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Stories by Ken Garner

Stories by Ken Garner

Santa Rosa Baptist Association serves as a ministry multiplier

July 24, 2023
Jim Waters is the “associational mission strategist” for the Santa Rosa Baptist Association. What does he do? Whatever he can do to help the association’s 38 member churches and their pastors.

Arrest made in Jernigan murder

July 21, 2023
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Robert Patrick Jernigan, 53, of Milton, Thursday night in connection with the murder of Stephen Lee Jernigan.

FDLE arrests Gulf Breeze man on possession of child sexual abuse material

July 20, 2023
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) this week arrested Aaron Dedecker, 52, of Gulf Breeze on 30 counts of possession of child sexual abuse material (CSAM), one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communications device. All charges are felonies.

Sheriff’s Office suspects foul play in Jernigan death

July 20, 2023
Stephen Lee Jernigan, 70 was found dead at his home in the 1800 block of Schnoor Road north of Chumuckla on Wednesday. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating. The Sheriff’s Office in a news release said detectives believe foul play was involved and that the death was not a random act; there is no threat to the general public. The Press Gazette will report further details as they become available.

NAS Whiting Field to celebrate 80th anniversary

July 14, 2023
Anyone with access to NAS Whiting Field is invited to a ceremony commemorating the installation’s 80th anniversary beginning at noon Monday, July 17.

Help wanted: Santa Rosa still hiring staff for 2023-24 school year

July 12, 2023
Santa Rosa County District Schools have almost 200 vacancies to fill three weeks before teachers return to the classrooms, but district officials aren’t worried – yet.

‘UNITE: Gulf Coast’ coming to Pensacola next week

July 12, 2023
Casting Crowns, Tauren Wells, for KING & COUNTRY, and Passion will join evangelist Scott Dawson on stage for UNITE: Gulf Coast beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, at the Pensacola Bay Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To reserve free tickets or reserve tickets and donate to the UNITE Movement, go to

Off the hook: Commission denies intent to change shark fishing restrictions at Navarre Beach

July 11, 2023
The Santa Rosa County Commission has, and had, no plans to restrict shark fishing on Navarre Beach, according to Chairman Colten Wright. But area anglers are worried that a staff plan to add swimming areas along the 4-mile length of the beach would do just that.

Nikko Japanese Steakhouse owners blame closing on public reaction to alleged poisoning

July 10, 2023
A Pace restaurant linked to the nonfatal poisoning of seven people announced Friday that it has closed permanently after being “brutally harassed” by news outlets and social media.

CoBRA designation could bite county’s beach restoration plans

July 10, 2023
A 40-year-old law could threaten federal funding for Navarre Beach renourishment, Michael Schmidt said last week. Schmidt, director of Santa Rosa County’s Environmental and Public Works departments, said Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are interpreting the 1982 Coastal Barrier Resource Act differently than they have for past beach restoration projects.
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