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Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

In an effort to connect with the community, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Coffee with a Cop throughout the county Oct. 3. For a few hours, starting at 7 a.m., members of the public will have uninterrupted access to law enforcement including District Lieutenants and administrative staff. “One day, and a few […]

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Navarre lost a community advocate and volunteer last week. Norman “Norm” Crowder, 65, of Navarre, Florida passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. During his time in Navarre Norm worked with several community groups advocating for abused children, small business, seniors and the community at large. Norm was born January […]

The fight against bullying

The fight against bullying

We need to have a conversation. One that involves the entire community, schools, administrators, parents, students, influencers and churches. It will take every one of these groups to be present in order to have solutions. The topic? Bullying. Recently we have reported on a couple of students at our local high school who threatened other […]

Wii bowling brings new form of fun to senior center

Wii bowling brings new form of fun to senior center

Don Brown had been searching for a new activity to bring to the Holley Navarre Senior Center. He had no idea one was right around the corner, or in this case, right inside the office of the center. “We had a Wii inside a box and no one was using it,” Brown said. “It was […]

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Of the 68 Santa Rosa teachers who received $1,000 grants from the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, 26 hail from schools in Navarre and Gulf Breeze. The grants are awarded each year to help teachers implement ideas in the areas of Artistic Literacy, Literacy, Career/Technical Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education with the […]

CrossFit Navarre to cross the street

CrossFit Navarre to cross the street

If you’ve been following CrossFit Navarre’s journey around town you’ll be interested to notice the “box” is moving. But, if you’ve gotten used to seeing that banner off of Highway 87, you won’t miss it. In fact, the big pile of dirt across the street is the future home of their brand new building. The […]

Stitched for bravery

Stitched for bravery

The Santa Rosa Quilters Guild, working with Quilts of Valor, presented Holley-Navarre Fire District firefighters with 15 hand-stitched quilts Thursday, Oct. 13 as a thank you for their sacrifices. They also gave a quilt to veteran John Hershel McDarris Jr. Fire Chief Ron Norton was surprised with a special quilt made from T-shirts he had […]

Ode to Volunteers: Giving back is where it’s at

Ode to Volunteers: Giving back is where it’s at

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. “ Erma Bombeck She’s standing next to you in the grocery aisle. He’s parked behind you at the gas pump. She may have helped you at the Good Neighbor […]

Homeless children need your help

Homeless children need your help

Recently, we ran an article on the homeless and unaccompanied students of Navarre. We were shocked by the numbers right here in our hometown. Our children were in school barely a month and already almost 500 were identified as in need, and that number is only expected to go up. As shocked as we were […]

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 […]

Williamson’s Facebook rant prompts response

Williamson’s Facebook rant prompts response

From Commissioner Williamson on his Facebook page: Good article in press gazette. The Navarre Press had 10 articles attacking Tough Mudder this year. The Navarre Press had 0 articles attacking Tough Mudder last year. That’s does not seem subjective, it’s personal. The sad part is, losing this event did not need to happen. In the […]

Tomell retires after 20 plus years with Publix

Tomell retires after 20 plus years with Publix

Most grocery stores, customers have no clue who the store manager is, and odds are aside from the occasional wall poster introducing them, they will leave without having ever seen their face. And in a corporate big box store like Publix it is even rarer, but none of that mattered to Publix Store Manager Tomell […]

Born out of revenge

Born out of revenge

It is as juvenile and immature as what you would see on a playground with children, only most of the children on a playground are better behaved than this.  The two Tonys (Alexander and Hughes) seem to be taking their misdeeds and obvious inadequacies out on the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  Alexander was […]

Elks Lodge strengthens community it serves

Elks Lodge strengthens community it serves

The way of the Elks Lodge in Navarre has historically been to give humbly and richly to the community it serves without being in the spotlight.  So much so that when asked about their programs, they shy away from highlighting their own contributions and focus on the need for the programs they sponsor.  But on […]

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 […]

Momentum Church hosts summer series

Momentum Church hosts summer series

Momentum Church kicked off its Summer Nights series Sunday with a Night of Worship at the Community Life Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze. Matt Arnold, the Worship and Creative pastor at Momentum, said the Sunday worship event was one of two the church does each year and brings both the Navarre and Gulf Breeze congregations […]

We’ve got your six, Capt. Kuss

We’ve got your six, Capt. Kuss

Too often lately we find ourselves mourning the loss of a military member.  This week is no exception.  Our beloved Blue Angels, the US Navy flight demonstration team based in Pensacola, suffered a horrific loss on Thursday as the team was practicing for an air show in Smyrna, Tn..  Capt. Jeff Cuss By all accounts, […]

It’s ‘IN the Bag’: Welcome to the neighborhood

It’s ‘IN the Bag’: Welcome to the neighborhood

Sandpaper Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of “IN the Bag”, a community based program that welcomes new residents and introduces them to the leaders, businesses, organizations, and amenities available to them in the community. New residents will receive an invitation to attend a sponsored welcome reception where they will receive a welcome […]

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life United Methodist Church, once known as the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, now stands on its own as a new church serving both Navarre and Gulf Breeze communities. “We are very grateful for the hearts of the people at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church for their willingness to allow us […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, the United States Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to give communities across the nation the opportunity to show their thanks to the men and women who serve in all branches of the United States military. Navarre Press takes this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all who have […]

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Michael Ledger, known to most of Navarre as the owner of The Vine Wine Bar & Restaurant, has taken on a new role as the executive director of the Pullum Family YMCA.  Bringing with him more than 30 years of business experience, Ledger expects his expertise to help bring the YMCA to the forefront of […]

Navarre ROTC unit makes a difference

Navarre ROTC unit makes a difference

The Navarre High School Junior ROTC made a major donation to the Relay for Life committee April 27, handing a check over for $10,000 that will help in the fight against cancer. Kelly Fijalkowski, the event coordinator for Relay for Life, and Diane Maldonado, the senior market manager for the American Cancer Society, accepted the […]

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 […]

Prevention is possible

Prevention is possible

Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape (Black et al., 2011). But all of us are impacted by sexual violence. That’s because sexual violence affects communities and society — in addition to survivors and their loved ones. Because of this, it’s on all of us to help prevent […]

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 […]

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Helping athletes have success on their road to recovery from an injury is something the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze does well and its latest effort will aid in that recovery process. It’s called the Krutches for Kids Drive and people are asked to donate any gently used crutches that can be given to athletes […]

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Some readers may be surprised to learn that Navarre Press, while owned by Sandi Kemp belongs to the community.  We cover issues important to you: the actions of your government and its individual members, crime and public safety, the latest on beach renourishment, the local high-school athletes who are going places, the Navarre High School […]

Vision : A SAFER Santa Rosa

Vision : A SAFER Santa Rosa

Daniel Hahn, the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Plans Chief Coordinator, is Scottish and sometimes wears a kilt when he gives presentations. Such was the case when he spoke to the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members on Friday. “You might remember more because you will remember I’m the guy with the kilt,” Hahn […]

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