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May 21, 2023

At Jay UF/IFAS facility, research is making impact

On 640 acres off County Road 182 near Allentown, you’ll find the Jay Research Facility, which is a part of the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center. UF/IFAS, which stands for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing the quality of human life by making that information accessible. The college has a dozen research facilities across the state.

May 18, 2023

‘You’re never alone’

No one loves you. No one cares about you. If you were to disappear, no one would look for you. You should give up. Those were the deep-cutting words spoken many years ago by the voice in the head of Reggie Dabbs, who was wide awake at 3 a.m. crying in his bedroom.

May 17, 2023

Meeting Needs: Linda Sanborn wants to help students with new program

There are 13,600 children who face food insecurity in the county, according to Santa Rosa County District Schools. That doesn’t include those whose families struggle to afford necessities like clothing. Rather than sitting by and saying too bad, school board member Linda Sanborn has started a new program to address the needs of those students who may not have what they need to be successful in the classroom and in life.

May 16, 2023

Bullying contributes to King Middle School teen’s suicide

Jacqueline Williams was on her way home from work April 12 when she received the call. “It’s Kaliyah! Mama, she’s hanging herself in her closet!” Williams’ 13-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, cried hysterically into the phone.

May 4, 2023

May the Fourth be with you on Star Wars Day

If you’re a fan of the galaxy far, far away, it’s one of the days you look forward to the most each year. If you’re not a Star Wars fan, it’s just May 4. “May the Fourth be with you,” a pun on the famous Star Wars line “May the Force be with you,” has led to May 4 being known as Star Wars Day, an unofficial holiday to celebrate all things Star Wars. Although its popularity has certainly grown in the past decade, the earliest celebrations of the commemorative day are almost as old as the franchise itself.

Apr 24, 2023

Military school liaisons help families

Santa Rosa County is no stranger to the military. It is home to NAS Whiting Field and part of Eglin Air Force Base, with Hurlburt Field and NAS Pensacola in adjacent counties. With many bases in the area, there are many families in Santa Rosa County with ties to the military.

Apr 18, 2023

Growing herbs for the first time?

This spring enjoy National Garden Month with homegrown herbs. Each April, this monthlong observance brings together gardeners, gardening groups and those new to gardening to share tips and offer support for a bountiful season.

Apr 11, 2023

Chef Braxton: Rhodes Elementary student cooking competitively

Braxton Parker always knew he wanted to be a chef; he just didn’t know he would be recognized for it at such an early age. Parker, a third-grade student at Rhodes Elementary School, won Santa Rosa County District Schools’ 2023 Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge. His official title after winning the competition is Santa Rosa County Future Chef Grand Champion.

Apr 3, 2023

Peanutty Way celebrates county and state goobers

Anyone who hasn’t tried a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich should. The toasty sweet treat was the main attraction on Peanutty Way, a display set up Thursday in the Santa Rosa County Administration Building to celebrate National Peanut Month in March.

Apr 3, 2023

IMPACT 100 to award $1.1M to local nonprofits this year

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area recently announced its 2023 membership drive has successfully concluded with a total of 1,192 members.

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