School’s response to threat sparks debate

School’s response to threat sparks debate

More than a week has passed since Navarre High School students and their parents scrambled to determine just what prompted a heightened police presence on campus last Tuesday. “I first found out on Facebook that there was something going on at the high school,” said Dannielle Thurman, whose son is a junior at NHS. “So […]

Hundreds turn out for vigil at Navarre Beach Pier

Hundreds turn out for vigil at Navarre Beach Pier

More than 500 people attended a vigil at 8 p.m. March 11 at the Navarre Beach Pier to remember those lost the day before in a helicopter crash over Navarre Sound. Navarre resident James Blackwood organized the event over Facebook. He said he was blown away as hundreds of people filed through the pier’s gates from what started […]

Protocol followed say school officials

Protocol followed say school officials

It was business as usual at Navarre High School Wednesday following an anonymous gun threat officials received Monday night. “Safety is and always will be my highest priority,” said Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack the day after the school responded to a text message threat of gun violence. School officials insist students and faculty […]

Future business leaders shine at Amazing Shake

Future business leaders shine at Amazing Shake

It was an introvert’s worst nightmare. In the words of Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Dean of Students Jeff Baugus, the second annual Amazing Shake contest was an awkward sell to teenagers. The event tested student’s soft skills in business through a series of speed-dating-style mini interviews in which they practiced their handshakes, eye contact, confidence […]

Navarre mom named Outstanding Volunteer

Navarre mom named Outstanding Volunteer

With her numerous volunteer efforts, it’s obvious AJ Lautenslager loves working with students at Navarre High School. That enthusiasm paid off recently when she was named Outstanding Adult School Volunteer for the 2014-15 school year by Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “It’s a great honor. It’s really nice to have somebody say they […]

Children’s choir from Africa visits Navarre

Children’s choir from Africa visits Navarre

Navarre residents left behind a cold, rainy night when they stepped into the warm pink and purple glowing sanctuary at Navarre First Assembly of God Feb. 4. The sanctuary had been transformed and looked much different than it does during Sunday worship. Instead, those streaming in from the dreary weather were treated to a bright, […]

Education ‘stakeholders’ plan March for the Children

Education ‘stakeholders’ plan March for the Children

“We need to get back to preparing our kids for life rather than preparing our kids for the workforce,” local activist Debbie Gunnoe said. Gunnoe is a member of the Florida Citizens Alliance (FLCA), a group that opposes Florida Standards in education. FLCA, which is planning a march at on the state capitol next month, […]

Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

More than 500 students, teachers and parents were treated to a magic show Tuesday, Feb. 3, at West Navarre Primary School. “The Pro-Kids Show,” a local favorite, mixed comedy, music, magic and puppets which were all met with thunderous laughter that filled the school’s cafeteria. South Florida resident Scott Humston takes his version of “The […]

Pregnancy center born as a ‘God thing’

Pregnancy center born as a ‘God thing’

The famous saying by Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” adorns the walls of one of Navarre’s newest businesses: the Navarre Pregnancy Resource Center. The center is a satellite office of the Fort Walton Beach-based nonprofit, LIFE, Inc. (Life Is For Everyone) which describes its mission as providing an […]

Reading under the stars

Reading under the stars

Students lined the halls in their pajamas as the sun set over Holley-Navarre Primary School Jan. 29. The evening, dubbed as a “literacy family night,” included three different stations focused on reading. Principal Barbara Scott hosted the “Launch into Reading” station in which she read “Amelia Bedelia” to students while dressed in a flight suit. […]

Holiday shopping creeps in early

Holiday shopping creeps in early

If you noticed the “Christmas creep” start even earlier this year, as in you were able to buy Halloween costumes and Christmas trees simultaneously, it wasn’t your imagination. This year, many retailers have a new strategy: Get the money first. Retail giants like Wal-Mart and Amazon launched Black Friday-style deals Nov. 1, before consumers even […]

Students cite lack of extra-curriculars, jobs, relationships as fuel for drug use at NHS

Students cite lack of extra-curriculars, jobs, relationships as fuel for drug use at NHS

