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Meet the four candidates running for water board

Meet the four candidates running for water board

It’s time for a different election season as the list of candidates for the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors has been released. Four candidates are vying for three spots on the seven-member board that makes decisions about water and sewer service for the Holley-Navarre area. Current board members Daryl Lynchard, who is […]

Summerwinds evacuated for roof fire

Summerwinds evacuated for roof fire

Residents of the Inn at Summerwinds’ most eastern tower were evacuated around 4 p.m. Thursday due to a fire. The blaze broke out on the north eastern corner of the roof sending a pillar of smoke over the beach. Petra Francis of Navarre Properties, who’s office is located in the tower, said work crews have […]

Zoning board urges protection of wells

Zoning board urges protection of wells

Officials moved Nov. 12 to protect South Santa Rosa’s water supply following outcry by citizens and utilities. The Zoning Board (ZB) has recommended denial of a change to the comprehensive plan that would have allowed natural resource extraction over the protected wells in East Milton that supply water to all of South Santa Rosa County. The wells are […]

More than 81,000 votes already cast

More than 81,000 votes already cast

It’s less than 24 hours to Election Day, but most Santa Rosa County voters have already cast their ballots.  More than half (56%) of Santa Rosa voters either opted to vote by mail or early vote over the last few weeks. And that trend extends to both major political parties in the county. Democrats and […]

New grocery store could be coming to area

New grocery store could be coming to area

Navarre may be getting another grocery store complex near the Santa Rosa, Okaloosa county line. Along U.S. Highway 98, the more than 10-acre property includes a stretch of vacant land and the closed First National Bank of Florida. It borders Rosewood Avenue. In a pre-application meeting with Santa Rosa County Development Services in February, representatives […]

COVID-related issues force Raiders to cancel game

COVID-related issues force Raiders to cancel game

The football showdown between Navarre and Niceville Friday night at Eagles Stadium is no longer on the schedule. Because of issues related to COVID-19, Navarre athletic director Scott Murphy said a decision was made Thursday night to cancel the game. It will not be made up. Navarre head coach Jay Walls said he learned one […]

Homeless man charged in sexual attack on child

Homeless man charged in sexual attack on child

A 37-year-old homeless man has been accused of repeatedly forcing himself sexually on a child under the age of 12. At the time of the alleged abuse, Jeremiah Ivanoff had been staying with someone in Navarre, according to his Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Ivanoff is originally from Panama City and is unemployed, the […]

Navarre women help save girls caught in Destin current

Navarre women help save girls caught in Destin current

Two Navarre women, who jokingly call themselves “old surfer girls,” helped save two young girls who were swept out in the currents of the Destin pass Thursday. Brenda Stokes and Laura Barsh were looking for a place to surf when they decided to check out the east jetty in Destin. As they were wandering along […]

Man allegedly attempts ‘suicide by cop’

Man allegedly attempts ‘suicide by cop’

Santa Rosa deputies arrested a man in Milton Thursday, who is accused of trying to run over officers in an alleged suicide attempt.   Text messages sent Oct. 8 by Pace resident Daniel Paul Sunday, 33, led officers to believe he might be a danger. According to the arrest report, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office issued a […]

Gulf Breeze child sex arrest started on Snapchat

Gulf Breeze child sex arrest started on Snapchat

A Gulf Breeze man allegedly snuck into the home of a child he met on Snapchat to have sex. Now, he’s in Santa Rosa County Jail. Austin Davis, 19, is accused of felony lewd and lascivious battery after allegedly sneaking into the 14-year-old’s home and having sex with her.  According to the Santa Rosa County […]

Skanska: Barges prepped for potential hurricane impacts

Skanska: Barges prepped for potential hurricane impacts

While Pensacola Bay Bridge contractor Skanska USA was not prepared for Hurricane Sally’s winds and waves, this time they have made preparations for a hurricane-sized impact.  Barges from the contractor broke free Sept. 15 damaging property and smashing sections of the bay bridge after the storm’s track took a late eastern turn and intensification. According […]

Pensacola Bay Bridge repair to take six months

Pensacola Bay Bridge repair to take six months

Pensacola Bay Bridge is expected to remain closed for at least six months as crews repair sections smashed during Hurricane Sally, according to a press release from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  Sections of the bridge were damaged and five 150 foot spans were completely destroyed after more than 20 barges owned by bridge builder […]

Navarre Winn-Dixie to close for six months

Navarre Winn-Dixie to close for six months

Navarre’s Winn-Dixie is set to close Nov. 1 for a six month remodel, according to an email obtained by Navarre Press.  In the email,  Regional Vice President for Winn-Dixie Shawn Sloan says the grocery store at 8674 Navarre Pkwy. will undergo “significant investment” and a complete remodel.  The store is scheduled to close dependent on […]

Pace man arrested on 27 counts of child porn

Pace man arrested on 27 counts of child porn

Law enforcement arrested a Pace man Sept. 29 on 27 counts of allegedly downloading and sharing child pornography depicting children younger than 10.   Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Jeffery Carl Swenson, 56, of 5765 Quintette Road, Pace, on charges of obscene material possession depicting […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo on for this weekend, filling quickly

Navarre Fishing Rodeo on for this weekend, filling quickly

Despite the many obstacles that might have impeded the 7th annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, the fishing extravaganza is still a go this weekend. Navarre Fishing Rodeo is a fishing competition where anglers can fish from anywhere “except the frozen section of the supermarket,” said organizer, Sandpaper Marketing. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat, […]

Naked man allegedly runs through school grounds

Naked man allegedly runs through school grounds

Approximately 200 students of Gulf Pointe Latin School in Navarre watched Sept. 23 as a naked man ran through the school grounds. The man fled from first responders through the woods, then he ran through the school grounds, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. He has been identified as Jason Boucher, 32, […]

Stories from the storm

Stories from the storm

Hurricane Sally, which looked like it was going to be Louisiana’s problem, ended up becoming Northwest Florida’s. The Category 2 storm crawled onshore west of Navarre early on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 16 flooding homes, roads and rivers with storm surge and, in many cases, around a foot of rain. At the worst of […]

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