Water quality on Navarre Beach in the clear

Water quality on Navarre Beach in the clear

Compared to the water quality in neighboring beaches in Escambia and Okaloosa counties, Navarre area beaches scored best according to most recent state Department of Health results. The Florida Healthy Beaches Program provides up-to-date water quality testing and lists data on the amount of fecal coliform and enterococci, both enteric bacteria, that normally inhabit the […]

Navarre pedestrian suffers serious injuries

Navarre pedestrian suffers serious injuries

A 29-year-old pedestrian suffered serious injuries yesterday morning after being struck by a car on Highway 98 near Coral Street. Nathan Holder, of Navarre, was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by 75-year-old Albert Nelso, also from Navarre just before 6:30 a.m. Nelso was traveling eastbound in the outside lane of Highway 98 when the […]

Navarre High School cadets place 12th at Nationals

Navarre High School cadets place 12th at Nationals

The Navarre High School NJROTC Orienteering Team took home 12th place overall at the national competition in Elberton, Ga. March 8 and 9. A total of 22 schools and 331 students from as far away as California competed. Orienteering, the sport of finding one’s way in unfamiliar territory with nothing but a map and a […]

Students ‘Hope’ for dresses

Students ‘Hope’ for dresses

At just 15 years old, Navarre High School student Mariah Whitworth is making a big impact with her charity and support group HOPE Nation. The acronym HOPE stands for Helping Out People Everywhere, and Whitworth along with 16-year-old Katherine Kowalski are accomplishing just that since starting the group three months ago. About a dozen students […]

Stolen truck found in Wal-Mart parking lot

Stolen truck found in Wal-Mart parking lot

A truck stolen from Tennessee was recovered Wednesday in the parking lot at the Navarre Wal-Mart. Officers with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office found the 2014 silver Chevy parked without a tag. Judy Thomas, technician with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, was collecting evidence from the vehicle that afternoon before […]

Middle school chefs

Middle school chefs

Parents got to sample more than a dozen student-chef-created culinary delights at Holley-Navarre Middle School Monday night as part of the school’s Family Fest event. “Students had to prepare and bring a dish from home for a cooking competition that highlights healthy alternatives,” said HNMS Dean Pete Della Ratta. “Many students came up with their […]

Video games serve as creative outlet

Video games serve as creative outlet

For Gulf Breeze Middle School student Tanner Williams, an interest in video games has led him to discover a new talent for making and editing game-play videos on his YouTube channel, LegendOfGuiga. Williams, 14, started making the game-play videos two months ago as a way to interact with other gamers online. He has made more […]

Four pounds of marijuana seized in Fort Walton Beach

Four pounds of marijuana seized in Fort Walton Beach

More than 4 pounds of marijuana was seized Monday after an investigation led to the arrest of three Fort Walton Beach men, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The investigation first started when members of the Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force intercepted a United States Postal Service parcel containing approximately 1 […]

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted unanimously Monday to begin negotiations for the renovation of the Tiger Point Golf Course Clubhouse and Pro Shop. The city will negotiate a contract with architectural firm Bay Design Associates, Inc. for the design and construction management of the renovation. “We had some communication with the architects and they […]

Wal-Mart buys Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Market location

Wal-Mart buys Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Market location

Previously leasing the property, Wal-Mart has purchased a lot at the location of the Gulf Breeze Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market for $3.15 million. Anchored in the shopping center located at 334 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Wal-Mart opened in 2012 after Bruno’s closed its doors at the location several years ago. The 3-and-a-half acre property which includes the […]

Pace man found guilty for molesting stepdaughters

Pace man found guilty for molesting stepdaughters

A man was found guilty Thursday of 10 counts of sexual battery upon a child by a person in familial or custodial authority and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation for the sexual abuse of his three stepchildren while the family lived in Pace. According to a state attorney’s office news release, Donzell Kevin […]

Son helps father finish bucket list ride

Son helps father finish bucket list ride

A father and son duo from Colorado is cycling nearly 600 miles across the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Tour de Cure to support the fight against diabetes. About halfway through their trip, cycling coach Brian Friend and his dad Gary stopped at Bob’s Bike Shop in Fort Walton Beach to […]

