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Local Methodist church receives UMCH recognition

Local Methodist church receives UMCH recognition

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church was recognized with “Guardian of the Bell” status for their exceptional support of United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) during the 2017 White Christmas campaign. UMCH is a charitable organization providing homes, support services and spiritual guidance to children displaced from their families in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Read the full […]

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

On Nov. 25, volunteers descended on Tiger Point Walmart to spend more than $1,500 on toys and bicycles for children in need this Christmas. The band of volunteers are known as the Friends of Bear Inc., a nonprofit that supports Santa Rosa and Escambia counties’ Toys for Tots. Read the full article in the Dec. […]

Animal shelter reduces fees for December

Animal shelter reduces fees for December

With the goal of helping get shelter pets in a “fur-ever” home for the holidays, Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is reducing adoption fees in December for pets over the age of six months. The goal is to promote pet adopting instead of pet shopping during the holidays. Adoptions fees in December will be $30 […]

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree has been named as one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers for 2018 by Consultant Connect. The consulting agency is designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Health care providers take on human trafficking

Health care providers take on human trafficking

In the fight against human trafficking, health care providers are uniquely positioned to notice red flags. With this in mind, Baptist Health Care hosted a training course Nov. 29 to help them identify and assist victims. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Holiday celebrations across the Gulf Coast had to regroup Saturday after severe weather rolled into the area, and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park was no exception. But rather than call off the festivities, the chamber opted to move from the planned location of Navarre Park to the Days […]

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Meet Robert, an athletic teenager with a smile that lights up a room! Robert’s favorite subject in school is social studies and with hard work, encouragement and support he does well in school. After school, you can find Robert either in the baseball outfield as the right fielder or on the football field as the […]

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans are more likely to be a scam victim than the average older American, according to a study conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Their willingness to help others is often used against them, according to Joe Solosna, who works with the National Association of Veterans and Families (NAVF). Read the full article […]

Outdoors group stresses the importance of leaving no trace

Outdoors group stresses the importance of leaving no trace

It’s a phrase that is repeated often. Take only photographs. Leave only footprints. The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers did their best to drive that point home at an event at Fort Pickens along Gulf Islands National Seashore earlier this month. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Only about 4 in 10 parents discuss safe driving with their children, according to a recent survey by national auto insurer Allstate, even though car accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens. Troy Jensen, sales manager for Navarre-based auto insurance provider Bearman Insurance, said talking safe driving with teens should be a given […]

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire Department made sure families would not be going hungry this Thanksgiving as part of their annual meal purchase. Firefighter Dan Davidson said Holley Navarre Fire has been providing meals for families in need on Thanksgiving continuously since 2008 when the department became full-time, paid. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 […]

‘Home forever,’ Navarre resident gains U.S. citizenship

‘Home forever,’ Navarre resident gains U.S. citizenship

Navarre’s own Lulu Jahn, a South African native and mother of five, was among the more than 150 people from around the globe who took the oath of U.S. citizenship Fridayduring a tearful ceremony in Pensacola. “It means everything to me,” Jahn said. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Concerns among about 400 civilian aircraft maintenance workers at Whiting Field and Pensacola Naval Air Station have prompted renegotiation of their health insurance contract starting Dec. 10. “We’ve got to assess the situation…We don’t want to make it sound as though a strike is looming because we aren’t at that point,” said Tony Wirth, a […]

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Florida Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run after he allegedly rammed 11 cars on U.S. Highway 98. According to a FHP press release, Weidman has been charged with 12 counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence, 12 counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and 11 […]

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas […]

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Citizens wanting to weigh in on Navarre’s future have until Dec. 7 as the public comment period for the District 4 Master Plan is coming to a close. In September 2017, the Board of County Commissioners selected Matrix Design Group at a cost of $150,000 to create a master plan for the future of District […]

Piech sworn in as District 4 commissioner

Piech sworn in as District 4 commissioner

District 4’s new County Commissioner Dave Piech took the oath of office Nov. 20, officially beginning his four-year term on the heels of a contentious election. Judge Robert Hilliard did the swearing-in at the county administrative boardroom in Milton during the Board of County Commissioners’ annual reorganization meeting. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

Furry friends got free food Nov. 11 as A HOPE for Santa Rosa County launched the Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry, an effort to provide needy families with support for their pets. A HOPE founder Brandi Winkleman said the food pantry is about keeping animals out of the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the […]

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

Austin Turnbull is a true “waterman.” He grew up splashing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beginning to surf at the age of 4. “I am a waterman. I know how to surf, swim, sail, fish. It is part of me. It is who I am. It is what I grew up doing,” […]

Fires displace 11 local families for Thanksgiving

Fires displace 11 local families for Thanksgiving

Three fires in two days left 11 families in the Midway area out of their homes over Thanksgiving, but community members have come forward to assist them, said Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg. “It was not a great Thanksgiving for our community,” he said. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of […]

‘American Pickers’ coming to Northwest Florida

‘American Pickers’ coming to Northwest Florida

Antique collectors along the Gulf Coast may have an opportunity to make their television debut next year. The History Channel series “American Pickers” will be making its way to Florida in January, according to Cineflix Productions casting associate Sarah Perkins. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Creative, curious boy seeking forever family

Creative, curious boy seeking forever family

Cameron is an active, energetic young man with a flair for style and looking good. He is also extremely polite. He describes himself as a “homebody” who enjoys art, video games and superhero movies. He would love to be in the Art Club in school. He has quite a collection of books as he also […]

Adopting children ‘sight unseen’

Adopting children ‘sight unseen’

November is National Adoption Month. This month Navarre Press will be featuring content about the adoption process as well as children up for adoption in our area. The last name and location of the family in this story have been omitted at the request of the parents to protect the families. For Brandi and her […]

No slowdown in sight for scams targeting seniors

No slowdown in sight for scams targeting seniors

Look at the scam tracker map that is part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and it’s spilling over with red triangles. More than 2,000 active fraud reports are marked on a counter. Despite the awareness that is out there about scams, despite the warnings, it hasn’t slowed down the momentum of scam artists nor […]

Navarre Garden Club brings Christmas craft fun

Navarre Garden Club brings Christmas craft fun

The Navarre Garden Club’s annual Santa’s Workshop and Craft Fair offered visitors a variety of Christmas-themed crafts, homemade baked goods and visits with Santa Saturday at the Navarre Days Inn and Suites Conference Center. Funds raised through sales and raffles go toward the club’s scholarship programs.           Read the full article […]