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Author shares self-publishing tips

Author shares self-publishing tips

After publishing more than a dozen works, Amazon author Dave Jeffers of Navarre decided to share what he has learned with up-and-coming writers. He’s made a 30-minute webinar (a seminar viewed on the internet) that allows anyone interested in learning about writing and publishing books a chance to hear about it from someone who has […]

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Corliss Castro never imagined she would become a park ranger. Before getting into the career, she was in a job on the opposite end of the spectrum. “I was a secretary in a medical office and indoors all day,” Castro said. She applied for a secretary position at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City […]

Husser embraces new role as senior center board president

Husser embraces new role as senior center board president

During the Holley Navarre Senior Center’s general meeting Friday afternoon, new board president TJ (Teresa) Husser turned on music at one point. The song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” played and it was symbolic of the atmosphere Husser is trying to create at the center as she settles into her new role. In the past, there […]

Planners seek input on biking, pedestrian paths

Planners seek input on biking, pedestrian paths

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization is currently in the process of developing its pedestrian/bicycle plan. Workshops have been held and a survey is available on Facebook as the TPO gathers input to help set in motion a plan to create a continuous, connected and accessible pedestrian and bicycle network for users of all ages and […]

Lions “crusade against darkness” for 100 years

Lions “crusade against darkness” for 100 years

Spanning across more than 100 years and around the globe in 192 countries, Lions Club International is a powerful force for philanthropy. From local fundraisers to international health care efforts, the club has had massive impacts. And locally, Lions are also making a difference. In Navarre, 14 individuals have taken up the mantel of “Lionism.” […]

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

On the evening of Jan. 24, thousands of volunteers across the nation will take to the streets with pens in hand to count the nation’s homeless in shelters and camps, beneath highway overpasses, in wooded areas and more as part of the 2018 HUD Point in Time Count (PIT). The goal is to get a […]

Best webcam in Florida on Navarre Beach

Best webcam in Florida on Navarre Beach

Entrepreneur and photographer Kenny Wilder has many passions. One is for his Christian faith and the other is for his hobbies including photography which he is well-known for in northwest Florida. He has many followers on his Facebook page. In fact, he must wait until someone “de-friends” him before he can add another – and […]

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Driving along U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, it is hard not to notice the large machinery erected along the roadside, especially when massive white plumes are billowing from it. But there is nothing to fear, said Ciara Travis, community engagement public affairs specialist for the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt. In fact, the […]

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

In a life-threatening emergency, Santa Rosa County residents receive care from the men and women of Lifeguard EMS and firefighters/paramedics. When it becomes clear that an ambulance is not enough, they call in the helicopter. This fleet of flying ambulances is crewed by trained flight clinicians who can provide crucial life-sustaining care while in the […]

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

In an unusually large turnout, the meeting room of Regency Condominiums was full Jan. 5 as the Navarre Beach Fire District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Danny Fureigh as the new fire chief. Board chair John Lewis joked that he did not realize Fureigh had so many friends. He then had Fureigh take […]

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Despite the sun beaming down from a nearly cloudless sky, sheets of ice still were still lingering around the edges of tidal pools along Santa Rosa Sound at midmorning last Friday. Standing at the water’s edge, Jeff Waldorf looks like something out of a science fiction film. He slowly turns his head back and forth, […]

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Fueled by continued frustration over congestion on U.S. Highway 98, the Santa Rosa County Commission took a step forward Monday toward creating an alternative route. The board approved a feasibility study on the possible construction of a Navarre Community Access Road north of U.S. Highway 98 between Edgewood Drive and Whispering Pines Boulevard. A joint […]

A heart for Baby Junior

A heart for Baby Junior

In the Streacker home, the sound of cartoons on the television is common. With two boys, ages 22 months and 4 years, the house is always busy. Junior, the youngest, ran around the house, cracker in hand, chasing the family tortoise. His Superman pajamas declared him “brave, strong, huggable.” Junior is not one to meet […]

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

  Local legislators want to acquire the Garcon Point Bridge, but first they have to sell the deal to fellow lawmakers and then to current private owners of the bonds that funded the bridge’s construction in 1999. The devil will be in the dollars. “Even if it just costs $100, you know some people are […]

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

When Community Life United Methodist Church opens its doors for the second annual Night to Shine, hundreds of people with special needs will take part in a unique prom experience. Limousine rides, make-over stations, paparazzi and, of course, plenty of dancing will fill the night of Feb. 9 with fun. At the end of the […]

