The News Bulletin's Top 10 stories of 2013

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

An agreement between the city, Beach Community Bank, which owns the land, and developer D.R. Horton would fund a sewer line needed to allow development north of Interstate 10.

Mall developer Watkins Retail Group's abrupt withdrawal put the project in jeopardy. But a December agreement between the city and the bank allows the sewer line upgrade to move forward, facilitating D.R. Horton's residential community construction.

That should make the mall site more attractive to another developer, city officials said.


Following a month-long investigation into child abuse and neglect allegations, the Crestview Police Department on Nov. 7 executed a search warrant at Harvest Vineyard Ministries.

Police found nearly 80 people, including convicted felons and sex offenders, living in the same Main Street residential facility as children.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies charged the Rev. Alex E. Thompson, the ministry's pastor, with child neglect without great bodily harm.

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