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Posted on: April 26, 2016

Boating-Restricted on Blackwater River to be posted for July 4th Riverfest in Area 2 (South)

Riverfest

A boating-restricted area means an area of the waters of the state within which the operation of vessels is subject to specified restrictions or from which vessels are excluded. Area 2 (South) is the area of restriction for July 4. The restriction is defi...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Fountain is Teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month

Representatives from Lakeview Center and Santa Rosa Kid’s House including the following dignitaries made a presentation Friday, April 15: Milton Mayor Wesley Meiss, Captain Todd Bahlau, Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Chief Deputy Bob ...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2016

Milton Rotary and Natural Gas of Milton donate books to local elementary schools.

Milton Rotary Club is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the District 6940 Rotary Foundation to assist three local elementary schools with the purchase of Accelerated Reading Books for their schools. Dr. Georgieanna Bryant, president of Milt...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

NAS Whiting Field receives Personal Excellence Flagship Award for fourth time

Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s outstanding support to their community was once again recognized by the Navy with the announcement of the command earning the Personal Excellence Flagship Award. The award is presented annually to commands who engage in ...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2016

Residents urge to protect against mosquitoes

Worldwide concerns of Zika virus serve as an important reminder to local residents to practice precautions and help reduce the spread of mosquitoes.

Currently residents have been alerted to one confirmed case of the Zika virus in Santa Rosa County, mo...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Spring into Vegetable Gardening Series for Beginners

If you have ever considered planting a spring vegetable garden, attend this 3-week series geared to beginners and learn all you need to get started.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. starting March 1st until March...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Party Bridge group starting at the Guy Thompson Community Center

Feb. 1 will mark more than a new month in 2016, it will mark the start of the Guy Thompson Community Center Bridge Club.

The club is going to be a party bridge style club with play beginning at 1 p.m. every Monday and going until approximately 4:30 p.m...Read on...

Posted on: January 22, 2016

Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees to Florida residents

The Arbor Day Foundation is partnering with the Florida Forest Service to offer trees to Florida homeowners at no cost through the Energy-Savings Tree program. When you plant the right tree in the right place, it can help save energy and reduce utility bi...Read on...

Posted on: January 6, 2016

NAS Whiting Field Earns Navy-wide Volunteerism Recognition

Naval Air Station Whiting Field was recognized by the Navy again recently for the beneficial role its Sailors play in the local community when the installation was selected as the runner-up in the Navy-wide competition for Project Good Neighbor in the Med...Read on...

Posted on: January 6, 2016

Seniors and homeless join to celebrate Christmas in Milton

Seniors and homeless celebrate Christmas

A holiday classic includes the words, “There is no place like home for the holidays.”

But for some, home can be a lonely place or even worse. This Christmas, there were some who unfortunately find themselves homeless.

Friday, more than 100 seniors a...Read on...

Posted on: December 17, 2015

NAS Whiting Field Earns Navywide “Flagship” Award

Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s environmental staff and volunteer team earned some well-deserved accolades on Dec. 2 when the Navy announced the winners of the “Flagship” award for Environmental Stewardship.

The installation received recognition in...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Bands on the Blackwater season a huge success

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On Oct. 30 Bands on the Blackwater completed its fourth season and the fans are already clamoring for more.

As year four came to a close this fall season new bands such as Oliver's Twist, The Blenders, and Still Standing added a new mix to the music.
...Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2015

Canal St. improvements to go forward

The City of Milton has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to finish improvements on Canal St.

The $750,00 grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will help facilitate the completion of work started on Canal St. as...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2015

Milton Police help King Middle School with traffic control

Milton Police presentation

The Milton Police Department recently presented King Middle School with a new stop sign to help with traffic control before and after school.

This is not your typical stop sign, but one that is bigger than most hand held signs and it also has buttons t...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2015

Riverwalk Run 5K won by Riley and Trittschuh

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The inclement weather held off and the Milton Riverwalk Run 5K went off without a hitch Saturday in historic downtown Milton.
Two Miltonians took their respective divisions as Dewayne Riley took the men’s overall title with a time of 17:01, but he wasn’t...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2015

Is Your Child Safe In the Car? – Check It Out!

child in car seat

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.nhtsa.gov), over 70 percent of children are riding unsafely in vehicles.

While caregivers may care a great deal about children’s safety, many of them are not aware that they ...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2015

Milton returns to the basics for '15

Milton looked like they had turned the corner last season when they started out 3-1.

In that stretch they beat Crestview, Ft. Walton Beach, and even Pensacola High.

Then the wheels came off of the Milton machine and the Panthers went from roaring at...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2015

Pace has a formula for success

Pace Varsity Football team

The last two season Pace has not bolted out of the starting gate, but have finished strong in each of the two season.

In 2014 and 2013 the Patriots under the direction of Mickey Lindsey have started out 0-3 when has had some people wondering what is go...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

The Royals are bigger Cats in 2015

Jay Varsity Team

One of the winningest football program in Santa Rosa County last season has been working harder to get bigger and stronger for 2015.

