Election results for Santa Rosa County

Election results for Santa Rosa County

With a resounding voice at the polls, more than 57 percent of registered voters in Santa Rosa County cast their ballot in the 2018 mid-term election. In the U.S. Senate race, Rick Scott (Rep) received an overwhelming 74.5 percent of the vote over Bill Nelson (Dem), while in the state overall Scott had a slim […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween

Halloween has its own hazards and risks for pets and can make them anxious and even frightened. The chaos of Halloween means a flurry of activity, a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children running through neighborhoods. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Navarre community united in relief efforts

Hurricane Michael had eyes on the northern Gulf Coast before it even entered the Gulf of Mexico. And for a while, Navarre was in the cross-hairs of the impending landfall. We watched and waited. Then we nervously watched and waited. All the while the forecasters were predicting what seemed like an impossible turn to the […]

95 percent of electricity to be restored by Oct. 24

95 percent of electricity to be restored by Oct. 24

Gulf Power announces that by midnight, Oct. 24, fourteen days after landfall of Hurricane Michael, 95 percent of all Gulf Power customers who can accept electric service should be restored.Customers in several areas will be restored sooner. Over the last 24 hours, more than 21,000 Gulf Power customers have been restored. “Hurricane Michael was an […]

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

UPDATE: As of 10/10 at 6:30 a.m. Hurricane Michael is now a very dangerous Cat 4 storm with maximum sustained winds at 140 mph and higher gusts at the center. On its present forecast track the storm is set to landfall somewhere near Panama City. Currently the hurricane is moving toward the north at 13 […]

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

During a media roundtable Friday morning, Col. Michael Conley, the new commander of 1 SOW (Special Operations Wing), sat down to discuss local issues impacting his airmen and the community. Highway 98 traffic and keeping his airmen mentally and physically ready led the way. His social media skills – not so much. Read the full […]

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

It was a Friday to remember for Santa Rosa County Deputy Stephen Clark. He was headed west on Highway 98 in his cruiser, a Dodge Charger, Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. A car driven by Richard Mihailovic of Navarre had pulled into an eastbound turn lane and was approaching the median break. Read the full […]

Dogs and babies growing together

Dogs and babies growing together

Bringing a new little one home from the hospital is an exciting time for parents but for the dogs in your house it can be overwhelming. New sights, sounds, smells and movements can make for a confused and even frightened dog. But there are things parents can do to set the stage for a lifelong […]

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

In the wake of the arrest of a Santa Rosa County school bus driver last week on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is launching an internal Supervisory Inquiry into why it took so long to secure an arrest warrant for the man. Kenneth Dean Webb Jr., age 60, […]

Tropical Storm Warning in effect – UPDATED Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

Tropical Storm Warning in effect – UPDATED Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

UPDATE As of 9-4 8:30 a.m. Tropical Storm Gordon continues to move toward the northern Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm warnings remain in effect for our area along with a Storm Surge Watch. Gordon is expected to make landfall later this evening along the lower Mississippi valley as a Category 1 hurricane. Gordon is expected to […]

Jefferson strives to make a difference in the lives of others

Jefferson strives to make a difference in the lives of others

AJ Jefferson is like a lot of us. He’s had his challenging moments, dealing with the ups and downs that come with the roller coaster of life. The journey has led him to a life in the ministry. Jefferson is a pastor at Saving Grace Church of God in Christ in Navarre. Read the full […]

Tropical moisture sticking around for weekend

Tropical moisture sticking around for weekend

Two tropical waves will continue to impact our area throughout the Labor Day weekend and into next week. Da’vel Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile says neither wave is expected to develop into any kind of tropical storm, but residents should be mindful of the rain and rip currents. The moisture […]

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

In a stunning 26.26 percent turnout of voters in the Primary Election, Navarre resident and retired Air Force Colonel Dave Piech was elected to the seat of District 4 County Commissioner, upsetting the incumbent Rob Williamson by a 25.36 percent margin. Of the 34,623 ballots cast, 20,236 voted for Piech. Piech’s campaign lagged behind in […]

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Cell phones didn’t exist. Computers and high-tech video games didn’t either. Television access was limited, with just under 65 percent of the homes in America having one at the time. Children of that era had to find something else to do with their free time and baseball, entrenched as the nation’s pastime back then, was […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WHAT TRUMP CLAIMED The president incorrectly argued on Fox News that paying hush-money to two women wasn’t “even a campaign violation” because he reimbursed lawyer Michael Cohen with his own money. 2. DEMOCRATS AREN’T READY TO EMBRACE THE I-WORD Democrats seem eager to highlight GOP corruption for the midterms, but try to avoid direct […]

Four things to know: Zoning Board

Four things to know: Zoning Board

Santa Rosa County volunteers of the Zoning Board met Aug. 9 in Tiger Point, voting on a variety of land development code exceptions and changes. Here are some highlights of the meeting: More storage units on horizon Zoning Board members recommended approval for rezoning a property along U.S. Highway 98 to highway commercial (HCD) to […]

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

By as early as December, the Navarre area could have a master plan on the books to guide future development. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. Read […]

Westgate families left without water

Westgate families left without water

Just outside NAS Whiting Field in Milton, a group of 12 families live in dated mobile homes clustered along a little dead-end street. Among the families are seniors and children as young as a year old. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

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 […]

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