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Stories by Hansen Hasenberg

Stories by Hansen Hasenberg

Pastor Christina Shaver leaving St. Paul UMC after eight years

May 22, 2024
After eight years at St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christina Shaver is transferring churches. Later this year, Shaver will take over as lead pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach. Shaver has been in ministry since 2010. 

West Navarre Intermediate School SGA, ESE team up for inclusive athletics

May 21, 2024
Students in West Navarre Intermediate School’s Student Government Association joined students from the school’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program on the field of play on Thursday, May 16. 

Their goal was to have fun, break a sweat and come together with a game of kickball. By all accounts, that mission was a success.

Pensacola theater hosts world premiere of ‘The Blue Angels’ documentary

May 21, 2024
Lights, camera, high flying action!

“The Blue Angels,” a new documentary about the legendary U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, had its world premiere Thursday, May 16 at the AMC Bayou 15 theater in Pensacola. The new film offers an inside look at the Blue Angels. From their history to their training to their work-life balance, the documentary gives viewers a front row seat to the flight demonstration team’s 2022 season.

County Economic Development Office offering StRIVE grant through July

May 17, 2024
From May 1 through the end of July, Santa Rosa County small business owners will have the opportunity to upgrade their storefronts thanks to matching grants from the county.

After having been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise (StRIVE) grant program is being revived for summer 2024. Businesses applying for the grant are eligible for funds up to $10,000.

Alphy’s Catfish House changes hands with new ownership

May 17, 2024
After 13 years at the helm, Phyllis and Al Smith have stepped aside and handed the reins of Alphy’s Catfish House to someone new. The restaurant’s new owner, Cody Pitre, officially took over May 6 and brings 40 years of experience in the restaurant business with him.

Alabama man sentenced for 2023 murder of Navarre resident

May 13, 2024
On March 19, 2023, Colby Vinson, 24, was murdered at his Cayo Grande apartment in Navarre. Little over a year later, the man suspected of killing him has been handed a life sentence.

Navarre High student wins Congressional art competition

May 13, 2024
A Navarre student’s artwork is heading to Washington, D.C. Noah Villarreal, a junior at Navarre High School, competed in the 2024 Congressional Art Competition and was named the first-place prize winner for Florida’s first congressional district. Villareal’s art piece was among 193 entrees from across the district, which stretches from Escambia County to Walton County. According to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, it was the most successful year of the art competition.

Keller Williams donates over $4k to Emerald Coast Exceptional Families for ‘Red Day’

May 10, 2024
On Thursday, May 9, Keller Williams Emerald Coast in Navarre presented a check for $4,800 to Emerald Coast Exceptional Families, a 501c3 nonprofit which provides support services to special needs families. The money will go toward funding for the SAFE program, something ECEF started with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in 2022. The SAFE program is meant to foster better communication between law enforcement agencies and the special needs community.

Navarre Beach sees slow start to sea turtle nesting season

May 10, 2024
It’s that time of year again. The beaches fill with visitors and sea turtles are in nesting season. Summer is nearly upon us, and the beaches of the Emerald Coast are once again welcoming visitors from all over, including those who have swum a long way to get here. From May to October, sea turtles visit the beaches of Florida to nest, leaving their eggs to hatch and their hatchlings to find their own way back to the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Department of Health restricts Gulf Breeze plastic surgeon’s license

May 10, 2024
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has handed down an emergency restriction on Gulf Breeze plastic surgeon, Dr. Ben Brown’s license. The emergency restriction of Brown’s license was filed by FDOH on May 2. Multiple complaints and litigation have come from former patients. Staff and witnesses have also contributed reports of violations of state law pertaining to medicine. These reports included allegations Brown was allowing non-licensed individuals to perform cosmetic procedures, performing the wrong procedure on a patient, failing to keep legible medical records, and not applying proper supervision during procedures.
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