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Feb 21, 2022

Thousands turn out for 36th annual Mardi Gras parade on Navarre Beach

Sunshine and tens of thousands of people filled Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach island for the 36th annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade Feb 19. There were 60 parade entries this year, from krewes to businesses to community groups.

Feb 18, 2022

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery celebrates Mardi Gras in style

Ye Old Brothers Brewery held a Mardi Gras festival last Saturday.

Feb 14, 2022

Teacher’s ‘second family’ comes together to help during emergency

Jamie Oestmann, a paraprofessional at Holley Navarre Middle School, is grateful for her “second family” after a health emergency.

She went in for hysterectomy surgery Dec. 21. She came home and began to feel a significant amount of pain. The pain went on for some time before she realized she needed help.

Feb 7, 2022

Local historian and professor pens new book

History professor Brian Rucker is well known in these parts for his contributions to chronicling local history. From the local ancient Indian civilizations that populated these parts to current times, Rucker has taught and written much of what we understand today as Santa Rosa County’s history.

His newest book takes on a new topic, one dear to many folks in Florida and beyond. In Worlds within the World, Rucker chronicles the resort hotels within Walt Disney World and the unique experience each has to offer.

Feb 7, 2022

Navarre boy speaks through art, wins state-wide award

Chevy Whitehead, a 12-year-old student at Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS), was announced as a Arts4All December 2021 Student of the Month and awarded a personalized trophy with his sculpture attached to the base Feb. 1.

Chevy’s art has helped him to express himself over the course of the last two years. Chevy is on the spectrum and is minimally verbal. He can often struggle to answer questions and get his point across. Not only does Chevy speak through his art, but art has taught him how to communicate better.

Feb 3, 2022

Community Emergency Response Team to host training

The Navarre Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will conduct introductory certification training at the Holley-Navarre Fire District, Station 45, 8618 Esplanade Street in Navarre.

Feb 2, 2022

Michael Carter makes time to read to students

Michael Carter made the day of a classroom of third graders two weeks ago. dropping by Holley Navarre Intermediate to read a book to students.

Now in the NFL as a running back with the New York Jets, Carter went to HNIS in fifth grade and he called his visit to the school ‘a trip down memory lane’ and loved hanging out with the students.

Jan 26, 2022

Hidden treasure waiting to be discovered

If you like nature and you love camellias, a hidden treasure awaits you nearby. While it pales in comparison to the size of the Blackwater Forest or the National Seashore, the Soundside Nature Preserve in Gulf Breeze is a coastal gem.

Jan 20, 2022

NJROTC provided former cadet opportunities beyond her imagination

Jackie (Neville) Thomas remembers in eighth grade attending a football game at Navarre High School and telling a former NJROTC instructor, Master Chief Jimmy Ethridge, that she was one day going to be the commanding officer of the school’s unit.

Jan 19, 2022

MLK parade takes to streets of Milton

Coretta Scott King’s cousin, David Scott, is the president of the Santa Rosa NAACP.