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American Legion honors veterans

American Legion honors veterans

Honoring those who have served their country is something the Navarre American Legion Post 382 does every year on Veteran’s Day. Normally the ceremony is held at Navarre Park. This year because the park in under renovation, the Veteran’s Day ceremony was held outside of the American Legion. The ceremony consisted of singing the national […]

Military experience set stage for Schmidt’s teaching career

Military experience set stage for Schmidt’s teaching career

Daniel Schmidt has always had a knack for teaching, though it is a skill developed under decidedly different circumstances. A retired Lt. Colonel whose service included Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s, he became a mentor for others while in the Army. “I was coaching and mentoring soldiers as well as some of the […]

Hurlburt airman receives battle management award

Hurlburt airman receives battle management award

The Air Combat Command Command and Control Battle Management Operator of the Year was presented Aug. 7 to SMSgt Jacinta Buckhalter, superintendent, 505th Test & Training Group, 505th Command and Control Wing, on Hurlburt Field. “I just want to say congratulations. This is a huge award obviously at the MAJCOM-level, this being near and dear to our […]

505th Command and Control Wing offers advice for isolation

505th Command and Control Wing offers advice for isolation

Described as a “marathon of unknown distance,” COVID-19 has driven many aboard U.S. Air Force Hurlburt Field into their home isolation and telework. With that isolations, concerns for those dealing with mental health concerns, addiction and domestic violence have been elevated. Then July 24, Hurlburt went on lockdown following a domestic dispute that left one […]

VA offers $15 million in adaptive sports grants to support disabled Veterans

VA offers $15 million in adaptive sports grants to support disabled Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to Veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities according to a VA press release. Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue […]

World War II veteran dedicated to Gold Star families

World War II veteran dedicated to Gold Star families

When Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan in December 1941, catapulting the United States into World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams was a teenager in Montana working with the Civil Conservation Corps. Like so many in his generation, Williams immediately wanted to join the war effort. “I had never heard of Pearl Harbor. I had […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

ROTC offers wealth of opportunities

ROTC offers wealth of opportunities

Two hours remain until the school day begins at Navarre, but out behind the school and on the practice football field, Navy Junior ROTC cadets are practicing a drill routine ahead of a competition in the coming weeks. As one of the best units in the area, the cadets are always putting work in.   […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three 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. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

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 […]

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 […]

Former Green Beret never stops serving

Former Green Beret never stops serving

When retired Army 1st Sgt. Jay Collins rolled out of Navarre Park on his bicycle June 6, the rain was pouring. Ahead of him were 400-plus miles over 10 days. Behind him, more than 2,000 miles had already been covered. He just kept on pedaling because for Collins, Operation BBQ Relief’s Breaking Bread Tour was […]

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Rain fell hard Thursday morning but didn’t put a damper on a bench dedication for Keifer Huhman, a 2012 Navarre High graduate who passed away in 2016. The bench sits outside the Navy Junior ROTC Building. The family of Keifer unveiled it at a ceremony at the high school in front of family and friends. […]

Burglars celebrate wedding in county jail

Burglars celebrate wedding in county jail

A pair of newlyweds spent their wedding day in separate blocks of Santa Rosa County Jail Sunday after breaking into an abandoned school in Milton. Zachary Fuit, 26, and Abigail Carlson, 21, went to the closed Munson school buildings at 11550 Munson Highway after their wedding ceremony earlier in the day. They were joined in […]

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Cloudy skies gave way to a sunny mid-day Saturday in Navarre Park during the third annual Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Picnic. May is Military Appreciation Month, and the chamber has been celebrating with an appreciation event for years, but in 2016 they transitioned from a formal breakfast to an informal picnic […]

Gaetz hosts military night at Navarre

Gaetz hosts military night at Navarre

When U.S Rep. Matt Gaetz is having a tough day at the nation’s capital, he turns to the folder containing the stories of candidates for the military academies. One of his jobs as a member of Congress is nominating students from Northwest Florida for the honor of attending West Point, the Air Force Academy or […]

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Santa Rosa County Animal Services announced a new program this month to allow those who serve to adopt a “furever” friend free of charge. Operation Furever Freedom is designed to provide veterans, active-duty military personnel, reservists and National Guards members with up to two pets, all fees waived. Military dependents are eligible for reduced rates. […]

Jobs harder to fill with low unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County

Jobs harder to fill with low unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County fell below the state average percentage of unemployment in the month of February in figures released by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. Santa Rosa held a 3.2 percent unemployment rate for the month of February. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Navarre teacher honored for promoting patriotism

Navarre teacher honored for promoting patriotism

Of all the teachers imparting patriotism in their classrooms in Florida, West Navarre Primary School’s Denese Brown has been recognized as a standout. Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announced Monday that the second-grade teacher had not only won the K-5 district Citizenship Education Teacher Award but also the statewide award. Read […]

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 […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. POSSIBLE PEACE DECLARATION LOOMS OVER KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT Such an announcement ending the six-decade-old Korean War could open up a whole new set of problems for Washington if not done carefully. 2. CALIFORNIA VS. TRUMP ESCALATES Disputes over the president’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and […]

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

In September 2017, Gulf Power and its partners flipped the switch on a 330-acre solar field on the retired Holley Outlying Field at Naval Air Station Whiting, ceremonially adding the renewable energy generated there to the power supplied to homes and businesses throughout the Panhandle. More than a year later, Gulf Power spokesperson Kimberly Lynn […]

Local military member pleads guilty in international cocaine importation conspiracy

Local military member pleads guilty in international cocaine importation conspiracy

Daniel J. Gould, 36, of Crestview, pleaded guilty to two drug trafficking conspiracy counts involving 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

Navarre High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Commanding Officer continued reading off the names of those who lost their lives in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor long after the remembrance ceremony ended here at Navarre High School on a crisp, sun-splashed Friday morning. The American Flag above her waved in the soft breeze, 77 years to […]

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Jim Miller never planned on getting into substitute teaching, just as he never planned to make a career out of being in the military. Things just work out that way sometimes. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Concerns among about 400 civilian aircraft maintenance workers at Whiting Field and Pensacola Naval Air Station have prompted renegotiation of their health insurance contract starting Dec. 10. “We’ve got to assess the situation…We don’t want to make it sound as though a strike is looming because we aren’t at that point,” said Tony Wirth, a […]

Mack keeps memory of his MIA brother alive

Mack keeps memory of his MIA brother alive

Wind chimes sway back and forth in the breeze. Squirrels play in the yard, scampering along with pecans in their mouths. Inside the back room of his Navarre home, the screened windows providing a view of this playground for nature, Nat Mack sits back in a chair. Tears begin to well up in his eyes. […]

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 […]

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Three Republican congressmen known for making national headlines delivered their stump speeches in Navarre Saturday during their Freedom Tour through Northwest Florida. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District, was joined by fellow House members Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis for a political rally at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Read the […]