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Sunshine, blue skies and butterflies

Sunshine, blue skies and butterflies

The Panhandle Butterfly House opened for the season Saturday to a packed vivarium. The outdoor enclosure contains Great Southern Whites, Julia’s, Painted Ladies, Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Monarchs, Common Buckeyes and Zebra Longwings. The Butterfly House is open Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through August. Admission is free but donations […]

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Michael Ledger, known to most of Navarre as the owner of The Vine Wine Bar & Restaurant, has taken on a new role as the executive director of the Pullum Family YMCA.  Bringing with him more than 30 years of business experience, Ledger expects his expertise to help bring the YMCA to the forefront of […]

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 […]

Bill Festing and Marie Wager to join together in marriage Saturday

Bill Festing and Marie Wager to join together in marriage Saturday

True love isn’t an easy thing to find in any lifetime. William (Bill) Festing and Marie Wager, however, have found it together in their 90s. This coming Saturday at 2 p.m., the two will be joined in marriage in a private ceremony at The Beacon Senior Living Facility in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article […]

Local teachers receive Shine Award

Local teachers receive Shine Award

Two Santa Rosa County teachers were among four others who received the Governor’s Shine Award. The award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. The Shine Awards were presented during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of […]

Blackhawk Memorial Events

Blackhawk Memorial Events

Three different groups have been working hard to memorialize the 11 lives lost on the tragic night of March 10, 2015. The Santa Rosa County Leadership Class 29 has been raising funds for a permanent memorial in Navarre Park. Active-duty U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Nathan Harris, who is attached to the Marine Raiders Battalion out […]

Tiger Point Golf Club profitable

Tiger Point Golf Club profitable

After years of hemorrhaging red ink, Tiger Point Golf Club has become profitable under the operation of an Orlando-based management company, Integrity Golf, which leased the facility from the City of Gulf Breeze in October. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Starting next fall, the Blackwater River Wildlife Management Area will have a cleaning station again. Through efforts of hunters, the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the station will be reopened. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

Holley Navarre Senior Center solves mystery

Holley Navarre Senior Center solves mystery

To a sold-out crowd on Feb. 6, the Holley Navarre Senior Center Mystery Dinner Theater group gave a rousing performance of the murder mystery “‘Pasta, Passion and Pistols.” The center was transformed into a little Italian restaurant in Little Italy, N.Y. for the play. Restaurant owner Pepi Roni was shot in the back and the […]

Call for Navarre Fun Fest poster design

Call for Navarre Fun Fest poster design

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has put out the call for artists to design the official poster for the 32nd Anniversary of the Navarre Fun Fest on Navarre Beach. The winning artist will receive a $300 cash award and a complimentary high-visibility artist booth at the event on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Read […]

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Dep. Kevin Horn, Navarre district, Dep. Brian Cribb, Pace district and Dep. Edgar Bennett, Gulf Breeze district were selected as the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies of the quarter as they represent the agency with the highest of work ethic and integrity. Click HERE to view photos featured in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre […]

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

“I’ve had such a great life,” Mabel Bruno said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Growing up in a family of seven children on a farm outside of Hammondsville, Ohio, Bruno, now a resident of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze, was accustomed to hardship. “It wasn’t always easy […]

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

The new President/CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Judy Morehead says her vision for the chamber in 2016 is to follow the mission in place: “Our mission is to strengthen and improve the Navarre area by advocating for and representing business’ interest, promoting community development and enhancing the overall quality of life.” […]

Flight and boat operations in Choctawhatchee Bay and Gulf of Mexico

Flight and boat operations in Choctawhatchee Bay and Gulf of Mexico

Residents may experience noise when the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group conducts boat operations in the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, Feb. 8-11. Preparatory boat operations will take place in the bay Feb. 3. Each morning, fighter aircraft will release munitions between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. approximately eight to 20 nautical miles south […]

Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club elects new officers

Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club elects new officers

At a recent Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club, out-going President Carol Boston passed the gavel to incoming President Rebecca Ward. Stay up to date on local news and events. Subscribe to Navarre Press for as little as $38 per year. Click here to view photos of the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club and other photos […]

