Wahoos win rain-shortened game

Wahoos win rain-shortened game

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos shut out the Tennessee Smokies 5-0 in a rain-shortened game Saturday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos’ (2-1) pitching staff gave up only two hits to the Smokies (1-2). Pitcher Robert Stephenson shined in his 2014 debut striking out a career-high 11 batters. Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Jonathan Broxton started for […]

Mary Esther man faces 120 years for child sex crimes

Mary Esther man faces 120 years for child sex crimes

Brandon Cade Gillreath was sentenced to serve four, consecutive 30-year sentences upon completion of his previously imposed 30 year federal sentence. According to a news release from State Attorney Williams Eddins, the sentence arose from Gillreath pleading guilty April 3 to four counts of attempted sexual battery with a victim less than 12 years old. […]

Milton woman arrested on drug charge

Milton woman arrested on drug charge

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Tammie Lynette Gutierrez at her Milton residence April 1 and charged her with one count of possession or distribution of a listed chemical having reasonable cause to believe the chemical will be used to unlawfully manufacture a controlled substance. According to the arrest report, witnesses told investigators […]

Governor signs bill to cut vehicle registration fees

Governor signs bill to cut vehicle registration fees

Florida Governor Rick Scott was joined by Senate President Don Gaetz and other lawmakers April 2 as he signed Senate Bill 156 that cuts $400 million in annual vehicle registration fees for Florida families. “From day one of the 2014 legislative session, Governor Scott and the Florida legislature committed to making a reduction in vehicle […]

Woodlawn’s IT Academy is best in the district

Woodlawn’s IT Academy is best in the district

Woodlawn Beach Middle School only started its Microsoft I.T. Career Academy this year but it has already been honored as Santa Rosa County’s Middle School Career Academy of the Year. The award was presented Tuesday at the 2014 Career Academy Awards Luncheon. Santa Rosa County Schools Director of Workforce Education Charlin Knight said the program […]

Governor recognizes Seminoles football team

Governor recognizes Seminoles football team

Florida Governor Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Sports Award to Florida State University Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and the 2013 FSU Football team for their athletic achievements and winning the 2014 BCS National Championship. The presentation was made April 1 in Tallahassee. The Governor’s Sports Award is an award given to those who have made […]

Governor signs Florida GI Bill

Governor signs Florida GI Bill

Governor Rick Scott was joined  by Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, Representative Marti Coley, Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Jimmie Smith, Representative Jimmy Patronis and Representative Doc Renuart to sign House Bill 7015 which creates the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program,” that waives out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans. […]

Motorcycle rider in critical condition

Motorcycle rider in critical condition

A motorcyclist is in critical condition in Pensacola after a one-vehicle accident March 29 in Navarre. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 54-year-old Steve Pelle from Silver Grove, Ky., was riding his motorcycle west on Highway 98 when he attempted to enter the left turn lane. Pelle’s motorcycle struck curbing and he was thrown from […]

Defense contractor expanding in Okaloosa County

Defense contractor expanding in Okaloosa County

On-Point Defense Technologies, a defense and commercial contractor based in Fort Walton Beach, is preparing for a multi-year expansion. According to the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council (EDC), the project will result in the creation of 29 new jobs with a capital investment of more than $1.2 million. The expansion will be done in the company’s […]

Exchange student dies in bike-truck accident

Exchange student dies in bike-truck accident

A cultural exchange student from Thailand, who had been in Florida for less than two weeks, died when the bicycle she was riding was struck by a pickup truck March 27 in Destin. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department reports 20-year-old Parichat Chatmas was attempting to cross Highway 98 at around 7 a.m. when she was […]

‘Successful’ prescribed burn at Garcon Point

‘Successful’ prescribed burn at Garcon Point

Officials with the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NFWMD) said strong, gusty winds were beneficial to a 2,045-acre prescribed burn conducted March 25 near Garcon Point. “Although Red-Flag weather conditions are not appropriate for backyard burning, the weather proved to be beneficial for this particular burn. The wind kept the smoke off the highway and […]

Highway 87 lane closures planned Monday

Highway 87 lane closures planned Monday

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that traffic will encounter alternating lane closures at Laredo Street Monday, March 31 as crews complete paving operations. Lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction activities may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. FDOT reminds motorists to travel […]

Sheriff’s office debuts ‘Choose Your Ride’ vehicle

Sheriff’s office debuts ‘Choose Your Ride’ vehicle

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is hoping a new vehicle will show clearly the better choice between getting a taxi or driving impaired. The new “Choose Your Ride” vehicle has its front painted like a taxi, while the back of the out-of-service Ford patrol car retained its sheriff’s office vehicle markings. The side windows […]