“It’s quiet on the outside,” Stephanie Richards, Navarre High School Students Against Destructive Decisions treasurer said of the school. “We definitely have a drug problem here.” Using and selling drugs, including prescription pills, marijuana and even acid, is common at the school according to Richards and SADD president Jewels Rivera. “Just last year I had […]

Helping Santa Rosa County’s less fortunate

Helping Santa Rosa County’s less fortunate

Out of the 27,676 students currently enrolled in Santa Rosa County School District (SRCSD) schools, 1,322 are considered homeless, or without a “fixed adequate nighttime residence.” Fifty-one of those students are also living without a parent or guardian. The district tracks those numbers and employees three staff members that work directly with the families. Last […]

Breaking down Navarre’s votes in the 2014 election

Breaking down Navarre’s votes in the 2014 election

If Navarre ran the state, election results would be … exactly the same. Navarre’s six precincts voted similarly to the rest of the county and matched almost every election result. The countywide results in favor of medical marijuana topped out at 54.93 percent. Statewide results were slightly higher at 57.62 percent. Navarre topped those numbers […]

Navarre small shop crawl generates hundreds of purchases

Navarre small shop crawl generates hundreds of purchases

Navarre businesses participated in a Holiday Small Shop Crawl Nov. 8. The event, sponsored by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber, featured local businesses and home-based vendors who offered gifts for the holiday season. Residents picked up a map at the Visitor’s Information Center that listed 19 stops in which they could browse for holiday gifts. […]

Lifeguards close season in new tower

Lifeguards close season in new tower

Navarre Beach lifeguards ended their season Oct. 31 in a brand new lifeguard stand that replaced a wind-damaged Tower 3. “In the beginning of the year we lost three towers,” lead lifeguard Greg Matechik said. “And then when that cold front came through a few weeks ago, it blew the roof off the other tower.” When Tower 3 was damaged, […]

Local family launches CrossFit gym

Local family launches CrossFit gym

Three years ago Pete Sharrett found himself chasing children while coaching friends and family through CrossFit workouts in his garage. He led coworkers in similar workouts at the Ocean City Wright Fire Department, where he works. Then he and his family started having workout parties that combined CrossFit and BBQ. “We are a family of athletes,” Sharrett, one of four co-owners of a new CrossFit gym […]

RED HORSE squadron goes green

RED HORSE squadron goes green

Members of the 823rd RED HORSE squadron from Hurlburt Field saved the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center at least $5,200 during the last week of October. A handful of RED HORSE airmen installed siding at the turtle center, saving the center at least $5,200 – the amount submitted in the lowest bid for the […]

Sheriffs shut down two Milton meth labs

Sheriffs shut down two Milton meth labs

A search of a Milton home located on Hamilton Bridge Road produced over 100 grams of methamphetamine oil as well as 1 gram of “finished product” according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release. Methamphetamine production taking place in a home on Lee Street in Milton was shut down Oct 29. by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office (SRSO) according to public information officer Deputy Rich Aloy. Read more in the Nov. 6 issue of the Navarre […]

Local residents could see insurance premium reduction

Local residents could see insurance premium reduction

The Holley-Navarre Fire District recently had its Insurance Service Office Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating upgraded from a Class 5/10 to a Class 4/4Y, effective Nov. 1. ISO classifies communities from 1 (the best) to 10 (the worst). That upgrade could include reductions in insurance premiums for local property owners, according to HNFD Chief Ron Norton, particularly in the Holley area. Read more in the Nov. 6 issue […]

Republicans run away with local races

Republicans run away with local races

“It’s awesome,” said Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane of voter turnout for the Nov. 4 general election primary, which was dominated by Republican voters who showed an expected outpouring of support for the Grand Old Party. Although 14.75 percent of Santa Rosa County voters turned out for the Aug. 26 primary election, nearly 18 percent cast early ballots before general elections polls opened Nov. […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle ‘Crashes’ robotics competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle ‘Crashes’ robotics competition

Crash can save chickens. Crash can open gates. Crash can carry out a lot of functions actually. Hopefully, in December, Crash can build a wind turbine. Perhaps that’s why Crash won first place last month at the 2014 BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics competition held at University of West Florida. The Woodlawn Beach Middle School Robotics Club and its robot, Crash, beat out 13 local teams at […]

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