United Way offers free tax filing program

United Way offers free tax filing program

United Way of Escambia County is offering free online or in-person tax filing options for those with a household income of $62,000 or less in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. Last year, the impact of United Way’s tax programs exceeded $5.1 million. Taxpayers can maximize their money: Online – File taxes anywhere, anytime at www.myfreetaxes.com. […]

Quilting group brings joy to local veterans

Quilting group brings joy to local veterans

With so many of our country’s vital military personnel working and living inside of our local area, citizens in Santa Rosa County have long been involved in programs dedicated to giving back to our local veterans. The families and friends of these American servicemen and servicewomen have in fact been some of the most active […]

The legacy of “The Turtle Lady”

The legacy of “The Turtle Lady”

Gigi Naggatz was affectionately known as “The Turtle Lady” on Navarre Beach and she was a leading volunteer and conservationist who worked tirelessly for the sea turtles. She passed away Jan. 5 after a years-long battle with cancer. While she will be greatly missed by many, her spirit will live on through the many volunteers […]

Garden Club enhances Sheriff’s Office substation

Garden Club enhances Sheriff’s Office substation

On Jan. 15, despite the cold temperatures, the Navarre Garden Club donated several trees to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office District 2, Navarre substation on High School Boulevard in honor of Arbor Day. The trees were donated and planted to show appreciation to the Sheriff’s Office. Read the full article in the Jan. 21 […]

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

An unfamiliar truck passes slowly by your house, looking around your yard and house as he drives by. A solicitor comes to your house and attempts to talk their way into your home. A distraught person rings your doorbell in the middle of the night asking to use your phone. A burglar breaks in and […]

Hundreds participate in New Year’s Day Plunges

Hundreds participate in New Year’s Day Plunges

The falling temperatures and a forecast of rain showers did not deter the hundreds of participants in the plunges held on Navarre Beach on New Year’s Day. Just the day before, the temperatures were in the 70’s and a plunge sounded pretty refreshing. But just one day later, the skies were overcast and the temperatures […]

Plunge x2

Plunge x2

Taking the “plunge” on New Year’s Day is a tradition just like eating black-eyed peas and collard greens. In Navarre, there are two opportunities this year to ring in the New Year with a rush to the nervous system by swimming in chilly waters. The first plunge of the day is the inaugural Pelican Plunge […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]

Jingle Bell Fun

Jingle Bell Fun

The Navarre Chamber Foundation Jingle Bell run was held on Dec. 5 and has opened the Navarre holiday season for five years with a pet friendly non-timed 5K. Prizes were given for the most-spirited male, female and pet. The female winner was Angela Helvey; the male winner was Paul Wright and the pet winner was […]

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

When the Herrera family pulled into the driveway of their Navarre home late Monday afternoon, they were greeted by a surprise that brightened their holiday spirits. Thanks to Christmas Décor franchisee Venus Parton, the Herrera’s home was decorated with lights, garland and bows. “It’s amazing. We’ve never had anyone do this for us before,” Naomi […]

Pull back the curtains and let the light shine in

Pull back the curtains and let the light shine in

At the south end Tourist Development Council meeting on Dec. 1, Commissioner Rob Williamson’s mantra that he repeated over and over was, “Just because a recommendation is made (by this council) doesn’t mean we (the Board of Commissioners) have to follow it.” A couple of the council members were heard saying, “Then why do we […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Every two years, the cafeteria at Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms into a castle from the renaissance period to host the community and parents for their Madrigal performance. The event is scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. Unlike any other event of its nature, attendees will be served a four-course meal […]

Pink Pirates raise the sword against cancer

Pink Pirates raise the sword against cancer

According to its definition a pirate attacks an enemy in the enemy’s territory. The Pink Pirates of Navarre were on the attack Saturday against cancer at the 2015 PINKtoberfest held in Navarre Park. The theme of this year’s event was “Make cancer walk the plank” and with the help of local vendors and community members, […]