Subway All-Star Games not off the table yet

Subway All-Star Games not off the table yet

Don’t erase the Subway All-Star boys and girls basketball games from the schedule yet. Orginally scheduled for March 26, the games were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a new date has been set. That would be June 12. Pensacola State will be the site of the games but a start time has yet […]

Fetch A Friend offers no contact adoption option

Fetch A Friend offers no contact adoption option

Santa Rosa County Animal Services has launched a no contact, socially distanced adoption program. Fetch A Friend provides people with the opportunity to find a new pet while maintaining safe social distancing. Animals can be viewed online at https://www.santarosa.fl.gov/405/Search-Adoptable-Pets and the adoption application can be completed online as well. The shelter will call to set […]

Farming industry in Santa Rosa safe from pandemic impact

Farming industry in Santa Rosa safe from pandemic impact

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on agriculture in Florida, forcing many farmers to scrap crops due to the shutdown of the hospitality industry, Santa Rosa County isn’t feeling it.Cotton and peanuts are the primary crops in Northwest Florida and aren’t perishable the same way fruits and vegetables would be.“There are no agronomic […]

Military ties lead to opportunities

Military ties lead to opportunities

Kristi Beckman and Patti Green both served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Beckman served 21. It was their military ties that sparked an interest in acting, including leading to recent roles as extras in the movie “I Still Believe.” The movie was released in March and is now available on Netflix.Both […]

Using telemedicine during pandemic

Using telemedicine during pandemic

Technology has been a game changer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.Doctors are using it to stay in touch with patients, resorting to appointments that involve Facetime and Skype instead of face-to-face appointments. It’s called telemedicine and it’s growing in popularity in this time of uncertainty.The method allows patients to avoid having to go […]

COVID-19 hits home for Major Bringmans

COVID-19 hits home for Major Bringmans

Doug Bringmans video chatted with his father March 18, and like so many previous chats between the two, everything seemed fine.His father, Mathieu, lives in Belgium, more than 4,700 miles away from the United States where his son is a major in the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department. Between video chatting and annual visits to […]

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 […]