Threat of winter weather changes up sports schedules

Threat of winter weather changes up sports schedules

Freezing conditions and the threat of icy roads has rearranged high school sports schedules, including putting tonight’s showdown on the road between Navarre and top-ranked Pensacola Catholic on ice. No makeup date has been set. Navarre’s girls basketball team is still playing, however, taking on Milton at home. Game time is set for around 6:30 […]

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Corliss Castro never imagined she would become a park ranger. Before getting into the career, she was in a job on the opposite end of the spectrum. “I was a secretary in a medical office and indoors all day,” Castro said. She applied for a secretary position at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City […]

Husser embraces new role as senior center board president

Husser embraces new role as senior center board president

During the Holley Navarre Senior Center’s general meeting Friday afternoon, new board president TJ (Teresa) Husser turned on music at one point. The song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” played and it was symbolic of the atmosphere Husser is trying to create at the center as she settles into her new role. In the past, there […]

Planners seek input on biking, pedestrian paths

Planners seek input on biking, pedestrian paths

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization is currently in the process of developing its pedestrian/bicycle plan. Workshops have been held and a survey is available on Facebook as the TPO gathers input to help set in motion a plan to create a continuous, connected and accessible pedestrian and bicycle network for users of all ages and […]

Win over Dolphins perfect medicine for Raiders

Win over Dolphins perfect medicine for Raiders

Colds, coughs, and even the flu plagued Navarre’s girls basketball team this week. Not ideal for the Raiders with a showdown against rival Gulf Breeze on tap. But winning cures everything, even illness, and the Raiders felt rejuvenated after knocking off the Dolphins 57-55 in a thrilling District 1-8A battle Thursday night. Killian Casey turned […]

Harshany’s 51 not enough in OT loss to Aggies

Harshany’s 51 not enough in OT loss to Aggies

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley told his team it needed three stops down the stretch to survive a crucial District 1-8A showdown with Tate Friday night. The Raiders got two. That led to overtime, where an opportunity was missed for Navarre to stay unbeaten in district play. The Raiders fell 77-74 to the Aggies […]

Madril competes in another training camp

Madril competes in another training camp

Former Navarre soccer standout Emily Madril had an opportunity to compete in her second United States Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp, which took place Dec. 28-Jan. 3 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. It’s the second time she has been selected to participate in a national team camp. She attended a training camp last […]

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Carson Greenhaw knows no limits. His dreams have no limits either because autism isn’t something he allows to be a barrier. “He thinks he’s as big and tough as the big guys,” his mother Stacey said. “He truly believes he is a Raider and will play for them. He’s determined and certainly has perseverance. He […]

Recreational options abound at Eglin

Recreational options abound at Eglin

For more than 50 years, military land has been open to the public for outdoor recreational activities, and that includes the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation at Jackson Guard. The Sikes Act triggered that opening in 1960, ensuring that wildlife and natural resources on military lands are protected and enhanced. Chris Johansen, a wildlife biologist […]

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

The holiday season was made a little brighter for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, thanks to the Christmas for Seniors Initiative. Started in 2009, businesses in the area, as well as community members, donate money and gifts, such as pajamas, heaters, microwave ovens, food, crafts and puzzles. The initiative meets a need […]

Raiders to compete in Shootout

Raiders to compete in Shootout

Navarre will once again play in one of the best tournaments of the holiday season when it travels to Fort Walton to compete in the Northwest Florida Shootout at Choctaw High School. The Raiders, winners of six consecutive games, begin tournament play today against private school powerhouse Evangelical Christian out of Tennessee. Tip-off is set […]

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Fishermen will soon be able to cast their lines into the state waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the hopes of reeling in gray triggerfish. The recreational season was closed for most of 2017, opening only for a limited time over four weekends this past fall in state waters. Now the Florida Fish and […]

School district clears Bentley of wrongdoing

School district clears Bentley of wrongdoing

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley has been cleared by school district officials of any wrongdoing of alleged sexual misconduct with a student. According to a press release issued by Santa Rosa County School District, an investigation by the district was conducted this week after an allegation was made of inappropriate contact between a student […]

