associate Attorney; and outside Counsel for the county in this case, Brantley Fry; Rhon Jones of Beasley Allen and S. Drake Martin and Billy Buzzett of Nix, Patterson, and Roach; Clayton J.M. Adkinson and Clay B. Adkinson, local counsel for Beasley Allen and Board Counsel for the TDC will attend this meeting and it will be recorded by a certified court reporter. Any person who decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at a meeting of the Board will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which an appeal may be based. Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850) 892-8115 to make a request. For hearing impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), 1-800-9558770 (VOICE). Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to allow time to provide the requested services.

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Gaetz Says New State GI Bill Working Through Process As reported by WZEP AM1460
The military is a large economic engine for our area. One benefiting factor is a large retirement pool of veterans. A bill proposed for this years Legislative Session will help welcome more veterans. Earlier this week, Speaker Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz announced their 5-point Work Plan Florida 2014, a joint House and Senate legislative agenda for the upcoming session. One of the key components of the Work Plan is the Florida GI Bill, which aims to establish Florida as the top Welcome Home state for our military, veterans and their families by expanding education and employment opportunities and investing in Floridas military infrastructure. Senator Gaetz says senior members of the Senate Policy Staff briefed members of the Capitol Press Corps on the GI Bill. Northwest Floridas own Dr. Rick Harper, who serves as the Senates Senior Policy Advisor on Economic Affairs, drafted many of the bill's key provisions, including plans for a public-private partnership which would include a marketing campaign to promote Florida as a permanent residence to military personnel, and provide an entrepreneur mentoring program for veterans and grants to businesses who train veterans for jobs. You can read more about our proposal in the article below, written by Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida after yesterdays event, or track the progress of the Florida GI Bill via the Senate website athttp://www.flsenate.gov/Session/ Bill/2014/7020. Senator Gaetz says the Senate version of the Florida GI Bill, SPB 7020, will be heard in its first committee on Tuesday. As a Senator from Northwest Florida, he says he has the honor of representing five military bases as well as tens of thousands of active duty servicemen and women, military retirees and their families.

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What Is Drug Addiction?


Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person's self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse to take drugs. It is because of these changes in the brain that it is so challenging for a person who is addicted to stop abusing drugs. Fortunately, there are treatments that help people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects and regain control. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, if available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient's drug abuse patterns and any concurrent medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drugs.As with other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed effectively. Yet, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse does not signal failure; rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed to help the person regain control and recover.

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The public is cordially invited to attend two newly scheduled town meetings. The emphasis will be on the upcoming spring break season and addressing the many issues with constituents. The first of these meetings will be Thursday, February 20th at 8:00am at the Great Southern Caf in Seaside and will be hosted by District 5 Commissioner and Vice Chair, Cindy Meadows. The second meeting will be held on Thursday, February 27th at Seascape in Miramar Beach at 6:00pm, and will be hosted by District 5 Commissioner and Vice Chair, Cindy Meadows and District 4 Commissioner, Sara Comander.

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What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?


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ROAD WORK SCHEDULED DATE: FEBRUARY 17, 2014 HAMMOCK BAY SUBDIVISION THE CITY OF FREEPORT HAS SCHEDULED ROAD WORK AT THE HAMMOCK BAY BRIDGE LOCATED ON THE NORTH END OF GREAT HAMMOCK BEND ROAD COMING FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE THAT WILL REQUIRE THE COMPLETE CLOSING OF THE BRIDGE. TRAFFIC WILL HAVE TO ENTER/EXIT FROM THE EAST ENTRANCE OFF COUNTY ROAD 83A EAST OR THE WEST ENTRANCE OFF COUNTY ROAD 83A WEST. TO AVOID SCHOOL TRAFFIC AND OTHER HIGH TRAFFIC SITUATIONS THE WORK HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2014. THE CITY OF FREEPORT APOLOGIZES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE WE WILL WORK DILIGENTLY IN GETTING THE WORK COMPLETED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING, CITY OF FREEPORT PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT FREEPORT, FL 32439

Fatality Accident
A two car accident Saturday cased the death of one Freeport resident and sent another to the hospital. Saturday evening a 1997 Geo was southbound on the Clyde Wells Bridge as a 2011 Hyundai Elantra, driven by 65-year-old Kathleen Brice, of Freeport, was northbound. According to the FHP, the geo traveled to the left and entered the northbound lanes. The front of the Geo collided with the front of Hyundai. A Freeport resident driving the Hyundai was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Miramar Beach where he succumbed to his injuries. The drivers name is being withheld pending family notification. Tests are pending on the deceased, but not on the driver of the second vehicle. Charges are pending the investigation.

