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Stories by Hansen Hasenberg

Stories by Hansen Hasenberg

Set Free Refuge changes name, shifts to new focus

February 21, 2024
Set Free Refuge is now Set Free Foundation. The decision came down in December, says Skip Orth, Set Free Foundation’s board president.

New church, same Methodist

February 20, 2024
Over the past couple of years, the United Methodist Church has been fracturing. Split over the direction of the denomination and the question of gay people being allowed to be ordained, thousands of churches have severed ties with the United Methodists.

Navarre Community Access Road gets mixed reviews, county still in study phase

February 20, 2024
Santa Rosa County Development Services held their first public meeting regarding plans for a Navarre Community Access Road, which if built, will run from Panhandle Trail to Edgewood Drive. The road is being billed as an alternative to Highway 98.

Lionfish a featured topic at Northwest Florida Extension conference

February 19, 2024
On Feb. 8, ecologists and extension workers across Florida gathered on Okaloosa Island for the Northwest Florida Lionfish Workshop.

The goal of the workshop was to give the latest updates on the science around red lionfish, an invasive and venomous fish species native to the Indo-Pacific. They have been in Florida waters since the 1980s.

Santa Rosa students given chance to explore career pathways at district expos

February 16, 2024
Throughout February, Santa Rosa District Schools held three different career expos across the county for students and families to explore opportunities in various career fields.

February is CTE month, which recognizes the importance of career and technical education in schools around the nation. In Florida, CTE programs are a growing trend.

New Italian deli? Don’t fuhgeddaboutit!

February 16, 2024
Tiger Point will soon be home to a new restaurant and deli.

Seneca’s Deli is opening its doors sometime later this spring in the shopping center near Garcon Point Bridge exit onto Highway 98. The restaurant, which will serve freshly made Italian and deli food, is located in the former Shane’s Rib Shack.

Santa Rosa County 4-H receives statewide award for work with The Secret Place Home

February 15, 2024
In 2023, Santa Rosa County 4-H was recognized for their work with an organization which provides services to those who have been trafficked. This month, the organizations officially received their plaque for a statewide 4-H award.

Fishermen catch 1,200 lb. great white shark off Navarre Beach

February 14, 2024
“That’s a monster, dude.”

Those were the words Dylan Wier used when he saw the giant, great white shark which had bit onto fellow angler Blaine Kenny’s fishing pole. The great white shark turned out to weigh about 1,200 pounds and was around 12 feet long.

Santa Rosa County wants to consolidate dispatch centers

February 13, 2024
To improve efficiency and communications, Santa Rosa County is looking to consolidate dispatch for emergency services such Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement under one roof.

What is Ash Wednesday?

February 12, 2024
With the good times and festivities of Mardi Gras over, Christians, particularly those in the Catholic tradition, turn their attention and focus on Christ for a six-week period known as Lent. Ash Wednesday, observed Feb. 14 this year, is the first day of Lent, a season of prayer and fasting. Notable as a day when believers have ashes in the shape of a cross placed upon their foreheads, Ash Wednesday has a long history.
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