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Contest challenges students to devise software apps

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

For the first time in the contest’s history, the Congressional App Challenge is open to students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents the district, has signed on for this year’s competition. His participation means that northwest Florida students in high school or earlier grades are eligible. Established in 2013, the […]

FWC officer honored for efforts to protect sea turtles

FWC officer honored for efforts to protect sea turtles

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Phil Stone grew up in North Dakota, where summers are beautiful but winters are a downright brutal mixture of bone-chilling wind, air that makes your face hurt and up to 50 inches of snow a year. A friend of his who already lived in Florida inspired him to […]

Voters can now register online

Voters can now register online

Santa Rosa County residents can now register to vote from the comfort of home with the launch of online registration. Florida is the 36th state to offer this option. Residents of Florida can go to registertovoteflorida.gov to input their information and complete registration. Users may also update their registration information, such as a change of […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

Navarre bypassed

Navarre bypassed

Roundabouts, raised roadways and removed businesses are a few of the features outlined by renderings of U.S. Highway 98 released by the Florida Department of Transportation in advance of its next public hearing on the widening of the highway. FDOT last year placed the expansion of Highway 98 from four lanes to six on its […]

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

  Although Republican voters hold a 3-1 edge over Democrats in Santa Rosa, they lost some of that lead this year. In the biennial updating that state law requires county Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane to do in every odd-numbered year, her staff has moved 4,874 Republicans to “inactive” status, compared with 2,066 Democrats. The trend […]

Freese steps up her game during sophomore season

Freese steps up her game during sophomore season

Shelby Freese plays with emotion and energy. She plays with heart, too, and leaves everything she has on the floor for the Gulf Coast State volleyball team. So when the team comes up short, it’s not an easy pill to swallow. And that much was evident in an interview after a midweek match against Pensacola […]

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is […]

Irma evacuees now home from Santa Rosa

Irma evacuees now home from Santa Rosa

A day after Irma had cleared south Florida, Teresa Focaracci, her son, his girlfriend and their friends headed back home from the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. They were six people, five large dogs and a cat crammed into two cars, and rode out the storm in the hotel. For roughly 14 hours they made […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore closing all areas ahead of storm

Gulf Islands National Seashore closing all areas ahead of storm

Due to the threat of a Tropical Storm Nate becoming a hurricane this weekend, Gulf Islands National Seashore will close all areas of the park, including Fort Pickens and all of the Mississippi Islands. The national seashore areas will close tonight. All campers at Fort Pickens and the Davis Bayou Campgrounds must evacuate by noon […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

5 FORMER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University later this month to help storm recoveries in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. George H.W Bush would be joined by his son, former President George W. Bush, and former presidents Barack […]

Arcadia shares Santa Rosa’s Civil War heritage

Arcadia shares Santa Rosa’s Civil War heritage

Visitors to Arcadia Mill, a historical site in Milton, got a lesson in Santa Rosa’s Civil War heritage Saturday during the annual Sawmills and Skirmishes Tour. Tour guides dressed in period attire led groups along the raised boardwalk that twists its way through the Arcadia Mill archeological site. The site still bears some of the […]

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Parole in Florida is nearly extinct. Of the approximately 100,000 inmates incarcerated in Florida, only 4,545 are eligible for parole. And even fewer are approved. That is because the state has almost abolished parole across the board. Parole is the release of a prisoner before the completion of a sentence with conditions that a person […]

Never-ending work along the Florida Trail

Never-ending work along the Florida Trail

Ed Williamson had no idea the Florida Trail existed, at least not until a chance encounter with people from the Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. He came across a booth at an Earth Day event in Pensacola and the rest is history. “I was curious about it and asked some questions and […]

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Following billions of dollars in property damage from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued an emergency order to protect consumers in the wake of the storm. The order freezes policies in the affected areas from cancellations and non-renewal for a period of 90 days starting on Sept. 4. Karen Kees, deputy director […]

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

A collection of grade schoolers against a multibillion-dollar national industry: Navarre High School senior Catalina Rios likes those odds. She will be taking on “big tobacco” in the coming school year as one of four representatives of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Advocacy Board Region 1. Rios was elected to the board by […]

HNMS students score perfection

HNMS students score perfection

Each year middle school students take Florida Standards Assessment exams to determine their knowledge of course material in subjects such as language arts, science and civics. The results are in, and four Holley Navarre Middle School students scored perfect on FSA subject area tests. The perfect scores were Katlynn Johnson in science, Gerald Cult in […]

Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community. We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

Faces of Hurricane Irma evacuees

Faces of Hurricane Irma evacuees

Navarre Press had the opportunity to interview a few people who evacuated from Hurricane Irma to our area. Some came here because they knew something about us and others just happened by and decided to stay. They will be leaving soon to find out whether or not their home survived the storm. We will follow […]

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

In an unexpected turn of events, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in New York. September 12, deputies received a call about a stolen iPhone in Gulf Breeze. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the deputies walked the victim through locating the phone through an app, which […]

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are as versatile as any law enforcement agents out there. Officers do everything from patrolling the water and woods, on the lookout for fishing and hunting violations, to assisting in chasing down criminals on the run. They also jump into action when a hurricane cripples an area, such […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DELAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR MAN SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED IN OCTOBER Lawyers for Michael Ray Lambrix on Wednesday asked for additional time to file motions and court briefings because the attorneys live in the expected path of Hurricane Irma. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office objected, saying Irma’s impact was “days away.” Justices […]

A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

“All aircraft on this frequency, land at the nearest suitable airport due to a national emergency.” Keith Brahms heard those words come across his radio at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the co-pilot of a Delta Airlines flight that was heading toward Fort Lauderdale. He had no idea what to […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

ROAD TOLLS SUSPENDED AS HURRICANE IRMA APPROACHES Gov. Rick Scott says tolls will be suspended to keep traffic flowing as residents begin to evacuate coastal areas in the potential path of the dangerous Category 5 storm. The governor adds that tolls will remain suspended “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.” Several important […]

Closer look at life as an FWC fisheries biologist

Closer look at life as an FWC fisheries biologist

Eric Weather used to watch the televised adventures of Jacques Cousteau. It eventually led him to a career in fisheries research as a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. He’s now been in the career for nearly 20 years. “I was originally drawn toward ocean exploration through (the show) and then later became […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH USING CONFEDERATE FLAG AS WEAPON Police say 21-year-old Christopher Monzon threatened a crowd of about 100 people who gathered outside Hollywood City Hall Wednesday to support removing the names of Confederate generals from city streets. Monzon yelled at the demonstrators and then charged at them before officers quickly tackled him. Hollywood’s […]

Leggett turns in his best performance of the preseason

Leggett turns in his best performance of the preseason

Jordan Leggett saved his best performance of the preseason for last. After sitting out a weekend game against the New York Giants, the former Navarre standout caught two passes for 16 yards for the New York Jets in their 16-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. The rookie out of Clemson […]

I witnessed death in Florida

I witnessed death in Florida

I will never look at a yellow number two pencil the same way again. I was one of the press witnesses to the first execution to occur in Florida in more than a year. Mark Asay was put to death for the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell via lethal injection Aug. 24. […]

Looking back at a smash sequel

Looking back at a smash sequel

The secret that was Navarre wasn’t only the white powdery sand, the forgotten history of the Spaniards nor the clear emerald waters of the Gulf. The terror that gripped the hearts of frolicking children and their parents at the sight of a gray fin sliding through red-hued water was the secret that held the nation’s […]

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