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  • Pilot reported killed in Holt plane crash
    One person is dead following a plane crash in the Holt area.An area resident called 911 at shortly after 10 a.m., Friday to report a small plane flying over his property with its engine sputtering, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.An investigation into the report led to the discovery of a crash site east of U.S. Highway 90 in the Log Lake area near Cooper Lane. The pilot, a man, was the only person aboard, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele [...]
  • Matthew T. Mangino: Gun violence: A tale of four cities
    Last weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — not a single person was reported shot in all of New York City.
  • 'Pray, give and go'
    LYNN HAVEN, Fla. — Peter Burmeister, minister of students at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, tries to rub the tiredness from his eyes as he monitors his cell phone for any updates from his volunteers in Lynn Haven. Burmeister is coordinating efforts for the church, which continues to send disaster relief teams to help the victims of Hurricane Michael."We are sending teams to clear debris, to wash clothes, distribute water and food, provide hot showers for first responders and [...]
  • George Jordan for Milton City Council
    MILTON — George Jordan is running for Milton City Council Ward III.Jordan has been married to his wife Carol for 40 years. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Jordan said sharing the parks and downtown events with their grandchildren is one of their favorite pastimes.“I feel we must preserve the best things we have built and accomplished,” Jordan said in an email.If elected, Jordan said he has several goals. He said he wants to enhance [...]
  • What's Happening in Santa Rosa County
    MILTON — Upcoming Santa Rosa County events and activities are as follows. ANNOUNCEMENTSVETERANS DAY PARADE: MILTON — Any organizations wishing to join in the Santa Rosa County Veterans Day parade on Monday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. should contact Vickie Powers at the SRC Veterans Memorial Plaza at 860-2427. The Veteran's Day ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial directly following the parade at 11 a. [...]
  • Santa Rosa Community Briefs
    MILTON — Here's a look at upcoming events in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas.UPCOMING Upcoming Imogene Theatre showsMILTON — Upcoming performances at the Imogene Theatre, 6866 Caroline St include southern soul artist David Brinston, comedy magician Jason Diamonds, and country music singer Mark Willis. Purchase tickets online at [...]
  • Watch yourself!
    MILTON — Identity theft and fraud is an all-too-common problem. Everyday people fall victim to this criminal act and most times they are unaware until it is too late.According a data breach report from the Identity Theft Resource Center, between Jan. 1, 2005 and Sept. 30 2018, there have been 9,463 record breaches, including breaches of big companies like Sears, Best Buy and Delta, and over one billion records exposed.According to a study done by, [...]
  • Guitars for Vets honors first two graduates from Milton program
    MILTON — Lawrence Spooner of Milton and Juan Cuellar of Fort Walton Beach, students of the Guitars for Vets program, Santa Rosa chapter received new Yamaha guitars by instructors Cliff Krut and Fred Tate after completing the 10-week course. The ceremony took place at the Imogene Theatre, where students also practiced."It has helped me a lot when it comes to mental health," said Cuellar about the program. "I feel my anxiety levels getting up and crazy thoughts - I go in the [...]
  • 'There is hope.'
    MILTON — Pastor Rodney Williams recently guest ministered to inmates of Santa Rosa County Jail and Blackwater Prison battling drug addition. Williams is a recovered drug addict himself who said he was saved thanks to his faith in Christ. According to his website, after his recovery, Williams became an ordained minister and wrote the book “Club Meth to Christ.”  How do you feel your ministry will help those battling drug addiction? [...]
  • Lockdown lifted at Santa Rosa schools
    SANTA ROSA COUNTY —A lockdown has been lifted at Avalon Middle School and Benny Russel. The lockdown was in place after a student reported hearing another student saying there was a weapon at the school. Upon hearing this information, Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office deputies responded and secured both schools. An individual was being questioned early Thursday afternoon. Students are safe, according to a release from the SRSO.Deputies continue to investigate the [...]