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A member of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office demonstrates a presumptive positive identification for fentanyl using a TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer.
The dangers of fentanyl have been well documented. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), overdoses from opioids like fentanyl are the leading cause of death in adults aged 18 to 45. Northwest Florida’s Medical Examiner’s Office (district one) was named #1 in per capita opioid deaths in the state last year.

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Children’s Missions Outdoor Fun Day planned March 16

Area Royal Ambassadors, Girls in Action and Children in Action groups are invited to participate in a Children’s Missions Outdoor Fun Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Camp Paquette in the Blackwater River State Forest. To register and for more information, go to

Calkins refuses to recommend medical examiner

Santa Rosa County Commissioner James Calkins said he couldn’t support reappointing Dr. Deanna Oleske as the District 1 medical examiner because of “controversy” she’s been involved with in Escambia County.

Hurlburt Field to relocate fuselage trainer to Cannon Air Force Base

Hurlburt Field will be relocating a Cabin Only Fuselage Trainer (COFT) to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, on March 1, 2024. The move is set to start at approximately 6:00 a.m. from Hurlburt’s perimeter gate and may impact traffic for some early-morning commuters near the installation at that time.

Jorgenson accepts city’s offer

Randy Jorgenson is back on the job. The Milton City Council and Jorgenson agreed to a six-month consulting contract Tuesday and the retired former city manager said he’ll start Thursday.

FORE! the food: Golf fundraiser will help pay student meal debt

The Santa Rosa County School Nutrition Association will host its first-ever golf tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Tanglewood Golf and Country Club in Milton.

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Milton’s baseball team nearly knocks off Tate

Milton’s baseball team gave itself a chance to beat Tate Wednesday night. Ultimately, the Panthers fell 3-2 in a tightly contested game against one of the best teams in the area.
Afterwards, head coach Keith Little couldn’t say enough about his team’s effort.

Congrats to our Athletes and Students of the Week!

Native Wildflower Education through the Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners

The UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners invite the public to attend an educational session to learn about native Florida wildflowers that can be easily grown in your home gardens and landscapes.

Nice ride: Royals start day with tractor parade

Students can drive their tractors to Jay High School on a designated day during FFA Week.

Milton man wins $3.9 million from Florida Lottery

A Milton man is counting more than just his blessings after he won a grand prize from the Florida lottery. Bernard Waters, 63, claimed the $5 million top prize from the $20 Monopoly Doubler Scratch Off game this month. According to the Florida lottery, Waters chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment of $3,994,698.

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