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May 23, 2023

North Okaloosa invests $5 million in new medical equipment

North Okaloosa Medical Center has been investing a lot of money and resources into improving its quality of care for patients and its reputation in the community. Mike Nordness, who was appointed CEO of North Okaloosa Medical Center last year, spoke at a recent Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce event about the hospital’s growth.

May 21, 2023

Taking center stage

The core of Okaloosa County is in downtown Crestview, and it emits mouth-watering scents of bacon cheeseburgers, Cajun shrimp po’ boys, Turkish cuisine and Laotian and Thai street food. “If you want to stand in the exact center of Okaloosa County, it’s just a couple blocks away at Main Street Eats, 147 Main St.,” according to an informational panel at the Crestview History Museum.

May 19, 2023

Class of 2023 graduates from Laurel Hill School

The community gathered in the Laurel Hill School gym last Thursday to celebrate the Class of 2023 on graduation night. By the numbers there were 28 graduates, five honor graduates and a countless number of memories.

May 19, 2023

Middle school student arrested for creating a ‘kill list’

An anonymous tip lead to the arrest of a teenager after it was found he had created a “kill list” and shared it with others. On May 15, Walton County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies were notified of a tip submitted to Fortify FL outlining Freeport Middle School student Ryan Ciupak, 13, allegedly making threats to harm others.

May 19, 2023

Hayden embraces opportunity as Crestview High School principal

It has been 34 years since Vickie Hayden walked the halls of Crestview High School as a student. A 1989 graduate of Crestview, by her own admission, the once-shy clarinet player is returning to her alma mater as the principal. She replaces Jay Sanders, who announced his retirement last month.

May 18, 2023

Aldi makes grand entrance in Crestview

Laurel Hill resident Pacita Alexander was one of more than 100 customers who kept a close eye on the front door of the new Aldi discount grocery store on the morning of May 18. There were just 15 minutes to go before Aldi’s grand opening at 2680 S. Ferdon Blvd., on an outparcel of the Crestview Commons shopping center.

May 18, 2023

Laurel Hill Arts Festival returning June 3

Laurel Hill — Thirteen is a lucky number for North Okaloosa County residents. That’s the number of Laurel Hill Arts and Heritage Festivals hosted by the historic Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church — so far. Held on the spacious grounds of the historic 1902 carpenter gothic style church, Okaloosa County’s northernmost municipality’s annual spring festival is a showcase of regional arts, crafts, history, traditions, food and music.

May 17, 2023

Major State Road 85 project to wrap up next year

An ongoing $25 million project that’s expected to improve traffic flow and safety along a heavily traveled portion of State Road 85 could be completed by summer 2024, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The FDOT-led project includes resurfacing an 11-mile section of SR 85 from just north of State Road 123 by Niceville to Hospital Drive north of Interstate 10 in Crestview.

May 17, 2023

Helen Back brings its signature pies back to Crestview

Featuring pizza pies with names such as All Olives Matter, Cheesesteak Rivalry, and Rueben Me The Wrong Way, Helen Back Pizza is settling into its new home in Crestview. The restaurant opened on April 19 with dine-in, takeout and delivery service at 1296 N. Ferdon Blvd., in a renovated building that formerly housed David’s Catfish House. The new Helen Back seats a little more than 150 customers in its approximately 4,500-square-foot space, the restaurant’s operating manager, Chris Sehman, said on May 11.

May 16, 2023

Community Chorus concert is ‘something totally different’

During its forthcoming spring concerts, the Crestview Community Chorus is preparing to sweep its audiences around the world on the wings of song. The concerts, called “International Folk Songs,” are May 19, 20 and 21 In Warriors Hall. “We’re starting in America and then we’re going to Europe, and then we’re getting back on the ship and returning to America,” said chorus member Sharon Adams.
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