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Jan 4, 2021

Mistletoe has long history

Rudolph is polishing his nose and checking the intensity just in in case fog rolls in. Santa Rosa County’s children are ticking off the minutes and are, basic inclinations notwithstanding, on their very best behavior.

Last minute Christmas bargains are being hurled at prospective buyers through every conceivable mass media channel.


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Dec 22, 2020

Wise Words: Wishing you peace this Christmas season

They say that smells carry you back to wherever you were when that scent imprinted on you.

For me, it’s music.


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Dec 21, 2020

Brian Out Loud

Michael Carter and Tommy Leggett are entering the 2021 NFL Draft. That surprises no one.

Both are talented football players good enough to excel at the next level. It was obvious they were destined to be special when they were standout athletes at Navarre High School.


Dec 18, 2020

Editorial: Don’t gamble with our water supply

There are clearly two halves to Santa Rosa County, with a lot of open land in between along with a few homes and businesses.

There is south Santa Rosa County, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant tourism, as well as being a “bedroom community” for about 70,000 residents. North Santa Rosa has more agriculture, history and a beautiful tannin-stained, spring fed river winding through it.


Dec 17, 2020

Out and About

It’s been a busy week in Santa Rosa County and that’s not even including folks getting ready for Christmas.

Last week, county commissioners narrowly voted to repeal protections that help keep the wells in south Santa Rosa County safe.


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Dec 17, 2020

Wendy Victora Rudman: Greatest gift for children is a tidy past

When my dad died nearly 20 years ago, it fell to my brother and I to clean out the house we grew up in and that our parents had shared for half of a century.

If there is a definition of hoarder, I’m not sure they would have checked every box.


Dec 17, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Election over, time to move forward

Finally, we are getting some direction and action from a federal level on fighting the pandemic and economic restoration, after electing a new president and vice president for our country.

My heart goes out to the many business owners hurt by the misdirection and lies we as a country have received from the defeated administration.


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Dec 16, 2020

Brian Out Loud

Enough notebooks to start one heck of a campfire with have laid inside a compartment in my desk for several years now.

Each one contains notes of games gone by, countless interviews with athletes and coaches and details on big moments that will forever go down of some of the best in this area’s sports history.


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Dec 16, 2020

For God’s Sake: Free TV for price of kindness

My wife and I had a strange, wonderful experience recently. I was working from home when our doorbell rang. What used to be a childish prank – ring a doorbell then run away – is now the norm for package deliverers. I opened the door and propped up against the wall was an enormous, thin […]

Dec 12, 2020

Column: Chilly weather doesn’t affect live oak trees

It is correct to say the shorter days are the impetus for the leaf loss on most hardwood trees, but the subfreezing temperature and gusty winds in the weeks to come will finish off any foliage stragglers.

Sweet gums, maples, dogwoods, and many others are starkly exposed to the elements.