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Crestview News Bulletin
Invocation revision limits clergy to Crestview areaalmost 100 churches in the Crestview area. “The way the ordinance was previous
Invocation revision limits clergy to Crestview area
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 10 hours ago
almost 100 churches in the Crestview area. “The way the ordinance was previously written was it was open to everyone in Okaloosa County,” Whitten said. “We thought, ‘We don’t want everyone in Okaloosa County.’ We have about 95 religious... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Crestview wine and gourmet foods celebration returnsour 21 years of friendship with Noirmoutier.” “And third, it’s going to benefi
Crestview wine and gourmet foods celebration returns
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 10 hours ago
our 21 years of friendship with Noirmoutier.” “And third, it’s going to benefit students right here in Crestview and Okaloosa County,” her planning partner, Lynn Yort, said. MEMORABLE EVENING Sponsored by the Crestview Area Sister City... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Report: Crestview area attracts young entrepreneursa new business,” Barrington wrote. “As people grow older, they tend to lose thi
Report: Crestview area attracts young entrepreneurs
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 13 hours ago
a new business,” Barrington wrote. “As people grow older, they tend to lose this appetite for risk.” BUSINESS CLIMATE The Okaloosa County cities tied for fourth place on the Cities with a Favorable Business Climate list, as ranked by the Tax... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Why are there so many Thai restaurants? (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)If you were to type “Thai restaurants in Okaloosa County” into Google, the sear
Why are there so many Thai restaurants? (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 15 hours ago
If you were to type “Thai restaurants in Okaloosa County” into Google, the search engine would pull up nearly 20 eateries — and that is only on the first page. Drive around the county, and you’d see even more. So, why is the Emerald Coast a central... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
2 Florida legislators among candidates in 1st Districtwas aimed at underlining the importance of the right to bear arms at a time of
2 Florida legislators among candidates in 1st District
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 16 hours ago
was aimed at underlining the importance of the right to bear arms at a time of rising terrorism. Gaetz recently supported Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley's comments that the Black Lives Matter group is "a terrorist organization." Gaetz has... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Crestview to partner with radio club for emergency communications servicesabout its communications capabilities at a Monday evening council workshop. "I
Crestview to partner with radio club for emergency communications services
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted yesterday
about its communications capabilities at a Monday evening council workshop. "In the event of any emergency call-up from (Okaloosa County) emergency services, they'll bring up one or more of our members," Mahn said. A NOARC member would be... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
OCSO looking for person who created memorial carvingsCRESTVIEW — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s hel
OCSO looking for person who created memorial carvings
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted yesterday
CRESTVIEW — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help, but this time no one is in trouble. Around Christmas time, Capt. Larry Ward said his Crestview office received wood carvings of the faces of five fallen law... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Could South Walton become its own municipality?by A Better South Walton would be sandwiched between Choctawhatchee Bay and the
Could South Walton become its own municipality?
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
by A Better South Walton would be sandwiched between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and extend from the Okaloosa County line east to the Bay County line. It would be home to approximately 24,000 residents and stomping grounds... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Could South Walton become its own municipality?by A Better South Walton would be sandwiched between Choctawhatchee Bay and the
Could South Walton become its own municipality?
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
by A Better South Walton would be sandwiched between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and extend from the Okaloosa County line east to Bay County. It would be home to approximately 24,000 residents and stomping grounds for the... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Okaloosa health department issues West Nile advisory (FILE)FORT WALTON BEACH, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa Count
Okaloosa health department issues West Nile advisory (FILE)
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 4 days ago
FORT WALTON BEACH, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County is issuing a mosquito-borne illness advisory for residents and visitors Aug. 19, as one human case of West Nile illness is now confirmed in Okaloosa County. See the... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Primary election sample ballot booklets in mailCRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County voters should have received the Aug. 30 Primary Ele
Primary election sample ballot booklets in mail
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 5 days ago
CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County voters should have received the Aug. 30 Primary Election Sample Ballot Booklet at their registered addresses. In addition to sample ballots for the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Nonpartisan primary races, these... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Forum provides insight into races for key area officesJackson don’t agree on much. The two superintendent candidates see eye-to-eye,
Forum provides insight into races for key area offices
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
Jackson don’t agree on much. The two superintendent candidates see eye-to-eye, though, on infrastructure needs being the Okaloosa County School District’s most pressing concern. “Eighty percent of our buildings are over 50 (years old). Plumbing,... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Okaloosa grads complete leadership trainingcomponents necessary to be an efficient leader. Graduates are: ●Kevin Kirkpat
Okaloosa grads complete leadership training
