Milton

Thompson fraud fallout spreads

Thompson fraud fallout spreads

Concerns about former Milton Mayor Guy Thompson’s guilty plea on charges of looting the United Way of Santa Rosa County may prompt an in-depth audit aimed at uncovering whether financial fraud occurred within the city government he ran for 20 years. Although current Milton Mayor Heather Lindsay doubts that Thompson could have stolen municipal funds, […]

What is the threshold?

What is the threshold?

A Milton mother of five has been charged with felony child neglect – five counts. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigated and entered the home to find the children living in squalor. What they found was disgusting. Children living in a roach-infested house. No furniture except a dining room table. A room with three mattresses on […]

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

A Milton woman accused of felony neglect of her five children, ages 5, 7, 11, 12 and 14, will not lose custody of her children according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF closed their investigation April 30 said representative David Fierro. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre […]

May the fur be with you! Adopt-a-thon

May the fur be with you! Adopt-a-thon

Furry friends are looking for fur-ever homes in a galaxy not so far away. May the fur be with you! Join Santa Rosa County Animal Services, 4451 Pine Forest Road in Milton, for a Star Wars themed adopt-a-thon, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dress in your best space-themed costume and find your new […]

GUILTY! Fired United Way chief admits fraud

GUILTY!  Fired United Way chief admits fraud

Guy Thompson’s long career of leadership in community sharing turned to shame on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to 23 counts of embezzling money from Santa Rosa’s now-defunct United Way chapter and evading taxes on his illegal income. In the wake of a joint probe by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service that began […]

‘Filthy’ home leads to Milton child neglect arrest

‘Filthy’ home leads to Milton child neglect arrest

A Milton woman was arrested for child neglect after deputies found her children living in filthy, roach-infested conditions. Jessica Nicole Stevenson, 33, was arrested April 18 on charges of child neglect for allegedly allowing her children to live in “extremely filthy” conditions and failing to provide clean clothes and food. One of the children’s teachers […]

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Laura Gilliam is trying to pick up the pieces left by the shattered and scandalized United Way of Santa Rosa County. “We are reaching out to the donors who have supported United Way of Santa Rosa and to the organizations that relied on it for financial help,” said Gilliam, the United Way of Escambia County […]

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics officers with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered heroin, meth and oxycodone at a home in Milton April 23 during a search on Cherub Circle. One of the residences of the home, Jennifer Holly Campbell, was arrested on drug trafficking charges. According to arrest reports, the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Campbell’s […]

Highway 87 widening nears completion

Highway 87 widening nears completion

The reconstruction and widening of State Road 87 will be wrapping up in the upcoming weeks as the road becomes a four-lane highway. Construction has been underway since October 2015 following years of calls for the highway to be widened. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Determining new fate of old courthouse

Determining new fate of old courthouse

For the first time in 92 years, the Santa Rosa County Courthouse in downtown Milton will likely be vacant. After more than 20 years of argument and failed ballot measures, the county has concrete plans to move judicial services to a new location along Avalon Boulevard. Read the full article in the April 11 issue […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

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Couple sues county for home flooding

Couple sues county for home flooding

Santa Rosa County is set to pay out at staff’s recommendation $15,000 in a settlement with homeowners alleging that the county is responsible for flooding of their home. In court filings, James and Joy Cowart, through their attorney Darryl Steve Traylor, Jr., allege that lack of maintenance by the county of county-owned stormwater drainage system […]

Sponsors needed for wheelchair-accessible van fundraiser

Sponsors needed for wheelchair-accessible van fundraiser

A Milton family is seeking sponsors for a charity 5K run/walk to help the family purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for their disabled son. Silas Owens, 6, was born with cerebral palsy. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Local first responders receive lifesaving devices

Local first responders receive lifesaving devices

Sandwiches can save lives thanks to the efforts of the Firehouse Subs Foundation. The nonprofit organization presented local first responders with grants totaling $51,294 March 13 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Caroline Street in Milton. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Hands-on history featured at Arcadia

Hands-on history featured at Arcadia

Residents of Santa Rosa County were transported to the antebellum era and beyond Saturday as the Arcadia historic site opened the Simpson House interpretive center to the public. The Simpson family donated the properties to the University of West Florida in 2011 and 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies arrested Milton resident Benjamin Donahue, 29, March 1 after a 9-year-old was hospitalized after being beaten with a bamboo stick. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies were called to the Creative Learning Academy in Pensacola after school staff observed bruises on the child. Read the full […]

Donations in limbo amid financial probe

Donations in limbo amid financial probe

In the wake of being expelled from its certifying parent group in Virginia, the embattled Milton-based United Way of Santa Rosa is trying to regroup while contributors look for answers and consider alternatives for charitable deductions from employee paychecks. “The board will have to decide whether we appeal the decertification, or try to continue operations […]

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

An abatement that could lead to bids for the cleanup and removal of trash, junk and debris at an abandoned truck stop at 9234 Highway 87 near Milton was moved to the consent agenda for the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting this Thursday. The truck stop , which is close to the Highway 87 exit […]

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

Kitten season is coming. For animal welfare groups, that fact can seem daunting. As spring arrives, the warmer weather usually marks an uptick in kitten intake lasting into October at shelters throughout the country, including Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Arcadia Homestead opening to the public

Arcadia Homestead opening to the public

After years of study and restoration, a piece of Santa Rosa County history spanning nearly two centuries will be opened to the public Saturday during “Historic Arcadia Heritage Day.” The Arcadia Homestead will be holding a grand opening for the Simpson House interpretive center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., adding its story to the […]

Local singer makes ‘American Idol’ debut

Local singer makes ‘American Idol’ debut

Santa Rosa County native Chloe Channell, 17, has been entertaining mass audiences with her musical skills for most of her life, but her talents went national last week as she debuted on the hit singing competition show “American Idol.” The young musician had been angling for a coveted spot on the series. Read the full […]

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Despite budget votes being more than 7 months away, Santa Rosa county commissioners are already wrangling with two major funding decisions in the wake of Thursday’s early Budget Workshop. One major point of concern is how to fund the $45 million price tag on a new courthouse and judicial complex. Read the full article in […]

Milton woman arrested for armed robbery

Milton woman arrested for armed robbery

A Milton woman has been arrested for orchestrating armed robbery of a man in Milton Feb. 9. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, Samantha Scarcella, 18, allegedly asked the victim to bring her money for narcotics and he was then shot by one of her accomplices. Read the full article in the […]

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