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May 10, 2022

Brian Out Loud

We need a new rule book written on how certain things should go when it comes to sports.

Things that need to be off limits simply because they serve no real purpose.


May 5, 2022

Give Navarre a voice – Incorporate

Last week, Julie White, director of the Tourist Development Office (TDC), asked the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to approve a policy that would ban “Fun Runs” on Navarre Beach from March 1 through October 31.

She reasons that the localized events hinder parking and drive time for money paying tourists.


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May 4, 2022

For God’s Sake: Thank God for your mother

One night early in January of 1993, my father called with the news that my mother had pancreatic cancer.

As a pastor, I am called on to counsel others with words of hope and encouragement in Christ after they receive such news. I now stood on the proving ground of those words.


May 3, 2022

The value of community newspaperss

As many of our readers know, Sandpaper Publishing, the parent company of Navarre Press, purchased two additional community newspapers in January: Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette and Crestview News Bulletin.

When we are talking about our expansion, a common response is – are you crazy? Maybe, a little.


May 3, 2022

Out and About

I had the opportunity to sit down with our U.S. House Representative, Matt Gaetz, at his district office in Pensacola last week.

He was preparing for a hearing with Alejandro Mayorkas last Thursday and took an hour out of his day to chat about his district that covers all the areas where we have news organizations.


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May 3, 2022

Brian Out Loud

We often get caught up believing great stats give you the green light to write a ticket to the pros in permanent marker.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s awesome to have a batting average over .300, a scoring and rebounding average that is good for a double-double almost every night, or a rushing or passing total that translates into a touchdown on every drive.


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Apr 26, 2022

Brian Out Loud

Maybe you noticed and maybe you didn’t, but some of the people involved in the decision making efforts when it comes to high school athletics did something right this month with boys weightlifting.

Two regions in the state were divided into sub-regions, including one locally.


Apr 26, 2022

The power of humor: The Fifth Estate

Who would have thought that a comedian with no political experience would become the president of Ukraine, a country with a population of more than 44 million? But he did. And he is.

If the political rise of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy sounds like the plot of a TV sitcom, that’s because it was.


Apr 26, 2022

Out and About

Two weeks ago when I heard Elon Musk was making a play on Twitter, I purchased 14 shares of Twitter and I’m going to end up making, maybe, $80.92 because Elon bought the company at $54.20 a share and I bought at $48.42 per share.

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Apr 26, 2022

For God’s Sake: Trust in Jesus

A billboard along I-75 declared, “JESUS SAVES!”

A t-shirt depicting Jesus sitting behind a computer also declared, “JESUS SAVES!” What does “Jesus saves” mean?

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