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 6 days ago
components necessary to be an efficient leader. Graduates are: ●Kevin Kirkpatrick, Brian Parkton and Neslihan Suhi-Moore, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office ●Raynard Robinson and Brian Shorette, Escambia County Sheriff's Office ●Jennifer Fannin... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Okaloosa commission candidates talk roads, gas pricesEDITOR'S NOTE: Here's the second installment in our series on candidates seekin
Okaloosa commission candidates talk roads, gas prices
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 7 days ago
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's the second installment in our series on candidates seeking public offices serving North Okaloosa County. CRESTVIEW — Throughout Okaloosa County, voters face the next round of voting as the nation gears up to choose a president,... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Crestview kindergartner's parents seek bus safety changestold the two officers yes, and the police told the family to follow their car t
Crestview kindergartner's parents seek bus safety changes
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 7 days ago
told the two officers yes, and the police told the family to follow their car to the home where Taniya was waiting. Okaloosa County School District’s transportation policy states, in part, that "bus drivers shall not … put a student off the... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Gaetz announces bid to become UWF presidentnow,” he said. “Of course that’s up to the selection committee and the board of
Gaetz announces bid to become UWF president
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 8 days ago
now,” he said. “Of course that’s up to the selection committee and the board of trustees.” Gaetz served six years on the Okaloosa County School Board and then six years as the county’s schools superintendent before getting elected to the Senate.... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Lawmen investigating two extreme domestic violence incidentsThe Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to two serious domestic violence
Lawmen investigating two extreme domestic violence incidents
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 8 days ago
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to two serious domestic violence cases over the past two days. In one instance, deputies were called to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)’s compound on Eglin Air Force Base early Monday morning in... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Lawmen investigating two extreme domestic violence incidentsThe Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to two serious domestic violence
Lawmen investigating two extreme domestic violence incidents
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 8 days ago
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to two serious domestic violence cases over the past two days. In one instance, deputies were called to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)’s compound on Eglin Air Force Base early Monday morning in... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Wal-Mart proposal to draw heavy crowdSHALIMAR—Only four Okaloosa County Commissioners will vote Tuesday on Wal-Mart’
Wal-Mart proposal to draw heavy crowd
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 9 days ago
SHALIMAR—Only four Okaloosa County Commissioners will vote Tuesday on Wal-Mart’s request to rezone a portion of Bayview subdivision for commercial use. Commissioner Trey Goodwin, who works at the Keefe, Anchors and Gordon law firm, will abstain from... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
STORIES FROM THE STREET: Woman to police officer: ‘It’s already gone’Department to report that a woman had crashed into his vehicle and attempted to
STORIES FROM THE STREET: Woman to police officer: ‘It’s already gone’
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 9 days ago
Department to report that a woman had crashed into his vehicle and attempted to run him off the road, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Nearly a month later, he went back into the Police Department and said that... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Bolstering divisionssimply trying to communicate with their communities. God forbid an instance of
Bolstering divisions
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 10 days ago
simply trying to communicate with their communities. God forbid an instance of police violence with a black victim occurs, Okaloosa County will erupt into riot, rebellion and a Civil Rights investigation. Gaetz and Ashley, rather than uniting... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Measure outward, not inward from waterlittle beach for people to sit on. The deed needs to be looked at and determine
Measure outward, not inward from water
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
little beach for people to sit on. The deed needs to be looked at and determined from the rear of the structure outward. Okaloosa County needs to join with Walton County and correct theses incorrect deeds. I lived on Pensacola Beach for 15 years... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
New details emerge in paramedics' 'selfie war'Two former Okaloosa County paramedics accused of taking selfies with more than
New details emerge in paramedics' 'selfie war'
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
Two former Okaloosa County paramedics accused of taking selfies with more than 40 incapacitated patients are scheduled to make their first court appearance Sept. 7. Kayla Renee Dubois, of Navarre, and Christopher Wimmer, of Crestview, were arrested... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
School districts report increased enrollmentbe another wing,” Anderson said. “Could be an additional building at an existin
School districts report increased enrollment
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 11 days ago
be another wing,” Anderson said. “Could be an additional building at an existing school. Portables. Pods.” In Okaloosa County, District Spokesman Henry Kelley said enrollment is up by more than 400 students which represents a one and a... Read more
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Santa Rosa Press Gazette
School districts report increased enrollmentbe another wing,” Anderson said. “Could be an additional building at an existin
School districts report increased enrollment
Santa Rosa Press Gazette / Posted 11 days ago
be another wing,” Anderson said. “Could be an additional building at an existing school. Portables. Pods.” In Okaloosa County, District Spokesman Henry Kelley said enrollment is up by more than 400 students which represents a one and a... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
