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Local narcotics trafficker arrested in Navarre

Local narcotics trafficker arrested in Navarre

Parks car with drugs in plain view of deputies Just after 10 p.m., Nov. 15, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a robbery at the 3000 block of Barlow Road in Navarre. Deputies arrived on scene and could not locate the suspect, described as a black male 6 […]

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

An anonymous donor has come forward to offer local victims of sex trafficking a safe place to heal. He has pledged to match every dollar donated in November to Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast, up to $10,000. Refuge City Director Michelle Jones said she is thrilled. “This donor says there is a huge […]

Roundtable provides one-stop shop for senior resources

Roundtable provides one-stop shop for senior resources

Putting valuable information into the hands of senior citizens is what the Senior Resources Roundtable is all about. Formed in 2008, the nearly decade-old group features individuals from a variety of professions – skilled in everything from assisted living and legal help to financial advice and home organization – and the goal is to provide […]

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Snack time and lunch are always exciting parts of the day for kids at school. Would it be shocking to hear that students at our schools are choosing salad for their lunch? Would it be even crazier to hear they are eating salad made from plants they had planted and harvested themselves? That’s exactly what […]

Veteran Profile: Kamyla Felder

Veteran Profile: Kamyla Felder

Staff Sgt. Kamyla Felder took a roundabout path to get to where she is now. After spending two years at Emory University in Atlanta studying international relations and Arabic, she decided she wanted something else. “I ended up enlisting. Even though it wasn’t something I always planned on doing, I absolutely love it,” Felder said. […]

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

Fast start for bridge construction

Fast start for bridge construction

The pounding of huge diesel-powered hammers has echoed through the City of Gulf Breeze since June 11 and resulted in the new Pensacola Bay Bridge being on track—or even a bit ahead of schedule — for  its planned completion in summer 2020. In fact, after only the first 120 days of work on the three-mile […]

Survivor takes on Big Apple, Hawaii next

Survivor takes on Big Apple, Hawaii next

Actor David Boreanaz was a Navarre cancer survivor’s angel both literally and metaphorically. West Navarre Primary School teacher Jami Moore won a five day Hawaiian vacation on the TV show “Harry” Nov. 6 for answering the question: “David Boreanaz is here today. He famously played a vampire on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and another show. […]

First Baptist clears hurdle for expansion

First Baptist clears hurdle for expansion

First Baptist Church of Navarre cleared another hurdle Nov. 9 on the road to expanding its children’s ministry. The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board gave the church its endorsement for a conditional use permit that would allow First Baptist to build new parking as well as a new children’s building on the property at 9302 […]

Manatee population continues to recover

Manatee population continues to recover

November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered. The change in status of the species, which was made in March due to increased population counts, is the result of effective protection measures. The manatee […]

Piech wants to bring experience, planning to commission

Piech wants to bring experience, planning to commission

When David Piech threw his hat into the ring for District 4 County Commissioner early this month, he did not think of it as a career move. He said he honestly does not think of it as a job at all. “To me it is not a job, it is a service,” he said. Piech […]

Pedestrian struck while crossing Highway 98 in Navarre

Pedestrian struck while crossing Highway 98 in Navarre

Bilal Amin, age 30 of Navarre, was driving east on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre just east of Pullum Street when a pedestrian, Joseph Newborn of Niceville, stepped in front of Amin’s Hyundai Tiburon. The accident happened early Saturday morning according to the Florida Highway Patrol report. The 18 year old victim was crossing the […]

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Two years after its first price increase in more than a decade, the entrance fee for vehicles into Fort Pickens will increase by $5 starting in January. The rise in price is a result of the nationwide entrance fee structure that was established three years ago by the National Park Service. The rate for vehicles […]

Senior center accepts board candidates, eyes opportunities to generate income

Senior center accepts board candidates, eyes opportunities to generate income

The wheels are in motion for the new board to be in place at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center by the start of 2018. Six people stepped forward to be candidates at Friday’s general meeting, including current board members Don Brown and Betty Lyle. Others who have put their name on the candidate list are Teresa […]

Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Who says you need a driver’s license to collect classic cars? Navarre resident and successful business teen Sage Offut would say that’s silly. Offut is the founder and owner of Sage Paddle Company. At 15 she has already started her classic car collection, and she recently added a new vehicle to the mix, a 1968 […]

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

As fall approached, Jim Nanninga was eager to complete his mission of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Derailed by an ankle injury last November after hiking more than 1,200 miles of the 2,180-mile trail over the course of three months, he rested and recovered and rolled out of Fort Walton Beach Sept. 6 via Greyhound […]

