North Santa Rosa County

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 […]

Mill fire still burning more than a century later

Mill fire still burning more than a century later

In the 1990s the University of West Florida unearthed structures dating back to the very beginning of North Santa Rosa County industry, the Arcadia Mill. Among these historic monuments of yesteryear, the archaeologist uncovered something strange. Left to rot by the residents of the area, the charred remains of the once massive textile mill, Arcadia […]

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Enthusiasm for the two proposed half-penny sales-tax measures is much higher on the north end of Santa Rosa County than in Navarre or Gulf Breeze. As the Aug. 30 election nears, yard signs are easily noticeable in the Milton area, where the planned new county courthouse would be built with revenue from one of the […]

26 guns stolen in Pace home burglary

26 guns stolen in Pace home burglary

Two home security cameras identified a Milton man, Roy Pike, as the principal in a Pace home robbery involving the theft of 26 guns. The burglary was reported on Nov. 4 by the homeowner. The homeowner reported to the responding deputy that when he arrived home at around 4:30 p.m. he found his front door […]

Gomillion gets nod for county executive post

Gomillion gets nod for county executive post

Santa Rosa County officials are promoting from within for the next county administrator. Tony Gomillion, a veteran Santa Rosa bureaucrat who oversees the public services division, was the unanimous choice of county commissioners during a meeting Monday in Milton. Gomillion was one of three finalists and was selected over experienced top-level administrators with master’s degrees. […]

Santa Rosa schools outsourcing substitute teachers

Santa Rosa schools outsourcing substitute teachers

The cost of substitute teachers in the Santa Rosa County school system will rise an estimated 8.5 percent this year to $1.8 million, probably the largest annual increase ever, but officials say that could be a bargain. “I think when you look at everything, we got a phenomenal deal,” Judson Crane, the district’s purchasing manager, […]

Deadlines approach for prospective candidates for office

Deadlines approach for prospective candidates for office

Many Santa Rosa County offices are up for election in 2016. In fact, all constitutional offices will be up for election. All of the current constitutional officers will be running for re-election, with the exception of Sheriff Wendell Hall, who has chosen not to run again. Citizens wishing to run for office must qualify first. […]

Despite changes, Panhandle Trace Hike a success

Despite changes, Panhandle Trace Hike a success

Despite the hike being shortened due to weather and a military mission, the 2015 Panhandle Trace Hike was a success. “I thought it went well, said Christine Hale, who led the nine-day hike for the second year in a row. “We had to change the schedule a little bit because of the weather and a […]