Sep 20, 2021

Truck blocking part of Blackwater Bridge on U.S. Highway 90

An 18-wheeler has become lodged on the guard rail of the Blackwater Bridge at Caroline Street (HWY 90).  Law enforcement is on the scene.  Traffic is reduced to one lane only.  Expect significant delays.  Please seek alternate routes, if possible. 

Sep 19, 2021

Search for missing boy ends with discovery of his body

The U.S. Coast Guard ended the search Sunday for a 9-year-old boy who’d gone missing from a Panama City beach Saturday evening. His body was discovered by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission diver, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Sep 19, 2021

Tractor trailer jackknifes on I-10, causes closure of westbound lanes

A tractor trailer jackknifed on the Black Water Bridge on Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon, causing an accident that caused the westbound lanes to be closed for about an hour. The truck, driven by an Orlando man, rear-ended a vehicle in front of it, whose driver had swerved to avoid large debris in the road. It then slid west in the roadway, hitting the bridge concrete barrier.

Sep 19, 2021

Timmmberrr! … UF experts try to take subjectivity out of tree-falling assessments

In the eye of hurricane season, you need hardy trees that can withstand the strong winds that come with the storms – and which can topple trees.

That’s why University of Florida tree scientists Ryan Klein and Andrew Koeser study the variables that can lead to tree failure and how to make tree risk assessments more accurate and reproducible.

Sep 19, 2021

Search continues for 9-year-old boy who went missing near Panama City Saturday

The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a 9-year-old boy who went missing while swimming near Panama City, Florida Saturday.

The boy was last seen wearing green shorts.

Sep 19, 2021

Commissioners vote to support governor’s vaccination policy

The Board of County Commissioners voted to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stance that COVID-19 vaccinations for government employees should be optional.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole told the commissioners that he felt Santa Rosa County should not support mandatory vaccinations for county employees, labeling it as a freedom to choose.

Sep 18, 2021

Last skimmer chick on Navarre Beach can’t fly yet, parents standing by

Motorists traveling along the Navarre Beach Causeway are still being urged to slow to 20 miles per hour to protect nesting birds. But instead of protecting the hundreds of black skimmers that were there this spring and summer, they’re saving one little new life.

Sep 18, 2021

Holley-Navarre Fire District call volume continues to climb

Holley-Navarre Fire District had another busy month with 357 emergency calls, according to Holley-Navarre Fire District’s monthly activity report.

Santa Rosa County
Sep 17, 2021

COVID numbers drop in schools, county

COVID-19 cases continue to drop in local schools with only 627 students out, compared to a school year high of 2,615 on Aug. 27.

Sep 17, 2021

Man who battered sleeping teen sentenced to life in prison

A Milton man has been convicted on charges of supplying a minor with alcohol and then sexually battering the sleeping male victim, according to a press release from the State Attorney’s Office.

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