Commissioners express ‘sticker shock’ over park plan

Commissioners express ‘sticker shock’ over park plan

“When we embarked on the master plan for Navarre Park, I had no idea whatsoever that we would end up with a $6.5 million plan,” District 5 commissioner Lane Lynchard said during Monday’s Board of County Commissioner committee meeting in regards to the Navarre Park master plan. He and other commissioners described their reaction as […]

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Santa Rosa County was spared from the devastation of Hurricane Irma this week, but the practice session of preparing for a major hurricane provided some insight into areas of readiness we are lacking in. One of the topics that leaves many residents with questions is preparing to evacuate or shelter in place with pets. One […]

Roadside memorial relocated

Roadside memorial relocated

With hurricane Irma on an uncertain track and the Navarre area under a wind advisory, Leadership Santa Rosa class 29 decided it was time to relocate the roadside Black Hawk memorial on Navarre Beach Causeway  Saturday. The memorial was placed following a March 10, 2015, Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Navarre sound. Read the […]

Utility seeks fix to Hidden Creek Golf flooding

Utility seeks fix to Hidden Creek Golf flooding

The plight of Holley-Navarre Water System and the Hidden Creek Golf Club it owns have been similar in recent weeks: too much water and nowhere to put much of it. Heavy rains from June through August have forced the club to close on some days, making water hazards out of some of its sand traps, […]

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

In an unexpected turn of events, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in New York. September 12, deputies received a call about a stolen iPhone in Gulf Breeze. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the deputies walked the victim through locating the phone through an app, which […]

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Although a nuclear attack on our area is far less likely than such natural catastrophes as hurricanes, Daniel Hahn has a plan to take cover in his house and use a large couch as a shield from gamma rays. “I know my home. I know exactly what I would do in case of a hurricane, […]

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Navarre residents received two tax notices in the mail this year. Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown sent out TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices of proposed ad-valorem taxes, but for the first time of his tenure he declined to send the Holley Navarre Fire Department (HNFD) assessment increase notices. “That’s an option I have,” […]

Long-time Florida Senator dead in crash

Long-time Florida Senator dead in crash

Former long-time Florida Senator Greg Evers has died as a result of a car accident Monday night in his hometown of Baker in Okaloosa County. The single vehicle accident occurred on Griffith Mill Road. “The very preliminary information is that it appears Mr. Evers passed away sometime last night,” Lt. Eddie Elmore, public information officer […]

Change is coming at Holley Navarre Senior Center

Change is coming at Holley Navarre Senior Center

There has been a reshuffling of a large portion of the board at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center, and part of that shuffle has put Bill Slovenz as the interim president of the board. While Slovenz said he was surprised by the appointment, he said he is ready to bring a new attitude and new programming […]

Phelps brings the State Farm brand to Navarre

Phelps brings the State Farm brand to Navarre

Brad Phelps saw an opportunity to bring a State Farm office to Navarre and jumped on it. His office at 6929 Navarre Parkway opened Oct. 1 and has been going strong ever since. Phelps also works out of Pensacola at one of the most successful offices in the State Farm system. “It’s going great. We […]

Teachers win support in salary battle

Teachers win support in salary battle

As the first day of school approaches, negotiations of the master contract for compensation of Santa Rosa teachers and educational support staff continues — but progress was made July 10 toward a resolution. The special magistrate called in to resolve a four-month impasse between the Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) teacher and staff union and […]

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Gulf Breeze

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Gulf Breeze

A July 14 traffic stop in Gulf Breeze led to the arrest of an attempted murder suspect. According to a sheriff’s office press release, a Santa Rosa County deputy stopped a vehicle speeding through Gulf Breeze on Highway 98 just before 6 a.m. During the course of the stop, the deputy identified the driver of […]

Bringing home the butterflies

Bringing home the butterflies

There are more than 180 species of butterfly that call Florida home. Forty of those species are either unique to the state or are found almost exclusively within its borders. Horticulturist Mary Derrick, county extension agent for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said butterflies are good to have around. Read […]

Safety concern leads to investigation at NAS Whiting Field

Safety concern leads to investigation at NAS Whiting Field

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is conducting an ongoing investigation at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, commencing this week, according to Navy public affairs officer Lt. Elizabeth Feaster. The investigation coincides with a maintenance inspection of all TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters belonging to Training Air Wing FIVE, a unit that conducts advanced flight training to […]

Young entrepreneurs bring refreshing summer relief

Young entrepreneurs bring refreshing summer relief

Did you ever set up a lemonade stand when you were a child? Throughout history, dating back more than 100 years, the front yard lemonade stand has been associated with a young child’s first business, earning their first dimes or quarters. Read the full article in the June 15 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online […]

