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Santa Rosa County Sheriff's


eSanta Rosas Press

Your only hometown newspaper for over a century!


Wednesday, June24,2009 Find breaking news at www.srpressgazette.com, 50cents

Health official fails sobriety test after accident

news @srpressgazette.com
Santa Rosa County Health
Department Administrator
Shannon Jacobs was arrested
Saturday on felony criminal mis-
chief and drunken driving charg-
es following a head on collision
on Navarre Beach Road along
Pensacola Beach.
According to the arrest report
obtained from the Escambia

County Sheriff's
Department, Ja-
cobs, 34, traveled
into the oncoming
lane of travel and
struck a' vehicle
driven by James
H. Hering, 42 of
SHANNON 'Gulf Breeze.
SHANON Escambia
JACOBS County ,Deputy
Matthew Baxter
not only investigated the ac-
cident as the first officer to the

scene, but he also gave Jacobs
several field sobriety exercises.
According to the statement
from National Parks Service Offi-
cer Melissa Lanshe, Jacobs per-
formed the field sobriety tests,
poorly and was determined to be
driving under the influence.-
Officer Lanshe administered
two intoxilizer tests on Jacobs,
who blew a .160, twice the legal
limit in Florida of .08, and a sec-
ond reading of ,149.
Jacobs,who resides onAurora

Drive, in Navarre, had his bond
set at $7,500 and was charged
with a third degree felony of
criminal mischief with property
damage of $1,000 or more and
first degree misdemeanors of
driving under the influence first
offense and driving under the in-
fluence with property damage.
He was also cited for failure
to use a designated lane, which
is a traffic violation.
Jacobs was not available
when attempted to be reached

at his office. A message was left
at the number the Press Gazette
had for Jacobs.
All other calls about the mat-
ter were referred to Susan Smith
with the Department of Health
Communications Office in Tal-
"We are looking into this mat-
ter and will let the courts do their
process involving this matter as
well," said Smith.


Milton High,

Pace High drop

letter grades

The new South Field Air Traffic Control Tower
stands at the ready and is fully operational
as it replaced the first tower constructed
for the south field back in 1972. The new
Air Traffic Control Division moved into the
$3.9 million facility on May 25 and a ribbon
cutting ceremony for this new tower was
held Friday TRAWING-5 and NAS Whiting
Field is responsible for producing 60 of all
primary flight training graduates and log
over 160,000 flight hours annually.

Florida schools experi-
enced their most success-
ful year to date according
to the 2009 school grades
results released today;
however, while most area
schools improved overall
and the majority of Santa
Rosa Schools earned an
'A' rating, two local high
schools dropped a letter
Santa Rosa; County
Schools received a total
of 22 'A' grades, three 'B'
grades, one 'C' grade, and
one 'D.'
.However, only nine
schools in the county had
adequate yearly progress.
Milton High dropped to
a 'D' from last year's 'C' rat-
ing and Pace High dropped
from an A':to a 'B'.
Jay High increased a
letter grade to earn an 'A'
rating. Gulf Breeze High
has maintained an A' rating
each year.
Schools are assigned


The following is an
alphabetical list of the
Santa Rosa County
Schools, the letter
grade for each, and
whether the school
attained Pdequate
yearly progress (AYP):
Aalon Middle
School A No AYP
Elementary School
- C No AYP
Benny Russell
Elementary A No
Elementary A Yes-
Central High
School B- No AYP
Elementary-A- Yes AYP
East Milton
Elementary A- Yes
Gulf Breeze
Elementary A- Yes

Two die in Garcon

Point Bridge mishap

Special to the Press Gazette
Saturday morning two
individuals died in a head
on collision.
Steven Ray Franks, 55,
of Eufaula, Ala., perished
in a head on collision when
he allowed his 2006 cross
over into the northbound
lane of the Garcon Point
Franks' vehicle crossed
into the path of Daulton
A: Davis, 71, of Freeport,
Blood tests on both
Franks and Davis are
pending according to the
Florida Highway Patrol re-
A third driver was in-
volved in the accident as
Aisha W. Adkison, 41, of
Pace, made contact with
Franks vechile, but Adki-
son was uninjured.

Franks' vehicle came to
a final rest facing southeast
across both lanes of the
bridge while Davis' vehicle
came to rest on the east
shoulder of the bridge.
Davis and Franks were
pronounced dead 'at the
scene by a Lifeguard Para-
Earlier Saturday a
three-car accident oc-
curred on Avalon Blvd.
near Tusgarora Trail injur-
ing all three drivers.
According to the Florida
Highway Patrol, McKenzie
L. Ongalo, 18, of Milton,
and Deidra L. Doughty, 30,
of Gulf Breeze, were south-
bound on Avalon Blvd.
around 12:45 a.m.
Arthur J. Frenk, 22, of
Milton, was northbound on
Avalon Blvd.m iun a jeep


O Jim Fletcher -
fetcher@pressgaze e.com

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A2 I Santa Rosa's Press Gazette


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tips for clean pools and safe swimming


(StatePoint) How clean
and safe is the pool in which
your family swims? No mat-
ter if you swim in a public
pool or in one in your own
backyard, the pool may not
be as hygienic as you think.
According to a survey
conducted by the Water
Quality and Health Council,
84 percent of Americans be-
lieve their fellow swimmers
participate in unthygienic
pool behavior and they
appear to be right. In fact,

almost half (47 percent)
admit to questionable pool
For instance, one in five
people surveyed, admit to
urinating in a pool, and
eight in ten are convinced
their fellow swimmers are
guilty. As far as showering
goes forget it. Roughly
one third (35 percent) pass
the shower without stop-
ping and three quarters (73
percent) say their fellow
swimmers fail to shower
before swimming.
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Most of those surveyed
were unaware that con-
taminated pool water could
cause illnesses. Unclean
water can lead to recre-
ational water illnesses: di-
arrhea, respiratory illness,
and ear and skin infections.
Children, pregnant women,
and people with compro-
mised immune systems can
suffer from more severe ill-
ness if infected.
The Centers for Dis-
ease Control (CDC) reports
these illnesses are on the
rise. According to the lat-
est available statistics, 78
outbreaks were reported in
31 states between 2005 and
2006 the largest number
of outbreaks ever in a two-
year period.
"Swimming is a fun and
healthy activity for old and
young alike. Proper water
chlorination helps protect

swimmers from germs that
can make them sick," said
Michele Hlavsa, Epidemi-
ologist in the Division of
Parasitic Diseases for the
CDC. "But swimmers also
have roles to play in main-
taining a clean and healthy
pool. Unhygienic behavior
brings germs into the pool
and makes it harder for
chlorine to do its job." ,
Before diving in, con-
sider the frequency of pool
cleaning and chemical
treatment, and check that
chlorine levels are suffi-
cient to maintain clean pool,
To check that your pub-
lic pool is properly chlori-
nated, the Water Quality
and Health Council recom-
mends the use of portable
pool and spa testing strips,
easily purchased at pool
supply stores and discount

retailers, in addition to
trusting your basic senses.
For its part, the CDC
urges pool users to follow
these six tips for healthy
Don't swim when you
have diarrhea.
Don't swallow pool wa-
Practice good hygiene.
Shower with soap before
swimming and wash your
hands after using the toilet
or changing diapers.
Take your kids on
bathroom breaks or check
diapers often.
Change diapers in
a bathroom or a diaper-
changing area and not at
Wash your children
thoroughly (especially their
rear ends) with soap and
water before they go swim-

Above all, trust what you
see and smell when sizing
up a pool for your family.
"A smelly pool is a dirty
pool," explains National
-Consumers League Presi-
dent Emeritus and Water
Quality and Health Council
Vice-Chair Linda Golod-
ner. "Look for water that's
clean, clear and blue. Check
for tiles that feel smooth and
clean. Make sure there are
no strong* odors: Listen for
pool cleaning equipment.
Using your senses help you
recognize the difference
between a healthy pool and
one that needs cleaning and
For more information on
identifying and maintain-
ing a healthy pool, as well
as healthy swim behaviors,
visit wwwhealthypools.
org and www.cdc.gov/

Speak Out

Monday, 11:05 a.nm.
Again and again. Three.
accidents and three people
died because three people:
were ejected from their
car. Why have safety belts
if people don't wear them.
It is like helmets for bikes
or motorcycles. Police
need to make sure they
use the seat belts or there
is no use of putting them in
Editor's note: Motor-
cycle helmets are not
mandatory in the State of

Monday 8:11 .a.m.
Yes, my name is Victor
from Milton. I am calling
about Barbara's call in-
volving her trip with her'
grandsons and the bibles
in the hotels and the com-
ment about not being able
to pray in schools.' She

should have told her grand-
sons at the motels people
have the option of leaving
the bible in the drawer, but
as far as a prayer at school
you must listen to a prayer
,from a religion, that you
might not agree with.

Saturday, 2:47 p.m.
I was impressed yes-
terday when I used a cou-
pon to get a hair product,
they gave me a coupon for
a pizza place just down
the road. On my way
home I saw signs along
Highway 90 advertising
pizza. specials and even'
a man holding a sign for
his pizza place. We are all
suffering in this inflation-
ary time. While some styl-
ist get $30 an hour to do
hair there are plenty still
getting minimum wage.
Businessmen should
pay what they want and

I think they should also
offer discounts and cou-
pons to help attract more
customers since we can't
pay their old prices to-
Editor's note: Unfor-
tunately these signs you
speak so highly of are
against the sign ordi-
nances that have been
adopted by Santa Rosa
County and the City of

Thursday, 2:57 p.m.
Anybody can attack
anybody and now a woman
is lying at home with dog
bites to her arm and they
have no water. Why are
these people being bit. by,
the K-9 from the police. I
don't think it is right. If you
do the crime is one thing,
but these people got hurt
by a stupid dog and I think
the police should help by

paying for the medication
and getting their water
turned back on.

Thursday, 12:42 p.m.
Hi, my name, is Bobby
and this is directed to
who sets the crossword
puzzle. Whoever heard of
hyphenating a clue to get
answers? This is the most
asinine thing I have ever
heard of. Someone needs
to make a change. It is no
longer entertaining to do
these puzzles.
Editor's note: The
puzzles we get are pre-
pared this way and we
have looked at some other
papers following your
call and discovered they
hyphenate their clues as
If you have a short com-
ment you would like to
make, call the Speak Out
line at 623-5887.


District 1: Jim Williamson, 4351 Berryhill Road,
Pace, FL 32571; phone 932-1340. E-mail is comm-
District 2: Bob Cole, 8651 Riverstone Road,
Milton, FL 32583; phone 983-1877. E-mail is comm-
District 3: Don Salter,.6000 Chumuckla Highway,
Pace, FL 32571; phone 994-6426, E-mail is comm-
District 4: Gordon Goodin; 6467 Avenida De
Galves, Navarre, FL 32566; phone 939-4949. E-mail is
District'5: Lane Lynchord, 6495 Caroline St., Suite
M, Milton, FL 32570, phone 932-1340.-E-mail is comm-
The Santa Rosa County Commission meets at 9 a.m.
on second and a fourth Thursdays. The leaders meet in
committee at 9 a.m. Monday preceding the Thursday
meetings. Meetings are held in commission chambers
of the Administrative Complex on U.S. 90. Phone
983-1877 for information or to reach their offices.

Rep. Greg Evers: 5224 Willing St., Milton, FL
32570,983-5550. E-mail: evers:greg@leg.state.fl.us.
Sen: Durell Peaden Jr., 598 N Ferdon Blvd., Suite
100, Crestview, FL 32536, 850-689-0556.
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District 1: Diane Scott, 5710 Munson Highway,

Milton, FL 32570, 983-0413. E-mail is.scottdl@mail.
santaroso.k12.fl.us. .
District 2: Hugh Winkles, 5684 Nicklaus lane,
Milton, FL 32570, 623-6299. E-mail is winkleseh@
District 3: Diane Coleman, 9400 Octavia Lane,
Navarre, FL 32566, 939-2661. E-mail is colemanmd@
District 4: JoAnn J. Simpson, 5059 Faircloth St.,
Pace 32571, 994-5446. E-mail is simpsonji@mail.
District 5: Edward Gray III, 1 Gray Oaks Lane, Gulf
Breeze, FL 32561, 850-932-6287. E-mail is grayem@
The Santa Rosa County School Board meets at 6:30
p.m. second and fourth Thursdays at 5086 Canal St.,
Milton. Phone: 983-5000.

Milton City Hall, Mayor Guy Thompson, 6738
Dixon St., Milton, FL 32570,983-5400. Interim City
'Manager, Brian Watkins.
Gulf Breeze City Hall, Mayor Lane Gilchrist, 1070
Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, 934-5100.
City Manager, "Buzz" Eddy.
Town of Jay, Mayor Kurvin Qualls, 3822 -
Highway 4, Jay, FL 32565, 675-2719.

Contact information for your' elected officials
appears in every'Saturday edition of the Santa Rosa
Press Gazette. Know your leaders; stay in touch.


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All Board of County Commissioner Meetings and other county department meetings are held at
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Florida. unless othaerve indh'cated
SRC Housing Coalition r July 1 Cancelled
-, Coner R~oon 60,51 Oid Ba.dad UHw/. M5llo
Tourist Development North End Committee July 2 8:30 a.m.
S", n Rona Cnty Chab of Cotnawe. S247 S6,Wart St.. MIonh
Commission Committee July 6 9:00.o.m.
Marine Advisory July 7 5:00 p.m-
Tourist Development South End Committee July8 9:00 a.m.
S Vi'itor C 1ter. .543 N -n Paroay. ssvaoe .
military Affairs Committee July 8 .. 11:30 a.m
TEAM S.a. Roaa Confe.rnce Roomf l 4SI Carot a O St., Mdv,,
Building Code Board of Adjustments July 8 2:30 p.m.
Cunfcre Roeom. 6h51 Old 0 adad Hoy,. Miltun
omnmission Regular July 9 9:00 a.m.
Local Planning Board July 9 6:00 p.m-
~tavarre'Architectural Advisory Board July 14 3.00 pm.
emergencyy Services Advisory Committee July 15 2:00 p.m.
Tourist Development Council Board Meeting July 15 3:00 p.m.
SViltoi Cent!w. 8543 Naevm Par way. Navaene
Aviation Advisory Committee July 15 5:00 p.m.
Fire Dept. Executive Group July 15 6:30 p.m. '
Emengenry Optahea Cn0r., 449 Pie FreSt Roand Mtvon
L::.: ul iv:.S. E .Iso. r-.-.,, July 16 1 30 p.m.
Library Advisory Commlttee July,16 4:00 p.m. -
Zoning Board of Adjustments July 16 5:30 p.m.
Commission Committu e July 20 9:o0 0.m.
Team Santa Rosa EDC meeting July 20 11:30 a.m.
d i': ,llgin,,. ,, J July 22 8:30a.m.
Affordable Houing Advisory Committee July 22 3:00 p.m.
~'_Conaor- Rnun1.-051 Old Bsedu Hey-.4 300
Parks and Recreation July 22 5:30 p.m.
Commission Regular July23 9:00 a.m.
Commission Special Rezoning Meeting July 23 6:00 p.m.
Utilty Board July 27 5:90 p.m.
Public Safety Coordinating Council July 29 11:30 a.m.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

a itnaS Rosa County Sheriff 's Reort

Santa Rosa's Press Gazette I A3

The following arrests
were made from May 19 to
May 28, 2009
Barcena, Kimberly For-
ster; Female; 46; 8131 Tole-
do St., Navarre; Marijuana
Possess Not More Than 20
Grams, Evidence Destroy-
ing Tamper with or Fabri-
cate Physical. 5/19/09
Eddins, Mitchell Eu-
gene; Male; 28; 4831 Royal
Pines Dr., Pace; Probation
Violation-Felony. 5/19/09
Ellington. Jonathan
Mitchell; Male; 36; 3274
Wallace Lake Rd, Pace;
Probation Violation-Felo-
ny. 5/19/09
Johnson, Jr., Bobby Eu-
gene; Male; 24; 5469 West-
wood Dr., Milton; Probation
Violatioh-Felony. 5/19/09
Nelson, Robin Michele;
Female; 31; 4393 Trailer
Park Ct., Milton; Probation
Violation-Felony. 5/19/09
Turner, John Allen;
Male; 41; 52 Bonifay Place,
Pensacola; Veh Theft-
Grand 3rd Degree. 5/19/09
Williams, Wendy Jean;
Female; 23; 5523 Tracy Dr.,
Milton; Probation Viola-
tion-Felony. 5/19/09
Bailey. Adrian Alexan-
der; Male; 25; '4512 Havre
Way, Pensacola; Pass
Counterfeited-Bank Bill
Check Draft Note. 5/19/09
-Johnson. Jr., Josh Nel-
son; Male; 33; 7307 Ken-
nedy Ln, Milton; Probation
Violation-Felony. 5/19/09
Kerry. Daniel Joseph;
Male; 44; 5460 Spruce St.,
Gulf Breeze; DUI Alco-
hol or Drugs 2nd Offense.
Bibb, Angelia Danielle;
Female; 31; 6432 Eva St.,
Milton; Drive While Lic
Susp Habitual Offender.
Walker, .Chy Ann NMN;
Female; 14; 5148 Copper-
field Dr., Pace; Drugs-Pos-
sess New Legend Drug
W/O Prescription (3 cts.),
Drugs-Possess Cntrl Sub
W/O Prescription. 5/20/09
Davis, Lawson Eric Ad-
dison; Male; 35; 6963 Da-
tura St., Milton; Probation
Violation-Felony 5/20/09
White, Kyle Lee; Male;

17; 8186 Country Bay
Blvd., Navarre; Larc-Theft
is $300 or More But Less
Than $5,000. 5/20/09
Hyman, Christopher
John; Male; 5443 Byrom
St., Milton; Battery-Felony
Batt Result From Bodily
Harm/Disability (domestic
violence), Resist Officer-
Obstruct W/O Violence.
St Germain, Earl
Thomas; Mdle; 46; 4644
Rambling Way, Pace; Ag-
gravAsslt W/DeadlyWeap-
on W/O Intent to Kill (do-
mestic violence). 5/20/09
Ellingson, Robert
Gregory; Male; 28; 6012
Oakwood Dr., Milton; DUI
Alcohol or Drugs 2nd Of-
fense. 5/20/09
Laws, Bryan Carl;
Male; 31; 214 Sotir Street,
Ft. Walton Beach; DUI and
Damage Property, DUI.
Reese, Stephona Jean;
Female; 20;-6541 Julia Dr.,
Milton; Probation Viola-

