hurricanes

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. ‘EMPIRE’ ACTOR TURNS HIMSELF IN Jussie Smollett to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men. 2. FIRE IN ANCIENT SHOPING DISTRICT IN BANGLADESH KILLS DOZENS A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh’s […]

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Chris Barbee can relate to the devastation of a hurricane. The home he and his family lived in was destroyed by Ivan when it ripped through the Gulf Coast in 2004. “My mom did everything she could to make the experience OK for us. We lost everything, but she made things enjoyable and helped us […]

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

When county Floodplain Manager Karen Thornhill tells residents to buy flood insurance, she is speaking from experience. In her younger years, Thornhill opted not to purchase the insurance for her home. Her flood zone code was an X, meaning very low risk. But unexpectedly heavy rains left her house with several inches of standing water. […]

Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community. We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching […]

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia […]

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Four teachers at Holley Navarre Primary received a $2,500 surprise Monday, Nov. 7 in the form of two grants for a weather education program. The teachers were presented with a $2,000 check from the Voya Unsung Heroes Program. Voya is a retirement income planning company. The program hands out 100 scholarships to educators across the […]

Fond farewells to Hunter Walker

Fond farewells to Hunter Walker

After attending more than 400 meetings of the Santa Rosa County Commission and working as its chief executive officer since 1995, Hunter Walker was honored at his retirement ceremony last week. The commissioners gave him a plaque, gathered for a group photo, patted him on the back and said fond farewells. Commissioner Bob Cole, who […]