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35 years ago

A Valparaiso visitor escaped serious injury when an unknown assailant shattered her motel room window, wrapped a leather strap around her neck and tried to abduct her.

A 6-foot-long, three-legged alligator was killed at Hurlburt Field by a trapper after an alligator ate a dog on the base earlier in the week.

 

20 years ago

Samples of sand and silt in Toms Bayou revealed cadmium, mercury and lead in quantities to warrant concern.

Six years after north Okaloosa County leaders started pushing for further development of the Crestview Industrial Park, work began.

 

10 years ago

A dream of helping abused and neglected children was becoming a reality. The Children’s Neighborhood was under construction off Hurlburt Road.

A new Florida Legislature bill was set to give high-performing school districts more flexibility with curriculum and finances. The High Performing School Districts Bill would allow top schools to opt out of certain state mandates, such as textbook requirements and reading programs.

 

5 years ago

Parents were wanting Blended School back, saying that the program provided necessary opportunities to children.

Lt. Harry “Skinny” Johnson was a living piece of history. The 90-year-old Alabama native was one of four living members of the Marine Corps’ original Black Sheep squadron under the leadership of Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

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