• More than $629,000 Recovered After County Vendor’s Email Compromised

    In April of this year a vendor for Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners was the victim of a sophisticated business email compromise scam, which resulted in a large payment being diverted to a fraudulent account. Thus far recovery efforts have resulted in over $629,000 being returned to the county. The Milton Police Department … read more

  • Judge Orders City of Pensacola to Refund Millions of Illegal Franchise Fees

    Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Jan Shackelford entered an order mandating the City of Pensacola return to certain customers of the City’s natural gas utility amounts which were improperly charged as “franchise fees” to the customers since Aug. 6, 2011. The amounts which the City is currently obligated by Judge Shackelford’s order to return to … read more

  • Rep. Joel Rudman Accused of Gun Threat

    July 17, 2024 Florida House District 3 Representative Joel Rudman this morning submitted paperwork, asking to dismiss a court case he filed July 12 against South Santa Rosa News’ Publisher Romi White. Rudman’s request came after evidence emerged yesterday, alleging Rudman made a June 20 gun threat connected to the case. Legal documents allege Rudman … read more

  • Judge Denies Temporary Injunction Request against Reporter

    Rudman, during the July 11 Santa Rosa County Republican Executive Committee political forum, denied he made an “obscene gesture” at White.  Florida House District 3 Representative Joel Rudman and South Santa Rosa News Publisher Romi White will face off in court on Wednesday, July 24 after the politician sought a temporary injunction against the reporter, … read more

  • Trump Shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks gave money to ActBlue to rally Democratic Voters

    Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the failed assasin of former U.S President Donald J. Trump, the current Republican nominee for President.  The shooting took place at a Trump campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania – roughly 40 miles from Bethel Park. Crooks missed his target, grazing Trump’s ear; however, … read more

  • Commissioner Opposes November Incorporation Poll, Says Rep. Joel Rudman was “Fully Unprofessional”

    Santa Rosa County District 5 Commissioner Colten Wright, during this afternoon’s “Pensacola Right Now” show on Cat Country 98.7’s sister station News Radio 92.3, told host Joe Ford he will not support a non-binding referendum on the proposed incorporation of Navarre on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. Wright said Florida House District 3. Rep. … read more

  • More Evidence Emerges from Candidate’s Disciplinary Records

    Yesterday South Santa Rosa News shared personnel action forms for Ginger Pace, a candidate for Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court, and Pace’s relative, Tammy Caylor, who was terminated from the office around 10 months ago. A records request revealed that under Pace’s supervision Caylor had been running a side hustle, performing marriage ceremonies while … read more