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From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

One wrong click by your child on your unmonitored computer could spell disaster or just an innocent sleepover gone wrong as 16-year-old Shauna Newell of Pensacola learned in 2006.  “A mile a minute, that is how fast your child can disappear,” according to the Klaas Kids Foundation’s website.  Locally, Brad Dennis works as the director […]

Department of health receives national accreditation

Department of health receives national accreditation

The Florida Department of Health is the first in the nation to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. “As an agency, we couldn’t be more proud,” said Jennifer Tschetter, the department’s chief operating officer. “The accreditation demonstrates we have organizational systems in place to ensure the highest public health outcomes possible.” Read […]

Daily Zika update

Daily Zika update

In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of Zika virus, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong will issue a Zika virus update each week day at 2 p.m. Updates will include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep […]

Crunch time for Florida voters

Crunch time for Florida voters

With the Presidential Preference Primary election coming up March 15, those not registered as Republicans or Democrats will be unable to vote in that type election which occurs every four years. This is because Florida is considered a closed-primary state said Tappie Villane, Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections. There are 26,981 registered voters in […]

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

Florida’s unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state’s sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death […]

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2016-17 Florida First Budget recommends a funding increase of more than $6 million for the Department of Elder Affairs to serve additional elders and caregivers through enhanced tools and technology. “As our state continues to grow, so does the population of Florida’s seniors,” Scott said. “We want to make sure our seniors […]

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

In the state of Florida, when a case of child neglect, abuse or abandonment is reported, the state Department of Children and Families steps in to shelter the child. The shelter may come in the form of a foster home or another family member’s home while the child’s parents are working through their problems. The […]

Florida’s Ombudsman Program a voice for residents

Florida’s Ombudsman Program a voice for residents

The statistics are astounding. According to Florida’s Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, nearly 60 percent of long-term care residents in Florida do not receive visits from family members and friends. Unfortunately, that means that no one is looking out for their best interests when it comes to their health, safety, welfare and personal rights. The Ombudsman […]

Florida’s Silver Alert Program celebrates seven years

Florida’s Silver Alert Program celebrates seven years

Today is the seven year anniversary of Florida’s Silver Alert program. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 1,134 Silver Alerts have been issued, and Florida’s Silver Alert program has been directly responsible for 110 recoveries. According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Silver Alert reports, none have been issued in Santa Rosa County in 2014 […]

Every Kid in a Park Initiative underway

Every Kid in a Park Initiative underway

A new youth initiative titled Every Kid in a Park is aimed at getting fourth-graders and their families to visit public lands and waters throughout the 2015-16 school year. The White House and Federal Land Management agencies launched the initiative Sept. 1. It will provide fourth-graders with a pass that gives them access to national […]

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