Navarre Garden Club hosts free tree giveaway

Navarre Garden Club hosts free tree giveaway

Local residents lined up at Baptist Medical Park Navarre Saturday morning for a free tree giveaway. Members of the Navarre Garden Club were there distributing nearly 5,200 free trees of five varieties including red maple, silver maple, green ash, yellow poplar and live oak. Jo Parnell of the Navarre Garden Club said that the club […]

Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year

Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year

For Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year Mary Ellen Woods, her love of working with children is what prompted her to pursue a lifelong dedication to nurturing growing minds. The kindergarten teacher has been at HNPS for nine years and has been teaching for 16 years. “I have always enjoyed being around children,” […]

Chamber announces Chef for “Taste”

Chamber announces Chef for “Taste”

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) announced Friday Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be the headliner for the 2014 Taste of Navarre, which will be held Sunday, May 4 in Navarre Park. Chef Samuelsson has appeared on numerous Food Network programs, Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and is co-host of ABC’s The Taste. He is […]

Couple travels through Navarre by horseback, bike

Couple travels through Navarre by horseback, bike

If you drove Highway 98 last Friday then you might have seen Meadow, trotting down the shoulder of the road alongside traffic. A literal dog and pony show, Meadow the horse, her owner Hannah Lauzon, her fiancé Kevin Harvey and their dog Olive trekked through Navarre last week from Asheville, N.C. with no particular destination or […]

Aydelott found incompetent

Aydelott found incompetent

In a competency hearing held Jan. 23, Brandon Aydelott was ordered to the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee to undergo a mental evaluation, which is expected to be complete within six months.  Aydelott was found incompetent to stand trial in the Christmas Eve murder of his mom, Holley Navarre Middle School teacher Sharon Aydelott. During […]

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Northbound and southbound lanes of the Pensacola Bay Bridge/Three-Mile Bridge re-opened just after 1 p.m. today. I-10 is also now open. The following roads and bridges are also open: Navarre Beach Causeway (SR 399 Bridge between Navarre and Navarre Beach) U.S. 90 is open with hazards between Escambia and Santa Rosa County The Yellow River Bridge […]

Holley by the Sea house fire displaces family

Holley by the Sea house fire displaces family

A mother and her two sons were displaced after a fire started in their Holley by the Sea home early Friday morning. Holley-Navarre Fire District responded to 1999 Bayou Drive just after midnight and firefighters were able to put the blaze out in about 30 minutes. Elaine McFee and her sons Ryan, 17, and Charlie, 12, […]

Life after high school: Group aims to garner support for young adults with developmental disabilities

Life after high school: Group aims to garner support for young adults with developmental disabilities

On their 22nd birthday, young adults in Florida who have not earned a diploma age out of the public school system. This is also true for young adults with developmental disabilities. Local parents who have children with various disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy have started a group – Hope HEALS (Helping Exceptional […]

Christmas in January for HNMS

Christmas in January for HNMS

A local company’s generosity will allow students at Holley-Navarre Middle School to stay up-to-date with the most current technology software and programs. Employees from Advanced Enterprises Inc. (AEI) went to HNMS Friday and delivered 145 computer systems, so the school can now install the Windows 7 update, which it was unable to do on its […]

Local screenwriters gain buzz for short film

Two aspiring filmmakers from Navarre have developed a screenplay for a short film, and they are raising money in hopes of catapulting it into the film festival circuit. Friends Michael Voit and Nicole Voas, two Air Force veterans, have teamed up to develop a short film titled “Unbridled Chaos.” They’ve named their writing team V&V […]

Flu Impacting Young Adults

Flu Impacting Young Adults

Cases of the flu, including the H1N1 strain of the virus, are continuing to rise across the country. H1N1, originally known as swine flu, has even resulted in deaths here in Santa Rosa County. Children and the elderly have traditionally faced the greatest risk from flu complications, but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports […]

Cold Stunning Affects Nearby Sea Turtles

Cold Stunning Affects Nearby Sea Turtles

Several area sea turtles were rescued recently as a result of the below-freezing temperatures the area has been experiencing. A condition known as “cold stunning” occurs when they are exposed to prolonged cold water temperatures. Last Tuesday, the water warmed up enough to allow Gulf Islands National Seashore to release five green sea turtles into the […]

Navarre celebrates Arbor Day

Navarre celebrates Arbor Day

The Navarre Garden Club hosted an Arbor Day ceremony Friday, and community leaders helped to plant a tree at Navarre High School. NHS Principal Brian Noack, Assistant Principal Brian Howell, Navarre Garden Club members Paul Considine and Dorothy Reynolds, Santa Rosa County Commissioner Jim Melvin and Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Tony Alexander […]

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Navarre man charged with child molestation

A Navarre man was arrested for sexual molestation of a girl under 12 years of age, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Paul Frank Small, 70, was arrested after the child told Department of Children and Families investigators that Small touched her private parts under her clothes during an interview on […]

