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Shady Grove celebrates 100 years of worship

October 4, 2022

The years have passed quickly for those associated with Shady Grove Assembly of God Church in Baker.

As is the case with churches around the world and across the spectrum of history, generations come and go.

Crestview Police Department retires K-9 Sonic

May 4, 2022

In dog years, retiring Crestview Police Department K-9 officer Sonic is still a relatively young 56.

The fit German Shepherd is playful like a puppy with a friendly disposition and a wagging to those who approach him at his retirement party.

Old Spanish Trail Rodeo draws packed house

April 14, 2022
The thrills, spills and excitement of cowboy and cowgirl life were on display at the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo on Friday and Saturday at the Barnhill Arena in Baker.

Okaloosa County Offers $1.5 Million to Non-Profits Through ARPA Funding

March 17, 2022

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners has approved $1.5 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to respond to the public health emergency with respect to COVID–19 and to address its negative economic impacts.

In acknowledgment of the significant challenges which non-profits have faced and in recognition of the critical services that they provide, the county will accept ARPA funding applications from eligible non-profit organizations beginning Thursday, March 17, 2022.

School crossing guard saves Crestview student’s life

March 3, 2022
Around 8 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Mackenzie Holliday, one of Crestview Police Department’s school crossing guards’ quick reaction saved a student’s life. Holliday, and counterpart Eric Marshall, man a portion of Hwy 85 each morning and afternoon for those walking to and from a local elementary school.

Crestview man nabbed in warrant for murder

February 24, 2022
Tyauvion Morris, wanted in connection with a Fort Walton Beach homicide, was taken into custody after US Marshals Service captured him in Opp, Alabama, Feb. 24.

Crestview band drops four new singles

February 18, 2022
Below Alabama was formed by four local men just over a year ago and had gigs for all but a few weekends in 2021. One place they don’t get to play very often? Crestview, where Leonard “Bubba” Ellis, who does vocals and guitar, said there are almost no live music opportunities.

Alliance director stresses importance of longleaf pines

February 11, 2022
It’s hard to imagine today, but just over 100 years ago the coastal plains of America from Virginia to eastern Texas were covered by about 92 million acres of longleaf pines. Fortunately, we have folks like Vernon Compton who care about preserving and restoring the 1.3 million acres left in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.

Crestview making speedy progress on animal control service

February 1, 2022
Bolduc informed the City Council Jan. 24 that while he had initially believed it would take 90 days to develop the department, he now believed it would be ready in about two weeks – just over a month from when the contract ended with the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.