FREEPORT COMMUNITY NOTICE: The City of Freeports monthly Picking of the Porch will take place Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 2-4 pm. Due to the temperamental weather we have been having in this part of the world, the event is being moved indoors to the Council Meeting Room of Freeport City Hall. Please contact me at the number listed below with any questions.

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Nuclear letdown: Navy suspends 30 instructors at reactor school for alleged cheating
The nuclear officer cheating scandal seems to have spread to another branch of the U.S. military. About 30 senior instructors at the Navys nuclear propulsion school in Charleston, S.C., have been suspended from duty for alleged cheating on exams, U.S. Navy officials said Tuesday. And the Navy investigation follows the suspension of 92 Air Force nuclear missile launch officers who were caught in a similar cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. That scandal began with 32 officers implicated before nearly tripling as the investigation progressed. The Air Force probe was sparked when another instructor came forward to report the alleged cheating, which included sharing the answers to pending exams. Navy officials say these sailors are involved in training for nuclear power plants on Navy ships and submarines and are not connected to any nuclear weapons program. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, told reporters in a Pentagon news briefing he was disturbed by the breakdown in discipline at Charleston. "We expect more from our sailors especially our senior sailors."

At the last city council meeting the Military Sustainability second reading was Latilda R. Hughes-Neel AICP, City Planner submitted and approved by the council. City of Freeport/Planning & Zoning Congratulations to the FHS Girls Basketball Team for making it to the district fiPO Box 339/112 Hwy 20 W nals for 2014 and congratulations to FreeFreeport FL 32439 port High Schools, Gabe Moore for being Phone: 850-835-2340 selected as the Northwest Florida Amateur Fax: 850-835-3137 Athlete of the Year 2014, he will be honE-Mail: lhughes@freeportflorida.gov ored this coming weekend at a sports banquet. Preparations are underway again for the city festival Freeport Bay Fest to be Shooting As reported by WZEP AM 1460 held on September 20, 2014, a meeting will be held this month and more specifics will be given concerning the event. The city A woman is injured and man is in the hospital council will again be busy with working on with a gunshot wound as part of a domestic future budgets, new developments and the violence call over the weekend. Saturday economic growth for the future of Freemorning deputies were dispatched to an adport. The seminars of the Elected Municidress on Rock Hill Rd in reference to a Dopals Officials held in Ocala was very edumestic Dispute where a male subject had been cational and I look forward to implementshot in the leg and fled the scene. Upon arriing some of education in the near future val, deputies discovered a female still at the for the betterment of Freeport. The Town home suffering from a busted lip, black eye, Planters Society of Freeport is again sponmarks on her face and multiple bruises on her soring the Miss Freeport Pageants on arms. She was transported and treated at SaMarch 8, 2014, and the deadline for sign cred Heart Hospital. ups will be February 24th, please mark your calendars to help support the project Law Enforcement located the male subject in as they select 6 new ambassadors to repreGeneva Co, Alabama. He was taken to Flow- sent our city. The Freeport Middle School ers Hospital in Dothan for treatment. 7th Grade History Class will be competing in an essay contest entitled If I were Currently this case is still an ongoing investi- Mayor this contest is being sponsored gation and charges are expected in the future. by the Florida League of Cities, we will keep you posted on how things develop. The next city council meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., I look forward to seeing you there.

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Our Team CAN Help Out!


The Freeport Elementary School Student Council recently sponsored a food drive to benefit the Freeport Fire Department Food Bank. This project was called Our Team CAN help out! Students in kindergarten through fourth grade brought in non-perishable food items in a two week collection effort. Together, they collected over 1,000 food items. The Fire Rescue team was thankful for the cooperation of FES students in helping to restock their supply. Students showed the community that the FES TEAM CAN make a difference!
Photo-(L to R) Student Council officers-Naveah Lancaster-Bunn, Ryleigh Mixon, Hunter Lenoir, Cole McCormicik

