Property tax payments deadline extended

Property tax payments deadline extended

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order Monday, March 16, directing the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on tax due dates to help those affected by COVID-19. Thursday, March 26, Jim Zingale, Department of Revenue executive director, issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for the 2019 […]

Baptist to open screening center in south Santa Rosa

Baptist announced a COVID-19 screening center will open Friday, March 27, in south Santa Rosa County to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. Baptist will utilize the Baptist Medical Group location for the screening. All individuals with respiratory symptoms, such as cough, fever and shortness of breath can call 850-434-4080 to determine if […]

The front line of COVID-19

The front line of COVID-19

*This information is current as of press time, Tuesday, March 17 The number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida hit 173 with six deaths attributed to the disease. The county with the highest number of cases is Broward with 43, and Dade following closely with 32. Santa Rosa has had only one case […]

Hurlburt moves to reduced work schedule

Hurlburt moves to reduced work schedule

In a virtual town hall meeting, 1 SOW Commander, Col. Michael Conley announced that as of noon Friday, the 42 units of Hurlburt Field will transition to a reduced work schedule. The squadron commanders will make the schedule for their airmen that makes the most sense for their duties. “These are unique times,” said Conley. […]

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

A memorandum sent by the deputy secretary of defense March 13 orders all military members and civilian personnel and their families assiged to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas in the United States to stop travel while the order is in place beginning March 16. The order is in response to COVID-19, the memo says, […]

Commissioners take no action on Life Sanctuary resolution

Commissioners take no action on Life Sanctuary resolution

Thirty-three people stood before Santa Rosa County Commissioners to express their opinion on making Santa Rosa a Sanctuary for Life county at today’s Commissioner’s meeting at the Tiger Point Community Center. Some residents called it a “moral duty” to vote in favor of the resolution, others were adamantly opposed. Navarre resident Elton Killam said he […]

Elizabeth Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa County School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa School Board Members, and members of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Elizabeth Mann as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2021 during a surprise visit to her classroom Wednesday morning. Elizabeth is an ESE Inclusion teacher at Oriole Beach Elementary School. Mann is Santa […]

Pace nurse allegedly molests elderly patient

Pace nurse allegedly molests elderly patient

DNA evidence led to the Jan. 3 arrest of a medical center nurse from Pace for allegedly molesting a disabled elder in his care.   James Ronald Bemis, 71, is charged with felony lewd and lascivious molestation of an elderly, disabled adult and felony indecent exposure in the presence of an elderly, disabled adult. According […]

Pace man arrested in homicide

Pace man arrested in homicide

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an deadly stabbing in Pace that occurred in the early evening Dec. 8. Thomas Joseph Lazio, 25, of Pace is charged with homicide in the incident. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the 5300 block of Avenida De Golf in Pace […]

7-period school day still out of reach

7-period school day still out of reach

Adding a seventh period to the school day still seems out of reach, according to the Santa Rosa School District’s numbers. The district cut the schedule to six periods, trimming about 30 minutes off the school day, back in 2010 in response to the economic crisis that saw plummeting property values across the country. The […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHAT TRUMP WANTED TO HEAR Three words from the Ukraine president: investigations, Biden, Clinton. That’s according to the transcript of an impeachment inquiry interview with career State Department official George Kent. 2. HOW IVANKA TRUMP VIEWS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY Much like her father, telling the AP in Morocco that the House Democratic probe is about […]

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Much like the butterflies that it teaches about, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is planning to migrate. In this case the direction is north, to Milton. Plans discussed with the Milton City Council Oct. 17 would put the PBH in a location just south of the heart of downtown Milton on Henry Street. Located near […]

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Navarre Park could be delayed by more than six months thanks to missing wetlands permits from state and federal officials. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who represents the Navarre area, said the permits were never applied for.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Water impact fees impacting businesses

Water impact fees impacting businesses

When Grey Taproom owner Ken Walter applied to set up his water service with Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) last year, he was told to pay $30,000 in impact fees, a figure he said he had not been anticipating. A year’s worth of water use later, that impact fee has been reduced to $3,762.   […]

Eglin Airman dies after fitness test

Eglin Airman dies after fitness test

Staff Report Team Eglin Public Affairs U.S. Air Force Captain, Tranay Tanner, assigned to Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 2, passed away this weekend. The 29-year-old captain completed an Air Force fitness test Friday morning August 16. After presenting health complications, she was taken to Eglin Hospital at approximately 8:30 a.m. Due […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. HONG KONG AIRPORT CANCELS FLIGHTS A 2ND DAY Protesters demanding an independent inquiry into alleged police abuse take over terminals, forcing one of the world’s busiest transport hubs to shut down. 2. WOMEN ACCUSE PLACIDO DOMINGO OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT Numerous women tell the AP that the opera superstar tried to pressure them into sexual […]

New shore-based shark fishing requirements take effect

New shore-based shark fishing requirements take effect

Anyone interested in fishing for sharks must be aware of the new requirements that went into effect July 1. There is now a mandatory, no-cost annual shore-based shark fishing permit and educational course for shore-based anglers.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TENSIONS ESCALATE IN HONG KONG Police deploy tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who lay siege to government buildings to oppose a contentious extradition bill. 2. BIDEN, TRUMP TRADE JABS IN POSSIBLE 2020 ELECTION PREVIEW The two unleashed verbal attacks in Iowa that at times felt more like the closing […]

Recycling services halted; county working new contract

Recycling services halted; county working new contract

Recycling for Santa Rosa County has come to a temporary stop because of a cancellation of services by Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, the county’s hauler for recyclables. While the county’s waste collection franchises, Waste Pro in south county and ECUA in the north end, will still collect recyclables, they will be taken to Central Landfill […]

Williams leaps into new career as Dickey’s franchisee

Williams leaps into new career as Dickey’s franchisee

Wendy Williams was a critical care nurse for 25 years and a medical device rep for Boston Scientific for 15 years. In fact, it was her job as a rep selling pacemakers and defibrillators that brought her to Florida. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Concerns raised over bills to limit public records access

Concerns raised over bills to limit public records access

Several bills put forward in the Florida House and Senate have caught the attention of public records advocates. The biggest bill of concern at the start of session was SB 186 (with companion HB 7017 in the House) which exempts photographs, video and audio recordings of mass killings from public records law. Read the full […]

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida will now benefit from the Road Ranger program. The Florida Department of Transportation announced State Farm will sponsor the service patrol in this part of the Sunshine State. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Navarre couple joins fight against colon cancer

Navarre couple joins fight against colon cancer

Ronnie Ard of Navarre knew he was at risk. His father had colon cancer. The Eglin Range Patrol officer also knew that the risk of this type of cancer goes up after age 50. And he knew that a colonoscopy would allow doctors to determine whether he had the disease. Read the full article in […]

Slithering scales and smiles

Slithering scales and smiles

Reno’s Reptiles stole the show at Reptiday at the Navarre Conference Center Saturday.                         As seen in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press for 30 […]

Correction: Deputy responds to complaint of drunk driver

Correction: Deputy responds to complaint of drunk driver

Correction: In the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press, we published an incident report involving a subject named Amanda Jean Phillips. All information obtained from the report was extracted for a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. We later learned the arrest report had incorrect information, which included the wrong address. We have since […]

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

As the election of four new members to the Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors draws near, discussions of the utility have flared on social media, in conversations and even in the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers. The candidates chosen Jan. 15 will act as the leadership entity for a water system that serves […]

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