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Mar 27, 2023

Brian Out Loud

There appears to be a lot of transferring going on lately, and not just among college athletes either. We’re talking a lot of movement among high school athletes as well. One coach in particular to the east of us seems to be working extra hard to bring in athletes from Navarre.

Mar 20, 2023

Local government: Potholes get filled, or they don’t

A budget workshop last month became a political science lecture when commissioners disagreed about how Santa Rosa County should craft its next spending plan. Staff suggested creating new revenue sources to relieve the county’s dependence on property tax.

Mar 13, 2023

Brian Out Loud

I received an email the other day from one of those companies in the middle of somewhere about NCAA basketball. Call it good timing, especially with March Madness getting rolling this week with the NCAA tournament. It lists the top 10 best cities for college hoops fans and the top 10 worst cities.

Mar 13, 2023

For God’s Sake: Trust in Christ Jesus today and truly live

I am writing this from my father-in-law’s living room in rural Indiana here to celebrate his 106th birthday. I marvel at the grace of God in granting him a long life. Our perspective on aging is a curious thing. As children, we proudly marked our years in fractions, proclaiming, “I’m 4 ½ years old!”

Feb 27, 2023

For God’s Sake: To God be the glory

I occasionally have a troubling dream of the kind students have during a school year. You know the kind, in your dream you arrive at school late and learn that you missed an important exam, or you were to give a presentation that day in class.

Feb 23, 2023

No price tag needed on value of preseason experience for Patriot flag football team

The value of the preseason cannot be underestimated. Pace’s flag football team knows that as well as anyone. And this weekend, the Patriots are headed to Tampa to play in a tournament at the Bucs’ practice facility.

Feb 23, 2023

Out and About

One of the things in life that is certain is change. Time brings about healing, distance from what it was we were fired up about and a willingness to look to a better future. Not all change is good – and change for the sake of change is not good. But last week, Navarre got to experience change for the better. Two chambers – once a source of dividing our community – have come together as one. It was something that required the right people and the right time.

Feb 14, 2023

Letter: What does matter is that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is coming again

Dear editor, On Jan. 26, a leading rabbi in Israel died at age 108 in 2006. While I was meditating on the second coming of Christ, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri came to mind. Kaduri left a note to be opened a year after his death.

Feb 14, 2023

For God’s Sake: I was surprised at being hacked; God was not.

I have now joined the growing ranks of people whose Facebook account has been hacked. One Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I received a notification from Facebook that my paid ad was now approved and running. I had posted a paid ad for COMPASS Church where I am pastor, but that ad had been running for several days.

Feb 14, 2023

Mt. Pilgrim is a constant for Milton’s Black community

It’s impossible to discuss Milton’s history without mentioning – often – Mt. Pilgrim African Baptist Church. Its congregation traces its history to antebellum times, when Blacks – many likely enslaved people working on a nearby plantation – and whites worshipped together at First Baptist Church (founded in 1845).

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