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tion-Felony. 5/21/09
Yates, Gabriel Keenan;
Male; 16; 4360 Marilyn Ct.,
Gulf Breeze; Probation Vi-
olation-Felony. 5/21/09
Young, Mitchell Ray;
Male; 28; 3226 Santa Rosa
Dr., Gulf Breeze; Probation
Violation-Felony. 5/21/09
Leighty, David Aaron;
Male; 26; 5582 Pine Ridge
Dr., Milton; DUI. 5/21/09
Barnes, Anthony Ray;
Male; 16; 9375 East River
Rd, Navarre; Battery-
Touch or Strike (2 cts.),
Battery-Felony Batt Re-
sult from Bodily Harm/
Disability. 5/21/09
Barrett, Evan Edrick;
Male; 16; 2007 Andorra St.,
Navarre; Veh Theft-Grand
3rd Degree. 5/21/09
Crawford, Dillan
Thomas; Male; 16; 1917
Avenida De Sol, Navarre;
Veh Theft-Grand 3rd De-
gree. 5/21/09
Decarlo, Chase Lee;
Male; 18; 9289 E. River Rd,
Navarre; Battery-Touch

or Strike (2 cts.), Battery-
Felony Batt Result From
Bodily Harm/Disability.
Herman, Nathan
James; Male; 21; 2781
PGA Blvd., Navarre; Drive
While Lic -Susp Habitual
Offender. 5/21/09
Plunkett, Jason Henry;
Male; 33; 4487 Audiss Rd,
Milton; Drive While Lic
Susp Habitual Offender.
Starnes, Robye Doug-
las; Male; 44; 5040 Braxton
Ln, Pace; Drive While Lic
Susp Habitual Offender.
McCrav III, Russell Ju-
nior; Male; 29; 619 Parrish
Blvd, Mary Esther; DUI.
Peteis, Rodney Fran-
cis; Male; 20; 510 Brock
Rd., Rinneyville, KY; DUI
and Damage Property (2
cts.), DUI Alcohol or Drugs
2nd Off. 5/23/09.
Porter, William Greg-
ory; Male; 24; 424 Surrey

Dr., Gulf Breeze; DUI.
Tamborella, Frank
Giovanni; Male; 11; 5650
Northwind Ln, Milton;
Damage Prop-Crim Misch
Over $200 Under $1,000,
Burgl Unoccupied Convey-
ance Unarmed. 5/23/09
Tolliver, Jeremy Jer-
maine; Male; 19; 1393 N.
Foster Dr., Baton Rouge,
LA; Asslt-Intent Threat
to do Violence,, Battery-
Felony Batt or Dom. Batt
By Strangulation, Kidnap-
False Imprisonment Adult,
Damage prop-Crim Misch
Over $200 Under $1,000,
Burgl Of Occupied Con-
veyance and'Unarmed.
Dominici, Juliano Erik;
Male; 37; 5749 Pecan St.,
Milton; Probation Viola-
tion-Felony. 5/22/09
Goodyear, Melanie
Paulette; Female; 46; 4919
Bell Ridge Lane, Pace;
Battery-Touch or Strike
(domestic violence), Bat-
tery On Officer Firefighter

EMT Etc., Resist Officer
With Violence. 5/24/09
Stewart, Kessler Jo-
seph; Male; 26; 6688 Trail-
ride N, Milton; Probation
Violation-Felony. 5/25/09
Risch, Theodore John;
Male; 58; 1100 Shoreline
Dr., Gulf Breeze; Larc-Pe-
tit 1st Off, Sex Asslt-Lewd
LaAcivious Molest Elderly
Disabled Adult. 5/22/09
Dees, Jennifer Ann; Fe-
male; 33; 4897 Ward Basin
Rd, Milton; Fraud-Obtain.
Controlled Substance By.
Heck, Shawntel Nicole;.
Female 26; 4331 Sun Park
Dr., Milton; Burglary Un-
occupied Structure Un-
armed. 5/22/09
Meggs, Kearia Ash-
land; Female; 19; 5523 Cor-
tez Dr., Mobile; Damage
Prop-Crim Misch Over
$200 Under $1,000, Burgi
of Unoccupied Dwelling.
Unarmed No Asslt/Batt;;
Larc-20K Dols Less Than
100K Dols. 5/22/09

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Wednesday, June 24,2009



the innocent

SWe don't usually pay a lot of attention to
things going on in Escambia County. That
area is, after all, outside the "fence" of our
That said, ideas that begin in one county of-
ten end up extending to another and, for that
reason, we're keeping a keen eye on the work-
ings of the Escambia County School Board.
That entity has managed to come up with an
idea it seems to think is "wonderful" ... an
idea we think is far from that mark.
At issue: a concept in which every student
taking part in sports would be required to
have insurance. Now that, by itself, is not a
bad idea. It's not out of the realm of possibility
for contact sports to result in the occasional
injury though, historically, few of them are se-
Where we raise our eyebrows is at the point
when the school system there says it has "ne-
gotiated" coverage and not only must every
participant be insured, but they must be in-
sured with the policy the school board negoti-
Firstly, if this is something you "must" do
then it's not really a "fee," is it? It's a tax.
And when the very people who negotiate
something also produce an edict saying par-
ents "must" use it, well, it begins to sound a
little like to fox watching the henhouse.
The Board proudly proclaims the low rate
at which students can be insured. (And it IS a
low rate), but the manner in which this is be-
ing handled starts sounding like "Hi, I'm from
the government and I'm here to help." ... one
of the big three things we are warned to never
Secondly, what if a parent already has in-
surance on their child? What if the policy they
already have is a good one? A great one? Sim-
ple; they, just buy this second policy as well
... a move guaranteed to create problems re-
garding which policy is the "primary" payer
and which is secondary.
But it all goes deeper than that.
In the end, the parent that followed the
rules, the parent that did everything the sys-
tem asked of them ends up being penalized by
being forced to carry two insurance policies.
The other parent, the one that did not secure
insurance, that thumbed their nose at the re-
quest, suddenly has an entire board out there
negotiating on their part. And, of course, the
"forced participation" on the part of those
parents that followed the rules and now must
carry two policies, ends up subsidizing the
parents that did not.
The whole thing does make' one raise an
eyebrow and ask, "what is really going on
We're all for the school board negotiating to
reach the least expensive policy possible for
the students it serves, but in the end, that pol-
icy must be an "option" and not a "mandate."
What if schools suddenly decided the only
"healthy" lunch was'the one provided by their
cafeterias? Despite Mom going to great painis
to send well-balanced (perhaps even expen-
sive) meals, she would suddenly have to also
pay for the lunch provided by the school.
We could go on and on with these examples,
but we think everyone sees the point.
We've heard no such rumblings from our
school board here in Santa Rosa, and hope we
do not.
It's an ill-conceived idea designed to punish
the rule-followers and reward the rule-break-
ers. We don't think that's a lesson we want to
start teaching our children.

We want you to share your views on the
above topic(s) or any topic with other
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Trying to
do too much

California is bankrupt -
$24 billion in the hole. High
state taxes drove busi-
nesses out of the state, re
suiting in a loss of revenue.
The citizens, tired of pay-
ing the state's high taxes,
rejected new taxes to cover
the shortfall. The legisla-
ture has made some token
cutes in essential services,
i.e. police, fire fighters, and
teachers, but has refused
to address entitlements in-
cluding the large portion of
the state budget dedicated
to providing services to the
large population of illegal
There's an old saying,
"As goes California, so goes
the nation." We have the
second highest corporate
tax rate in the world, which
has caused businesses to
move offshore resulting in
lost federal revenue. Amer-
icans are tired of paying
high income taxes and cer-
tainly don't look forward to
the higher energy, costs as-

sociated with'cap in trade.'
The bailout have the federal
government involved in an
owning banks, insurance
companies, and automobile
companies. The stimulus
program contained more
social engineering than in-
frastructure spending. The
federal government has
demonstrated an inability
to live within its means. We
have a huge federal deficit
and are projected to endure
deficit spending over the
next decade. The value of
the dollar is declining and
foreign nations are voicing
concerns about the secu-
rity of U.S. Treasury Notes.
They're tiring of financing
our national debt.
Now the Obama admin-
istration wants further
entangle the government
in healthcare. So far, the
government's involvement
with healthcare, in the
form of Medicare/Medi-
cade, has given us huge
unfunded obligations,
which even the Congres-
sional Budget Office says
can not be met. Now the
American public is being

asked to help the 46 mil-
lion Americans who are
without healthcare insur-
ance. How many of these
millions of uninsured have
the means to buy insur-
ance but choose to spend
the money on new cars,
evenings out, or a little
recreational cocaine?
I'm a conservative but
I don't mind providing tax
dollars to help those who
are unable to help them-
selves. I deeply resent be-
ing asked to support those
who have the ability to help
themselves but choose
not to do so. The Obama
healthcare plan, like LBJ's
Great Society, fails to weed
out those who are simply
unwilling. The federal gov-
ernment has proven its in-
ability to effectively man-
age healthcare. Why would
anyone want them to have
a larger role?
Our county, like Cali-
fornia, is trying to do too
much for too many. Histori-
cally, this nation has grown
and prospered because
it was a nation of law and
recognized the value and

responsibility of individual
citizens. We seem to have
forgotten both. We're gov-
erned by individuals who
don't pay their taxes, .take
favorable mortgages from
companies deeply involved
in the current financial cri-
sis, misuse rent controlled
properties, and use insider
information from the Fed-
eral Reserve to manage
their investments. We get
to watch nominees for fed-
eral office fall by the way-
side because of past illegal
acts. We seem to have for-
gotten the concept of indi-
vidual responsibility; sim-
ple things like "don't buy
what you can't afford" and
"You can enjoy a luxury af-
ter you have paid for the
essentials." Like Califor-
nia, we need less govern-
ment, more targeted social
spending, and a return to
funding the only functions
of government specified in
the constitution. We do not
need further government
involvement in healthcare.

Milton, Fla.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Celebrate 'Riverfest'

with Milton's First

Methodist Churh

Special to the Press Gazette
For the 2009 July 4th
festivities, Milton's First
United Methodist Church
will again bring special
music, for everyone's en-
joyment during Milton's
"Riverfest." The church
will. bring to "Riverfest"
Joe Occhipinti and his
band..The Occhipinti Band
will be performing from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the
parking lot of First United
Methodist Church.
Joe Occhipinti and his
band will whisk the audi-
ence into the past with fa-
mous arrangements of the
stars of the '30s and'40s,
such as Glen Miller, Benny

Goodman, Louis Arm-
strong and Duke Ellington.
Both young and old can
enjoy their big band/jazz
performance. Come early,
bring your lawn chairs
and stake your spot for the
band performance, then
face the river and watch
the fire works.
Milton's First United
Methodist Church is lo-
cated in Milton's Histori-
cal District at the corner
of Berry hill Street, Willing
Street and Broad Street.
Visitors are always wel-
come at activities spon-
sored by FUMC. For addi-
tional information you may
call the church office at:

Milton man

receives Doctor of

Ministry degree

Special to the Press Gazette
Jim Waters, Jr from Mil-
ton, Fla., received the Doc-
tor of Ministry degree May
16 at New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary.
Waters Jr., associate pas-
tor of First Baptist Church
in Milton, Fla., is married
to Rhonda Smith Waters of
Zephyrhills, Fla. He is the
son of Ted and Hilda Waters
Milton, Fla.
One of the world's largest
accredited seminaries, New
Orleans'Baptist Theological
Seminary. offers associate,
baccalaureate, master's and

doctoral degrees in biblical
studies, theology, pastoral
ministry, church history,
Christian education, coun-
seling and music. The semi-
nary is owned and support-
ed by the Southern Baptist
Jim Waters, Jr.'s home
church is First Baptist
Church in Milton, FL. He
holds the bachelor of sci-
ence degree.. agricultural
engineering from the Uni-
versity of Florida in Gaines-
ville, Fla., and the master of
divinity degree from New
Orleans Baptist Theological

Find it online at


Ask the Preacher

S. weekly column answering your
questIons with Biblical answers about life.

Dear Pastor Gallups "Where all the great scientists. of the past, athe-
ists or evolutionists?" L. Y. Milton
Dear L.Y., ,
.Not even by a long shot! Consider just a few examples,
Gallieo an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, '
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense,,reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo
their use."
Johannes Kepler -German Astronomer. He developed The 3 laws of
planetary motion still used by NASA today.
"Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God ...it befits
us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above
all else, the glory of God."
Sir Newton' Isaac -English Mathemetician formulated the Laws of
Gravitation and Motion, developed the mathematical science of calculus.
"The solar system itself could not have been produced by blind
chance or fortuitous causes but only by a cause "very who is well
skilled in mechanics and geometry."
Lord Kelvin: British Physicist developed the First and second laws of
thermodynamics. .
"I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the fur-
ther does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.1' "With
regard to the origin of life, science...positively affirms creative
power." /
Sir William Herschel -Astronomer who discovered. Uranus, several neb-
ulae, and several binary stars. He was the first to accurately describe the
Milky Way Galaxy.
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of con-
firming more and more the Truthl contained in the Sacred
Wernher Von Braun Rl912-19771;first Director-of NASA, pioneer of
space exploration, a German rocket physicist and astronautics engineer,
became one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technolo-
gy in Germany and the United States..
"Scientific concepts exist only in the minds of men. Behind these
concepts lies the REALLITY which is being REVEALLED to
us...but it is only being REVEALED by the grace of God."
James Prescott Joule
Described the First Law of Thermodynamics: as The Law of
Conservation of Energy.
"Order is manifestly maintained in the universe...governed by the
sovereign will of God" "After the knowledge of, and obedience to,
the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His
attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handi-.

Carl Gallups is the Pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church. in Milton. He has a Bachelor of
Science degree from Florida State University, and a Master of Divinity from The New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been pastor of HHBC since 1987. He serves as an
International Youth Evangelist for the Southern Baptist Convention preaching all over the U.S. and
Canada. For more information about HHBC, call 623-8959 or 626-8951, fax: 623-0197.
If you have any questions for Ask The Preacher, send it to: Ask The Preacher, Hickory Hammock
Baptist Church, 8351 Hickory Hammock Road, Milton, Florida 32583-paid advertisement ,


Santa Rosa's Press Gazette I A5

Blind Mission will hold monthly meeting

Special to the Press Gazette
The Pensacola Lu-
theran Blind Mission will
hold its monthly meeting
and dinner for the blind
and sight-impaired at 5
p.m. Saturday June 27,
2009, at the Immanuel
Lutheran Church, 24 W
Wright St. Pensacola.

The program will con-
sist of a discussion of the
American flag, how it was
first selected and how it
has grown to represent
the fifty states. There will
also be an explanation
of the writing of the Star
Spangle Banner. Happy
Birthday USA.
The Lutheran Blind

Mission is an organiza-
tion that provides social
interaction, life-skills
support and Christian
fellowship for the blind
and. sight-impaired of all.
faiths. The driver for any
blind or sight-impaired
person is welcome to
enjoy our dinner and
the evening with us. The

meeting will be in the
Fellowship Hall and will
end at 7 p.m.
Please call Ann Siver-
ly for dinner reservations
by Wednesday the 24 of
June at (850) 457-3039 or
by e-mail to aansiverly@
yahoo.com. Information'
is available at any time
about our Mission.

Military BRIEFS

Airman Joshua Cox
Air Force Airman Joshua
F. Cox graduated from basic
military,training at
Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio,
S :,' The airman
; completed an
intensive, eight-
ia ~ week program
JOSHUA that included
COX training in military
discipline and
studies, Air Force core values,
physical fitness, and basic
warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic
training earn four credits
toward an associate in applied
science degree through the
Community College of the Air
Cox is a 2005 graduate of
Pace High School, Fla.


Airman Chad Dewar
Air Force Airman Chad N.
Dewar graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas.
The airman
completed an
intensive, eight-
week program that
included training in
: military discipline
and studies, Air
CHAD Force core values,
DEWAR physical fitness,
and basic warfare
principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic
training earn four credits toward
an associate in applied science
degree through the Community
College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Debra Ward
of South Star Avenue, Panama
City, Fla., and Chuck Dewar of
Candlewood Drive, Navarre, Fla.
Dewar graduated in 2004 from
Rutherford High School, Panama

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Mayor, city manager have high hopes for bright future



Milton! What a wonder-
ful town!
Although some may and
some may not agree with
this choice of a descriptive
phrase, Milton, the Grand
Old Lady that she is, has
survived for many years
more than a century and
a half, never complaining,
ever submissive, and for-
ever surrendering to the
ebb arid flow of a tide and
time beyond her control.
Her history is diverse
and full of drama, her
character colored by
events, her importance as

a government entity some-
times compromised, and a
legacy that begets, "...once
upon a time!"
Today, however, Mil-
ton is a thriving city with
a mayor, city council, and
city manager type of gov-
ernment in one of Florida's
fastest growing counties.
It has definitely had its ups
and downs, but Mayor Guy
Thompson and City Man-
ager Brian Watkins have
high hopes for a bright fu-
Their outlook, although
far from "seeing the world
through rose colored
glasses," does suggest a
majority of strong features

that far outweigh any neg-
atives, and characterizes
it as among "...the survival
of the fittest!"
They devoted the larger
part of an afternoon to the
Press Gazette recently,
looking back just enough
to kick forward, giving
their views on how the city
will cope and survive in
the future.
Brian who has been
with the city for three
years became City Man-
ager the first of this year
after serving as Public
Works Director
Mayor Thompson has
served in his current ca-
pacity since 1994.



The Santa Rosa County Local Planning Board and Board of
County Commissioners will conduct public hearings to consid-
er a change of land use and/or rezoning of land areas depict-
ed on the maps within this advertisement. The hearings are
scheduled as follows:

Local Planning Board (to consider and make a recommenda-
tion on the proposals):
Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

Board of County Commissioners (to consider adoption of
the ordinance):
Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

Both meetings will be held at the Santa Rosa County
Administrative Center in the Board Meeting Room, 6495
Caroline Street, Milton, Florida. At the public hearings, the
Local Planning Board and Board of County Commissioners
shall consider the ordinance entitled:


Zoning District Amended: from Ag (Agriculture District) to
HCD (Highway Commercial Development District).
Future Land Use Designation Amended: from Agriculture to
Commercial total approximately 3.52 (+/-) acres.

The proposed ordinance and maps may be inspected by the
public prior to the above scheduled meetings at the Santa
Rosa County Planning Department, 6051 Old Bagdad
Highway, Milton, Florida. Interested parties may appear at the
meetings and be heard with respect to this proposed ordi-
nance. All interested parties should take notice that if they
decide to appeal any decision made by the Santa Rosa
County Board of County Commissioners with respect to any
matter coming before said Board at said meeting, it is their
individual responsibility to insure that a record of proceedings
they are appealing exists and for such purpose they will need
to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record shall include the testimony and the evidence
upon which their appeal is to be based.

Santa Rosa County adheres to the Americans with Disabilities
Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to this
meeting upon request. Please call Santa Rosa County
Planning, Zoning and Development Division at (850) 981-7075
or (850) 939-1259 to make a request. For the Hearing-
Impaired, 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). Requests must be
received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting in order
to provide the requested service.