With the likes of the Baker Gators and the Northview Chiefs, who took the Class A State Football Title in 2012 it is de...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2015

2015 will crown a Santa Rosa County Champion in football

Milton football game

Everyone likes to crown a champion and in some cases there are mythical champions, but 2015 will see a true champion crowned in Santa Rosa County.

The crown will come from District 2-6A, a district that consists of Milton, Pace, Navarre, and Gulf Breez...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2015

CNIC visits NASNAS Whiting Field Hosts Commander, Navy Installations Command

NAS Whiting Field Visit

Naval Air Station Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola, both recipients of the 2015 Installation Excellence award, hosted Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, during his tour across the Gulf Coast this week.

The two air stat...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Football season to begin for Milton youth program on Aug. 22

Milton Youth Football

On Aug. 14 approximately 350 football players and cheerleaders got their first taste of football for 2015 at the Big Cat Jamboree held at Milton High School’s Haywood Hannah Stadium.

Boys and girls from ages 5-14 donned the Black and Gold colors associ...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

West Florida's football journey began Aug. 20

It was just a few years ago when University of West Florida President Dr. Judy Bense gave a presentation about her future plans for the school and that road map had a gridiron at the end.

UWF started the journey by hiring Pete Shinnick as the programs ...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2015

Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician Joins Santa Rosa Medical Group

Dr. David Wartenberg, a board-certified family medicine physician, has joined Santa Rosa Medical Group in Milton.

Dr. Wartenberg earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Ala. and completed residency tr...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2015

August events at your area libraries

eBooks are Here!

With your Santa Rosa County library card, you can borrow eBooks from the comfort of your own home. Search the online library catalog to discover eBook titles. The AXIS 360 “Magic Wall” will provide patrons with a vibrant presentation ...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2015

Riverwalk Run 5K registration is underway

Riverwalk Run

Runners to your marks! Get set! Go!
It is time to register for the Riverwalk Run 5K 2015, which runs through historic downtown Milton, Fla., at 6 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 3.This certified 5K (3.1 miles) course afternoon run will offer the chance for thr...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2015

Milton Youth Football registration deadline approaches

football

There are just a few spots remaining to be a part of the Milton Youth Football program.
This year the City of Milton youth football program is joining the new Northwest Florida Youth Sports Alliance, which includes most all area teams.Players in the fo...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Bands on the Blackwater announces the 2015 fall schedule

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After a very successful 12 concerts to start the Bands on the Blackwater concert series, the City of Milton Parks Department is excited to announce another seven concerts this fall to round out a very successful season.

The series will take a brief hi...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Lepke to assume command of VT-3

Cmdr. Jade Lepke

Cmdr. Judd Conatser, commanding officer Training Squadron THREE serving at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, will step down Friday, Jul. 17 during a change of command ceremony in the installations Atrium building at 10:03 a.m.

Cmdr. Jade L. Lepke will ...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Milton has big turn out Friday for festival and more

Bands on the Blackwater

April 24 the skies parted and the rain moved out of the area to make for a big event day in the downtown area.

Scratch Ankle, Bands on the Blackwater, and the new Riverwalk Market gave the area residents plenty to see and do.

All three events combin...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Milton has big turn out Friday for festival and more

Bands on the Blackwater

April 24 the skies parted and the rain moved out of the area to make for a big event day in the downtown area.

Scratch Ankle, Bands on the Blackwater, and the new Riverwalk Market gave the area residents plenty to see and do.

All three events combin...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Milton Celebrates Arbor Day

Arbor Day tree planing photo

Friday April 24, the City of Milton celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of three trees at Milton City Hall.

Milton Mayor Wes Meiss and others celebrated the 21st annual tree planting ceremony and the memory of the late Benjamin Jernigan who founded ...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Milton Celebrates Arbor Day

Arbor Day tree planing photo

Friday April 24, the City of Milton celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of three trees at Milton City Hall.

Milton Mayor Wes Meiss and others celebrated the 21st annual tree planting ceremony and the memory of the late Benjamin Jernigan who founded ...Read on...

Posted on: February 20, 2015

Citizens discuss future plans of Milton SportsPlex

Milton SportsPlex aerial view

Over 50 people, mostly Santa Rosa County residents, filled Milton City Hall's council chambers to discuss the future of the Milton SportsPlex.

The meeting, which was attended by several council members and Milton Mayor Wes Meiss, generated several idea...Read on...

Milton SportsPlex Survey form
Posted on: February 9, 2015

The Blackwater River is set to rock starting April 10

Bands on the Blackwater photo

The City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department has finalized the first part of the 2015 Bands on the Blackwater concert schedule.

The parks department has been listening to the public and their cries for more activities for historic downtown Milton...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Pickleball is growing in Milton

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Pickleball is proving to be one of the fastest growing sports in Milton.

While the name might bring a giggle to some, the game pickleball is no laughing matter at the Guy Thompson Community Center in Milton.

From what started out as one court with a...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Milton Parks Department seeks input on future plans of the Milton SportPlex

Ariel view of Milton SportsPlex

The City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department is seeking the public’s input on future development around the Milton Sportsplex which is located at 5629 Byrom Street.

