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Stories by Gail Acosta

Stories by Gail Acosta

‘One pill can kill’

November 6, 2023
The numbers are staggering. The number of overdoses in northwest Florida, the number of calls to first responders for overdoses, the number of pills laced with fentanyl continues to grow.

Commissioners approve lease amendment for beach RV Park

October 30, 2023
Late into the special zoning board meeting Thursday night, Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve an amendment to Santa Rosa Development’s lease to allow an RV Park on the beach. Commissioner Sam Parker, Colten Wright and James Calkins voted in favor of the amendment, and Commissioners Kerry Smith and Ray Eddington opposed.

Special Operations Command staying put at Hurlburt Field

July 28, 2023
Northwest Florida, specifically Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties, can take a collective sigh of relief as US Sen. Rick Scott, US Sen. Marco Rubio, and US Rep. Matt Gaetz banded together to keep the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther, Florida Friday.

Eddington: ‘No more businesses or homes on 98’

April 29, 2023
Buddy Page, on behalf of FNBT bank, appeared before the county commissioners Thursday on the zoning change request at 9200 Navarre Parkway.

Water System audit reveals unauthorized purchases by former CEO

April 19, 2023
Kristen McAllister with the accounting firm, Warren Averett, briefed the Holley Navarre Water System board of directors on the findings during the regular annual audit, and several recommendations were made.

Water System directors told to ‘do your job!’

December 22, 2022
In the absence of Holley Navarre Water System board president and interim CEO Joe Campbell, directors Daryl Lynchard and James Dabney attempted to remove Campbell from his unpaid CEO position. However, director Bill Thiel, who joined the meeting by video conference, had another plan. When confronted with a motion to remove Campbell as interim CEO as part of an ongoing legal issue, Thiel warned the board that without him there is no quorum, and he would disconnect from the meeting if they went forward with the motion.

Former HNWS employee discusses termination, ongoing controversies

December 20, 2022
After 2,000 gallons of fuel spilled at property owned by embattled Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board member James Dabney, he filed a police report

Board director applies pressure, gets blamed for stealing water

December 1, 2022
Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board member, James Dabney, has been accused of stealing water for the past 16 years, which would date back to 2006.

Baptist Foundation fights breast cancer with early screenings

October 21, 2022

One in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, according to One in 10 women in the U.S. are uninsured.

In 2020, Florida was among the states reporting the highest percentages of uninsured nonelderly women at 12%-22%, as stated by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Water company CEO terminated

August 4, 2022

Dallas Peavey, Jr., head of Holley Navarre Water System, has been terminated by the board following a closed executive session meeting held last night by board members.

The meeting came after accusations about Peavey’s past resurfaced more than a week ago. It was the second such meeting held to discuss the accusations and potential action of the board.

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