Within recent years
the city has made great
strides with considerable
accomplishments to show
for its investment. A new
City Hall, a renovated (like
new) police department
building, a state of the art
Community Center and a
new $1.634 million Fire De-
partment that is close to
going on line as we speak.
So, where do we go
from here?
The city, like any other
entity, is suffering finan-
cially from the economic
depression that is linger-
ing, but Mayor Thomp-
son says, "We're hanging
in there, and so far we
haven't had to lay anyone
off." Its apparent financial
health has been main-
tained through attrition
of employees that are not
being replaced and other
stringent measures that
Mayor Thompson credits
the City Manager with.
"As people have retired

or left the city for various
reasons, we have reorga-
nized. And basically we
have reduced our work
force but it's been through
attrition, not from layoffs,"
Watkins said.
"Brian is a good fis-
cal manager, and I have
to give him a lot of credit
for much of our success so
far," the Mayor said. "He's
very good about sticking to
the budget and watching
the day to day activities.
That's where you get into
trouble when you don't
adhere to the budget."
By sticking to the budget,
he said, you were always
aware of where you are
and where you're going.
"But we do have some
extensive plans for some
rather large projects in
the future," he said, one
of which is a new sewage
plant for East Milton. Al-
though the present system
is in good shape and is car-
rying the load, a new plant

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Santa Rosa's Press Gazette I A7

Doctor continues pioneering efforts in women's medicine


Like the Energizer Bun-
ny you see all the time on
TV, Dr. Michael J. Coyle just
keeps going and going!
The OB-GYN special-
ist, most widely known as
"a woman's doctor" and
the pioneer of a number of
women's health surgical
procedures here, has now
introduced robotic surgery
into his practice which con-
stitutes less invasive proce-
The most widely recog-
nized robotic surgical pro-
cedures which Dr. Coyle
performs include Hyster-
ectomy, Myomectomy, and
Uterine or Vaginal Pro-
lapse. The robotic surger-
ies are performed at other
hospitals since Santa Rosa
Medical Center, where he
is now Vice Chief of Staff,
is not equipped with the
facilities which it requires.
Dr. Coyle is the only doctor
in this area.who performs
the Uterine or Vaginal Pro-
lapse surgery through -ro-
botic means.
Dr. Coyle ,who special-
izes in OB-GYN issues, in-
cluding Pelvic Reconstruc-
tive Surgery, Urogynecol-
-ogy, Minimally invasive
surgery, and Bio-Identical
hormones replacement
has practiced in Milton
since 2004 as Progressive
OB/GYN PA., but changed
that name to Progressive
Women's Health, PA. effec-
tive the first of last year.
Formerly housed in the
Santa Rosa Medical Cen-
ter's Medical' Office Build-

ing, Dr. Coyle now practices
at 6072 Doctors Park Road,
just off. Berryhill Road in
front of Santa Rosa Medical
Although Dr. Coyle has a
famous reputation for deliv-
ering babies, in January of
2008 he shifted the focus of
his practice to other areas
of women's health and no
longer delivers babies. He
directs his concentration
and energy to the woman
In changing the focus of
, his work, Dr. Coyle explains
the redirection. "Shifting
focus away from delivering
babies will open up more
time for women who have
these other needs," he
said as he prepared for the
change in late 2007. "There
are plenty of doctors deliv-
ering babies, but there are
things that I'm doing in the
community that nobody
else is doing."
Just as his activities
indicate, Dr. Coyle is inno-
vative and futuristic in his
outlook and continues 'to
forge ahead on the cutting
edge of medicine as it af-
fects his women patients.
He, performed the first
Hysteroscopic Tubal occlu-
sion and the first Trans-
Obturator taping for stress
incontinence at Santa Rosa
Medical Center and is the
first Bio-Identical Hormone
replacement specialist in
Santa Rosa County.
Dr. Coyle graduated
from the 'West Virginia
School of Osteopathic Med-
icine in 2000 and completed
his OB-GYN training in De-
.troit, Michigan.

Settling and establish-
ing a practice in Milton is
like "coming home," he
says. You see, his father
was stationed at NAS Whit-
ing Field during his early
childhood, and he lived in
East Milton until he was in
the fifth grade.
Some of the procedures
performed by Dr. Coyle are
done in his office, while oth-
ers require hospital facili-
ties. But he says he's com-
pletely comfortable with
what they' have to work
with. "It's necessary to do
my robotic procedures in
other hospitals where they
have the facilities for it," he
said.. He admitted that he
would certainly like to see
Santa Rosa Medical Center
provide robotic facilities but
can understand its position
right now.
The three procedures
that he does robotically of-
fer a less invasive surgical
process than traditional
operations. The hysterec-
tomy performed robotically
insures significantly less
pain, less risk of infection,
a shorter hospital stay, and
less blood loss and need for
; A commonalternative to
hysterectomy is myomec-
tomy, or surgical removal
of. uterine fibroids. This
procedure preserves the
uterus, and may be recom-
mended for women who
could' become pregnant.
Dr. Coyle's robotic surgery
usually results in the same
after effects, including less
scarring, faster recovery,
and a quicker return to nor-
mal activities

Another robotic proce-
dure includes surgery for
uterine or vaginal vault
prolapse. The weakening
of connective tissues accel-
erates with age, after child
birth, with weight gain, and
strenuous physical labor.
Women experiencing pel-
vic organ prolapse (falling)
can experience prolapse
through their vagina.
These are some of the
conditions which Dr. Coyle
treats successfully. In fact,
he is perhaps the only phy-
sician in the Panhandle
who performs the Uterine
or Vaginal Vault Prolapse
surgery robotically.
Dr. Coyle says he's very
passionate about all as-
pects of women's health, es-
pecially in their later years,
when things get neglected
or dismissed as a normal
part of aging. He says he's
interested in shattering
some myths, planting some
seeds, and giving some
helpful advice to women
and their significant others
as they come to a new be-
ginning in later years.
Another of the unique
programs which Dr. Coyle
is exploring is Natural
Weight Loss. "Our natu-
ral weight loss program is
now under development,"
he said, "and, hopefully,
we should be starting that
within the next month or
so. This is a natural ap-
proach to weight loss using
Bio-Identical hormones as
opposed to the drugs that
are currently on the market
for weight loss."
"I sincerely love Santa
Rosa Medical Center and

will continue to do things
that will improve the hos-
pital, as well as the quality
of life for my patients," Dr.
Coyle says.
Although we rarely
think of a doctor as having
a personal life, they do. And
it's amazing what Dr. Coyle
can do and does do with the
time he takes, away from
the fast pace of his medical
He and his wife Lora
have three children of
their own: Christina who
is seven, Nathan who is,.
five, and Abby who is two.
They attend St. Rose of
Lima Catholic Church on
Park Avenue in Milton and
spend their family time and
recreation centered around
such wholesome activities
as boating, fishing, church
music ministry, and other
family oriented activities.
So where do you sup-
pose Dr. Coyle finds time
for his martial arts activi-
ties and the golf game that
he cares, so much about?
He's a superb manager of
his time is the best answer
he can give.
But it is significant that
he's more involved in his
martial arts activities these
days.' He's now teaching a
TaeKwofiDo class at the
Milton Community Center.
"It's not only a lot of fun
but it's great recreation as
well," he admitted.
It's evident that Dr.
Coyle is dedicated to his
work toward the advance-
ment and quality of life of
women when it comes to
their health and body.
He's taking new pa-

OBIT RAIN I The Press Gazette
Next month (July
of 2009) OB-GYN
Physician Dr. Michael
J. Coyle will have been
practicing in Milton
for five years and
has achieved a lot of
"firsts" at Santa Rosa
Medical Center when
it comes to women's
health issues. Effective
the first of 2008, Dr.
Coyle stopped delivering
babies so he could
focus more thoroughly
on other issues facing
women in general,
including a Natural
Weight Loss Program. In
addition to tending his
medical practice, he's
an avid golfer and self
defense instructor. In
fact, he's now teaching ,,
a KaeTwonDo class at
the Milton Community .
tients, and those who are
interested can call (850) 983-
3528 for an appointment or
more information about his

ACCIDENT from page Al

Commissioner Salter talks about service

Smith confirmed that
Jacobs is still working.with
the Santa Rosa Health De-
partmentand has not been
placed on: any form of ad-
ministrative leave while
the matter is being looked;
into by the Florida Depart-
ment of Health and worked
through the court system.
Santa Rosa County Ad-.
ministrator Hunter 'Walker
was contacted to see if
the County Commission-
ers were aware of or had a
comment on the arrest.
"We do not comment
on state employees," said
Attempts by the Santa'
Rosa Press Gazetteto obtain
a copy of the accident report
or further information on the
matter from the National
Parks Service were unsuc-
cessful prior to press time.

As it becomes available,
additional information as it
becomes available will be
posted on www.srpressga-
Jacobs came to the
health department in 2007.
Prior to coming to Santa
Rosa County, he was the
statewide services director
of the Florida Department
of Health.
He previously worked
as" director of .operations
at the health departments
in Jefferson arid Madison
counties. He focused on
developing community co-
alitions to address health
disparities' and improve
health-care access, in-
creasing outreach and
education to encourage
healthy lifestyles, and writ-
ing grants to support com-
murfity health initiatives.

MISHAP from page Al

when he cross the center
line and struck the car
driven by Ongalo.
Ongalo's car rotated and
blocked the right turn lane.
Doughtyevaded to the right%
and entered the turn lane
and struck the left rear of
Ongalo's car.
Frenk was air lifted to
Baptist Hospital and is
listed in serious condition,
while Ongalo was trans-
ported to Sacred Heart
Hospital by ambulance and

is listed in critical condi-
Doughtysuffered minor
injuries and was taken to
Gulf Breeze Medical Cen-
ter. .
According to the report
blood alcohol results are
pending on Frenk.
The report indicated the
charges of careless driv-
ing and leaving the scene of
the accident, but it did not
indicate which driver left
the scene of the accident.


Commissioner Salter is
going into his third term on
the Board of County Com-
missioners which will take
him through the year 2012,
and it was only fair to ex--
press some of his personal
sentiment in connection
with his county service.
"I would hope that what
I have truly brought to this
county is a long range vi-
sion for Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, and even

.Eglin Air Force Base, work-
ing with them to create our
joint land use study which
creates language that goes.
into our land development
code that regulates- land'
development around those
bases," the commission
chairman said.'
His legacy, he believes,
will be his contribution to
the military bases and "...
my long range planning
and hAving a vision for the:
He talked about indus-
trial development. He said

there was only about 1001
acres of "developable" land
left in the Industrial Park in
EastMilton, ithonlyone40-
acre track left in the original
industrial park "It's mainly
broken up into smaller par-
cels, but here again, there's
about 300 acres that's con-
sidered wetlands and will
never be developed."
Commissioner Salter
touched on the concept of
a consolidated government
ink Santa Rosa County. He
thinks that concept would
not work here for a number

of reasons. "In Santa Rosa
County we have only three
incorporated areas that
they. are relatively small
both geographically and
population wise when you
compare them to incorpo-
rated ,areas in other coun-
Ad the tourist industry?
'"Acknowledging what
happened to the tourist in-
dustry in this county follow-
ing Hurricane Ivan, I think
we have recovered well, es-
pecially when you compare
us to other counties."

FUURE from page A6

good shape with a great
deal of improvements.
The dream of extending
the west bank Riverwalk
from its present location all
the way to Carpenter's Park
is still just that, a dream, he
said. But there is some life
in it.
"Gale Thamnes, who is
chairman of the council's
Economic -- Development
Subcommittee, is leading
the effort to extend it to
Carpenter's Park," Mayor
Thompson said. "We're
looking constantly for dol-
lars to invest in it, including
grant money."
He said the Tourist De-
velopment Council had ap-
proached them with the
offer of help and that they

were going to look into that.
It would be of mutual benefit
of both the city and the TDC
to accomplish such a fete.
And what about annex-
ing more property into the
"We're always looking
at opportunities, and) when
we find people who are in-
terested in coming into the
city, we will take a look at it
and go from there." Mayor
Thompson said. He said
that they had learned a lot
from a large annexation
project in West Milton. in re-
cent years and was now ap-
proaching such. measures
with "baby steps" rather
than giant ones.
Infrastructure and ser-
vices, costs are heavy, and

he said they did not want to
burden the taxpayers any
more than they had to. "But
we are subject to annexing
small parcels of property,"
he said. "We're just being
And' the Highway 90
route .through downtown?
The mayor said they re-
cently conducted a mail sur-
vey of the city's residents,
and the results indicated
that they favored the south-
ern route, the one that by-
passed the downtown area.
Although that is not an im-
mediate problem, it is in the
outing and proper care is
being taken to keep an eye
on it.
It's almost time to be-
gin working on next year's

budget, and the initial steps
are being taken to begin
the process. "We're start-
ing the process right now,"
Watkins said, indicating that
department heads were be-
ing advised to start planning
and that "revenue streams"
were being evaluated to see
how things looked.
There appeared to be
mixed feelings about the ac-
cident surcharge that was
implemented by the coun-
cil, but the Mayor and City
Manager agreed that it may
have met its demise already.
A law concerning its revoca-
tion is in the works to vacate
The law netted the city a
total of $16,000 while it was
being enforced.

GRADES from page Al

Gulf Breeze High A. No AYP
Gulf Breeze Middle A- Yes AYP
Hobbs Middle School A- No AYP
Holley-Navarre Intermediate -A- No AYP
Holley-Navarre Middle A. No AYP
Holley-Navarre Primary A- No AYP
Jay Elementary School B- No AYP.
Jay High School A- No AYP
Marlin Luther King Middle A- No AYP
Milton High D- No AYP
Munson Elementary School A- Yes AYP
Navarre High School A- No AYP
Oriole Beach Elementary A- Yes AYP
Pace High School B- No AYP
Pea Ridge Elementary A- Yes AYP
S S Dixon Intermediate School A- No AYP
Thomas L Sims Middle A- No AYP
West Navarre Intermediate School A No AYP
West Navarre Primary School A- No AYP
W H. Rhodes Elementary A No AYP
Woodlawn Beach Middle A- Yes AYP

SCHOOLS from page Al

a grade based primarily
upon student achievement
data from FCAT. School
grades communicate to the
public how well a school is
performing relative to state
School grades are cal-
culated based on annual
learning gains of each stu-
dent toward achievement
of Sunshine State Stan-
dards, the progress of the
lowest quartile of students,
and the meeting. of profi-
ciency standards.
School grades utilize a
point system. Schools are
awarded one point for each
percent of students who
score high on the FCAT
and/or make annual learn-
ing gains.
Schools that aspire to be
graded 'C' or above, but do
not make adequate prog-

ress with the lowest per-
forming students in read-
ing and math must develop
a School Improvement Plan
component that addresses
this need. If a school does
not demonstrate adequate
yearly progress in the cur-
rent .or prior year, the final
grade will be reduced by
one letter grade.
Driven by a significant
increase in the number
of "A' grades, more than
three quarters of all pub-
lic schools are considered
to be high performing (re-
ceiving either an "A" or
"B"),. the largest number
yet since the inception of
school grades. The results
also indicate that the num-
ber of schools earning an
"F" decreased to its lowest
point in three years.
"These results speak

volumes for the hard work
taking place in our class-
rooms and the excellent
learning environments
being provided by our
schools," said Governor
Charlie Crist. "Florida is
truly blessed to have such
high quality teachers who
,have made our education
system one of the best in
the nation."
Of Florida's 2,954 grad-
ed public schools earning
"A" through "F" grades this
1,822 earned an "A" (62
percent), an increase of 237
schools compared to last
495 earned a "B" (17
percent), a decrease of 47
schools compared to last
420 earned a "C" (14
percent), a decrease of 145

schools compared to last
173 earned a "D" (6
percent), an increase.of 18
schools compared to last
44 earned an "F" (1
percent), ,a decrease of 1
school compared to last
"These are tremendous
results for our schools and
every teacher, student,
parent and administra-
tor should be proud of the
work they have done this
year," said Education Com-
missioner Dr. Eric J. Smith.
"While we do have improve-
ments to make in our high
schools, I'm confident that
we are making the types of
changes that are needed
to ensure our children are
fully prepared to compete
in today's global economy."



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Santa Rosa County golfers dominated
on the Emerall Coast Junior Golf Tour
event at Rocky Bayou.
Jay's Jesse Floyd took the boys 16-18
division title with a. one-over par 145 after 4._
two rounds. Floyds two-daytotal of 145 was
three strokes better than Jack Sargent
from Pensacola. Finishing another three
shots back in third place was Ft. Walton's
Trey Henderson, with a 151.
Henderson won a scorecard playoff
over Panama City's Chase Seiffert.
Floyd now enjoys second place in the
ECJGT Rankings behind Henderson while
Hunter Gullickson fell to. third following
his fifth place finish.
Milton's Fisher Bodenstein not only
won the 14-15 year old division with a two-
day score of 147 but took the lead in the
ECJGT Rankings ahead of Taylor Murphy,
who finished fifth this past weekend. An ICON
Round out the top three at the Rocky C am ionsip
Bayou event were Navarre's Trey Aguire,Cs
who finished three shots back at 150, while Wrestling match
Destin's Davis Bowyer was third at 153. was held Saturday.
While the largest part of the field was was
the Boys 12-13-year-old division as Ja- at American
son Rogers of Destin carded rounds of 78
and 80 for a three-stroke win over Tildon Legion Post 78 in
Spikes of Panama City, who finished with Milton. Proceeds
a 161. Andrew Smith shot a one over parb e d
73 to roar back into contention and win a benefited the
scorecard playoff for third over high school American Legion
teammate Stephen Shepard.gion
In the Girls 15-18 division, Gulf Breeze's and its programs,
Ashleigh Ryals distanced herself from including Bos
the competition with back-to-back rounds B
of 73 to finish at 146. Following Ryals was and Girls State,
Joanna Holt at 159 and Langley Vannoy in School Medals for
third at 161 School Medals for
Ryals is now in second place in the .Good Citizenship
ECJGT Rankings behind Jamie Jordan.
Rachel Struzinski shot 81 on day two of given at 16 local
the tournament to edge Ally Hurd for first schools and The
place in the 12-14 Girls Division. Niceville L
Kayla Bloor finished third with a two-day AmericanLegion
totalof 179 Annual'Oratorical
This weekend the Emerald Coast Ju- ,
nior Golf Tour will visit Stonebrook Golf Contest.
Club in Pace.

