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The Brew Scientist

The Brew Scientist

An unlikely series of events brought Rachel Breite to Navarre where she found her dream job in a unique role as the head brewer at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, (YOBB) Holley-Navarre’s first brewery. Breite, originally from Festus, Missouri, received her degree in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston. Read the full article in the […]

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America […]

Region’s largest solar farm project producing power

Region’s largest solar farm project producing power

Solar eclipses are not the only thing putting the sun in headlines this week. Representatives from Gulf Power, local military bases and Coronal Power flipped the giant ceremonial switch Tuesday on the Gulf Coast Solar Center Portfolio. These three solar farms take up hundreds of acres of underutilized military land in Holley-Navarre, Eglin Air Force […]

Smiles, laughter and fun highlight Raider Games

Smiles, laughter and fun highlight Raider Games

Gabby Ayala watched as young children did their best to hold a coconut between their legs and hop to a finish line. She cheered them on the entire way. Normally, others are cheering her on as Ayala plays softball for Navarre. On this sun-splashed Friday morning in April, the script was flipped. Ayala was rooting […]

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge can officially call Navarre its new home. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a motion Monday to rezone a roughly 2.2-acre piece of property to allow relocation of the refuge’s rehabilitation center, animal ambassadors and marine rescue unit. Read the full article in the April 27 issue of Navarre […]

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Despite neighbor complaints, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has moved one step closer to relocating its operations to Holley. The county Zoning Board recommended approval of rezoning for the 2.3-acre property last Thursday. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Wildlife refuge eyes Holley for relocation

Wildlife refuge eyes Holley for relocation

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is looking for a new home, and they have set their sights on a 2 acre piece of property in Holley that has been offered up as a donation. The refuge, which rescues and rehabilitates a variety of animals in the Panhandle, has called Okaloosa Island home for approximately six […]

Holley-Navarre Water sewage leak

Holley-Navarre Water sewage leak

State-mandated monitoring by Holley-Navarre Water System of the William’s Creek sewage spill revealed fecal bacteria levels reached nearly 35 times the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) recommended maximum days after the initial spill. After more than a week of elevated fecal bacteria levels, required monitoring ceased Monday, Oct. 24 after colony numbers returned to […]

More firefighters needed for Holley-Navarre

More firefighters needed for Holley-Navarre

Holley-Navarre’s Fire District has grown exponentially since 2010, encompassing nearly 50 square miles with only two fire stations and five firefighters between the two at any given time.  And while the 50 square miles hasn’t expanded, the number of residents has, nearly doubling.  Yet, the district is still staffed at the same level as it […]

Holley Hills subdivision gets county go-ahead

Holley Hills subdivision gets county go-ahead

Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners gave final approval Thursday, Aug. 25, for the final platting of Holley Hills subdivision, and construction of homes could be underway as early as September. The triangular plat was separated into 55 lots located off Highway 87. The entrance will connect from Randal Drive, less than a mile […]

Water utilities raise yellow flags for expansion leverage

Water utilities raise yellow flags for expansion leverage

Price tag at $12  – $18 million to pipe wastewater to Eglin   Two of Santa Rosa’s major wastewater utilities are citing state-regulated effluent treatment limits while lobbying county commissioners to grant expansion plans that face public opposition. Both Holley-Navarre Water System and South Santa Rosa Utility – the latter owned by the City of […]

Playground opens at Holley Ball Park

Playground opens at Holley Ball Park

The construction of a recreational playground to enhance the popular ball field is now complete at Holley Ball Park.  The grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. The playground now features all-inclusive play equipment for children ages two to five and includes such enhancements as rubberized surfacing, ground-level components, a ramp system, […]

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Holley-Navarre Water System officials have reassured Williams Creek residents that the utility’s plan to treat wastewater near their homes is temporary. However,  an alternative proposal to pipe the effluent to Eglin Air Force Base is years from reality. There are numerous complications and potential snags that weren’t discussed at the County Commission’s special meeting last […]

Gaius Bruce retires – 50 years at Northwest Florida State College

Gaius Bruce retires – 50 years at Northwest Florida State College

Gaius Bruce’s family and friends threw a retirement party for him at his home Sunday, April 24. Gaius Bruce started teaching in 1956 at OWJC which changed its name to OWCC, OWC and now – Northwest Florida State College. He worked there full time for 38 years and for the last 12 years, as an […]

Navarre Chamber welcomes Ye Olde Brothers Brewery

Navarre Chamber welcomes Ye Olde Brothers Brewery

The Navarre Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Ye Olde Brothers Brewery with a ribbon cutting recently.  The popular restaurant is located on Highway 87 and is the area’s first brewery. Click HERE to view photos featured in the April 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online today to your community newspaper.

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Some readers may be surprised to learn that Navarre Press, while owned by Sandi Kemp belongs to the community.  We cover issues important to you: the actions of your government and its individual members, crime and public safety, the latest on beach renourishment, the local high-school athletes who are going places, the Navarre High School […]

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

The Holley-Navarre Historical Society is forming, and new members are sought to help gather and preserve historical photographs, mementos and information about local families, schools, businesses, churches, events and more. The group was created March 23 on Facebook, and the first organizational meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Alphy’s Catfish House […]

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., began in April of 2014. Following a switchover to the Flint River as the city’s main water source, corrosive water conditions from the Flint River caused heavy metal leaching from the lead service pipes in the region. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Kiln Festival fired up visitors

Kiln Festival fired up visitors

Holley Hill Pottery opened their grounds to the public last Saturday for the WoodStoke Pottery and Kiln Festival. Many people attended the event to enjoy good food, pottery and conversation. Some of the dishes sampled by those at the event included gumbo, chowder, specialty dishes, wood-fired pizza, chili and cornbread. Read the full article in […]