Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

This is the first in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The first centers around my trip to Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. A line of cars forms along a road leading […]

Opportunities exist for those looking to continue careers

Opportunities exist for those looking to continue careers

Dwight Thomas needed a job after Choctaw fired him more than 30 years ago. Never mind that he had a winning record while at the school. He decided to take the job at Escambia, the job no one else wanted. The Gator football program was a mess at the time, lacking stability and coming off […]

Navarre turns in strong performance at first track meet

Navarre turns in strong performance at first track meet

With plans to graduate a year early, this track season at Navarre means a little more to Abigail Pantlitz, a two-time state qualifier. “I’m really excited about the season and I’m going to work as hard as possible,” Pantlitz said. “I’m going to place at state this year.” Pantlitz ran a 12.85 in the 100 […]

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse is a problem in America. In Florida alone last year, there were reports of more than 38,000 cases involving seniors 60 and older, including close to 3,100 (3,076) in the Northwest Region of the state. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Navarre battles through tough moments to win state cheer championship

Navarre battles through tough moments to win state cheer championship

Tears. Frustration. And ultimately joy. Those words tell the story of Navarre’s competitive coed cheer team on its journey to the first state championship in program history. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to […]

NYSA dealing with vandalism

NYSA dealing with vandalism

Vandalism has been an issue at NYSA recently. The baseball concession stand was broken into and playground equipment, including the zip line, has been damaged. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

Navarre has no answer for Indians on senior night

Navarre has no answer for Indians on senior night

Navarre basketball head coach Terry Posey was in his office late Friday night talking with the media about his team’s latest game. It was a tough one. Arguably the toughest defeat of the year. Navarre had no answer for Choctaw, specifically, TCU signee Diante Smith, in a 92-51 loss to the Indians at home. Smith […]

Signing day serves as finish line to a long journey

Signing day serves as finish line to a long journey

Signing day takes a weight off the shoulders of athletes. It marks the moment in which all the work that went into the recruiting process pays off. Six Navarre Raiders signed national letters of intent last Wednesday. A seventh player, Mitchell Hunt, ended up signing with the NCAA Division II Harding. Three Division I football […]

Raiders finish seventh at state weightlifting meet

Raiders finish seventh at state weightlifting meet

Navarre’s streak of consecutive state championships ended Friday in Panama City Beach with a seventh-place finish at the state meet. The Raider girls weightlifting team came into the meet looking for its fifth consecutive title and sixth in seven years. “We knew it was going to a difficult task to hold on to the team […]

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Dexter Hunter is sitting out front at Navarre Gardens on a beautiful January afternoon – his wife Bonnie is the administrator at the assisted living facility – and someone walks by and asks what he’s up to. He jokes that he’s doing what he is told and then changes his direction and makes a joke […]

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Gulf Islands National Seashore remained closed for more than a month. The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government – the longest in history — created the closure. Last Monday, normalcy returned for national parks. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Raiders win first state title in program history

Raiders win first state title in program history

Anna Bagley hoped for a top three finish in the FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championship meet. Her Navarre Raiders exceeded expectations, winning the program’s first 2A title Friday at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Senior night ends with a win for the Raiders

Senior night ends with a win for the Raiders

Losing wasn’t an option. Not on senior night. Not in the final game of a regular season that has seen this Navarre girls basketball team make significant strides. “I did not want to lose,” senior Lauren Kane said. “It was looking rough, but we got it.” The Raiders trailed by 10 at one point in […]

Raiders finish as district runner-up

Raiders finish as district runner-up

Navarre Raiders head soccer coach Abdalla Elbaioumy lost his father-in-law last week. He passed away the day before a District 1-4A semifinal showdown against Washington. Elbaioumy was on his way to practice when he learned of the death. He could have turned around and gone home. Instead, he continued with his drive to practice that […]

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Minnesota Twins General Manager Thad Levine said last Thursday the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the perfect Double-A affiliate for the franchise. “Gone are the times where you are just looking for a nice city or a nice stadium. You want a partnership. You want to join forces with someone who has a similar vision to […]

A look at where Raider lifters rank going into state

A look at where Raider lifters rank going into state

Winning a state championship in weightlifting comes down to numbers. There are 20 weight divisions. Fifteen lifters are competing for Navarre’s girls weightlifting team, which has won the last four state championships. This is the most of any school at the state meet, which takes place Friday at Arnold in Panama City. The meet begins […]

District final decided by penalty kicks

District final decided by penalty kicks

Navarre and Niceville once again met in the district finals, squaring off with the trophy on the line Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. No one was surprised these two girls soccer teams were playing for the district title again. They have been playing in the championship round against each other for the past […]

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Each year the Emerald Coast Amateur Radio Association and Santa Rosa Amateur Radio Emergency Services hold an Amateur League Radio Field Day in conjunction with ham radio operators across the country and even around the world. Ham radio is a vital communication tool in emergency communications, and this event offers the public a chance to […]

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Cheryl Deas landed in Jacksonville at 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time last Tuesday after a late-night flight from Washington D.C. She was originally scheduled to land at 10 p.m. last Monday. Delays changed that plan. That left her only an hour to sleep before getting into her car and driving to Milton for the Santa Rosa […]

District title on the line for the Raiders tonight

District title on the line for the Raiders tonight

Navarre rolled over Washington 5-1 Wednesday, punching a ticket to the District 1-4A championship game. The Raiders face Niceville tonight at 6 p.m. at Washington’s Sherman Robinson Stadium in Pensacola. In the win over the Wildcats, Jack Patching scored twice. Hayden Richard, Kenny Morillo and Kobe Banks added goals as well as the Raiders earned […]

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Black bears take center stage in terms of grabbing the attention of the community, but coyotes are also a big part of the wildlife scene here in Florida. Elizabeth Heikkinen, an assistant wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed coyotes in more detail with the community Thursday afternoon. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading By Brian Lester

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading  By Brian Lester

Cheers erupted when Kazoo strolled into the cafeteria at West Navarre Intermediate School Monday morning. The famed Pensacola Blue Wahoos mascot was in town to help kick off Literacy Week. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Navarre advances to district soccer final

Navarre advances to district soccer final

Navarre’s girls soccer team is moving on to the District 1-4A championship game. The Raiders advanced with a 4-1 win over Milton Tuesday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Jennifer Seward and Hunter Wallace scored two goals apiece. Seward and Wallace also each tallied an assist. Skylar Woods and Hailey Bastian also dished out assists […]