Southern Raceway target of noise complaints

JENI BOOKER SENTER the meeting regarding race- be fined. It is only going to be
jsenter@srpressgazette.com way operations and signed by through us as citizens working
County Administrator Hunter together that this will be taken
Several complaints have Walker: care of," he says.
been filed with the Santa Rosa No activities past 8:30 p.m. "If you have ever called in a
County Sheriff's Department on Thursdays. complaint about this, you need
about violations of a noise Friday racing would cease to pull a copy of your complaint
agreement regarding South- at 11 p.m. and contact me so we can get
ern Raceway located in East Saturday racing would together a group of citizens and
Milton. cease at 11:30 p.m. try to petition the County Com-
Residents complained that Two complaints received at missioners about this prob-
the raceway is in violation of a the Sheriff's Department al- lem."
previous agreement that bans leged race activity after the Dennis would like those who
racing in, the late night/early agreed upon times of operation are interested in coming to-
'morning hours. and complain about noise. gether as a group of concerned
According to an agreement The complainant, who wish- citizens to contact him at 623-
approved in a 1995 Santa Rosa es to only be named as "Den- 1332 between the hours of
County Commissioners' Meet- nis" says he would like for the 5 and 8 p.m. in order to coordi-
ing, Southern Raceway was the other residents in East Milton nate a presentation to the com-
focus of complaints concerning who are affected by the noise to missioners.
noise associated with the op- work together to find a solution Representatives from
eration of the racetrack. to the problem. Southern Raceway could not
The following agreement "We as citizens have to be reached for comment before
was established as a result of abide by a noise ordinance or press time.

Santa Rosa man wins

pro late-model race

Keith Thorpe went from con-
tending for the points title in 2007
to wondering if he would even come
close to winning another race.
Two years was a long time, but
Thorpe and company celebrated
Friday at Five Flags Speedway as
the veteran pro late-model driver
darted past Navarre's Kyle Bry-
ant on a restart with three laps re-
maining to post his first win.
Thorpe, who saw a season full of
struggles in 2008, including a crash
before the Snowball Derby that
had crew chief and brother Mike
Thorpe picking concrete out of his
brother's race helmet.
The 20-year racing veteran knew

the 16-year-old rookie had a solid
racing background, as his family
operate Five Flags Speedway.
Bryant led the first 36 laps and
seemed to have the fastest car. But
on Lap 37, Johanna Long and Keith
English got tangled off Turn 1,
knocking both cars out of the race.
In action at Southern Raceway
on Saturday: Patrick Stanley won
the bomber division, Tim Fowler
won the hobby class, John Melton
took. the modified class, Josh Liv-
ingston won the stinger division,
Preston Porter won street stock,
Joseph Joiner won the CRATE late
model division, and Jerry Venable
won the vintage class.




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From top left, Hannah Phillips gets into the comperilion
of the chicken dance at Pelican Park as one of the
consolation games during Satuday's Bridal Bash.
Sophia King is all smiles while doing the chicken
dance at Pelican Park. The announcer explains what
the contestants Will have to do. Tiffany Adams and
Tanya Perano wait for instructions.'Pace's Rachel
Phillips gets ready to see if she can tie a string of
empty cans to the back of the golf cart the fastest.
Nikki Black is all'smiles as she unrolls toilet paper to
the cheers of fans and everyone at the Bridal Bash at
Pelican Park on Saturday. Perano'and Phillips make a
run for it. King gets ready for what viould be a wild
trip as she participated in the dizzy bat race. Black
and Phillips share a pool of red clay mud to see who
can find the most rings. These brides to be had to
stand in icy cold water for 345 second before having
to dash to the finish line for consolation prizes. A
contestant gets her veil before the contest begins. Phil-
lips and Perano tie cans to the golf cart.



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News Briefs

Early Coalition of SBDC at UWF
Santa Rosa to meet continues lunch Series

The Early Learning
Coalition of Santa Rosa
County. announces the fol-
lowing meeting: Executive
Committee The Coali-
tion Executive Commit-
tee will meet Thursday,
June 25, from 9 to 11 a.m.
in the Conference Room of
the Coalition's office; 6555
Caroline Street in Mil-
ton. Purpose of the meet-
ing is to review Coalition
Policies and Procedures.
All meetings are open to
the public. For additional
information call 850/983-

The Small Business De-
velopment Center at the
University of West. Florida
(401 E. Chase Street, Suite
100) is presenting a Brown-
Bag Lunch on Wednesday,
July 1, from Noon until 1
p.m. entitled '"Stress in
the Workplace: Strategies
for Coping". In this diffi-
cult economy, personal. &
work-related stress are on
the rise; employers, man-
agers, and workers all feel
the added pressure. Learn
strategies to cope with
work stress in today's un-
certain climate. This semi-

nar is free. Presentation
will be by Wyette Donovan,
Since our funding agen-
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number of attendees, we
cancel workshops that
don't meet these require-
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strongly recommended.
Attendees are encouraged
to bring their own lunch.
For further information,
or to register, call 850-473-
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summer camp begins
The Pensacola Chil-

dren's Chorus announces
"P'Zazz," an exciting mu-
sical theatre day camp
for rising fourth through
eighth-graders. "P'Zazz"
will be conducted Monday
through Friday, July 13-
18, at the Margaret Moore
Nickelsen Center, located
at 46 East Chase Street
in downtown Pensacola.
Workshop hours are 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. each day.
"P'Zazz" offers a
unique musical theatre ex-
perience for children, fea-
turing master classes in
dance, drama, music and
stagecraft. It will culmi-
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an original musical based
on the Old Testament. Per-
formances will take place
Friday and Saturday, July
17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.
An outstanding faculty
has been assembled for

"P'Zazz", including Allen
& Susan Pote, Artistic di-
rectors for the Pensacola
Children's Chorus; Tom
Long, a Cincinnati Play-
wright, director and sto-
ryteller; Donna Mixon, an
experienced actress and
staging director/choreog-
rapher for the Pensacola
Children's Chorus for 18
The cost for "P'Zazz is
$185 per student. Call Pen-
sacola Children's Chorus
at 434-7760.

Florida Trail
Association events
Friday, July 3 6 p.m.
Join the FTA for, the
monthly Dinner Hike in
Gulf Breeze. Meet at the
Fuji Steak House parking
lot at 1385 Shoreline Drive.
Dinner will be at the res-

taurant following the hike.
Call 932-0125 for details.
Every Tuesday & Thurs-
day, volunteers are needed
by the FTA for trail main-
tenance in the Blackwater
River Forest & Eglin AFB.
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Physical Plant & Insur-
ance Committee will
meet Wednesday, July 1 at
3 p.m. in Conference Room.
B of City Hall, 6738 Dixon
Street. For more informa-
tion on the meeting, con-
tact the City Manager's
Office at 983-5411. All
meetings are open to the

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New rules announced regarding 'access to care'

In February, the federal
governmentmandated new
rules regarding "access to
care" for all Department of
Defense-eligible beneficia-
ries enrolled in TRICARE
Prime except for Active
Duty service members.
The new rules state that
TRICARE Prime enrollees
should expect to drive no
more than 30 minutes for
primary care and no more

than 60 minutes for spe-
cialty care.
Under the new rules,
each Military Treatment
Facility (MTF) is autho-
rized to determine if they
want to accept enrollments
from beneficiaries resid-
ing greater than a 30-min-
ute drive of the facility. For
those medical facilities will-
ing to accept enrollments
outside the 30-minute win-
dow, it may specify mileage
limits beyond 30 minutes or

identify specific zip codes.
gional Office must approve
all enrollments beyond 100
DoD-eligible beneficia-
ries requesting enrollment
to a specific military medi-
cal facility must sign an 'Ac-
cess to Care' waiver. When
signed, the beneficiary ac-
knowledges the drive time
may exceed 30 minutes to
primary care; and that the
drive time for specialty care

may exceed 60 minutes.
"We want to encourage
our military-medical .fam-
ily members to stay with
Naval Hospital Pensacola"
and its branch health clin-
ics that see dependents and
retirees, said Commanding
Officer Captain Maryalice
Morro. "The way to do that
is to obtain, sign and submit
the Access To Care waiyer
provided to you."
Naval Hospital Pensac-
ola's branch health clinics

that see active-duty depen-
dents, military retirees and
their families include Naval
Air Station Whiting Field
and Naval Support Activ-
ity Panama City, Fla.; NAS
Meridian and Coristruction
Battalion Center Gulfport,
Miss.; Naval Ambulatory
Care Center New Orleans;
and NSA Mid-South in Mil-
lington, Tenn.
The new 'ATC' rules ap-
ply to all existing non-mili-
tary beneficiaries in the

Naval Hospital Enrolled
and Civilian Network-Pro-
vider Enrolled beneficiary
Some Prime-enrolled
.DoD beneficiaries may be
receiving letters or tele-
phone calls asking for a
decision as to whether or
not they want to remain
enrolled at NH Pensacola,
one of its Branch -Iealth
Clinics or with a civilian
TRICARE network health-
care provider.

National Association of Naval

Photography to hold reunion

An estimated 200-250
retired, active duty and for-
mer Navy Photographer's
Mates from across the na-
tion are expected to attend
the 2009 National Associa-
tion of Naval Photography
Reunion at Pensacola Beach
Oct. 26-29.
Naval photography has
been a part of Pensacola,
since 1923 when the U.S.
Navy School of Photogra-
phy was-established at Na-
val Air Station Pensacola.
For the next three quarters
of a century sailors, marines
and coast guardsmen enter-
ing the military occupation
of photography received
their basic and advanced
training in Pensacola.
In 1995 the Naval

School of Photography
was re-designated as the
.Department of Defense Pho-
tographic School., It soon be-
came evident, however, that
training facilities at NAS
Pensacola were inadequate
to 'meet department of de-
fense photo/mass commu-
nications requirements so
in 1998 all photographic
training was relocated to
Fort Meade Maryland.
The reunion will be held
at the Hampton Inn, 2 Via
de Luna Drive Pensacola
Beach. .
Reunion information is
available from PCH Robert
Devore,.USN Ret. 850455-
3907; e-mail 09-pcola-ru@
cox.net or PHC Art Giber-
son, USN Ret. 850455-
5931; e-mail art.giberson@

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Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Cost-Share Program to accept new applications

Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles ItH. Bron-
son today announced that
the department's Division
of Forestry is re-offering
the Southern Pine Beetle
Prevention Cost-Share Pro-
gram to eligible non-indus-
trial private forest landown-
The sign-up period
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reduce the susceptibility of
their pine stands to this de-
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Periodic southern pine
beetle outbreaks in Florida
have resulted in millions
of cubic feet of pine timber
killed on thousands of acres.
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Santa Rosa County has been chosen to receive $40,073.00 to supplement emer-
gency food and shelter programs in the county. These funds have been made
available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of
Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of
representatives from The Salvation Army; Amencan Red Cross United Jewish
Communities Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the
U.S.A.; and, The United Way of Amenca. The Local Board was charged to distribute
funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter pro-
grams in high-need areas around the country.
A Local Board made up of The United Way of Santa Rosa County; Santa Rosa County;
The City of Milton; The American Red Cross; The Salvation Army;,Local Ministerial
Association Catholic Charities of NW Florida; The NW Florida Area Agency on Aging,
Inc.; Santa hosa County Emergency Management; and a homeless/formely homeless
or past recipient of services will determine how the funds awarded to Santa osa ,
County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by
local service agencies in the area. The LocalBoard is responsible for recommending
agencies to receive these funds made available through the ARRA .
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds
must: 1) be private voluntary non-profit or units'of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal
funds, 3) have an accounting system 4) practice nondiscriminatin; 5) have demonstrated the
capabi to delity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter program, and 6) if they are a private volun-
tary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to
apply. Deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. on Tu'esdav. June 30.209. Any application postmarked
by this date will be considered.
Santa Rosa County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter-funds previously to
Tri-County Community Council and South Santa Rosa Intertaith Ministries, Inc. and the
American Red Cross of NW Florida. These agencies were responsible for providing
Emergency shelter assistance to 128 people and utility assistance to 194 people who
Shad no other resources with which to meet their own needs. . ,
Public or private voluntary organizations interested in submitting an applying for ARRA
Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Guy Thompson Chairman,
United Way of Santa Rosa County, Post Office Box 284, Milton Florida 32572.(850)
623-4507, or you may contact Brian Watkins, City Manager, City of Mihon, at 850-983-
5411 for an application.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Santa Rosa to benefit from public assistance

communities struggle with
their budgets in these fi-
nancially difficult times, un-
planned disaster losses can
add an even greater burden
on a community's well-
being as violent weather
threatens more than homes
and people.
Turbulent weather can
also damage or destroy
costly public infrastructure
- bridges, highways, public
buildings, parks, electrical
distribution systems and
water or sewage treatment
plants. Storms can scatter
tons of debris or disrupt
communications and re-
quire costly emergency ser-
vice expenditures to protect
an endangered public.

In addition to the many
assistance programs avail-
able to help people who
are eligible to receive as-
sistance recover from the
storms, tornadoes, straight
line winds and flooding
caused by the March 26
north Florida storms, the
Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA)
also offers help to eligible
communities, county and
state agencies with eligible
projects as well as to-certain
private non-profit organiza-
That FEMA program
is called Public Assistance
(PA). It provides supple-
,mental funds for the repair,
restoration or replacement
of eligible storm-damaged
public infrastructure. It also
provides assistance to help

reimburse costs associated
with debris removal as well
as emergency protective
measures such as sandbag-
ging a river.
"This program is a vital
financial lift as state and
local governments every-
where are struggling in
these recessive times to find
adequate resources to help
us 1-estore public services,"
said Doug Wright, deputy
state coordinating officer
for the disaster recovery.
The PA recovery pro-
gram also ties in with an-
other FEMA program, Haz-
ard Mitigation, an effort de-
signed to help communities
avoid or minimize similar
future losses by rebuilding
stronger and better facili-
ties during a recovery.
"By helping local and

state governments with
their current financial bur-
dens, and looking for ways
to reduce future damages,
federal disaster assistance
has an impact on every in-
dividual in those communi-
ties," explained Jeff Bryant,
federal officer coordinating
disaster recovery efforts.
Under the presiden-
tial disaster declaration of
April 21 and subsequent
orders, the PA program is
available to state and local
. governments in 22 north
Florida counties. They are:
Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Es-
cambia, Franklin, Gadsden,
Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton,
Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson,
Lafayette, Leon, Liberty,
Madison, Okaloosa, Santa
Rosa, Suwannee, Wakulla,
Walton and Washington.

How does PA work?
The Florida Division of
Emergency Management,
which administers the PA
program, is responsible
for briefing local officials
in these counties about the
assistance available and ex-
plaining how to apply Com-
munity officials who wish to
submit a request for public
assistance may contact
local emergency manag-
ers for further information
about the process.
Federal, state and local
teams provide initial as-
sessments of disaster-re-
lated damage identified by
the state or local represen-'
tatives and prepare reports
that outline the scope of
repair work needed and the
estimated restoration cost.
For projects that are ap-,
proved, FEMA will pay 75

percent of the cost identi-
fied with the state sharing
the balance with local gov-
ernments. These projects
also typically include such
things as debris removal,
emergency services related
to the disaster. They may in-
clude repairing or replacing
damaged public facilities.
These can include schools,
libraries and other public
buildings, and repairing
roads, bridges, water-con-
trol facilities, utilities and
recreational facilities.
Certain private non-prof-
it organizations may also
qualify for assistance to re-
store facilities that include
educational, utility, emer-
gency, medical, custodial
care and other facilities that
provide essential govern-
ment types of services to
the public.

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The Pensacola Junior College
District Board of Trustees announc-
es its nomination of Vincent Andry
for the 2009 Association of Commu-
nity College Trustees Leadership
Florida' Gov. Jeb Bush appointed
Andry to the PJC Board in 20.03 and
reappointed him in 2006. During his
six-year tenure, Andry served as
chair of the.finance and facilities
committees, two terms as vice chair
and two terms as chair of the PJC
Andry, supervisor of customer
service for the Pensacola electric
utility Gulf Power, served on the PJC
Board during.the aftermath of Hur-
ricane,Ivan, which struck Pensacola
and the Gulf Coast in September
2004. The force of Ivan devastated
all three PJC campuses; the college
sustained $18 million in facilities
damage. Andry provided key leader-
ship in assisting with the repair and
re-opening the college after only six
weeks following the hurricane.
In his second term as vice chair,

Andry chaired the college's search
committee for a new president. A
.35-member committee, composed
of PJC faculty, staff and students,
along with key members of the Es-
cambia-Santa Rosa county commu-
nity, conducted a national search for
a new college leader.
Andry also provided leadership
resulting in an expanded mission
and vision for the college to'take
steps toward becoming a baccalau-
reate-degree granting institution.
In addition, he participated in
ACCT legislative workshops in
Washington, D.C. and was active in
the Florida Association of Commu-
nity Colleges Trustee Commission.
The Association of Community
College Trustees is a. non-profit
educational organization of govern-
ing boards, representing more than
6,500 elected and appointed trust-
ees who govern more than 1,200
community, technical andjunior col-
leges in the United States.
For more information,, call 484-