UPA president resigns

UPA president resigns

Don Richards officially resigned as president of the United Peninsula Association  at a meeting at the Tiger Point Golf Club Tuesday night. “This is my fifth and final year on the board,” Richards said. “I cannot continue past this meeting as the president. We really need to have someone step up.” No members volunteered for the […]

New Holley-Navarre Fire Commissioner appointed

New Holley-Navarre Fire Commissioner appointed

Charlie Batson was sworn in to fill the vacant seat on the Holley-Navarre Fire Board of Commissioners Monday night, after Shannon Stone resigned from his seat Feb. 4. Batson is a member of the Navarre Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a volunteer with the Trauma Intervention Program of Northwest Florida. Batson will serve on […]

Man robs Holley home after solicitation attempt

Man robs Holley home after solicitation attempt

A man posing as a door-to-door salesman offering a carpet cleaning service robbed a residence on Forester Road Sunday night, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office offense report. The man was described as a white male possibly in his 20’s, 5’10 to 6’0 tall with brown hair and an unshaven scruffy look. The […]

Gulf Breeze woman pleads no contest for leaving pets to starve

Gulf Breeze woman pleads no contest for leaving pets to starve

[media-credit id=18 align=”alignright” width=”240″]n[/media-credit]A woman who abandoned her home on Winding Shore Drive in Gulf Breeze has pleaded no contest for leaving six cats and dogs in the residence without food or water for several months. In November 2012, Toni Amaro Phelps, 41, was arrested after several complaints led officers to find decaying animal carcasses […]

Grandmother helps wanted GB man escape police

Grandmother helps wanted GB man escape police

A 74-year-old woman hid her grandson in the trunk of her car in an attempt to conceal him from officers Wednesday, according to a Gulf Breeze Police Department arrest report. Janice Brady was arrested for aiding in the escape of her grandson Nicholas Logan, 28. Logan had an active felony warrant out of Escambia County […]

HN Fire District Commissioner resigns

HN Fire District Commissioner resigns

Holley-Navarre Fire District Commissioner Shannon Stone formally resigned from his seat Tuesday. According to HNFD executive assistant Melissa Severt, the former vice chair resigned because he could not dedicate the time he wanted to serving on the board while working two jobs. Stone also serves as battalion chief with the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department. […]

SWAT assists with Gulf Breeze arrest

SWAT assists with Gulf Breeze arrest

SWAT assisted Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies as they attempted to serve several active warrants at  the 1200 block of Sanibel Lane in Gulf Breeze Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, Christopher Robert Creighton, 42, refused to exit the home. SWAT arrived on scene and made entry, and Creighton was apprehended and taken into custody. More information […]

Milton man breaks into neighbors’ home with sledgehammer

Milton man breaks into neighbors’ home with sledgehammer

A man broke into a Milton residence with a sledgehammer Saturday and threatened two of his neighbors, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Albert Wiles Jr., 30, was arrested after getting into a physical altercation with two men and using a sledgehammer to break a window and deadbolt on the front door […]

Navarre’s Danielle Clark SRC Teacher of the Year

Navarre’s Danielle Clark SRC Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa County School Board members and foundation members surprised fourth grade teacher Danielle Clark this morning in her classroom with her students surrounding her. Clark started her teaching career at Holley Navarre Intermediate School ten years ago, where Clark was also a student at one time.   Clark is a mentor not only to her […]

Elderly person found dead from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

Elderly person found dead from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

An elderly person was found dead yesterday at a residence on the 9900 block of Mariposa Street in Navarre from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports. Deputies responded to the residence yesterday at 2:15 pm. Upon arrival, EMS and the Holley-Navarre Fire District were already on scene. Deputies were advised […]

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation and its partner Santa Rosa Medical Center have announced the three finalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Jason Olson, Gulf Breeze High, Danielle Clark, Holley-Navarre Intermediate and April Laurent, Oriole Beach Elementary have been named as finalists. The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday, Feb. […]

Teen breaks into Gulf Breeze homes

Teen breaks into Gulf Breeze homes

A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday after reportedly breaking into two Gulf Breeze residences, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Cody Vincent of Gulf Breeze was charged with two counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, two counts of grand theft larceny, one count of drug possession and two counts of […]