Wetumpka tragedy hits home

Wetumpka tragedy hits home

According to Elmore County, Alabama Sheriff Bill Franklin, at around 5 p.m. Saturday, Robert Orsi shot and killed his estranged wife, Charlene and one of their four daughters (12 year old triplets and a 13 year old daughter) who was one of the triplets. He shot and wounded the other two triplets before they could […]

Hughes out as Beach Community Bank CEO

Hughes out as Beach Community Bank CEO

Takes on new role as NWFL Market President Charles “Chip” Reeves is the new CEO for Beach Community Bank and he is optimistic about the bank’s future after a $100 million capital raise by bank investment group, Hovde Group, LLC. The Hovde Group is based out of Inverness, Illinois, and they specialize in mergers and […]

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

When disaster strikes, many forms of communication become useless. In a hurricane, cell-phone towers can be toppled. Power can be knocked out, and phone lines can be broken. Nearly every form of communicating across distance can be lost, and that was exactly what happened to Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017. Read […]

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Jack Sanborn submitted his letter of resignation from his position on the Tourist Development Council Thursday to the Board of County Commissioners. He resigned prior to a scheduled vote to by the BOCC to decide whether or not to remove Sanborn from the council following allegations of threats made on social media and an […]

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

He is six feet tall, brightly colored, made completely of garbage and he is coming to a restaurant near you. Skip the Straw is a sculpture created by Holley Navarre Middle School students in the Junior Audubon Society. Skip’s purpose is a simple one: Teach people to skip single-use plastic straws that endanger local wildlife. […]

Alberto landfall forecast Monday afternoon

Alberto landfall forecast Monday afternoon

UPDATE (Monday 10:30 a.m.): Predicting the landfall time for Alberto has been no easy task for meteorologists. The storm slowed from 12 mph this morning to now moving at 8 mph. According to Jack Cullen, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Mobile, landfall is now expected sometime mid to late afternoon. The future cast […]

Hurricane Center watching disturbance

Hurricane Center watching disturbance

The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on a broad surface low centered just east of Belize just ahead of the official June 1 start to hurricane season. Currently the low is producing a large area of clouds and showers extending from the northwestern Caribbean Sea across Cuba into the Florida peninsula.  Strong upper level […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Of the 260 million tons of plastic produced each year, 10 percent of it will end up in the world’s oceans, according to a study by the environmental group Greenpeace. A group of Navarre High school students created a video titled “#BeTheSealution” for raising awareness of the issue of trash in the ocean and won […]

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

New protocol will be followed this season when it comes to sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore is modifying its handling of the turtles to conform to the protocol followed by the state, in which less labor-intensive and less intrusive efforts are used when dealing with nests. “Our practices have not aligned […]

Raider royalty

Raider royalty

Navarre High School crowned Aaron Wilson and Ella McKinney 2018 Prom King and Queen Saturday night at the Soundside Club on Hurlburt Field. The theme of this year’s prom was Enchanted Forest. Featured on the cover of the April 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. ‘THE INCIDENT DEFINITELY LOOKED DELIBERATE’ Police in Toronto are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why suspect Alek Minassian, 25, plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people. 2. AUTHORITIES LOOKING INTO BIZARRE PAST OF WAFFLE HOUSE SUSPECT Travis Reinking had told deputies in Illinois that Taylor […]

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Following more than a decade of delinquent loans, capital deficiencies and poor bank ratings, Beach Community Bank will soon be under new ownership as the bank’s holding company, Beach Community Bancshares, Inc., has filed for bankruptcy. According to the documents filed in the Northern District of Florida United States Bankruptcy Court, the bank will shift […]

Navarre’s homeless students need landlords

Navarre’s homeless students need landlords

  Santa Rosa School District’s program to assist homeless students has hit a snag in Navarre. The One Family, One Year, One Home Tenant-based Rental Assistance Program has the funding to cover rent for 75 homeless families. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Read without walls

Read without walls

Santa Rosa County Libraries are pushing readers out of their comfort zone and into new literary adventures this month through the new Reading Without Walls challenge. Libraries throughout the county will be offering challenge sheets asking readers to try new types of books they would not normally read said Library System Youth Services Coordinator Angela […]

Sports editor publishes his greatest season

Sports editor publishes his greatest season

  Navarre Press reporter, sports editor and now published author Brian Lester, took the time to sit down with us to talk about his book just recently published. As he recounts the historic season for University of Findlay, Ohio’s men’s basketball team, the emotion is palpable. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue […]

Where is downtown Navarre?

