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Rollerworld of Crestview closes

May 27, 2023
Because of a lack of customers, Rollerworld of Crestview closed for good on May 26, according to the roller rink’s co-owner, Jiani Hawks.

Laurel Hill upgrades city park

May 26, 2023
Workers are placing the finishing touches on various upgrades for Gene Clary Park. Laurel Hill officials used a $50,000 state grant to add a second basketball court and a second playground to the park, and to install fencing at the parking area.

Circle K offers 40 cents off gas for fuel day

May 25, 2023
Across northwest Florida, Circle K locations will offer 40 cents off per gallon as part of “Fuel Day.” The savings event will run between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Fuel Day is also taking place at Circle K locations across the United States. According to Circle K, customers can receive the deal directly at the pump. Here are a list of participating locations in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties:

Revival on Main Street

May 25, 2023
The renovation of Crestview’s old post office on Main Street could be finished by the end of June, according to city Project Manager Jayce Vanderford. The revitalized and city-owned, 1,700-square-foot building will then provide office space for the Crestview Redevelopment Agency and the Main Street Crestview Association.

New hotel might be built along John King Road

May 24, 2023
A developer has proposed building a 102-room Staybridge Suites hotel at 117 John King Road. The proposed 2.4-acre and currently wooded project site stands just east of Amvets Post 35 and across John King Road from Samuel’s Roadhouse and Bayou Mechanical. The property is owned by Grandeur Hospitality Investments LLC of Crestview.

Crestview awards trash service contract to Adams Sanitation

May 24, 2023
Adams Sanitation will take over as Crestview’s new solid waste collector this fall. While Adams Sanitation will provide monthly service rates that are lower than two competing companies, Crestview customers will, starting this fall, begin being charged more than they currently pay for trash collection.

North Okaloosa invests $5 million in new medical equipment

May 23, 2023
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.

Taking center stage

May 21, 2023
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.

Middle school student arrested for creating a ‘kill list’

May 19, 2023
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.

Hayden embraces opportunity as Crestview High School principal

May 19, 2023
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.