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Institute focuses on data in effort to protect Florida’s wildlife

Institute focuses on data in effort to protect Florida’s wildlife

Nearly 20 years ago the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reorganized. That led to the creation of the Florida Wildlife Research Institute, which involved bringing parts of the divisions of wildlife and freshwater fisheries as well as the Florida Marine Research Institute together in 2004. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, the institute serves a valuable purpose, […]

FWC set to approve red snapper season next month

FWC set to approve red snapper season next month

Recreational red snapper season isn’t too far off. And a new season is set to be approved in February. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is recommending a continuous 45-day season that kicks off June 11 and runs through July 25. “Our staff estimates that the harvest can stay open through July 25 […]

Warning period over for texting while driving

Warning period over for texting while driving

As of Jan. 1, law enforcement began pulling drivers over and issuing tickets, not warnings, for using a mobile device while driving such as texting while driving. The law also went into full effect for operating a mobile device in a non-hands-free manner while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work […]

Raider football team focused on weight room in offseason

Raider football team focused on weight room in offseason

It wasn’t long before junior linebacker Bailey Huston was back in the weight room along with his teammates on the Navarre football team. Burned by the feeling of missing the playoffs, that disappointment has provided fuel to the fire of the Raiders’ motivation. It’s why they have hit the ground running in the offseason. “We […]

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center awarded sea turtle grant

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center awarded sea turtle grant

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center received a grant for $24,746.15 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The C.A.R.E. Center received the grant Dec. 19 to help purchase a vehicle to aid in the transport of rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles. Read the […]

A different kind of graduation

A different kind of graduation

Ronald Kirkland was 15 years old when he was first sent to prison. He’d broken the law and eventually ended up in Santa Rosa Correctional Institution to serve his time. Kirkland would miss high school graduation and become an adult behind bars. Now a father, Kirkland, 27, is approaching his release date. According to Florida […]

Florida worker’s comp insurance rates decreasing 7.5%

Florida worker’s comp insurance rates decreasing 7.5%

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a final order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall decrease of 7.5% for Florida workers’ compensation insurance rates. This applies to both new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Operation Outdoor Freedom still going strong thanks to grants

Operation Outdoor Freedom still going strong thanks to grants

Operation Outdoor Freedom has been going strong for a decade now, and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida announced a partnership with the Florida Forest Service to help fund a project that provides recreational and rehabilitative opportunities to wounded veterans on state, agricultural and private lands across Florida at no cost. A commitment of […]

Donated space heaters help seniors in need

Donated space heaters help seniors in need

Temperatures in the 30s crept into the region last week, and while most were fortunate to stay warm, there are segments of society that must battle the issue of inadequate heating in their homes. That includes senior citizens, many of whom can’t afford to run their heating units or can’t afford to repair them if […]

Navarre off to strong start to its boys soccer season

Navarre off to strong start to its boys soccer season

Hayden Richard warmed up on the sideline every chance he had, the bone-chilling wind gusting throughout this cold November night at the Navarre Soccer Complex. On the field, Richard was hot as ever, scoring twice to lead Navarre’s boys soccer team to a 3-1 season-opening victory over Pensacola Catholic Tuesday night. “I felt all right. […]

Raiders dominate opening week of soccer season

Raiders dominate opening week of soccer season

Navarre’s girls soccer team swept all three games in the opening week of the season, putting the Raiders on pace, so far, to meet their head coach’s desire for an undefeated season.  They outscored their opponents 16-6, picking up wins over Pensacola Catholic (10-2), Maclay (4-3) and Chiles (2-1). However, the “goals against” number is something head […]

Fall tends to lead to more interactions with bears

Fall tends to lead to more interactions with bears

This is the time of the year when the likelihood of a bear being hit by a vehicle rises. Last month, two bears were struck on Highway 87, including a nearly 500-pound male in the Holley area. The other bear killed was a 40-pound cub just north of Holley. They are unfortunate incidents but not […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Murder conviction of Rice upheld by courts

Murder conviction of Rice upheld by courts

The First District Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal in the conviction of Mary Rice, the woman who assisted in a murder spree throughout northwest Florida and across state lines According to a State Attorney’s Office press release, Mary Barbara Craig Rice was sentenced to life in prison Sept. 28, 2018 for first degree […]

New-look Raiders getting in work during fall baseball

New-look Raiders getting in work during fall baseball

There will be a new-look Navarre baseball team taking the field in 2020. After graduating 11 players, a good portion of this year’s lineup will dress for varsity for the first time. And they’ll be playing for first-year head coach Chris Williams, who was promoted from top assistant over the summer. The field was also repaired. Gone is the […]

Navarre falls in close game with rival Dolphins

Navarre falls in close game with rival Dolphins

Hailey Bastian scored twice and Autumn Slaybaugh added another goal in Navarre’s 4-3 preseason loss to Gulf Breeze last Wednesday. Head coach Robert Simon was more interested in effort than the final score. “I’m very happy,” Simon said. “To come out healthy is probably my No. 1 priority. Number 2, the girls played well. There was a lot […]

FWC working to keep Florida free of deer disease

FWC working to keep Florida free of deer disease

In nearly two decades since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began its Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance in the state, more than 13,000 deer—including animals killed by a hunter or vehicle, as well as those that died from an illness– have been tested for CWD. The results have come back negative every time.   […]

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Kobe Johnson thought teammate Xayvion Thomas was joking around Sunday about Navarre getting the cold shoulder when it came to getting into the playoffs. After all, the Raiders went into their bye weekend Friday feeling they had done enough to punch a ticket to the postseason. Their belief was strengthened by the 52-14 win over […]

Navarre football players invited to combine

Navarre football players invited to combine

Grady Kelly watches combines on television when he gets a chance. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to be part of one. Kelly is one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. He is joining Navarre teammates Elijah Melendez and Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon at the National Combine at the Alamodome in January. Assistant coach Antenney Hemingway […]

Navarre’s girls cross-country season ends at regional

Navarre’s girls cross-country season ends at regional

The Navarre girls’ cross-country team finished its season at the regional meet Saturday in Gainesville. The return trip to Santa Fe College pitted the Raiders against top-end teams from four districts. Chiles took the regional title. Niceville – the only other school from this end of the Panhandle competing – finished fourth in the team […]

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Practice has just started for Lighthouse Private Christian Academy at Lion Park on a chilly Halloween afternoon in Pensacola. The team is working on kickoff coverage. It isn’t long before a hiccup occurs. A soccer coach of a youth team walks over to Lighthouse head coach Oliver Longley and tells him his team of maybe […]

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

With a nucleus of players who took Navarre to the regional tournament last year, Navarre’s girls soccer team returned to the practice field Oct. 21. Seventy-eight athletes tried out, and three days later, head coach Robert Simon published a list of 19 players for the varsity squad. It features eight seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Last […]

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Its top three scorers are all back and just four players are gone from a Navarre boys soccer team that won 16 games and finished as the district runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Expectations are high to say the least, and the Raiders understand as much. They embrace the challenge of living […]

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

People age 60 and older in Florida already number more than 5 million, accounting for a little over 25% of the state’s population. That number is projected to rise significantly in the years ahead, hitting the 8 million mark by 2040. That is why having a state plan on aging in place is critical.   […]

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