Stories by Ken Garner
Stories by Ken Garner
‘I stand by my statements’
James Calkins on Monday refused to apologize for remarks he made last month calling the Democratic Party “evil” and said he stands by his statements, despite residents calling for him to resign from the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners.
County to use eminent domain to take easements for Eglin RIBS project
Santa Rosa County will use eminent domain to take easements from private landowners in order to install pipe to a planned wastewater disposal site in the Eglin Reserve northwest of Holley.
Preserve Navarre willing to wait for incorporation
Preserve Navarre is working diligently to distribute brochures to area residents “before it gets too hot,” according to Wes Siler, president of the two-year-old nonprofit organization, but it isn’t rushing efforts to incorporate the City of Navarre Beach.
Calkins raises partisan objection to board appointee
James Calkins criticized Democrats and any Republican who doesn’t agree with his political views at Thursday’s regular Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting.
County preparing bid request for Navarre Beach Bridge study
Santa Rosa County staff are preparing bid documents for a Navarre Beach Bridge project development and environmental study, Commissioner Ray Eddington said last week. He hopes the item is ready for commission consideration in June.
South End soccer complex design nears completion; county studying best way to pay for $9-million project
The design is done; now Santa Rosa County has to decide how to pay for the almost $9-million soccer complex planned next to Pensacola State College’s Tiger Point campus.
‘Be the Light in Someone’s Darkness’
Concerned residents of all ages participated in a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk from King Middle School to Milton City Hall on Friday, May 19. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-to-24-year-olds and the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm, please remember that you are not alone. Reach out for help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.
Group forms to ‘Protect’ Navarre from incorporation
Every few years, groups organize in an attempt to incorporate Navarre. Protect Navarre organized last month to prove it isn’t necessary.
Congratulations class of 2023
Our high school seniors are about to celebrate a huge accomplishment in their life and dip their toe into the adult end of the life pool. We are excited for you as you realize your whole life is ahead of you. You have barely begun to scratch the surface of what you can accomplish. The past twelve years have all been for this moment – mostly. Some of you will go on to use algebraic equations and some of you won’t. Whatever you decide to do with your life over the next few years, do it well! Here is some advice we couldn’t resist passing along:
Rudman staying busy after first legislative session
Joel Rudman, a family physician, drove to Daytona Beach and back in a single day last week for a three-hour meeting with doctors at Halifax Medical Center, where he did his residency from 1996-1999. It’s all part of the job of representing District 3 in the Florida House of Representatives.