Mary Esther

Navarre man shot and killed in Mary Esther

Navarre man shot and killed in Mary Esther

Christopher Black, age 34 of Navarre, was shot and killed outside a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther early Saturday morning. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Blackstone Road home around 4:43 a.m. in response to a 911 call of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Black on an outside carport. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze singer lands national recording contract

Gulf Breeze singer lands national recording contract

As the lyrics of Gulf Breeze singer-songwriter Jessie Ritter’s “Anything Love” imply, it is not easy being a musician.    “I have heard it a thousand times. Nobody likes these rhymes. You’ll never get it right no matter how hard you try. But baby, you build me up,” she sings. Read the full article in the […]

Continuing to grow, Navy Federal has made its mark in Northwest Florida

Continuing to grow, Navy Federal has made its mark in Northwest Florida

Only one building was planned when the wheels were put into motion by Navy Federal to expand operations into Pensacola. The plan was to have a call center, according to Senior Corporate Communications Strategist Bill Pearson. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians were arrested May 5 in Okaloosa County for allegedly installing ATM skimming devices according to a press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO). Viorel Naboiu, 43, and Florin Bersanu, 31, were believed to be traveling state to state installing the devices on ATM machines.   Read the full article in the May […]

Cirque Italia

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular” at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther April 5-8. Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm featuring unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and many more surprise performances. For more information, visit www.cirqueitalia.com

Highway 98: Another alternative

Highway 98: Another alternative

Navarre has a traffic problem, and its name is U.S. Highway 98. For years politicians, planners and locals have debated how best to solve the problem. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Navarre man arrested for attempted murder

Navarre man arrested for attempted murder

Cody James Gomez of Villa Court in Navarre was arrested Sept. 7 for his role in a March 23 shooting on Shoreview Court off East Bay Boulevard. According to the arrest affidavit issued by the State Attorney’s Office, March 23 Gomez and his accomplice Jonalbert Vidal went to the victim’s home around noon to buy […]

What women want showcase

All ladies are invited to the Cumulus Media What Women Want Showcase from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Santa Rosa Mall.  It’s absolutely FREE, hundreds of dollars in prizes will be awarded including a $500 gift certificate to Santa Rosa Mall, and the first 300 ladies in attendance will receive a goody bag courtesy […]

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 is more than 10,000 trips a day in excess of its capacity according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Solutions for 98’s congestion have been a topic of discussion for many years in Navarre. To read the full article or to view maps of the proposed expansion that may affect local businesses […]

Tax prep made easy by free service

Tax prep made easy by free service

For nearly 50 years the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation has offered tax assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers, establishing itself as the largest free volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

J.J. Chago’s expands to two new locations

J.J. Chago’s expands to two new locations

Local restaurant J.J. Chago’s is expanding, opening two new locations in Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. J.J.’s Daily Grind opened Nov. 19 near the front entrance of the mall. It features bakery items from the Navarre location’s menu as well as a variety of coffees including a cold brew. The soon to be opened […]

Citizens get first glimpse at US Highway 98 plan

Citizens get first glimpse at US Highway 98 plan

The Florida Department of Transportation held two open forums on Sept. 20 and 22 to get public feedback on the U.S. Highway 98 expansion project that will run through south Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. More than 50 people turned up the first day to get a glimpse of the plan and to give comments […]

Teen depression can be conquered

Teen depression can be conquered

Alex Worthington was a 17-year-old football player with the Navarre High School Raiders. His mother, Liesa Worthington, described him as hardworking, always striving to be the best at what he does for those around him. But after a serious injury to his stomach, Alex was sidelined, and when he returned to the field, he was […]

Couple arrested for child neglect

Couple arrested for child neglect

An Okaloosa County couple was arrested on Thursday in the Navarre Walmart parking lot for child neglect. The arrest reports state Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies responded to the parking lot for a suspicious person call.  They found Christopher and Allie Fowler leaning against their vehicle, head facing the sky and seemingly unresponsive.  Allie was passed […]

Convicted felon gives chase, drops gun

Convicted felon gives chase, drops gun

John Niven Cotner, age 26 of Mary Esther, gave deputies chase Monday afternoon after shoplifting several items from Walmart on Navarre Parkway.  Deputies responded to the store after the asset protection department saw Cotner walk out of the store without paying for merchandise.  They confronted him but he left the store. Deputies say that Cotner […]

Santa Rosa Mall makeover planned

Santa Rosa Mall makeover planned

The real estate management company that operates Santa Rosa Mall is planning an exterior facelift, new restaurants, redesigned retail space and the addition of residential development on a 10-acre parcel within the property’s footprint. “It’s still in the conceptual stage,” said Jason Scott, local leasing director for Stirling Properties, the Covington, La., company that oversees […]

Navarre teen arrested on drugs and weapon charges

Navarre teen arrested on drugs and weapon charges

A Navarre teen, James Taylor, 18, and his accomplice Tristan Turner, 17, were arrested Nov. 30 in Milton on various felony charges including using a weapon in the commission of a felony, intent to sell marijuana and larceny. According to the arrest reports, a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputy was transporting two people to jail […]

Driver pleads not guilty in fatal 98 crash

Driver pleads not guilty in fatal 98 crash

The Mary Esther man charged with DUI manslaughter stemming from a fatal one-car crash on Highway 98 March 25 is pleading not guilty to the charge. According to Okaloosa County court records, 28-year-old Sean Ryan Gallagher waived his right to an arraignment April 7 and his attorney Thomas Lupella entered a written plea of not […]

Mary Esther man faces 120 years for child sex crimes

Mary Esther man faces 120 years for child sex crimes

Brandon Cade Gillreath was sentenced to serve four, consecutive 30-year sentences upon completion of his previously imposed 30 year federal sentence. According to a news release from State Attorney Williams Eddins, the sentence arose from Gillreath pleading guilty April 3 to four counts of attempted sexual battery with a victim less than 12 years old. […]