Free meals available for North Okaloosa children 

The Florida Summer BreakSpot program offers free nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities for children 18 and under at more than 3,800 locations.

North Okaloosa locations are listed below. 


•7:30-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, July 11-20, Southside Primary School, 650 Pearl St. S, Crestview.

•8-8:45 a.m. and 10:45-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, July 11-20 at Richbourg School, 500 Alabama St., Crestview. This site is open only to students enrolled at the school.

•8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. through July 28, Kingdom Worship Center, 798 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Crestview.

•7-8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon through July 31, Central Baptist Church of Crestview, 951 Ferdon Blvd. S.

•7:15-8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. through July 31, Northwood Elementary School, 501 4th Ave., Crestview.


Author sets 'Literary Lizard' readings at Crestview library 

CRESTVIEW — Niceville author Angela Yuriko Smith will present two readings from her "Literary Lizard" children's book series.

The first one is 3:15 p.m. July 11 at the Crestview Public Library, 1445 Commerce Drive. The second one is 10 a.m. July 12 at the library.

A book signing will follow each presentation.


Drought loans available in West Florida 

ATLANTA, Georgia — Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties due to the drought that began on Nov. 29.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.125 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility rules apply.

Apply using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure website at Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by emailing

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Aug. 8.


Wanted: Seniors vs. Crime volunteers 

CRESTVIEW — The Seniors vs. Crime office needs volunteers.

Seniors vs. Crime is a Florida Attorney General's office program that has helped protect seniors from fraud since 1989. It partners with law enforcement and other organizations to provide comprehensive assistance. The SVC’s local office handles a variety of scams including used cars and sub-par home improvement and repair projects.

Contact Crestview Office Manager Sheila Parish, 306-3176, or Region 5 Deputy Director JB Whitten, 813-489-5657, to volunteer.

Contact 306-3176, visit or call 800-203-3099 if you are a senior citizen who needs help fighting fraud.