Latest tropical information

Latest tropical information

UPDATE 6/21 @ 9 A.M. Tropical Storm Cindy continues to inundate our area with rain. The threat for more heavy rain continues through tomorrow according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Beaman. The National Hurricane Center has Tropical Storm Cindy currently located 265 miles SSW of Morgan City, Louisiana and 325 miles SE of Galveston, […]

Golf course resident seeks relief from spray

Golf course resident seeks relief from spray

Holley Navarre Water System, owner of Hidden Creek Golf Club, is pushing at last known totals upwards of 300,000 gallons of effluent per day onto the course through the irrigation system. Recently, they expanded it with more sprinkler heads and in some cases installed them at the property line. Golf course resident, Ed Burke, said […]

FWC putting added emphasis on boating safety as holiday approaches

FWC putting added emphasis on boating safety as holiday approaches

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it is an appropriate time to highlight boating safety with National Safe Boating Week. Florida is known as the boating capital of the world, with nearly a million vessels registered across the state, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with the Coast Guard and other search […]

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Holley-Navarre Water Department board member, Robert Coley, didn’t tell the truth when he said he was not planning on resigning the Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors. At the May 16 meeting of the Holley-Navarre Water System board of directors, the board members and the 30 people in attendance expected board member Robert Coley to […]

Navarre Park makeover planned

Navarre Park makeover planned

The Panhandle Butterfly House celebrated its 20th year Saturday with a ribbon cutting and grand reopening. The house was founded by Jack and Fonda Wetherell in 1997 and began as a cooperative effort of the Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc., the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Read […]

Fire district secretary arrested for stealing from pension fund

Fire district secretary arrested for stealing from pension fund

  Melissa Ann Severt, 44, of the 1900 block of Constitution Drive has been arrested on charges of fraud/swindle and larceny. The former employee of Holley Navarre Fire District is accused of raiding nearly $56,000 out of the firefighters’ pension fund over the four-year span of her employment. According to Chief Ron Norton, the transactions […]

Harnessing the sun

Harnessing the sun

What began as a directive in 2014 to all military installations from the Department of Defense to install renewable energy on their installations has culminated into a Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Gulf Power initiative at Holley Outlying Field. The project is one of three across the panhandle of Florida with a second location […]

Fourth shooting suspect arrested after NAACP probe

Fourth shooting suspect arrested after NAACP probe

On Feb. 4, a group of friends were gathered around a burn barrel in a Milton backyard. A familiar red car drove past then drove past again. According to witnesses, the car passenger windows rolled down and gunfire erupted, leaving Thomas Buckhalter dead and two others injured. Milton police requested warrants and arrested the three […]

Visitors help save two from Opal Beach rip currents

Visitors help save two from Opal Beach rip currents

Lisa Johnson and her fiancé, Larry Terrell, were enjoying a Saturday afternoon on beautiful Opal Beach. The warm sun and white sand was just what the couple from Princeton, Illinois needed. They were here visiting Johnson’s military son stationed nearby. They noticed a couple out in the water. “We noticed them before, and it was […]

Raiders have strong showing at district track meet

Raiders have strong showing at district track meet

Navarre’s boys and girls track teams turned in strong performances at the District 3A tmeet Monday. The Raiders won a total of eight district titles among the two teams while Ethan Fulk swept his way to the adaptive track district titles in the shot put, 200 and 800-meter runs. Both teams placed second overall at […]

Prom Promise brings message to students

Prom Promise brings message to students

Prom is one of the most highly held events of a high school senior. It signifies the end of their senior year and celebrates a transition to higher education or a career. Some students will spend weeks planning the event; choosing the perfect date, dress, shoes and accessories; maybe even a limo rental. A perfect […]

Fire districts talk consolidation

Fire districts talk consolidation

No matter where it occurs from Midway to Navarre Beach, a reported structure fire will bring all engines and personnel available. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Will economy take a hit from jobs freeze?

Will economy take a hit from jobs freeze?

In a presidential memorandum released Jan. 23, President Trump ordered a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees. The order said no vacant positions existing at noon Jan. 22 may be filled and no new positions could be created, except in limited circumstances. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre […]

Raiders fall in district title game

Raiders fall in district title game

Navarre’s boys basketball team went into halftime with a two-point lead over Niceville in the District 1-8A championship game Friday night. Head coach Taf Bentley knew the advantage wasn’t safe. “I felt like they were going to come out and be really strong, and I was right,” Bentley said. Strong might be an understatement. Trey […]

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