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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 […]

History comes alive inside nation’s oldest masonry fort

History comes alive inside nation’s oldest masonry fort

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 Castillo de San Marcos, which I visited during my trip to St. Augustine. Gunshots are fired over the water by a man dressed as a […]

Learning to mitigate your risks

Learning to mitigate your risks

We live in the most beautiful place in Florida, along the coast’s most beautiful beach. It is paradise. We are also fortunate to live among some pretty spectacular wildlife. The list includes bald eagles, ospreys, deer, coyotes, bears, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, sharks and so many other species. Nearly every day we see a video […]

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 […]

Original Underground Railroad led to Fort Mose

Original Underground Railroad led to Fort Mose

This is the latest in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. This story features my trip to St. Augustine and a visit to Fort Mose. Slaves in the 1700s in the British-controlled Carolinas had […]

Parker appointed to Florida Association of Counties board

Parker appointed to Florida Association of Counties board

Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Sam Parker, District 1, was recently appointed to the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) board of directors. Commissioner Parker will serve in this role for two years. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the FAC board of directors,” Parker said. “This will allow me to work […]

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: The partial opening of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge to eastbound traffic has been postponed to Aug. 4. The traffic shift for U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been rescheduled for Sunday evening, Aug. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Thursday, […]

Zangerle excited sharing Hawaiian traditions at senior center

Zangerle excited sharing Hawaiian traditions at senior center

Angela Zangerle is excited about Saturday’s luau at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center. A native of Hawaii, she has been sharing stories of Hawaiian culture with others at the center and teaching members how to make leis as well. She’s even preparing an authentic Hawaiian dinner for it.   Read the full article in the July […]

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Friday two bears were caught napping in a pine tree in Navarre Park. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), along with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, closed Navarre Park for the safety of visitors. According to FWC’s website, the black bear is the only species of bear in Florida. Bears are solitary by nature […]

Beach advocates stricter codes to prevent another “Turner House”

Beach advocates stricter codes to prevent another “Turner House”

Fed up with years of dilapidation across the street, beach residents called on county commissioners Monday during their meeting to amend the Land Development Code (LDC) to prevent future homes from sitting in disrepair for 15 years. Sailmaker Cove president Terry Pierman said the gulf front “Turner House” located at 7315 Gulf Boulevard is an […]