Milton’s SportsPlex currently features two football fields, a skate park, six bal...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Aerosync Support to Open in Santa Rosa Industrial Park

Aerosync logo

Santa Rosa County is proud to welcome Aerosync Support, Inc., a leader in helicopter repairs, modifications and upgrades, to the Santa Rosa Industrial Park in Milton.

Aerosync has purchased the former West Coat Metal Roofing building and is making a c...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

FWC moving forward with comprehensive approach to reducing conflicts with bears

Bear in the woods

In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its Feb. 4 meet...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Learn where to go as freshwater fishing heats up!

Family Fishing

Up North, anglers are hunkered down, dreaming of fishing in Florida. Here in the Fishing Capital of the World, freshwater sunfish are already on spawning beds in the southern half of the state. In north Florida, they are getting ready to come to shore to ...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

NAS Whiting Field Announces Sailors of the Quarter

Whiting Field helicopters

Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) recently announced its Sailors of the Quarter for the First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015.

This awards program is designed to give recognition to the top performing Sailors at various levels of enlisted service.

...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Santa Rosa Medical Center Names New CEO

Doug Sills

Santa Rosa Medical Center has appointed Doug Sills as Chief Executive Officer effective January 31.

Sills has more than 30 years of hospital management experience. His previous role was Market CEO of six hospitals in the Jackson, Mississippi area. In ...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Digman to Turn Over Command of VT-6

Digman

Cmdr. Wade A. Iverson will assume command of VT-6 from Lt. Col. Kevin L. Digman during a Change of Command ceremony Friday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Atrium building.

Training Air Wing FIVE Commodore Col. Gary Kling...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

NAS Whiting Field to Participate in Security Exercise

NAS Whiting Field

NAS Whiting Field will participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield ’14, an anti-terrorism/force protection exercise that will be conducted on all continental United States Naval installations Feb. 2 - 13.

These annual exercises, coordinated by Commande...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

FSASE giving three $1,200 scholarships

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The Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections is giving three $1,200 scholarships to three qualified college students in the state of Florida.

Political Science, Public or Business Administration or Journalism / Mass Communications majors m...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Small Steps to Health and Wealth: Take the Challenge

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Every year, millions of Americans resolve to get healthier and/or wealthier, but are you?

With more than one-third of American adults weighing in as obese and an average national credit card debt of $15,000 per household, it’s time to put resolve into ...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Milton High Principal named Innovated Principal of the Year

Milton Principal Mike Thorpe

Milton High School Principal Mike Thorpe was named the 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year by the Florida Council on Instructional Technology.

Thorpe, who has been an educator in Santa Rosa School District for twenty-one years, is now serving in his ...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

RESTORE Project Application Process Underway

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Santa Rosa County is now accepting proposals for projects to be included in the county’s RESTORE Multi-Year Implementation Plan. Approximately $4.3 million is available to Santa Rosa County in the first dollars offered through the RESTORE Act. This initia...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

The fourth year of Milton’s downtown concert series is set to be the biggest and best yet!

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The City of Milton has been listening to the public and their cries for more activities for historic downtown Milton and they are responding with the biggest concert schedule ever.

In its fourth year, Bands on the Blackwater will be 19 weeks in total s...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Scratch Ankle booth space is available as festival returns on April 10

Scratch Ankle

The City of Milton is making preparations for the annual Scratch Ankle Festival to be held Friday, April 10, 2015.

Scratch Ankle, which was first held in 1971 on N. Willing Street, is a gathering of Milton residents to celebrate the city’s historic and...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Baseball season is just around the corner in Milton

Milton T-ball image

The City of Milton is now accepting signups for baseball for ages 5-6 for T-ball, 7-8 coach pitch, and 9-14 kid pitch.

Registration will continue until the league reaches the maximum capacity of players and the registration fee is $85 per child. Free r...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Santa Rosa Industrial Parks Gain Certification

Santa Rosa Industrial Park sign

Two Santa Rosa County industrial parks, the Northwest Florida Industrial Park @I10 and 160 acres of the Santa Rosa County Industrial Park on Jeff Ates Road, have joined the ranks of certified industrial parks and sites in Florida. Santa Rosa began the thr...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

NAS Whiting Field Named Navy’s Top Small Installation

Whiting Field planes

Commander Naval Installations Command selected Naval Air Station Whiting Field as the top shore installation in the Navy in its respective category Monday, Jan. 5. The award lauds the top Navy commands at shore for their installation management, program e...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Guy Thompson Community Center offers special Christmas gift

Milton Senior Christmas

Over 100 people turned out for a special Christmas gathering held at the Guy Thompson Community Center, formerly the Milton Community Center, for seniors in the area as well as those who are part of the Second Chance Ministries in Milton.

The day allow...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Bahlau assumes command of NAS Whiting Field

Capt. Todd Bahlau

Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s largest venue nearly wasn’t big enough as every seat was seemingly filled to observe Capt. Matthew Coughlin turn command of the air station over to Capt. Todd Bahlau.

The change of command ceremony is a long-standing N...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

Pumpkin Patch

By clicking “Log In” on the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see...Read on...