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Board nominates Andry for

national leadership award

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old girls for protection prior
to a possible exposure later.
The HPV vaccine is
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Pensacola and some of its
outlying branch health clin-
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Case No.: 09-615-DR
Joseph Ben Kirkeeng,
.Celina Centino
3192 Wells Beach Rd
Navarre FL 32566
that 'an action has. been
filed against you and
that you are required to
serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any,
to it on JOSEPH BEN
KIRKEENG whose ad-
dress is 3192 Wells
Beach Rd 'Navarre FL
32566 on or before July
2, 2009, and file the
'original with the clerk of
this Court at 6865 Car-
oline St., Milton 32570,
before service on Peti-
tioner or immediately
thereafter. If you fail to
do so, a' default may
be entered against
you for the relief de-
manded in the peti-
Copies of all court
documents in this
case, including
orders, are available
at the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office.
You may review these
documents upon re-
You must keep the
Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified
of your current ad-
dress. (You may file
Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Su-
preme Court Ap-
proved Family Law
Form 12.915.) Fudture
papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the
address on record at
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061009 Florida, Probate Divi- which is 6495 Caroline 7
061709 sion, File Number Street, Milton, Florida 1 2130
062409 57-2009-CP-42, the ad- 32570. The name and BB Red chickens,
6/710 dress of which is 6865 address of the personal Bantam $2 each.
.Caroline Street, Milton, representative and of 994-5191
FL 32570. The names the personal
Legal 6/712 and addresses of the representative's attor-
personal representative neys are set forth be-
IN THE CIRCUIT and the personal low. .-"'
COURT OF THE representative's attor-
FIRST JUDICIAL CIR- ney are set forth below. All persons having
CUIT, IN AND FOR claims against this es-
SANTA ROSA All creditors of the.de- tate, who are served A
COUNTY, FLORIDA cedent and other per- with a copy of this no-
JUVENILE DIVISION sons who have claims tice, are required to file f
CASE NUMBER or demands against the with this court such MERCHANDISE
07-DP-200 decedent's estate, in- claim within the later of
cluding unmatured, three (3) months after 3100 Antiques
IN THE INTEREST OF: contingent or unliqui- the date of the first 3110- Appliances
dated claims, and who publication of this no- 3120 Arts & Crafts
A.P. DOB: have been served a tice or thirty (30) days 3130 Auctions
12/19/2007 copy of this notice, after the date of service 3140- Baby Items
must file their claims of a copy of this notice 3150 :-Building Supplies
A MINOR CHILD with this Court WITHIN on such person. Equipment
THE LATER OF THREE 3170 Collectibles
TO: Nathan Rowlett, (3) MONTHS AFTER Persons having claims 3180 Computers
Father THE DATE OF THE against the estate who 3190 Electronics
Address and wherea- FIRST PUBLICATION are not known to per- 3200 Firewood
bouts unknown OF THIS NOTICE OR sonal representative 3220 Furniture
THIRTY (30) DAYS AF- and whose names or 3230 Garage/Yard Sales
Father of A. R: Nathan TER THE DATE OF addresses are not rea- 3240 Guns .
Rowlett SERVICE OF A COPY sonably ascertainable 3250 Good Things to Eat
OF THIS NOTICE ON must file all claims 3270 -Jewelry/Clothing
YOU ARE HEREBY THEM. against the estate 3260- Machinery/
NOTIFIED that a Peti-' within three (3) months Equipment
tion under oath has All other creditors of after the date of the first 3290 Medical Equipment
been filed in the above the decedent and per- publication of this no- 3300 Miscellaneous
styled Court for the ter- sons who have claims twice. 3310 Musical Instruments
mination of parental or demands against the 1 3320 Plants & Shrubs/
rights of A.R, a female decedent's estate, in- Notwithstanding anyth-' Supplies
child born on the 19th cluding unmatured, ing in this notice to the 3330- Restaurant/Hotel
day of December, contingent or unliqui- contrary, all claims 3340 Sporting Goods
2007, in Escambia dated claims, must file against the estate must 3350 Tickets (Buy &Sell)
County, Florida by the their 'claims with this be filed on or before
Department of Children court WITHIN THREE May 4, 2011.
and Family Services, (3) MONTHS AFTER
for subsequent adop- THE' DATE OF THE ALL CLAIMS AND OB- 3220
hereby commanded to OF THIS NOTICE. FILED' WILL BE FOR-
be and appear before EVER BARRED. -
the Honorable Marci ALL CLAIMS NOT SO W
L. Goodman, Judge of FILED WILL BE FOR- The date of the first
the Circuit Court in and EVER BARRED. publication of this no- All new Pillowtop Mat-
for Santa Rosa County, tice is June 24, 2009. tress Queen/box spring
Florida, at the Santa NOTWITHSTANDING .Fact. warr. $169 Can
Rosa County Court- THE TIME PERIODS Attorneys for Personal deliver. 850-471-0330.
house, 6865 Caroline SET FORTH ABOVE, Representative:
32570, on the 23rd day TWO (2) YEARS OR Florida Bar No. 342262
of July, 2009,.at 2:00 MORE AFTER THE Beggs & Lane NE
p.m. You, must either DECEDENT'S DATE RO. Box 12950
appear on the date and OF DEATH IS Pensacola, Florida
at the time specified or BARRED. 32591-2950 King Pillowtop matt-
send a written re- (850) 432-2451 ress & box set, still
sponse to the Court THE. DATE OF THE sealed. 'Warr. $235. 850
priort to that time. FIRST PUBLICATION Personal Representa- 471-0330 Can deliver
YOUR FAILURE TO Wednesday, June 24, BARBARA G.
SPOND SHALL BE 1813 Lakeshore Drive, U, T1 0
TREATED AS A CON- Attorney for Personal North EII.-
SENT TO TERMINA- Representative: Orange' Park, Florida
TION OF PARENTAL /s/ Gary W. Huston 32003 Mattress and Box Set,
RIGHTS *AND YOU, Gary W. Huston, Attor- Full SiZe Still sealed
SHALL PERMA- ney 062409 from factory, new,
NENTLY LOSE ALL Florida Bar No. 070109 $135. 850471-0330
LEGAL RIGHTS AS A 0044520 .6783
PARENT TO. THE Clark, Partington, Hart, ______
CHILD NAMED IN Larry, Bond &
TERMINATION OF 125 West Romana -, N
PARENTAL RIGHTS. Street, Suite 800 1150
R'PO.Boxo 13010 Are you Diabetic? I am Microfiber Sofa-$300,
WITNESS my hand as Pensacola, FL and I will cook for you. 00 Liet275me Both New
the Clerk of said Court 32591-3010 5 days a week. Will de- $500 ime rr
and the Seal thereof, 850-434-9200 liver in Pace & Milton. in box. 850 471,0330
this 26th day of May, Marianne 994-3675
2009. Personal Representa-.
CLERK OF COURT /s/ Carol M. Busby | 323 I
SANTA ROSA Carol M. Busby 1170 3230
COUNTY, FLORIDA 1300 Connemara Circle Found Coon Hound in BIG YARD SALE
CIRCUIT COURT SEAL Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Blackwater State Forest Fri.,6/26 & Sat:, 6/27
By: Suzanne Brooks Munson area. (850) 8am until noon
Deputy Clerk 062409 712-9223 Something for
060309 070109 FOUND everyone!
060309 6/782Long hair, black (with 495 Oakshire Road
061709 ' brown hue) male Manx in Milton_
062409 Legal 6/783 cat. Was hit by a car. Pace Clean out sale for
6/712 Took to vets and ce Clean out sale for
IN THE CIRCUIT nursed back to health. Friday & Sat. Indoors
Legal6/782 COURT IN AND FOR Litter trained and has a 5662 Whispeing
SANTA ROSA big heart. Trying to find Woods off Berryhill'Rd.
ROSA COUNTY, CPSATE DVS' NO home. Will provide. bag Sat., 6/27/09
FLORIDA 57-2009-CP-000157 of food and litter box. am to 11:30am
PROBATE DIVISION DIVISION: B Cat has all shots, etc. 5413 Hamilton Bridge.
FILE NO. 981-2693 or 723-9099 Road in Milton

7100 Homes
7105-- Open Houses
7110 Beach Home/
7120- Commercial ,
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots anfl Acreage
7160- MobhlleeHomes
7170 Waterfront
7180 Investment
7190 Out-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare

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Gun Show Commercial building Santa Rosa Nice house furnished
for rent. Located on Realty on 44 acres of beautiful
Pensacola Stewart Street. 5 offices 623-0077 land. Shop, sheds and
Fairgrounds with reception area and lbr, 1 ba Stewart St some equipment.
June 27-28 receiving room. Will $400 $279,000.
consider renting unit as 3 br, 1 ba Camille 850-994-9985 or
*Sat. 9-5 a whole or individual Gardens $765 850-776-1939
'*Sun. 10-4 offices. Rent based on 3 br, 1 ba Geri St.
Free Parking space that you need. $800
ree aking Recently renovated. In- 3 br, 2 ba, Debbie
(407) ternet accessible. Dr. $800 715
275-7233 255-4004 4 br, 2 ba, Lansing
floridagunshows.com Milton Great Stewart Dr $950 N W
Street location profes- 4 br, 2 ba Hawks
sional office space Nest $1100
available various sizes 4 br, 2 baPlayer's Andalusia, AL 178
affordable rent w/ paid Place, $1100 Andalusia, AL 178
3250 utilities, internet acces- 4 br, 2 ba woodedacres Large
sible. 255-4004 Ridgeview $1100 creek. For timber and
Cucumbers ready hunting. $1950 per
Cucumbers ready acre. (334) 222-7152
now. Tomatoes to acre. (334) 222-7152
follow. Curtis .
Penton Farms 6110
Exceptional 2/1 brick 7160
We have all kinds of duplex. All electric, new 0 Down
fresh produce for sale appliances. $495 For all landowners
at excellent prices. moth, $400 deposit. ~oAntSOU Your land or family
Please call 675-2754 623-4876 land. All Credit O.K.
Thank you for buying Milton- room for rent. 850-682-3344
from your local farmer MILTON furnished with utilities
$599 Move In incld. Private entry. Get your share of the
S Special Off $100 wk. Government
SAvalon Blvd. 850-384-2388 Bailout...
3300 *Efficiency Roommate wanted to Receive up to $8000 to
Kayak $100; 17 ft. boat *1 Bedroom, 1 Bath share my beautiful help buy your new
90 Horse Johnson- *2 Bedroom, 1 Bath clean home in Milton home... Call Clayton
Horse Johnson- *2Hsedroom,2Bath Crv f
Trailer $1,500; 1995 *2Bedroom, 2 Bath Drug and alcohol fre HomesofCrestview for
Nissan, 4 cyl., 5 Includes: Deposit, e n v i r o n m e n t. details 850-683-0758
speed, new tires, runs credit check & 1st Non-smoking envi- New Govern-
good, good air $2,800. month's rent. No roment $500 covers n Financing
418-2398 dogs, Inground everything. 623-5704men financing
Swimming pool, Lucille. Program!
OLD PHOTOGRAPH laundry room, plus On all 3 or 4 Bed-
From the '30's or walking distance to rooms! Rates as low as
'40's amenities. Emerald 4.75%. 'No Credit or
Name/on back is Sands. 712-9968 6170 Bad Credit OKI Call
Vestaar Miltorison 2 bedrooms with front Clayton Homes of Cre-
Eddiaward. Miton 2 bero wthfnt st 0-683-0758
Once lived in Milton 2/1 Duplex. New appli- kitchen. Total electric. view 850-683-0758
Call (850) 994-6651 ances. Central heat & $350 month Military, Pace
or 607-5164 air. Washer & Dryer Senior Citizens & HUD FSBO Investor Soe-
Ask for Evelyn or hook-up. $480/month Discount. East Gate cial. 3/2 DW plus lot.
leave message. $150/dep. 572-1220 Mobile Home Ranch. Needs repair. $25,000
leave message.850-686-8973 cash. (850)902-0604
Mulat/Pace Spacious
1 BR 1 th Apt Lots Of 6440 Butternut 2 BR/2
Privacy Garbage Fur- BA Newly remodeled.
nished $295 Month CH/A,. Non-smoking .
$295 Dep 995-4335 environment. No Pets.
$450 Rent $350 Dep. <
Pace Very Nice 2/1 Du- 572-2477
plex Cathedral Ceilings Chumuckla
Fans, DW, W&D hook 2/2.. $450 month, $250
ups, water, sewer, deposit. 994-6212 or AUTOMOTIVE, MARINE
EMPOYMENT trash included 9948865 RECREATIONA
994-8865 TRIN T A
Efficient 1 Blk from new
4100 Help Wanted Hwy 90 Shopping Cen- Clean 14x70 MH 2br, 8100- Antique & Collectibles
4110-Restaurants/Clubs ter $625 mo $500 Sec 2ba. $500mo + $300 8110l- Cars
4120- Sales Dep 994-0155. dep. OR 2br, ba, 8120-Sprtstilityehcles
4130 Employment $400mo + $300 dep. 130- anTrucks
Ifr08140 Vans
Information e No pets. 675-6614. 8150 Commercial
8160 Motorcycles
6141DEFFICIENCY APT. 8170 Auto Parts
E B b 6140 1 1Rent by the week. & Accessories
S 4100 2 bed, 1 bath house. $150. (utilities incl.) 8210- Boats
DRIVER TRAINEES A/C $450 957-4485 or THREE TRAILERS 0220 Personal Watercraft
NEEDED NOWi Drivers 623-9011 Rent by the week. 8230 Sailboats
being hired and trained 3 bed/1 1/2 bath on 1 Nice, clean & quiet. 8240- Bat & Marine
locally for Werner En- 3/4 AC. Hwy. 90, near No pets. 995-1717 245 Boat Supplis & Docks
terprises. No experi- Ward Basin Road. 8310-Aircraft/Aviation
ence needed. Lease/option possible. Jay / Milton/ Pace 83120- AiTrffRoadehicles
1-866-280-5309 $800 month. 623-6768 Rentals 2 & 3 bed- 8330 Campers & Trailers
rooms. $400-$650 per 8340 Motorhomes
Jay Area 4 BR/2BA on Welcome month. Section 8 / Hud
Elderly lady needs Road. New paint, new accepted 994-5703
someone to stay nights carpet. $975 mth. $975
and/or some week-bdep. Fenced yard. ton (Bruce Lane)
ends, can alternate. Steve (850)294-9034 or Includes water, gar- 8100
(850) 698-1408 Peggy (850)261-1127 ba and lawnservice. Porsche 911 SC
2/2 for $450 month.
Milton Company now East Milton 2/2 for $350/month. Targa '82
hiring for phone sales. 8753 John Hamm Call 698-4582 Just under went major
Hourly rate plus com- Road. For Lease 3/2 Mil overhaul, including
mission. Excellent op- New carpet. All gas. F SAL O T engine rebuild with 0
portunity. Non-smoking Water furnished. $750 FOR ble wde. 66 miles. New tires, Fuchs
environment. 698-5951 mth + deposit. (850) Bouble wide. Front256 wheels. Nice classic!
276-7993. ucskin Drive. Front $12,500.850-654-4001
Sasand rear decks, privacyctrichardson@earthlinknet
Milton fence. $62,500. Owner ichardson@earthink.net
Help Wanted! 3/1 Central heat & air. finance with 10% down.
Could you use $500 to stove, refrigerator Don Cumbie Realty
$1000 extra income per 6556 Julia Drive. 626-8959 / 377-67688 .8110
month? Please call No pets. $725 month, North Milton 2004 Cadillac Deville.
Sandy 1-800-859-1522 $725 dep.623-4409 2/2 Mobile Home on Showroom condition.
--Milton Cute ole Florida .private lot. 6549 Stanly Fully loaded. 60,000
In home. 3 br/1 ba, CH/A,. Cir. Total Electric. $45Q miles. New tires. Black
V. washer & dryer. Good /rent, $250/dep. No $12,000 712-1362
0 location. Bike .trails, pets. Bay Crest Realty
i Schools. $700 month. 994-7918 '89 Pontiac Firebird.
$700 dep. 623-8365. PaceFactory 305 Nroller
0L- __________________ ace engine. "T" top. Needs
NEAR TANGLEWOOD 3976 Edgefield St. interior & a little body
3/2 with large, fenced 3/2 doublewide w/ fire, work. Trans bad, have
yard. $850 month, $800 place, 8X10 shed & rebuilt trans to go with.
REAL ESTATE FOR RENT deposit. 781-729-7425 washer/ dryer. $650 m/'Clear title. $800 OBO
oieo Business/ Pace $600 dep. 396-5034 Mike 501-0455
1 Commercial 3578 Apy Lowery Rd. Springhill '94 Dodge Shadow
611 0- Apartments 5br/4.5 baths; 3,614 sf. Furnished 2004 trailer Runs great. Cold A/C.
6120 Beach Rentals $1,995 mo. $1,995 dep. 3/1 nice. Buddy Hardy Body, in good condi-
6130-Condo/Townhouse 478-4607, Eric Gleaton Rd., on acreage adja- tion. $1000 OBO Call
6140- House Rentals Realty, Inc. cent to Blackwater For- Joshua or Annette
6150 Roommate Wanted est. No pets, non- 981-3730 or 365-0544
6160- Rooms for Rent Pace smoking environment.
6170- Mobile Home/Lot Newly renovated. 3, $550mo $300 dep. Ref. CASH PAID
6180- Out-of-Town Rentals bedrooms with fenced needed 623-8920 for junkcars
6190 -Timeshare Rentals backyard. $775. month
6200 Vacation Rentals 255-8012 'West Milton or trucks.
3/BR 2/BA on private Running or not.
lot. Total electric, no Call: 983-9527
A pets. 5133 Ridgeway or 723-5048
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Yellow pine lumber,.stacked up on the docks in Milton in the 1 850's represented money for owners and workers. The harvesting of wood and the subsequent milling
was very important'to a community that would come to be known as Mill-Town. Lumbering was floated downstream and some wound up as far away as Europe.
The town was one of the most. prosperous in the South at that time.




Okay. The $64,000 ques-
tion. Where did Milton get
its name?
'Offer any answer and
you're likely to find yourself
in a fight. Some will insist
the city was named after a
Dr. Milton Amos in fact,
we can find writings from
some "old timers" who,
themselves as far back
as 1910 thought that the
source of the name.
Still others will tell you
it came from the Civil War
Governor John Milton.
But, the most likely an-
swer to the question is the
term 'Milton' was a short-
ened version of 'Mill Town.'
Considering the importance
of lumber in Santa Rosa's
history and the way that
saw mills seemed to dot ev-
ery river bank in the area, it
is easy to imagine people in
Pensacola in the 1850s, 60s,
or 70s saying 'Let's go spend
the dayin Mill Town.'
On one point there is no
contention. Originally, the
town was known as Scratch
Ankle a term it received
from the early settlers who,
when landing on water's
edge, found saw briars ex-
tending all the way to the
water. Getting on inland
proved an "ankle-scratch-

ing" endeavor.
Another popular name
was 'Hard Scrabble.' This
most likely came from those
who attempted to land here
near bluffs where the stones
made it a real hard scrabble
to climb.
Milton's location made it
perfect for its original taskl
(1) on the water it made a
great trading center and,
(2) in the middle of a vast,
forested area it was an ideal
location for timber which
led to shipbuilding and, as a
spin-off of that, ship repair.
The territorial Assembly
of Florida, in 1844, granted a
charter of incorporation to
the City of Milton. The char-
ter listed the boundaries of
the new city as: "... com-
mencing at the N.E. corner
of the Southwest Quarter of
Section 34 of Township 2 of
Range 28 north and west,
thence on a line due west
to the east line of Section
33 and along the east line of
Section 4 Township 1 Range
28 north and west to branch
known as Higgin Branch
where the same crosses
section line dividing Sec-
tions 3 and 4 in Township 1,
Range 28 west thence down
said branch to the Black-
water River and across the

same to a point one chain
distant due East of. said
River, thence in a northerly
direction with the mheander-
ings of said river at a chain
distant, from the same to
the Township line dividing
Section 1 and 2 in Range 28
north and West thence in a
Northwest direction to the
point of beginning."
So, with Milton already
formed, and the'Yellow Fe-
ver problems facing Flori-
datown (which Milton did
not have to that;degree) it
seemed only natural for Mil-
ton to be chosen the county
seat of Florida's 21st county.
One of the first things the
new city did was to apply for
a "Port of Entry" for the
river town. But Pensacola
jumped in and prevented,
that from ever happening.
In 1845, Florida became
a state and W W Harrison
followed Jesse Carter Allen
as sheriff, but Harrison gets
the distinction of being the
.first "true" sheriff Allen
was a 'territorial sheriff.'
Harrison set up his offic-
es in a wooden building that
was situated on Berryhill.
Road (near what is now the
old Berryhill School).
In those days, most of the
land of Milton was owned

by a handful of individuals:
John Hunt, Ben Jernigan,
E A. Ball, George Walker,
Joseph Keyser, James R.
Riley, C. W Stokes and A. G.
In 1856, Milton enlarged
and extended its boundar-
ies. The new area included
the eastern bank of Black-
water River and new lands
to the north and west. Dr.
Brian Rucker, in his book
"Blackwater and Yellow
Pine: Tho Development
of Santa Rosa County,"
notes, '"A new Town Council
was implemented (in 1856)
which comprised a Mayor
and six Aldermen who were
elected annually. In addi-
tion, the Town Council was
authorized to elect a Mar-
shal and a Clerk/Treasurer.
"The powers of the Town
Council were quite exten-
sive. The Town Council had
the power to implement and
enforce a wide variety of or-
dinances: taxes on factories,
liquor retailers, taverns,
dentists, photographers,
and public amusements;
removal of nuisances; reg-
ulation of burial grounds
and quarantine measure;
erection of wells, pumps,
market-houses, and public
scales; policing of the town;

repair of streets within the turned out 12,000 buckets in
town; organization of fire 1850 4,000 of which were"
companies; and the estab- shipped to New Orleans.
lishment of schools." Three shipyards were
One reason for Milton's in the Milton area, says
growth was a growing trade Rucker. Joseph M. Bowers,
with southern Alabama. owned a large shipyard, as
Milton regularly traded with did James Fitzsimmons. A
residents of Sparta, Monte- third was operated by Wil-
zuma and Geneva in south- liam Peterson and George
ern Alabama. Rucker notes, Till. "By the mid 1850s,"
"Geneva farmers used the says Rucker, "Yeoman Da-
Choctawhatchee River as vison from England oper-
their main highway, and ated a shipyard at Milton,
steamboats plying between and: Massachusetts native
Milton and Geneva were not William Buckett established
uncommon in the 1850s." another yard near the town,
"Benjamin Marshall," probably downstream."
says Rucker, "a Milton mer- In the 1990s, Milton's
chant and proprietor of the newest park Riverwalk
Milton ferry, constructed a Park can be considered a
toll wharf on the town's wa- tribute by the.city to the her-
terfront in 1855. Five years itage it owes to the Blackwa-
later, Joseph H. Rowe and ter River.
William J. Keyser had con- Much of the town's
structed wharfs at Milton as growth continued to a result
well." of the river for some time..
Rucker's research By 1945, however, Milton
shows Milton of 1855 had was looking in another di-
its own iron foundry which reaction military. With the
advertised it would make addition of NAS Whiting
iron and brass castings "of Field just north of the city
all kinds." in 1943, the town saw a new
Anewbucketfactorywas spurt of growth.
built in thd Ferris Hill area, Perhaps it is only fitting
says Rucker. The factory that this military base is
produced a "water powered connected with the Navy -
bucket factory employing 'another group that is closely
only two laborers..." which tied to the water.

