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  • Whiting Field celebrates 75 years
    MILTON — Whenever you see a Navy, Coast Guard or Marine helicopter overhead, there is one thing you know for sure — its pilot has trained at Whiting Field, the sprawling naval air station headquartered in Santa Rosa County that celebrated its 75th anniversary on Monday.Regardless of what type of helicopter they end up flying, every one of those pilots gets their initial training at Whiting Field. And the same holds true for the majority of fixed-wing aircraft pilots. [...]
  • Florida to restrict shore-based shark fishing at many public beaches
    FORT LAUDERDALE — The controversial fishing practice of catching large sharks from shore could be banned from many of Florida’s public beaches, restricted to nighttime hours or subjected to other limits, under options being considered to protect both swimmers and the sharks.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted last April to impose limits on shore-based shark fishing, an activity that produces dramatic Instagram photos and YouTube videos of anglers [...]
  • WW II vets reunite with beloved biplanes before air show (PHOTOS)
    PENSACOLA — Chuck Manning stretched his arm out into the wind running through a Boeing Stearman biplane in flight Friday as a flood of memories from the World War II era overwhelmed him.The 94-year-old traveled 700 miles from Miami to Pensacola this week for a chance at another flight in one of the biplanes. Manning maintained Stearmans during World War II, and later became a pilot in the U.S. Air Force."It was nice to be able to fly, especially out over [...]
  • Unfazed by arrest, Stormy Daniels treats fans to extended second performance in Ohio
    Porn star’s second appearance in Columbus took on a whole new meaning following her arrest at Sirens strip club.
  • Gulf Coast VA health officials hold town hall
    SHALIMAR — The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System is working to develop partnerships with medical facilities on area military bases, and even with civilian facilities, to limit the distances that some veterans have to travel for medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.Bryan C. Matthews, director of the health care system, said at a town hall meeting Thursday at the VA clinic just outside Eglin Air Force Base that it's "unrealistic" to expect veterans within the [...]
  • Newly renovated, all-inclusive Optimist Park to reopen
    MILTON — Optimist Park is Santa Rosa County's most recent recreation area to receive an all-inclusive renovation. The playground now features a "lumber mill town" theme with equipment that’s Americans with Disabilities Act-friendly depicting elements of the area's history of river and rail transportation.The 17.8-acre park, located off Old Bagdad Highway at the corner of Parkmore Plaza in Milton, reopens with a public ribbon- [...]
  • Floridatown Park renovations underway
    PACE — County crews broke ground on a construction project to improve Floridatown Park this week. Located at 3900 Floridatown Road in Pace, the park's upgrades will include a playground compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for children ages two through 12, a walking trail, two basketball half courts, renovations to the existing restroom, pier repairs, historical signage and ADA-accessible upgrades.The project's [...]
  • Pensacola State College to bring Commercial Trucking School to East Milton
    MILTON — Pensacola State College is starting a commercial truck driver training program for the fall and Santa Rosa County is going to help. At the July 12 commission meeting, the county began the process of creating an agreement with the college to lease a parcel in the Northwest Florida Industrial Park at Interstate I10.At the July 9 commission meeting, PSC President Dr. Edward Meadows approached the county commissioners about a long-term lease for 5 acres of land in the [...]
  • Roads at Avalon Beach will be paved
    MILTON — If you travel San Juan Street, North 15th Avenue, or South 26th Avenue expect smoother driving in the near future thanks to the county's paving work. The total amount for the repaving of the roads will cost $129,000. The county has received a grant of $75,000 from the Northwest Florida Water Management District. “I’d like to thank the water district for upping that ante from $10,000, where we started, to $75,000,” [...]
  • President Trump endorses Matt Gaetz
    President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he is endorsing U.S. Rep. and Fort Walton Beach resident Matt Gaetz for reelection to Congress.“Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida is one of the finest and most talented people in Congress. Strong on crime, the border, illegal immigration, the 2nd Amendment, our great military and veterans,” Trump said in announcing the endorsement. “Matt worked tirelessly on helping to get our massive tax cuts. He has my full [...]