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Budget recommendations set to benefit FWC conservation efforts

Budget recommendations set to benefit FWC conservation efforts

Budget recommendations are in place for the 2020-21 fiscal year in the state of Florida and several are set up to benefit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its environmental initiatives. More than $20 million is recommended to be dedicated to a wide range of initiatives, including $9.9 million to combat invasive species […]

Navarre holiday tradition celebrates 25th anniversary

Navarre holiday tradition celebrates 25th anniversary

This year marked the 25th annual Christmas in the Park for the Navarre community. Every year, the people of Navarre rally together to put on an extravaganza for the Christmas season. Local businesses and organizations come alongside the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to throw a full day of Christmas cheer. Read the full […]

Be a Santa to a Senior brings holidays to seniors in need

Be a Santa to a Senior brings holidays to seniors in need

The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles. As locals gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, Home Instead Senior Care reminds the community it is important to remember there are local seniors who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live […]

Gazebo rededicated to Butterfly House volunteer Blage

Gazebo rededicated to Butterfly House volunteer Blage

On Saturday afternoon at the Holley Navarre Senior Center, the new gazebo will be rededicated to the late Blair Blage. Nearly a decade ago, in April 2010, the original dedication took place in Navarre Park at the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH). Blage volunteered a lot of time to PBH and the community in his 20-plus […]

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

It’s been years in the making, but for the first time ever Saturday, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge was able to welcome visitors to its brand-new facilities in Holley.  Crowds of people turned out to make donations to the nonprofit and to explore the learning center and outdoor spaces during the official grand opening ceremony on […]

Q&A Holley Navarre Water System candidates

Q&A Holley Navarre Water System candidates

Four candidates are seeking election by the members (rate payers) to two seats on the Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) board of directors. Absentee voting has already begun, and the official election will be held during HNWS’s annual meeting Jan. 21. All candidates were asked about their qualifications and the future of the water system. […]

Pups need fosters during heartworm treatment

Pups need fosters during heartworm treatment

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter currently has dogs in need of special foster homes while they undergo medical treatment. Nine pups recently began treatment for heartworm and will need a foster home for a few months during the length of their care. If families are interested in adopting one of these dogs, they can also […]

Remembering the lost at NAS Pensacola

Remembering the lost at NAS Pensacola

Joshua Kaleb Watson once helped the United States Naval Academy rifle team defeat Army for the first time in a decade. It was a proud moment for the native of Enterprise, Alabama. A star on the team, boasting a four-year average score of 580.6 out of a possible 600, Watson even had an opportunity to […]

County eyes second try on sales tax

County eyes second try on sales tax

Santa Rosa County will likely be trying to pass a new local option sales tax on the November 2020 general election ballot based on discussion from the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) oversight committee’s Dec. 3 meeting. In an October special election, county commissioners asked voters to approve increasing the current LOST from a half […]

The essential gospel of Christ

The essential gospel of Christ

Late October, the north African rainy season nearing its end, an airliner carrying pastor Austin Huggins of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship in Milton crossed the vast Sahara Desert and touched down in Abuja, Nigeria. Huggins and a colleague, pastor Tom Smith, were in Nigeria to speak at a series of theological conferences sponsored by FirstLove Missions (missionsfirstlove.org). Abuja is a planned city strategically located in the middle of Nigeria in a bid to end a long […]

Old Fort Jackson integral to defense of Savannah in war time

Old Fort Jackson integral to defense of Savannah in war time

This is the latest in a series of articles on outdoor opportunities worth checking out both in Florida and, every so often, out of state. This story puts the spotlight on Old Fort Jackson during a trip to Savannah, Ga. Savannah didn’t fall to the Union until near the end of the Civil War, in part […]

Ramp-building program vital to elders in need

Ramp-building program vital to elders in need

For more than a decade now the Council on Aging of West Florida has been involved in building wheelchair ramps for vulnerable elders in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The program has helped create renewed independence for those who would otherwise be homebound. “We’ve been consistently building ramps since 2006, and we have completed about […]

