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  • Researchers: Use mud instead of sand to build landLand building can be maximized by gearing diversions toward sections of vegetated delta plain instead of near open coast, researchers have found.In their new publication "Efficient retention of mud drives land building on the Mississippi Delta plain," researchers from The Water Institute of the Gulf, Tulane University and Coastal Carolina University analyzed a centuries-old crevasse along Bayou Lafourche.They found that mud – which is prevalent in the Mississippi River [...]
  • Event honors late bluesman's legacyBlues dives deep into tradition, and few dug that as much as the late Johnny Shines.The Delta blues great, who for a while toured with legendary Robert Johnson throughout the South, grew frustrated with the business, left Chicago and moved his family to Holt in 1969. Though he suffered a stroke in 1980, limiting his guitar playing, the gravelly belt remained dynamic as he played local clubs such as Egan's or The Chukker, often backed by friend and fellow bluesman Kent DuChaine. [...]
  • FBI informant foils KKK plot to kill inmateThe men had worked at the Florida Department of Corrections Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler.
  • Sen. Cassidy submits 3 names, including Wendy Vitter's, for federal judgeship BATON ROUGE -- U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has submitted three names to the White House for a vacant federal judgeship in New Orleans, including that of Wendy Vitter, the wife of his former Senate colleague, David Vitter, according to an email obtained by The Advocate.The other two are Thomas Flanagan, a longtime attorney in New Orleans, and Jay Wilkinson, a federal magistrate judge. [...]
  • OPEN for BUSINESS: Aquatics center now open for swimmers“The good thing is that we are open and people are swimming. Swims teams, lap swimmers and everyone waiting to use the pools are excited.”
  • A taxing issue: Will voters support enhancing education?Whether you support a proposed half-cent sales tax or oppose it, one thing is certain: aging and faulty infrastructure of Okaloosa County schools in dire need of improvement.
  • OCSO investigating home invasion robberyThree suspects sought in armed break-in of residence late Friday night in Mary Esther.
  • Crestview Police: Baker man arrested in large pot bustInvestigator calls arrest one of the largest marijuana seizures he's seen in his more than 10 years with the Crestview Police Department.
  • OCSO issues scam alert for grandparentsOkaloosa County Sheriff's Office has received numerous reports of con artists targeting area seniors.
  • Crestview youth detention facility director arrestedJohnny Hart, the administrator of a facility in Crestview overseen by Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice, charged with crimes committed at youth detention center in Polk County.
  • Woman critical after head-on crash with Destin semi driverTallahassee woman failed to maintain a single lane in crash that occurred at 3 a.m. on State Road 20 in Calhoun County.
  • South Walton communities sue to overturn customary use"The answer is not to take our beaches. Walton County has for more than a decade been remiss."
  • Family hides rocks, finds bear (PHOTOS)MARY ESTHER — While hiding friendship rocks with two of her children Wednesday, one Florosa woman got a surprise of her own.Tucked in the trees above Megan Hunt's head was a juvenile Florida black bear feasting on berries near Mary Esther City Hall. "I saw firefighters and thought they were just doing exercises," Hunt said. "Then they called my son over and said, 'Hey! Do you want to see a [...]
  • South Lafourche High student accused of terrorizing teacher, studentsA 15-year-old South Lafourche High School student has been charged with terrorizing after threatening to shoot a teacher and students, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said.Sheriff Craig Webre said the threat was made on Wednesday but not reported to school administrators until today.The teen was absent from school today, but investigators arrested him at his home, Webre said. The student is being [...]
  • About 5,000 UA students move in this weekendStudents began moving into dorms at the University of Alabama on Friday and will continue unloading Saturday and Sunday.The phased move-in will be from 8 a.m.– noon and 1–5 p.m. today. On Sunday, students will move in from 1-5 p.m.About, 5,000 students will arrive this weekend ahead of the start of classes on Aug. 23. Last week, around 3,000 students moved in during the early arrival period for pre-approved activities such as sorority recruitment and band practice. [...]
  • Weather could be a factor in eclipse visibilityMonday's solar eclipse could occur in less than optimal viewing conditions in Tuscaloosa.According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain sometime mid-afternoon in Tuscaloosa, which could interfere with a solar eclipse that will take place between noon and 3 p.m. that day. The National Weather Service also stated that it would be mostly sunny during the day, but other weather news sources say that it could potentially be cloudy.Holly Allen, a [...]
  • Camp I Believe helps children experiencing loss“Kindred covers all expenses; families don’t pay a thing except for transportation to the camp,” said Emerald Coast Hospice's Melissa Yount. “We want kids to know they are like anyone else.”
  • Family hides friendship rocks, finds bearTucked in the trees above Megan Hunt's head was a juvenile Florida black bear feasting on berries near Mary Esther City Hall.
  • Trumbull to lead House energy subcommitteeRep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, will lead the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee as House Speaker Richard Corcoran released committee assignments Thursday for the 2018 legislative session.It was one of seven committee appointments for Trumbull, who represents District 6, according to a news release from Trumbull's office. But chairing the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee, described as "one of the most powerful committees" in the house was the highlight.  The release said [...]
  • Seminole gambling deal to boost state budgetThe settlement resulted in a revised estimate of $272.5 million in Seminole gaming revenue for the state this year, an increase of $159 million over the prior estimate. In 2018-19, the gaming revenue is projected at $280 million, an increase of $165 million.