Raiders tame Tigers to notch big road win

Raiders tame Tigers to notch big road win

Elijah Proby’s two free throws with seven seconds remaining lifted the Navarre Raiders to a 56-53 win over Pensacola Tuesday night. A desperation 3-pointer by the Tigers as time expired bounced off the rim, setting off a celebration among the Raiders (7-2), who defeated Pensacola (8-2) on the road for the first time in program […]

Navarre ROTC unit qualifies for orienteering nationals

Navarre ROTC unit qualifies for orienteering nationals

Navarre’s Junior ROTC unit is headed to the national orienteering competition for the second consecutive year after dominating at the qualifying meet at Oak Mount State Park over the weekend. Nationals will be held Feb. 16-18 in Apopka. The Raiders cadets swept the competition, taking first on each of the three courses. Shaun Parcher had […]

Raiders hold off Gators

Raiders hold off Gators

Nothing came easy for Navarre’s girls basketball team Monday night against Escambia. But the Raiders won a thriller against the Gators, surviving with a 53-51 victory, the players running off the floor as time expired to celebrate their win. “We like to keep it exciting here at Navarre,” first-year head coach Abby Fogg said with […]

Coach Bentley under investigation

Coach Bentley under investigation

Navarre High School boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Santa Rosa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Conni Carnley, who is in charge of human resources, could not provide details on what the investigation involves or how long it will take, but did say Bentley is on paid leave at the […]

Remarkable season comes to a close for Argos

Remarkable season comes to a close for Argos

No one expected the University of West Florida football team to be playing in the final game of the 2017 season. But here the Argonauts were Saturday night, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, playing on the biggest stage in NCAA Division II football, a national championship hanging in the balance in a showdown with […]

Fort Pickens area back in business

Fort Pickens area back in business

Hurricane Nate closed the Fort Pickens area for more than a month. It reopened Nov. 30, and it didn’t take long for visitors to return and activities to resume as normal. “The second the gate went up, we had visitors in Fort Pickens,” said Brent Everitt, who handles public affairs for Gulf Islands National Seashore. […]

Raider orienteering team dominates drill meet at Camp McDowell

Raider orienteering team dominates drill meet at Camp McDowell

Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit turned in another impressive orienteering performance. Competing in the Area 8 competition at Camp McDowell in Alabama, the Raider cadets took home top honors on both the orange and green courses. The top two runners on each of those courses were from Navarre. There was a yellow course as well […]

Raiders battle until the final buzzer

Raiders battle until the final buzzer

Effort wasn’t an issue. Navarre’s girls basketball team battled until the final buzzer against Crestview Thursday night. Getting shots to fall consistently, however, ultimately hurt the Raiders in a 36-30 loss to the Bulldogs. Navarre dropped its third consecutive game and is 1-6. All of Navarre’s points in the first quarter came from the free-throw […]

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

In 10 years, Florida will be the home to more than 720,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in Americans 65 and older. The state is prepared to battle, though, through the Dementia Care & Cure Initiative. “As the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida continued […]

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise attack by the Japanese, thrusting the United States into World War II. A total of 2,403 lives were lost in the attack. The tragic moment in history happened long ago, but it’s not forgotten. Thursday morning at […]

Argos ready for national championship game

Argos ready for national championship game

One final chapter is set to be written in this storybook season for the University of West Florida football team. The Argonauts play for the NCAA Division II national championship Saturday at 5 p.m. against 13th-ranked Texas A&M Commerce at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Both teams are making their first Division II title game […]

First time for everything! Raiders knock off Eagles

First time for everything! Raiders knock off Eagles

Navarre usually stumbles in games against Niceville. But not on Tuesday night. For the first time in program history, the Raiders prevailed against the area powerhouse, stunning the Eagles 61-50. Taf Bentley has been the coach for seven seasons at Navarre and has waited for this moment. He wasn’t able to witness it, however, sitting out […]

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