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Jan 27, 2023

Crestview continuing opioid education following Overdose Summit

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.

Jan 26, 2023

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.

Jan 25, 2023

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.

Jan 25, 2023

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.

Jan 25, 2023

Guard shortage having impacts outside of jail

Okaloosa County continues to experience staffing issues at the correction facilities, which is having impacts beyond the walls of the jail. Reports from Okaloosa County Corrections indicate an ongoing shortage problem with jail staffing.

Jan 24, 2023

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.

Jan 24, 2023

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.

Jan 24, 2023

Severe storms likely overnight Tuesday, Jan. 24

The National Weather Service in Mobile is predicting severe weather conditions in the overnight hours of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for our area. Okaloosa County has been placed under an enhanced risk for severe weather. According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, the line of storms will move east of I-65 during the overnight hours after midnight and impact the western Florida Panhandle during this time.

Jan 23, 2023

‘It’s time to take back our community’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 100,000 overdose-related deaths throughout the nation last year, with 7,800 deaths in Florida. Opioid usage and overdoses have continued to rise every year since 2019 and have grown to epidemic levels affecting communities across the country and citizens from all walks of life.

Jan 20, 2023

Council to discuss Code Enforcement, Land Development Code

The next meeting of the Crestview City Council is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at City Hall. One of the biggest items on the meeting agenda is the second reading for revisions to the Land Development Code and updating the Code Enforcement Mitigation.