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Raiders still ranked in playoff power ratings poll

Raiders still ranked in playoff power ratings poll

Navarre’s football team is sixth in the latest Florida High School Athletic Association playoff power ratings. The Raiders, who are 10th in the Associated Press poll, have 36 points. They are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2-6A. Navarre knocked off Milton 28-7 last week for its 15th consecutive road win and has a bye […]

Raiders remain ranked in latest power ratings poll

Raiders remain ranked in latest power ratings poll

Navarre’s football team is still in the top eight in the latest Florida High School Association playoff power ratings. The Raiders check in at No. 6 this week with 36.17 points. They dropped two spots after a 35-27 loss to Escambia Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Gators jump from eighth to fourth […]

Raiders among top eight in first FHSAA power ratings poll

Raiders among top eight in first FHSAA power ratings poll

Navarre is ranked fourth in the first Florida High School Athletic Association regional power rankings of the season and would be in the postseason if it began today. St. Augustine, Crestview and Niceville are the top three teams in the poll, which will be released each Tuesday from now until the end of the season. […]

Lighthouse forfeits game with Escambia because of scheduling conflict

Lighthouse forfeits game with Escambia because of scheduling conflict

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy’s football team has been hit with a fine by the Florida High School Athletic Association after having to forfeit a game against Escambia because of a scheduling conflict. It’s an unfair fine, according to Colin Hendrickson, the executive director of Lighthouse. And he plans to appeal the nearly $8,000 fine that […]

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Smoke billowed from the gutted third story of a home on Navarre Beach Monday afternoon as firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at the beach side house, located in the 7600 block of Gulf Boulevard. The thick haze from the fire extended nearly a quarter mile down Gulf Boulevard, where Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies had positioned […]

Chemist pleads guilty to stealing drug evidence

Chemist pleads guilty to stealing drug evidence

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Joseph Graves, former Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) chemist charged with racketeering and other offenses, has pleaded guilty today and has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. The case was brought in 2014 after Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators discovered that drug evidence in cases worked […]

When Navarre was Eagan

When Navarre was Eagan

The area of South Santa Rosa County that we call Navarre currently considers the surveying and platting of Guy H. Wyman in 1925 as our beginnings. Navarre Press has further traced one of its earlier forms of existence to a settlement called Eagan. Located off the Santa Rosa Sound encompassing a portion of present day, […]

Florida’s Ombudsman Program a voice for residents

Florida’s Ombudsman Program a voice for residents

The statistics are astounding. According to Florida’s Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, nearly 60 percent of long-term care residents in Florida do not receive visits from family members and friends. Unfortunately, that means that no one is looking out for their best interests when it comes to their health, safety, welfare and personal rights. The Ombudsman […]

No BRAC expected in near future

No BRAC expected in near future

Santa Rosa County’s military liaison, Pete Gandy, gave commissioners good news during the board’s April 23 meeting – no Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) proceedings are expected until at least 2017, “if” then. Commissioners April 20 selected Gandy to continue in the part-time military affairs position he has held since 2009, and last Thursday the […]

Trap, neuter, release workshop to help control cat population

Trap, neuter, release workshop to help control cat population

For the most part, feral cats are at home outdoors. But since they aren’t spayed or neutered, their population continues to increase, leaving more and more animals vulnerable to life-threatening situations. “If they’re born outside, they can die from exposure to the cold,” Cindra Anderson, with Emerald Coast Animal Allies, said. “They can drown … […]

Police: ATM burglars part of a crime ring

Police: ATM burglars part of a crime ring

When a group of burglars broke into an Eglin Federal Credit Union ATM on Navarre Parkway last week they had no idea what was awaiting them. The four black male suspects were apprehended on multiple charges stemming from a burglary ring involving the theft of safes and ATMs. Investigators from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office […]

Santa Rosa reports West Nile Virus case

Santa Rosa reports West Nile Virus case

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County issued Monday a mosquito-borne illness advisory after receiving a report of a case of West Nile Virus in a Santa Rosa County resident. The health department reports that it is believed the virus was acquired locally, since the individual had not traveled out of the county […]

Jobless rates up across the region

Jobless rates up across the region

All area counties saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July 2014. For Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties, July marked the third consecutive month that their unemployment rates had increased. Unemployment rates in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are above the state and national averages, while Okaloosa and Walton counties remain below. […]

West Nile Virus case suspected in Escambia County

West Nile Virus case suspected in Escambia County

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has received notification of a probable case of West Nile virus infection in an Escambia County resident. According to the Department of Health, there is a heightened concern that other county residents and visitors may become ill from being bitten by an infected mosquito. The Escambia County, […]

9 sentenced for false BP claims

9 sentenced for false BP claims

Nine current and former northwest Florida residents have been sentenced in federal court the past two months for filing false claims with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) related to the 2010 BP oil spill. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the fraudulent claims were made for financial losses in Escambia and Okaloosa counties with maximum […]

Disaster Declaration approved for Santa Rosa and Escambia

Disaster Declaration approved for Santa Rosa and Escambia

Santa Rosa and Escambia County officials announced May 6 that both counties have received the FEMA Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. According to a press release from Escambia County, the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) is a combined FEMA and State program. The IHP provides up to $32,400 (FY 2014) for financial help or direct […]

Lab supervisor arrested in FDLE Pensacola probe

Lab supervisor arrested in FDLE Pensacola probe

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, working with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, arrested former Pensacola crime laboratory chemist Joseph Graves on charges of grand theft, 12 counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and nine counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.  Investigators believe Graves, while processing drug cases, replaced prescription pain […]