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The disappointed commissioner

The disappointed commissioner

In the public venue of social media, our very own Commissioner made the comment that the current pier management group “as expected has been a complete disappointment.” Let’s analyze that for a moment. Mr. Williamson, are you disappointed that they are making money for the county – 4 percent more than the same period last […]

The truth is not biased

The truth is not biased

Biased, according to the dictionary, means a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned. It means showing favoritism. We have been accused of being biased in our coverage of our current county commissioner Rob Williamson. This very page is called the Editorial page for a reason. While as […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHERE MUELLER PROBE IS HEADING A leaked list of questions the special counsel wants to ask Trump shows that the focus of investigators includes collusion and obstruction of justice. 2. LIKE IT OR NOT, FACEBOOK LAUNCHES DATING SERVICE The new feature is “not just for hookups” but to build “meaningful, long-term relationships,” CEO Mark […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. ‘THERE WAS GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYBODY’ U.S. border inspectors allow some of the Central American asylum-seekers to enter the country for processing, ending a brief impasse over lack of space. 2. IRAN RETALIATION OPTIONS ARE FEW After strikes in Syria attributed to Israel that killed Iranian troops, Tehran confronts challenges — both home and abroad […]

What’s the right age for cell phones and social media?

What’s the right age for cell phones and social media?

On average, children receive their first cell phone at age 10 the New York Times reports. At that age, children lack the basic foundations of impulse control and important judgement making skills, but in many instances these children now have access to the internet and all that that entails. Read the full article in the […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. PAUL RYAN WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION The decision by the House Speaker injects another layer of uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing their majority in the fall. 2. TRUMP PROMISES MILITARY STRIKE Defying Russian warnings, the president says missiles “will be coming” in response to Syria’s suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP: MUELLER PROBE ‘AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY’ Trump lashes out against the special counsel’s Russia investigation following an FBI raid on personal attorney Michael Cohen’s office. 2. WHAT SYRIAN TROOPS ARE FEARING Assad’s forces and their allies are said to be on alert and taking precautionary measures at military bases and posts amid […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WHO’S GETTING THEIR MARCHING ORDERS Trump and border-state governors work to “immediately” deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration. 2. ‘THE TASK IS UNFINISHED’ With thoughts on the past and eyes to the future, thousands march and sing civil rights songs to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. US, EUROPE PUNISH RUSSIA OVER SPY CASE Western nations band together to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accuse of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain. 2. CIVIL RIGHTS ICON DIES AT 76 As a young girl in Kansas, Linda Brown found herself at the […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ADVISER SECRETLY BACKED ABU DHABI’S AGENDA IN CONGRESS George Nader wired $2.5 million to a Trump fundraiser, money then used to bankroll an effort to persuade U.S. lawmakers to take a hard line against UAE-rival Qatar, an AP investigation finds. 2. IMPACT OF TRUMP’S REFUGEE POLICIES DIFFER DRASTICALLY In U.S. cities […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS “LONG-TERM SNAP DECISIONS” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster departure spotlights mercurial decision-making when it comes to staffing the top ranks of government. 2. LAST MINUTE FINANCING DEAL AVOIDS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now. […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. AUSTIN BOMBER’S VIDEO AMOUNTS TO ‘CONFESSION,’ BUT NO MOTIVE A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by Mark Anthony Conditt details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police say. 2. WHO IS BRACING FOR TRUMP TRADE SANCTIONS Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses brace for a backlash as […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TEXAS BOMBING SUSPECT DEAD; MOTIVE UNKNOWN Austin police say the serial bombing suspect, a 24-year-old white male, blew himself up with an explosive device as a SWAT team closed in. 2. ‘DON’T EVER PUT YOUR DAUGHTERS IN SCHOOL AGAIN’ A witness tells the AP that’s what Boko Haram extremists warned after the Nigerian government […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. POLICE MAKE DIRECT APPEAL TO BOMBER In the search for answers to a series of explosions in Austin, Texas, authorities have come ahead with a simple plea to whoever’s behind the blasts: Talk to us. 2. SELF-DRIVING UBER STRIKES, KILLS PEDESTRIAN The fatality in a Phoenix suburb is the first involving a fully autonomous […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. ‘WE ARE BOUND FOR SUCCESS’ In a fraud-tainted vote, Russia’s Vladimir Putin rolls to a crushing presidential re-election win. 2. WHAT AP INVESTIGATION REVEALS ABOUT KUSHNER REAL ESTATE DEALS The firm run by the U.S. president’s son-in-law profited by filing false papers declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants across New York City — when, […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. TRUMP AIMS TO ARM TEACHERS WITH NEW GUN PLAN The president’s proposal to combat school shootings also includes improving background checks. 2. HELICOPTER CRASHES IN NYC’S EAST RIVER At least two people are dead, and one is rescued in the water north of Roosevelt Island, the mayor’s office says. 3. WHO GETS TOP MARCH […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. AND THE OSCAR GOES TO … Director Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy film “The Shape of Water” wins the best picture Academy Award. 2. NO EXEMPTIONS FROM TARIFFS, TRUMP SAYS Administration officials say the president’s plan to enact stiff duties on imported steel and aluminum will be wide-ranging and won’t target any particular […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. DEMOCRAT WINS IN STUNNING ALABAMA UPSET Doug Jones won the state’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and Trump, who endorsed Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. 2. TRUMP TWEET DRAWS HEATED REPLY Democrats admonish the president for what they say is an innuendo-laden attack on Sen. […]

