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Raiders struggle with momentum in loss to Eagles

Raiders struggle with momentum in loss to Eagles

Navarre Raiders head coach Jay Walls stood outside the visiting locker room late Friday night and said to himself that ‘we have to get better.’  Those words summed up the night a difficult night that ended with the Raiders falling 24-6 to Pine Forest. It’s their second consecutive loss. Not since 2014 has Navarre lost […]

Loss to Lincoln serves as learning experience

Loss to Lincoln serves as learning experience

Navarre stumbled for the first time this football season last Thursday. The Raiders didn’t have enough answers for Lincoln in a 35-20 loss at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee. It was the first time in program history that the Raiders have played a district game as a 7A school. And while the scoreboard didn’t shine […]

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Federal legislation to permanently ban oil drilling and exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico took a huge step forward Wednesday after passing the House of Representatives 248-180. H.R. 205, entitled “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019,” which permanently extends the moratorium on drilling in areas of the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida […]

Gulf Power salutes employees on Lineworker Appreciation Day

Gulf Power salutes employees on Lineworker Appreciation Day

Gulf Power lineworkers work all hours of the day and night and even through the weekend to help serve customers. The company salutes its employees as Florida recognized Lineworker Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 26.  It’s an annual recognition that the Florida Legislature established in 2012.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 […]

Santa Rosa public relation pros awarded gold

Santa Rosa public relation pros awarded gold

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Pensacola Chapter has a lot to celebrate having doled out their local awards and secured a few state recognitions. Among the ranks of those awards are local Santa Rosa public relations professionals Brandi Bates and Sarah Whitfield.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre […]

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

As of this issue’s publication date, there are 131 days until the start of Florida’s 2020 legislative session, but preparations are already in full swing. Governments, legislators, lobbyists and organizations throughout the state have been setting their priorities, talking strategy and drafting their bills to prepare for roughly 60 days of the meat and potatoes […]

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Sunday, Sept. 8. From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory […]

Office of Financial Regulation going to bat for seniors

Office of Financial Regulation going to bat for seniors

Created nearly 20 years ago as a result of the Cabinet Reorganization Act of 2002, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation provides oversight for the state’s financial industry. Its goal is to protect residents of the state from a financial standpoint, and that includes senior citizens.   Read the full article in the Aug. 29 […]

Raiders put away Patriots in shutout fashion

Raiders put away Patriots in shutout fashion

Business-like in the locker room Friday night, Navarre mildly celebrated its shutout win over Pace at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. There were a few cheers here and there in the wake of a 34-0 win. However, most of the excitement among the players seemed to stem from watching replays of Raider alum Dante Wright catching […]

University of West Florida launches Cybersecurity for All program

University of West Florida launches Cybersecurity for All program

Cybersecurity continues to be a growing career field for Florida, and the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity is launching the Cybersecurity for All program in September to meet those workforce demands. The program is designed to enhance readiness for evolving cybersecurity work roles and address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Courses and […]

New twist to Beach Bowl rivalry ends with familiar result

New twist to Beach Bowl rivalry ends with familiar result

It went down to the wire, which is what a rivalry game is supposed to do. Navarre and Gulf Breeze battled until the end Friday night in the Beach Bowl. But instead of playing in week 10, reclassification and district changes pushed Navarre and Gulf Breeze into a season-opening showdown. Yet, this new twist to […]

Home-based businesses generate $20 billion annually

Home-based businesses generate $20 billion annually

From soaps that look like cupcakes to cupcakes themed around bubble baths, the cottage industry is a multibillion-dollar opportunity for many in the U.S. Local baker Carissa Jones is just one of millions taking part in the cottage industry, the name given to a niche of the economy featuring a variety of home-based businesses.   […]

Inmate pleads guilty to killing cellmate

Inmate pleads guilty to killing cellmate

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced that Friday, Aug. 16, Rocky Ali Beamon entered a guilty plea to First Degree Premeditated Murder for the Jan. 22, 2017, murder of Nicholas Anderson. Beamon and Anderson were both inmates at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution and shared a cell.   Read the […]

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

The results of this year’s Florida Youth Tobacco Survey came with good news and bad for health advocates calling for an end to underage tobacco use. Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin said her agency, an arm of the state’s Department of Health, was glad to see reductions in many categories of tobacco use […]

More to the Fountain of Youth than just water

More to the Fountain of Youth than just water

This is the latest in a series of articles on outdoor opportunities worth checking out both in Florida and, every so often, out of state. This story puts the spotlight on The Fountain of Youth, which I visited during my trip to St. Augustine. Along a main street in St. Augustine, complete with stores and a […]

Branham appointed to Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee

Branham appointed to Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee

Michelle Branham knows as much as anyone about Alzheimer’s and the devastating effects of one of the most prevalent diseases in the nation. She’s the vice president of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association in the state of Florida, and earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis named her to the state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. […]

Gulf Breeze bear trap removed

Gulf Breeze bear trap removed

In keeping with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) policy, a bear trap has been removed from the area of Gulf Breeze where a pet dog was attacked and killed. FWC Regional Public Information Director Bekah Nelson said the initial incident occurred July 28 shortly after 10 p.m. Residents of Vestavia Way reported that […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

The long journey to low-cost spay/neuter services

The long journey to low-cost spay/neuter services

Though dawn was still hours away, volunteers were already hard at work at A HOPE for Santa Rosa County’s Paw Pad in Milton July 30. Inside, roughly 50 pet carriers, all covered in white sheets, were stacked and ready.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

The University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) have announced the appointment of Dr. Kristen “Brent” Venable as the inaugural director of the Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems and Robotics program. UWF is partnering with IHMC for the program, which begins this fall.   Read the full article […]

Property owners see average 4.7% insurance increase

Property owners see average 4.7% insurance increase

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) established the 2019 personal and commercial property insurance rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) July 29. Citizens announced June 19 that their Board of Governors had approved revised 2019 rates to reflect the projected impact of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reforms enacted during the 2019 Legislative Session. […]

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 […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three 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. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

Five things to know: Stroke risk

Five things to know: Stroke risk

In Santa Rosa County, 6,145 people had a stroke in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health. And the data does not paint a rosy picture. Strokes and stroke deaths throughout the county have been on the rise for the past five years.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of […]

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