Highway Patrol seeks information on incident

Highway Patrol seeks information on incident

In a statement issued by the Florida Highway Patrol, the department is seeking information on an incident that happened in Escambia County, Jan. 16. According to the release, FHP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers were monitoring commercial traffic on I-10 at Mile Marker 3 in the median at the weigh stations to ensure commercial vehicles were […]

Navarre turtle center welcomes green sea turtle

Navarre turtle center welcomes green sea turtle

A juvenile green sea turtle named Sweet Pea found her forever home at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Thursday morning. With frigid temperatures outside, she swam through the warm water of her new home’s pool upon her on her arrival from the Gulfarium CARE Center. “Sweet Pea is known as our miracle survivor,” […]

Single car wreck leaves one dead

Single car wreck leaves one dead

Edward Joe Meno Santos, age 36, of Milton, was killed Wednesday morning when he lost control of his car and crashed into a roadway milling machine. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Santos was traveling north on State Road 87 near OLF Choctaw Road when he encountered ice on the roadway. According to the accident […]

3 p.m. UPDATE: School and other closings

3 p.m. UPDATE: School and other closings

In addition to Santa Rosa County schools, the following businesses have issued closing or late opening announcements: Northwest Florida State College classes and administrative offices are closed Wednesday, this includes all student activities, art and athletics. Courts in Escambia and Santa Rosa County closed Wednesday. NAS Pensacola will be closed starting at 9 p.m. tonight […]

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

After 50 years, $50 million was just not enough. The University of West Florida celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a goal-smashing $64.4 million Capital Campaign, raised by almost 20,000 donors, including 55 planned gifts and nearly $18 million in scholarships. “We are truly grateful for the generosity of the community we serve, the alumni we […]

UWF breaks ground on Laboratory Sciences Annex

UWF breaks ground on Laboratory Sciences Annex

The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering broke ground Jan. 5 on a Laboratory Sciences Annex, which will be connected to the Life Sciences Laboratory on the Pensacola campus to provide additional space for classroom and wet research lab needs. The $26.26 million, state-of-the-art facility, comprising 52,790 gross square feet, […]

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION | Legal #3158

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF SHIRLEY JANE HALPIN, Deceased.  File No. 2017-CP-525 Division D   NOTICE TO CREDITORS   The administration of the estate of SHIRLEY JANE HALPIN, deceased, whose date of death was October 20, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court […]

Convicted felon receives 30 years for gun possession

Convicted felon receives 30 years for gun possession

After allegedly holding people hostage at gun point in Navarre, a convicted felon has been sentenced to at least 30 years, but more charges are set to come. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Daniel Frank Hawkins, 29, was sentenced Jan. 11 by Circuit Judge David Rimmer to 30 years in state prison as a […]

Attorney faces 15 years for high speed chase

Attorney faces 15 years for high speed chase

After leading police on a high speed chase through Navarre and Gulf Breeze, a south Florida defense attorney was convicted of multiple charges Jan. 9. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Terra Neshonda Carroll was convicted by a Santa Rosa County jury of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in agency vehicle […]

Spray paint vandals identified, sought by police

Spray paint vandals identified, sought by police

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for two individuals suspected of vandalizing private property in the Navarre area. Tyree Travon Hawkins, 21, and Kaitlin Elizabeth Skrivanie, 19, are facing six counts of criminal mischief and one felony in connection to an incident that occurred Dec. 2, 2017. During the overnight hours, the Santa Rosa County […]

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Russel Edmund Scott, a 49 year old detention deputy with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for theft of intellectual property. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Rich Aloy says the Sheriff’s office initiated the investigation of Scott. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the five semifinalists selected from 33 school nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Congratulations to April Ballard, S.S. Dixon Intermediate; Erin Cosky, Gulf Breeze High; Mark Sargent, Santa Rosa High; Christina Andrus, West Navarre Primary; Joshua Odom, Woodlawn Beach Middle. The SREF Teacher of the Year […]

