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  • TH-57 lands on Creek Indian Tribal Grounds
    MILTON — A TH-57 helicopter from NAS Whiting Field made a precautionary landing on the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribal Grounds Thursday morning. The helicopter landed just inside the property's gate at 4750 Willard Norris Road."It was a precautionary landing, just to be on the safe side," Whiting Field public affairs officer Julie Ziegenhorn said.Ziegenhorn did confirm the aircraft was from Whiting Field and there were no injuries. Whiting crews would truck the TH- [...]
  • Drunk driver who killed two Pace girls pleads guilty to all 14 counts
    Prosecutors say they intend to seek life in prison for Kailen Kelly, the drunk driver who caused a crash in May that killed two Pace girls and injured their mother and friend.
  • Hypersonic missile development coming to Eglin
    EGLIN AFB — The Air Force Armament Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base is managing two fast-track programs, which could total more than $1.4 billion, to design and build prototypes of hypersonic missiles capable of traveling up to five times the speed of sound — more than a mile per second.The work is being done under contracts with Lockheed Martin, a Bethesda, Maryland-based defense contractor. One of the contracts sets a 2021 deadline for U.S. hypersonic missile [...]
  • Career training available at Northwest Florida schools
    Northwest Florida students have the opportunity to pursue vocational and other certifications to better address workforce needs through programs offered by various schools.In Santa Rosa County, a partnership between the school district and Santa Rosa Economic Development created Santa Rosa Career Pathways, a training program that serves as an alternative to higher education.The mission of this program is to provide students with education relevant to their future goals as well [...]
  • Probe planned into SunPass problems
    TALLAHASSEE —  SunPass has caught up with a backlog of toll transactions that went unprocessed as a $287 million upgrade project took weeks longer to complete than planned, the Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.PREVIOUS STORY: Botched upgrade leaves SunPass users facing huge fees >>The agency also said it has assessed nearly $800, [...]
  • The Vestcor Companies opens newest property in Milton
    MILTON — The Vestcor Companies announced today that Carter Crossing, their newest property in Milton, is now open. Residents first moved in on Aug. 1, and the community is already 63 percent occupied. Carter Crossing is accepting lease applications with 20 percent of units still available for seniors."This is our second senior affordable community in northwest Florida, and we are thrilled to be a part of the Milton community," [...]
  • 2 more health teams, audiology coming to Eglin
    FORT WALTON BEACH — The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, a regional arm of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is putting six new health care teams in place to address veterans' concerns about access to VA health care, according to an announcement from Rep. Matt Gaetz.Two of those teams will be coming to the Eglin VA clinic, located just outside the gates of Eglin Air Force Base in Shalimar, according to Mary Kay Gominger, interim chief of the community and public [...]
  • Driver accused of killing two girls in crash to agree to plea
    MILTON — Kailen Kelly, the man accused of killing two girls and seriously injuring two other people in a suspected DUI crash in May, is expected to enter into a plea agreement Wednesday.The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. before Santa Rosa County Circuit Judge David Rimmer at the courthouse in Milton, according to the State Attorney’s Office. No other information was available. [...]
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Applications open to students who scored low on FSA
    Parents can begin applying today for a first-of-its-kind state scholarship program designed to help thousands of public school students who struggle with reading.The Reading Scholarship is an education savings account available to public school students in third, fourth or fifth grade who scored a Level 1 or Level 2 in 2018 on the English Language Arts portion of the third- or fourth-grade Florida Standards Assessment.The scholarship is worth $500. It can be used to reimburse [...]
  • Man charged in videotaped fatal shooting of unarmed man
    Drejka was arrested and jailed on $100,000 bail and awaited a first scheduled court appearance this afternoon.