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Mar 13, 2014

Gaetz’s medical marijuana bill passes committee

A bill introduced by State Representative Matt Gaetz that would decriminalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD), a noneuphoric ingredient found in some marijuana plants, passed its first committee stop March 5 in Tallahassee. Members of the the House Criminal Justice Committee approved the measure 11 to 1.

Mar 13, 2014

Drug therapy could boost memory

Gainesville, Fla. — As we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline.

Mar 13, 2014

New school lunch app launches for local students

A recently launched app for smartphones will allow Santa Rosa County students and parents to give feedback on school lunch.

Mar 13, 2014

Prescription changes for TRICARE for Life

Many area residents were notified by mail last month that their prescription benefits through Tricare for Life would be changing as of Friday, March 15. The change resulted from passage of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which created a five-year pilot program requiring some TRICARE for Life beneficiaries to utilize mail-order or military pharmacies for refills of maintenance medications taken regularly for chronic conditions.

Mar 13, 2014

Jay man points shotgun at family members

A Jay man was arrested Sunday for pointing a shotgun in the direction of his 1-year-old daughter, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Mar 13, 2014

Aging courthouse poses dangers

The Santa Rosa County courthouse has been called a laughing stock and an eyesore. However, the ugly truth behind the matter is that the aging, deteriorating structure poses threats far more serious than being considered unsightly.

Mar 13, 2014

New 7-story hotel on horizon

Construction is set to begin on a 161-room Gulf front hotel on the site of the former Holiday Inn on Navarre Beach, which was torn down in 2005 after damage from Hurricane Ivan. Property owners recently submitted site and foundation plans to Santa Rosa County.

Mar 13, 2014

State ups charge in fatal hunting accident

Johnny Farmer was unaware he would be taken back into custody after a March 6 arraignment for the accidental hunting death of a longtime friend. However, the State Attorney’s Office chose to up a second-degree count to a first-degree charge March 5 after a judge tossed out an additional felony Feb. 1.

Mar 13, 2014

Clary issued $6,300 citation

Former state senator Charles Clary has been issued a $6,300 citation for clearing land without a permit last October. The incident resulted in the destruction of protected trees on a roughly 3.5-acre parcel he owns on U.S. 98 near Cotton Bay Estates subdivision.

Mar 13, 2014

Former Milton Girls Facility worker to be sentenced in April

A jury found Ernest Parker, 52, a former employee of the closed Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility, guilty of three counts of sexual misconduct March 6. He will be sentenced April 16 and faces a maximum of 45 years in prison.
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