Shop & Dine Crawl goes electronic

Shop & Dine Crawl goes electronic

Local businesses have been through a lot in 2020. From adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic to rebuilding after Hurricane Sally, some small businesses have struggled to stay afloat. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce organized a community event last weekend to spread love to these businesses that have been working so hard. The 9th […]

American Legion honors veterans

American Legion honors veterans

Honoring those who have served their country is something the Navarre American Legion Post 382 does every year on Veteran’s Day. Normally the ceremony is held at Navarre Park. This year because the park in under renovation, the Veteran’s Day ceremony was held outside of the American Legion. The ceremony consisted of singing the national […]

Mother, daughter graduate together

Mother, daughter graduate together

Some high school graduates move far away from their moms to go to college. They are excited to finally have independence and find their place in this world without mom watching their every move. That was not the case for 22-year-old Navarre native Aubrey Hedlund. She went through the Pensacola State College registered nursing (RN) […]

Navarre Beach gains new shower and restroom facility

Navarre Beach gains new shower and restroom facility

Navarre Beach visitors have probably noticed a new facility with teal triangle canopy shades to the east of the pier at 8579 Gulf Blvd. Navarre Beach now has two new multi-head shower towers on the east and west side of the new restroom that was constructed recently. The facility features eight teal sails stacked on […]

Durham teaches students through song

Durham teaches students through song

First grade teacher Stacy Durham was named Teacher of the Year for West Navarre Primary School (WNPS). She has been teaching in Santa Rosa County for 17 years. Durham joked about retiring after claiming to have taught first grade to the daughter of one of her previous fourth grade students. Durham always knew she wanted […]

Pumpkins big business in Santa Rosa County

Pumpkins big business in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County is a very diverse county – white sandy beaches on the south end and earthy farmland on the north end. Among the farmlands are pumpkin patches and sunflower fields where people flock September through November to satisfy their fall thirst. Two of the most popular ones in Santa Rosa County are Holland […]

Locals celebrate Festival of Joy

Locals celebrate Festival of Joy

Imagine dwelling in a tent for seven days in your front yard for the sole reason of bringing glory to God and remembering how His people dwelt in temporary dwellings in the wilderness for 40 years. This is an observance of the Jewish people during the season of Sukkot. Sukkot, or the feast of tabernacles […]

9-year-old hauls in biggest catfish

9-year-old hauls in biggest catfish

Nine-year-old Colton Hall spent his Saturday doing what he loves – kayaking East Bay with his buddies and reeling in award-winning fish. He caught two croakers, two pigfish, two pinfish and a 4.2-pound catfish that won first place in the Juniors Division. Colton said it felt great to reel the whiskered fish in. “The catfish […]

Stories from the Navarre fishing rodeo

Stories from the Navarre fishing rodeo

Hurricane Sally almost cost Ron Davis his chance to fish in the eighth annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo last weekend. Davis hurt himself when trying to clean up the mess she left behind and was limping around two days before the tournament, but by midday Saturday, he was feeling good enough to compete. He launched his […]

Snake samaritan saves snakes and residents

Snake samaritan saves snakes and residents

A Navarre man is volunteering his time and sharing his passion for reptiles by relocating snakes from people’s yards and homes to safer areas. Ryan Schaffer, who is 33, has been an active wildlife enthusiast his whole life and has been rescuing reptiles since he moved here last year. He has been a lot busier […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo on for this weekend, filling quickly

Navarre Fishing Rodeo on for this weekend, filling quickly

Despite the many obstacles that might have impeded the 7th annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, the fishing extravaganza is still a go this weekend. Navarre Fishing Rodeo is a fishing competition where anglers can fish from anywhere “except the frozen section of the supermarket,” said organizer, Sandpaper Marketing. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat, […]

Praising God after the storm

Praising God after the storm

First Baptist Church of Navarre took a hard hit from Hurricane Sally Sept. 16. The powerful hurricane-force winds knocked the church steeple off the top of the building and blew the point through the walkway, rupturing the awning. The building not only experienced wind damage, but water damage as well. The church sanctuary was flooded, […]

Stories from the storm

Stories from the storm

Hurricane Sally, which looked like it was going to be Louisiana’s problem, ended up becoming Northwest Florida’s. The Category 2 storm crawled onshore west of Navarre early on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 16 flooding homes, roads and rivers with storm surge and, in many cases, around a foot of rain. At the worst of […]

Navarre boaters hope for world record

Navarre boaters hope for world record

Hundreds of patriotic boats filled the sound waters surrounding Navarre Bridge Sept. 5. to attempt breaking the world record for largest boat parade. The parade was organized by Tom Petska, Anne Ziegenhorn and Chandra Rich to bring the record back to the Unites States. “We want to bring the world record back to America and […]

Beaches to Woodlands brings back the fun!

Beaches to Woodlands brings back the fun!

The 17th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour is back and ready to kick-start fall in Santa Rosa County with many turn-of-the-season festivities. The Beaches to Woodland Tour is a showcase of fall focused events in Santa Rosa County to increase shoulder season visitation in Santa Rosa County. Shoulder season simply means the slower season for […]