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Oct 20, 2021

Left to die: Local family mourns after son killed by hit and run driver

In his most perfect world, Kevin Stewart would be outdoors working on one of his projects. A mountain stream would be close by, as would his mom and stepdad, with whom he’d lived for most of his 24 years.

Oct 20, 2021

Small lizards underfoot in south end of county

If you noticed what seemed like a large number of tiny brown lizards in the Navarre area this summer, you are not alone.

Oct 20, 2021

‘Florida Snake Lady’ addresses recent arrest

Caesi Williamson, also known as the Florida Snake Lady, took to Facebook Live on Tuesday night after being released from jail.

Oct 19, 2021

What bird doesn’t belong on the beach? Pigeons

Folks who come to Navarre Beach expecting to see magnificent shorebirds won’t be disappointed. They will likely have close encounters with pelicans, great blue herons, tiny sanderlings and various species of gulls.

But they’re also likely to see a bird that gives them more of an urban vibe than they were expecting.

Navarre Beach is home to pigeons year-around, particularly around the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.

Oct 19, 2021

Local television station may be among those affected by ransomware attack

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates dozens of TV stations across the U.S., said Monday that some of its servers and work stations were encrypted with ransomware and that data was stolen from its network.

Oct 18, 2021

Child found drowned in pond, investigation underway

A 4-year-old foster child with autism drowned Saturday in a pond about 150 yards from his foster home in Jay.

Jameson Ray Willis had been put down for a nap but managed to get out of the house, which was locked and barricaded to prevent him from wandering off, his foster parent told Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office.

Oct 15, 2021

UPDATED: Flea Market to close one week earlier than announced

UPDATE: This weekend will be the last time the Flea Market in Gulf Breeze will be open for business.

In years past, children would dress up the weekend of Halloween and make their way from booth to booth at the flea market and manager Sandra Pittelko said she hoped the flea market would be able to do that one last time. Unfortunately, everything has to be moved out of the property by the end of October, and if the flea market was open the final weekend of October, the vendors wouldn’t be able to move all of their belongings out in time, Pittelko said.

Oct 15, 2021

CORRECTED: ‘Florida Snake Lady’ warned for releasing venomous snakes on Eglin, arrested on outstanding warrant

Navarre’s snake wrangler, Caesi Williamson, was arrested Oct. 12 after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer talked with her about releasing venomous snakes on the Eglin Reservation without a permit.

Oct 14, 2021

Coast Guard medevacs child off Destin charter boat

The Coast Guard medevaced a child Thursday that was experiencing an allergic reaction approximately 23 miles south of Destin Pass.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report over VHF-FM 16 at approximately 11:15 a.m. of an 11-year-old boy experiencing an allergic reaction aboard a 69-foot charter fishing vessel.

Oct 14, 2021

Commissioners look to provide stormwater improvements

Amid the constant rain Santa Rosa saw recently, and the flooding that comes with it, District 3 Commissioner James Calkins provided possible solutions to fix flooding, stormwater and drainage issues.

Calkins gave the commissioners and staff his ideas on how to improve in these stormwater areas. Possible changes include improving the current Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) taskforce, adding a volunteer group related to stormwater issues, identifying additional funding to improve stormwater issues, and reducing flood insurance costs.

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