The Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center is issuing words of warning for anyone considering any outdoor burning activities in the coming days: Use extreme caution or simply don’t do it.
According to the Florida Forest Service, it has been more than two weeks since most of the three-county area (Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties) has seen rainfall and wildfire danger is on the rise. Add to that a forecast calling for increased winds and low humidity for the next three days and firefighters are bracing for the possibility of significant fire activity.
One Okaloosa EDC announced today that Gulf Air Group, Inc. has selected Crestview’s Bob Sikes Airport for a competitive expansion project. The anticipated $16,000,000 investment will be applied toward the construction and equipping of a new, state-of-the-art aircraft hangar complex totaling 70,000 SF.
Along with the investment, the company has committed to hiring 55 individuals at an average wage of $89,000 (179% of Okaloosa County’s average wage). These positions are in addition to the 102 employees the company currently employs in their existing facility at Bob Sikes Airport.
The former City of Crestview Post Office and the vacant land just east of it will soon be owned by the city.
The two properties, located at 114 and 148 Main Street, were approved for purchase from Crestview Investment Co, LLC, for a price of $135,000.
Things will soon be a little safer in Crestview and the surrounding communities in North Okaloosa County, at least from a fire safety standpoint.
The City of Crestview broke ground on a fire training facility on Friday that will serve not only Crestview fire fighters, but those in Baker, Holt, Laurel Hill and other local communities.
Several years before the events currently unfolding in Great Britain surrounding the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, a senior Crestview official received an unofficial briefing on the amount of detail that goes into the planning of a royal funeral.
Then-Mayor David Cadle, a former band director whose music career spanned more than three decades, welcomed Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Graham Jones, the former senior director of music for Coldstream Guards’ Household Division, to City Hall April 27, 2017.
In the early morning hours of Thurs., Sept. 1, gunshots rang out in several Crestview neighborhoods. The shots were reportedly fired between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
“There was numerous scenes, nobody was injured, but there was property damage,” Crestview Police Department Major Raymond Harp said. “We have an idea of what was going on, but nothing on paper yet. Its still an active investigation.”
There were three scenes in which the incidents took place. Gunshots were investigated at W North Ave. and Lindberg St., E Redstone Ave. near the Crooked Pines townhomes neighborhood, and School Ave. and McClelland St.
Sometimes even the teacher needs to be educated.
That was the case for Crestview High School Criminal Justice teacher Amy Mertens when the school received 911 simulators allowing students to train to be dispatchers.
Beginning in 2018, the DEA and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office partnered in an investigation into a Drug Trafficking Organization responsible for distributing kilogram amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl within Okaloosa County.
Named Operation Songbird, the years long investigation utilized numerous investigative techniques to identify members of the Drug Trafficking Organization and locations utilized by the Drug Trafficking Organization.
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