Navarre Library celebrates 34 years

Navarre Library celebrates 34 years

The Santa Rosa County Library System celebrated their 10th birthday Monday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at all of their locations. Navarre Library joined in the fun with cake cuttings, children’s games and craft projects. Rainbows of balloons and streamers covered the ceiling and walls. For Navarre Library, the month marks a much older milestone. […]

Monarch Madness highlights end of year for butterfly house

Monarch Madness highlights end of year for butterfly house

Jean Berger sat at a chair on a sun-splashed Friday morning holding up a display of photos of butterflies. Children gathered around her, their eagerness to learn all about an insect so vital to the health of the environment very evident. “They find it very exciting and just absorb the information,” said Berger, a volunteer […]

Art at 2,400 degrees

Art at 2,400 degrees

For potter Jason Stokes, being coated in clay and tending flames of 2,400 degree heat is second nature. Stokes grew up in the world of pottery, creating works of art at Holley Hill Pottery since he was very young as his father tended the flames of the kiln. “I’ve grown up around the kiln,” he […]

Fire Festival promotes preparedness

Fire Festival promotes preparedness

Couches and curtains went up in flames during a fire demonstration Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Eighth Annual Fire Prevention Festival at Navarre United Methodist Church. The festival and demonstration helped raise awareness of fire safety and encouraged families to have a fire evacuation plan in place for their home. Less than two minutes after […]

Is your insurance going up?

Is your insurance going up?

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) has been busy these past few weeks, raising Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation coastal policy costs by an average 10.9 percent for consumers and finalizing a rate hike of 14.5 percent for workers’ compensation costs to employers across the state. Citizen’s Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation is a state-backed insurer […]

High school gets students registered to vote

High school gets students registered to vote

Navarre High School students “exercised their rights” Friday, Oct. 7, during the school’s voter registration drive. Classes filed into the cafeteria for a presentation on the basics of Florida elections. Presenter Erin Begley explained Florida’s importance as a swing state, how closed primaries work and what new voters will experience when walking into the polling […]

New Walmart confirmed for Navarre

New Walmart confirmed for Navarre

The grocery store planned to be constructed on Navarre Parkway across from Joybrook Road will be a Walmart Neighborhood Market according to building plans submitted for the project in September to the Santa Rosa County Development Services office. Jason McLarty with Development Services said there has not been an official start date set for construction […]

Blackhawk Memorial completion date finalized

Blackhawk Memorial completion date finalized

The unveiling of the Blackhawk Memorial honoring the tragic deaths of 11 service members has been set for Friday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. in Navarre Park. The memorial will honor the 11 military service members killed in the crash of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter March 10, 2015 during training off the coast […]

Aydelott found not guilty due to insanity

Aydelott found not guilty due to insanity

Brandon William Aydelott was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, Oct. 11 for the brutal Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharon Aydelott at a judge trial. Dr. Scott Benson a defense expert in psychology and previous evaluator of Aydelott said that Aydelott had schizophrenia that caused delusional ideation as well as auditory hallucinations […]

Indoor playground coming to Navarre McDonald’s

Indoor playground coming to Navarre McDonald’s

The McDonald’s at 8644 Navarre Parkway has filed with Santa Rosa County to expand their facility to include an enclosed playground. The fast food joint has filed for a variance to allow the structure to be built within 35 feet of the front property line instead of the legal 50 foot setback. Building plans submitted […]

Expanded facility prompts record reading

Expanded facility prompts record reading

The right facilities can make all the difference for a school. No one knows that better than Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie Destefano. She explained that because of the school’s small cafeteria, the students’ entire day, including how long they were in each class, had to be worked around the lunches, leaving some class periods […]

Fall festival wishes Great Pumpkin happy 50th

Fall festival wishes Great Pumpkin happy 50th

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown has become a staple of fall tradition for families throughout the country, and this year the iconic movie turns 50 years old. To celebrate the anniversary, the Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival transformed their 8 acre corn field maze into a Charlie Brown themed adventure. […]

Pet costumes grow in popularity

Pet costumes grow in popularity

As Halloween approaches, millions of pet owners in the U.S. are looking to dress up their furry friends in celebration of the holiday. In fact, more people are planning to dress their cats and dogs for Halloween than at any point in the last 10 years according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween report. […]

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

Navarre Beach visitors trying to access Gulf Boulevard from Navarre Bridge will have a dedicated right-turn lane by November 2017 County Commissioner Rob Williamson said Tuesday, Sept. 27 during his Heart of Navarre Tourism Corridor presentation at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. Construction of the turn lane would begin in February or March if the […]

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

More than 100 Santa Rosa County residents showed up to two meeting Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss changes to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the potential effects on their flood insurance costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating coastal region FIRMs across the nation, and Santa Rosa’s potential changes […]