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

The Club II in Gulf Breeze had unwelcome visitors Oct. 23, and Facebook has allegedly landed at least one of those visitors behind bars. Brittny Still, 28, of Gulf Breeze is facing third degree felony unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and first degree misdemeanor larceny petty theft for the theft of keys to the […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHY TRUMP MAY WITHDRAW DRUG CZAR NOMINEE The president may rethink his support of Republican Rep. Tom Marino amid reports the lawmaker played a key role in weakening federal authority to stop opioid distribution. 2. ‘THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS IN THE UNIVERSE’ That’s how California Institute of Technology’s David H. Reitze describes the collision […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. HOW MANY DIED IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING Country music fans thought they were hearing firecrackers at first when a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino hotel opened fire on them from above, killing at least 59 people . 2. WHO THE LAS VEGAS GUNMAN WAS Stephen Paddock was a multimillionaire […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. KIM’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP’S SPEECH AT U.N. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump “deranged” and says in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will “pay dearly” for his threats. 2. TRUMP ADDS ECONOMIC ACTION TO NORTH KOREA MILITARY THREATS President Donald Trump added economic action […]

Facebook and the brain

Facebook and the brain

Facebook officially has more than 2 billion users, making it overwhelmingly the most popular social media network on the market. That is about 29 percent of the world’s population all utilizing one internet space to converse and connect. But this social platform affects the brain and not always in a positive way, as evidenced by […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

CARICATURE ARTIST GUILTY OF STABBING CO-WORKER AT THEME PARK Local news outlets report that 35-year-old Fredrick Torres was found guilty Thursday of attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced Oct. 12. Glenn Ferguson testified Wednesday that Torres attacked him repeatedly with a pair of scissors and his fists at Universal Islands of Adventure on New […]

4-year-old puts needy animals first

4-year-old puts needy animals first

Like many children, Cadence McCleery, 4, is excited about her upcoming birthday. Wearing glittery pink butterfly earrings, Cadence said when she grows up she wants to be Moana, the hero of one of her favorite Disney movies. Her birthday party will be a “jumpy jump” party with a bounce house, and she will finally be […]

Changing face of bullying

Changing face of bullying

It follows them home. Insults about a child’s weight, appearance, intelligence, personality — blasted to dozens or even hundreds of their peers online. The victim feels his or her reputation is being destroyed one comment at a time. Messages at all hours of the day contain criticism and hate, often from multiple users. One message […]

Actions = Consequences

Actions = Consequences

In Monday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson put the other commissioners in a difficult position when he removed the signs from the causeway in the middle of the night Thursday. Quite clearly he undermined the board as expressed by both Lane Lynchard and Sam Parker. He failed to defend county staff for […]

Business leaders get schooled on social media marketing

Business leaders get schooled on social media marketing

There are more Facebook users than there are people living in China. Throughout the world, a handful of social media platforms have the eyes and ears of billions of consumers each day. These websites can be great tools for small businesses to get their name out there, but the wrong message on the wrong platform […]

Military pets get helping hand

Military pets get helping hand

When a military family gets deployed out of the country, it can be scary. These families are dropping everything they know and sometimes moving entire continents away from everyone they know. Often they are leaving family far away. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Commissioners exempt from Facebook oversight

Most Santa Rosa commis­sioners aren’t using the official Facebook pages –offered to them last year by the county— on which their postings could be monitored and archived as public records. Although the commission­ers unanimously approved a new set of social media over­sight guidelines for themselves last August, those rules allow voluntary compliance. Since then, only […]