WC Health Department Offers Dental For Children


As reported by WZEP AM1460

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) provides dental services at the DeFuniak Springs facility located at 362 Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Dr. John P. Ottesen, DDS and Dr. Gary Crosson, DMD, lead a skilled team of dentists, dental hygienist, certified dental assistants and other professionally trained staff. The goal of the dental program is to provide oral health services to the underserved population in Walton County, with primary focus on children. Medicaid enrolled children through age 20 are eligible for dental care, which includes exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings, oral health education, routine extractions and root canals. Dr. Ottesen states, Treatment of dental disease is one of our goals, but prevention actually provides the best long term oral health for children. Although regular dental visits are part of prevention, the parent and child actually play a greater role. Sippy cups filled with juices and milk, cause tooth decay in toddlers. Sipping sodas throughout the day is very harmful to the teeth and cause cavities quickly. Good oral hygiene in the morning and before bedtime greatly reduces cavity causing plaque. Appointments can be made by calling (850) 892 8686. Phone lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For more information visit the DOH-Walton website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdwalton/Dental/ Dental.htm.

will be held Monday-Friday, March 3-14, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at all Walton County elementary schools for any child who will be five (5) on or before September 1, 2014.

ROAD WORK SCHEDULED DATE: FEBRUARY 17, 2014


HAMMOCK BAY SUBDIVISION
THE CITY OF FREEPORT HAS SCHEDULED ROAD WORK AT THE HAMMOCK BAY BRIDGE LOCATED ON THE NORTH END OF GREAT HAMMOCK BEND ROAD COMING FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE THAT WILL REQUIRE THE COMPLETE CLOSING OF THE BRIDGE. TRAFFIC WILL HAVE TO ENTER/EXIT FROM THE EAST ENTRANCE OFF COUNTY ROAD 83A EAST OR THE WEST ENTRANCE OFF COUNTY ROAD 83A WEST. TO AVOID SCHOOL TRAFFIC AND OTHER HIGH TRAFFIC SITUATIONS THE WORK HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2014. THE CITY OF FREEPORT APOLOGIZES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE WE WILL WORK DILIGENTLY IN GETTING THE WORK COMPLETED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Winter came out swinging Tuesday as the second storm of the week pummeled the nation's midsection and the East Coast hunkered down for an overnight onslaught of snow and ice. All told, more than 100 million people in 32 states were in the path of a storm that threatened to cut power, ground flights and snarl traffic again. "It's another one of these significant snow storms, covering a large swath of the country," said Kevin Roth of The Weather Channel, who added that a long arm of the Northeast from central New York into New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts could be pounded by more than 12 inches of snow. The storm smashed through the Plains on Tuesday, hitting Kansas and Oklahoma with snow that forecasters said could stack up to as much as a foot before moving north to drop 5 to 8 inches on Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Detroit, Roth said. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings across 15 states early Tuesday from the Rockies to southern Maine. Marissa Ellison, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Transportation Department, said road conditions throughout northeast Missouri were "awful," with whiteout conditions in many areas. "We currently have a no-travel advisory out, and it needs to be taken seriously," A third storm is also likely to form over the weekend, said Guy Walton, a forecaster with The Weather Channel, although it's too early to tell the storm's orientation or path. Millions in the U.S. have already suffered from an unforgiving winter, especially through the month of January. And last week, Southern states like Georgia and Alabama were caught flatfooted by just a few inches of snow leaving motorists and schoolchildren unable to get home.

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Happenings in DeFuniak Springs


A Surprising Tale of Survival
It's a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands some 5,500 miles (8,800 kilometers) away.

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On Dec. 21, 2012, Alvarenga left Mexico in his 23 foot (7 meter) fiberglass boat for a day's fishing, accompanied by a teen he knew only as Ezekiel, who was between 15 and 18. A storm blew the fishermen off course, and soon they were lost and adrift. "He talked about scooping up little fish that swam alongside the boat and eating them raw," Armbruster said. "He also said he ate birds, and drank birds' blood." After about a month, Ezekiel died, the survivor told officials. Alvarenga also talked about eating turtles. Once near Ebon, he swam ashore. "He thanked God, initially, that he had survived," the ambassador said. "He's very anxious Thursday Feb. 6th in Santa rosa Beach Boys & Girls Club to get back in touch with his employer, and also with the family of Ezekiel. That's his From 10:00am-1:00pm 427 Greenway Trail in SRB driving motivation at the moment." 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The survivor's vital signs appeared good except that his blood pressure was a bit low, Bing said. After doctors give him the all-clear, Bing said, officials hope to repatriate him to Mexico or whatever country is appropriate. Bing said the Mexican ambassador in the Philippines, Julio Camarena, has been involved in the case. Camarena could not be contacted immediately. Erik van Sebille, a Sydney-based oceanographer at the University of New South Wales, Don't Miss This Opportunity To Have Your Business In said there was a good chance a boat drifting off Mexico's west coast would eventually be Front of 800+ People From The Surrounding Area. carried by currents to the Marshall Islands. He said such a journey would typically take 18 months to two years depending on the winds and currents, although 13 months was possible. 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Dear Editor, I recently moved here and wonder. Has anyone noticed a couple of individuals that are setting up plans that look like flea markets along Hwy. 331? Im sure you know the Yard Sale guy who was mass producing Cedar products a few years back. Look now, there are 2 steel containers storing and endless supply of goods that they keep restocking daily. Has anyone even noticed the other guy at the south end of the Bay who leaves stuff out in his yard all times, all year round? Besides it causing traffic hazards it is tacky for the image we will be approaching as the highway comes closer to finish. Is it code enforcement or planning? City, county or state? Or all 3. Im certain that no one who didnt purchase next to flea market atmosphere wants to be near one now. Im hoping by writing you someone with the right group addresses, what many of us have witnessed for too long as it is. Isolated cases or not, they need to be dealt with before more people do the same. It will affect other property owners too. Will Coomb