School districts report increased enrollmentbe another wing,” Anderson said. “Could be an additional building at an existin
School districts report increased enrollment
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
be another wing,” Anderson said. “Could be an additional building at an existing school. Portables. Pods.” In Okaloosa County, District Spokesman Henry Kelley said enrollment is up by more than 400 students which represents a one and a... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Niceville man charged in fatal shootingshooting took place, according to a press release from the Niceville Police Dep
Niceville man charged in fatal shooting
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
shooting took place, according to a press release from the Niceville Police Department. The gun he used was stolen out of Okaloosa County and that investigation continues, the release said. Check back for more details NICEVILLE — One man is dead... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Authorities identify Niceville shooting victimincident. None of the schools was placed on lockdown or modified security proce
Authorities identify Niceville shooting victim
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 12 days ago
incident. None of the schools was placed on lockdown or modified security procedures, according to an email from the Okaloosa County School District. “There is no threat to school safety,” said Henry Kelley, spokesman for the OCSD, who noted... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Pair charged in stabbing death of Destin manmurder. And Gonzalez, who allegedly helped dispose of the body, was charged as
Pair charged in stabbing death of Destin man
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 12 days ago
murder. And Gonzalez, who allegedly helped dispose of the body, was charged as an accessory after the fact, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The body of 36-year-old Torres-Michua was found late Tuesday in a shallow... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Okaloosa school board candidates discuss aging buildings, start timesEditor's Note: Here's the first installment in our series on candidates seeking
Okaloosa school board candidates discuss aging buildings, start times
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 12 days ago
Editor's Note: Here's the first installment in our series on candidates seeking public offices serving North Okaloosa County. Keep reading the News Bulletin for more election coverage. CRESTVIEW — Throughout Okaloosa County, voters face the next... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
North Okaloosa schools' first week brings heavy backpacks, high hopesCRESTVIEW — New books, new school supplies, new haircuts and some pretty big ba
North Okaloosa schools' first week brings heavy backpacks, high hopes
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 12 days ago
CRESTVIEW — New books, new school supplies, new haircuts and some pretty big backpacks were spotted around North Okaloosa County on the first week of school. See photos from the first week of school>> See video from the first week of school>> What... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Medical examiner says woman was beaten, strangledof having played any role in the crime. Lantz had a history of violence and dr
Medical examiner says woman was beaten, strangled
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 13 days ago
of having played any role in the crime. Lantz had a history of violence and drug use and spent time in jail for both, Okaloosa County court records show. Previous acts of violence included a 2011 arrest for aggravated battery, which was later... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Rain douses Crestview band's performance, but not spiritDunn ended the program. The brief performance drew praise from attendees, incl
Rain douses Crestview band's performance, but not spirit
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 14 days ago
Dunn ended the program. The brief performance drew praise from attendees, including Dunn’s big boss. “This is quality,” Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson said. “I know quality when I hear it. It is my privilege to work... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
PAC funds prove controversial for GaetzBeach, maintains that he resigned as chair of the organizations he used in 2012
PAC funds prove controversial for Gaetz
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
Beach, maintains that he resigned as chair of the organizations he used in 2012 and 2014 to fund opponents of sitting Okaloosa County Commissioners because federal election law dictated that he do so. He said he has had no contact with the... Read more
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Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Weathermen say to expect some seriously foul weather this weekState Highway 20 W. Woodyard Pit at the end of Vines Road. Hinote Pit on Hinote
Weathermen say to expect some seriously foul weather this week
Santa Rosa Press Gazette / Posted 15 days ago
State Highway 20 W. Woodyard Pit at the end of Vines Road. Hinote Pit on Hinote Road – The entrance of outside of the gate Okaloosa County Public Works plans to provide sand and bags at their south location on Ready Avenue. The city of Fort Walton... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Weathermen say to expect some seriously foul weather this weekState Highway 20 W. Woodyard Pit at the end of Vines Road. Hinote Pit on Hinote
Weathermen say to expect some seriously foul weather this week
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
State Highway 20 W. Woodyard Pit at the end of Vines Road. Hinote Pit on Hinote Road – The entrance of outside of the gate Okaloosa County Public Works plans to provide sand and bags at their south location on Ready Avenue. The city of Fort Walton... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Weathermen say to expect some seriously foul weather this weekState Highway 20 W. Woodyard Pit at the end of Vines Road. Hinote Pit on Hinote
Weathermen say to expect some seriously foul weather this week
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 15 days ago
State Highway 20 W. Woodyard Pit at the end of Vines Road. Hinote Pit on Hinote Road – The entrance of outside of the gate Okaloosa County Public Works plans to provide sand and bags at their south location on Ready Avenue. The city of Fort Walton... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
'This is just ridiculous' Fed's last-minute requirements stymie RESTORE grant recipientsGoode and Patti English, the Northwood teacher who applied for the grant. That
'This is just ridiculous' Fed's last-minute requirements stymie RESTORE grant recipients
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
