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Feb 14, 2023

Salt Water Stitchers donate quilts to officers

The local Navarre sewing group Salt Water Stitchers continued their quest to make quilts for all the school resource officers in the south end of Santa Rosa County. Last May, they made eight quilts and presented them to the Navarre and Woodlawn Beach schools. In September 2022, they began to make five more quilts for the school resource officers at the Gulf Breeze schools, Oriole Beach Elementary, and the new officer at Holley Navarre Primary.

Feb 10, 2023

103 years: Helen Seagrave recalls lifetime of memories

The milestone for most people is to make it to 100 years, or a century, old. For Helen Seagrave, she has been there and done that. Sunday, Jan. 29, she turned 103. Seagrave, who has resided at Navarre Gardens on Highway 87 for just over a year, was born in 1920 in Connecticut, near New London.

Feb 8, 2023

Beached sailboat on Gulf Islands National Seashore has interesting story behind it

For those who have visited Gulf Islands National Seashore recently, you might have noticed something peculiar resting on the sand. A sailboat. The site where the boat rests, which is near beach access 33-A, has become a favorite for local photographers but for one man, the owner, it has been a headache.

Feb 7, 2023

Woodstoke festival back for 18th year

The nonprofit Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society is getting ready to host the 18th annual Woodstoke Festival at Holley Hill Pottery, located at 7507 Buckeye Drive in Navarre. Woodstoke is a free public event that highlights the work of artists in the field of woodfired pottery and ceramics. It will take place Feb. 18.

Feb 7, 2023

American Legion post honors the Four Chaplains

At a ceremony held Sunday, Feb. 5, American Legion Post 382 honored four men who made the ultimate sacrifice 80 years ago. Alexander Goode, George L. Fox, John P. Washington, and Clark V. Poling, known collectively as the “Four Chaplains,” died when their transport ship, the USAT Dorchester, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. On Feb. 3, 1943, the Dorchester was headed to Greenland when it was struck by a torpedo from a German U-boat. The ship carried 902 servicemen, merchant seaman and civilian workers. With the ship hit, Goode, Fox, Washington and Poling all leaped into action to help their comrades.

Jan 31, 2023

Pirate Plunge raises $10,000 for local charities

On New Year’s Day, local 501(c)3 organization Pirates on the Panhandle hosted their fifth Pirate Plunge on Navarre Beach by the fishing pier, where participants ran into the cold Gulf of Mexico.

Jan 31, 2023

Navarre NJROTC program beneficial but not mandatory

There appears to be a growing trend of students being forced into JROTC programs at high schools across the country. Data collected from more than 200 public records, according to The New York Times, shows that dozens of schools have made the program mandatory.

Jan 24, 2023

Young at Heart: Navarre resident celebrates 95th birthday

Saturday, Jan. 21, brought lots of smiles and joy for Bettie Appleberg. Her friends and church family were throwing a surprise party at Navarre United Methodist Church in honor of her 95th birthday, which was on Jan. 20.

Jan 11, 2023

Turtle ride: Navarre residents gather to see unveiling of new sea turtle rescue van

Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) welcomed a new arrival at their facility Saturday, Jan. 7. While most of their new arrivals have shells and flippers, this one had tires and an engine. The center acquired a new rescue van to help transport turtles in a safe and secure environment. For NBSTCC Director Cathy Holmes and the NBSTCC Sea Turtle Rescue Team, the new van is a major improvement from what they had been using.

Jan 10, 2023

50 years: Navarre Beach Area Chamber looking back and forward in 2023

50 years ago in the small, seaside community of Navarre, a group of business and community leaders got together to form what would become the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.