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Memorial Ceremony held for Sharon Aydelott

Memorial Ceremony held for Sharon Aydelott

The Navarre community gathered Sunday evening with students and teachers of Holley-Navarre Middle School to comfort each other after the loss of a beloved daughter, sister, mother, friend and teacher, Sharon Aydelott. Sharon was remembered by fellow teachers and students as well as her sisters, Pam Hill and Patricia Hawkins. Alicia Pettus, Youth minister and […]

Pier Bar torn apart

Pier Bar torn apart

The pier bar area of the Santa Rosa County-owned Navarre Beach Fishing Pier was severely damaged Saturday evening. Deputies responded to the pier four times Saturday to investigate the demolishing of fixtures and removal of wood from the pier bar area. Saturday night boards which have been forcibly removed from the bar are lying on the floor with many […]

Aydelott to be tried as an adult

Aydelott to be tried as an adult

William Brandon Aydelott, 17, of Gulf Breeze confessed to the gruesome Christmas Eve murder of his mom, a beloved Holley-Navarre Middle School teacher and Gulf Breeze High School Cross Country Coach, Sharon Lynn Aydelott.  Brandon Aydelott is accused of stabbing and beating his mom to death following an argument. He was arrested roughly three hours […]

Water system elections coming in 2014

Water system elections coming in 2014

Two seats on the Holley-Navarre Water System board are up for grabs for the upcoming year, and six candidates will be vying for the positions. Incumbents Sheldon Hutchins, secretary/treasurer, and board member Charlie Enghauser will be competing against newcomers Chris Richardson, Daryl Lynchard, James Dabney and Ashley Strabala for the seats, said HNWS general manager […]

Recycle your Christmas trees and holiday items

Recycle your Christmas trees and holiday items

During the holiday season, Americans throw away more material than at any other time of the year. According the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, approximately 1 million extra tons. Santa Rosa County encourages residents to reduce, […]

Santa Rosa Education Foundation awards $53,000 in teacher grants

Santa Rosa Education Foundation awards $53,000 in teacher grants

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has awarded 53 teacher grants totaling $53,000 to Santa Rosa public educators. SREF, in partnership with Santa Rosa Medical Center, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Florida Legislature, and grant program sponsors, is enabling teachers to implement grants that engage students in active learning while increasing student achievement. Grants were […]

Santa Rosa County Christmas office closures

Santa Rosa County Christmas office closures

The following offices and departments will close on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. Regular hours of operation will resume on Thursday, Dec. 26. Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners, including the library system and animal shelter The Central Landfill located on 6337 Da Lisa Road will be open […]

St. Paul UMC has services for special needs families

St. Paul UMC has services for special needs families

Attending church services is often a family activity. However, for families with a special needs child, the thought of getting through an hour or more of sitting still and being quiet can be too daunting. While there are many churches who understand this, one area church has taken steps to accommodate these families. Pastor Lance Whorton […]

Navarre Beach Coalition wants visitors to see the signs

Navarre Beach Coalition wants visitors to see the signs

Changes will abound at Navarre Beach Park in the coming months — starting with the name of the park itself. The Navarre Beach Coalition met last Friday and discussed multiple items, including moving forward with an effort to create new signage for the park, which will be renamed to Navarre Beach Marine Park. The renaming […]

Midway Fire District celebrates 50 years

Midway Fire District celebrates 50 years

Incorporated in September 1963, the Midway Fire District has been serving Gulf Breeze residents for more than 50 years. But the district has come a long way from its humble beginnings when it first started out as a volunteer fire department that did not have a permanent station until the 1970s. To read more, subscribe online or pick […]

Hancock Bank forecloses on industrial park lots

Hancock Bank forecloses on industrial park lots

Hancock Bank has foreclosed on 20 parcels of land owned by Pullum Commerce Park, LLC, a corporation listing William A. “Bill” Pullum as manager. The parcels are located on Technology Drive in Santa Rosa County’s Northwest Florida Industrial Park at I-10, adjacent to the property the county acquired from Pullum almost five years ago to […]

Navarre Beach to dive in for Penguin Plunge on Jan. 1

Navarre Beach to dive in for Penguin Plunge on Jan. 1

Navarre Beach will once again be chillin’ out to ring in the new year as the 5th Annual Penguin Plunge is will dive in January 1 at Juana’s Pagodas. Organizers are expecting the best year yet, as Kim Henderson said that participation is expected to double this year. A new twist for this year’s event […]

U.S. 98 nighttime lane closures to resume

U.S. 98 nighttime lane closures to resume

Lane restrictions on U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa County from the Okaloosa County line to State Road 87 will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec. 13 to allow crews to pave the westbound outside turn lanes. Construction activities are weather-dependent and may be delayed or […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes baby giraffe

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes baby giraffe

The newest addition to Gulf Breeze Zoo certainly doesn’t fall short of expectations. New mom Gabby, an 11-year-old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to her first calf and the Zoo is asking for the community’s help in naming him. The 5’8’’ male calf was born on Nov. 10 and his birth has been long awaited. The Zoo […]

Gulf Breeze man injured in garage fire

Gulf Breeze man injured in garage fire

An elderly Gulf Breeze man sustained minor injuries at about 1:45 p.m. today after a fire started in the garage of his residence at 1612 Kauai Court. According to Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg, the man sustained inhalation burns and minor skin burns from trying to put the fire out and was transported to […]

Local sportsman dies unexpectedtly

Local sportsman dies unexpectedtly

Navarre native and avid fisherman Almus Taylor died the morning of Nov. 17 in the Covington County Jail from what investigators are calling traffic accident related injuries. “Almus was a cut up and always the life of the party,” said longtime friend Bart Pullum. “He was the center of attention and was always fun to […]

Cold weather shelters to open in Navarre, Milton

Cold weather shelters to open in Navarre, Milton

Cold weather shelters for the homeless will open Wednesday and Thursday at Community of Christ Church located at 2111 Presidio Street, Navarre and at Ferris Hill Baptist Church located at 6848 Chaffin Street in Milton.  Those who would like to stay at the shelter must arrive between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted […]

Willoughby helps students find their voice

Willoughby helps students find their voice

For Teresa Willoughby, Holley-Navarre Middle School Teacher of the Year, the best part of her job is the moment when her students realize that their words are their own. “I love the experience of seeing how my students evolve from expressing themselves like everyone else to writing with their own voices,” she said. “That’s the moment […]

Baker to head Emergency Management

Baker to head Emergency Management

Santa Rosa County is promoting Brad Baker to Director of Emergency Management, a position being vacated by the retiring Sheryl Bracewell. The move will be effective on Dec. 23. Baker previously served as the department’s Emergency Services Coordinator, and his duties included Emergency Management Operation Section Chief, Management of the 911 Center, EMS Contract Administrator, Fire […]

Committee to look into Navarre Community Center

Committee to look into Navarre Community Center

Just as it was for an online survey about the subject, public opinion was split among a small group gathered at the Navarre community center public meeting on Monday. However, there was one thing that nearly all in attendance agreed upon — a committee comprised of citizens will be formed to further look into the […]

Clary clears land without permits

Clary clears land without permits

Former state senator Charles Clary will face possible fines in connection to the recent removal of protected trees on a piece of property that he owns on Navarre Parkway backing the Cotton Bay Estates subdivision. To read more, subscribe online or pick up a copy of the November 21 Navarre Press.

Good news for TDC funding

Good news for TDC funding

With higher than expected recent bed tax revenues and a green light from BP to push back a deadline to expend grant funds, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is now turning its attention to establishing criteria to evaluate local proposals for future RESTORE funding. North end TDC committee members learned at last […]