Veteran Profile: Tracy Bennett

Veteran Profile: Tracy Bennett

MSgt Tracy Bennett has had four jobs in her 21 year career in the Air Force. Beginning in medical administration, Bennett also worked in personnel and manpower. Her career has taken her all over the world including Texas, Korea, Florida and Hawaii. Now back in Florida, Bennett has completed her fourth mini-career in the Air […]

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

  From the first public meetings regarding renovations of Navarre Park for roughly $7 million, representatives of the Starfish Project made a promise: We will help fund it. And they are keeping that promise. The Starfish Project is a non-profit organization in Navarre dedicated to offering support and connection for families with special needs children. […]

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the Footpath for the People and spans nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. It’s a bucket list item for the most serious of hikers. There are also sections that make for great day hikes for those with less experience. Famed travel author Bill Bryson summed up hiking the trail in […]

Local house hunters make TV debut

Local house hunters make TV debut

When Cristina and Josh Harty launched the search for their new nest back in July, they did so in the limelight. This family of seven, and their house hunting, will be featured on the HGTV show “Beach Hunters” Sunday. Beach Hunters documents the search for a waterfront home at beaches around the world and in […]

Senior Center aims to boost membership

Senior Center aims to boost membership

As the year winds down, the push to attract members for the Holley-Navarre Senior Center picks up. The membership drive is underway and will run through the end of the year. “Our membership is at 271 right now. We have set a goal to try to get to 300 for the year,” said Jim Russell, […]

Fighting like a girl pays off

Fighting like a girl pays off

Participants at this year’s Fight Like a Girl Fireman challenge had some serious reasons for fighting. Danielle Johnson, for example, was fighting for her 88-year-old grandmother who survived a mastectomy. Without such serious motivation, Johnson might not have made it through a grueling course that required dragging a fire hose, spraying a cone, pounding a […]

Protecting the shoreline naturally

Protecting the shoreline naturally

Paddling along the waterways of Navarre and Gulf Breeze, kayaker Dave Barker is disappointed. He said rather than the naturally sloping habitats that support dozens of species of fish, crabs, shrimp and more, he is greeted by almost continuous sea walls. “Most of the shorelines that I see where residents are, they are not natural,” […]

Dad manages household as spouse launches Air Force career

Dad manages household as spouse launches Air Force career

On the eight-hour drive home from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska, Julie and Kelly Kessler made a decision. They would become farmers in Tennessee. They were going to move there and raise cows after Kelly retired from the military in 2016. That’s when Julie received a phone call that changed their trajectory completely. After 10 years […]

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

  Staying off the sand dunes along Navarre Beach is more than good environmental policy, it is a legal requirement. Since 2007 Santa Rosa County has had an ordinance on the books to stop people from setting foot on these natural formations, and for good reason. Sand dunes are a naturally occurring and crucial part […]

Gulf Breeze makeover needs investors

Gulf Breeze makeover needs investors

The City of Gulf Breeze’s recent $30 million request for BP oil spill funds is part of a push to solve its identity crisis. The beachy hamlet of about 6,000 souls “currently lacks a ‘Town Center,’” according to the makeover proposal submitted by City Manager Samantha Abell. Creating a new civic and commercial core would […]

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

Navarre could see a new apartment complex and new subdivision development along Whispering Pines Blvd. pending county approval. The Zoning Board will consider rezoning roughly 108 acres of property Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. If approved the property is planned for a new 164 unit apartment complex called Sanctuary Apartments as well as a new […]

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting is a thing on Gulf Islands National Seashore. The numbers tell you as much. While hunting ducks has been allowed since the national seashore was established more than 40 years ago, the issuance of permits for it didn’t start until 2013. Over the last three seasons, more than 200 permits have been issued […]

Hatchling hustle

Hatchling hustle

Navarre Beach’s last sea turtle nest of the season offered up an unexpected surprise on Friday, Oct. 27 as roughly a dozen loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings made their sprint for the Gulf of Mexico in broad day light. At around 9:30 a.m. visitors from out of state watched and snapped pictures as the smaller-than-golf-ball-sized babies […]

Shirley Brown remembered

Shirley Brown remembered

Community, state and national leaders gathered Monday along a portion of U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre to dedicate that part of the roadway as the Warren E. “Charlie” and Shirley Brown Memorial Highway. The dedication follows the passing of Shirley Brown in December 2016. Brown and her late husband were active members in the community […]

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