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May 22, 2023

Rudman staying busy after first legislative session

Joel Rudman, a family physician, drove to Daytona Beach and back in a single day last week for a three-hour meeting with doctors at Halifax Medical Center, where he did his residency from 1996-1999. It’s all part of the job of representing District 3 in the Florida House of Representatives.

May 22, 2023

County recognizes EMS Week

Jason Rogers, Chief of Lifeguard Emergency Medical Services of Santa Rosa County, holds a proclamation by Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Colten Wright, third from right, declaring May 21-27 Emergency Medical Services Week. Also pictured are, from left, commissioners Kerry Smith and Sam Parker, Lifeguard EMS Operations Supervisor Deana Vess, and commissioners James Calkins and Ray Eddington.

May 19, 2023

Looking back, looking ahead

The school year is coming to a close. With that in mind, Santa Rosa Press Gazette sat down with Santa Rosa District Schools’ superintendent Dr. Karen Barber to talk about the school year’s biggest successes, challenges and the new things coming to county schools in fall 2023.

May 19, 2023

Recycling services likely suspended until June 12

The temporary suspension of recycling services in Santa Rosa County has been extended. Emerald Coast Utility Authority’s Materials Recycling Facility remains closed as it hires and trains additional personnel and will not be receiving mixed recyclables for processing. Operations are now expected to resume Monday, June 12.

May 18, 2023

School district announces library review policies

During the School Board meeting on May 16, Santa Rosa County District Schools Media Services and Instructional Technology Specialist Ruth Witter highlighted the School Board’s policies and procedures related to selecting, reviewing, and challenging school library materials. These policies and procedures guide the district’s library media specialists in selecting age-appropriate, legally compliant library collections that engage students and provide opportunities for stakeholders to challenge materials they deem objectionable.

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 18, 2023

Developer whose RV park the county rejected will build condos instead

Christopher Ferrara apparently plans to do exactly what he said he’d do.

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

Farrow asks residents for input in city manager search

What are the three most important characteristics of a city manager? Marilyn Farrow, a first-term member of Milton’s City Council, asked that question of her Facebook followers. The top three responses: Honesty, integrity, and a spotless employment record.

May 16, 2023

School district responds to discussion around library book access

For nearly an hour of the more than three and half-hour school board meeting earlier this month, concerned citizens, most of which were with Moms For Liberty members, spoke on the appropriateness of certain books in Santa Rosa District Schools and questioned the process by which parents can make decisions about the reading material available to their children. Moms for Liberty claims that there at least 28 books found on the Santa Rosa District Schools website that had sexually explicit or culturally indoctrinating language in them. The group provided three examples including “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “Triangles” by Ellen Hopkins, both of which have been targeted by other Moms for Liberty chapters.

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