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Florosa teen charged in shooting death

Florosa teen charged in shooting death

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 19-year-old on a manslaughter charge Sept. 22 after an alleged incident while “playing around” with a loaded gun.  According to a press release, a 21-year old man is dead and his 19-year old friend is charged with manslaughter after the suspect said they were playing around with an AK-47 […]

HBTS President: I’m not going to put up with staff being abused like that

HBTS President: I’m not going to put up with staff being abused like that

Members of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association board of directors heard some choice language Thursday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. About 20 members were also in the audience when staff played three recordings of conversations between angry homeowners and the staff members who fielded their calls. In one of the calls, which […]

Woman killed in Holley head-on car crash

Woman killed in Holley head-on car crash

A two car accident on Highway 87 in Holley left one woman dead and another seriously injured Friday night.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, a 44-year-old Pensacola woman was killed in the head on style collision.  The unnamed woman was driving a sedan north in the outside lane of 87 just south […]

Yellow River evacuation alerts explained

Yellow River evacuation alerts explained

Yellow River is set to crest Sunday, but not everyone that received evacuation orders due to potential flooding needs to worry said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. Baker provided details on the river’s flood potential Friday via Facebook Live. There are areas along the southern portion of Coachman Road, along Fisher Road and near Ward […]

Editor starts new journey, hopes readers will join her

Editor starts new journey, hopes readers will join her

I have started on a new journey, both literally and figuratively. Last Wednesday marked my first day as the editor of the Navarre Press after more than 20 years at a daily newspaper. It also marked the first day in six months that I’ve worked from a location other than my bedroom floor. That was my […]

Latest updates on road and bridge closures

Latest updates on road and bridge closures

Here are the latest updates from the Florida Department of Transportation on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. Escambia County Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all Jackson County R. 166 […]

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Miniature American flags covered the front lawn of Navarre High School Friday morning, each one placed by Navarre Navy JROTC cadets in the pre-dawn hours of a humid September day. There were 2,977 flags in all, each representing a life lost on the tragedy-filled day of Sept. 11, 2001. Two planes crashed into the Twin […]

Two families broken

Two families broken

When the news of a double homicide at 2607 Bobwhite Circle in Navarre broke Sept. 14, it was a double tragedy for Misty Howell. Watching the goings on from her home in Illinois she was faced with the loss of her stepfather John Hendricks, 58, stabbed to death in his own home. But she also […]

Son of Navarre homicide victim needs help to cremate his dad

Son of Navarre homicide victim needs help to cremate his dad

The 19-year-old son of a man brutally killed in his Navarre home Sunday night needs help paying to bury his father. John Hendricks, along with the suspect’s girlfriend, Samantha Huffman, were found dead in his Bob White Circle home by Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies. Hendricks’ stepson, Courtney “Cory” Howell, has been charged with murder, […]

Ex-Gulf Breeze mayor charged with stalking, sexual offense

Ex-Gulf Breeze mayor charged with stalking, sexual offense

Investigation into ex-Gulf Breeze mayor and Capital Trust Agency head Edward “Ed” Gray, III resulted in charges ranging from stalking to felony sexual video voyeurism.  Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Aug. 5 raided Gray’s home at 1 Gray Oaks Lane in Gulf Breeze as part of an “active investigation.” Details of the nature of the investigation […]

Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

UPDATE, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Deputies responding to a homicide on Bobwhite Circle in Navarre Sept. 13 found their suspect covered in blood, waiting outside the home, Sheriff Bob Johnson announced Monday in a press conference. Courtney “Corry” Howell, 38, was arrested at 2607 Bobwhite Circle and charged with double homicide. His three children were […]

Cost of single-family housing in county set for hike

Cost of single-family housing in county set for hike

Those looking to buy new construction homes in Santa Rosa County need to prepare their wallets. The cost of a single-family home could rise by roughly $46,504, in a market where costs were already on the way up. Let’s do the math. $16,000= Lumber increase Local and national building industry representatives have raised concerns about […]

Trump extends Gulf oil drilling ban for 10 years

Trump extends Gulf oil drilling ban for 10 years

By John Haughey, The Center Square Most expected President Donald Trump Tuesday to tout his record in allocating the full federal $200 million annual commitment to the 40-year, $10.5 billion Everglades restoration plan for only the second time since Congress approved it in 2000. Instead, during a campaign stop in Jupiter, Trump addressed another issue […]

Tourism making recovery

Tourism making recovery

Santa Rosa County’s tourist tax saw a 12.4% increase in revenues over this time last year, breaking a COVID-19 fueled slump in revenues. After hitting a historic low of less than $65,000 in April, taxes collected on overnight visitors were up to 10 times that, more than $650,000, putting the county back on par with […]

Majority of teachers hired back

Majority of teachers hired back

Every brick and mortar school in Santa Rosa County saw lower than anticipated enrollment, attributed to COVID-19. Anticipating the dropping attendance, the district laid off 83 teachers about a week before school start day. That number dropped to 28 by Labor Day as more students returned to the classroom than anticipated. And Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick indicated […]

Navarre Press welcomes new editor

Navarre Press welcomes new editor

Wendy Victora Rudman has two great loves in her life. First is her family, consisting of her husband and three college-aged children.   Second is writing. She’s bringing that passion to the Navarre Press, where she began serving as editor Sept. 9. Newspapers allow her passion to flourish. “I love to write. I would write […]

Housing assistance offered in Santa Rosa County

Housing assistance offered in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County residents in need of housing assistance due to COVID-19 can apply for help starting Sept. 9. The Santa Rosa County Housing Department received $1.6 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for mortgage/rent/utility assistance for residents that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Read the full article in […]

Children on bus during break-in attempt

Children on bus during break-in attempt

Law enforcement was called Sept. 4 after a Pace man allegedly tried to enter a school bus with children inside. Dispatch informed deputies of a man running around with his hands in his pockets on Hamilton Bridge Road at approximately 7:40 a.m. According to the arrest report, Camara Ford, 21, jumped onto the side of […]

Future of bars and breweries discussed at roundtable

Future of bars and breweries discussed at roundtable

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hopes to give Floridians the “ability to have some enjoyment in their life” by soon lifting on-site drinking restrictions imposed on bars and craft breweries since late June. The restrictions were put in place due to widespread non-compliance with coronavirus safety guidelines. But DeSantis said Thursday after nearly six months […]

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