Where is downtown Navarre?

If you have been paying attention, over the past several months Navarre Press has been covering and reporting on all the ways for a Navarre downtown to develop. Quint Studer has been our resource because he knows better than anyone how to accomplish it. Even in this issue we write about it (see CivicCon story […]

Williamson to Tourist Development Committee: ‘Stay in your lane’

Williamson to Tourist Development Committee: ‘Stay in your lane’

In Thursday’s Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting, District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson questioned the Tourist Development committee’s recommendation to keep $1 million in reserve funds. Noting that the staff recommendation is to keep $750,000 in the reserve fund, Williamson asked, “What is the compelling reason to push it to a million dollars and […]

The magic of Daytona

The magic of Daytona

When it comes to the Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway has everything planned down to the second. In an interview with a Fan Crew member who wished to remain anonymous, their schedule is portioned out by the second – driver appearances around the track, foot traffic flow changes, entertainment, everything is done hour: minute: second. […]

Water board takes on restructuring

Water board takes on restructuring

In an effort to streamline operations and operate more efficiently, Holley Navarre Water System board of directors is restructuring the organizational chart of the company, said board president James Calkins. In doing so, they have organized five departments: Administration, Customer Service, Water Operations, Water Treatment Plant Operations and Sewer Operations. Read the full article in […]

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida is in. Then it is out. Now it is in again. The last few weeks have seen mixed messages from the Trump administration on whether oil drilling along Florida’s Gulf Coast will be allowed to expand under a new five-year plan. But the most recent word appears to leave Florida firmly on the list […]

Water board attorney quits amid legal fee questions

Water board attorney quits amid legal fee questions

Michael Tidwell, attorney for Holley Navarre Water System, resigned as legal counsel to the board Jan. 26, effective Feb. 1, amid a mounting call for an accounting of legal fees paid to the attorney. The amount of legal fees paid to Tidwell in 2017 has been a sticking point in his relationship with the new […]

Transparency first on water board’s list

Transparency first on water board’s list

The heated and contentious Holley-Navarre Water Board elections are over and the handful of members that voted sent a clear message: vote ‘no’ to the refinancing of Fairpoint Regional Utilities debt and operate more transparently. That is exactly what the board now intends to do, according to the president of the board, James Calkins. Read […]

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

The 2017-2018 flu season is in full swing and the numbers tell the same story statewide. Counties across Florida are reporting widespread outbreaks with the majority of those cases occurring in senior health facilities, schools and day care centers. This predominant strain of the flu so far this year is the H3N2 virus, and this […]

Firefighters receive Life Saving medal

Firefighters receive Life Saving medal

Nov. 12, 2017, a medical call in Navarre for an unconscious man is received by 911 dispatchers. A person is unconscious and not breathing. Dispatch relays the call to Holley Navarre Fire District Station 41. The next piece of information tells the firefighters that the patient’s condition is rapidly declining. He is in cardiac arrest. […]

Fairpoint debt deal appears dead

Fairpoint debt deal appears dead

The controversial loan restructuring that would have raised the debt total of Fairpoint Regional Utility System by about 40 percent took a big hit last week when Holley Navarre Water System voted in a new board. Fairpoint needs the support of all three of the collective’s member utilities, and the likelihood of getting that from […]

Shutdown showdown likely over

Shutdown showdown likely over

After a federal government shutdown was announced Jan. 19, the failure to fund the 2018 federal budget is likely over sooner than expected. While the shutdown caused a wave of uncertainty and worry throughout Navarre’s military and civilian community, many of whom were sent home Monday morning, the news is the two political parties have […]

Water system members vote for change

Water system members vote for change

In one of the most contentious water board elections in recent history, 4,764 votes were cast to fill three seats on the board – one of the largest turnouts in the system’s election history. Overwhelmingly the members voted for change. Gaius Bruce, secretary for the board, announced the results of the Jan. 16 election as […]

Why spay your cat?

Why spay your cat?

Almost a million cats a year are euthanized, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  They are either born feral or run away and eventually end up in a local shelter. And shelters are filled to capacity which leaves them little choice but to euthanize the “excess.” A non-spayed female […]

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