Apr 4, 2021

Eglin doctor shares stories from Afghanistan

Mere hours into his first day on the job in Afghanistan, a 96th Medical Group doctor was slicing through an accident victim’s chest cavity, then opening the hole with his finger to insert a chest tube.

Apr 3, 2021

Utility franchise fee under discussion

A franchise fee is under consideration by Santa Rosa County officials to raise much-needed revenue and level the playing fields for local utility companies.

Apr 3, 2021

Beach flags – more than just a color

Long before most beachgoers are even out of bed, the lifeguards at Navarre Beach are studying surf, weather, wind and tide conditions to decide which flags to post.

Apr 2, 2021

After-hours water hookups may cost more

The Holley Navarre Water System is establishing a committee to discuss changing the fee structure for after-hours water hookups.

2021 Tornado season
Apr 2, 2021

Experts: Tornado ‘season’ hasn’t peaked yet

As the climatological peak of tornado season draws near in the United States, AccuWeather forecasters are warning that the season is just getting started. March, April and May are typically the most active in terms of tornadoes, but this year, April and May could be particularly dangerous as the ingredients come together for frequent outbursts of severe weather.

Rip Current
Apr 2, 2021

Navarre Beach sees big crowds, doubles guard staff

In the first three months of 2021, Navarre Beach lifeguards have already rescued more people than they did all last year.

That number is 48 and rising.  

The high number of swimmers in trouble combined with extremely busy beaches led to a request for additional funding to double the number of lifeguards on the beach.


Apr 1, 2021

New 800-home Milton subdivision gets green light

After more than three hours of discussion, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a zoning change that will allow an 800-plus home development on Berryhill Road.

Pensacola Bay Bridge
Apr 1, 2021

Temporary traffic signal added to bridge detour route

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contractors have completed demolition and pile driving efforts at pier 70 on the Pensacola Bay Bridge and are preparing the site for placement of the new trophy piece. The targeted reopening of the bridge remains the week of May 31, 2021.

FDOT is also improving the detour route on State Road 281 in Santa Rosa County by extending the southbound right turn lane on State Road (S.R.) 281 at U.S. 98 and installing a temporary traffic signal on Garcon Point Road (County Road 191) by Monday, April 5.


Navarre ER
Apr 1, 2021

New Navarre ER to open this month, officials get sneak peek

Chamber members and local Navarre officials crowded the lobby of Navarre ER Thursday morning to welcome the long-awaited emergency room facility to the community.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mitch Mongell and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Todd Jackson shared in the excitement at the ceremony. During their speeches they told the crowd how happy they are to serve the community of Navarre and thanked everyone who made it possible.


Apr 1, 2021

Missing Milton teen’s body found in wooded lot

A body found in Milton Sunday is that of 14-year-old Cody Walker, who has been missing since March 14.

The Milton teen’s remains were found in a wooded lot off of Sandy Forest Road. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office officials say he was a victim of homicide. The exact cause of death remains under investigation, according to the latest news released by the SRSO.


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