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Travelers and traders
in early Milton found ade-
quate lodging and refresh-
ments when an overnight
stay was required.
As early as 1845, a Mr.
Vaughn ran a boarding
house in town. According to
the Pensacola Gazette, "no
one ever kept a better table
or provided nicer beds."
Two "large and com-
modious" hotels were es-
tablished in the late 1840s.
The Globe House on
the corner of Grace and
Willing streets was run
by George M. Hamilton of
New York as early as 1848.
The following year, Maine
native David K. Jenks es-
tablished another hotel,
called Jenks' Hotel. Jenks
announced the opening of
his Milton hotel in the Pen-
sacola Gazette:
The public are respect-
fully informed that the Jen-
ks Hotel, in Milton, is now,
open for the accommoda-
tion of visitors and regular
boarders. The house has
been thoroughly fitted up,
and furnished with new
'furniture. Every attention
will be rendered to make
it convenient to those who
favor the house with their
Jenks' establishment
remained open only a short
time, however. By 1851,
George M. Hamilton had
transferred ownership. of
the Globe House to a Dr.
Greening of Alabama who
served "rich viands" at the
hotel's table. ,
Hamilton 'probably took
over Jenks' Hotel, and he
renamed it the Planters
Hotel. Hamilton was, de-
scribed as a "very obliging

and accommodating gen-
tleman" who spared "no
pains in making his guests
easy and comfortable."
By 1862, Milton resi-
dents enjoyed an estab-
lishment called the Eagle
Taverns, bars, and eat-
ing establishments were
also located in Milton.
In 1849, one tavern in
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In 1851, William McK-
ain operated a confection-
ery (one of three in Milton)
known as the Shades. "0
his Ice Juleps are deli-
cious," wrote one Milto-
nian describing McKain's
place, "and besides every-
body know Billy to be a
kind good jolly fellow, and
hence all like to retire to
the Shades about eleven
o'clock* and partake of

Billy's lunch and hear him
talk and see him laugh that
hearty good-natured laugh
of his."
Miltonians could also-
find refreshments and
pick up copies of the
Pensacola Gazette at
George Perrenot's coffee
House in Milton. Several
bars and saloons offered
more potent refresh-
ments and a rougher

Beloved City

Clerk was


As a small town nes-
tled in the middle of the
South, you might expect
Milton's history to be
filled with "traditional"
southern names.
"' But searches through
historical documents re-
veal the community was
a melting 'pot. A wide
range of names and back-
grounds came together
on the banks of the Black-
water River.
Names like Gunder-
sheimer, Fienklestien,
Carlovitz,. and Armoleas
seem to strike a disso-
nant chord, but in at least
,one case retrieving
history was made much
easier by the presence of
the name.
John Carlovitz 'was
elected town clerk in 1876
(he had served as an al- .
derman in 1871): The job
of recording the business
of city government falls
on tle shoulders of the
clerk. That job required
detailed minutes (min-
ute-by-minute accounts
of what happens during
council meetings.)
Trying to pick apart
what happened in Mil-
ton's history prior to 1876
is not an easy task. Few
of the previous clerks
seemed to understand
that hundreds of years
later, -someone would
actually try to read their
writing. Or, perhaps,
they just weren't blessed
with beautiful penman-'
At any rate, in these
pre-typewriter days, min-
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Just .'.here did
M ilton's first ciry
council meet?
Records indicate
one of the first
formative.' meetings
was held at the
Methodist church at
the corner of Berryhill
and Willing Streets
now known as the
First United Methodist
There are also
frequent mentions in
the city minutes during
the late 1 800s, about
the ma/or having an
office in the courthouse
and city hall meetings
being held there
The minutes do
record in January
of 1928 plans to
build a city hall on
the triangular piece
of land thai today
stands in front of the
First United Methodist
The current city hall,
on Alabama Street,
may soon be taking its
place in history The
Council has acquired
funds to build a new
city hall A decision on
location, size, etc is
expected next year

John Carlovitz came to
The handwriting .is
professional almost to
the point of looking like
it was done by machine.
Writing with meticulous
calligraphy, Carlovitz's
minutes look like the
United States Constitu-
That may be one rea-
son Carlovitz held his
job so long. In a few elec-
tions, he was beaten
but the new clerk's
seemed to find something
about the job distasteful
and stepped down. The
council would always
quickly reappoint Carlo-
For example, in 1877,
William J. Armistead de-
feated Carlovitz and be-
came town clerk. In just a
few months, he resigned.
The council appointed ...
you guessed it.
Ten years later, he lost
again. This time, L. P
Golson was chosen. But,
again, shortly after taking
office, GolSon steps down
and the council appoints
For the next 10 years,
no one even came close
to defeating the man who
had held the post of clerk
for 19 years (with just a
few interruptions along
the way.)
Born in Warsaw, Po-
land, on September 1,
1832 and of the Jewish
faith, Carlovitz made
Milton part of his life. He
was an avid voter, a back-
er of the city, and synony-
mous with the position of
On December 3, 1897,
he died. The council de-
voted an entire page on
the city's ledger-sized
book of minutes to a me-
morial for him.
Unable, this time, to
fill the clerk's vacancy
with "old faithful," the
council appointed C. J.
Carlovitz is buried in
the Milton Cemetery. The
headstone notes that he
had two children: Samuel
and Arthur.


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Forming Milton government not easy

Forming a city is not an
easy task. Just getting the
few people that lived in the
area at that time to agree
on how the local govern-
ment should be established
was not a cake walk
Coupled with that, was
the fact that for much of the
city's first 50 or more years,
local governments had very
little power. Almost every-.
thing had to be okayed by
Tallahassee and rigid
requirements had to be fol-
lowed to change any part
of your government once it
was established.
Nevertheless, a walk

through the city's history
reveals frequent disagree-
ments over the form of
leadership. Some thought
there should be four town
councilmen (then called
aldermen). Some thought
otherwise. Some thought
the mayor should be all
powerful. Others thought
he should be a figurehead
and the true power rest in
the president of the coun-
Time and again, special
elections were called to re-
vamp the organization of
Milton. Such reorganiza-
tions of the city's structure

were conducted in 1844,
1845, 1857, 1869, and 1871.
In one year, three elections
were held!
Still, the ever-changing
form of Milton's historical
government was part of.
its evolution. At one early
point, there was even a
move to form a charger
government (something
Escambia County is now
in the midst of attempt-
A committee was
formed and extensive work
done on the concept, but
it just seemed to die away
without any fanfare.

Just 27 years after Mil-
ton was formed, changes
were still being made. In
late May of 1871, for ex-
ample, the winds of change.
were about to blow again.
Official records of Mil-
ton's town council meet-
ings report:
In pursuence of a meet-
ing held at the courthouse
in said County by several
citizens on the 30th day of
May, 1871, the following
notice was posted up in
four different places. To
All the registered voters

living within the territorial
limits as heretofore estab-
lished by law as the Metes
and Bounds of the Town of
Milton are hereby required
to assemble at the office of
the Sheriff of Santa Rosa
County on Saturday the
First day of July next to se-
lect officers and organize
a municipal government.
Signed: Edwin Carter, D.
C. Monroe, John Butler, G.
McWhouten, Neil McWil-
liams and others.
The election was held as
planned. 94 people showed
up, 61 actually voted. The
group chose the name

"Town of Milton" as the of-
ficial corporate name of the
township, chose the design
of the city's seal, defined
the boundaries of the city,
and decided there would
now be seven aldermen (to
be known as the town coun-
cil) instead of the previous
The seven chosen alder-
men were: Daniel C. Mon-
roe, Enoch Chadwick, John
Butler, John Carlovitz, G.
G. Mayo, W J. Keyser, and
Isaiah Barnes.
E. Chadwick was cho-
sen as the first president of
the council.

Santa Rosa slaves valued for skills, knowledge

Slavery, an ugly word, is
part of Santa Rosa County's
history. And while there
weren't giant plantations
here using thousands of
black men, women and chil-
dren from Africa, neverthe-
less African-Americans did

toil and suffer here.
Santa Rosa's slave popu-
lation never equaled Escam-
bia County's. For example,
in 1850, the black population
here numbered 784 slaves
and four free blacks. Blacks
made up about 27 percent

of Santa Rosa's population
during the 1850s.
Not all whites were
slaveholders. Approxi-
mately 20 percent of county
households owned slaves.
About two-thirds of that
number owned only one to

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five slaves.
Because of the skills
needed to .operate the nu-
merous sawmills, cotton fac-
tories, sash and shipbuilding
facilities, many slaves were
trained and therefore valu-
able. In Dr. Brian Rucker's
book, "Blackwater and Yel-
low Pine: The Development
of Santa Rosa County, 1821-
1865," he noted the average
value of county slaves was
placed at $718, the second
highest value in Florida and
an indication of the industrial
skills the slave had acquired.
And while slavery was
and is ddious, Rucker states
Santa Rosa blacks suffered
less than their brothers and
sisters elsewhere. Because
of the time andmoneyinvest-
ed in their training they were
valuable investments for
their owners. Black females
who worked at the Arcadia
textile mill were described
as "well clad; well fed, mod-
erately worked, and in ev-
ery way humanely treated,
they were very happy and
contented, and they vie for
each. other in learning, as

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pulled logs over sandy roads headed by hardy lum-
bermills works. These, type of carts were used a great
dean in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was a fa-
vorite way of transporting goods, services, and even
families. Milton had slaves but due to the shipyards,
lumbermills and such at the time most of the slaves in
Santa Rosa County were highly skilled workers.

much as would do the young
misses of a school room."
Rucker said' some mas-
ters taught their slaves to
read and write, not so much
for humane reasons but for
them to better conduct the
mechanical and commercial
aspects of their business.
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regularly required to fell a
minimum of 10 trees a day.
However, if he cut more, he
was paid for the excess and
allowed to keep the pay for
his ownuse.
The social life of slaves
was precious. They used it to
plant gardens, hunt and fish.
On occasion they would go
with their masters in search
of raccoons and opossums.
On Sunday evenings the rec-
reation outlet was singing
and dancing.
Black historians note that
religion was the most impor-
tant thing in a slave's life.
They had services, thanks
to visiting ministers, or they
held their own. Baptists,
Rucker said, were especially
involved in ministering to
blacks. For example, the
Baptist Church in Milton
claimed almost 50 percent of
its attendance as black.
Interestingly, many of the
work places in Santa Rosa
were integrated. However,
there was always a white
overseer. Wealthier whites
employed blacks as domes-
tic help and according to .
historians, grew quite close.
They were considered fam-

Some masters grew
quite close to their female
blacks and from that rela-
tionship came a number of
Sometimes, slavehold-
ers set their servant free.
Joseph Forsythe, of Ar-
cadia Mill fame, not only
freed a loyal female servant
and three of her children,
but set aside $6,000 for the
"maintenance and educa-
tion of the children in the
Churches, while sympa-
thetic to the plight of blacks,
nevertheless accepted slav-
ery as part of life and didn't
interfere with the system.
In the early part of the
Twentieth Century, accord-
ing to newspaper reports,
the prevailing attitude to-
wards blacks had changed
little. Newspaper editors
used many offensive terms,
especially when a black
was linked to a crime, and
eventually arrested.
Today, the black popula-
tion in Santa Rosa County
hovers around five percent.
However, in the late 1980's
the first black, R. L. Lewis,
was elected to the Milton
City Council.
Prominent black educa-
tors also have taken center
stage here. Junius Williams,
principal at T. R. Jackson
Elementary School, was
chosen Florida's leading
black educator in 1990. Oth-
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Democratic politics here.

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Disasters No stranger to town

Water, wind, and fire have
not been strangers to Milton
in ,its 150-year history. Fire
has been the most costly -
destroying two courthouses
and untold records as well
as several blocks of the city.
Floods, on the other
hand, are supposed to come
in 100-year cycles, but have
ignored man's statistics
and, instead, come much
more frequently.
While hurricanes have,
for the most. part, spared
this tiny community, one
tornado, in the early 1960s,
brought terror, death and
Little is known about the
first two fires which struck
in the late 1800s and again
in the early 1900s. The first
fire destroyed not only the
courthouse (wooden), but
many valuable 'records.
That fact has hobbled mod-
em historians.
The second fire also de-
stroyed the courthouse and,.
again, records. Loss of life
was not recorded, although
several other buildings also
bowed to the flames.
Two other blazes deserve
June 30, 1960 marked the
only time Milton residents
have ever been ordered-to
evacuate, according to re-
tired Fire Chief PeeWee El-
"People were running
into one another trying to
leave," Ellison recalled.
Earlier that day, about 1
p.m., according to Press Ga-
zette reports from the time,
George Geeseman was driv-
ing a truck and decided to
refuel at the Pure Oil Bulk
Plant on U.S. 90 in Milton.
He completed loading the
tank truck and turned on
the start.
Ellison says the switch
was not grounded and, he
believes, static electricity ig-
nited the fumes. A huge fire-
ball erupted, knocking over

Downtown after the fire in Jan. 1909 which devastated more than a city


one of the elevated gasoline
storage tanks. Highly vola-
tile fuel flowed freely into
the streets of Milton.
"We didn't know what to
do with all the gas," Ellison
said. "So, we decided to flush
it into the storm sewer."
But, the flames then
crept precariously close to
the sewer. "Why, I saw them
less than two feet from the
manhole," Ellison recalled.
.Had the flames reached
the sewer, "The fire would
,have run through the sewer
and the whole town would
have exploded," Ellison said.
Around 3 p.m., the fire de-
partment made an effort to
empty stores and residents
in Milton. Ellison says, "We
went through the town with
a bull horn telling people to
"Get out now!" .
Ellison says the Whiting
Field crash crew. helped by
foaming down the gasoline.
Paul Amos, Pure Oil dis-
tributor, said the truck and
fuel storage tanks were con-
sidered "total losses." He
estimated 12,000 gallons of
petroleum products were
either burned or lost in the
July 23, 1968 Flames
struck at the heart of down-
town, Milton, destroying
the old First National Bank

Building and threatening an
entire business block
As hundreds watched,
firemen battled the blaze for
five hours before bringing it
under control.
At 10:15 a.m., Attorney
T. Sol Johnson called the
Milton Fire Department to
report smoke in the build-
ing. Johnson and his father,
Attorney A. L. Johnson, had.
their law offices on the sec-
ond floor of the building.
Also on the second floor
were the offices of the In-
dependent Life Insurance.
'.Company and Bill Robert-
son's law offices.
The clock outside the
bank had stopped at 9:53
Firemen responded
and reported they had ex-
tinguished the blaze, but
it flared up a few minutes
later this time raging out
of control.
As the arid, dirty-yellow
smoke belched from the
windows and vents, firemen
and local citizens formed a
lifeline to get hank records
and files from the law office
out of the building.
A fireman inside handed
the items out through-a sec-
ond-story window to another
who handed.then down to T.
Sol Johnson. Johnson then

handed the files to people
who' were on the sidewalk
- including Ray Helms,
clerk of the Circuit Court,
Judge Woodrow Melvin, T.
G. Melson, president of the
bank, and Rear Adm. .(ret)
L. C. Simpler, vice-president
of the bank. '
Earlier, when the fire was
first reported, A. L. John-
son, attorney for the Board
of County. Commissioners,
was notified at the county
commission meeting that
smoke seemed to be coming
from his office. .
Today, the only reminder
of the bank is a floor inlay
which can still be seen. The
bank site is now the parking
lot for the Imogene Theatre.
Mental images of burned
buildings andflooded streets
crowd older citizens' minds.
In fact, the earliest photos
from the century show a
burned downtown Milton as
well as later flooded streets
and water leaving the banks
of the Blackwater and invad-
ing businesses and homes.
Recently, days of precipi-
tation have resulted in in-
creased Blackwater levels,
damaged crops and mea-
sured concern from local
But few natural disasters
seem as terrifying as those

100 years later to the month the same block in downtown
Milton. catches fire.

