Navarre’s earliest recorded heritage began with Spanish explorers in 1693

Navarre’s earliest recorded heritage began with Spanish explorers in 1693

The neighborhood called “Robledal Estates” on East Bay Boulevard may seem like just another waterfront neighborhood. However, it was the scene of the oldest documented history of the area we now call Navarre. Spanish exploration  While the story of the land encompassing Robledal begins long before recorded history, we know that the area first received […]

The legend of Billy Bowlegs

The legend of Billy Bowlegs

Stories about buried treasure have and always will capture the imagination of those possessing an adventurous spirit. For some, just the thought of buried riches is enough to quicken the pulse. More common perhaps than any other legend however are stories involving pirates and buried treasure. No matter the pirate, Blackbeard, Bellamy, Lafitte or otherwise, […]

Keeping art education alive

Keeping art education alive

Oh what a night for art programs in the local schools. Educators, students and supporters of the arts gathered in the Gulf Breeze Library Meeting Room the evening of May 3 for a presentation where Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc., awarded a $20,000 grant for art programs and other education efforts in area schools. This is […]

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

According to Gov. Rick Scott’s newly approved House Bill 7029, parents are now allowed to enroll their children in any public or charter school which isn’t filled to capacity. Taking effect for the 2017-2018 school years, the amendment to section 5, section 1002.31 of the Florida Statute, will open up school options for students statewide. […]

Never stop learning

Never stop learning

Education is a continuing process. Many retired seniors in Santa Rosa County possess a lifetime of work and lifetime experiences and may want to learn something new or even share their expertise by assisting others in learning about new topics or skills. Research indicates keeping the mind active by learning new things preserves mental agility. […]

Buttell has eye for mischief and a heart of gold

Buttell has eye for mischief and a heart of gold

Patrick Buttell, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., came into this world in 1942. Raised in his parents’ Midwestern home, Buttell had two older brothers and three sisters. Out of the six children in his family, Buttell was born the second youngest of the group. “I believe I was on the spoiled end of the spectrum. […]

Local programs for autism abound

Local programs for autism abound

In 1908, the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the word “Autism,” employing it to describe a set of unusual symptoms in his patients. Thirty-five years later in a 1943 medical paper, Leo Kanner, M.D., described and recorded 11 cases of highly intelligent, socially withdrawn children. In the course of Kanner’s work, Donald Triplett, a […]

Santa Rosa County’s first synagogue opens its doors

Santa Rosa County’s first synagogue opens its doors

The Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue (AYMS), has just opened its new building’s doors to the Navarre community. The first-ever synagogue in all of Santa Rosa County, it is led by the Rabbi Wayne Leland. According to the synagogue website, the group began as a home-based Bible study Leland taught in 2001. From the original handful […]

Gardening for spring

Gardening for spring

With the last chance of frost behind us, it’s time to begin that beautiful home garden you’ve always dreamed about. In exchange for a small monetary investment and some elbow grease, you can have amazingly fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. Even for those who have little or no experience, growing your own garden can be […]

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

Driving through many parts of Escambia County, you might have noticed billboards with advertisements of a different kind. As part of an ongoing HIV awareness campaign, the Florida Department of Health has been putting up these large ads, urging citizens to get tested. Because of elevated numbers for HIV/AIDS cases in the county, the continuance […]

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

Twenty years ago this week the Holley-Navarre Water System building burned including the financial records that were inside. There was an ensuing investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Internal Revenue Service. Two main suspects were named, but never charged because […]