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Ellisons making difference as grandparents raising grandchildren

Ellisons making difference as grandparents raising grandchildren

Pamela Ellison of Navarre is like a lot of grandparents in this country in that she and her husband, Henry, are the ones responsible for raising their grandchildren. But her story on how the situation came to be is one that will tug at your heart strings. She has been raising her three grandchildren for […]

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Hundreds of moms, dads and guardians attended classes and helped with their students’ lessons Sept. 20-22 at Holley-Navarre Middle School as part of the school’s Bring Your Parent to School Days. Each grade had a different day of the week to bring their parents to class. Mike Jones, father of seventh-grader Maliah Jones, said this […]

Local centenarian celebrates 100

Local centenarian celebrates 100

Emma Warren was all smiles as she celebrated her centennial birthday on Thursday with family.  The room at a local restaurant was filled with her sister, three of her six children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren. “It isn’t every day that someone turns 100,” Warren’s daughter Mary Campbell said.  And she is correct.  The […]

Waiting for a real family

Waiting for a real family

There are more than 500 children in temporary foster homes in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.  They have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  While some may eventually return to their birth families, the rest will need adoptive families. FamiliesFirst Network is a community-based care agency that provides foster care and adoption services for […]

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

“I’ve had such a great life,” Mabel Bruno said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Growing up in a family of seven children on a farm outside of Hammondsville, Ohio, Bruno, now a resident of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze, was accustomed to hardship. “It wasn’t always easy […]

Kelly Gardner’s equation equals Teacher of the Year

Kelly Gardner’s equation equals Teacher of the Year

In math, every equation will have an answer. That’s what Kelly Gardner of Holley-Navarre Middle School loves about teaching math; there is always an answer. Putting that theory to the test, mathematically if a + b = c, and a = Kelly Gardner, and b = teachers and administrators at Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS), then […]

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 […]