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Pre-trial Release Program saves county $1.8 million

Pre-trial Release Program saves county $1.8 million

The Santa Rosa County Pre-trial Release Program resulted in an estimated net savings of $1,866,408 for the county in 2018, according to Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Donald Spencer. The program allows those charged with a crime to continue to work outside jail while their case is being processed. This estimate raises […]

Ferry service now up and running

Ferry service now up and running

The Pensacola Bay Cruises ferry service is set to sail into the peak season and Joe Asebedo, the general manager of Hornblower Maritime Services, which runs the ferries for Gulf Islands National Seashore, is hopeful to see the bulk of its business between May 17 and Aug. 15. “That’s the expectation,” Asebedo said. Read the […]

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

After calls for expanded fire hydrant availability last month, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors decided to create long-term goals. In a special meeting May 7, the board and lead staff focused on the system’s future.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Cloudy skies gave way to a sunny mid-day Saturday in Navarre Park during the third annual Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Picnic. May is Military Appreciation Month, and the chamber has been celebrating with an appreciation event for years, but in 2016 they transitioned from a formal breakfast to an informal picnic […]

Teamwork saves the (RED) Day as gazebo moves to senior center

Teamwork saves the (RED) Day as gazebo moves to senior center

RED Day turned into a busy day at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. Maybe busier than usual. The plan on Keller Williams’ annual day of service was to disassemble the Panhandle Butterfly House gazebo from Navarre Park and reassemble it at the Holley Navarre Senior Center last Thursday. Read the full article in the May […]

Food drive nets nearly 13,000 pounds

Food drive nets nearly 13,000 pounds

Navarre Post Office workers had several thousand pounds of extra cargo Saturday thanks to the annual national food drive put on by the United States Postal Service. The cargo was food donations from citizens, left at their mailboxes. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription […]

Santa Rosa Animal Services launches barn cat program

Santa Rosa Animal Services launches barn cat program

Santa Rosa County Animal Services is launching a barn cat program to place hard-to-adopt animals in a safe and comfortable habitat. A barn cat program places fully vetted healthy cats into safe, independent living spaces such as a barns, warehouses or factories – at no cost to county residents – to help fill important jobs as a pest and rodent […]

Funding cut for BearWise program

Funding cut for BearWise program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking in a different direction after funding for the BearWise program was cut out of the new state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Consideration had been made by state lawmakers to earmark $500,000 for BearWise, a program that provides bear-resistant garbage containers to […]

Raiders end 209-mile journey at Navarre Blackhawk Memorial

Raiders end 209-mile journey at Navarre Blackhawk Memorial

With sore feet and patches in hand, participants of Rucking for Raiders brought their 209-mile trek to an end at the foot of the Blackhawk Memorial Friday. The group of 51 men and women made the journey to honor Marines killed in the line of duty. Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

Timmons embraces challenge of Ironman competitions

Timmons embraces challenge of Ironman competitions

Troy Timmons was sitting around with friends one day a few years ago when they talked about doing an Ironman competition. The talk soon turned to reality as Timmons competed in his first one in 2016 in Panama City. His friends backed out. Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Purr, this pretty lady goes by the name Camelia. I’m a fur-bulous 2-year-old spayed calico, weighing 8.2 pounds. The staff at the shelter have been so kind since I came here March 23, but I hope […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners honored servicemen and servicewomen Monday with a declaration of May as National Military Appreciation Month alongside representatives from NAS Whiting Field. Take a moment this month to thank those who serve. In Navarre, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Military Appreciation Picnic Saturday at Navarre […]

Sunset Stampede 5K avoids storm

Sunset Stampede 5K avoids storm

Although the race director was considering cancelling Saturday’s 11th annual Sunset Stampede 5-kilometer run, the storm clouds made a quick departure and left cool temperatures in its wake. More than 220 runners and walkers headed west down Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach on a 3.1-mile trek. Read the full article in the May 9 issue […]

May the fur be with you! Adopt-a-thon

May the fur be with you! Adopt-a-thon

Furry friends are looking for fur-ever homes in a galaxy not so far away. May the fur be with you! Join Santa Rosa County Animal Services, 4451 Pine Forest Road in Milton, for a Star Wars themed adopt-a-thon, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dress in your best space-themed costume and find your new […]

