Milton High to host marching band festival

MILTON — The 2nd annual Blackwater Classic Marching Band Festival is Saturday, Sept. 30 at Milton High School’s Haywood Hanna Panther Stadium.

The event will feature 14 high school marching bands from Northwest Florida and Alabama. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 4 p.m. The event ends around 10:30 p.m.

General admission is $7 per person. Senior adults age 65 and older and active military personnel pay $5. Admission is free for children age 5 and under.

Bands scheduled to perform include:

•Alabama Christian Academy — Montgomery, Ala.

•Baker High School — Baker

•Escambia High School — Pensacola

•Foley High School — Foley

•Gulf Breeze High School — Gulf Breeze

•Holmes County High School — Bonifay

•Jay Jr./Sr. High School — Jay

•J.R. Arnold High School — Panama City Beach

•Milton High School — Milton

•Navarre High School — Navarre

•Northview High School — Century

•Satsuma High School — Satsuma

•South Walton High School — Santa Rosa Beach

•Trinity Presbyterian School — Montgomery, Ala.

“Please join us for a day of pageantry and showmanship and to cheer for the more than 1,800 talented high school musicians who will perform their 2017 halftime shows,” an MHS spokesperson stated in a media release.

The Milton High School Band Parent Association will sell food and beverages at the concessions stands. Items will include shish-ka-bobs, hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks.

Milton High School is located at 5445 Stewart St. The stadium is located on the west side of the campus.


Japan's consul general in Miami to visit Pensacola

PENSACOLA — Consul General of Japan in Miami Ken Okaniwa will make a diplomatic visit to Pensacola Oct. 6 and 7.

Oct. 6, he will meet with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. Later that morning, he is scheduled to do a live broadcast on Business Radio X to discuss economic and political issues.

He will also meet with regional economic development leaders in Northwest Florida to discuss the upcoming Japan External Trade Organization Florida-Japan Aerospace and Aviation Summit.

Oct. 7, Okaniwa will participate as a keynote speaker un the Japan U.S. Military Program at Naval Air Station Pensacola.


Economic injury disaster loan deadline set

MILTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Oct. 23 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Florida.

Applicants must have endured hardships as a result of the drought that began on Dec. 1, 2016.

The declaration includes these Florida counties: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington.


Santa Rosa County Farm Tour returns in October

MILTON —The 51st Annual Santa Rosa County Farm Tour will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, beginning at the Santa Rosa County Extension office located at 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton.

The farm tour will highlight a wide range of agricultural and natural resource stops including the Blackwater State Forest, Future Farmers of America and 4-H livestock projects, longleaf working forest, and invasive cogongrass management.

Annually, approximately 200 residents join on the tour and discover what the county's agriculture and natural resources have to offer. They ride in a charter bus and enjoy a catered lunch. The tour will award the Farm Family of the Year to Burlin and Levi Findley of Wild Boar Farms.

Bus space is limited. The fee to reserve your spot is $20. Register at

For more information, contact the Santa Rosa County extension office at 623-3868.


Vendors, artists and crafters sought for fair

MILTON — St. Mary’s Episcopal Church seeks artists and crafters for its annual Winter Arts and Crafts Fair.

This event is set noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the historic church on 6849 Oak St., in Milton. The church seeks vendors to showcase their handiwork including custom jewelry, art, woodcrafts and candles.

Inside booth space is available for $45 for both days and includes one 6-foot table. Outside booths are $20 for one day and $35 for both. Set-up will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Space is limited. Use of electricity costs $5.

Contact the church at 623-2905 or for a vendor application.


Business offering $55K in scholarships for high school seniors

GULF BREEZE — Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarships to support high school seniors planning to further their education. In its 17th consecutive year, the company's scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 55 high school seniors.

Scholarship recipients can use the financial award to support educational expenses for higher education or vocational training from any accredited post-secondary institution starting in the fall of 2018. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership.

Applications for the company's World Class Scholarships are available at All high schools in the business' served communities received informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before the Feb. 16, 2018 deadline. 

Applicants do not have to be the company's customers but must live in areas where the business provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services.

A complete list of communities in the company's service areas is included with the online application.

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