Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

Child caught in rip current, rescued by surfer

An 11-year-old boy who was pulled out by a rip current Wednesday evening is safe thanks to a young surfer.

“The boy was out near the end of the Navarre Pier by the time the surfer reached him,” said Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh. “He definitely was in pretty bad shape, swallowed a bunch of water, vomited it all back up in our truck.”

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Since you asked: Is it illegal to alter an image of the American flag?

Here's your answer: With the American flag being so near and dear to our hearts, some question it when they see altered versions of the flags commemorating law enforcement, the military or other organizations. For example, at least one Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office vehicle has a flag image for its front license plate with one of the red or white lines being replaced by a thin blue line.

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Since you asked: Why is that old white bike on display along U.S. Highway 98

Here's your answer:

That white bicycle was placed there to honor Elizabeth Allmon, known to many in Navarre as the “Bike Lady.” Allmon was killed June 9, 2009 when a car drifted across the white line dividing the roadway from the shoulder and struck her while she was bicycling along the busy highway. The bicycle was donated by the Emerald Coast Cyclist’s Club. Allmon, who lacked a permanent address, was a familiar sight in Navarre.

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Competitor moves into south Santa Rosa County, offers twice-a-week trash pickup

Adams Sanitation, which has 9,000 customers in the north end of Santa Rosa County, has submitted a permit to provide garbage pickup in the south end of the county.

The permit, filed Wednesday, was submitted with a letter challenging the county’s “exclusive franchise” agreement with Waste Pro. According to the letter, written by Adams’ legal representative Nathan Boyles, the ordinance assuring franchise exclusivity was adopted by the county June 9, 2011.

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