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Waitr food delivery service coming to Navarre

Waitr food delivery service coming to Navarre

On-demand restaurant delivery service Waitr announced this week it will launch an expansion into Navarre. The food delivery app makes its debut with the official launch party set for Thursday, Aug. 15. The company’s success in Pensacola and surrounding areas prompted the additional expansion according to a press release.   Read the full article in […]

Fourth of July events

Fourth of July events

Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration Everyone is invited to join the Navarre Chamber and Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office for the Navarre Beach Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration. Children’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Live music will take place at the Sand Crab Pavilion at 7 p.m. The […]

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Due to the recent rabies alert in Santa Rosa County, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County will be hosting a rabies and microchip clinic in conjunction with PAWS rolling vet clinic. The event will be held Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Paw Pad in Milton at 5755 Washington Street. Rabies vaccines will […]

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents took a Fort Walton foster parent into custody March 7 for having alleged videos of child pornography on his computer. Dieter Claus Bucher, 76, of 990 Lukes Way was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Two individuals in a Fort Walton Beach illegal gambling operation were ordered by a U.S. attorney to forfeit $5.8 million Monday. Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola were convicted in February 2018 by a federal jury of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Read […]

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

A man arrested in Gulf Breeze on March 1 faces charges of drug possession and driving with an expired license. Douglas Leon Craig, 64, of Fort Walton Beach, was stopped by Gulf Breeze police while traveling west on Hwy 98 on the morning of March 1. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Glenn Varrin, 56, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for attempted enticement of a minor after pleading guilty on August 15.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

When Navarre resident James Coleman purchased the defunct Cinema Plus in Fort Walton, the sky was the limit. Coleman said the many memories that folks shared of the theater inspired him to invest in keeping it open in 2014. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Sweet Pea travels for treatment at Gulf World

Sweet Pea travels for treatment at Gulf World

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) resident green sea turtle, Sweet Pea, has been transported to Gulf World in Panama City for treatment of gastro-intestinal issues. NBSTCC founder Cathy Holmes said the turtle was moved July 17 to Gulf World Marine Park because staffers at the center observed that a pre-existing, chronic condition […]

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Physical fitness and God go hand in hand. The Run for God program at First Baptist Church of Navarre is embracing that concept as it takes members of the church and public through a 12-week “couch to 5K” training program with a twist. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

One doesn’t have to go far to find adventure in this area. There’s even a club for it right here on the Gulf Coast. Launched in Fort Walton Beach more than 15 years ago, the Adventure Club provides outdoor enthusiasts in the area the opportunity to do a variety of activities, including cycling, hiking, kayaking […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Tuesday, June 5 Bands on the Beach Every Tuesday Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gulfside pavilion. For more information, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com. Thursday, June 7 Tunes by the […]

Operation Pay Dirt seizes $7 million in drugs, guns

Operation Pay Dirt seizes $7 million in drugs, guns

Nearly $7 million worth of “poison” is off the street thanks to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s bust of the largest heroin/fentanyl distribution organization in county history. The sheriff’s office also arrested 15 individuals, including convicted felons, in relation to the investigation referred to as Operation Pay Dirt the sheriff’s office announced May 30 during a […]

Navarre artist shows work in Fort Walton Beach

Navarre artist shows work in Fort Walton Beach

Navarre artist Christine Salome’s photography is getting attention locally. Salome won first place in the animal category of the Arts and Design Society (ADSO) 19th annual photography juried show in April. A selection of her work also hangs at the HH Arts Gallery in Fort Walton Beach. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre […]

Sheriff makes drug arrest

Sheriff makes drug arrest

It’s rarely good news when you get pulled over by a deputy, but getting pulled over by the Sheriff himself is surely worse. And that is what happened March 2 at approximately 9 p.m. in Navarre. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Man killed in car crash on 98

Man killed in car crash on 98

An accident on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre claimed the life of a Fort Walton Beach man Wednesday evening. David Miles Weichman was driving a Toyota Tundra eastbound on 98 near Snapdragon Drive in Navarre when the incident occurred according to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report. According to the report, Weichman lost control of […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

  Feb. 3 Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade The annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Gulf Boulevard. The theme for this year’s parade is “Sun, Sand and Surf”. Join the Navarre Krewe of Jesters for family friendly fun, floats, and beads. For more information, visit www.nkoj.org. Kids and Kritters Parade The […]

Navarre weightlifters roll past Vikings

Navarre weightlifters roll past Vikings

Navarre’s girls weightlifters are running out of time to make improvements before the district, regional and state championships. At home on Dec. 6, they put in some strong efforts against Fort Walton Beach, winning 75- 8. The Raiders won first place in every weight class with some of the lifters achieving new personal-best lifts. Amiyah […]

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Navarre head girls’ soccer coach Rob Simon believes that if you want to face good teams in February, you’d better have some on your schedule during the regular season. “It starts with the Niceville preseason tournament where we’ll face the Vikings from Fort Walton Beach and the Dolphins from Gulf Breeze,” Simon said prior to […]

Raiders remain ranked in latest power ratings poll

Raiders remain ranked in latest power ratings poll

Navarre’s football team is still in the top eight in the latest Florida High School Association playoff power ratings. The Raiders check in at No. 6 this week with 36.17 points. They dropped two spots after a 35-27 loss to Escambia Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Gators jump from eighth to fourth […]

Raiders among top eight in first FHSAA power ratings poll

Raiders among top eight in first FHSAA power ratings poll

Navarre is ranked fourth in the first Florida High School Athletic Association regional power rankings of the season and would be in the postseason if it began today. St. Augustine, Crestview and Niceville are the top three teams in the poll, which will be released each Tuesday from now until the end of the season. […]

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

The message from Gulf Breeze City Council to medical marijuana dispensaries: This town isn’t big enough for both of us. Despite the 70 percent statewide voter approval of the expanded sale of a non-euphoric form of the drug in November, the five-member Gulf Breeze panel is balking at allowing sales in this beachy community of […]

Kitten season taxes shelters

Kitten season taxes shelters

Vicki Hoff, manager of the Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS) shelter in Fort Walton Beach, arrived at work one morning to find a box wrapped in garbage bags sitting at the front door. Inside was a kitten – “maybe two to three weeks old,” Hoff said. For cat lovers, there’s no such thing as […]

Military career sparked by early love of planes

Military career sparked by early love of planes

Growing up in South Carolina, retired Master Sgt. Ronald Adams always wanted to fly airplanes. He joined the military hoping for a chance to experience the thrill so few people ever do. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and family friendly activities will be going on in Navarre and surrounding areas this weekend and next weekend. Listed below are some of the events taking place.   April  8 Community Spring Fling Families First Network hosts a community spring fling on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the […]

Hurd humbled by latest honor

Hurd humbled by latest honor

John Hurd was on his way to the state senior games in Clearwater when learned he was going to be named the Amateur Athlete of the Year by the All Sports Association. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Dancing to good health

Dancing to good health

Susan Czekanski remembers the first time she walked into the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach. She almost walked right back out. “I came in here and then when they went back to get one of the instructors, I started to walk out,” Czekanski said. “I wasn’t sure if this was the right […]