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MLK’s dream is not over

Over the long holiday weekend, communities around Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties and the nation came together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It is a legacy that everyone would do well to not only remember, but to take to heart.

More public-private partnerships needed

Tallahassee – This week, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released Using Public-Private Partnerships and Public-Public Partnerships to Meet the Growing Demands for Public Infrastructure, a report highlighting the opportunity for increased private sector investment in Florida’s critical public infrastructure.

Eddington is in over his head

On Saturday we attended the Navarre Beach Leaseholders Association’s regular meeting. It is usually a packed room of leaseholders waiting to hear about the latest updates from beach officials, like the Navarre Beach Fire & Rescue Department, the board for the association, and usually our county commissioner.

MLK’s dream is not over

Over the long holiday weekend, communities around Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties and the nation came together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It is a legacy that everyone would do well to not only remember, but to take to heart.

Out and About

Sandi Kemp
February 1, 2023
We had the opportunity to speak with a few members of the Navarre Krewe of Jesters last week and I was glad we did. It was certainly a lesson for both of us. We, of course, know what time of year the Mardi Gras parade is, but we don’t necessarily know when all the events are.
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Brian Out Loud

Brian Lester
January 30, 2023
Eight years have come and gone. My first set of stories for the paper during the first week of February in 2015 included a story on Michael Carter and the recruiting attention that was just beginning to heat up with offers from Florida, Florida Atlantic and Tennessee.
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For God’s Sake: The “water” Jesus offers is eternal life

Michael Bannon
January 31, 2023
The little girl’s face wrinkled up with incredulity and mild horror. “You drink sink water?!” she gasped. My wife was drawing water from the tap at the kitchen sink, “Yes, don’t you?” “No!” the girl replied as if being asked if she drank from a toilet bowl.

Dusting Off
Dusting Off

Dusty Ricketts
January 31, 2023
In the 20-plus years I have been a journalist, I have covered hundreds of events, written thousands of stories. However, the story that had probably the biggest impact on my life wasn’t even a story that I wrote. In October 2016, I was the editor of two different weekly newspapers, one that sadly isn’t around any longer and the other is not the paper that it used to be because of budget cuts, which is just as sad. That was when we found out that Alaqua Animal Refuge had rescued dozens of Great Danes.