Aug 3, 2021

‘It’s a girl:’ Navarre EMS crew welcomes baby into world

An EMS crew in Santa Rosa County helped deliver a baby girl who just couldn’t wait until her mom got to the hospital. The baby was born in the back of an ambulance at 1:02 p.m. Tuesday, less than an hour after the first call came in to local dispatch centers.

Aug 3, 2021

Lawsuit against Santa Rosa County looming over RV Park

The Board of County Commissioners has received a litigation hold notice after a hotly debated discussion that ended in the commissioners voting to refuse amending the Navarre Beach lease agreement to allow construction of an RV Park.

Aug 3, 2021

Navarre Beach in need of renourishment

After Hurricane Sally displaced roughly 250,000 cubic yards of sand on Navarre Beach in Sept. 2020, Navarre Beach needs new berms and dunes.

Aug 2, 2021

Navarre’s homeless ‘bicycling fisherman’ found dead

When Jeremy Wheatman died sometime before 4:49 Sunday afternoon, it was fitting that his pastor was one of the first Navarre people to hear the news. John Kerns, pastor of Navarre Beachside Church, holds regular services at Navarre Beach, where Jeremy frequently hung out.

Jeremy, who was homeless, would listen from the fringes to the sermon.

Aug 2, 2021

Second trash pickup service announced in south end, without county approval

Despite not having approval from Santa Rosa County, Adams Sanitation announced last week it is starting twice-weekly service in the south end of the county Oct. 1.

Aug 2, 2021

Surge in cases leads to increased local testing options

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase rapidly in Northwest Florida, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart is offering COVID-19 testing at multiple physician offices and walk-in centers.

Additionally, county officials are recommending that even fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings, per the latest CDC update.

Aug 1, 2021

Man who stopped to help victims of head-on collision haunted by scene, what could have been

A Louisiana family traveling to the beach Friday morning narrowly missed being struck head-on by the driver traveling on the wrong side of State Road 87 over the Yellow River.

The driver, a 56-year-old Navarre man, was killed after striking a driver just behind Ken Parker and his family.

Jul 31, 2021

Navarre Beach vendor helps reunite Arkansas man with championship ring

William Brown left Navarre Beach July 24 accepting the painful reality that his high school state championship ring had been lost forever.

He believes he lost it the Wednesday night of his week-long vacation here from Arkansas.

Jul 31, 2021

Water system meetings to ‘change:’ questions unanswered as to how

The Board of Directors monthly meetings for the local water system will remain open to members, but they may find few of their questions answered.

Jul 30, 2021

Vaccinations up in county; so are the number of COVID cases

The number of people vaccinated for COVID-19 nearly doubled last week, with 1,843 people receiving vaccinations compared to 938 the week before. About 45% of the population is now vaccinated.

But the number of cases and hospitalizations also increased dramatically too. Santa Rosa now has the fourth highest positivity rate in the state at 27.6. That means more than a quarter of the people being tested are positive for the virus.

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