Walton Middle School Nears Completion

It’s out with the old and in with the new in Walton County as Lord & Son Construction wraps up construction on the new Walton Middle School in Defuniak Springs.

The new $30 million school’s structure is complete for all new buildings, which include new classrooms, gymnasium,, cafeteria, and administration offices.


The reconstruction of the former school in historic Defuniak Springs will make Walton Middle school safer for students and allow the Walton County School District to save even more money on energy efficiency. Those savings will ultimately go back into more projects to meet the district’s growth needs.

Ocean City-Wright Fire Station Makes Progress

Work is progressing on a new Ocean City-Wright Fire Station on Racetrack Road.

As the fire district has outgrown its current facility, a new station was chosen to be built. The new facility, located at the corner of Jackson Street and Racetrack Road, will have more space for firefighters, other personnel and storage, as well as an area for training. Currently, firefighters have to train in large parking lots such as the one at Choctawhatchee High School.


The larger and more modern station is expected to be completed in early 2017. After the fire control district settles into its new station, it plans to sell the old station, which was built during the 1960s.

The station will also have a driveway for the fire trucks, an elevator and be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.