that suddenly sweep from
the sky.
"Vicious tornado winds.
blasted through a six-block
area of Milton, Saturday
morning (March 31, 1962)
and, in a few terrifying min-
utes, killed 16 and destroyed
scores of houses. 'Milton
survivors were still dazed by
the unprecedented tragedy,
at mid week."
That was the lead para-
graph in the Press Gazette,
April 5, 1962 the week of
the most destructive natu-
ral disaster in the small
town's history.
Even today, residents
talk about the tornado
which came in north of
Rhodes Elementary School
around Bonner, and Lark
and Robin Avenues.
In its wake, the tornado,
left $1.5 million worth of
damage. The final death toll
was actually 17.
130 homes were either
destroyed or damaged
"extensively". in the storm
which was the first of re-
cord to strike in Milton.
M. L. King, local historian,
said "I have never seen any
reference to a destructive
tornado of this kind in the
Jacob Cohen, a long time
resident of the community

added, "Nothing like this
has ever hit Milton, at least
not in the past 66 years.
Mobile homes were dis-
integrated. Conventional
homes were twisted and de-
stroyed. Automobiles were
sent skyward and, in at least
one instance, landed a block
away on top of a largehog.
One resident, Solomon
McLean, was working on
a building, when the storm
snatched him into the sky.
His broken body was found,
days later, in a swampy area
more than mile away.
Residents coped quite
well. For example, local
attorney Paul Fitzgerald,
went to a laundry and left a
bundle of clothes there just
before the storm hit. After-
wards, he returned to find
the storm had taken the
Laundromat, but left the
machine. He retrieved his
Clayton White, now a
city councilman, said then,
"Roofs found in the area
east of Highway 87 were
from houses a quarter of a
mile away."
Another witness report-
ed a house was lifted across
the street and sat down on
the foundation of another
house that had been blown

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A glimpse

into Santa Rosa's history

Pensacola judge
sentences man
to Milton
Sad fear was more deep-
ly 'expressed than is often
the case this morning in the
Escambia recorder's court
when Tom Collins, a stove-
pipe brunette from Milton,
was arraigned on the charge
of disorderly conduct.
He trembled from head
to foot as the judge ordered
him to Milton.
Apparently Collins had
already feared he was in a
Milton court and cried "Y-
y-y-y-y-yip-yow-tion. Lordy,"
as the judge commanded he
get out of his court and re-
turn to Milton.
Collins stood up and
After court was over,
Comptroller John G. Ward
said, "Judge, that darkey
was thinking that he was in
court in Milton and that he
would be hung before sun-

Milton likely choice
for county seat
Milton is likely to be the
chosen spot for a county
seat of the new County of
Santa Rosa (we still like the
originally proposed name of
Blackwater County).
For year, since talk of
forming our own county
first began, we have always
be the best spot for a county
seat. After all, Floridatown
has always been much larg-
er than Milton.
Historically, Floridatown
has been the source of a
great deal of trade and in-
coming cargo and has had
such a large population.
But Yellow Jack has all
but killed Floridatown one
famous local resident, Jes-
se C. Allen, has fled and is
said to have formed his own
town, Allentown, farther to

the north.
As a result, most citizens
seem to agree the county
seat should not be built in
such a dangerous location.
So, Milton seems the sec-
ond-best location.
A Courthouse is being
built on Berryhill road. In
the meantime, the county
commission will hold its
meetings at the Methodist
church the only place in
the area with an auditori-
um large enough for public
county-wide gatherings.

Big dance gonna be
held Saturday
We understand from
some of our fine fellow
citizens that a big dance is
planned for Saturday night.
The event is going to
-be held on the banks of the,
Blackwater River near Mil-
ton and is expected to be
. a-late one dancing may
continue until 8 p.m.

Will there be a war
with Mexico?
No one really seems
to know, but speculation
continues to run rampant
will there be a war with
We think not.

These stores are how they appeared in print
in the newspaper covering Santa Rosa County in
1 842. ,


Judge of Probate
Robert Mckinnon

Jesse C. Allen
Thomas Mitchell

Deputy Sheriff
Jesse C. Allen

Clerk of the County
Lawrence N. Amos


W Du-

County Surveyor
John Mcarthur

Benjamin Dulaney*

Henry fell instantly dead.
The judge found Sam
guilty of manslaughter,
fined him $200 and sent him
on his wav.rr

Burr, Bell disagree
Burr kills Bell... William Davis
SJudge sentences Burr hits Wilson over head

Most everyone here in
the area know ole Sam Burr
and Henry Bell.
' Things got.kinda hot be-
tween the two yesterday as
they began arguing.
Bell pulled his pistol and
shot Burr. Although wound-
ed, being shot only seemed
to make Burr'more angry.
He ran into his home, got
his rifle and shot ole Henry
in the back of the head.

with boat oar
John Wilson died recent-
ly from an oar-whack over
the head.
Witnesses say Wilson
got involved in a dispute be-
tween William Davis and a
free colored woman.
Davis was whipping the
woman, who lives with An-
tonio Gonzalez.on East Bay
when Wilson came along.
Wilson tried to stop the
beating, but Davis respond-

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Justices of the
Joseph Forsyth
William B. Gaines
Jeremiah Saville*
Richard Vaughn
Hugh Mccall ,
Neill Mcmillian

Board of County
Jesse C. Mims*
Jeremiah Saville*
Richard Vaughn*
John Wilkinson*

*Approximate spell-
ing. There is a question
concerning several of
the offices due to the
loss of county records in
an 1869 courthouse fire.

ed by grabbing a boat oar
and hitting Wilson over the
head. He dropped dead and
Davis fled. There's a. $100
reward for Davis.

James Earnest
responsible for
new county
The formation of the new
county of Santa Rosa began
when Escambia Counte
Representative James W.
Earnest (an inhabitant of
the Cold Water community)
introduced a petition for di-
vision of Escambia County
last month in the legisla-
This petition was headed
by William B. Gaines and
included over 150 voters',
names. (We have kindly
reprinted those names .on
page XX).
The chief reason these
people wanted a new coun-
ty was the poor transporta-
tion between here and the
county seat of Escambia
- Pensacola.
* As any of us who have
made this terribly long trip
know, going to Pensacola is
tiresome, very costly, and a
heavy burden.
Many area residents
told this reporter that tak-
ing part in jury duty or
making a legal transaction
"requires us to take such
a long trip by ferry, cart or
horse and overnight lodg-
ing in Pensacola. That is
a burden we are no longer
willing to accept."
Some may recall a simi-
lar petition was tried three
years ago. At that time, a
move was made to create a
niewcountyfrom the eastern
portion of Escambia, to be
tentatively named "Palafox
County" and later, "Clinton
County." That move passed
the Senate, but ,was in-
definitely postponed .in the
House through .a counter
petition and the opposition
of Escambia County repre-
Now, three years later,


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the residents of eastern Es-
cambia County have finally
been able to assert their in-
dependence, as witnessed
by the events of today.
It has not, however, been
without political discord.
This paper just learned
Pensacola residents are in-
furiated because our own
James W Earnest pulled a
"fast one" to get us our own
He had previously prom-
ised the Escambia voters
that he would not try this
trick, but, when a politi-
cian is presented with such
clear arguments, backed by
a petition, a politician must
follow the will of his elector-
Escambia County's oth-
er representative, William
W J. Kelly, attempted to
block Earnest's bill. It has
been said many Pensacola
businessmen are apprehen-
sive and jealous of the grow-
ing trade and economic de-
velopment centered in this
area along the Blackwater
River. ,
Western Escambia citi-
zens are also upset at the
sudden loss of "substan-
tial tax base" which exists
New county
18, 1842 --Territorial Gov-
ernor Richard Keith today
signed into effect, the terri-
tory's newest county: Santa
This new county was
carved from the eastern
portion of Escambia County
and includes all the land
from Escambia River and
Bay eastward to Walton
County and from the Ala-
bama line southward to
the beautiful waters of our
The county already is
bursting at the seams.
Almost 1,800 people are
crammed into this new
county. Some wonder how
many more people the area
can withstand. .
With some 20 sawmills,
this new county emerges as
one of the most industrial-
ized counties in the terri-
tory of Florida.
Within the borders of
this new county are several
communities of note Bag-
dad, Arcadia, Floridatown,
Pine Level, Cold Water,
Coon Hill, Mulatto Bayou,
Quinville, Mortonia, Chu-
muckla Springs, Otahite,
the Yellow River settle-
ments, Hunt's Mills, Black
Hammock, East Bay, Deer
Point, the Naval Live Oak
Plantation, the Narrows
and tiny Milton.
Escambia County folks
are probably a bit up in
arms to discover this area
with its growing economy
is no longer in its boundar-
ies. Some are questioning if
the Territory has the right'
to redraw county boundar-

Indians seen in
area be on alert
The editors of this fine
paper have recently infor-
mation: Indians are being
spotted again.

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Should Florida
become part of the
United States?
Debate continues across
the area today. Should the
territory of Florida become
part of the United States of
The Gazette has checked
with its fine readers and
finds opinions vary as geo-
graphic location changes.
For example, residents of
the tiny town of Milton seem
strongly in favor of a State
of Florida, but to the north,
Jay residents want no part
of the United States.
Similar debates have
been taking place in Talla-
hassee as residents of the
great territory of Florida
try to decide what is best for
its future.
Some have pointed out
joining the United States
opens an area to a great
deal of meddling. Others
say it is only right that Flor-
ida should join the United
Some point to questions
of how the United States
would feel about our use
of slaves, still.others say
becoming part of the U.S.
would offer protection.

Tallahassee committee
A likes idea
A select committee was
formed in Tallahassee to re-
view the bill, but found that
despite the Pensacola oppo-
sition, the problems of citi-
zens living east of the river
'and bay could not be easily'
or justly ignored.
The committee recently
wrote, 'We think this popu-
lation, with so large a dis-
,trict of country has rights
which the inhabitants west
of Escambia Bay ought not
to control ..."
On final call for the new
county's bill, it passed 20-
2. In the Senate, it passed
without amendment.
Governor Call's signa-
ture today officially brings
Santa Rosa County into ex-
istence. It is the opinion of
many that it was inevitable
that we citizens living east
of Escambia River and Bay
would eventually want and
obtain self determination
and independence from the
city of Pensacola.

-Yellow Jacket
destroys Floridatown
What was once one
of the largest and. fast-
est growing areas of our
area is now considered
"diseased" at best and
"cursed" at worst.
In Floridatown, dozens
more died last week from
the dreaded Yellow Fever
or "Yellow Jack."
Almost everyone here
knows someone who has
died of the disease which
latest study is caused by
swamp vapors.
The "Jack" begins with
a rapid rise in fever. About
three days later, the fever
goes away, but the skin
turns yellow. After three
more days, the fever re-
turns and the person gets
violently ill and dies.
It seems strange that
Floridatown, with all its
beauty and perfect water
location should be picked
for such a curse.
However, many local
residents feel the disease
may have been purged.
They note recent heavy
rains have left large pud-
dles of water standing in
streets and near homes.
They speculate all this
water may have washed
the disease from the area.
If this proves true, smile

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Special Section

Santa Rosa's Press Gazette I C9

Origins of Milton lie in shadows

The origins of Milton
are somewhat obscure.
Milton basically evolved
from the Blackwater set-
tlement of the 1830s. Be-
fore the 1830s, there are
few records describing
the site.
Geographically, the lo-
cation of Milton was the
important factor in its
subsequent development.
Lying on the western
shore of Blackwater River,
two miles above its mouth,
the site of Milton was at
the saltwater-freshwateri
demarcation line where
the river is wide and still
deep enough for large
draft ships. The site of the
future city was located on
a steep bluff on the west-
ern shore.
Bordering the bluff on
the northern side was a
small stream (present-day
Milton Mill Creek) which
emptied into Blackwater
River. Farther north.were
additional bluff's lining
Quinn Bayou.
Probably first settled
by the Indians, the Milton.
area was later tempo-
rarily inhabited by a few
British settlers in the late
During the Second
Spanish period, the site of
Milton may have been uti-
lized by Indian traders in
their various travels.
It is unclear when the
first American settlers

came to the Milton area,
but its geographical loca-
tion along the river and
on a significant east-west
trail no doubt played an
important role in drawing
early settlers.
By the late 1820s, with
the development of Arca-
dia and several brickyards
in the area, the Blackwa-
ter Settlement began to,
form. By this time, settlers
were probably already
situated on the river bluff
that would form Milton.
Sometime in the early
1830s,.Benjamin and Mar-
garet Jernigan settled in
the Milton area and pro-
vided a nucleus around
which a community soon
Benjamin and Marga-
ret Jernigan apparently
came from North Caro-
lina to Florida sometime
in the 1820s. By 1829,
Benjamin Jernigan was
living at Floridatown and
operating a ferry across
Escambia Bay. A few
years later, the Jernigans
moved to the present-day
site of Milton and built a
Benjamin Jernigan
bought a sizable amount
of land in the present-day
Milton and Bagdad areas,
and he apparently con-
structed and operated a
water-powered sawmill
on Milton Mill Creek
The mill pond remains

today in the form of Lock-
lin Lake, and the mill site
was utilized by subse-
quent owners until the
twentieth century. This
early mill is probably the
origin of Milton's name
(as a "mill town.")
Development was tak-
ing place along the river-
front as well.
By 1832, Peter Loun-
sbury had established
a ferry service across
Blackwater River "at or
near its junction with the
This ferry service may
have been situated in the
Milton area.
A shipyard also may
have been located at Mil-
ton as early as 1836. The
location of Milton was.
especially valuable as -a
loading site for lumber cut
farther upstream.
Sawmills on Clear,
Coldwater, and Big Ju-'
niper creeks rafted their
lumber products down-
stream to the "lumber
landing on Black Water"
where larger ships could
load the lumber and,
transport it to Pensacola
and ports beyond.
By 1837, a permanent
voting precinct was estab-
lished at the site of Milton
(called Black Water). In
that same year, Samuel C.
Keyser reputedly started
the first store in the com-

Turpentine is being loaded at one of the six shipyards which are a very
prominent part of Milton and Santa Rosa's County along the Blackwater River.

At least six 'yards' built ships here
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Partial List of 1842
Petition Signers De
Creation of New Co
James W Earnest
William B. Gaines
Jeremiah Saville
Jesse Mims
Thomas Manning
Stephen Cobb
Benjamin Barrow
Daniel Campbell
Allen McKinnon
James McArdle
Allen Blalock
David Silcox
Benjamin Jernigan
Angus McMillan
James R. Mims
A. W. Ard
Elijah Gaylor
Peter Wilkingson
Isaiah Cobb
Green Barrow
Elijah McCurdy
L. N. Amos
Samuel C. Keyser
James Ingraham
John Wilkinson
James Thompson
William Malone.
Joshua Stevens
R. S. Alien
D. Manning
Jacob Valay
William S.B. Owens
James McClaskey
Rufus Harmen.
William Chatman
John Campbell
Peter McArthur
Josiah Jackson,
- John Calhoun
Robert McKinnon
Joel Malone
E. S. Amos
Wilson Gaines
Thomas Mitchel
G. McKinnon
Mereda Hobbs
Charles Hobbs
Alfred Sheppard
James R. Riley
Loftin Cotton
John M. Arthur
Stephen Gale
Eli Horn
Benjamin Coleman

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John W. Meredith
William Mitchell
William Long
Lewis E. Franklin
John Batchelder
Edmund M. Smith
Abraham Stevens
J. D. Jarvis
William McCombs
James P Mothershead
David Henderson
John Ellis
W. H. Johnson
Stephen Whitman
Wimpy Williams
H. Moore
J. Seaman
William Taylor
Henry Davis
John Quin
M.K. Bringhurst
William Blalock
Alexander Chisholm
John Pitts
M. Gibson
J. Owens.
Vallentine Mims
Silas Jernigan
William McCaskill
Charles Thompson
William Hull
Samuel White
John Trimble
Eldridge Jernigan
James Stokes
Fielding Ghent
James Dixon
Ed Whitmire
Anderson Cobbs
John Evans
Robert Robinson
Daniel Wilkinson
Elisha Sullivan
Charles Baggett
N .A. Jameson
Joseph Cobb
Arch Wilkinson
John Miller
John McLellan
William T. Weaver
Malcolm McLellan
N.B. Webster
Henry Rudman
Alexander Kennedy
A. Nichols
James Cooper
Blake Hall
Nathan Cobbs

James Allen
A. S. Cobb
John C. Cameron
John Montgomery
David Jones
Edward Harper
William White
Robert Kelley
J. Snowden
Hazel Holley
Wyatt Franklin
William Bryan
Bartlett Peaden
John Rathbone
Marshall K. Snowden
Elisha Waters
Richard Lunnmore
David Lewis-
Nelson Clous
Elisha Pelham
John Murphy
H. Allen
Nicholson Nicholson
Richard Towere
Samuel Buce
Joseph Eple
Benjamin W Thompson
Wade Silcox
John Potes
William Robuck
William Nobles
Boley Robuck
Cornelius Brown
Thomas Mims
Loftin Thompson
Daniel Nicholson
John Milligan
David Hinpleasy
James Jackson
George Lewis
John W Blakely
Andrew Baggett
Thomas Baggett
D. J. McArthur
William Jernigan
James Thompson
Blake Jernigan
Benjamin Marshall
William Blount
J. Simpson
R. T. McDavid
Allen McCaskill
'Alexander McCaskill
Neill Campbell
. John McLeod
Jackson Morton


to the

City of Milton

As lumbering continued
in the Santa Rosa area,
other businesses began to
crop up. One that may sur-
prise newcomers was ship-
Not boats. SHIPS.
Huge, multi-masted ves-
sels were constructed along
the banks of the Blackwater.
At least six different ship-
building firms operated in
Santa Rosa at one time.
Some remnants of the
"ways" where they were
constructed can still be
It has been suggested
that many of the great-
est names in shipping and
shipbuilding had their
origins on the banks of the
Blackwater River in Santa
Rosa County Ships built
here were sold or sent to
locations far away.
Important names in lo-
cal shipbuilding included:
William Ollinger, Martin
Bruce, Joseph Bowers, Wil-
liam Peterson, George Till,
Yeoman Davison, James
and Michael Fitzsimmons,
William Buckett, Henry
Farley, Frederick Axleson,
Frederick Howard and
John Gardner.
To someone traveling
the Blackwater in the early
1900s, it would not have
been uncommon, at all,
to see large masts on the
horizon. They would have
known it was, either a ship
leaving or one that was
presently under construc-
It was just another way
that Santa Rosa's top-grade

lumber eventually made it
to obscure and never-be-
fore-reached parts of the
Two gunboats were
constructed here for the

Confederate Navy between
October of 1861 and March
of 1862. However, neither
saw action torched by the
Confederate Army during
the retreat.

