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Feb 2, 2021

Brian Out Loud

It’s been a little over 20 years, but I still remember the buzz inside the press box at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh the night North Carolina State played Georgia Tech.

All the excitement on a warm night in mid-September centered around some freshman quarterback named Phillip Rivers.

Jan 27, 2021

January good time to remove carpenter bee nesting sites

The effects of January’s cold weather in Santa Rosa County have many characteristics.

In addition to the realistic possibility of the occasional subfreezing thermometer readings and frosts, there is the quiet.

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Jan 27, 2021

For God’s Sake: Life is like an espresso machine

Forrest Gump told the lady at the bus stop, “My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get,” then he popped one into his mouth.

Clearly, that was before candy companies put key cards in the boxes because, Forrest, you can know exactly “what you’re gonna get.”

Jan 27, 2021

Out and About

For all the teachers and educators in this county who work hard every day to make a difference in children’s lives, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

Reading is a fundamental skill that isn’t easy for all children to acquire. We celebrate those efforts and that skill during Literacy Week.

Brian Lester Headshot
Jan 27, 2021

Brian Out Loud

I swear the Jacksonville Jaguars have raised Vince Lombardi from the dead and hired him as their next head football coach.

Never mind. It’s just Urban Meyer.

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Jan 27, 2021

Wendy Victora Rudman: Thank you first responders

Between my current job and my former one, I have sat within a few feet of a police scanner for almost 25 years. 

It has been my background music, until a call comes in that requires our attention. Every emergency call is important, but from a news perspective, many are commonplace.

Jan 27, 2021

Editorial: Legislators’ clock-watching may not work

Clock-watching may prove counterproductive.

Unlike the Santa Rosa Board of County Commission meetings – one of which recently ran over six hours – the local legislators run on a tight schedule. When they call a meeting from 5:30 to 7, they mean it as more than a dozen constituents discovered last week.

Jan 23, 2021

LETTER: Reader distraught over Trump’s treatment

Reader distraught over Trump’s treatment

The radical left, vengeful Democrats, “bad guys,” succeeded in blaming Trump, culminating their goal to destroy our president.  Shame on them!  “Not fit to serve.”  God thought so. 

Jan 23, 2021

LETTER: Country needs honesty, compassion and inclusion

Jan. 6, 2021 was a day of reckoning and decision.

The promoters of insurrection and domestic terrorism have no place as elected representatives in Florida or any state in our union.

Jan 21, 2021

LETTER: Why a bridge and not a tunnel

‘Why a bridge and not a tunnel?’

We have and will have until sometime in March (or later) a problem getting to Pensacola. We know a barge destroyed a section of the bridge. The question is, “Why?”