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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 […]

Letters to Santa at Wee Market

Letters to Santa at Wee Market

Wee Market located in the Publix shopping center in Navarre is offering kids of all ages a unique opportunity to send a letter to Santa this holiday season. The pint-sized mailbox is located just inside the front door of the shop and children can drop their letters into the box. Read the full article in […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

When the Herrera family pulled into the driveway of their Navarre home late Monday afternoon, they were greeted by a surprise that brightened their holiday spirits. Thanks to Christmas Décor franchisee Venus Parton, the Herrera’s home was decorated with lights, garland and bows. “It’s amazing. We’ve never had anyone do this for us before,” Naomi […]

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Irene Gillis, Brenda Rister and Cindy Stillwell had no plans to spend part of their winter vacation doing work on sewing machines. But the work was for a good cause as the three ladies, who are spending their winter at the Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, made 26 pillow cases that will be donated […]

When Navarre was Eagan

When Navarre was Eagan

The area of South Santa Rosa County that we call Navarre currently considers the surveying and platting of Guy H. Wyman in 1925 as our beginnings. Navarre Press has further traced one of its earlier forms of existence to a settlement called Eagan. Located off the Santa Rosa Sound encompassing a portion of present day, […]

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

Construction of the planned new Publix-anchored Tiger Point Shopping Center may result in about 8 acres of green space in Holley by the Sea being preserved in its natural state. The seemingly unrelated development and the 400-acre green belt a few miles away in the nearby residential community are linked by state statutes that require […]

Anderson enjoys chance to give back to community

Anderson enjoys chance to give back to community

Kamber Anderson won’t get a chance to play softball this season for Pensacola State College. A back injury has sidelined the former Navarre standout for the year. But Anderson, a freshman, is still in a position to make a difference as a student-athlete. She and her Pirate teammates have spent the fall doing community service […]

Keep Your Holidays Bright Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Keep Your Holidays Bright  Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Santa Rosa County emergency service agencies, in collaboration with Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, are teaming up for the ninth year to promote fire safety during the month of December with the “Keep Your Holidays Bright” campaign. While a joyous time of year, cold weather, holiday decorations and festivities can create serious fire […]

McEwan completes Eagle Scout project

McEwan completes Eagle Scout project

Part of becoming an Eagle Scout involves doing a service project that benefits the community in some way. Christian McEwan of Troop 406 in Navarre got a great idea from someone at his church. “A lady from church told me Animal Allies needed help building cat traps and I volunteered to help,” McEwan said. “I […]

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Bob Richards watched stormwater creep up the driveway toward his garage on Dracena Way in Gulf Breeze on the first Sunday in November and had visions of the record flooding on April 29-30, 2014. Although the Halloween weekend rain, estimated at between 7 and 10 inches in Richards’ neighborhood, totaled less than half the deluge […]

Wee Market hosts Grand Opening event

Wee Market hosts Grand Opening event

Wee Market hosted its Grand Opening event in the Shoppes of Navarre Oct. 31, featuring specials from their vendors, children’s painting activity and trick-or-treating for the children. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to see the different vendors we have at Wee Market and support local businesses,” said Holly Elassaad, owner of Wee Market. […]

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The fourth full weekend of the Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County will feature ghostly adventures, haunted hayrides, three mazes, hikes, historical lectures, fabulous pottery at a kiln opening and more. The majority of events wrap up Halloween weekend. “The cooler weather is perfect to enjoy the outdoor events on tour – and […]

Monarch Madness returns to Navarre

Monarch Madness returns to Navarre

Like the monarch butterfly, the Monarch Madness Festival returns to Navarre year after year. On Oct. 16-17, the ninth annual event will celebrate the monarch butterfly’s migration through Northwest Florida with activities and educational stations for all ages at the Panhandle Butterfly House, located at the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge. In addition to […]

Holley-Navarre Fire District Fire Prevention Festival

Holley-Navarre Fire District Fire Prevention Festival

The Holley-Navarre Fire District celebrated National Fire Prevention Week with a Fall Festival on Oct. 10 at Navarre United Methodist Church. The festival featured games for kids, including a video game trailer and bounce house. Kids of all ages could participate in the old-fashioned bucket brigade challenge or climb up into a firetruck. Lifeguard Air […]

Water system to tackle proxies

Water system to tackle proxies

  Water system executive director Billy Sublett broached the subject of proxies at the Holley Navarre Water System board meeting Sept. 22.  Sublett sought approval of the board to send out a letter to the water board members regarding the election in Jan. 2016. The proposed letter would inform the members they could show up to vote on […]

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