October 15, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Heroin suspect arrested

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies say they stopped a major heroin and meth operation. After a two-month investigation, Detectives with the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant along with the SWAT team. More...

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Women’s Expo, Butterflies, Sea Turtles, Fenner Ride, Antique Cars highlight week 3 of the 12th Beaches to Woodlands Tour

Temperatures are forecast to drop into the 70s this weekend just in time for a full slate of activities for Week 3 of the 12th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County.  More...

Star Wars Reads

Gulf Breeze Library hosted Star Wars Reads on Saturday and some kids got in on the fun by arriving in costume. Pictured, from left, storm trooper Alexander Fahringer, Obi Wan John Bruce, Yoda Katie Asby and Jedi Max Work.   More...

Springfest falls short of goal

The Springfest Steering Committee set a goal of selling 3,000 tickets before September 30, 2015 to gauge interest, raise funds and move forward with a estival in downtown Pensacola.  More...


Calendar of Meetings

Oct.  Thursday 15  Special Zoning Board  6 p.m., SRC Administrative Center, Board Room  Board of Adjustment  6:30 p.m., Gulf Breeze City Hall, Council Chambers  Friday 16  Optimist Club Breakfast   More...

County narrowing candidates for county administrator job

Current administrator, Hunter Walter, will retire at the end of 2015

A new county administrator will be chosen by Nov. 9, if the schedule proposed by county commissioners last Thursday holds to the timeline expected. More...

Road work continues on Hwy. 98

Crews are striping along U.S. 98 between the Gulf Breeze Zoo and Okaloosa County line in Santa Rosa County. Motorists may encounter minor delays and intermittent lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. More...


GERD relapses may be seasonal

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have some questions about GERD. I was diagnosed 16 years ago and was put on many medications, but I either got side effects or they didn’t work. I made up my mind to watch my diet carefully. More...

Drive-through rabies vaccinations planned at Health Dept. Milton

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) and Santa Rosa Animal Control will host a drive-through rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats, Friday, Oct. 23. The clinic will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More...

Home & Garden

Gulf Breeze Historical Society plans Oct. 20 program

Gulf Breeze Historical Society   Don’t forget the meeting on Tuesday Oct. 20 at 6pm in the Clay Ford Room at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center. The program will feature Nicole Grinnan.  League of Women Voters   More...

LaQuita Stover ‘checks out’ after 16 years at GBHS

If you ever “dropped by” Gulf Breeze High School (GBHS) unexpected, you may have feared her as the gatekeeper, but you were always assisted with determined professionalism. More...

‘Huge impact’

County, area to receive additional RESTORE monies

The Panhandle of Florida – including Santa Rosa County – is close to receiving more money from the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill fines. More...

County revives talk of 1¢ sales tax vote

The idea of placing a one cent sales tax on an election ballot in 2016 for Santa Rosa County will be fully discussed, including power point presentation, during the first county commission meeting in December.  County commissioners briefly discu More...

Cole violated Sunshine Law

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Robert A. “Bob” Cole pleaded no contest to one count of a non-criminal violation of the Florida Sunshine Law, State Attorney Bill Eddins announced.  More...




ABC Family will not renew tear-jerker ‘Chasing Life’

Q: Please, please, please tell me it isn’t true that ABC Family has canceled “Chasing Life”! That’s my favorite show on television today, and it always makes me count my blessings. -- Layla F. in Georgia  More...

WEEK OF October 15 - October 21

Monarch Madness Festival  Friday, & Saturday, Oct. 16 -Oct. 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Panhandle Butterfly House  Join in on the butterfly migration celebration and plant conservation activities. Admission is free. More...

‘Goodnight Mommy’ frightening, dream-like

I haven’t seen a movie as shocking and unsettling as the German horror film “Goodnight Mommy” in quite a while. More...


Eat Up! It's School Lunch Week

Gulf Breeze High School cafeteria staff keep hundreds of students nourished each day. Pictured, Back Row from left: Camille Spinelli, Carol Opfer, Wade Hall, David Frye, Mike Paige. More...


Hobbling Dolphins lose big at Walton

Seventh-ranked 4A Braves get pick 6, safety, blocked punt for touchdown and 70-yard punt return for TD in 54-17 win over 6A GBHS

Gulf Breeze looked like a banged up team and the Walton Braves looked like the seventh-ranked team in the state Friday as the 4A Braves rolled over the 6A Dolphins 51-17. More...

Volleyball wins marathon on Senior Night

GBHS wins 15-13 in fifth vs. Navarre, then finishes district play unbeaten (12-0) with win at Washington

The night was already slated to be an emotional one as the Lady Dolphin volleyball team, as their six seniors were honored before their Oct. More...

Good week for all the Gurus

All seven Gridiron Gurus had a solid Week 6, each going 8-2 or better.  Philip Gibson was a perfect 10-0, increasing his lead to three over Jenny Ross and Patrick Simpson and four over Tim Buttell heading into this week’s action.  More...


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The conversation I wish we were having about the Oregon shooting

After the tragic 2012 shooting in Newtown, I wrote an essay entitled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” expressing my frustration with our broken mental healthcare system and how it failed my own child. More...

The simple life is rich in satisfaction

This past weekend, a group of friends spent a few days with my family at Fort Pickens campground. Some families roughed it in tents, while others of us were a little more comfortable in travel trailers and RVs. More...