Exceptional students play at Raider Games

Exceptional students play at Raider Games

Navarre area exceptional students came out to play games, dance and just have fun at this year’s Raider Sports Ability Games at Navarre High School Friday. Jessica Howie, event organizer and exceptional-student educator at West Navarre Primary School, said that the third annual event had about 60 participants. Read more in the May 15 issue of […]

NBSTCC breaks ground on pools

NBSTCC breaks ground on pools

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center broke ground Tuesday on its new viewing pool, to be located in front of the center’s building. Bulldozers were clearing the area of cement and excess sand so that Aqua Pool & Patio, a pool installation and maintenance company from Fort Walton Beach, could begin construction on the 4 […]

Navarre High’s 2014 Prom Court

Navarre High’s 2014 Prom Court

The Navarre High School prom is Saturday night at Soundside at Hurlburt Field, and the following 12 seniors were chosen as this year’s Prom Court. 2014 NHS Prom Court Girls: Lauren Pride, Taylor Godbee, Kiera Foster, Jenna Bobbitt, Jenny Fitzpatrick and Hunter Moorer Boys: Colton Boney, Christian Gill, Gatlin Casey, Cam Smith, Chandler Moorer and Carson Morgan For full […]

Navarre’s National Honor Society ceremony

Navarre’s National Honor Society ceremony

Proud parents were at Navarre High School April 29 to recognize graduating seniors and bright students who were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. The graduating class included 38 seniors who received their stoles, and a total of 60 students were inducted during the ceremony as well. “In just a few […]

National Guard lends help in wake of flood

National Guard lends help in wake of flood

Men and women from the National Guard in Marianna were in Santa Rosa County Thursday assisting local fire departments in checking on badly flooded neighborhoods. Midway Fire District Lt. Jamie Chandler rode in one of the two all-terrain vehicles as they toured flooded Gulf Breeze subdivisions including Greenbriar Estates, Sanibel and Whisper Bay to see […]

County closes recycling drop-off sites

County closes recycling drop-off sites

Santa Rosa County commissioners voted Thursday to close the county’s  21 recycling drop-off sites until further notice due to health and safety risks from the overwhelming volume of recycling material not collected or processed by the county’s contractor, West Florida Recycling. According to a Santa Rosa County news release, sites will begin closing Friday, April 25. […]

Officer cleared for fatal shooting of Gulf Breeze teen

Officer cleared for fatal shooting of Gulf Breeze teen

The State Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that Pensacola Police Officer Chad Willhite has been cleared for the fatal Christmas Eve shooting of William “Cody” Goodman of Gulf Breeze. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation determined that the shooting of the 17-year-old was justified. Goodman was shot by Willhite after he led officers on a […]

Area residents face water woes

Area residents face water woes

The Navarre community is now no stranger to standing water. The area’s storm water drainage problem, exacerbated by this year’s above-normal rainfall, has residents frustrated and looking to Santa Rosa County for answers. For the third time in less than nine months, William Betty and his family have been forced to deal with the aftermath […]

New restaurant headed for Navarre

New restaurant headed for Navarre

The Holley-Navarre Water System Board voted April 15 to reduce the tap fees for a new hibachi restaurant opening up in the site of the former Hancock Bank on Navarre Parkway. During the board’s meeting, system engineer Buck Paulchek recommended reducing the tap fees for owner Roxanne Lee by more than half of the initial estimated tap […]

Pensacola Bay Bridge alignments discussed

Pensacola Bay Bridge alignments discussed

Florida Department of Transportation officials answered questions from members of the Project Advisory Group Tuesday regarding the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and its potential impacts on the Gulf Breeze community. “A central corridor would be the least disruptive to community facilities, marine environment, businesses and it would preserve the most amount of shoreline,” […]

Lauren’s Kids walk Highway 98 for sexual abuse prevention

Lauren’s Kids walk Highway 98 for sexual abuse prevention

Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren sought to turn her experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors. Book’s bus, […]

Navarre family’s home floods after storm

Navarre family’s home floods after storm

For the third time in less than nine months, a Navarre family has been forced to deal with the aftermath of the area’s extensive storm water drainage problems. The National Weather Service estimated thunderstorms dropped as much as three inches of rain in south Santa Rosa County Monday night and early Tuesday. William and Angela […]

Locals running Boston

Locals running Boston

A year has passed since the bombings at the Boston Marathon last April that left three people dead and hundreds injured. But that tragedy isn’t keeping runners away from the race this year. Navarre residents Paul and Cynthia Villanova will be traveling to Boston for the marathon April 21 to run the 26.2-mile race. As […]

