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Mayor JB Whitten speaks at the Overdose Summit held at the Crestview Community Center on Jan. 18.
The City of Crestview continues to work on ways to educate the community about the dangers of Fentanyl and what actions to take following the city’s recent summit. The Overdose Summit took place Jan. 18 at the Crestview Community Center and was hosted by the City of Crestview and the Opioid Project, a nonprofit organization designed to help community leaders find ways to reduce opioid deaths in their community.

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SR 285 to be shut down for Eglin testing

Eglin Air Force Base — The 96th Test Wing is scheduled to conduct testing on the Eglin range complex requiring the closure of State Road 285. Testing is scheduled to take place from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. The road will be closed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

100th tree planted at environmental center for Arbor Day

The Crestview community gathered Jan. 20 to watch as the Florida Forest Service, Okaloosa County Extension Office and master gardeners planted the 100th tree at the John McMahon Environmental Center to celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day. The new tree, a sand live oak, will be part of the arboretum at the center and can be seen numbered on the marked trail for visitors to identify and learn about the different types of native trees.

Okaloosa County schools delaying Wednesday start times

A significant line of weather is scheduled to come through Okaloosa County early Wednesday morning bringing the potential of damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour. The possibility of tornadoes cannot be ruled out. This weather system containing thunderstorms will pass through quickly, according to Patrick Maddox, director of Emergency Operations for Okaloosa County.

Structure fire in Crestview destroys home

A Crestview home was destroyed in a fire Monday night. A fire in residential home results in the complete loss of the house but no injuries.

Baker home destroyed in fire

A fire started at a mobile home on Roosevelt Avenue in Baker at approximately 9:40 a.m. Baker Fire Department, Holt Fire District, Crestview Fire Department Battalion 1, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and Okaloosa EMS all responded to the call were on scene assisting with putting out the fire and aiding the residents. The fire was extinguished by 10:40 a.m.



Jay overpowers Lady Gators

Sometimes, especially at the high school level, life lessons are more important than a win. If an athlete is fortunate enough to have a coach that will dish out some tough love, they have a head start in life.


Crestview Library getting crafty in new year

The new year brings new changes and projects to check out at the Crestview Library, including a space for crafting, classes and tax support. The library is adding a new Maker Space section that will consist of new counters and cabinets funded by Councilwoman Cynthia Brown’s special project fund.

A special day of basketball

A group of special athletes will never score a touchdown for the Crestview Bulldogs or Baker Gators. They will never know the feeling of hitting the game-winning home run for their high school baseball team.

‘Singin’ on the Screen’ at Crestview library

When Hollywood found its voice in 1927, the first thing it did was burst into song. Al Jolson’s performance in Warner Bros.’ “The Jazz Singer” thrilled and delighted audiences that, until then, were used to their films being silent. The Crestview Public Library features a new exhibit about the American movie musical on the Sandra Dreaden Gallery Wall and in the lobby display cases through January.

A special day of basketball

A group of special athletes will never score a touchdown for the Crestview Bulldogs or Baker Gators. They will never know the feeling of hitting the game-winning home run for their high school baseball team.

‘Singin’ on the Screen’ at Crestview library

When Hollywood found its voice in 1927, the first thing it did was burst into song. Al Jolson’s performance in Warner Bros.’ “The Jazz Singer” thrilled and delighted audiences that, until then, were used to their films being silent. The Crestview Public Library features a new exhibit about the American movie musical on the Sandra Dreaden Gallery Wall and in the lobby display cases through January.


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