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Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Physical fitness and God go hand in hand. The Run for God program at First Baptist Church of Navarre is embracing that concept as it takes members of the church and public through a 12-week “couch to 5K” training program with a twist. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Q&A Meet the candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture

Q&A Meet the candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture

What motivated you to run, and what will your top priority be?   “I am running to address the issues that I believe will define this office in the coming decade: jobs, water, and our 2nd Amendment rights.” Matt Caldwell         “Seeing firsthand the broken nature of Florida politics with medical marijuana. […]

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighter Grant Winterberry, firefighter Chris Jines and Capt. Sean Hughes received special recognitions from Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and the Navarre Beach Fire Commissioners July 11 for their work to rescue a man and his young daughter on Navarre Beach in the morning before lifeguards had arrived for duty. On June 18 the victims were […]

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

The Navarre Beach Board of Fire Commissioners voted to finalize a proposal for the Navarre Beach Fire Department to take over supervision, staffing and management of the lifeguard program along Navarre Beach. Currently the Navarre Beach Utility manages the program for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre […]

Zoning Board packed over motocross debate

Zoning Board packed over motocross debate

Children of various ages in motocross gear accompanied dozens of adults who crowded into the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting hall the night of July 12 for the monthly Zoning Board meeting. The group gathered with a single goal in mind: Support Josh Neptune in his attempt to open a motocross facility at 8115 Munson […]

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter euthanized 4,058 of the 6,096 animals brought into the shelter in 2017. Hundreds of them were put to death not because of disease or behavior issues, but simply because there was no space to house them. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Up until this month, when a sea turtle larger than two feet wide got hooked off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, there was virtually no way to safely rescue the animal. Cathy Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol member and founder of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), explained that rescuers were limited […]

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

One doesn’t have to go far to find adventure in this area. There’s even a club for it right here on the Gulf Coast. Launched in Fort Walton Beach more than 15 years ago, the Adventure Club provides outdoor enthusiasts in the area the opportunity to do a variety of activities, including cycling, hiking, kayaking […]

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

As the clock winds down toward primary election day, tensions are high between incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and opponent Dave Piech. Williamson, owner of Rob Williamson Landscaping, was running for re-election unopposed until November 2017 when Piech filed to run. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Friends gather to remember Orsi

Friends gather to remember Orsi

Charlene Orsi became a teacher at Holley Navarre Intermediate School in 2014 after she and her family moved to Navarre. She was the mother of triplets–Catherine, Cadence and Patricia–and a fourth daughter, Adrianna. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Westgate families left without water

Westgate families left without water

Just outside NAS Whiting Field in Milton, a group of 12 families live in dated mobile homes clustered along a little dead-end street. Among the families are seniors and children as young as a year old. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Jeff Cole grew up in Milton and remembers when scallops were plentiful in the area. That isn’t the case anymore. The scallop population is severely depleted in the Panhandle, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission … Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Meet Robert, an athletic teenager with a smile that lights up a room! Robert’s favorite subject in school is social studies and with hard work, encouragement and support he does well in school. After school, you can find Robert either in the baseball outfield as the right fielder or on the football field as the […]

Exhibit showcases Warhol artwork

Exhibit showcases Warhol artwork

The University of West Florida’s Pensacola Museum of Art is hosting the interactive exhibition “Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker,” June 29 through Sept. 2. The exhibition will be in the Henderson Thornton and Kugelman family galleries and in Project Space in the Assembly Room in memory of Charles W. Lamar Sr. Read the full article in the […]

Caregiving for person with Alzheimer’s presents challenges

Caregiving for person with Alzheimer’s presents challenges

Stacy McLaughlin will tell you all about her father, Jim Holland, a man she considers to be super intelligent. She’ll tell you how he used to do crossword puzzles, how he loved to read, that he was handy and had the ability to fix almost anything. Alzheimer’s disease has stolen those abilities. Read the full […]

