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Santa Rosa County Libraries changing hours and operations

Santa Rosa County Libraries changing hours and operations

Normal operating hours for all Santa Rosa County Libraries will continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Beginning Saturday, March 21, libraries will be closed to the public until further notice. To minimize potential exposure to patrons and staff, the libraries are implementing the following procedures beginning Monday, March 23: Returning items When returning […]

Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

In light of growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic concerns, Dollar General stores in Navarre will hold a seniors shopping hour from 8 to 9 a.m. each day. Starting Tuesday, stores “strongly encouraged” the first hour of opening to be dedicated solely to senior customers due to their heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 infection according to a corporate […]

No shortage of outdoor escape opportunities during COVID-19 outbreak

No shortage of outdoor escape opportunities during COVID-19 outbreak

Looking for a way to escape the concerns over COVID-19 and put your mind in a happier place? Florida has options for you because of the wealth of outdoor opportunities. From beaches and a national seashore to hiking trails and historic forts, there are no shortage of options. Gulf Islands National Seashore is rated among […]

Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre opens new KIDS ministry building

Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre opens new KIDS ministry building

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre officially opened the doors on their new “KIDS” ministry building.   “We had planned for the kids ministry building to be ready to be in use by January,” said Jamie Adams, the director of Coastline Navarre’s KIDS/AWANA ministry, “but as Proverbs 16:9 says, ‘We can make our plans, but the Lord […]

Butterfly house told to be patient on critical funding request

Butterfly house told to be patient on critical funding request

The Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is set to open their new facilities in Milton by this summer but completing the half million-dollar Phase I plan for their facility is still financially out of reach. PBH representative Jenny Weber went before county commissioners March 9 to request $100,000 toward purchase of and improvements to a historic […]

First Baptist in Milton clears student meal debts

First Baptist in Milton clears student meal debts

In Santa Rosa County public schools, students owed nearly $16,000 in debt for school lunches and breakfasts. Thanks to First Baptist Church in Milton, that number was cut by a third. As part of celebrating its 175th anniversary, the church’s congregation raised $5,000 to donate toward the lunch debt in the district. Read the full […]

Navarre First Assembly’s 2020 Missions Banquet

Navarre First Assembly’s 2020 Missions Banquet

Had you inadvertently wandered into the convention center at the Days Inn in Navarre the evening of Saturday, Feb. 29, you might have thought you had stumbled into some international forum. Further inquiry would have revealed that it was Navarre First Assembly of God’s annual Missions Fundraising Banquet.  Read the full article in the Mar. […]

Celebrating seagrasses for 20 years

Celebrating seagrasses for 20 years

For 20 years, Santa Rosa County residents have gotten a lesson in seagrass importance during the annual Seagrass Festival in Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. Friday environmentalists, scientist and community groups continued that tradition. Event organizer and local UF/IFAS Sea Grant representative Chris Verlinde said the festival was launched as part of a statewide effort […]

Scout protects shorebird nests

Scout protects shorebird nests

Nesting shorebirds have a new ally this season as Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Stephens and his fellow Troop 401 scouts have signed on for habitat protection activities this year. Saturday, he was out on the beach placing some unusual bird houses as part of his Eagle Project. Stephens and his fellow scouts assisted with removing […]

Navarre ROTC unit qualifies for orienteering nationals

Navarre ROTC unit qualifies for orienteering nationals

Navarre’s Junior ROTC unit is headed to the national orienteering competition for the second consecutive year after dominating at the qualifying meet at Oak Mount State Park over the weekend. Nationals will be held Feb. 16-18 in Apopka. The Raiders cadets swept the competition, taking first on each of the three courses. Shaun Parcher had […]

Change is coming at Holley Navarre Senior Center

Change is coming at Holley Navarre Senior Center

There has been a reshuffling of a large portion of the board at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center, and part of that shuffle has put Bill Slovenz as the interim president of the board. While Slovenz said he was surprised by the appointment, he said he is ready to bring a new attitude and new programming […]