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Three of Santa Rosa County’s emergency responders have headed into the path of hurricane Matthew to provide support to Flagler County in their time of need. Emergency Management Director Brad Baker, emergency Operations Section Chief Tom Lloyd and Midway Fire Chief Jonathan Kanzigg will assist Flagler in their emergency response to hurricane Matthew as the […]

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) approved a 14.5 percent rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance Tuesday, Sept. 27 raising costs for business owners across the state. The most recent filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the company approved to assess and make recommendations to the FLOIR on costs of worker’s […]

Color run raises funds for HNIS school playground

Color run raises funds for HNIS school playground

Holley Navarre Intermediate School raised thousands of dollars Saturday, Oct. 1 at the school’s first-ever HNIS Color Run. Though the event fell short of their goal Assistant Principal Tina Howard said the nearly $30,000 was a great start. It’s a really good start toward a playground, but we are going to have to do some […]

Expo connects businesses to ladies of all ages

Expo connects businesses to ladies of all ages

There were lines out the door waiting to get into the Navarre Conference Center Saturday morning, Oct. 1 in anticipation of the Navarre Women’s Expo hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC). Businesses from all over the Navarre area lined the conference hall giving ladies a look at the services and products […]

Aydelott faces judge trial date

Aydelott faces judge trial date

The final date has been set for murder suspect and Gulf Breeze native Brandon William Aydelott, 20, to stand trial Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharron Aydelott. Aydelott will face a trial by judge rather than a jury state attorney Bill Eddins said. “In a case like this where […]

Blanketing Our Streets feeds the homeless

Blanketing Our Streets feeds the homeless

The back kitchen of Navarre First Assembly of God was packed Saturday, Sept. 24, for the Blanketing Our Streets Community Dinner as the homeless of Navarre and Fort Walton received a free meal with a Tex-Mex feel. Navarre’s homeless ministry Blanketing Our Streets has been around for going on nine years providing food, addiction support […]

The billion-dollar leak

The billion-dollar leak

In an attempt to catch up on the billions of dollars lost last year, state-run insurer Citizen’s Property Insurance Company applied to raise personal property and homeowner policy premiums an average of 7.3 percent, costing policyholders $1.06 billion. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations approved the new rates Tuesday, Sept. 20. The driving force behind […]

Local artist finds passion in pallet painting

Local artist finds passion in pallet painting

Holley by the Sea resident Crystal Reder knew she had artistic talent since she was five years old. She said she could paint and draw better than her peers, and she challenged herself to always be the best in the class. “My goal was to make my picture look better than anyone else’s in the […]

Virtual inspections save time, money

Virtual inspections save time, money

Residents of Santa Rosa County can get work on their homes inspected with a quick online chat thanks to the county’s new virtual inspections. Checks on things like the installation of a new water heater, replacing a window, checking code compliance or adding insulation can now be done through apps such as Facetime or Skype. […]

Personal accounts from the Civil War

Personal accounts from the Civil War

When residents of our area have a question about local history, they turn to historian, author and Pensacola State College professor Dr. Brian Rucker. If it happened in Northwest Florida and had any significance, Rucker likely knows about it. “I really should start charging for this. I could make a fortune one quarter at a […]

Four little piggies get to stay home

Four little piggies get to stay home

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved an appeal to allow four pet pigs to remain with their family in a residential neighborhood Thursday, Sept. 22, during the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Lana and Joseph Passman applied to the Zoning Board for a variance to allow their two Kune Kune pigs, Gypsy and Sunshine, […]

Saddle club brings community fun

Saddle club brings community fun

Santa Rosa County residents saddled up and chowed down Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Junes Ates Covered Arena in Milton for Seafood and Saddles. The event featured barrel racing, a western-style horseback riding race in which riders must get their horses through tight turns around three barrels and out of the arena in the shortest […]

Citizens get first glimpse at US Highway 98 plan

Citizens get first glimpse at US Highway 98 plan

The Florida Department of Transportation held two open forums on Sept. 20 and 22 to get public feedback on the U.S. Highway 98 expansion project that will run through south Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. More than 50 people turned up the first day to get a glimpse of the plan and to give comments […]

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Hundreds of moms, dads and guardians attended classes and helped with their students’ lessons Sept. 20-22 at Holley-Navarre Middle School as part of the school’s Bring Your Parent to School Days. Each grade had a different day of the week to bring their parents to class. Mike Jones, father of seventh-grader Maliah Jones, said this […]

Ready to restart recycling?

Ready to restart recycling?

Starting Oct. 3, thousands of tons of used glass, paper products, plastics and more from Santa Rosa County will once again be collected curbside, processed and sold to be recycled. Curbside recycling for the county ceased back in January after the closest processing plant in Montgomery, Ala. unexpectedly shut its doors. The Emerald Coast Utilities […]