Navarre 12-year old competes in duathlon

Navarre 12-year old competes in duathlon

Race day felt a little bit different for Landon Kurtz. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 12-year-old Learning with Grace student wasn’t able to compete in a duathlon against others or in front of the usual large crowds that accompany sporting events like this. Instead competitors would have to compete individually and submit their times.But […]

Okaloosa day care employee tests positive for COVID-19

Okaloosa day care employee tests positive for COVID-19

Kid’s Discovery Center in Mary Esther is taking all proper precautions after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The day care was notified of the positive result Sunday night. Director of Operations Kristen Lupola immediately notified all parents. She also contacted proper authorities, including the Department of Health, which gave the day care […]

FHSAA leaves door open of spring sports resuming

FHSAA leaves door open of spring sports resuming

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday there is a chance spring sports can resume in May. The FHSAA is actively working on creative solutions in order to allow the spring sports season to continue if schools reopen May 4. They have been closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the season […]

FWC puts license renewal deadlines on hold

FWC puts license renewal deadlines on hold

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has issued an executive order that anyone with a specified license that has an existing renewal deadline in March or April is now suspended and tolled for a period for 30 days from the existing deadline. Licenses that fall under this category including commercial freshwater and charter fishing licenses. […]

Businesses stepping up to help employees during COVID-19

Businesses stepping up to help employees during COVID-19

With the announcement coming down Friday, March 20, that all restaurants close their dining rooms at midnight and go entirely to carry out and delivery orders only, local restaurants have had to change strategy perhaps like they never have before. Ye Olde Brothers Brewery manager Christy Skerrett was ready for the news that hit and […]

High above the bay and away from reality at Bay Bluffs Park

High above the bay and away  from reality at Bay Bluffs Park

This is the latest in a series of articles that will appear throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. This week’s story focuses in on Bay Bluffs Park in Pensacola. COVID-19 concerns loom large over the state of Florida, and with very few […]

Winn arrested on 30 counts of child pornography

Winn arrested on 30 counts of child pornography

Jason Andrew Winn was arrested Wednesday morning by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on 30 counts of possession of obscene material and one count of obscene material promotion. The 41-year-old Pensacola man has been identified as a high-volume child pornography suspect in Florida with a large number of videos and photos involving infants and […]

DOE unveils resources available for transition to distance learning

DOE unveils resources available for transition to distance learning

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced Friday that information and resources are now available for students, parents and school districts in Florida during the extended spring break as they transition into distance learning.Educational resources and district meal plans are available on the DOE’s emergency response page. This page also has information on the state’s response […]

Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

The City of Milton declared a state of emergency Monday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All essential city functions will continue. That includes public works, sanitation, police, fire, first responders, finance, public information and administration. Milton is encouraging the use of its online payment system for bills and online payment fees will be waived. […]

DEP closes all state parks in Florida

DEP closes all state parks in Florida

Starting today, all state parks in Florida are closed. The Department of Environmental Protection made the decision at the direction of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DEP has tried to continue to provide recreation opportunities at state parks during this time of dealing with COVID-19. Limiting hours and reducing visitor capacity has been part of its […]

GSC cancels spring sports season

GSC cancels spring sports season

The Gulf South Conference cancelled the spring sports season Monday afternoon. Also, all other countable athletic-related activities have been suspended through at least the end of May. That includes spring football. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NCAA’s requirement for waivers for affected student-athletes were significant factors in this decision […]

Chamber hosting emergency disaster loan seminar

Chamber hosting emergency disaster loan seminar

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Emergency Disaster Loan Virtual Q&A Tuesday (March 24) at 4 p.m. Ayesha Haider with Florida’s Small Business Develop Center consultant will lead it. Email Haider at ahaider@uwf.edu to register for the event. Haider will discuss the Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The […]

FDOE unveils list of resources for extended spring break

FDOE unveils list of resources for extended spring break

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced Friday that information and resources are now available for students, parents and school districts in Florida during the extended spring break as they transition into distance learning. Educational resources and district meal plans are available on the DOE’s emergency response page (http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml). This page also has information on the […]

Raiders don’t surrender in loss to South Walton

Raiders don’t surrender in loss to South Walton

There was no surrender by Navarre’s girls lacrosse team in its 15-1 loss to South Walton on March 10. Junior Zoey Dezaldivar scored on a second-half penalty shot, beating the Seahawks’ goalie to the top right-hand corner for the Raiders’ lone goal. It was her sixth of the season.  Team co-captain Cheyenne Beasley dismissed the final score […]

Remote instruction at UWF extended through spring

Remote instruction at UWF extended through spring

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the State University System of Florida directed all state universities to conduct the remainder of their spring semesters remotely. No COVID-19 cases have been reported at UWF. However, the decision is following the general public health principle of limiting interaction of people within larger groups. The hope is that it […]

Navy Federal employee tests presumptive positive for COVID-19

Navy Federal employee tests presumptive positive for COVID-19

Navy Federal Credit Union learned Tuesday that one of its employees at the Pensacola campus tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The employee last worked on Saturday before seeking medical treatment. Bill Pearson, the public affairs manager at Navy Federal, said if further updates become available in regard to their operations on the campus, […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore modifies operations

Gulf Islands National Seashore modifies operations

Gulf Islands National Seashore has modified its operations to do its part to promote social distancing. It is making modifications in accordance with guidelines from the White House., Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and local and state authorities. Starting today (March 19), park beaches and water areas remain open as well as the Okaloosa, […]

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