Okaloosa County Newswire

Okaloosa County Newswire

Comprehensive Real-Time News Feed for Okaloosa County, FL.

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  1. County drops downtown Milton as courthouse option Posted atRead the original story w/Photo

    1 hr ago | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... be, then the commission should consider paying for the courthouse with other options aside from sales tax. Okaloosa County paid for its new courthouse without using a sales tax, he said. “If there's a way to fund the courthouse without ...

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  2. Okaloosa aims to keep using white beach sandRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | Northwest Florida Daily News

     Okaloosa County Chairwoman Carolyn Ketchel told numerous Okaloosa Island residents last week that the county's beaches “will not have dirty sand with shards” as long as she's a commissioner. She and other commissioners then took a ...

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  3. Special Forces sergeant gets 45 years for role in killing Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... time of his arrest two years ago, accepted a guilty plea Friday to second-degree murder and was sentenced by Okaloosa County Circuit Judge Michael Flowers to 45 years in prison. Bill Bishop, the chief assistant state attorney for Okaloosa County, ...

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  4. Bruce Arnold: A a principled mana who put God, country first Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... Air Force that claimed the jets' noise would destroy Valparaiso's property values and quality of life. Some Okaloosa County residents blamed Arnold for the subsequent reduction in the number of F-35s that were assigned to Eglin, although he always ...

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  5. Destin tourism population estimated between 25,000 and 60,000Read the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... will sometimes conduct surveys of tourists to determine how many are in the area at any given time. The Okaloosa County TDC has not conducted any recent surveys, but Jenkins said by looking at several factors, he can conduct “back of the ...

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  6. Okaloosa officials debate tourism departmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... all bed tax collectors as well as all businesses associated with tourism, which is almost all of them in Okaloosa County, such as restaurants, retail, etc. “These tourism industry leaders were tired of waiting for the problem to try to solve ...

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  7. Longtime Valparaiso mayor Bruce Arnold passes awayRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... Air Force that claimed the jets' noise would destroy Valparaiso's property values and quality of life. Some Okaloosa County residents blamed Arnold for the subsequent reduction in the number of F-35s that were assigned to Eglin, although he always ...

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  8. Florida teacher evaluations: Most everyone good or very goodRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday | Sentinel School Zone

    ... can mean higher raises and a chance at a state bonus. Across the state, there were similar disparities, with Okaloosa County in the Panhandle evaluating more than 97 percent of its teachers as "highly effective" while Pinellas County giving that ...

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  9. Grant provides funds to fix high schoola s theaterRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... and equipment that will bring it up to standards.” Henry Kelley, community affairs director for the Okaloosa County School Board, said Whittaker's story is just one symptom of a larger problem that the superintendent and school board said ...

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  10. Deputies search for man at wrong apartmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | Northwest Florida Daily News

    Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies waited several hours Thursday at Heather Glen Apartments on Hunt Club Street to serve an arrest warrant on a man before they learned he was not in the unit they thought he was.

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  11. Police Blotter: 'Take a look, catch a crook'Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 23 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... A 27-year-old repeat shoplifted was arrested Feb. 13 after his mother and sister turned him in. They told Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies that they'd seen a crime bulletin with his picture on it and the words, 'Take a look, catch a crook.' ...

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  12. Police Blotter: Customer whacks store employee with stack of signsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 23 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... with a stack of signs. He then took the signs and left the store on Harbor Boulevard, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest report. When the deputy went to the man's home, the suspect was leaving with a stack of signs. He appeared ...

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  13. County, Destin wrangle over spring break costRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    It wasn't easy, but an agreement to pay for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office's services during spring break has been reached  between the County Commission and Destin City Council.

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  14. Okaloosa deputy cleared in shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Owens was within his rights to shoot a child molestation suspect who pulled a gun on him and other officers in Pensacola, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has found.

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  15. Number of PBC teachers receiving top rating spikes to 50 percentRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Palm Beach Post

    ... while Orange County gave the top rating to 75 percent of its teachers. Leading the state was the Panhandle's Okaloosa County, which decided to rate 98 percent of its 1,780 teachers "highly effective."

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  16. Police Blotter: Woman vows to blow up bank, 'fire all the Mexicans'Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... she caused a scene at a Bank of America location in Destin, lawmen say. Witnesses and bank employees told Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies that on Feb. 10 the woman entered the bank and started screaming at customers and employees. The manager ...

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  17. Police Blotter: Deputies use reverse lookup to find accused jewelry thiefRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    A woman was arrested for trying to sell stolen jewelry after a confidential source called Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies.

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  18. Police Blotter: Accused shoplifter with a past nabbed pilfering itemsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... after hiding items in a backpack and trying to leave the store without paying for them. According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest narrative, a loss prevention officer at the store received word the woman was on the premises and went to ...

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  19. Okaloosa reverses gun policy for workersRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 21 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    SHALIMAR – Any of Okaloosa County's more than 800 non-sworn employees who have concealed weapon permits now can carry firearms in county vehicles and on most county properties.

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  20. LETTERS: Island readers want to keep sand on beachRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 20 | Northwest Florida Daily News

    ... application made with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning beach restoration on Okaloosa Island. Will Okaloosa County commissioners' legacy be that they destroyed God's legacy on Okaloosa Island - the beautiful, soft, sugar-white beach that ...

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