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All-Star showcase event set for late June in Gulf Breeze

All-Star showcase event set for late June in Gulf Breeze

There is good news for baseball and softball players in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. On June 26, a Subway All-Star baseball and softball showcase will be held for all senior athletes from the 2020 graduating class. The event is going to take place at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center. Athletes will have an […]

Athletic plan to be presented to school board this week

Athletic plan to be presented to school board this week

Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is presenting a plan for high school athletics to the school board Thursday morning. The plan involves the start up of summer workouts for high school teams. If approved, those workouts are expected to begin later this month. And June 15 is looking like the date that begins. Earlier […]

United Way assists Santa Rosa, Escambia families impacted by COVID-19

United Way assists Santa Rosa, Escambia families impacted by COVID-19

Help is on the way to families impacted by COVID-19 as the United Way of West Florida (UWWF) has distributed nearly $250,000 in funding to local organizations, including some in Navarre.  This is the first phase of COVID-19 Response Funding to nonprofit agencies totals $246,266 and provides direct support to impacted individuals and families in […]

Ask an epidemiologist: Florida’s spread of COVID-19

Ask an epidemiologist: Florida’s spread of COVID-19

We are in this for the long haul. COVID-19 is expected to continue to gain ground in Florida, and that means protective measures for weeks to come. In the last week, Florida gained roughly 252% positive cases, adding 1,100 new cases in a single day according to the state health department. Nationally, officials with the […]

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

These detailed numbers are as of March 24, 10:30 a.m. (last update by Florida Department of Health).  States with most cases (March 24) New York 20,875 New Jersey 2,844 California 2,240 Washington , 2,101 Florida 1,412 Local Cases (March 24) Santa Rosa: Navarre 3 Milton 1 Escambia: Pensacola 6 Okaloosa: Destin 5 Niceville 4 Crestview […]

Escambia County sees first COVID-19 case

Escambia County sees first COVID-19 case

Escambia County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 Monday according to the Florida Department of Health. The patient is a man whose age is not listed. This case is travel related according to the state’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Okaloosa County is now reporting a second case of the illness. Two women have […]

Two new COVID-19 testing sites set to open in Pensacola

Two new COVID-19 testing sites set to open in Pensacola

In an effort to screen more potential patients, new COVID-19 drive-through testing locations are opening in Pensacola.  In a press release Wednesday, Escambia County announced Community Health Northwest Florida (CHNF) will be opening a testing site at Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. De Soto St., opening Monday, March 23.  CHNF is partnering with Ascension Sacred […]

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

It’s been years in the making, but for the first time ever Saturday, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge was able to welcome visitors to its brand-new facilities in Holley.  Crowds of people turned out to make donations to the nonprofit and to explore the learning center and outdoor spaces during the official grand opening ceremony on […]

Ramp-building program vital to elders in need

Ramp-building program vital to elders in need

For more than a decade now the Council on Aging of West Florida has been involved in building wheelchair ramps for vulnerable elders in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The program has helped create renewed independence for those who would otherwise be homebound. “We’ve been consistently building ramps since 2006, and we have completed about […]

Tylor seeking outdoors loving family

Tylor seeking outdoors loving family

Tylor is a friendly, kindhearted teenager who enjoys spending quality time with others. He describes himself as helpful and hardworking and feels proud when he accomplishes a goal. Tylor enjoys cooking class and looks forward to cooking meals with his family. Tylor also likes to spend time outside, and he hopes that his forever family […]

Donated space heaters help seniors in need

Donated space heaters help seniors in need

Temperatures in the 30s crept into the region last week, and while most were fortunate to stay warm, there are segments of society that must battle the issue of inadequate heating in their homes. That includes senior citizens, many of whom can’t afford to run their heating units or can’t afford to repair them if […]

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

There were nearly 5,000 investigations of elder abuse in the Northwest Florida last year, including more than 2,000 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. But without the elder abuse hotline set up through the Department of Elder Affairs, many of those cases might have gone unreported.   Read the full article in the […]

Reba needs mom with lots of love

Reba needs mom with lots of love

Reba is a very pretty young lady who is very anxious to be adopted. In fact, she asks her caseworker frequently if she has found a family for her yet. Reba is delightful, complex and sometimes very funny. She can also be very challenging. She is a very high energy, active child. She loves rap […]

Rat Pack Reunion most successful in event history

Rat Pack Reunion most successful in event history

The ninth annual Rat Pack Reunion fundraiser raised more than $200,000 Oct. 25, making it the most successful events in its history. The event was hosted by the Council on Aging of West Florida, and it helps increase awareness and support for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The money raised will go […]

