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The Panhandle Butterfly House & Nature Center is asking for another extension for its stormwater management plan, the second time it has asked for a six-month extension.

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Santa Rosa County under tornado watch

Santa Rosa County is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Mobile. Strong to severe storms are possible Friday afternoon and into the evening. Strong winds, hail, and a brief tornado are possible during this timeframe.

Three promoted within Santa Rosa School District

The Santa Rosa School District voted to promote three individuals to new leadership positions during Monday night’s meeting, which also opens up two principal positions for the 2024-2025 school year.

Warren Stevens has been named the district’s new director of continuous improvement; Mandy King, the coordinator of literacy; and Nadia Colin, public information and family/community outreach office.

AF researchers design, build, fly autonomous aircraft in 24 hours

Eglin Air Force Base — In an open area of the Eglin range known as B-70, a group of Air Force field grade officers and black-shirted innovators huddled together above an eight-pound model aircraft as they raced against their deadline to build it.

Updated emergency rule issued to protect Florida livestock from highly pathogenic avian influenza

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson has issued Emergency Rule 5CER24-6 updating specific restrictions on the importation of cattle into Florida to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Butterfly house asks for another six month extension for required stormwater management plan

The Panhandle Butterfly House & Nature Center is asking for another extension for its stormwater management plan, the second time it has asked for a six-month extension.

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Baseball Royalty! Jay claims 1A state title

Brady Godwin breathed a sigh of relief as he threw one last pitch and watched the ball fly through a sky lit by stadium lights and drop into the glove of Landon Golden in right field.
Players in the dugout on this Jay baseball team chanted ‘let’s go, let’s go’ and waited for it to be caught so they could spill out onto the field and celebrate a dream come true on a hot and humid evening in Fort Myers.

Congrats to our Athletes and Students of the Week!

Keller Williams donates over $4k to Emerald Coast Exceptional Families for ‘Red Day’

On Thursday, May 9, Keller Williams Emerald Coast in Navarre presented a check for $4,800 to Emerald Coast Exceptional Families, a 501c3 nonprofit which provides support services to special needs families. The money will go toward funding for the SAFE program, something ECEF started with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in 2022. The SAFE program is meant to foster better communication between law enforcement agencies and the special needs community.

Sheriff’s Office holds annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was joined by the community Monday, May 6, for a Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony to honor fallen officers across Florida. Held at the sheriff’s office administrative facility in East Milton, the agency honored three fallen Santa Rosa County officers and five other officers from various other agencies.

Hurlburt Air Park officially open to public

For the first time in roughly 20 years, the Hurlburt Field Airpark is open to the general public.

While the airpark has been unofficially available for public use since April 11, 1st Special Operations Wing (1SOW) Commander Col. Patrick Dierig and others with Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to formally welcome community members to the outdoor museum.

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