florida panhandle

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Despite more than doubling its reach among children, the historic Arcadia Mill Site has lost a major source of funding. Site Manager Adrianne Walker said 2018 was a big year for the site at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. The number of visitors exceeded 15,000, setting a new annual record.   Read the full […]

Waitr food delivery service coming to Navarre

Waitr food delivery service coming to Navarre

On-demand restaurant delivery service Waitr announced this week it will launch an expansion into Navarre. The food delivery app makes its debut with the official launch party set for Thursday, Aug. 15. The company’s success in Pensacola and surrounding areas prompted the additional expansion according to a press release.   Read the full article in […]

New rules in place for deer harvest

New rules in place for deer harvest

The reporting system for deer harvest during the new season has changed. All hunters, including those under the age of 16, must now log their harvested deer prior to moving it from where it was located. Hunters must also report the harvested deer within 24 hours.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

This is part two in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Billions of dollars and thousands of people move to the economic heartbeat of the Department of Defense in the Florida […]

Whale strands on Opal Beach

Whale strands on Opal Beach

A rare beaked whale species that beached itself along Opal Beach Monday died shortly after being discovered, adding to a rising number of marine mammal deaths along the panhandle. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Marine Mammal Stranding Team responded to Opal Beach, just west of Navarre at around 4:30 p.m. after beachgoers spotted the […]

Murder Creek Moonshine coming to Florida panhandle

Murder Creek Moonshine coming to Florida panhandle

A Milton-based distributor of beer and nonalcoholic beverages just added liquor to their portfolio. Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC recently entered into an agreement with Murder Creek Distillery out of Brewton, Alabama, just an hour north of Pensacola.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Hundreds of bottlenose dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico have prompted NOAA to declare an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) for the region. The declaration includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida in response to dolphins washing up dead on shorelines across the region.   Read the full article in the June […]

Hurricane Michael displaces hawk nestlings

Hurricane Michael displaces hawk nestlings

When Hurricane Michael ripped through the Panama City area in October 2018, many people were displaced as their homes were destroyed by high winds and the massive storm surge of the Category 5 hurricane. Nearly seven months later, some smaller residents of the Panhandle have been displaced by the storm’s aftermath. Read the full article […]

Looking ahead to start of spring turkey hunting season

Looking ahead to start of spring turkey hunting season

Spring turkey hunting season begins in less than two weeks, and this will be the last one in which the shooting hours won’t be extended. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved extended shooting hours on wildlife management areas at its meeting in February. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Fisherman now a fisher of men

Fisherman now a fisher of men

When Jesus called Peter, James and John to be his apostles, he told these professional fishermen to leave their nets and he would make them fishers of men. Having caught every kind of fish in the Gulf, says Florida-born pastor, Jon Skipper, he is now about winning souls. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Shalimar attorney takes up U.S. Attorney mantle

Shalimar attorney takes up U.S. Attorney mantle

Lawrence “Larry” Keefe, of Shalimar took the oath of office the morning of Jan. 9 from Chief District Judge Mark E. Walker to become the 41st U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. As U.S. Attorney, Keefe is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Florida, which includes Florida’s 23 […]

Pakistani journalists visit Gulf Coast

Pakistani journalists visit Gulf Coast

Women leading the charge for journalism in Pakistan stopped for coffee and conversation in Pensacola with local media members as part of a diplomacy trip across the United States. The 15 journalists visited Dec. 20 as part of the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council’s work. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of […]

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

New retailers, including Aldi grocery stores, could be coming to Navarre and Pace as the Birmingham-based firm NextSite provides market analysis and retailer courting services for Santa Rosa County. Since April 2018 the firm has been collecting data on population, traffic and demographics in the county’s major areas and then using that data in contacts […]

