Man pleads no contest to BUI

Saturday, May 18, 2019

MILTON — A man pleaded no contest Friday to two counts of boating under the influence causing serious bodily injury and to leaving the scene of a vessel accident involving injuries, according to the State Attorneys’ Office.Brandon Hartjen entered the plea before Santa Rosa County Circuit Court Judge Scott Duncan. The case had been scheduled for trial next week, a press release from the State Attorney’s Office said.The charges stem from a boating crash March 4, 2018. […]

Chumuckla places third in national video contest

Saturday, May 18, 2019

JAY — Some Chumuckla Elementary students recently received national recognition for a patriotic video they created.The WoodmenLife Company announced the winners of its “America is …” national video contest, with third place going to Chumuckla Elementary School.”The contest was open to all elementary school teachers, principals, other staff members and school-affiliated organizations,” said Kerry Heinrich, WoodmenLife director of marketing and communication.The […]

DeSantis signs bill to toughen texting while driving law

Saturday, May 18, 2019

SARASOTA — The long campaign to put Florida in line with 43 other states that allow law officers to ticket drivers solely for texting culminated Friday at Sarasota High School, where Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation making texting while driving a primary offense.Many years in the making, the legislation expands on a bill approved in 2013 that made texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning drivers only could be ticketed for texting if they are pulled over for […]

Daytona’s Main Street Barber Shop on the move after 70 years

Saturday, May 18, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH — On a thoroughfare that isn’t known for its abundance of full-time businesses, the Main Street Barber Shop has been a permanent fixture of commerce for 70 years”We might be the longest-standing open business on the street,” said owner Ken Peters, who took over operation of the shop as a co-owner in 1997. “It opened in 1949, so that’s a long stretch.”In June, Peters will move the shop to a new, bigger location two blocks west in a former […]

Temple of pain: Parkland memorial to be burned down

Saturday, May 18, 2019

CORAL SPRINGS — With a steady breeze Thursday, dark clouds frequently parted and let through bright rays of sunshine.A golden spire, the top of an ornate wooden temple constructed as a vessel of pain and hope one year after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, caught that sunlight and reflected it, beacon-like.Hour after hour for three months now, visitors streamed to the Temple of Time, a 35-foot-high piece of public art constructed […]

Eglin conducting prescribed burn

Saturday, May 18, 2019

EGLIN — The base will hold prescribed burns at two locations on the reservation today, officials say.The burns will take place in tactical training areas H-13 and G-8. They will involve about 4,000 acres on the western part of the reservation.The burn in G-8 is west of Range Road 236. H-13 is south of Range Road 234.Transport winds are out of the south with a mixing height of 5,000 feet.Smoke impacts should be minimal.

Santa Rosa County Faith Briefs

Saturday, May 18, 2019

MILTON — Here is a list of scheduled faith-based services and events.UPCOMINGShish Kabob fundraiser setThe Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Men’s Department will sell shish kabobs 9:30 a.m. May 18 at Mail Box Plus, U.S. Highway 90, Milton.Each shish kabob will cost $2.This is a fundraiser for Men’s Day, which is 11 a.m. May 26 at the church,  5339 Zero Lane, Milton.Contact Fred Rich, Men’s […]

Langston murder trial delays worry victim’s mother

Saturday, May 18, 2019

PACE — For three-and-a-half years Melinda Kohlhaas has lived with the torment that comes with waiting for the man who has admitted killing her son to be tried for the murder.“We’ve seen so many cases go to trial and the lawyers come away with convictions, but here it is three years later and we’re still waiting,” she said. “I know they (prosecutors) have a job to do and I’m sure they’ll do it very well. But I just want it done […]

SCHOOL SCOOPS: Niceville student shines in Relay for Life

Friday, May 17, 2019

Edge Elementary School, led by Niceville High School senior Hannah Langston, raised $1,605 during the Edge spirit week for Relay for Life.Hannah, who was an Edge Tiger, serves as an NHS youth ambassador for the Niceville/Valparaiso Relay for Life team….

End of Watch Memorial Ruck honors fallen law enforcement officers

Friday, May 17, 2019

MILTON — A 150-mile ruck in honor of officers who lost their lives in 2018 will be completed Saturday. It will be followed with a ceremony and other activities.The End of Watch Memorial Ruck ends at 4 p.m. May 18 at the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds Arena. The finish line event and memorial ceremony is open to the public. It will feature a memorial parade, a recitation of the names of the officers lost in 2018, and presentations from a number of local law enforcement […]