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Your intellectual capacity is stunning at the beginning of the week -- formulate some amazing new ideas and make some interesting connections. Put your head together with another brainiac, and who knows what'll happen? Around Wednesday or Thursday, life (or your own headspace) could seem dull by comparison, but just set about learning something to regain your spark. Speaking of sparks, they're liable to fly Is somebody hiding something at the beginning of the week? Could it even be you? Try shedding light and getting issues or secrets out in the open. By Wednesday or Thursday, you might just be shouting from the proverbial rooftops -- or maybe this is stuff that's better conveyed in a whisper or a love note. Find your unique expression; it's so much better than the usual. Watch your step, literally and figuratively You're way out in front of the crowd at the beginning of the week -- ready, willing and eager for whatever life (and love!) has to offer. The possible pitfall: Impatience where you may need to allow a little time. Around Wednesday or Thursday, you can have your cake and eat it, too, if you use a little charm. Put your ideas across diplomatically enough, and see others jump right on board. Aren't you a flirt If you're thinking about something (or is it someone?) new, don't rush into it at the beginning of the week. Check out all of your options -- and know that some fresh ones may open up on Wednesday or Thursday. Gorgeous, grounded energy is on tap for you these days, with matters of the heart highlighted, too. On Friday and Saturday, you may not be incredibly efficient, but you have enviable emotional intelligence. Whatever you're aspiring to -- a different job, a living-situation change, renewal in the old love life -- you can get it going at the beginning of the week. A key now: Get input from those around you, and lots of it. Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, ruminating on what you've learned is favored. It may be a challenge to concentrate, but you can do it! Romance or some other sweet stuff may come knocking Keeping your emotions in control may be tough at the beginning of the week. Slow down, breathe deeply and schedule in some destressing activity. On Wednesday and Thursday, don't forget -- following up is key now, whether it's a professional deal, something with a friend or maybe even a romantic prospect. You'll more than likely get terrifically positive responses. You might just be a party animal As the week begins, you are on point -- ready, willing and able to take on whatever love and life may bring. Just don't be too impatient for things to start! In the middle of the week, rock that charming demeanor and you'll be sure to get what you want. Put your ideas across diplomatically enough, and see others jump right on board. Friday and Saturday sees you at your flirtatious best! What you think is a spirited discussion at the beginning of the week could be interpreted by somebody else as an argument. Take a little extra care with your delivery, especially at work. In a bit of a switcheroo, you may be inspired to bare your soul on Wednesday or Thursday. Sharing your innermost thoughts might be scary, but it's worth it. Are you willing to compromise with a friend, your boss, a coworker or a partner at the beginning of the week? If it turns into something of a tussle, Wednesday and Thursday are excellent days to sort it out amicably. You're forgiving and compassionate now, making others' shoes easy to step into (and yours hard to fill). On Friday and Saturday, a conversation could get intense, whether intellectually, emotionally or both.