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

In September 2017, Gulf Power and its partners flipped the switch on a 330-acre solar field on the retired Holley Outlying Field at Naval Air Station Whiting, ceremonially adding the renewable energy generated there to the power supplied to homes and businesses throughout the Panhandle. More than a year later, Gulf Power spokesperson Kimberly Lynn […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane Michael was the most serious natural disaster to impact agricultural and natural resources industries in the Florida Panhandle in decades, according to numbers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The storm that made landfall Oct. 10 caused production losses totaling $158 million for Florida’s agricultural in the 2018-19 […]

Treks raise awareness and funds in battle to end Alzheimer’s disease

Treks raise awareness and funds in battle to end Alzheimer’s  disease

Amy Woodland is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s manager in the Panhandle, and when she thinks about this event, the largest in the world to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, she considers it a celebration. She calls it that because it brings so many together for a common cause, particularly […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR PERPETRATOR OF MAIL BOMB PLOT Investigators have been searching coast-to-coast for the culprit and motives behind the series of explosive devices sent to critics of the president, with fresh focus on a postal facility in Florida. 2. POLITICS QUICKLY OVERSHADOW HOPES FOR ACCORD With the country on edge over a widening […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. AFTER A BITTER NOMINATION PROCESS, DAY 1 ON THE BENCH Brett Kavanaugh is about to hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice, becoming the fifth solidly conservative jurist on the high court. 2. PAPER PUBLISHES POSSIBLY LAST IMAGE OF MISSING SAUDI REPORTER The Washington Post publishes a surveillance image showing its missing […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. UN REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING CARRIES WARNING Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference for mankind and Earth’s ecosystems in the next few decades, scientists say. 2. WHAT MCCONNELL’S NOW OPEN TO The Senate majority leader signals he’s willing to take up another Supreme Court nomination in the 2020 […]

Pink-wigged crusaders wage war on cancer

Pink-wigged crusaders wage war on cancer

When Michelle Hedman received her breast cancer diagnosis at age 28, she was told she had only months left to live. The cancer was stage four and had advanced into much of her body, the doctors said. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. POLITICAL STUNNER IN MASSACHUSETTS Ayanna Pressley is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve the state in Congress after her upset victory over a 10-term incumbent — the latest example of Democrats’ embrace of diversity, liberal politics. 2. WHAT KAVANAUGH CAN EXPECT ON DAY 2 OF HEARINGS The Supreme Court nominee […]

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Jeff Cole grew up in Milton and remembers when scallops were plentiful in the area. That isn’t the case anymore. The scallop population is severely depleted in the Panhandle, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission … Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

Subtropical storm Alberto falls flat

Subtropical storm Alberto falls flat

May 25 weather forecasters all over the Florida panhandle along with the national weather services were watching a storm brewing in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued its first advisory on the storm, subtropical storm Alberto, at 10 a.m. All of this was happening ahead of the official June 1 start […]

Court ruling favors continuation of deer-dog hunting

Court ruling favors continuation of deer-dog hunting

Deer hunting with dogs will continue in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area. Last week, a divided appeals court overturned a ruling that would have forced game officials to rein in hunting deer with dogs. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. SteVisit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Following more than a decade of delinquent loans, capital deficiencies and poor bank ratings, Beach Community Bank will soon be under new ownership as the bank’s holding company, Beach Community Bancshares, Inc., has filed for bankruptcy. According to the documents filed in the Northern District of Florida United States Bankruptcy Court, the bank will shift […]

Humpback whale surprises Panhandle

Humpback whale surprises Panhandle

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officers got a super-sized surprise last week when a humpback whale made a visit to coastal waters along the Gulf of Mexico. The two officers were in the state waters less than 20 miles offshore near Panama City Beach Feb. 15 when they spotted an unusual ocean mammal. […]

Rock Steady boxers take on Parkinson’s

Rock Steady boxers take on Parkinson’s

With boxing gloves hanging from the doors, a mural on the wall of two dudes duking it out and a variety of punching bags awaiting a beating, one of Navarre’s newest gyms is primed for fighters. But the boxers in this gym are anything but typical and their fight is not with a person. Every […]