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Bagdad was hot settlement in 1840s

With the military initia-
tive in Iraq still going on, it
is hard to think of the name
'Bagdad' without also think-
ing of 'Baghdad.' In fact,
there are many similarities.
Baghdad may have been
one of the first, if not 'the
first' settlements of civiliza-
tion. So, too, is Santa Rosa's
Bagdad. As one of the early
settlements, it is impossible
to tell Santa Rosa's history
without mentioning Bagdad.
While the Middle-east-
ern Baghdad is situated be-
tween two rivers the Ti-
gris and Euphrates, Santa
Rosa's Bagdad is wedged
between two waterways
- the Escambia and Black-
water rivers.
Martin Luther King, in
his "History of Santa Rosa
County a King's Coun-
try," begins the history of
Bagdad with the story of a
man named Juan de la Rua.
King's research shows that
in 1817, the King of Spain
turned a large section of land
over to la Rua. In return, la
Rua was to annually send
a certain amount of yellow-
pine lumber to the King. The
land was about three miles
upstream from the mouth of
Pond Creek, just above Bag-

A view up the'Blackwater River from Bagdad to
Milton as shipyards and docking places literally lined
the riverbanks of the Blackwater.

dad at Arcadia.
But by 1828, la Rua had
become discouraged. Every
time things would seem to
be going right, unfriendly
Indians would show up, and
it prevented him from be-
ing able to keep dependable
That's the end of la Rua's
story but it begins a legacy.
In 1828, la Rua turned the
title of the land over to a
man by the name of John
Forsyth. Forsyth under-
stood how to handle the la-
bor problems but lacked the
funds to make it go. In 1830,
however, Forsyth met two
North Carolina men: Andres
E Simpson and Ezekiel E.
Simpson. They had money.
They joined and formed For-

syth and Simpson and, with
money no problem; Forsyth
solved the problems of work-
ers not showing up for fear
of Indians, by purchasing a
large number of slaves.
Forsyth moved the saw-
mill from Arcadia to Black-
water but didn't simply want
to scrap the existing facili-
ties at Arcadia. So in 1841,
Forsyth decided to use that
facility for textiles cotton.
An April 8,1848, a Pensacola
Gazette article noted, "Arca-
dia Cotton Factory roughs
24 looms and turns out 100
yards of cloth per day. Work
by slave labor alone."
The cotton mill was run
by the wife of E. E. Simpson
and the wife of James Crea-
ry, who operated it until

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The Presbyterian Church in Bagdad, Fla.
The Presbyterian Church in Bagdad, Fla.

1852, when both the women
died of Yellow Fever.
Forsyth died in 1855, and
the logging facility became
known as Simpson and
Then came the Civil War.
As the war ended, most
Santa Rosans returned to
find the logging companies
burned along with most
of the beautiful antebellum
homes of the period. One
exception was the Thomp-
son home. While it cer-
tainly had been "visited" by
troops, it remained in good
Simpson and Company
was rebuilt, and production
began again and continued
until about 1903, when the

firm was sold to a Chicago
establishment. What began
as Forsyth and Simpson
and later became Simpson
and Company was now part
of a corporation and was
called the Stearns & Culver
Lumber Company.
M. Luther King notes in
his book that this company,
instead of floating logs down
the river, opted for a railroad
with a series of "spurs" and
one-way trips that often ex-
ceeded 50 miles.
In 1912, an Illinois-based
company began, operating
the Bagdad Land and Lum-
ber Company.
It is easy to see how
closely Bagdad's history is
tied to the land on which it

is situated. It actually took
its wealth from the land.
The companies men-
tioned are only a few of the
many that called the area
home at some point in Bag-
dad's history.
Much of the money that
was funneled into the area
helped it to grow and, ul-
timately,* become its own
county. It is also easy to see
why Pensacola and Escam-
bia residents were "up in
arms" and jealous over the
creation of the new county.
They were seeing the loss
of big tax dollars from these
growing logging firms.
And history records that
break from Escambia be-
gan in a small community
known as Bagdad;
In the Middle East,
the "great city" grew and
reached its peak creat-
ing the Tower of Babel, and
then declined.
So, too, was Santa Rosa's
In the Arab countries,
they say Baghdad will rise
.again. What about Santa
Rosa's Bagdad? That an-
swer may be found on the
0oth anniversary of Santa
Rosa. For now, that chapter
hasn't been written..

Allentown named for first sheriff, Jesse Carter Allen

So many stories of Santa Ro-
sa's history seem. to wind their
way back to Yellow Fever. So is the
case with Allentown.
The story of Floridatown in-
cludes much of the virus, and
Allentown's story begins there
- in Floridatown. It was a rapidly
growing area. There was a great
deal of commerce,and transporta-
tion transpiring in that still-young
community. But by 1842 something
had happened. The population of
Floridatown had almost been de-
stroyed by the "Yellow Jack."
The people of that day had
no idea yellow Fever, or at least
the transmission of it, could and
should be blamed on mosquitoes.

Rumors began to fly that Florida-
town was, at best, diseased and, at
'worst, cursed.
Those that weren't dying were
packing their belongings and get-
ting out. And that's exactly what
the new territorial sheriff of the
newly formed Santa Rosa County
did. Jesse Carter Allen had been
a resident of Floridatown, but in
1842, he, too, was getting away
Perhaps he justified his ac-
tions by saying, 'They're going to
make Milton the county seat, so I
need to move, too.' We don't know.
But there must have been more,
for the man did not move to Mil-
ton, which was chosen the county

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Instead, Jesse Carter Allen
headed north. And, by the stan-
dards of those days, he headed
WAY north. Could Allen have been
operating on the recent observa-
tion that Yellow Fever didn't seem
to be as bad in the areas that had
. Allen had originally come to
the area as a settler from some
state along the Atlantic. He had a
reputation for being honest, trust-
worthy and a good leader. At any
rate, once Florida became a terri-
tory of the US in 1821, part of the
territorial governor's job was to
appoint sheriff's in new territorial
When the county of Santa Rosa







- which took its name fromthe pa- tures." John Botts settled there
tron saint of Viturbo (a small city for a while in an area of which
in Italy about 25 miles northwest part would later be known as the
of Rome) was formed, it fell on Joe Dozier farm.
the territorial governor's shoul- Others who came included the
ders to appoint a territorial sher- Wiggins, the Ware, the Mannings
iff. He chose Allen. and, W W "Will" Harrison. Ulti-
Allen was both well like and mately, Harrison would follow Al-
respected in the community and len and become the second sher-
it is easy to see how many might iff. Later, when the Republican
follow him to start a new settle- Party formed, Harrison was to
ment. And many did. Many of the become one of the first to join the
most "important" names in San- new party.
ta Rosa's history moved to that Income from the area came
community. Ben Jernigan ran a primarily from lumber, and from
sawmill near the area about the raising of sheep and cattle.
a mile north of Clear Creek. Billy For Alien, $heep seemed more im-
Mitchell helped him and was also portant while the Jernigans'gravi-
involved in "pioneering adven- tated toward cattle raising.

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The history of Jay was
recounted in 1939 by the Jay
Tribune (now defunct). We'll
let that part of that article
tell Jay's history:
JAY The history of this
community as Jay begins in
1902 when Mr. J. T Nowling
and 0. M. Wolfe were a part
of the committee to select a
name for the thriving little
farm community...
Jay being the name sub-
mitted to the postmaster
general and that was the
name chosen. Mr. J. T Nowl-
ing is modest about saying
so, but we suspect the "J" in
his name had something to
do with the name of the com-
Mr. Nowling was the first
postmaster of Jay.... He also
had the first store in Jay,
which was the only store for

a number of years....
The next move to mod-
ernize Jay was a bill to in-
This. was accomplished
in 1904 with Wiley Cannon as
The assessed valuation of
this town (incorporated) was
only enough to raise $104.00
in taxes to pay the running'
expenses for one year.
Land here at that time
(1904) was worth $4 per acre
and jumped in value within
one year to $8.25 per acre.
Some of the best farms
here were. bought for $4 to
$15 per acre....
The Harrison Mercantile
Company was established
in 1917 with the Pure Food
Store following closely be-.
The Neal Campbell Store

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came into existence about
this time also. Then, along
came the panic following the
World's war and the Harri-
son Mercantile was the only
one to keep their doors open
and weather the panic. ...
Following the depression
of 1920-21 came the "boon
days" of 1925-26....
In September of 1938, a
community fair was held
at the Jay School and was
sponsored by the Jay and
Allentown chapters of the
FFA, which was successful
in every way and which re-
ally started the wave of prog-
ress that Jay has enjoyed for
the past 12 months.
Immediately after the
fair, The Tribune was estab-
Next on the program
was the establishing of the
Square Deal Store, under
the efficient management
of Mr. H. W Harrison; who
is one of the early settlers of
In June of this year
(1939), the community of
Jay was incorporated as a
town by an act of the state
legislature and the follow-
ing officers. were appointed
after having been recom-
mended by a mass meeting
.. : J. H. Cannon, Mayor; B.
S. Warrick, Marshal; Frank
Vinson, City Clerk; and J.
P Kent, J. W Roberts, 0.
M. Wolfe, and W C. Edeker,
B. S. Warrick resigned as
marshal and G. B. Fosterwas
elected to fill the vacancy....
Mrs. Rubye Williams of
Milton is building a tele-
phone line between Jay
and Milton and will begin
the installation of a modern
telephone exchange in Jay
within a few days.
After summing up all the
progress made by Jay in the
past years, we feel that we
can truthfully say "Jay is
the biggest little town in the
Note: Things hit another
boom for the area in the
1970s when oil was discov-
ered there. Since then, how-
ever, much of that oil has
been used up and things
have slowed for the north-
ern community.

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County Seat

Santa Rosans loved their booze

No accounting of San-
ta Rosa history would be
complete without looking
at the temperance move-
ment and its effect here
on liquor.
Santa 'Rosa is among
six Florida counties that
are dry, that is, forbid the
sale of legalized liquor.
No issue is more hotly
debated, except perhaps
abortion, in Sahta Rosa
Several recent refer-
endums to legalize liquor
have failed here.
Perhaps that is trace-
able to the 19th Century
when the temperance
movement was begin-
ning to roll from the north
to the south. Alcohol,

either made in commer-
cial establishments or in
stills in backyards, was
blamed for all the miser-
ies of mankind.
In 1836, the Escambia
County Temperance So-
ciety was formed. Howev-
er, according to research
done by history professor
Dr. Brian Rucker, this so-
ciety met with little suc-
cess. Much of the frontier
spirit remained and that
did not include going
without hooch for any
But, two groups, the
Washingtonians and the
Sons of Temperance
were fervently spreading
the word about the "evils
of liquor."

The Washingtonians,
Rucker writes, were a
group of reformed drunk-
ards. The Sons of Tem-
perance formed in 1842
in New York City and was
quickly accepted into the
south, perhaps because
it was a secret society,
complete with rituals,
handshakes, signs and
The Sons of Temper-
ance arrived in Florida
in 1849 and by July of that
year, Pensacola and Mil-
ton had chapters. Rucker
said at least 37 Santa
Rosans joined the "Mil-
ton Division No. 4, Sons of
Temperance." The follow-
ing year, another chapter
was formed in Coon Hill.

A Pensacola Ab-
stinence Society was
formed in 1842 with over
100 citizens there signing
up. Newspaper accounts
reported "that, nothing
can be heard now at the
corners of streets and
at the store doors...but
temperance discussions.
The thing takes like wild-
Not all were ready to
quit drinking. A news-
paper editor, asked to
join, deferred. He said he
would join "as soon as our
present stock of strong
waters is exhausted; it
would be a sinful waste to
do it before."
(Editor's note: and
thus are legends born.)

The City of Milton was
originally incorporated in
1844 under 'the Territorial
Acts of 1844. The city was
officially proclaimed the
county seat in February of
1843. Although there are
several theories surround-
ing the origin of the city's
name, evidence indicates
that the name is a deriva-
tive -of an earlier "mill-
town" depicted on a map
dated 1840. The city was
also once known as "Hard
Scrabble." Milton began in
1825 as a trading post; Lat-
er, the town became a hub
for the area's great 19th
Century lumbering boom.
In Milton's founding days,
the river served as the
main transportation artery
for it's sawmill industry.

The area
briars so
1870s in
Town Al(
dealt wit
cock fight
at large.
Milton Yc
group, be
Ankle" fe
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mark th
sary of th

Meeting held on pin

The Pensacola Daily
New,'January 16,1904.
From a letter to The Mil-
tonIndex. '

"The recent meeting
of the school board will go
down in the educational his-,
tory of the county as novel
and unusual at least.
At the appointed hour
Tuesday morning, County
Superintendent' McDaniel
found himself alone, in the
place of meeting, the early
train having for the first'
time in many months failed
to bring Messrs. Pryor and
Peaden. Mr. Hamilton and
Mr. McArthur were also ab-
Superintendent Mc-
Daniel had eighteen hun-
dred dollars in warrants
for school teachers in the
county, some past due, and
all needing their money. It
seemed unfortunate that
the warrants should be
compelled to lie over an-
other month, and as the su-
perintendent waited for the
delinquent members and
thought of the sad state of
affairs, he determined the
teachers at least should get
their warrants promptly.
Hiring a team at the liv-
ery stable, he drove down to
Pea Ridge, called Mr, Ham-
ilton from his pressing busi-
ness and drove him over to
J. C. McArthur's at Berry-
dale, a distance of about-25
miles, where they failed to
find Mr. McArthur at home.
After making inquiries,
they found him in the woods
about five miles from Ber-
rydale. Getting out of the
carriage, Mr. Hamilton and
Superintendent McDaniel,
together with Mr. McAr-
thur, found seats on a fallen
pine and there conducted
the first meeting of the first
school board in the new
The proceedings were
necessarily not over long, as

the follow
ent, Mess
SDaniel, su
ous meet
made u
county tr
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ports pro
E. L.

was infested with
the nickname of
Ankle" seemed

Early education here for the rich, white

ate. Public.educationis taken
minutes 'of the for granted today in Santa
dicated that the Rosa County'With four high
derman of Milton schools (another is planned
h issues such as for Holley-Navarre), numer-
iting, steam boat. ous middle and elementary
and hogs running schools,,children have ready
access to learning.
128 years after However, in the county's
incorporation, the early history, education was
)uth Council, a city for the few, the rich, the
sponsored youth whites.
egan the "Scratch Before the Civil War,
;stival to celebrate the term public school sys-
iry of Milton and tem was nonexistent. The
a spirit of togeth- wealthy sent their offspring
among all area to the few academies or
s. This year will hired a tutor. The poor de-
e 20TH Anniver- ended on churches whose
le "Scratch Ankle" philosophy was that religion
and intelligence belong to-.
Sgether to ensure prosperity
and happiness.
By the late 1940s, hdwev-
er, Florida was implement-
ing free "common schools"
for the poor.
.-.- In Pensacola there were
academies during the an-
'tebellum .period, which
perhaps drew'Santa Rosa
I ,,'. students.
-" ' ." According to records, the
first reference to a school
here is 1840 where it was
reported Milton supported
a .school with 25 students.
Information is sketchy, but
e stumps the school was most likely
And while many support-
ing minutes show: ed the idea of educating the
il board met poor classes, they rejected
Jan. 5t. Pres- the idea of free education for
srs. Hamilton and all because they feared the
r, also E. L. Mc- poor would take advantage
uperintendentand of the system.
.Minutes ofprevi- Nevertheless, in the late
ing were read and 1840s, the Florida Legis-
1. Superintendent lature passed a law which
sual report, also authorized judges of the
easurer county courts to be the
ls' and school re- school superintendents of
operly filed were their counties. County com-
and paid and missioners served as school
business trans- commissioners.
Authority was also given
McDaniel, Secre- to the counties to raise mon-
ey for the schools through

By 1850, Santa Rosa
boasted one private acade-
my with 60 pupils and three
common schools with an
enrollment of 100 students.
However, only one teacher is
listed for each of the schoolsO
The 1850 census reported
that only 239 whites attend-
ed school out of a .school
age population of 815.
In 1855, a second private
academy opened its doors in
Milton. Also in that year the
county had 920 children and
was entitled to $297.62 of the
state's education budget.
By 1860, there were four
common schools and the
two private academies. The
county's early schools were
coed, but only whites could
The terms varied from
three to four months in the
winter, allowing the chil-
dren to help their parents
on farms in the spring and
summer. More common

were two five-month ses-
Tuition for the private
schools ran from $1.50 to
$2 a month. The three R's
- reading writing' and 'rith-
metic were the subjects.
Later, however, Latin and
Greek classics, along with
history, geometry, gram-
mar, bookkeeping, rhetoric,
chemistry, algebra, botany,
and. philosophy were added
for the older students.
Men, more often than
women, were teachers with
more than a few educators
being ministers. Some ofthe
teachers were even college,
However, according to
Dr. Brian Rucker, a history
professor, the college gradu-
ates were usually, between
jobs and took up teaching
until something better came
along. Records reveal a high
turnover rate for them at.
schools. ,
In 1992, all schools are

integrated, and all teachers
are college graduates, many
with advanced degrees here.
The salaries have improved
and the education field is
seen as a prestigious job
since the renewed interest
on competing in the world
marketplace demands well-
educated students.
Santa Rosa has been
honored for its program
of stopping drop-outs and
keeping them in school.
One teacher, DeeDee
Noonan, was Florida Teach-
er of the Year in 1990 while
principal, Junius Williams
was recognized the same
year as the state's outstand-
ing black educator.
There are three private
schools here, all run by re-
ligious denominations, and
,all very popular.
Pensacola Junior College
has a branch outside Milton
on Highway 90. It is even af-
filiated with the University
of Florida at Gainesville.


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Hospital care in Santa Rosa County had its beginning in 1951 when a County Hospital
Board was organized and a certificate of organization was filed. It was created as a non-
profit hospital, to be operated as an agency of the county. Construction began in mid-1951
and on December 2, 1952 the first patients were admitted. A 1963 expansion increased
hospital capacity to 81 patients. Three years later another expansion increased capacity to
100 beds. By 1970, growth was outstripping health care facilities.

The Hospital Board of Trustees and the Board of County Commissioners spearheaded an
initiative to construct a new hospital using revenue certificates to be repaid by the
pledging of future income derived from charges to patients. Charles H. McCauley was
selected as architect, and Chavis Construction Company was low bidder. The 4-floor
hospital includes approximately 102,627 square feet of diagnostic and treatment space.
Hospital board chairman Melson stated "The addition of qualified physicians generated a
rapid increase in the need for health care facilities. In addition, older facilities were
becoming outmoded because of rapid technological developments. The'step to create a
new hospital building and its equipment was both timely and needed."

The new $4/2 Million 153-bed County owned facility opened in December of 1972 with 300
employees. In 1985, the county leased the management of Santa Rosa Hospital to Hospital
Corporations of America Inc. (HCA) and the name was changed to Santa Rosa Medical
Center. The management of the hospital changed hands three more times until January 1,
2002 when Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) acquired the lease from Clarent
Hospital Corporation.

HMA immediately started to make capital improvements in technology, renovations, and
construction. The new construction and renovation at Santa Rosa Medical Center was
needed in anticipation of the continued rapid growth in Santa Rosa County and to ensure
continued provisions of high quality, state-of-the-art, primary and specialty medical
services. The 129-bed community hospital provides a-comprehensive array of healthcare
services on the main campus and also reaches out into the community with innovative
services such as the Santa Rosa Medical Group and other off-campus outpatient services.

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