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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHY TRUMP MAY WITHDRAW DRUG CZAR NOMINEE The president may rethink his support of Republican Rep. Tom Marino amid reports the lawmaker played a key role in weakening federal authority to stop opioid distribution. 2. ‘THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS IN THE UNIVERSE’ That’s how California Institute of Technology’s David H. Reitze describes the collision […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. HOW MANY DIED IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING Country music fans thought they were hearing firecrackers at first when a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino hotel opened fire on them from above, killing at least 59 people . 2. WHO THE LAS VEGAS GUNMAN WAS Stephen Paddock was a multimillionaire […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. KIM’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP’S SPEECH AT U.N. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump “deranged” and says in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will “pay dearly” for his threats. 2. TRUMP ADDS ECONOMIC ACTION TO NORTH KOREA MILITARY THREATS President Donald Trump added economic action […]

Facebook and the brain

Facebook and the brain

Facebook officially has more than 2 billion users, making it overwhelmingly the most popular social media network on the market. That is about 29 percent of the world’s population all utilizing one internet space to converse and connect. But this social platform affects the brain and not always in a positive way, as evidenced by […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

CARICATURE ARTIST GUILTY OF STABBING CO-WORKER AT THEME PARK Local news outlets report that 35-year-old Fredrick Torres was found guilty Thursday of attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced Oct. 12. Glenn Ferguson testified Wednesday that Torres attacked him repeatedly with a pair of scissors and his fists at Universal Islands of Adventure on New […]

4-year-old puts needy animals first

4-year-old puts needy animals first

Like many children, Cadence McCleery, 4, is excited about her upcoming birthday. Wearing glittery pink butterfly earrings, Cadence said when she grows up she wants to be Moana, the hero of one of her favorite Disney movies. Her birthday party will be a “jumpy jump” party with a bounce house, and she will finally be […]

Changing face of bullying

Changing face of bullying

It follows them home. Insults about a child’s weight, appearance, intelligence, personality — blasted to dozens or even hundreds of their peers online. The victim feels his or her reputation is being destroyed one comment at a time. Messages at all hours of the day contain criticism and hate, often from multiple users. One message […]

Actions = Consequences

Actions = Consequences

In Monday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson put the other commissioners in a difficult position when he removed the signs from the causeway in the middle of the night Thursday. Quite clearly he undermined the board as expressed by both Lane Lynchard and Sam Parker. He failed to defend county staff for […]

Business leaders get schooled on social media marketing

Business leaders get schooled on social media marketing

There are more Facebook users than there are people living in China. Throughout the world, a handful of social media platforms have the eyes and ears of billions of consumers each day. These websites can be great tools for small businesses to get their name out there, but the wrong message on the wrong platform […]

Military pets get helping hand

Military pets get helping hand

When a military family gets deployed out of the country, it can be scary. These families are dropping everything they know and sometimes moving entire continents away from everyone they know. Often they are leaving family far away. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Local woman meets sisters, brother for the first time

Local woman meets sisters, brother for the first time

She always knew she was adopted. Despite her adoptive mother’s heartache on the matter, Navarre resident Janice Chappell was told from an early age that her biological parents were not the same mother and father who raised her. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law gives the public the right of access to government meetings and public records. It ensures that government works out in the open for all to see – no backroom conversations between elected officials before a vote. However, as we recently found out, in Santa Rosa County those officials can send texts or […]

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Holley Navarre Intermediate School students are learning the language of computers thanks to the school’s newly created Coding Club. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Spreading joy, one rock at a time

Spreading joy, one rock at a time

They are everywhere, hidden in bushes, waiting on park benches, perched on windshields and front porches. Residents of Santa Rosa County have started stumbling across dozens of colorfully painted, smile-inducing rocks. Some bear inspirational words. Others have abstract designs or cartoon characters. Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Book in hand, toes in the sand

Book in hand, toes in the sand

For the avid reader of Navarre, a new book club has taken root uniting beach-dwelling readers for monthly discussions and socials. Founder Lisa Bradley formed the Beach Reads book club seven months ago after discovering there were limited options for book clubs in Navarre. She made a post to Facebook asking if anyone wanted to […]

Parents gain tools to keep kids safe online

Parents gain tools to keep kids safe online

Cyberbullying, internet stalking, solicitations for sexual encounters and human trafficking; the internet and social media can leave parents in constant fear for their children. As devices like smartphones and tablets become more integrated not only in our personal lives, but in our children’s education, the reality is they are here to stay. So how do […]

Smile and take a selfie to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s

Smile and take a selfie to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s

Selfies are often used for fun but SYNERGY HomeCare is using them for a good cause. Throughout September, anyone 65 years of age or older can take a selfie and post it on SYNERGY’s Facebook page. For every Senior Selfie that is posted, SYNERGY will make a $5 donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. SYNERGY is […]

Greater, greatest, grow up

Greater, greatest, grow up

Where are the adults in Navarre?  Just in the past few weeks we have seen childish, immature and bad behavior from many different areas.  One of the most senseless acts is Tony Alexander, a disgruntled ex-employee of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce seeking to open a new “greater” chamber of commerce.  It can […]

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 […]

Cyberstalker arrested after year passes

Cyberstalker arrested after year passes

A Navarre woman was arrested Wednesday, June 22 on felony cyberstalking charges after more than a year after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Michelle Powell stalked and sent threatening messages via Facebook to the female victim during four months in 2014 according to the police report. In the messages, Powell threatened the victim’s […]

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

The Holley-Navarre Historical Society is forming, and new members are sought to help gather and preserve historical photographs, mementos and information about local families, schools, businesses, churches, events and more. The group was created March 23 on Facebook, and the first organizational meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Alphy’s Catfish House […]

$47 Million is just too much

$47 Million is just too much

Let me start by saying I am in favor of building a new courthouse.  The current courthouse is obsolete and must be replaced.  But that doesn’t mean I support the plan to build a $47 million courthouse in Downtown Milton.  And no matter how many times Mr. Rob Williamson calls me a knucklehead on his […]

Who is the real knucklehead?

Who is the real knucklehead?

Navarre Press frequently receives letters to the editor and we print them. It is a chance for citizens of Navarre and Santa Rosa County to speak their mind – about whatever is on their mind. Letters to the editor are also part of our mission statement – to be a voice for the voiceless. It […]

County not tracking officials’ social media use

County not tracking officials’ social media use

Santa Rosa County’s guidelines and record-keeping practices for its officials’ use of social media fall short of the standards recommended by the Florida Bar that have been adopted by some other counties, including Escambia. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 […]

Williamson’s one-sided Facebook accounts don’t cut it

Williamson’s one-sided Facebook accounts don’t cut it

After eight months in office, District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson still doesn’t understand the purpose of the Fourth Estate – the “press.” He seems to believe social media is an adequate substitute for answering tough questions the reporters tend to ask elected officials. But after the last couple of weeks, we can’t really blame him […]

Mr. Williamson goes to Washington

Mr. Williamson goes to Washington

Our freshman county commissioner, Rob Williamson, flew to Washington, D.C., April 13 and returned April 16 with $2,745.11 in receipts. He flew Delta Airlines for $917.20. A roundtrip flight from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to D.C. midweek is around $345. That’s planning a month in advance. The county made Williamson’s arrangements four days prior to […]

Lack of communication only fuels rumors

Lack of communication only fuels rumors

Long before we were propelled into the digital age, kids had a way to communicate with each other – whether they passed notes during class, scribbled on bathroom walls or dropped a message in someone’s locker. As much as teens and tweens thought their missives were private, news always had a way of getting out. […]