Knapp sparks student engagement

Step inside Navarre High School math teacher Jeffrey Knapp’s classroom and it becomes immediately apparent the type of genuine relationship he shares with his students. Knapp, Navarre High’s Teacher of the Year, jokes with students as they walk into his classroom for third period on Monday, the first day back to school after the two-week […]

First responders pay their respects to Gajewski

First responders pay their respects to Gajewski

First responders, family and friends paid their respects Monday afternoon to Rodney “Big Daddy” Gajewski, a Gulf Breeze Lifeguard paramedic who died because of complications from the H1N1 virus. A memorial service was held at Coastline Calvary Church in Gulf Breeze to remember Gajewski, 47, who passed away Jan. 5 after battling the flu virus […]

Deceased man found in Fort Walton Beach identified

Deceased man found in Fort Walton Beach identified

A deceased person found on Christmas Day on Beachview Drive in Fort Walton Beach has been identified. The man has been identified as 20-year-old Levi Alfred Waltene Barnes, according to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department. The case is still pending further investigation, although no foul play is suspected.    

Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation and its partner Santa Rosa Medical Center have announced the five semifinalists selected from 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Jason Olson, Gulf Breeze High, Danielle Clark, Holley-Navarre Intermediate, April Laurent, Oriole Beach Elementary, Caryn Bell, Pace High and Kelly Barnes, Woodlawn Beach Middle, have been selected […]

Two break in to Navarre home, steal firearms

Two break in to Navarre home, steal firearms

Two men were arrested for burglary Thursday after stealing firearms from a Navarre residence, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Jarrell Cunningham, 21, and Dominique Robinson, 19, reportedly stole four loaded firearms from a residence on the 7400 block of Joyce Lane on Wednesday. The men were also with a minor at […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo announces “Gamba” as winning giraffe name

Gulf Breeze Zoo announces “Gamba” as winning giraffe name

The baby giraffe born two months ago at Gulf Breeze Zoo finally has a name. After a month-long naming contest, Gulf Breeze Zoo announced today that the winning submission was Gamba, which is African in origin and means “warrior.” Two people submitted the name, and have won a behind the scenes tour with the entire […]

Man arrested for sexual child abuse in Santa Rosa County

Man arrested for sexual child abuse in Santa Rosa County

A former Santa Rosa County man is facing 10 capitol felony counts of sexual battery on a child under 10 years old after being extradited from West Virginia, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. Kent W. Edwards, 58, was arrested after the juvenile victim came forward detailing repeated sexual abuse to detectives […]

Gulf Power completes U.S. 98 streetlight project

Gulf Power completes U.S. 98 streetlight project

Gulf Power has just completed the installation of nearly 1,000 LED streetlights from Bayshore Road in Gulf Breeze east through Navarre to the Okaloosa County line to help keep drivers more safe when traveling at night. The $2.5 million project was part of a partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and Santa Rosa County […]

Community celebrates life of Sharon Aydelott

Community celebrates life of Sharon Aydelott

 A “Luminary Celebration of Life” for Sharon Aydelott will be held at 5 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 4 at Navarre Park. This event will be to remember the life of beloved Holley-Navarre Middle School teacher Sharon Hill Aydelott through a memorial service and a release of lighted luminaries.  Funeral services were held for Aydelott yesterday at […]

Goodman: Gulf Breeze says goodbye

Goodman: Gulf Breeze says goodbye

Friends and family will say their final goodbyes Saturday to William “Cody” Goodman, a 17-year-old from Gulf Breeze who was shot Christmas Eve by a Pensacola Police Department officer after a high speed chase. Goodman was also scheduled to make a court appearance this month regarding a vehicular homicide that he was charged with earlier […]

Flu shots available, free for pregnant Medicaid recipients

Flu shots available, free for pregnant Medicaid recipients

The increased impact of the influenza infection has led Florida Medicaid to temporarily activate payment for Medicaid recipients who are pregnant and age 21 and older now through March. The Department of Health in Santa Rosa County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially […]

Wrong number leads to prostitution arrest

Wrong number leads to prostitution arrest

A Pensacola woman was arrested for prostitution on Thursday after accidentally mistaking an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigator for a former client, according to the arrest report. Schquita Warren, 27, first called the investigator on his county-issued phone. After he hung up, Warren texted and asked him if he would like the number to have […]

Man arrested for shooting dog

Man arrested for shooting dog

A Navarre man was arrested last Thursday for shooting his neighbor’s dog, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Donald Mitchell, 61, admitted to shooting Hulk, a 60-pound grey and white pitbull, with a pellet rifle while the dog was outside of his fence on Palo Alto Street in November. To read […]

Water system elections coming in 2014

Water system elections coming in 2014

Two seats on the Holley-Navarre Water System board are up for grabs for the upcoming year, and six candidates will be vying for the positions. Incumbents Sheldon Hutchins, secretary/treasurer, and board member Charlie Enghauser will be competing against newcomers Chris Richardson, Daryl Lynchard, James Dabney and Ashley Strabala for the seats, said HNWS general manager […]