Man sentenced to 330 years after child sex abuse conviction

Man sentenced to 330 years after child sex abuse conviction

A man convicted of sexual abuse against three young girls when he and his family lived in Pace was sentenced April 15 to 330 years in prison. Donzell Kevin Nuckles, 40, was sentenced by Santa Rosa Circuit Judge John L. Miller.  A Santa Rosa County Jury convicted Nuckles Feb. 27 of 10 counts of Sexual […]

Pensacola Humane Society raising money for injured puppy

Pensacola Humane Society raising money for injured puppy

 The Pensacola Humane Society has started a Facebook campaign to raise money for Olaf, a 14-week-old puppy that is recovering from amputation surgery after being struck by a car Saturday. “Two young women came into our office with a dog that had been hit by a car,” said Amanda Taft, Pensacola Humane Society communications coordinator. […]

NFL linebacker promotes healthy habits to Navarre students

NFL linebacker promotes healthy habits to Navarre students

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker LaRoy Reynolds was at Holley-Navarre Middle School Wednesday meeting with students and talking about leading healthy lifestyles. HNMS is involved with Fuel Up to Play 60, which is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL). Reynolds is currently in Gulf Breeze doing off-season […]

Navarre teen accused of sexual assault at house party

Navarre teen accused of sexual assault at house party

A 17-year-old Navarre High School student was arrested after being accused of sexual assault at his house party that took place March 1 on Raider Lane, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. Bryant Watson’s mother, Chrisheyl Watson, 40, was arrested April 3 for allegedly providing alcohol for the teen and his friends […]

Midway Fire uses babies in Safe Haven PSA

Midway Fire uses babies in Safe Haven PSA

More than 20 mothers brought their babies to the Midway Fire station Wednesday morning to help film a commercial raising awareness for Safe Haven for Newborns. The commercial, which features Midway firefighters and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s officers holding babies, will highlight the Safe-haven law in Florida which allows babies seven days or younger to […]

Sea turtle spectacular

Sea turtle spectacular

A fun family day proved to be a truly educational experience for the Bartling family, who were the overall winners in Saturday’s Amazing Race for Survival on Navarre Beach. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s first large-scale fundraising event was a success, and 13 teams came out to compete in a relay race to […]

Over $120,000 in cash recovered in Pensacola drug bust

Over $120,000 in cash recovered in Pensacola drug bust

 A man was arrested in Pensacola Thursday morning after an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Narcotics Unit located cocaine, marijuana, two weapons and approximately $123,713 in cash. Antonio Blackwell, 39,  was located in a residence on Marlane Drive after officers served a search warrant. According to the news release, cocaine was on Blackwell’s arms and legs. Cocaine […]

Fort Walton Beach couple charged with child neglect

Fort Walton Beach couple charged with child neglect

A couple from Fort Walton Beach was charged April 1 for neglect of their three children, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. Officers arrested Anthony Sosebee, 26, and his girlfriend Amanda Kaye Clayton, 24, after they found three children in their dirty home on Colton Way with no running water and evidence of […]

Fourth candidate enters school board district 3 race

Fourth candidate enters school board district 3 race

Fuchsia Ann Parris Spann filed March 17 as a candidate for Santa Rosa County School Board District 3 Representative. Spann, a real estate agent at Century 21 Island View Realty in Navarre,  is now the fourth candidate vying for the district 3 representative seat.  She is the third candidate to enter the school board race since […]

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

The Holley-Navarre Water System voted last Tuesday to make a $90,000 offer on a piece of land located on the Hidden Creek golf course, where Boo Weekley’s Charity Golf Tournament and Concert is held annually. For the past three years, the lot located near Hidden Creek’s parking lot has been donated by property owner John […]

Water rates less for Holley-Navarre residents

Water rates less for Holley-Navarre residents

Although capacity and usage play a role, location is what drives the price local residents pay for water. Water service rates and tap fees vary in south Santa Rosa County because each utility system sets its own rate schedule. For the past decade, a partnership between local utility systems called the Fairpoint Regional Utility Authority […]

Santa Rosa sixth healthiest county in Florida

Santa Rosa sixth healthiest county in Florida

The fifth annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps released today by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Santa Rosa County sixth out of the 67 counties in Florida. The study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data.  “We are very pleased that Santa Rosa County […]

Pharmacy employee steals thousands of pills

Pharmacy employee steals thousands of pills

A Gulf Breeze Wal-Mart pharmacy employee was arrested March 21 for stealing Hydrocodone pills by false prescription since 2010, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Forty-six-year-old Raine Webb Roberts is accused of using false prescriptions for a non-existent customer and using her own insurance information and employee discount card to receive […]

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