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Missing special tactics airman identified

Missing special tactics airman identified

UPDATE Nov. 11, 9 a.m.: As the search transitioned to a recovery effort over the weekend, the identify of a missing special tactics airman lost over the Gulf of Mexico during training last week was released by the 24th Special Operations Wing Saturday. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat […]

Military training in Navarre causes fright near library

Military training in Navarre causes fright near library

A military training event in Navarre near the library on James Harvell Road caused a bit of panic this morning among library workers and visitors. “We received a call about a suspicious person near the Navarre Library,” Rich Aloy, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said. “We did evacuate the library while we were […]

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride carries added meaning to Beckman

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride carries added meaning to Beckman

Navarre resident Steve Beckman was in a bike shop in Pensacola last month when he came across a flyer about the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which raises money and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. No big deal on the surface. But here’s where things happen for a reason.   Read the full article […]

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 […]

Called into service, a military chaplain

Called into service, a military chaplain

His father strode into the room, crisply turned out in his Alabama National Guard uniform and a young boy’s heart stirred with dreams of one day wearing the uniform like his father. But there was another call stirring in this young heart. Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

Residents of Navarre affectionately refer to the sounds of air traffic and booms of our military neighbors as “the sound of freedom.” The nightly booms are a sign of a much bigger set of missions going on. Missions that are unique to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. This is part one in a […]

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

A robot maneuvers its way through a hallway in the Pregnancy Resource Center in Navarre last week. It’s objective: obtain the pipe bomb that has been thrown into a room in the center.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

God’s special time

God’s special time

“I don’t know why you guys come here,” a prison inmate told the visitor. His was not an expression of complaint but one of amazement. What would compel a group of men to give of their time every month to visit inmates in a prison facility? You might say, “it was time.”   Read the […]

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Marsha Harp was caught by surprise when she learned she had been named the Air Force Association Chapter #398 Hurlburt Teacher of the Year. A first-grade teacher at West Navarre Primary, she’s been named the elementary teacher of the year and the overall teacher of the year for her efforts in STEM education. Read the […]

Ruck March remembers Special Tactics’ fallen

Ruck March remembers Special Tactics’ fallen

A trio of Air Force Special Tactics operators marched along U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre Monday morning along an 830-mile ruck march route from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field. They marched in honor of Special Tactics members that have been killed in action. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Residents near Hurlburt Field should expect some noise today. The Special Tactics Training Squadron will detonate 20 pounds of explosives during training on Wednesday, March 6 from 12 – 1 p.m. The training, which will take place on the Hurlburt Explosive Ordnance Device Range, is expected to produce three separate booms that may be heard […]

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

When plans to expand U.S. Highway 98 to accommodate increased traffic first surfaced, Navarre Beach Flowers owner Sabrina Peet said the potential closure of her business was not on the forefront of her mind. The little shop located just at the edge of state right of way had very little wiggle room if an expansion […]

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

One school has been bringing the logistics of an entire roadway and even a U.S. Air Force base to a halt each day. For commuters going to and from Hurlburt Field, the daily drop-off and pick-up of Florosa Elementary School students means additional traffic woes along U.S. Highway 98 each day. Read the full article […]

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

The Hurlburt Field airman found dead outside the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center the morning of Jan. 28 has been identified as Senior Airman Luis Navajas, 30, a member of the 505th Communications Squadron . Navajas’ death is under investigation. “There is no greater loss than that of a valued Airman and teammate,” said Col. Sean […]

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

After nearly a year of being vacant, the former site of County Line Pizza in Mary Esther will be opening as a new restaurant as early as February. The International Lounge, a longtime staple of Eglin Parkway, will be lifting its roots and replanting a little closer to Navarre at 3176 U.S. Highway 98, said […]

Navarre community united in relief efforts

Hurricane Michael had eyes on the northern Gulf Coast before it even entered the Gulf of Mexico. And for a while, Navarre was in the cross-hairs of the impending landfall. We watched and waited. Then we nervously watched and waited. All the while the forecasters were predicting what seemed like an impossible turn to the […]

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

UPDATE: As of 10/10 at 6:30 a.m. Hurricane Michael is now a very dangerous Cat 4 storm with maximum sustained winds at 140 mph and higher gusts at the center. On its present forecast track the storm is set to landfall somewhere near Panama City. Currently the hurricane is moving toward the north at 13 […]

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

During a media roundtable Friday morning, Col. Michael Conley, the new commander of 1 SOW (Special Operations Wing), sat down to discuss local issues impacting his airmen and the community. Highway 98 traffic and keeping his airmen mentally and physically ready led the way. His social media skills – not so much. Read the full […]

Historic Medal of Honor

Historic Medal of Honor

For the first time since the Vietnam War, an airman received the Medal of Honor for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman was selected for the medal after he gave his life in the attempted rescue of a comrade while serving in Afghanistan. His family departed Fort Walton Beach […]

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

As District 4’s heated election season comes to a close, potentially thousands of voters received mail-out postcards touting current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson as a conservative businessman and avid supporter of President Donald Trump. The mailer, marked as approved and paid for by the Rob Williamson campaign, also paints Williamson’s opponent, Dave Piech, […]

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Navarre’s struggling military and veteran families have access to a new resource for food free of charge every third Friday and Saturday of the month in addition to the programs offered by local military bases. Food for Vets is a local nonprofit that provides free food to veterans, active duty and surviving spouses in need. […]

98 Symposium

98 Symposium

Decision makers from throughout the region gathered at the Navarre Visitors Center last week to work together toward traffic solutions at the first ever Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Symposium. Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County governments, school boards, Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO) and others met on […]

Friends gather to remember Orsi

Friends gather to remember Orsi

Charlene Orsi became a teacher at Holley Navarre Intermediate School in 2014 after she and her family moved to Navarre. She was the mother of triplets–Catherine, Cadence and Patricia–and a fourth daughter, Adrianna. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Wetumpka tragedy hits home

Wetumpka tragedy hits home

According to Elmore County, Alabama Sheriff Bill Franklin, at around 5 p.m. Saturday, Robert Orsi shot and killed his estranged wife, Charlene and one of their four daughters (12 year old triplets and a 13 year old daughter) who was one of the triplets. He shot and wounded the other two triplets before they could […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 24 to invest $41.9 million in modernization and improvements to the military’s Gulf Test Range along Florida’s northwest coast. The bill passed by a vote of 351 to 66. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]