Churchgoers’ challenge: Escape from Noah’s ark

Churchgoers’ challenge: Escape from Noah’s ark

Entering the West Navarre Primary School cafeteria on recent Sunday, the congregation of Encompass Church Navarre was greeted by a large enclosed area decorated with rainbows, clouds and wild animals. Inside the area were a variety of puzzles and locked boxes, each color coded. In one locked box were eating utensils and plates. Read the […]

Contaminants minimal in Gulf Breeze tap water

Contaminants minimal in Gulf Breeze tap water

Let’s get this part out of the way: the drinking water provided by the City of Gulf Breeze through its two utilities to customers all the way from the city itself to Tiger Point isn’t perfect. But it isn’t likely to make you sick either. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of […]

Infrastructure grants off the table

Infrastructure grants off the table

Despite taking a hardline approach in May, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) flip-flopped Tuesday, voting to fund several out of cycle Local Event Marketing Grants just weeks before the TDC’s final budget proposal is due to the county. In doing so they gutted a plan to offer two $10,000 grants for the encouragement of budding […]

Water board lifts veil of secrecy on poll at 11th hour

Water board lifts veil of secrecy on poll at 11th hour

So many candidates, so little time. In most elections, the days right before the casting of ballots are the time when undecided voters can make up their minds or change them. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Q&A Meet the candidates for District 1 U.S. House of Representatives

Q&A Meet the candidates for District 1 U.S. House of Representatives

What motivated you to run, and what will your top priority be? “I love my country but have been disappointed with leadership that led us into wars without commitment to fight and win.  I have been dismayed in a government that colluded with big banks and credit rating agencies that crushed our citizens and small business […]

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Local surfer Brenda Stokes will be honored with the Lifesaving Award later this month after she successfully pulled a man caught in a rip current safely to shore aboard her surf board in late June. Stokes said she was on the beach that morning training a visitor to the county how to surf, but when […]

Navarre Hotel plan moves forward again

Navarre Hotel plan moves forward again

Construction plans are back on the table for a new hotel in Navarre following the reissuance of a development order for the land from Santa Rosa County. Located between Tommy Snowballs and the foreclosed Helen Back Again property, the 2 acres are owned by 8600 Nav Parkway LLC, licensed to Narendra Patel of Destin. Read […]

Townhome complex planned for 98

Townhome complex planned for 98

Developer D.R. Horton plans to build 78 townhomes on 6 acres along U.S. Highway 98 in west Navarre, but the project will require special approval from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board. Roughly 1,000 feet east of Edgewood Drive on the south side of 98, the new development would abut the existing Sound Retreat subdivision. […]

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Firefighters from multiple districts responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 7634 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. At roughly 3:20 p.m., vacationer R.J. Clarkston noticed smoke coming from a house a few lots down from his vacation rental. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Help wanted: Babysitters for shorebird chicks

Help wanted: Babysitters for shorebird chicks

Along the shoulder of the Navarre Beach bridge, roughly 100 threatened shorebird chicks have started to emerge from their eggs. Audubon Florida needs volunteers to help chick-sit. The causeway has served for many years as a nesting area for both black skimmers and least terns, said Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala. Read […]

TIP offers calm in the storm

TIP offers calm in the storm

Martina Sternberg was in the waiting room of an optometrist’s office when law enforcement called her with heartbreaking news. Her 22-year-old son had been killed in a car accident. At the time, she was accompanying her mother, who had late-stage Alzheimer’s. With her was her 1-year-old grandson, who now had no father. Read the full […]

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Santa Rosa County has formalized a policy to allow select groups to utilize the Santa Rosa County Visitor Information Center’s conference room. Under the new policy, the conference room will be available to all governmental entities, non-profits and Santa Rosa County Departments for official meetings, functions and events.

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

Training for an emergency was the top priority for lifeguards and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies Friday morning on Navarre Beach. First responders had a chance to familiarize themselves with a helicopter from ShandsCair that will be on hand if emergency transport is needed. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre […]

County pursues lease-fee laggards

County pursues lease-fee laggards

Three years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 a year, about 150 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies of $215,258. Some of the lease accounts have had overdue balances that started long before the county capped the fees in 2015, and a […]

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