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Stories by Dusty Ricketts

Stories by Dusty Ricketts

Summer has lost its luster

May 23, 2023
When I was younger, this was my favorite time of the year. School was just letting out, I had the summer ahead of me to go to the pool, play outside, go to summer camp and enjoy the weather. I’m grateful to have the winter weather behind me, but summer doesn’t have the same appeal to me now as it did back then.

Some stories stay with you

May 16, 2023
I have been in this industry for more than 25 years at this point, getting my first paid job at the Ball State Daily News in the summer of 1998. Since that time, I have written thousands of stories (my best estimate is around 5,000, but that could be a little high or a little low).

There’s a hall of fame for just about everything

May 8, 2023
I have been a fan of video games for practically my entire life. My parents purchased an Atari 2600 for my brother and me in the early ‘80s and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. I even wrote a weekly column on gaming at my last job that was published across the country for a few years. While I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject, I’m definitely well versed in it.

Happy Star Wars Day

May 2, 2023
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is a terrific Christmas song written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle. But if I were to rewrite the song today, my version would be centered around May the Fourth. I’m a life-long Star Wars fan. I don’t really need an excuse to celebrate the franchise.

Hurricane season always brings a level of dread

April 25, 2023
Despite a recent cold streak, it feels like winter is over. Finally. In my younger days growing up in a small town in Indiana, I used to love winter.

New information released on Thursday’s fatal pedestrian accident

April 14, 2023
A pedestrian was killed Thursday night while walking along U.S. Highway 98 near Johnny Houston’s Grille and Bar. The pedestrian, a 30-year-old male from Bryceville, Florida, was walking east at about 11:07 p.m. in the westbound shoulder of U.S. 98 when he was struck by a car.

Reckless driver forces motorcycles off roadway, injuring one

April 13, 2023
A Pensacola man sustained serious injuries Thursday morning while riding his motorcycle on State Road 87 South. At about 8:03 a.m. Thursday, two motorcyclists were travelling south on SR 87 in the inside lane. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, a white Chrysler New Yorker, with dark window tint and a blue Florida antique license place, was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed.

Technology really is the best and worst

April 11, 2023
I love technology. I think it’s incredible that the science fiction of my childhood has become my reality as an adult.

Navarre man arrested in Friday’s fatal shooting

April 7, 2023
A Navarre man has been arrested for first degree murder related to a fatal shooting that took place Friday afternoon in Navarre. Aubrey James Luker, 41, surrendered to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Friday at the 8200 block of Country Bay Boulevard.

Return to writing has been enjoyable experience

April 3, 2023
It seems a little hard to believe, but it’s been a little more than four months since I joined the staff here at the Crestview News Bulletin and Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette. While my primary job as editor has me working with our reporters on stories, organizing the budgets of the papers and of course editing all the stories, photo captions and graphics for accuracy and grammar (I do apologize for mistakes that sneak past me, they annoy me as well), this job has also given me a chance to return to my roots as a reporter and writer.
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