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 […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber welcomes new board members

Navarre Beach Area Chamber welcomes new board members

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed five new business leaders to their 2016 Board of Directors this month. Selected by the Navarre Chamber’s 2016 Nominating Committee, the members were selected to fill out-of-cycle vacancies. The board carries out the mission of the chamber and works to support the members of the chamber within […]

Navarre women bring medical aid, economic opportunity to Nicaragua

Navarre women bring medical aid, economic opportunity to Nicaragua

Throughout the world 147 million children are orphans. In the United States there are programs in place for these children, but in countries like Uganda and Nicaragua where poverty is rampant there is little in the way of support. Founded in 2008, Project Hope Worldwide provides aid and aims to change culture in impoverished and […]

Navarre goes global in cleanup effort

Navarre goes global in cleanup effort

Murky skies and a little rain could not deter volunteers Saturday morning, Sept. 17, from participating in the 31st International Coastal Cleanup on Navarre Beach. More than 30 students from Pensacola State College’s South Santa Rosa Campus dawned rain coats and gloves to pick up garbage bag after garbage bag of trash along the beaches […]

County selects new advertising agency

County selects new advertising agency

The Board of County Commissioners chose a new company Thursday, Sept. 22, to manage marketing, advertising and public relations for tourism. Paradise Advertising of St. Petersburg was selected over the county’s previous company Davis, South, Barnette and Patrick Advertising and Public Relations (DSBP). DSBP has managed the county’s tourism marketing since 2013. The selection ran […]

Potential flood maps available for review

Potential flood maps available for review

Proposed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard maps for Santa Rosa County were made public Thursday, Sept. 22, for public review. Residents and property owners can view potential changes to their flood zone coding, whether they will be listed at a higher or lower risk by checking an interactive map online. […]

Navarre’s sea turtle nests are hatching out

Navarre’s sea turtle nests are hatching out

For Navarre Beach’s Sea Turtle Patrol the coming weeks are an exciting time as nest after nest of sea turtle eggs hatches. Three of Navarre Beach’s five loggerhead sea turtle nests have hatched releasing hundreds of tiny hatchlings into the vast Gulf of Mexico, and the next nest is expected to hatch sometime this week. […]

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

The Florida Department of Transportation is going to expand U.S. Highway 98 to three lanes on each side, but the details are still in the works. That’s what Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee member Ralph Agnew said during his Friday, Sept. 16, presentation to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee of the […]

STEAM Innovate launches year two

STEAM Innovate launches year two

Santa Rosa County students will be able to tour the home of a middle-class family in Africa through virtual reality or witness the impressive forces of a train hitting a car from inside the vehicle or even submit the tire design for NASA’s next Mars rover. And it is all thanks to STEAM Innovate. The […]

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offeNew members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) got a crash course in their benefits Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Chamber 101 Member Orientation Workshop at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. The NBACOC has added 70 new members since January 2016, bringing the total membership to 462. Several new members packed […]

‘Thank You’ first responders

‘Thank You’ first responders

Maliyah Forgione, 4, waves a sign in support of first responders Saturday, Sept. 15, at Navarre Park during Navarre’s Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Rally. Participants waved signs supporting police, EMS, firefighters and all first responders as they marched down U.S. Highway 98 from Helen Back Again to Navarre Park. Passing vehicles honked their horns […]

Clarkson Eyecare absorbs Navarre Family Eyecare

Clarkson Eyecare absorbs Navarre Family Eyecare

Navarre Family Eyecare changed its name after becoming part of larger company Clarkson Family Eyecare. Though the name has changed, Clarkson Eyecare Marketing Manager Johnny Ippolito said the people inside are the same. “We can see where there may be some confusion as with any change,” he said via email. “But we do want to […]

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Navarre residents got a crash course in citizenship and the Constitution Tuesday, Sept. 6, during Adult Civics Class at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Civics teachers Ashley Hall, Pam Rose and Brandon Czubinski are collaborating to instruct the free five-week course. The class is designed to give adults a refresher on the topics Navarre’s middle-schoolers learn about […]

Apostolic church set to move

Apostolic church set to move

After years of do-it-yourself work and thousands of dollars in construction materials, Apostolic Lighthouse Church of Navarre is putting the final touches on their new sanctuary. Volunteers with the church began laying the last of the carpeting last week and services are expected to begin in the new building in as early as two weeks. […]

ReefCam installation stalled again

ReefCam installation stalled again

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station received their underwater reef camera Aug. 30, but it will still be months until a live feed of Navarre’s reef ecosystem will be available to visitors. WTR-TV, or Watch the Reef TV, will provide a continuous live stream of Navarre Beach’s reef system to a monitor setup at the […]

County remaps flood zones

County remaps flood zones

Many Santa Rosa property owners will have to change or upgrade their flood insurance thanks to updates to the county’s flood mitigation maps. Nearly 7 percent or roughly 6,500 of all properties in the county will experience some type of flood code change either up to a higher risk level or down to a lower […]

Foster Parents face unique challenges

Foster Parents face unique challenges

When a foster parent agrees to open their home to children going through a difficult period in their lives, they take on a unique set of challenges. Often they are taking in a group of siblings who have been through a traumatic family situation. Their lives are in transition, and the foster parent must find […]