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Oct 16, 2014

District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson

Within my first two weeks of being named the new Santa Rosa County Commissioner for District 1, I held a town hall meeting specifically on the new judicial center. It was a spirited town hall with support and opposition of the 1-cent sales tax and different sites around Santa Rosa County. Of course, there were complaints, but what a beautiful country we live in that allows us to publicly express disagreements with our government without persecution.

Oct 16, 2014

Sheriff Wendell Hall

As sheriff of Santa Rosa County, it is my responsibility to provide security not only for the judges, but also to everyone who comes to the courthouse. In the past 16 months, 161,934 citizens have used the Santa Rosa County Courthouse; 157,790 individuals were screened through the front door; 4,144 inmates were transported from our jail to the courthouse.

Oct 9, 2014

Oct 9, 2014

An open letter to our military

My dad was a World War II veteran, who I’m sure had a lot of harrowing and exciting stories to tell of his time overseas.  He never told them although I wish he had.  When I asked him one day about why he never shared his experiences with us, he said it was because he didn’t do anything that anyone else “over there” didn’t do.  He said that he was honored to serve a great country like ours.  In my adult life, I met other men and women who served in that war and they always told their stories quietly, never in a bragging way, and were humbled by the mention of their actions or even surprised when presented with recognition.  In their heart, it was never a matter of our country being lucky to have them, but one of them being lucky to have been given the opportunity to serve.

Oct 9, 2014

A Note about Lucy from Charlie and Joyce Enghauser

In December, we adopted a 9 month old girl, Beagle puppy from the Pensacola Humane Society. We were told that she was very afraid of people and they thought she had probably endured some hard times where she had been previously. We only had her about 2 days when she escaped from our enclosure which we had inspected as safe for her. We were heartbroken, as we already loved her in that short time.

Oct 2, 2014

Navarre sign

Bill Engvall is famous for his signature “Here’s your sign” routine that features anecdotes about stupid questions with obvious answers. Navarre residents can better relate to that routine now with the addition of the “Welcome to Navarre” sign installed Sept. 30 on Highway 87 near the abandoned Pure gas station.

Sep 11, 2014

Reflections on the election

As I watched the Santa Rosa County Primary results come in, my first thoughts were of all the friends I had made in the months leading up to the election.

Sep 11, 2014

Americans should take heed

For centuries many gave their lives for worthy causes. The King of Saudi Arabia warns, ISIS is overtaking Europe , and America is next. The radical Islamists’ cause is “Convert of die!”God rest the souls of our military! They didn’t give in to ISIS, Hamas, Jihad, Al-Qaedi, Boco Haram or the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sep 4, 2014

Quick response saves homes

I would like to thank all of the Firefighters and the Forestry Department who responded to the fire in my backyard at 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Without their quick response there is a good chance my neighbors and I would have lost our houses. They were able to not only save our houses but they were able to save our fences as well. Being that close to losing our homes gives me a new understanding of what fires can do and what risks firefighters take to put them out. Thank you again for everything.

Aug 14, 2014

Wanted: Candidates with integrity and humility

Campaign season:  months filled with signage throughout neighborhoods, alongside highways, intersections and atop billboards; mission statements, claims, counterclaims, occasional clarifications and retractions.
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