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Peru mission brings love, tears

Peru mission brings love, tears

Peru is a country of contradictory life styles. While the city of Lima continues to see less rampant poverty and exports of minerals help to drive the economy, outside the city limits the country tells a different story. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Teen Girl Scout creates central volunteer site

Teen Girl Scout creates central volunteer site

Mary Ballard has been involved in Girl Scouts from birth. The 17-year-old Navarre resident attended her first Girl Scout events as a newborn strapped to her mother in a cradling device. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Wren finds humor in all situations

Wren finds humor in all situations

Cheri Wren can find humor in almost any situation. It’s sort of like her therapy. “I love comedy and my family has always dealt with crisis through comedy,” Wren said. “People sometimes think I have a strange sense of humor.” Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Dearman’s memories serve as a trip back in time

Dearman’s memories serve as a trip back in time

Caroline Dearman sits in a rocking chair on a picture-perfect February afternoon and takes a reporter on a journey back in time. She talks about growing up in Mississippi in the early part of the 20th century and recalls some of her favorite memories as if they happened just the other day. Read the full […]

Local family brings laughs with Boozy Bard style

Local family brings laughs with Boozy Bard style

  Littered with crossdressing, dirty jokes and drunken fun, the theatrical works of William Shakespeare were never meant to be boring despite some modern assessments, argues DeeDee Brustad. “Shakespeare was aimed at the common man, but now people think Shakespeare was meant to be serious and highbrow. Shakespeare has body humor. It has fart jokes. […]

Pressure cooker takes off

Pressure cooker takes off

The Instant Pot was one of the biggest stars to shine during Black Friday after topping the lists of sales at a variety of stores including Amazon, Target and Kohls. Although it’s a new sensation, the idea of a pressure cooker is not new. Modern versions, however, also double as a Crock-Pot and a rice […]

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

Eliminating threats in space, white-hat hacking and coding protection for the entire U.S. Navy were just a few of the career goals discussed with students at the Congressional App Challenge Awards ceremony Saturday at the University of West Florida. The event was the culmination of weeks of coding work for more than a dozen high […]

Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Who says you need a driver’s license to collect classic cars? Navarre resident and successful business teen Sage Offut would say that’s silly. Offut is the founder and owner of Sage Paddle Company. At 15 she has already started her classic car collection, and she recently added a new vehicle to the mix, a 1968 […]

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

As fall approached, Jim Nanninga was eager to complete his mission of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Derailed by an ankle injury last November after hiking more than 1,200 miles of the 2,180-mile trail over the course of three months, he rested and recovered and rolled out of Fort Walton Beach Sept. 6 via Greyhound […]

Young Brien Carter maintains positive attitude as he battles leukemia

Young Brien Carter maintains positive attitude as he battles leukemia

Brien Carter’s dad points to a photo on the wall of their Navarre home. It’s a picture of Brien decked out in wrestling gear, and a medal hangs over it. A photo of Brien wearing his football uniform is next to it. Brien looks happy. He looks healthy. He looks like any other kid his […]

Avid walker collects lunch – and love

Avid walker collects lunch – and love

In the early morning hours on Navarre Beach, many sights can be seen. The shorebirds begin to accumulate as the sun rises and small fish swim in the waves. A few people take advantage of the early hour to get in a morning jog or take a quick ride on a surf board. But among […]

Local racers go ultra

Local racers go ultra

In case marathons aren’t enough of a challenge for those who love such a thing, ultramarathons are climbing in popularity in today’s fitness world. While marathons challenge the runner to trek an amazing 26 miles, ultramarathons are defined as anything that goes beyond that. Fifty miles is the most common distance, while other races cover […]

Making a difference one mat at a time

Making a difference one mat at a time

Cathy Rideaux spends her time making mats for the homeless out of grocery bags. It’s her small way of giving back to a cause that touches her heart in a significant manner. “At one time, I was nearly homeless. I was a week from it happening,” said Rideaux, a Navarre resident who is part of […]

A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

“All aircraft on this frequency, land at the nearest suitable airport due to a national emergency.” Keith Brahms heard those words come across his radio at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the co-pilot of a Delta Airlines flight that was heading toward Fort Lauderdale. He had no idea what to […]

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

Aileen Brandon is a determined woman. She didn’t stop driving a car until she was 86 and even now, at 92 years old, the Navarre resident still gets outside and does yardwork on occasion. But to gain a better understanding of Brandon’s determination, one only needs to flip the pages of her life story backwards […]

In Honor of Courage

In Honor of Courage

“IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which […]

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Often there is a moment in life that a person can point to when they discover their passion. There is that one experience or piece of advice that launches a lifelong pursuit. For Key West Aquarium aquarist and college student Laura Canella, that moment came on a student field trip to the Florida Keys with […]