National Night Out brings resources to Santa Rosa students

National Night Out brings resources to Santa Rosa students

Hundreds of volunteers, families, first responders and children packed the Guy Thompson Community Center Aug. 1 for Santa Rosa County’s first ever National Night Out. The event, which is put on each year by Target, brought together in one place a menagerie of resources and service providers in the county. Aleisha Wiley, who led the […]

Playing chicken in your own backyard

Playing chicken in your own backyard

More than 40 people, from seniors to grade-school children, packed the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension office in Milton to talk about backyard chickens Aug. 4 as part of a free class. Extension office 4-H Agent and longtime chicken owner Prudence Caskey said backyard chickens are popular throughout Santa Rosa County. “A lot of the […]

Sick firefighter makes full recovery

Sick firefighter makes full recovery

Navarre Beach firefighter Chris Jines, 42, has been cleared by his doctors to return to duty after being hospitalized with a severe brain infection likely contracted while responding to a call. Jines had a case of severe encephalitis which can cause brain inflammation, headaches, flu-like symptoms, stiffness, seizures, confusion and memory loss. Encephalitis cases are generally […]

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Tomorrow morning, Navarre locals Doug, Deborah and Paul Gilmore will wake with the sun in the heart of rural Nicaragua to begin a long day of feeding, building and preaching to the impoverished locals. The Gilmore family is on their eighth mission trip to Nicaragua as part of Light and Life Missions program, a group […]

Code complaint shuts down small business

Code complaint shuts down small business

Violating the Santa Rosa County zoning code can come back to bite you. No one knows that better than Milton resident Joshua Pittman, who as of Thursday night, June 23, had to shut down his business and sole source of income. Some 20 years ago when the Pittman’s first moved to the 4 acre plat […]

Marine Park developers reject land swap idea

Marine Park developers reject land swap idea

The developers of a planned 134-unit condominium complex on a private parcel in Navarre Beach Marine Park have spurned a proposal by opponents to trade the land for a plot outside the public recreation area. “The county property that they (opponents) are suggesting just won’t work for us,” said Ron Ward, a Pensacola-based developer. “None […]

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Dealing with scams is a never-ending job for Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s detective Duran Nelson. “I deal with it every day, all day,” Nelson said. It’s my primary job.” Nelson spoke about scams, computer fraud and personal safety to a crowd of about 30 at the Holley Navarre Senior Center Friday afternoon. It’s the first […]

Gaius Bruce retires – 50 years at Northwest Florida State College

Gaius Bruce retires – 50 years at Northwest Florida State College

Gaius Bruce’s family and friends threw a retirement party for him at his home Sunday, April 24. Gaius Bruce started teaching in 1956 at OWJC which changed its name to OWCC, OWC and now – Northwest Florida State College. He worked there full time for 38 years and for the last 12 years, as an […]

County Commissioner clears new path for Stroller Warriors

County Commissioner clears new path for Stroller Warriors

Sami Finney started Stroller Warriors, a running group for military wives and their spouses, back in October and wanted to use the NYSA walking path as one of the weekly sites for the club. The problem was that the path had three metal poles in a few spots along it, making it impossible for double […]

Fun Fest poster unveiled

Fun Fest poster unveiled

Eva McDonough answered the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s call to artists to produce a design for the official poster of the 32nd Annual Fun Fest at Navarre Beach.  McDonough, a graphic designer and graduate of Pensacola State College spent about two months perfecting her entry for the contest. Read the full article in […]

Kiln Festival fired up visitors

Kiln Festival fired up visitors

Holley Hill Pottery opened their grounds to the public last Saturday for the WoodStoke Pottery and Kiln Festival. Many people attended the event to enjoy good food, pottery and conversation. Some of the dishes sampled by those at the event included gumbo, chowder, specialty dishes, wood-fired pizza, chili and cornbread. Read the full article in […]

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” While some citizens age 65 and over are healthy and independent, a good number of them rely on help from various food programs in order to supply simple, everyday meals. […]

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

As a light rain fell Monday morning, Mitchell Manning walked along Highway 98 in Navarre carrying a wooden cross, the bottom of laying on a wagon that also holds supplies for his trip. Manning has been on the road for nearly two months. Originally from Tennessee – a friend drove him to Florida — he […]