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Author: Sandi Kemp

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Cooler temperatures are here and that means the bears are on the move. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, (FWC) our black bears are joining their northern cousins in fattening up for the winter.

Black bears eat up to 20,000 calories a day in the fall. That means, they will be on the move and searching for good food “grub” even more than usual.

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We will be experiencing a little louder “Sound of Freedom” this coming Monday – through Thursday, Sept. 12 – 15, when the 58th Fighter Squadron of Eglin conducts night flying operations in the area when F-35 fighter aircraft will conduct missions between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Night flying is required for 58th FS training operations and we are glad they are receiving the training they need.

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We are excited for the fun of the Beaches to Woodlands tour to begin as they celebrate their 19th anniversary of connecting north and south Santa Rosa County with events.

We hope you will take part in the fun and venture up to the north end of the county for some adventure there as well. There is an outline of events with dates in this issue.

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This week we have included our Fall Sports Guide which will give you a lot of information on all the sports that will be played this fall along with pictures of the teams, rosters and the calendar of games that are currently scheduled to be played.

We hope you use it throughout the fall to follow your favorite teams or team member. We will be updating each week in the paper – of course.

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I had a fleeting thought this morning when I saw at least five cars lined up at the corner of my house with parents and children waiting for the bus to arrive.

I wondered if my parents were throwing caution to the wind by letting me walk the .8 miles to school and .8 miles home from school every day in Orlando when I was 7 years old until I was 12 and moved on to middle school. The answer is no.

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It is hard to believe that our schools will be back in session next week.

The summer just flew by for us and I’m sure it did the same for you. Kindergarten through 12th grade students go back to school on Wednesday, August 10, and their first holiday is September 5 for Labor Day.

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The truth is our currency: We must know the truth to make good decisions. The same is true for our community – they must know the truth.

This is our first core value for our organization and foundational to the remainder of our core values, one of which is personal responsibility.

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This week we have asked five questions from our County Commissioner candidates who are running for District 2 and 4.

Unfortunately, three of the District 2 candidates didn’t respond as of press time and in District 4, two didn’t respond.

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As usual, we have a lot of very interesting stories about our community in this week’s issue.

We have a story on an 11-year-old Navarre violinist winning the state concerto competition, a story about boating under the influence resulting from our ride-along with Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Department, an entire spread on the Blue Angels Team for 2022 and their show this weekend – just to name a few of our stories.

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