Notice to Bidders | Legal #2576

HOUSING RECONSTRUCTION SANTA ROSA COUNTY SHIP/HOME PROGRAM The Board of County Commissioners of Santa Rosa County, Florida will receive bids from qualified licensed contractors for the reconstruction of the residence located at 3749 Escambia Avenue, Jay, FL 32565. Funds have been reserved for this project through the Santa Rosa County SHIP/HOME Housing Assistance Program. All […]

Fictitious Name Notice | Legal Notice #2575

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Casino Beach Bar at 41 Ft. Pickens Road in the County of Escambia, in the city of Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, […]

Fictitious Name Notice | Legal Notice #2574

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Mirror Images Web Services at 6529 Codell Street in the County of Santa Rosa, in the city of Navarre, Florida 32566 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, […]

Notice of Public Sale| Legal #2573

Chapters 83.801-83.809 Florida State Statutes Notice is hereby given, all goods and personal property stored in the listed storage units at SmartStop Self Storage at the property address below, on which a lien is claimed; will be sold via public auction online at www.storagebattles. com on April 15, 2014 at 03:00 PM, by competitive bidding, […]

‘Mystery reader’ surprises class, daughter

‘Mystery reader’ surprises class, daughter

Kathy Rohrig’s fourth-grade class at West Navarre Primary had achieved their reading goals and to celebrate a “mystery reader” was going to visit the class March 7 and read Dr. Seuss’ “Happy Birthday to You” story. Rohrig had arranged for Whitney Psinas, the mother of 7-year-old Addison, to be the “mystery reader,” however, about two […]

Navarre man sentenced to life in prison

Navarre man sentenced to life in prison

A Navarre man convicted in 1989 of sexual battery, robbery with a weapon and attempted murder of a UWF student has been sentenced to life in prison for violation of probation. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced March 20 that 42-year-old Timothy Jordan was sentenced by Judge Linda Nobles. After his 1989 conviction, Jordan was sentenced […]

Fla Supreme Court rules in Santa Rosa County’s Favor

Fla Supreme Court rules in Santa Rosa County’s Favor

VII. CONCLUSION We therefore conclude that the taxpayers are the equitable owners of the real property at issue and that section 196.199(2)(b), Florida Statutes, is inapplicable here. The certified question of great public importance is answered in the affirmative, and the decision of the First District Court is approved. The entire ruling can be found […]

Jury in Milton finds man a sexually violent predator

Jury in Milton finds man a sexually violent predator

After a two-day trial that included testimony from victims and three psychologists, a Santa Rosa County jury determined 43-year-old Mark Preston Bohner to be a sexually violent predator under Florida’s Jimmy Ryce Law. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, the jury finding means Bohner will be indefinitely confined in the Florida Civil Commitment Center, a […]

No criminal charges in fatal 98 crash

No criminal charges in fatal 98 crash

The Florida Highway Patrol reported March 18 that no criminal charges are being filed in a seven-vehicle fatal accident that occurred June 13, 2013, at Cody Avenue and Highway 98. Two Bradenton, Fla. residents, 66-year-old Kurt Graetzer and 63-year-old Pamela Graetzer died from injuries sustained in the crash. According to a press release from the […]

Navarre Beach ‘#25 in the U.S.’

Navarre Beach ‘#25 in the U.S.’

TripAdvisor® announced March 18 its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches and Navarre Beach was named the #25 beach in the U.S. Florida and Hawaii tied for having the most beaches in the top 25. The TripAdvisor® listing is the second recognition for Navarre Beach in the past two months. Conde’ Nast Traveler listed Navarre Beach […]

Florida unemployment rate declines

Florida unemployment rate declines

Florida’s unemployment rate for January 2014 is 6.1 percent, the lowest since June 2008 when the state average stood at 6 percent. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) released the new unemployment statistics March 17. Additionally, Florida’s unemployment rate is .05 percent below the national average and has been below the national average for six […]

Bubba Watson named PGA Player of the Month

Bubba Watson named PGA Player of the Month

Bubba Watson for the second time in his career has been named PGA TOUR Player of the Month. The PGA TOUR and Avis Car Rental made the announcement March 13. As the official rental car company of the PGA TOUR, Avis will make a $50,000 contribution to the Bubba Watson Foundation, which was established in […]

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