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People
Jan 6, 2021

People to watch in 2021

There’s can be only Navarre Press 2020 Person of the Year, but many others made a significant difference to the community this year, which lead to them being nominated for the distinction.

Here are the nominations for other residents worth watching in the months to come.


brain
Jan 6, 2021

Brain Bag initiative paying off

When Sabrina Svargerko had her baby, a little boy named Lincoln, in August, she still had a lot to learn, she says.

But before the new Navarre mom took him home from the Santa Rosa Medical Center, she sat down and watched a video about the importance of reading and singing to him, even before he was old enough to respond.


Jan 4, 2021

Animal Services enjoys several achievements during challenging year

Here are some Santa Rosa County Animal Services achievements during a year made more challenging by COVID 19.

Among them are adoption rates increasing by 20%.


reef
Jan 4, 2021

Reef deployment set to begin at sunrise

Deployment of new reef modules for the one-mile out reef expansion is expected to begin Tuesday morning at three sites off the shore of Navarre Beach.

A total of 47 structures will be deployed, including 20 at a site a little more than a mile south of the pier. The other two sites are a little less than a mile west of the pier.


Penguin Plunge 2021
Jan 2, 2021

Hundreds gather for annual Navarre plunge

The year of relentless challenges has finally come to an end and what better way to celebrate the new year then by taking a quick dip in the cold water.

More than 300 people came out to Juana’s Pagodas New Year’s Day for the 12th annual Penguin Plunge. Some registered as “penguins” and plunged into the chilly water of Santa Rosa Sound, while others registered as “chickens” and stood on the sidelines. Either way, all proceeds benefited Healing Paws for Warriors, a nonprofit that provides service dogs to veterans in need.


Dec 31, 2020

50 families feel warmth of real angels this holiday season

The Navarre Garden Club helped brighten Christmas for 50 local families this year with its Angel Tree Program.

Ann Marie Corbett, representing the Navarre Garden Club, is shown in this photo delivering Angel Tree Christmas gifts to an unidentified representative of Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. 


SUP
Dec 28, 2020

SUP girls glide through 2020, one paddle at a time

Six years ago, newlywed Tammy Kuss ended up on a “little rock in the Pacific Ocean” known as Guam with her military husband.

Friends and family were 3,000 miles away, and she had to learn how to transition from life as a single woman to sharing everything, including a home.


Gary Diamond
Dec 26, 2020

Navarre firefighter shot to death, leaves angry, grieving family

In the season leading up to Christmas, Gary Diamond worked in package delivery to make extra money to buy presents for his family.

Diamond, who had worked his way up to captain at the Navarre Beach Fire Rescue, was that way – always taking care of others.

So it makes sense that when he died early Saturday morning, during a domestic incident in Molino, he was putting other people’s needs ahead of his own, family members  say.


pets
Dec 23, 2020

Pets rock the Christmas finery

Readers were asked to submit Christmas photos of their pets.

Here are some of the those photos.


Dec 22, 2020

Sassy parrot dials up neighborhood drama

On sunny days, ladies strolling along the sidewalk of Harvest Village Court are frequently greeted with wolf whistles from the front porch of one residence.

The unscrupulous flirt is Pretty Boy, an African gray parrot and favorite feathered family member of the Salas household.