Goode and Patti English, the Northwood teacher who applied for the grant. That leaves local grant winners, who followed Okaloosa County grants administration policy and procedures, wondering if they’ll ever see the money. On July 28, area... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Delta computer outage affects flights at VPSflights that connect in Atlanta. At 7:50 a.m., the 5:05 a.m. flight out of VPS
Delta computer outage affects flights at VPS
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
flights that connect in Atlanta. At 7:50 a.m., the 5:05 a.m. flight out of VPS was boarding, according to Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County airports director. Delta has allowed for the manual boarding of passengers as the No. 2 U.S. carrier by... Read more
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Al.com
22-old beach vendor killed by lightning strike in Floridathis weekend after being struck by lightning, according to the Panama City News
22-old beach vendor killed by lightning strike in Florida
Al.com / Posted 16 days ago
this weekend after being struck by lightning, according to the Panama City News Herald. The victim was identified by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office as Zachary Fordem. The 22-year-old was working on the Okaloosa Island beach near the Island... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
lightning strike kills Florida beach vendorAuthorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has died after he was struck b
lightning strike kills Florida beach vendor
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 16 days ago
Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has died after he was struck by lightning. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Zachary Fordem. The Panama City News Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2b22KvU ) that... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Sheriff: Lightning strike kills Panhandle beach vendorFORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has
Sheriff: Lightning strike kills Panhandle beach vendor
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 16 days ago
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has died after he was struck by lightning. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Zachary Fordem. The Panama City News Herald reported that... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
STORIES FROM THE STREET: ‘I’m in trouble now’ woman tells deputyHURLBURT FIELD — “I’m in trouble now,” said a woman as she pulled a bag of meth
STORIES FROM THE STREET: ‘I’m in trouble now’ woman tells deputy
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
HURLBURT FIELD — “I’m in trouble now,” said a woman as she pulled a bag of meth from her front pocket and handed it to an Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy. The woman, Deedra Ann Balok of Shalimar, was pulled over at Cody Avenue for having an expired... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Sheriff: lightning strike kills Florida beach vendorWALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) � Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has
Sheriff: lightning strike kills Florida beach vendor
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 16 days ago
WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) � Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has died after he was struck by lightning. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Zachary Fordem. The Panama City News Herald reports... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
We can’t reach perfection, but OCSD is making progressAugust 10 is the start of school in Okaloosa County, the second-highest rated d
We can’t reach perfection, but OCSD is making progress
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 17 days ago
August 10 is the start of school in Okaloosa County, the second-highest rated district in the state of Florida and one of only three districts (out of 67) to receive an “A” rating. As Superintendent of Schools, I am proud to represent our 30,000... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Medical marijuana distribution starts to play out locallyThe first legal dope deal in the history of Okaloosa County could take place as
Medical marijuana distribution starts to play out locally
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 17 days ago
The first legal dope deal in the history of Okaloosa County could take place as early as next week at the office of state Rep. Matt Gaetz. Jonathan Sampley, of Milton, whose 9-year-old son J.J. suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Hometown History: FWB stadium's roots go back to Jet Agewas home to the city’s minor league baseball team, the Fort Walton Beach Jets.
Hometown History: FWB stadium's roots go back to Jet Age
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 17 days ago
was home to the city’s minor league baseball team, the Fort Walton Beach Jets. Are you sensing a theme here? Longtime Okaloosa County educator Billy Mikel has many happy memories of those early days at the stadium and of the Jets, who were a... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Hometown History: Fort Walton beach stadium's roots go back to Jet Age (PHOTOS)was home to the city’s minor league baseball team, the Fort Walton Beach Jets.
Hometown History: Fort Walton beach stadium's roots go back to Jet Age (PHOTOS)
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 18 days ago
was home to the city’s minor league baseball team, the Fort Walton Beach Jets. Are you sensing a theme here? Longtime Okaloosa County educator Billy Mikel has many happy memories of those early days at the stadium and of the Jets, who were a... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Crestview organization showcase: the 'There's nothing to do here' antidotethey’d like to do.” Even the showcase’s organizers were surprised by the diver
Crestview organization showcase: the 'There's nothing to do here' antidote
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 18 days ago
they’d like to do.” Even the showcase’s organizers were surprised by the diversity of involvement opportunities in North Okaloosa County. “People just loved it,” member Dot Moxcey said. “People were going back and forth and people were saying,... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Fed's last-minute requirements stymie North Okaloosa grant recipientsGoode and Patti English, the Northwood teacher who applied for the grant. That
Fed's last-minute requirements stymie North Okaloosa grant recipients
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 18 days ago
Goode and Patti English, the Northwood teacher who applied for the grant. That leaves local grant winners, who followed Okaloosa County grants administration policy and procedures, wondering if they’ll ever see the money. On July 28, area... Read more
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