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Page 10 Obituary for Wynell B. Moody Mrs. Wynell B. Moody, age 86, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014. She was born January 25, 1928 in Montgomery, Alabama to Robert and Ella Renew Brackin. Mrs. Moody was a resident of Freeport since 1969 moving from Montgomery, Alabama. She was Baptist by faith. She as a business owner in the grocery store industry for many years before retiring. She worked at the Dixie Dandy in Freeport for several years. She enjoyed reading and fishing. Mrs. Moody is preceded in death by her parents, her husband James C. Moody and one son James H. Moody. Mrs. Moody is survived by her daughter Teresa Morgan and husband Wayne of Eufaula, Alabama; one son Doug Moody and wife Jeanine of Freeport; one brother Benjamin Brackin and wife Jerry; one sister Amy C. Neider; five grandchildren Melissa Porter and husband Bobby, Gene Moody and wife Suzanna, Dee Healey and husband Shane, Jim Moody and Bobby Morgan; and numerous great grandchildren. Memorialization will be by direct cremation. Obituary for Gladys Marie Bozeman McCormick

The EMERALD STAR NEWS, Inc. Obituary for Sarah Ella (Free) Day Sarah Ella (Free) Day completed her journey on earth in the early morning hours on the first of February 2014. She fought the good fight; she finished the race and has earned her crown in heaven. Sarah was born in 1925 in Opp, Alabama and later moved with her family to DeFuniak Springs, Florida where her father, Daniel Free, owned and operated a grocery store called Frees Grocery. It was there she met her one true love, Earl Franklin Day. It was a love that lasted beyond 61 years. Earl was in the Navy, and Sarah traveled with him to ports from Rhode Island to Cuba. The quintessential Navy wife, Sarah spent her time volunteering and giving herself in service to others. She served as the president of the Navy Officers Wives Club, tirelessly devoted countless hours to the Red Cross and was well respected and cherished by all who called her a friend. Upon retirement, Sarah and Earl moved to Seagrove Beach, which had always been their dream. They built a home on Eastern Lake where they spent 24 glorious years enjoying the beach with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The memories made at Happy Days were priceless to all and the legacy of love they built will reverberate for generations to come. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Commander Earl F. Day, her two sisters Raynell Goodwin and Hazel Pelham, and her beloved daughter Paula Lee Riggs. She leaves behind three grateful children Pamela Asher (Jim), Robert Day (Laura), and Trisha Day LeClere, 12 grandchildren Stephen Riggs, Robby Day, Sterling Riggs, Jade Wadsworth, Brian Day, Stewart Riggs, Jimmy Asher, Ashley Day, Anna Day, Sarah Marcrom, Erica Gercken, Eden Papciak, 13 great grandchildren and two more on the way.

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The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an


eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract, empty rhetoric devoid of real substance. He is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any thinking American. And yet he got elected, not once but twice. Thanks to those that did not think it was important to vote for freedom and those that were willing to give up their freedoms for entitlements. Jack Wheeler is a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan's strategy to break the back of the Soviet Union with the star wars race and expose their inner weakness. For years he wrote a weekly intelligence update that was extremely interesting and well structured and informative. He consults(ed) with several mega corporations on global trends and the future, etc. He is in semiretirement now. He is a true patriot with a no-nonsense approach to everything. He is also a somewhat wellknown mountain climber and adventurer. Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah. Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior. Thus Obama has become the white liberals' Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.

Mrs. Gladys Marie Bozeman McCormick, age 81, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014. She was born August 20, 1932 in Bruce, Florida to Benjamin Bozeman and Katherine Johnson Bozeman. Mrs. McCormick was a lifelong resident of Walton County. She was an active member of Bruce Assembly of God Church, superintendent and secretary of Sunday School for several years. Gladys retired from Okaloosa Walton Community College in Niceville after 21 years, prior to that almost two years at Freeport school. Mrs. McCormick is preceded in death by her father and mother Ben and Katherine Bozeman, and two brothers Mitchell Bozeman and Alex (Buddy) Bozeman, one sister Lois Cassidy. Mrs. McCormick is survived by her two sons Frank Jr. McCormick and wife Florinda of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Dwain McCormick and Debbie of Freeport, Florida, daughter Sandra Watson and husband James of Dothan, Alabama, four grandchildren Sam McCormick, Terri Seigler, Karri McCormick, Wendy McCormick, seven great-grandchildren Austin, Brittney, Chandler, Anna Marie, Kattie Marie, Kaiden, Hunter, sister Lucille Bishop of Bruce.

It's something Hillary doesn't understand - how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white. He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

Sarah was the best mother in the world, but an even better grandma. The lessons she taught and the love she instilled will span many generations, and her loving kindness, zest for life and laughter will be greatly missed by her family. What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is 'AfricanAmerican,' the descendant of enslaved Africans brought You built no great cathedrals that to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single centuries applaud, but with a grace ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors exquisite, your life cathedraled God. were slave owners Slave-trading was the main Arab - Emily Dickenson business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it. Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler

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