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Charity wary of Thompson sentencing delay

Charity wary of Thompson sentencing delay

The sentencing of confessed United Way of Santa Rosa County (UWSRC) embezzler Guy Thompson is being delayed into January, sparking concerns that his attorney is negotiating leniency. “We want to see justice done,” said Melissa Stuckey, executive director of the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County, in a phone interview. Stuckey said that she […]

Defunct United Way to refund donations

Defunct United Way to refund donations

Stripped of the right to call itself a United Way earlier this month, the remaining shell of the Santa Rosa chapter has decided to refund all donations collected so far in 2019 via payroll deductions. “The board has directed me to give back the donations,” Kyle Holley, the acting administrator of the Milton-based charity, told […]

United Way regroups during FBI probe

United Way regroups during FBI probe

The federal probe of finances at the United Way of Santa Rosa County may be delving into matters of donations, spending and the charity’s payroll that few if any of its 27 directors understand. That’s because the nonprofit had a “separate budget” in addition to its regular ledger in 2015 and 2016, according to Guy […]

Artists support community through faith

Artists support community through faith

For Oriole Beach Elementary School teacher, Daphne Luchsinger, her art is a “God thing.” The fledgling artist has turned her creativity into a steady fund raiser to support adults with disabilities in the community. Luchsinger said her journey to this ministry started in a church pew. “Four years ago, I was going to church and […]

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is researching documents an agent took from the Milton office of United Way of Santa Rosa County on Thursday, and the charity put three officials on paid administrative leave. The federal probe coincides with an audit that United Way officials have hired the Pensacola accounting firm of Warren Averett to […]

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

While many children will be making lists to send off to Santa Claus asking for things they want for Christmas, the season can also be a time of giving, no matter the age, said St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver. Shaver said her 2-year-old son, James, is in the “mine” phase. “Everything he […]

Navarre is freezing for a cause

Navarre is freezing for a cause

The tradition of facing frigid water on the first day of the New Year has been in the U.S. for more than 100 years, starting in 1904 with the L Street Brownies Polar Plunge in Boston. On Jan. 1, 2017, Navarre residents will join that tradition, shivering and splashing in the waters of the Gulf […]

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities’ Revenue Manager Mike Lorea didn’t hesitate to jump into action when he was approached about helping out with the Weekend Food Program in South Santa Rosa County. At the Springhill Suites on Pensacola Beach Tuesday afternoon, he and members of his staff  were on hand participating in a regional training conference and they […]

Emerald Coast Women’s Club presents check to Heroes on the Water

Emerald Coast Women’s Club presents check to Heroes on the Water

On behalf of the Emerald Coast Women’s Club, Linda Maksymuk (left) past president and Aimee Royster (right) past director of charities present a $4,784.99 check to Kelly Smith for Heroes on the Water.  The Emerald Coast Women’s Club held fundraising events throughout the year.  Each year they vote to select the charity the funds will […]

American Legion Riders make a difference

American Legion Riders make a difference

Micky Hernandez once rode down Highway 87 on a motorcycle dressed as Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. It wasn’t as much about showing off his Christmas spirit as it was about doing it for a good cause. Hernandez is the director of the American Legion Riders in Navarre and the group puts a lot of emphasis […]

Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club elects new officers

Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club elects new officers

At a recent Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club, out-going President Carol Boston passed the gavel to incoming President Rebecca Ward. Stay up to date on local news and events. Subscribe to Navarre Press for as little as $38 per year. Click here to view photos of the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club and other photos […]

Hundreds participate in New Year’s Day Plunges

Hundreds participate in New Year’s Day Plunges

The falling temperatures and a forecast of rain showers did not deter the hundreds of participants in the plunges held on Navarre Beach on New Year’s Day. Just the day before, the temperatures were in the 70’s and a plunge sounded pretty refreshing. But just one day later, the skies were overcast and the temperatures […]

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 […]