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Yellow River floods after storm

Yellow River floods after storm

Yellow River crested Sept. 20 as the rains of Hurricane Sally flowed down stream. Despite the rise, properties along the water came away relatively unscathed, said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. As it turned out, the alerts that went out about potential threats may have reached further than necessary, he said. The county implemented a […]

Tiny homes could soon pop up in Milton

Tiny homes could soon pop up in Milton

Tiny homes could soon sprout in Milton, thanks to action taken by the city council Sept. 8. The lifestyle trend has been growing nationwide, and its broad appeal has become prominent in popular culture. Council members unanimously voted in approval of universal development code changes and additions that outlined the regulations for tiny home construction. […]

Praising God after the storm

Praising God after the storm

First Baptist Church of Navarre took a hard hit from Hurricane Sally Sept. 16. The powerful hurricane-force winds knocked the church steeple off the top of the building and blew the point through the walkway, rupturing the awning. The building not only experienced wind damage, but water damage as well. The church sanctuary was flooded, […]

Behind the scenes: 911 call center during storm

Behind the scenes: 911 call center during storm

In his 30-plus years with Santa Rosa County, Scott Markel has seen storms and he’s seen wildfires. He was working during Hurricane Ivan, which came ashore 16 years ago as a Category 3 storm. He was also at the Santa Rosa County Emergency Communications 911 Center last week, when the dispatch center handled more than […]

Community bands together to clean up after storm

Community bands together to clean up after storm

Following Hurricane Sally’s pounding surf and winds Sept. 16, the coastal residents of Crescent III in Navarre were left with no docks. Instead, they had mounds of broken and battered lumber deposited into their backyards and a dozen or so accesses along Santa Rosa Sound turned into nothing but broken and leaning pilings. During Sally’s […]

Sally removes courthouse roof, delays proceedings

Sally removes courthouse roof, delays proceedings

Santa Rosa court proceedings took another hit this week as Hurricane Sally peeled the roof off the courthouse Sept. 16. After COVID-19 stopped many court procedures for months, the storm damage has completely shut down operations through at least Sept. 29. Clerk of Courts Don Spencer said the roof of the east wing collapsed, damaging […]

Goodbye, Jack!

Goodbye, Jack!

Three, sharp rifle reports broke the morning calm causing a solitary hawk to take wing over Santa Rosa Sound then loop back to a copse of trees as the melancholy notes of “Taps” rose from a lone bugler. A small group watched from a distance, some with hands over their hearts. A curious neighbor watching the proceedings from over the fence raised his arm into a salute. Family and friends had gathered at the Beach House at Holley […]

First responders climb stairs to commemorate those killed on 9/11

First responders climb stairs to commemorate those killed on 9/11

As the summer heat index rose Sept. 11, firefighters in full gear tromped their way up and down the towers of Summerwinds condominiums on Navarre Beach. Sweat rolled down their noses and necks in the non-air-conditioned stair wells. Unlike their usual training, this stair climb held special symbolism as first responders from all fields joined the […]

Wildlife refuge deluged with Hurricane Sally rescues

Wildlife refuge deluged with Hurricane Sally rescues

People aren’t the only creatures uprooted by the wind and rains of Hurricane Sally. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge got 45 new animals Thursday, which is nearly double the previous one-day record for intakes. By early afternoon Friday, they had already gotten 30 more with the day barely half over. They’re low on food and […]

Son of Navarre homicide victim needs help to cremate his dad

Son of Navarre homicide victim needs help to cremate his dad

The 19-year-old son of a man brutally killed in his Navarre home Sunday night needs help paying to bury his father. John Hendricks, along with the suspect’s girlfriend, Samantha Huffman, were found dead in his Bob White Circle home by Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies. Hendricks’ stepson, Courtney “Cory” Howell, has been charged with murder, […]

Navarre boaters hope for world record

Navarre boaters hope for world record

Hundreds of patriotic boats filled the sound waters surrounding Navarre Bridge Sept. 5. to attempt breaking the world record for largest boat parade. The parade was organized by Tom Petska, Anne Ziegenhorn and Chandra Rich to bring the record back to the Unites States. “We want to bring the world record back to America and […]

South Santa Rosa Sports Complex planning begins

South Santa Rosa Sports Complex planning begins

South Santa Rosa is set to get new sports fields and more on the campus of Pensacola State College’s South Santa Rosa Center in Midway. County Commissioners Aug. 27 approved a nearly $500,000 contract with Moffatt & Nichol for design and engineering of the new South Santa Rosa Sports Complex. The plan breaks into two […]

Local hospitals receive updated rankings

Local hospitals receive updated rankings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced new ratings for local hospitals as part of their Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating. The hospitals are measured on a variety of topics including timely and effective care metrics, surveys of patient experiences, complications and deaths, payment, unplanned visits and other measures. The only acute care hospital […]

Animal Services receives award from leader in no-kill

Animal Services receives award from leader in no-kill

Santa Rosa County (SRC) Animal Services has been recognized with the Transformational Change award for the highest increase in lifesaving progress for shelter, admitting 2,001 to 6,000 pets in 2019 from Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Read the full article […]

Nowling reels in record catch

Nowling reels in record catch

Lavon Nowing is in select company. The Santa Rosa County angler caught a flathead catfish that sets a state record. The fish checked in at more than four feet long (48.5 inches), featuring a girth of 38.25 inches. It  weighed in at just a hair under 70 pounds (69.9). Nowling caught the fish in the […]

Juana’s Good Time Regatta returns to the beach

Juana’s Good Time Regatta returns to the beach

It’s almost time to set sail. After months of canceled events and traditions, Navarre Beach will see one milestone unimpeded by COVID-19. The Juana’s Good Time Regatta will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 11-13, filling Santa Rosa Sound with colorful sails for a weekend of competition and sailing. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Community Life Church blesses backpacks

Community Life Church blesses backpacks

On Sunday, Aug. 23, Community Life Church (CLC) held its annual Blessing of the Backpacks, but this year’s event was markedly different. “In the past, Blessing of the Backpacks took place in church on Sundays,” said Kristen McGrew, CLC’s Director of Children’s Ministry. “The children would be given a special backpack tag, and would, as […]

Keep it down on the beach

Keep it down on the beach

Residents of Navarre Beach may need to turn down the volume after 9 p.m. thanks to a clarification of an ordinance. For more than a decade, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has taken the stance that the county’s noise ordinance did not apply to the beach, but after a vote Aug. 27, commissioners have declared […]

Beaches to Woodlands brings back the fun!

Beaches to Woodlands brings back the fun!

The 17th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour is back and ready to kick-start fall in Santa Rosa County with many turn-of-the-season festivities. The Beaches to Woodland Tour is a showcase of fall focused events in Santa Rosa County to increase shoulder season visitation in Santa Rosa County. Shoulder season simply means the slower season for […]

New shopping center in the works for Milton

New shopping center in the works for Milton

A substantial development is on the horizon for Milton and has caused an uptick in citizen participation at the Milton City Council meetings. The Aug. 20 agenda included rezoning of four properties amending the comprehensive plan for Milton and abandonment of Phillips Drive to make way for Merganser Commons at Dogwood Estates. Councilwoman Sharron Holley […]

Animal Services receives award from leader in no-kill

Animal Services receives award from  leader in no-kill

Santa Rosa County (SRC) Animal Services has been recognized with the Transformational Change award for the highest increase in lifesaving progress for shelters admitting 2,001 to 6,000 pets in 2019 from Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Animal services was […]

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