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Stories by Hansen Hasenberg

Stories by Hansen Hasenberg

Afterschool educational program engages NWFL children in coding

August 29, 2023
On Aug. 26, Code Ninjas, an international afterschool learning center franchise with a focus on coding, held a grand opening for their Pensacola center. The center has actually been open since March 2023.

Bear sightings heating up this summer

June 29, 2023
Have you seen a black bear this summer?

In recent weeks, more and more black bears have been spotted in neighborhoods across northwest Florida. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) interactive public bear map, there have been over 40 calls since January concerning bears in Navarre alone.

Gaetz addresses Trump indictment, more at Jay legislative update

June 22, 2023
A large, standing room only, crowd gathered outside Scott’s Outdoors in Jay Friday, June 9, to hear from and ask questions of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.

The event was a legislative update from the congressman, where he discussed the recent indictment of former president Donald Trump, governmental accountability and a plethora of other topics.

Fort Walton teen charged with threatening school shooting

June 8, 2023
A Fort Walton Beach teenager is facing a second degree felony in connection with threats of a mass shooting made toward students at Baker High School.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 15-year old Caleb McLaughlin of Miracle Strip Parkway with sending written or electronic threats.

By the numbers

April 27, 2023
Nearly halfway through the 2022-23 fiscal year, Okaloosa County has brought in a total of $9.23 million in bed taxes, with $8.65 million of that coming from the south end of the county in the original tourism district.

The county is separated into different tourism districts, with the original tourist district including Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Mary Esther and Cinco Bayou.

Crestview softball overcomes early deficit to beat Choctaw

April 21, 2023
Crestview Bulldogs softball traveled to Choctawhatchee High School Thursday, April 20, for an important pre-playoff matchup. After a tough first inning, where they gave up three runs, the Bulldogs began a methodical comeback, scoring a single run each inning until the top of the 7th inning, when they blew the game wide open with a Cambell Toolan home run that brought in three runners.

Rebekah Jones’ son arrested after alleged school threats

April 11, 2023
The teenage son of Rebekah Jones, a data analyst and former Democratic Party candidate for U.S. House, has been charged with intimidation, a second-degree felony. Jackson Jones, 13, was arrested for allegedly threatening to conduct a mass shooting at Holley Navarre Middle School, where he was previously a student. The threats first came to the attention of Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office March 20, when an East Bay K8 student told school officials about a school shooting threat she saw on social media.

Rudman pleased with early legislative session progress

March 30, 2023
The 2023 legislative session in Tallahassee began March 7.

With bills and joint resolutions making their way through the state House and Senate, State Rep. Dr. Joel Rudman (R- Navarre) spoke with Crestview News Bulletin on his first go round as a representative, how his bills are doing and what people can expect from the rest of this year’s session.

Animal welfare bill drums up conversation around pet safety in vehicles

March 9, 2023
If you were asking most people about distracted driving, they may tell you about texting while driving, eating while driving, or about the distractions from passengers.

Recently, people have been talking about a different kind of passenger, thanks in part to a proposed Florida Senate bill that caught headlines around Florida and the nation.

DOMES still looking at Milton for facility, funding plans being discussed

March 8, 2023
At the District One Medical Examiner Services (DOMES) board’s meeting in December, legislative funding for a new facility was a big topic of concern. Dan Schebler, director of operations for DOMES, proposed taking the interlocal agreement the counties had put to the wayside and bringing it forward to Northwest Florida’s legislators with a $3 million buy-in from each county as had been discussed in July 2022. Over the past couple of months since that meeting, the DOMES board has met monthly to try and hammer out a plan for the upcoming legislative session, which is set to begin March 7. The legislative session is important as DOMES is looking for matching state funding for a proposed facility in Santa Rosa County.
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