Accusations and illegal activity infiltrate water board election process

Accusations and illegal activity infiltrate water board election process

Today, hundreds of residents in Holley by the Sea found flyers that were inside their mailboxes without postage. The full-color flyer was an introduction to Gaius Bruce in his re-election bid for then Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors. Flyers were brought to the Navarre Post Office and Bruce promptly received a call from […]

Recreational options abound at Eglin

Recreational options abound at Eglin

For more than 50 years, military land has been open to the public for outdoor recreational activities, and that includes the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation at Jackson Guard. The Sikes Act triggered that opening in 1960, ensuring that wildlife and natural resources on military lands are protected and enhanced. Chris Johansen, a wildlife biologist […]

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 […]

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

The holiday season was made a little brighter for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, thanks to the Christmas for Seniors Initiative. Started in 2009, businesses in the area, as well as community members, donate money and gifts, such as pajamas, heaters, microwave ovens, food, crafts and puzzles. The initiative meets a need […]

Resources for autism improving, still long way to go

Resources for autism improving, still long way to go

When parents receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child, it can be overwhelming. Stacey Greenhaw knows this well. Greenhaw’s son Carson, 6, has autism. Carson loves to play flag football. He attends school at West Navarre Primary, and he loves the Navarre High School Raiders football team that his dad coaches. Carson […]

4D Ultrasound offers new view of baby

4D Ultrasound offers new view of baby

For many mothers, seeing their baby’s face for the first time is a powerful experience. With ever-growing technology, that glimpse is becoming more detailed. High-definition, 4D ultrasounds allow moms and dads (and siblings) to see an unborn baby in amazing detail. From the shape of the nose to the fingers, these ultrasounds offer an almost […]

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

With more than 2,500 bills already on the docket, Florida legislators will be back in the Capitol to duke it out Jan. 9 as the 2018 legislative session kicks off. The 160 men and women of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate will be joined by an army of lobbyists bringing to bear their […]

Gulf Breeze questions audit petitions

Gulf Breeze questions audit petitions

Unable to fend off a state audit of his city’s operations, Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser is casting doubt on the number of petitioners who requested the review. In a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee dated Dec. 7—obtained by a public records request—Dannheisser questioned a previous assertion by State Sen. Doug Broxson that […]

Pier restaurant and shop nearing completion

Pier restaurant and shop nearing completion

Those hoping to savor grub from the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier’s newest restaurant won’t have to wait much longer. Though initially set to open at the onset of 2018, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises’ (GSE) restaurant and other spaces are nearing completion for an end of January opening. GSE took up the lease and operation responsibilities […]

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Navarre was a very different community 40 years ago. In a lot of ways it was barely a community at all. In a way Navarre was simply the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 with a few homes nearby. There was not a traffic light, a school, a postal code or even […]

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

The surf along Navarre Beach let up for this year’s New Year’s Day plunges, but the temperatures were almost freezing. During the beach’s newest Jan. 1 event, the Pirate Plunge, wind gusts reached 24 miles per hour and the temperature was 32 degrees. Still, a few dozen brave souls went running into the Gulf of […]

Will you take the plunge?

Will you take the plunge?

On the first day of the year, Navarre Beach residents and visitors will gather for a long-standing tradition. Toes in the cold sand, some dressed in costume, they will gather at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico or inches from Santa Rosa Sound. Then as one big group they will all scurry, dive and […]

Navarre First Assembly brings Nativity to life

Navarre First Assembly brings Nativity to life

From three wise men bringing gifts from far-off lands to angels appearing before startled shepherds to a newborn Jesus being laid in a manger, members of Navarre First Assembly of God acted out the story of the birth of Jesus during their annual Live Nativity last weekend. This drive-thru retelling featured scripture from the Bible […]

County administrator out on medical leave

County administrator out on medical leave

Santa Rosa County has been without a county administrator in the office for more than a month. Tony Gomillion has been out of the office since Nov. 13 on a medical leave of absence, according to county Public Information Officer Brandi Whitehurst. Read the full article in the Dec. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Thursday Respite Program says farewell

Thursday Respite Program says farewell

It started as five parents with a common need: support for their special-needs young adults who had aged out of high school. They were faced with providing 24/7 care for their adult children in an area where resources were nonexistent. To find a place for their children, they would have to travel to Milton, Fort […]

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