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Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Santa Rosa County Animal Services announced a new program this month to allow those who serve to adopt a “furever” friend free of charge. Operation Furever Freedom is designed to provide veterans, active-duty military personnel, reservists and National Guards members with up to two pets, all fees waived. Military dependents are eligible for reduced rates. […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. BETO O’ROURKE ANNOUNCES 2020 WHITE HOUSE BID The former Texas congressman ends months of speculation over whether he’d try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a Democratic presidential bid. 2. WHO IS HANDLING ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES’ BLACK BOX PROBE The French air accident investigation authority, or BEA, says it will handle the analysis of […]

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 […]

Army secretary OKs burial in Arlington for guardsman

Army secretary OKs burial in Arlington for guardsman

The family of a Louisiana National Guardsman killed in the March helicopter crash in Navarre’s Santa Rosa Sound has received approval for him to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Friday he’d approved an exception to policy that will allow 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich  to be buried there. Because […]

Arlington denies burial of guardsman killed in crash

Arlington denies burial of guardsman killed in crash

Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in the March 10 helicopter crash in the Santa Rosa Sound can’t be buried at the hallowed grounds because he was killed during a training exercise. The burial plots are only for service members who die on active duty and space is limited, the […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Man guilty in 2002 Florida terror plot deported to Pakistan A man who pleaded guilty in 2002 to a Florida terror plot involving plans to blow up electric power stations and a National Guard armory has been deported to Pakistan. U.S. […]

Some areas still impacted by flood

Some areas still impacted by flood

Last April’s flooding exemplified the destructive force of water, testing the capability of area infrastructure with record-breaking rainfall. One year later, county officials are using knowledge gleaned in its aftermath to update the county’s flood mitigation plan. According to National Weather Service records, roughly 26 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa County within 30 […]

Permanent memorial planned for military crash victims

Permanent memorial planned for military crash victims

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson March 23 told fellow board members Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29 plans to coordinate a permanent memorial honoring 11 servicemen who died in a March 10 military helicopter crash in Navarre. Tony Alexander, president and CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is a class member and […]

Active recovery operations conclude tomorrow

Active recovery operations conclude tomorrow

Eglin officials will conclude active recovery efforts tomorrow related to the March 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash. The Safety Investigation Board from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., has convened and Eglin will transfer responsibility of the accident site to the investigation board Saturday. All recovered human remains have been transferred to […]

Louisiana takes cue from Navarre

Louisiana takes cue from Navarre

While checking the news and scrolling through Facebook, Louisiana resident Gillian Howes Rabalais came across photos from last week’s vigil at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier which honored the fallen in the March 10 helicopter crash. “I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing anything here?’” the Hammond native said. “These are our guys. My husband was […]

Second Black Hawk landed at Hurlburt

Second Black Hawk landed at Hurlburt

The second Black Hawk helicopter involved in Tuesday night’s training mission landed at Hurlburt Field instead of returning to Destin Executive Airport, where both crews took off, according to Louisiana Army National Guard spokesman Col. Pete Schneider. Okaloosa County Airports Director Sunil Harman said Destin Executive Airport was unmanned when the helicopters took off, but staff had […]

Recovery operations still underway

Recovery operations still underway

Recovery operations continue in the Santa Rosa Sound, according to a press release from Team Eglin Public Affairs Office. Responders and divers continue to focus on collecting human remains and debris from the helicopter along the shoreline and in the debris fields around the accident site. Once these actions are completed, recovery operations will transition to […]

Recovery expected to conclude this evening

Recovery expected to conclude this evening

Recovery operations have been underway since this morning, and responders are focused on collecting human remains and debris from the helicopter along the shoreline and in the debris fields around the accident site, according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base. “We will continue our recovery efforts as needed to ensure we collect as many […]

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog. Those killed were all stationed at from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were identified Friday as: Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of […]

Official: High-ranking instructor pilots involved in crash

Official: High-ranking instructor pilots involved in crash

Two Black Hawk helicopters were involved in a training mission Tuesday night, but one pilot turned around due to weather conditions, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said at a press conference at the National Guard post in Hammond, La. The second helicopter crashed over Navarre Sound at around 8:30 p.m., and recovery efforts are still […]

Louisiana officials say search and rescue still underway

Louisiana officials say search and rescue still underway

Officials from the Louisiana National Guard are not releasing the names of the servicemen involved in last night’s helicopter crash over Navarre Sound and are still calling the operation a search and rescue. At a press conference in Louisiana, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said the accident occurred Tuesday night when two Black Hawk helicopters were […]

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Search and rescue crews are combing heavy fog in the Navarre Beach area for 11 military personnel presumed dead after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed nearby overnight. Eglin officials said the crash took place during a regular training mission at area A-17, located just east of Navarre, around 8:30 p.m. Eglin officials said two copters were assigned to […]