Okaloosa County, FL

Justice for Shelly: 20th anniversary of hit-and-run death

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Twenty years ago 15-year-old Shelly Meadors was vacationing in Destin with her two best friends. They were walking along Highway 98, across from Big Kahuna’s Water Park, when a light-colored pick-up truck jumped the curb and hit shelly. She died at a nearby hospital. The pick-up never stopped and nobody […]
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'Women Against Matt Gaetz' group gains traction in Florida's First Congressional District

NICEVILLE — A group calling itself "Women Against Matt Gaetz," formed less than two weeks ago, has already organized a successful protest and accumulated 5,800 Facebook followers.  Samantha Herring, Walton County's elected Democratic State Committeewoman, started the group and established the site after Gaetz made national news by branding female abortion rights protesters as "just...
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New photo of attempted bank robber released

MARY ESTHER, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify the man in the photo above accused of trying to rob a bank in Mary Esther on August 8. OCSO said the man demanded money inside the Eglin Federal Credit Union on Hollywood Blvd Monday morning. The man in his 40s […]
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First day of school for Northwest Florida Healthcare Academy

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — A new partnership between Okaloosa County School District and HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital birthed the The Health Academy of Northwest Florida for nursing students in the region. Under the HCA healthcare umbrella, the curriculum will give high school and college credit for a hands-on practical nursing program in […]

Video: Suspects steal plants from Florida nursery

SHALIMAR, Fla. (WKRG) — Detectives in Okaloosa County are searching for plant thieves that targeted the Wildwood nursery in Shalimar. Two people were caught on camera stealing plants and garden equipment overnight Saturday, August 6. Owners called deputies and filed a report Sunday. Marketing manager Veronica Deveau said this is not the first time it […]

Tech Park approved for new Hilton hotel in FWB

It’s the first day of school in Okaloosa County! Please be sure to watch for children and I hope that everyone has a great first-day back!. Aldi, Ulta, among 6 stores coming to Crestview Commons. The City of Crestview has confirmed 6 stores coming to the highly-anticipated Crestview Commons....

Interest in women’s self-defense courses rising

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention unit said more women are falling victim to stolen purses and items in Northwest Florida. OCSO is hosting two self-defense sessions on September 10 for women in the community. Recent posts about the free classes are gaining a lot of traction and […]

Okaloosa School Board District 1: White, Buckman share views on transparency, new schools, more

In a nonpartisan Okaloosa County School Board race that will be decided in the Aug. 23 primary election, incumbent Lamar White will face Jerry Buckman for the District 1 seat. Both candidates were asked three questions by the Northwest Florida Daily News. Following are the responses from White, who is a former teacher, coach, principal and college professor and has served two four-year terms on the board, and Buckman, who is a substitute teacher and retired Air Force veteran.

State Rep. Jayer Williamson endorses Joel Rudman to fill his seat in state House

State Rep. Jayer Williamson took to Facebook on Wednesday morning and endorsed Navarre-area physician Joel Rudman to fill his seat as the District 3 representative in the Florida House. Rudman is vying for the position against Mariya Calkins, wife of Santa Rosa County Commissioner James Calkins and former aide to former state Rep. Mike Hill. ...

New school planned for Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County Public Safety and the National Hurricane Center are watching a tropical wave south of Cabo Verde Islands which currently has a 40% chance of further development through 5 days. “There is a chance that this development window is limited due to dry air, dust and shear ahead of...

Andrews Institute Sideline Emergencies Course Prepares Athletic Health Care Team for Upcoming School Year

The Sports Medicine Outreach department at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine recently conducted its annual Management of Sideline Emergencies course for athletic trainers and other sideline first responders. The hands-on course takes participants though a series of potential emergencies divided into four clinical skills labs. Spine Boarding; Equipment...

OCSO searching for man who allegedly tried to rob Eglin Federal Credit Union in Mary Esther

MARY ESTHER — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man allegedly tried to rob the Eglin Federal Credit Union on Monday afternoon. The suspect entered the bank on Hollywood Boulevard in Mary Esther about 3:15 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding money, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Walton robbery leads...

Bear-resistant trash cans offered in northwest Florida

MARY ESTHER, Fla. (WKRG) — Black bear videos are constant on a northwest Florida social media feed. Waste Management customers in the area now have another option when it comes to bear sightings and security in neighborhoods. WM is offering bear-resistant trash carts in Okaloosa County. The city of Mary Esther said WM received an […]

Northwest Florida congressional candidates speak on FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Candidates for Florida's 1st Congressional District are all sounding off about the raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Republican candidates Channel 3 spoke to Tuesday all feel the raid was politically motivated. But one democratic challenger says she thinks it was justified.