Florida

FDOE unveils list of resources for extended spring break

FDOE unveils list of resources for extended spring break

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced Friday that information and resources are now available for students, parents and school districts in Florida during the extended spring break as they transition into distance learning. Educational resources and district meal plans are available on the DOE’s emergency response page (http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml). This page also has information on the […]

Raiders don’t surrender in loss to South Walton

Raiders don’t surrender in loss to South Walton

There was no surrender by Navarre’s girls lacrosse team in its 15-1 loss to South Walton on March 10. Junior Zoey Dezaldivar scored on a second-half penalty shot, beating the Seahawks’ goalie to the top right-hand corner for the Raiders’ lone goal. It was her sixth of the season.  Team co-captain Cheyenne Beasley dismissed the final score […]

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Florida, hospitals have begun drive-through screening of potential patients who do not require hospitalization. Among healthcare facilities taking this step is Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola which began screenings and drive through testing Monday. Residents experiencing fever, cough and symptoms of respiratory illness can call […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore modifies operations

Gulf Islands National Seashore modifies operations

Gulf Islands National Seashore has modified its operations to do its part to promote social distancing. It is making modifications in accordance with guidelines from the White House., Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and local and state authorities. Starting today (March 19), park beaches and water areas remain open as well as the Okaloosa, […]

Javelin returns to high school track

Javelin returns to high school track

Marlon Courtney is used to throwing things. He spent the last two years as the starting quarterback for Navarre’s football team, rolling up more than 4,000 yards through the air. These days, the senior standout is throwing a javelin. Navarre head coach Tony Carter convinced Courtney to give it a shot this season. “I was […]

Update: Santa Rosa’s patient with presumptive COVID-19 has died

Update: Santa Rosa’s patient with presumptive COVID-19 has died

The Florida Department of Health announced late in the evening on March 6 that the COVID-19 patient in Santa Rosa County had died at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. The patient was reported to have underlying medical conditions and had recently returned from an international trip. A new individual in their seventies that tested presumptive positive […]

Caregiver survey aimed to provide valuable data for advisory committee

Caregiver survey aimed to provide valuable data for advisory committee

A statewide survey is underway by the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee to collect data from various caregiver resources that will play a role in helping to shape policy and improve services for those in the state of Florida living with dementia, their caregivers, their families and clinical providers. Michelle Branham, the vice president of public […]

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

A patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms at a medical center in Fort Walton Beach was tested for COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. Three days later, two unrelated patients tested presumptive positive for the illness in Florida, a diagnosis confirmed Monday by federal health authorities. According to a press release, White-Wilson Medical Center elected to temporarily close […]

Popular spring turkey season begins in March

Popular spring turkey season begins in March

Spring turkey season is just around the corner, and it tends to be the most popular one. It is scheduled to kick off outside the wildlife management area system March 21 and run through April 26 for most of the state. However, the portion of Florida that is south of State Road 70 will see […]

State education funding doesn’t add up

State education funding doesn’t add up

State lawmakers touted the 2019-2020 budget as a win for education. They point to the fact spending on education has reached an all-time high with an increase of $110 million on k-12 schools. Santa Rosa County School district’s state funding for capital needs has reached new lows, and budgets remain largely flat compared to increasing […]

Cane toads remain prevalent invasive species in Florida

Cane toads remain prevalent invasive species in Florida

Cane toads aren’t native to Florida but have been in the state for quite some time, first introduced here in the 1930s to control agricultural pests. Pet trade escapes and releases in the 1950s and 1960s have created the current population. The invasive species, which is native to extreme southern Texas and Central and South […]

Family atmosphere helps fuel success of girls weightlifting team

Family atmosphere helps fuel success of girls weightlifting team

Natalya Garza dropped the bar and beamed with excitement. Her eyes and mouth were wide open. It was a priceless reaction to setting a new personal best in the clean and jerk at the girls 2A state weightlifting meet. She immediately ran over to Anna Bagley and leaped into the arms of her competitive cheer […]

Preseason proves promising for Raider softball team

Preseason proves promising for Raider softball team

Kelly Hayes couldn’t have been happier after watching Navarre’s softball team roll through a pair of preseason games last Tuesday night at the Preston Hood Complex in Fort Walton Beach. A team that lost eight seniors to graduation last season looked as if it didn’t miss a beat in convincing wins over Choctaw (10-2) and […]

Heartbreaking ending for Raiders in regional tourney

Heartbreaking ending for Raiders in regional tourney

For 80 minutes Friday night, Navarre’s girls soccer team left everything it had on the field in a Region 1-6A semifinal in Tallahassee. For one second,  Chiles got the break both teams fought so hard to produce over the course of two halves of intense, physical and emotional soccer. A regional tourney game destined for […]

Efforts being made to revive oyster population

Efforts being made to revive oyster population

Oyster populations are falling off across the United States, and in Florida, until recent years, 90% of the state’s oyster harvest came from Apalachicola Bay. Pensacola Bay is feeling the effect of the oyster shortage, too. Since 2001 when the harvest peaked at 60,000 pounds, most coming from waters in Santa Rosa County, the decline […]

Jim Fogler to head Florida Press Association, Intersect Media Solutions

Jim Fogler to head Florida Press Association, Intersect Media Solutions

   Tallahassee – Jim Fogler, a veteran leader in the publishing industry, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Florida Press Association and Intersect Media Solutions. In this new role, Fogler will become the chief advocate for publishers in Florida and oversee management services to multiple state media associations. He also will […]

Alzheimer’s Association remains focused on goals in new year

Alzheimer’s Association remains focused on goals in new year

As the fight to end Alzheimer’s shifts to 2020, just 30 years before the country is expected to see those living with debilitating disease rise to 14 million, the focus remains clear. Jon Conley, the Director of State Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association, said he remains optimistic about one day changing the course of a […]

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 […]