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Mar 30, 2022

For God’s Sake: We must keep the “yard” that is our heart clean

My wife and I woke this morning to a backyard surprise, a 2-foot hole in our back fence and a 3-foot hole in our side fence.

It seems that one of our local black bears decided that going through our fences was easier than going over them.


Mar 23, 2022

Out and About

I had a conversation with a recovering newspaper publisher this past week who was in the newspaper, business journal business for more than 30 years.

He found me because he visited the Navarre Beach Area Chamber and Chanda Ryan, the executive director, told him he should talk to me. We talked for a little bit on the phone but then I invited him to lunch at Panera.


Mar 23, 2022

Protecting, preserving, conserving

Monday the Santa Rosa County commissioners agreed to a commitment which would put 545 acres of property in east Navarre in conservation status in perpetuity.

This is something everyone can agree on – more green space, more stormwater drainage space, less concrete and a board doing what is absolutely best for Navarre.


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Mar 22, 2022

Brian Out Loud

As most of you already know, perhaps from a previous column on the topic, the FHSAA made some changes last month to the way football teams are classified.

We now have a metro/suburban split, and while not everyone is for it, in this corner of the state of Florida, it makes a lot of sense.


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Mar 21, 2022

For God’s Sake: Tapping into the very Source of life with no regrets

These days, in addition to being a pastor, I am a chauffeur.

Each work-day morning, I drive my wife to her job in Gulf Breeze – a distance of 18 miles – and each afternoon, I go pick her up.


Mar 18, 2022

Praying for America and Ukraine

Were truer words ever spoken? Senator Graham, spot on, said, “Somebody, Russians should take out this thug, Putin.”

Had the Germans taken out Hitler the world would be a better place.


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Mar 16, 2022

For God’s Sake: God does give us opportunity to secure a sure and glorious eternal future

My father-in-law celebrated another birthday earlier this month and is now 105 years-old!

Family and friends gathered at his home – yes, he still lives in his own house – to celebrate with him and to reminisce.


Mar 16, 2022

Daycare Teachers During the Covid-ERA

I want to start out with letting everyone know how each and everyone that was/is a teacher during our COVID era are amazing people.

We were open and never closed to enable the essential workers and others who were able to still work. We were able to be there for them and their children.


Mar 16, 2022

Out and About

Covering other areas of Northwest Florida is giving us insights into how other cities and government bodies work.

We have covered an incorporated area of Santa Rosa County, Navarre, for 22 years. During that time, we have covered three attempts to move incorporating Navarre into a city.


Mar 16, 2022

What price journalism?

Over time it seems the news media’s role has changed dramatically to more media entertainment.

There really is no room for change when your job is to report the truth.