Romance in Italy leads to U.S. citizenship

Romance in Italy leads to U.S. citizenship

Jemelyn Chiappetta’s interesting journey to the United States reached a milestone last month at her naturalization ceremony in Pensacola. In front of family and friends, the Navarre resident became a citizen of America. “I was excited about it,” Chiappetta said. “It was a really nice ceremony.” The road to that point was filled with twists […]

Local woman meets sisters, brother for the first time

Local woman meets sisters, brother for the first time

She always knew she was adopted. Despite her adoptive mother’s heartache on the matter, Navarre resident Janice Chappell was told from an early age that her biological parents were not the same mother and father who raised her. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

ICU nurse fights off infection, set to start rehab care

ICU nurse fights off infection, set to start rehab care

The future looks promising for a Sacred Heart Hospital intensive care nurse turned patient as she recovers from a life-threatening infection. Navarre resident Christa Gibson could be checking out of the same floor she once treated patients on and be checking into rehabilitation therapy as her strength continues to build. Gibson, 36, is mother to […]

Transformation Thursday: Michelle Conley

Transformation Thursday: Michelle Conley

After two daughters and a move to the Sunshine State, Michelle Conley found herself at her highest weight. Even though she says she had always been overweight, this was her breaking point. “I despised looking at myself in the mirror. Shopping for clothes was a nightmare. And I had no energy,” Conley said. Conley and […]

Free health care clinic serves hundreds of residents

Free health care clinic serves hundreds of residents

While temperatures fell low enough to open cold weather shelters, residents in and around Santa Rosa County bundled up to wait outside Milton High School Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They were in line to get one of 628 tickets passed out during a Gulf Coast Remote Area Medical (RAM) […]

The long and winding road to citizenship for one Navarre resident

The long and winding road to citizenship for one Navarre resident

There were 75 citizen candidates at the Nov. 18 Naturalization Ceremony held in the National Naval Aviation Museum. Navarre resident, Marta Harsha, took a very different path before raising her hand to take the Allegiance Oath. “My mom was a gymnast and my dad was a silver medalist in the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal. […]

Would-be thief held at gunpoint

Would-be thief held at gunpoint

A Navarre man found himself staring down the barrel of a 12 gage shotgun after he tried to steal another man’s truck, according to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputy. Jakob Daniel Russell, 24, Navarre, was arrested last weekend on Bob Tolbert Rd. when a man was alerted by his dog that something was going on […]

ICU nurse remains in intensive care

ICU nurse remains in intensive care

After spending years saving the lives of others – and just days after giving birth to her second daughter – a Navarre nurse ended up fighting for her life at the same hospital where she works. Christa Gibson, 36, is mother to two girls, two-year-old Jessie Blu and 22-day-old Jessie Belle. She is battling a […]

25-year dream becomes a reality for Navarre resident

25-year dream becomes a reality for Navarre resident

Navarre resident Eva Hale first visited Navarre from her native country of Sweden in 1988. “I had a niece and her family living here,” Hale said. “My brother and other members of my family had previously visited and I decided to see it for myself. I was hooked almost immediately. The people were friendly and […]

Our friendly walker

Our friendly walker

If you live anywhere off of Whispering Pines Boulevard, chances are you’ve waved at Paul Sims. For the last 13 years, he was been walking a 4-mile loop from his home to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 98 and Whispering Pines Boulevard and back. And that’s not just on the days he feels like it […]

Health insurance rates jumping 25 percent

Health insurance rates jumping 25 percent

Navarre resident Cinnamon Holderman found a shock in her mailbox last week in the form of a letter from her health insurance company. It was a letter stating that effective Jan. 1 her monthly payment would jump from roughly $700 to $1,030 for herself and her 16-year-old son. Holderman said she has never seen a […]

Wheelchair costumes bring out the best in students

Wheelchair costumes bring out the best in students

For some of Navarre’s wheelchair-riding trick-or-treaters, this year’s Halloween costume will be more elaborate thanks to the efforts and donations of a group of Okaloosa high schoolers. The Costumes for Kids project had Okaloosa Academy art students designing, cutting, painting, constructing and decorating costumes for the wheelchairs of four young children last year for Halloween, […]

Garage gym businesses trending in Navarre

Garage gym businesses trending in Navarre

Garage gyms are a new trend in fitness and they’re booming in Navarre. “It’s an alternative to a busy gym. So it’s a great option for those that are looking for something a little more intimate,” Kristen Shuping, owner of Uplift Fitness said. Shuping graduated from Navarre High School before earning a Bachelor of Science […]