United Methodist Children’s Home more than an orphanage

United Methodist Children’s Home more than an orphanage

What started as an orphanage in Selma, Alabama, in 1890 has grown to a regional assistance program supporting at-risk children and teens throughout Alabama and northwest Florida. While many new programs are on the books for United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH), Florida Executive Director Tracey Williams said many people still think of UMCH as a […]

Lighthouse sends Christmas to private school in need

Lighthouse sends Christmas to private school in need

In a mirror of its founding, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy (LPCA) has “adopted” another school following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, delivering donations this week. The school’s students, staff and parents have banned together to bring Christmas to the students and staff of Faith Christian School (FCS) in Port Saint Joe said LPCA Gulf Breeze […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Thursday evening, four of the five partners in Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) forcibly took control of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from managing member Kenneth Fountain in a continuing saga of ownership arguments. Jonathan Cole, Jerry Rolison and Larry Rolison went to the pier Thursday evening with the intention to take over management […]

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Shortly after announcing its first $3 million year, the county Tourist Development Office reported Dec. 2 that October’s bed-tax collections blew past the previous October by 51.61 percent. The county brought in $268,125.73 in bed taxes during the month. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

NABOR recognizes contributions of members

NABOR recognizes contributions of members

During the Navarre Area Board of Realtors annual awards luncheon Dec. 5, members took a moment to honor founding member Ira Mae Bruce. The recognition came as NABOR celebrated the start of its 40th year in the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

The National Flood Insurance Program secured a two-week reprieve Dec. 7 as President Donald Trump signed a temporary extension of funding for the program. The extension was part of a larger appropriations bill Congress passed one day earlier to prevent a partial government shutdown.  The extension means the program has until Dec. 21 to continue […]

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Workers poured concrete foundations Dec. 3 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new medical facility and education center located in Holley, bringing the nonprofit a step closer to opening their doors to the public for the first time. ECWR Executive Director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the current schedule puts their grand opening for the […]

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (NBFR) could become its own entity, not under Santa Rosa County, as the department leaders are actively exploring becoming a special fire district. The idea was initially presented to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) in February by Chief Danny Fureigh. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Escambia referendum may roadblock beach fee simple title

Escambia referendum may roadblock beach fee simple title

Voters in Escambia County may have barred Navarre Beach residents from receiving fee simple title following a referendum in the November election. More than 80 percent of the roughly 119,000 voters that cast a ballot on the issue called for a federal deed controlling the island’s ownership to remain in place. Read the full article […]

Bizzy coming to a store near you

Bizzy coming to a store near you

As Christmas approaches, one of Santa’s elves has taken a vacation to Navarre Beach and will be stopping in at businesses throughout the community including the Navarre Press. This year, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has created “Bizzy The Navarre Chamber Elf,” and she will be visiting chamber member businesses throughout Navarre. Read […]

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

On Nov. 25, volunteers descended on Tiger Point Walmart to spend more than $1,500 on toys and bicycles for children in need this Christmas. The band of volunteers are known as the Friends of Bear Inc., a nonprofit that supports Santa Rosa and Escambia counties’ Toys for Tots. Read the full article in the Dec. […]

NHS Theatre brings magic with ‘Aladdin’

NHS Theatre brings magic with ‘Aladdin’

In its rendition of a Disney classic, Navarre High School Theatre brought the Arabian desert to the school’s café last weekend with a performance of “Aladdin.” Program director Jan Savage said bringing Disney to life appeals not only to the audience but to the students in the cast as well. Read the full article in […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Health care providers take on human trafficking

Health care providers take on human trafficking

In the fight against human trafficking, health care providers are uniquely positioned to notice red flags. With this in mind, Baptist Health Care hosted a training course Nov. 29 to help them identify and assist victims. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Holley Navarre Intermediate admin lose student bet

Holley Navarre Intermediate admin lose student bet

It’s not a bird or a plane, just two Holley Navarre Intermediate School administrators on top of the school. Principal Beth Mosley and Assistant Principal Elizabeth Ann Thompson spent their work hours Monday on the school’s roof after losing a bet with their students. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

After nearly a year of being vacant, the former site of County Line Pizza in Mary Esther will be opening as a new restaurant as early as February. The International Lounge, a longtime staple of Eglin Parkway, will be lifting its roots and replanting a little closer to Navarre at 3176 U.S. Highway 98, said […]

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

In the ongoing saga of the Panhandle Butterfly House’s (PBH) future, a decision could finally come next Thursday at the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting. But that answer may not be what the PBH leadership wants to hear. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Holiday celebrations across the Gulf Coast had to regroup Saturday after severe weather rolled into the area, and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park was no exception. But rather than call off the festivities, the chamber opted to move from the planned location of Navarre Park to the Days […]

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Only about 4 in 10 parents discuss safe driving with their children, according to a recent survey by national auto insurer Allstate, even though car accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens. Troy Jensen, sales manager for Navarre-based auto insurance provider Bearman Insurance, said talking safe driving with teens should be a given […]

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire Department made sure families would not be going hungry this Thanksgiving as part of their annual meal purchase. Firefighter Dan Davidson said Holley Navarre Fire has been providing meals for families in need on Thanksgiving continuously since 2008 when the department became full-time, paid. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 […]

‘Home forever,’ Navarre resident gains U.S. citizenship

‘Home forever,’ Navarre resident gains U.S. citizenship

Navarre’s own Lulu Jahn, a South African native and mother of five, was among the more than 150 people from around the globe who took the oath of U.S. citizenship Fridayduring a tearful ceremony in Pensacola. “It means everything to me,” Jahn said. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Say ‘I do’ to small business

Say ‘I do’ to small business

Billions of dollars flow in the U.S. economy based on two little words: “I do.” And as that mass of wedding cash pays for everything from flowers to rental halls to event insurance, small businesses benefit most from that spending. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Citizens wanting to weigh in on Navarre’s future have until Dec. 7 as the public comment period for the District 4 Master Plan is coming to a close. In September 2017, the Board of County Commissioners selected Matrix Design Group at a cost of $150,000 to create a master plan for the future of District […]

Piech sworn in as District 4 commissioner

Piech sworn in as District 4 commissioner

District 4’s new County Commissioner Dave Piech took the oath of office Nov. 20, officially beginning his four-year term on the heels of a contentious election. Judge Robert Hilliard did the swearing-in at the county administrative boardroom in Milton during the Board of County Commissioners’ annual reorganization meeting. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

Furry friends got free food Nov. 11 as A HOPE for Santa Rosa County launched the Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry, an effort to provide needy families with support for their pets. A HOPE founder Brandi Winkleman said the food pantry is about keeping animals out of the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the […]

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

Austin Turnbull is a true “waterman.” He grew up splashing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beginning to surf at the age of 4. “I am a waterman. I know how to surf, swim, sail, fish. It is part of me. It is who I am. It is what I grew up doing,” […]

Williamson hire riles water system members

Williamson hire riles water system members

The Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors met criticism from a packed boardroom over its closed-door hiring of former District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Water system members voiced their concerns at a meeting Nov. 20. held in advance of a January election in which four seats on the board are up for grabs. […]

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