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This is not your grandfather’s farm

This is not your grandfather’s farm

While farming is one of the world’s oldest professions, much has changed since the days of mules and horses pulling iron plows through the soil. Local farmers have embraced cutting-edge technology with the goal of increasing their efficiency in planting, tending, and harvesting their crops. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of […]

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

A homicide investigation is underway after Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies said Monday they believe a body found in a shallow grave in Jay is a woman that has been missing since May 28. Felecia Kuswandy, 38, was last seen alive at the same property along Highway 4 where the body was discovered last week according […]

Woman’s body found on river bank

Woman’s body found on river bank

Detectives with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the bank of the Escambia River in Jay. According to a sheriff’s office press release, the body was discovered around 11 a.m. Sunday after someone called dispatch to say they had found a body. […]

Jay man shot in officer involved shooting

Jay man shot in officer involved shooting

A suspect in Jay was sent to the hospital Saturday after an officer involved shooting with Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies at his home. Just after 6 a.m., deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance on the 7700 block of Highway 4 in Jay according to a sheriff’s office press […]

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide

A 15-year-old from Jay has been arrested Sunday on attempted homicide charges after he allegedly shot his father and attempted to build a fire bomb. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Jackson Shane Baxley, 15, was arrested at his home on Highway 89 after deputies responded to a shooting call at approximately 7 […]

Williamson hosts fourth listening tour

Williamson hosts fourth listening tour

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson is hosting his fourth annual countywide listening tour this summer. Residents are encouraged to attend one of three remaining meetings, held at a variety of times and locations, to discuss issues that impact the county as a whole. The next meetings will be: Aug. 30 from 8 to 9 […]

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

While data show that large drivers of Santa Rosa’s economy are the military bases and blooming tourism industry, there is another arm of the economy doing some heavy financial lifting, and it covers more than half of Santa Rosa County. Agriculture produced nearly $79 million in crops, timber and lumber in Santa Rosa County in […]

Jay 13-year old arrested for attempted murder, arson

Jay 13-year old arrested for attempted murder, arson

A 13-year old boy, Ethan Marsh-Hual, of Jay has been arrested and charged with Attempted Premeditated Murder (felony), Arson (felony), Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with $1,000 worth of damages (felony) and Burglary of a Vehicle (felony). Saturday deputies with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Stafford Farm Boulevard in Jay […]

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional tourism peak season, and that can mean months of fewer visitors and lower profits known as the shoulder season. Bed tax collections, the money paid to the county by visitors for temporary lodging, tend to be lower. Despite July posting 32 percent bed tax growth, many […]

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Kimberly Ann Seevers, age 46, of Jay will not face charges for Unlawful Sexual Activity, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. He announced Tuesday, April 4, that charges have been dismissed by the State. Seevers was charged on April 12, 2016 for the pending case.  The case was scheduled for judge trial before Circuit Judge […]

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Although the central and south areas of Santa Rosa have long outpaced the north in residential development, the disparity is rising amid a wave of homebuilding since the Great Recession. The number of new houses built in Santa Rosa below the Blackwater River area—from Milton to Navarre Beach—reached 1,243 in 2015, the most recent year […]

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Voters might have been left with more questions than answers after a presentation by Moving Santa Rosa Forward’s Ed Carson on the half cent local option sales tax (LOST) for capital improvements to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee (EDC) Friday, Aug. 19. Though the majority of attendees generally spoke positively about the Aug. […]

Sheriffs seize meth, firearms in Jay narcotics bust

Sheriffs seize meth, firearms in Jay narcotics bust

Crystal methamphetamine and several firearms were seized by law enforcement Friday morning, July 8, during execution of a search warrant in Jay, Fla. Jay residents Edgardo Rivera and Mariana Solano were arrested in connection with the investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, law enforcement found 14 oz of crystal methamphetamine worth […]

Seevers re-arrested for sexual assault

Seevers re-arrested for sexual assault

Kimberly Ann Seevers, 45, of Jay in Santa Rosa County was re-arrested on Tuesday, April 12 for sexual assault on a second victim. Seevers was previously arrested in November 2015 for sexual assault of a Jay High School student and contributing to the delinquency of a minor by providing alcohol to minors at her home. […]

$47 Million is just too much

$47 Million is just too much

Let me start by saying I am in favor of building a new courthouse.  The current courthouse is obsolete and must be replaced.  But that doesn’t mean I support the plan to build a $47 million courthouse in Downtown Milton.  And no matter how many times Mr. Rob Williamson calls me a knucklehead on his […]

FDLE arrests Jay man for child pornography

FDLE arrests Jay man for child pornography

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested Ivan Jarrett Hendricks, 47, of Jay, Florida, on 25 counts of possession of child pornography. On Feb. 26, 2016, FDLE agents executed a search warrant at Hendricks’ residence 6026 Tractor Trail in Jay, Florida and located a tablet that contained child pornography files. Hendricks was […]

Teen killed in two-vehicle crash

Teen killed in two-vehicle crash

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that happened Sunday night in Santa Rosa County that claimed the life of a teen from Baker and sent five others to the hospital. According to the crash report, 13-year-old Shawn McLaughlin of Baker died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash on Highway 4 […]