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Stories by Riley Hansen

Stories by Riley Hansen

School district offering programs for homeless youth

April 27, 2022

Santa Rosa County School District is attempting to fill in the gaps and help students with economic struggles.

Recent data from the school district and United Way reveal that many students in the county are living either in poverty or meet the definition of homelessness, and SRC schools have programs to help.

Attorney attempts to quiet outrage over mule death

April 26, 2022

The day after Philip Hayes turned himself in for shooting a mule in Milton, his attorney held a press conference.

Dan Stewart, a personal injury lawyer, is representing Hayes and addressed the incident on April 19.

TDC discusses stricter enforcement

April 23, 2022

Constant ordinance breaking on Navarre Beach has caused some concern.

On Thursday, April 7, the Tourism Development Council (TDC) of Santa Rosa County discussed the issue at their scheduled meeting.

Livestock officer charged with killing stray mule

April 13, 2022
Justice is being served for the stray mule that was shot and killed on Tuesday, April 12. Philip Alan Hayes has been charged with felony for torturing or inflicting pain, serious injury, or death on an animal, as well as a misdemeanor for the inhumane slaughter of livestock. Hayes turned himself in to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office around 10 p.m. on Monday, April 18, almost a week after the incident on Deaton Bridge Road in Milton. Hayes was released just after midnight.

Teacher of the Year laid to rest

April 13, 2022

Patricia “Trish” Droogsma taught in Santa Rosa County for going on 37 years. This year, she was Santa Rosa High School’s Teacher of the Year—for the second time.

Unfortunately, after a battle with cancer, she passed away on March 2, 2022. Her memorial service took place on April 7, 2022.

Certified burner to blame for wildfire

April 12, 2022
A controlled burn turned into a wildfire on Friday, April 8, 2022. Firefighters with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center, in addition to other departments, fought a wildfire near Dickerson City Road at Garcon Point in Santa Rosa County beginning early on Friday afternoon.

Unemployment numbers for February released

April 6, 2022
Santa Rosa County is doing comparatively well in its unemployment rates. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released Florida’s unemployment rates for February 2022, including the state average and the numbers for each county.

Navarre couple spearheading Ukraine relief efforts

March 31, 2022

For Mark and Svitlana Boudreaux, the war in Ukraine hits too close to home. To Svitlana Boudreaux, Ukraine is home.

She moved to the U.S. in 2013, and a year later, she married Mark Boudreaux.

Jeannie Street fire claims a life, young boy rescued by firefighters

March 26, 2022

Nine minutes after the Holley-Navarre Fire District got the call, Captain Sean Tolar had already saved a life.

The toddler was found just beyond the front door of a burning modular home on Jeannie Street Tuesday, March 15.

New Navarre Beach Manager brings passion and expertise

March 16, 2022
Navarre Beach recently got a new beach manager, and his experience speaks for itself.
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