Milton

Milton car chase ends in arrest

Milton car chase ends in arrest

A standoff with Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies ended without gunfire Dec. 24 on Highway 87 in Milton after a man fled police in a stolen vehicle. According to the arrest report, deputies on routine patrol in Milton spotted a black truck that had been reported as stolen in Escambia County. The vehicle’s hazard lights […]

Suspect leads deputies on multiple high-speed chases

Suspect leads deputies on multiple high-speed chases

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies were led on a series of high-speed pursuits through before finally bringing an alleged car thief into custody Jan. 3. Coty James Anderson, 23, of Milton is facing 19 felony charges and five misdemeanors for the incidents that occurred over the course of two days. According to multiple arrest reports, the […]

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

A staple of Navarre Park for more than two decades, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) has cleared a major hurdle in relocating to a historic home in Milton. PBH representative Jenny Weber updated County Commissioners on the project’s future Dec. 12. “Milton is going to be a great location because it’s in the heart of […]

A HOPE clinic approved; gas station denied

A HOPE clinic approved; gas station denied

Volunteers of animal advocacy group A HOPE celebrated a victory Dec. 12 after county commissioners gave them the thumbs-up to open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The nonprofit was seeking a conditional use to allow it to build a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Milton on a 25-acre parcel off Pine Blossom Road.

The essential gospel of Christ

The essential gospel of Christ

Late October, the north African rainy season nearing its end, an airliner carrying pastor Austin Huggins of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship in Milton crossed the vast Sahara Desert and touched down in Abuja, Nigeria. Huggins and a colleague, pastor Tom Smith, were in Nigeria to speak at a series of theological conferences sponsored by FirstLove Missions (missionsfirstlove.org). Abuja is a planned city strategically located in the middle of Nigeria in a bid to end a long […]

Holiday events in and around Navarre

Holiday events in and around Navarre

It’s that time of year once again. The coming weeks will see Navarre light up with holiday cheer and festivities the whole family can enjoy while creating holiday memories to last a lifetime. From our Navarre Press family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Dec. 5 Tree Lighting & Trees for Troops Join NAS […]

City cuts ties, funding to nonprofit Main Street Milton

City cuts ties, funding to nonprofit Main Street Milton

For the second time this year, a high-profile nonprofit community group based in Milton is fading away after scrutiny that included questions about financial transparency. Main Street Milton (MSM) is following the United Way of Santa Rosa County into history. Although the fall of MSM was less notorious than the demise of the local United […]

Death row inmate receives second death sentence

Death row inmate receives second death sentence

An inmate already convicted of two prior murders was sentenced to death Nov. 15 in a third killing committed at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton. According to a State Attorney’s office press release, Rocky Ali Beamon, 41, was sentenced to death by First Judicial Circuit Judge Darlene Dickey in the courthouse in Pensacola.

Farm to City fights ‘hidden hunger’

Farm to City fights ‘hidden hunger’

There are more than 21,000 people without enough food to eat in Santa Rosa County, according to data from Feeding America. Leading into a holiday focused on food—Thanksgiving–many families may not be able to put an elaborate meal, or any meal, on the table. That is where the Farm to City initiative steps in. Running […]

Decades later, dirt moving on new courthouse

Decades later, dirt moving on new courthouse

When Don Salter was first elected to the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners in 2000, the issue at the forefront was replacing the aging courthouse in downtown Milton. A little less than 20 years later, Salter and his fellow commissioners ceremonially broke ground Nov. 13 on the site of a new courthouse, turning dirt […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Two Veterans Day events in Santa Rosa County will be attended by members of the Board of County Commissioners Nov. 11 according to a press release. In Navarre Park, the festivities are set to start at 11 a.m. presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts. Other participating organizations include Navarre High School […]

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

The agenda for Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting in Milton is packed with issues that have elicited packed board rooms over the past year including replacement of the entire Zoning Board and potential implementation of impact fees. Here are five of the highlights from the 92-item agenda: Impact fees for school construction After undergoing […]

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 […]

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Oct. 28 on charges of kidnapping, beating and strangling a 17-year-old girl at his residence on Windswept Lane. Joseph Brandon Mack, 20, was out on probation when he allegedly committed the offense July 5, according to Santa Rosa County Jail records. The incident began with an […]

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Much like the butterflies that it teaches about, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is planning to migrate. In this case the direction is north, to Milton. Plans discussed with the Milton City Council Oct. 17 would put the PBH in a location just south of the heart of downtown Milton on Henry Street. Located near […]

Man gets 14 years for ramming deputy with car

Man gets 14 years for ramming deputy with car

A Milton man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison Oct. 23 after pleading guilty to hitting a school resource officer with his car, among other charges, according to a State Attorney’s Office press release. On March 14, Arthur Buckhault, 27, struck a school resource deputy with his vehicle at T.R. Jackson Elementary School […]

Northwest Florida Haunts

Northwest Florida Haunts

As Halloween approaches, Navarre Press would like to share with you some of the best local haunts and their stories.  NOTE: Not all of these locations are open to the public. Trespassing on private grounds is a crime punishable by law. Furthermore, vandalism of any kind is also a crime. Destroying or defacing a cemetery […]

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze  Through Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday 2055 Homer Holland Rd. Milton www.HollandFarmsOnline.com Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf Through Nov. 3, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 6270 Oglesby Rd. in Milton […]

Sonshine Family Farms corn maze features Baptist Health Care

Sonshine Family Farms corn maze features Baptist Health Care

Baptist Health Care is the featured organization in this year’s Sonshine Family Farms corn maze in Milton at 6270 Oglesby Road. The Baptist logo is mapped into the 8.5- acre corn field of the popular seasonal attraction, and part of the proceeds from admission will be donated to FamiliesFirst Network, an affiliate of Baptist Health […]

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Upon pulling over a vehicle swerving along U.S. Highway 98 Oct. 13 in Gulf Breeze, a sheriff’s deputy discovered the driver was not only unlicensed but also 12 years old. The child’s mother, Francisco Darla Saria of Milton, was sitting in the passenger seat, and two more minors were sitting in the back seat according to […]

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Despite more than doubling its reach among children, the historic Arcadia Mill Site has lost a major source of funding. Site Manager Adrianne Walker said 2018 was a big year for the site at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. The number of visitors exceeded 15,000, setting a new annual record.   Read the full […]

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

The first official day of autumn has passed, meaning Beaches to Woodlands has returned in Santa Rosa County. This is the 16th year for the event, and County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said the festival is back strong as ever with a diverse sampling of fun options from across the county.   Read the […]

Kids’ House expands healing

Kids’ House expands healing

Santa Rosa County’s traumatized children have a new place to heal as Santa Rosa Kids’ House cut the ribbon on its new therapy center Sept. 19 in Milton. The facility will offer child-focused therapy space for minors recovering from sexual and physical abuse as well as other traumas, said Director Keith Ann Campbell.   Read […]

New schools need new roads

New schools need new roads

Santa Rosa School District has the land for two new schools in Pace. Now it needs the roads to reach them, but that might be unpalatable to some neighbors. School district officials approached the Board of County Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting asking for reassurances that if the district finalizes the pending purchase of […]

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