Sheriff Wendell Hall

Hall retires as Santa Rosa’s longest serving sheriff

Hall retires as Santa Rosa’s longest serving sheriff

After 16 years of service, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall celebrated a long awaited retirement surrounded by family, co-workers, county officials, citizens and media members Dec. 15, during a retirement party at the Milton Auditorium. Hall has served in law enforcement for 35 years starting as a deputy in Escambia County. After 19 years […]

Inmates get second chance with SCORE, Work Release

Inmates get second chance with SCORE, Work Release

For inmates in Santa Rosa’s correctional system, there is new hope for life after serving time thanks to the Work Release and Second Chance Outreach, Re-entry and Education Development (SCORE) programs. Housed in the same building at 8390 Transition Road in Milton, these programs provide inmates support and opportunities to improve their lives. The facility […]

In the line of duty

In the line of duty

The past two weeks have been truly tragic for police officers, the protectors of our communities.  In the most recent highly publicized cases, the force as a whole lost five officers in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge.  But the total loss for the month of July nationwide so far is 17.  We know about […]

Chamber banquet celebrates members

Chamber banquet celebrates members

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber’s annual awards and installation banquet Friday evening themed “Putting on the Ritz” honored outgoing chairman of the board Regina Carter of Gulf Power and welcomed Linda Fusco of All Phase Cleaning as chairman. The sold out crowd enjoyed fine dining at The Soundside, Hurlburt Field and was then treated to an annual […]

Johnson promoted to Chief Deputy

Johnson promoted to Chief Deputy

Major Bob Johnson of the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has been promoted to Chief Deputy with the organization. Johnson is the first to serve as Chief Deputy since Sheriff Wendell Hall was sworn into office in the year 2000. “Due to the fact that this is my last year as Sheriff and knowing and supporting […]

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Wresting control of some local tourist tax dollars to use for statewide leisure industry promotion and fund law enforcement may sound like a good idea in Tallahassee, but it’s getting mixed reviews hereabout. State Rep. Matthew Gaetz, chairman of the House Tax and Finance Committee, recently proposed legislation allowing up to 10 percent of bed […]

Navarre’s growing graffiti problem

Navarre’s growing graffiti problem

Graffiti has been popping up at various locations in Navarre, and it has Santa Rosa County tourism officials concerned. Sheriff Wendell Hall was asked to attend the April 15 Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council (TDC) meeting to discuss the matter. “The graffiti is certainly an issue,” Hall said, but he assured TDC members it […]