FamiliesFirst celebrates National Adoption Month

FamiliesFirst celebrates National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, an annual initiative that increases awareness of the need for permanent families who can adopt children in foster care. The theme for this year’s campaign is “One Heart, One Home, Change a Life Forever.” Securing a lifelong connection for a child in foster care is a critical component in determining […]

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

A rash of vehicle burglaries spanning Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties came to an end last week. During a news conference Oct. 30, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said investigators have identified the individuals responsible for at least 10 burglaries and an armed robbery in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in […]

Walk to End Alzheimer’s makes huge impact on fight against disease

Walk to End Alzheimer’s makes huge impact on fight against disease

The threat of a tropical storm forced the Alzheimer’s Association to put its Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Pensacola on hold until Nov. 3 at a time yet to be determined at Community Maritime Park. But the uncooperative weather hasn’t put a damper on efforts to continue the fight against one of the nation’s most […]

Impact 100 women hand out $1.1 million

Impact 100 women hand out $1.1 million

The 1,116 women of Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 handed out more than $1.1 million in grants Saturday as they named the final recipients of their 11 grants in 2019. The local Impact 100 chapter is the largest in the world. Each project will receive $106,000 to fulfill projects throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa County. […]

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Volunteers across Santa Rosa and Escambia counties participated in the single largest day of volunteerism in Northwest Florida Oct. 4 during the United Way of West Florida’s (UWWF) Day of Caring. This was the first year the event extended into Santa Rosa.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

UWF scores a touchdown for Escambia County’s economy

UWF scores a touchdown for Escambia County’s economy

Blue Wahoos Stadium is buzzing an hour before kickoff on a beautiful Saturday night in September. Over the next three hours, the Argonauts will light up the scoreboard the same way they have lit up Escambia County with dollar signs.   Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Gulf Breeze man charged with sexual battery

Gulf Breeze man charged with sexual battery

The Pensacola Police Department arrested a Gulf Breeze man July 20 after he allegedly fondled and photographed a victim he thought was asleep. Robert Carl Williams, 20, is charged with felony sexual battery on a person older than 18.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Give65 fund drive an extension of Senior Chill Out

Give65 fund drive an extension of Senior Chill Out

Over the last two summers the Council on Aging of West Florida, in connection with the Give65 campaign, has raised more than $20,000 for the Senior Chill Out Program to help purchase air conditioners and fans for the elderly in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The goal is to bring in even more […]

Navarre needs foster parents with love to share

Navarre needs foster parents with love to share

Typically, the faith and family page features the smiling faces of children looking for a family all their own through the process of adoption; however, this week Navarre Press is highlighting the need for foster parents in the Navarre community. There are 1,442 children in foster care throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. […]

Pace man arrested for sexual assault of minor

Pace man arrested for sexual assault of minor

A Pace man has been charged in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties for allegedly sexually assaulting and repeatedly molesting a child under the age of 12 over the course of roughly eight years. Pace resident Raymond Carroll, 56, was transferred into Escambia County Jail custody June 12 after facing child sexual assault and molestation charges […]

Tyson looking to share smiles

Tyson looking to share smiles

Happy, helpful and funny best describes Tyson! He is a friendly boy with a quirky personality and enjoys making others smile. Tyson likes watching cartoons, especially Pokemon. He loves Pokemon so much that when asked what cartoon character he would want to be he picked Pikachu! Tyson also likes to color and play outside. He […]

Mailing drugs and cell phones to jail

Mailing drugs and cell phones to jail

A Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputy busted an alleged attempt to smuggle drugs and contraband into Century Correctional Institute in April. Sheriff Bob Johnson explained an officer made a traffic stop in Jay, April 30, after seeing a vehicle drive behind the post office and shut off its lights at about 10 p.m. Read the […]

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

It’s time to Chill Out. For nearly a decade the Council on Aging of West Florida has hosted a one-day event to collect new air conditioners, fans and money to help benefit senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who live in homes without an option to stay cool.   Read the full article […]

Skylar is full of ambition

Skylar is full of ambition

Helpful, hardworking and enthusiastic best describes Skylar. He is an energetic young man who works hard to meet expectations and do the right thing. He is also outgoing and enjoys spending time with others. Skylar is active and loves being outside exploring or doing yard work. He says his perfect day would be having breakfast […]

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 […]

Creative teen Lydia seeking forever family

Creative teen Lydia seeking forever family

Lydia seems shy when you first meet her, but in fact she is friendly and nurturing; qualities that are great in any teacher, which is what she wants to be when she grows up. Lydia has a positive attitude and is often walking around with a big smile on her face. She is pleasant to […]

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