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Jan 3, 2023

HNFD Fire Chief Norton calls it a career

After more than 40 years working in fire service, Holley Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton is retiring. Norton, who has been HNFD Fire Chief for the past 12 years, announced his retirement at the Holley Navarre Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on Monday, Dec. 20. He is set to retire during the first week of January 2023.

Jan 2, 2023

Navarre man crashes into FHP trooper

For one Navarre man, 2023 did not get off to a great start. At 2:50 a.m. on Jan. 1, a Navarre man, 27, crashed into a marked Florida Highway Patrol car in Fort Walton Beach. According to Florida Highway Patrol, an FHP trooper, 25, had stopped in the inside left turn lane at the North Beal Parkway and north Mary Esther Cutoff intersection for a red traffic light.

Jan 2, 2023

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue donates thermal imaging cameras to Munson VFD

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue recently received four new handheld thermal imaging cameras, which will help improve fire rescue effectiveness and safety. The fire department was already in possession of two thermal imaging cameras that still worked but were an older design than the ones they were just received. In lieu of their newfound cameras, NBFR Fire Chief Danny Fureigh decided to pay it forward to another Santa Rosa County fire department, Munson Volunteer Fire Department.

Jan 2, 2023

Holley Navarre Water System Candidate Q&A

David Crumbley EDITOR’S NOTE: Navarre Press has reached out to each HNWS candidate and asked each the same series of questions. As the responses are received, they will be added here on our website. Name: David L. Crumbley Street address: Tidewater Dr., Navarre Occupation:  Owner/Operator of The Vine Wine Bar, Bistro & Shoppe, 8211 Navarre […]

Dec 30, 2022

Toll Relief Program begins Jan. 1

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Dec. 15 signed Senate Bill 6A, establishing the Toll Relief Program through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which will provide account credits to frequent commuters using toll roads across the state. The program will give Floridians with 35 or more toll transactions per month a 50% credit to their account. The legislation, originally proposed by DeSantis in September of this year, was successfully passed during the recent Legislative Special Session. The Toll Relief Program begins on Jan. 1, 2023, and runs through Dec. 31, 2023.

Dec 29, 2022

SRC Commission prepares to debut new forum format

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, the Santa Rosa County Commission will limit public forum to an hour before each meeting. “We felt like this was a reasonable compromise,” Chairman Colten Wright said at the commission’s regular meeting Dec. 8. “Once again, there was never any effort to squash anyone’s First Amendment rights or anything like that.”

Dec 29, 2022

Sheriff’s Office receives Excelsior Award from state

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recently received recognition as one of Florida’s best law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff’s Office received the Excelsior Award from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission.

Dec 28, 2022

Top 10 stories of 2022

A case that had all of Northwest Florida, and certainly Navarre, polarized began on Monday, March 28, 2022, when Andrew Carli notified the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office (SRSO) that his daughter, Cassie, 37 of Navarre, was missing.

Dec 28, 2022

Police escort brings fallen deputy through Navarre

On Monday, Dec. 26, people in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties lined up alongside U.S. Highway 98 to pay their respects and catch a glimpse of the motorcade carrying fallen officer Corporal Ray Hamilton from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach. Hamilton, an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was killed on Saturday, Dec. 24, while responding to a call concerning domestic violence at a residence on North Park Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton was shot in the head while he and other members of the OCSO Special Response Team were establishing a perimeter around the residence.

Dec 27, 2022

DOMES board looks to solidify plan for upcoming legislative session

With legislators already beginning to plan the 2023 legislative session, county and regional boards are looking to get cohesive plans together to ask for appropriations. The District One Medical Examiner’s Services (DOMES) is one of those boards.