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

May is National Foster Care Month, and the local need is great for children facing abuse, neglect or abandonment. While now is a time to celebrate the volunteers already serving, FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) is also actively recruiting 160 additional foster parents to fill a need within the community.   Read the full article in the […]

Temple celebrates Asian culture

Temple celebrates Asian culture

Drumming and song filled the air outside the Wat Florida Buddharam in Navarre Sunday as Yong O’Day leads the Moo Gul Hwa Korean jongu drummers. The performance was part of the Thai Food Festival at the only Buddhist temple in the region. As seen in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Drive for donations a success for senior center

Drive for donations a success for senior center

Donations poured in quickly and that led to the concrete being poured for the foundation for the gazebo the Holley Navarre Senior Center is receiving from the Panhandle Butterfly House. The gazebo will be disassembled and reassembled today by Keller Williams Realty during its Red Day efforts at the senior center. Read the full article […]

God’s special time

God’s special time

“I don’t know why you guys come here,” a prison inmate told the visitor. His was not an expression of complaint but one of amazement. What would compel a group of men to give of their time every month to visit inmates in a prison facility? You might say, “it was time.”   Read the […]

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Florida has been awarded an age-friendly designation through the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The initiative to create age-friendly communities and states began in 2012. The Sunshine State currently has 26 communities with the designation. The state now has it as well.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of […]

Holley Navarre Fire welcomes two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire welcomes two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire District installed two new firefighters at the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting April 22. Austin Schlarb was pinned by Lt. Davidson and Justin Peppard was pinned by his brother, Capt. Nick Peppard, who also serves Holley Navarre Fire District at Station 41 in Holley by the Sea. Fire Chief Ron Norton administered […]

Pink Pirates aid in fight against breast cancer

Pink Pirates aid in fight against breast cancer

Fundraising efforts throughout the past year by the Pink Pirates of Navarre came to fruition April 24 in a symbolic check presentation of $15,000 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Navarre. The donation was presented to the Baptist Health Care Foundation and is an increase over last year’s $13,500 contribution. Read the full article […]

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 announced April 25 that Spring Jam 2019 raised more than double the dollars for Santa Rosa Kids’ House than the event raised last year. The concert pulled in $30,710 to support the Kids’ House advocacy centers for children who have suffered abuse.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue […]

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

Demolition trucks, fire engines, school buses, Hurlburt Special Tactics vehicles and more were on hand at the Navarre High School Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday. Click here to view photos from this event.                                             As […]

Joey Ferrell finally lands his first cobia

Joey Ferrell finally lands his first cobia

Joey Ferrell has been fishing off the Navarre Beach Pier for as long as he can remember. In early April, he caught a cobia for the first time. The weight of the fish checked in at 22 pounds. “It was exciting,” Ferrell said. “It definitely got my adrenaline pumping and my eyes open to looking […]

Local hero runners fight hunger for children

Local hero runners fight hunger for children

Hundreds of heroes, many dressed in capes, took to Navarre Beach Saturday to support hungry children in our area for the Hunger Heroes 5K fun run. The fundraiser supports Outreach Navarre Inc. and the Weekend Food Program, a nonprofit that aims to support children in poverty with food and education opportunities.   Read the full […]

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Glove-clad volunteers lined up along the Navarre Beach bridge April 24 intent on protecting the beach’s feathered residents. The nesting birds are back, and local expert Caroline Stahala of Audubon Florida said threatened least terns and black skimmers will be settling into their nesting colonies soon.   Read the full article in the May 2 […]

K-9 Viber relieves stress in dispatch

K-9 Viber relieves stress in dispatch

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office announced a new deputy dedicated to relieving stress has joined the force. Sheriff Bob Johnson took possession of a K-9 named Viber April 22. She is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Rescuers followed the protocols April 24 on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, but sometimes the sea turtles do not cooperate. That was part of the problem when a visitor accidentally snagged the flipper of a 200-pound Loggerhead sea turtle off the pier. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Three car accident slows traffic

Three car accident slows traffic

The heart of Navarre saw major slowdowns April 25, after a morning accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Traffic backed up in all directions. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton was among the first responders on scene. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]