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May 23, 2023

Crestview Commons opening hindered by lack of turn lane

The first businesses at Crestview Commons started opening last week, among them Aldi and Planet Fitness. We are excited about Crestview Commons. Its selection of businesses, which includes Ulta, Marshall’s, Burlington, Five Below, Chili’s and Chipotle, are great picks for the area and offer something for just about everyone.

May 23, 2023

Summer has lost its luster

When I was younger, this was my favorite time of the year. School was just letting out, I had the summer ahead of me to go to the pool, play outside, go to summer camp and enjoy the weather. I’m grateful to have the winter weather behind me, but summer doesn’t have the same appeal to me now as it did back then.

May 16, 2023

Randy’s Report

There are very few blackhole times of year when covering high school sports when things disappear into a vacuum of sorts. The months of June and July are the closest thing we have to a blackhole. The two months between the end of the school year and the start of fall practices are when things slow to a crawl. It’s a time to catch up on other sports news in the community.
May 16, 2023
I have been in this industry for more than 25 years at this point, getting my first paid job at the Ball State Daily News in the summer of 1998. Since that time, I have written thousands of stories (my best estimate is around 5,000, but that could be a little high or a little low).

May 8, 2023

There’s a hall of fame for just about everything

I have been a fan of video games for practically my entire life. My parents purchased an Atari 2600 for my brother and me in the early ‘80s and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. I even wrote a weekly column on gaming at my last job that was published across the country for a few years. While I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject, I’m definitely well versed in it.

May 1, 2023

Randy’s Report

I’ve always been fascinated by mascots and how schools went about deciding their mascot. Look around Northwest Florida and you will see everything ranging from Raiders at Northwest Florida State College and Navarre High School to Vikings at Fort Walton Beach High School.

Apr 28, 2023

Investment in solar an investment in future

It’s fair to say that Florida Power & Light didn’t make the best impression when it first purchased and took over the former Gulf Power. Customer rates immediately rose to the point where several county and municipal leaders got involved by petitioning FPL and the Florida Public Service Commission about lowering rates.

Apr 27, 2023

Randy’s Report

It has long been said that the two favorite sports in the Deep South are football and spring football. And while we have to wait another four months or so for high school football season to start in the fall, spring football is upon us.

Apr 25, 2023

Hurricane season always brings a level of dread

Despite a recent cold streak, it feels like winter is over. Finally. In my younger days growing up in a small town in Indiana, I used to love winter.

Apr 11, 2023

City’s foreclosure vote a good step

Last week, we reported on the Crestview City Council voting to move forward with foreclosure proceedings on 15 properties that have accrued tens of thousands of dollars in fines if not more for not being in compliance with city codes and make no effort to get into compliance or communicate their intentions to do so with the city.