Fatal wreck at Edgewood intersection

Fatal wreck at Edgewood intersection

A two car wreck at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and U.S. Highway 98 claimed the life of 26 year old Richard G. Litterst of Navarre. The Florida Highway Patrol report says that Litterst was driving his 2008 Chevy Cobalt south on Edgewood Drive and approached the red traffic light at the intersection. At the […]

Body found in car identified

Body found in car identified

At around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, dispatchers received a call regarding a possible shooting in the Juana’s parking lot. When deputies arrived, a man was found dead in a car at the location. Major Crimes Division and a crime scene technician processed the scene and began the investigation. While detectives have not discovered any indications of […]

Navarre joy rides land teens in jail

Navarre joy rides land teens in jail

In addition to totaling one stolen vehicle, a Milton teen allegedly stole another vehicle to do “donuts” on the Hidden Creek Golf Course before finally being taken into custody. Michael Perrin, 18, was arrested Dec. 29 in connection to the thefts of three vehicles during the months of September and October 2017. According to Santa […]

Florida minimum wage increases 15 cents

Florida minimum wage increases 15 cents

Minimum wage workers in Florida rung in the New Year with a raise of 15 cents per hour. As of Jan. 1, hourly workers in the state must be paid at least $8.25 per hour, through an annual adjustment by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO). The state wage is now $1 higher than […]

Service dog or support animal?

Service dog or support animal?

Much has been made recently about the rules and recognitions belonging to the different service classes of dogs and other animals. We break down the differences here: Service dog: (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section) Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the American With […]

Hotel construction planned along Navarre Parkway

Hotel construction planned along Navarre Parkway

Despite lengthy delays, construction of a new hotel along Navarre Parkway near the eastern foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge could be underway soon. Owners of the vacant parcels between Tommy Snowballs and the foreclosed Helen Back Again have filed for a variance to allow construction of the multistory hotel closer to the property lines. […]

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

With an increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) encourages everyone to protect themselves and their families from the flu by getting vaccinated. According to reports from the Emergency Department at Santa Rosa Medical Center, 2.8 percent of the emergency department […]

Navarre’s JROTC program headed to Nationals

Navarre’s JROTC program headed to Nationals

Navarre’s Junior ROTC unit swept the orienteering competition for the second consecutive year and is headed back to nationals. The competition was held at Oak Mountain State Park over the weekend and Navarre placed first on the green, orange and yellow courses. Shaun Parcher had the top time for the boys on the green course, […]

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Following his conviction for battery of a police dog and other charges, a Pace man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Santa Rosa County Circuit Judge John Simon on Dec. 12 sentenced David Lecannon Smith, 36, to 10 years in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender. Read the full article in the […]

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Just a day after receiving the prestigious Rebecca Evans award from the Navarre Area Board of Realtors, Mike Simpson took over the Chairman’s seat of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Board of Directors. Simpson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, was also awarded the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year award. In presenting Simpson […]

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Howard has resigned his position with the department. In a letter to the department’s board of commissioners tendered Monday, Dec. 4, Howard resigned requesting two months of severance pay and three months of health insurance. The fire commissioners discussed the task of replacing Howard at their regularly scheduled meeting […]

NOTICE TO CREDITORS | Legal #3147

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLORIDA                       PROBATE DIVISION IN RE:  ESTATE OF JOSEF E. MARTENS Deceased.   File No.  2017 CP 479 Division  C   NOTICE TO CREDITORS   The administration of the estate of Josef E. Martens, deceased, whose date of death was October 27, 2017, is pending in the […]

ADVERTISEMENT OF DELINQUENT TAXES | Legal #3145

NOTICE TO BIDDERS ADVERTISEMENT OF DELINQUENT TAXES   Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Santa Rosa County, Florida, will receive sealed bids for the advertisement of delinquent taxes.   Advertisements for the real property delinquent tax list shall run once a week for three (3) weeks and the personal property […]

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