Local graduates advanced flight school top of class

Local graduates advanced flight school top of class

Lt. j.g. Kyle A. Camilli of Navarre graduated Navy flight school top of his class. Camilli graduated Navarre High School in 2011, and he graduated from Auburn University in 2015 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business management (cum laude). He completed Primary Flight Training with Training Squadron Six aboard NAS Whiting Field and […]

Baptist Health Care Foundation announces Hollinger Award recipients

Baptist Health Care Foundation announces Hollinger Award recipients

The Baptist Health Care Foundation announced Nov. 12 the 2019 Hollinger Award recipients for outstanding service contributions to Baptist Health Care. The awards are presented to individuals, families or organizations that have exhibited exceptional generosity and community leadership through gifts of their time and/or financial support.

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic seeking county support

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic seeking county support

Efforts continue to bring a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to Santa Rosa County, which recently held one of the highest euthanasia rates for cats and dogs in the state. Since nonprofit A HOPE, and founder Brandi Winkleman, launched their efforts in 2016, euthanasia rates have plummeted, and the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter underwent […]

Center “getting a little fancy” for conservation cause

Center “getting a little fancy” for conservation cause

Local sea turtle advocates will shed their usual flip flops for evening attire Dec. 13 for an evening of conservation fundraising at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s second annual Sea Turtle Soirée. Executive director Jennifer Polus said this event is the largest fundraiser each year for the turtle center. Read the full article […]

Three things to know: Holiday fun coming this weekend

Three things to know: Holiday fun coming this weekend

Navarre will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of some community Christmas traditions this weekend. Families looking to get into the festive December spirit can make a safe bet on these events. 1. Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk Fun Run Kicking off the morning of fun will be the Navarre Beach Chamber Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk […]

Residents weigh in on East Bay plan

Residents weigh in on East Bay plan

Regional transportation planners and members of the community crowded into Live Oak Church along East Bay Boulevard Nov. 21 to brainstorm ways to improve the road just outside the door. The public workshop was part of a corridor management plan study underway for the 9.8-mile stretch, including its multiuse path.

New pastor at Holley Assembly of God

New pastor at Holley Assembly of God

On Aug. 4, Rev. Bo Senterfitt and his wife, Angela, began their ministry at Holley Assembly of God (AOG) in Navarre. The Senterfitts had become acquainted with the Navarre congregation back in 2012 when the reverend had applied for the position of senior pastor. The church was under the leadership of an interim pastor at […]

Holiday events in and around Navarre

Holiday events in and around Navarre

It’s that time of year once again. The coming weeks will see Navarre light up with holiday cheer and festivities the whole family can enjoy while creating holiday memories to last a lifetime. From our Navarre Press family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Dec. 5 Tree Lighting & Trees for Troops Join NAS […]

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

As flu activity begins to increase in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) is recommending flu shots for everyone over the age of six months. An annual flu shot can protect you, your family and the community, and is especially important for those in high risk groups, which […]

Restoration project on historic building underway at Fort Pickens

Restoration project on historic building underway at Fort Pickens

Work is underway to restore the historic Mine Loading Building at Fort Pickens. It will eventually be open for public use. The project is the first of three phases to stabilize and restore the building so that it can be used as an interpretive exhibit space for visitors to learn about the history of Fort […]

Operation Outdoor Freedom still going strong thanks to grants

Operation Outdoor Freedom still going strong thanks to grants

Operation Outdoor Freedom has been going strong for a decade now, and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida announced a partnership with the Florida Forest Service to help fund a project that provides recreational and rehabilitative opportunities to wounded veterans on state, agricultural and private lands across Florida at no cost. A commitment of […]

City cuts ties, funding to nonprofit Main Street Milton

City cuts ties, funding to nonprofit Main Street Milton

For the second time this year, a high-profile nonprofit community group based in Milton is fading away after scrutiny that included questions about financial transparency. Main Street Milton (MSM) is following the United Way of Santa Rosa County into history. Although the fall of MSM was less notorious than the demise of the local United […]

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