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Feb 2, 2023

DeSantis visits Milton to announce Broadband Opportunity awards

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Milton Thursday to present a $2.36 million Broadband Opportunity Grant to Santa Rosa County leaders. The popular Republican governor visited the historic Imogene Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 2, to announce the first Broadband Opportunity Grant Program awards to expand broadband internet for Florida’s underserved communities. The Santa Rosa grant will help bring high-speed internet to 791 homes and businesses in the county. Statewide, the program is committing more than $144 million for 58 projects in 41 counties, impacting almost 160,000 unserved residential, educational, business and community locations.

Feb 2, 2023

DeSantis visits Milton to announce rural broadband funding

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Historic Imogene Theatre in Milton today to announce the state has committed more than $144 million to expand high-speed internet services.

Jan 31, 2023

All-County Honor Band has two performances

Santa Rosa District Schools celebrated middle and high school students who were selected to the All-County Honor Band during two performances Saturday, Jan. 28, at Pace Assembly of God’s auditorium. The middle school band was conducted by Ann Leffard, who has taught music education at schools in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The high school band was conducted by John Folsom, who recently retired after 45 years of full time band directing in Alabama and Georgia.

Jan 31, 2023

Commission approves ‘upzoning’ in East Milton

Some folks in Navarre worry about “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place” becoming another Destin; some in East Milton are pointing to Pace as a cautionary tale of development run amok. Elizabeth Plant is among them.

Jan 31, 2023

Navarre bunco group gives check to Set Free Refuge

A social dice game has been bringing together a group of Navarre women for the past year. The group plays a game called bunco, which is played in two to four sets with six rounds each.

Jan 27, 2023

Calkins drops objection, commission approves new NB Pier signs

The turtle’s OK. A conversation with Navarre Beach Pier operator Tamara Fountain convinced Santa Rosa County Commissioner James Calkins to drop his objection to new signs for the facility.

Jan 25, 2023

Calkins claims proposed pier signs don’t match Navarre Beach brand

It’s been seven years since Santa Rosa County rebranded Navarre Beach from Florida’s “Best Kept Secret” to the state’s “Most Relaxing Place,” but Commissioner James Calkins still resents the change.

Jan 24, 2023

School Resource Officer arrested on lewd and lascivious charge

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Deputy David Daniels Tuesday, Jan. 24, on a felony lewd and lascivious charge. On Monday, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was informed that a report of misconduct had been made against Daniels to the Department of Children and Families. Immediately after receiving the report, the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes detectives began to investigate the reported incident.

Jan 24, 2023

Santa Rosa graduation rates exceed pre-pandemic levels

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted education throughout the United States. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators had to adjust to lockdowns, online learning and other disruptions to students, even after reopening schools. Despite these challenges, the Florida Department of Education announced Jan. 13 that high school graduation rates for the 2021-2022 school year not only met pre-pandemic levels, they exceeded them across the state. Santa Rosa County was no exception.

Jan 24, 2023

Severe storms likely overnight Tuesday, Jan. 24

The National Weather Service in Mobile is predicting severe weather conditions in the overnight hours of Tuesday night for our area. Santa Rosa County has been placed under an enhanced risk for severe weather. Main threats include Tornadoes (a strong (EF2+) tornado is possible) and damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph. According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, the line of storms will move east of I-65 during the overnight hours after midnight and impact the western Florida Panhandle during this time.