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Caffeinated hosts coffee mug auction to benefit local charities

Caffeinated hosts coffee mug auction to benefit local charities

Starting Jan.13 Caffeinated Coffee Bar started a daily coffee mug auction benefiting local charities in Navarre. The coffee shop has been posting pictures of unique coffee mugs on their Facebook page for people to bid on in the comments section. They started this auction to help raise money and awareness for local charities in the […]

County launches oyster shell recycling program

County launches oyster shell recycling program

It took some time but the Offer Your Shell For Restoration (OYSTER) recycling pilot program is off the ground and running with a full head of steam. How does it work? Oyster shells are collected from area restaurants – two are currently participating – rather than go into the landfill and are used to help […]

Soccer fields get much-needed facelift without hefty price tag

Soccer fields get much-needed facelift without hefty price tag

In dire need of work, the price tag just seemed too high when it came to making repairs to the five fields at the NYSA Navarre Soccer Complex. Enter an offer Santa Rosa County District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech couldn’t pass up. Doyle Donegan with the Santa Rosa County Parks and Recreation Department informed Piech […]

Balancing academics with athletics is juggling act

Balancing academics with athletics is juggling act

Tommy Leggett has never had any issues handling the juggling act of academics and athletics. Not during his days at Navarre and not now as a defensive standout for Texas Tech. “I’ve been able to keep my GPA up above a 3.0 the whole time,” Leggett said. “The time commitment of football and school, and […]

Compass Community Church sings at Navarre Gardens

Compass Community Church sings at Navarre Gardens

“We’d like to come and sing Christmas hymns with the residents, if that would be OK,” I asked the activities director of Navarre Gardens, Emily Edwards. I serve as the pastor of Compass Community Church, a new church start up in Navarre (compassefca.org). “That would be great!” Edwards replied. “The residents will love that.” Read […]

Krewe Jesters celebrate 2020 royalty

Krewe Jesters celebrate 2020 royalty

The Navarre Krewe of Jesters crowned their royalty Jan. 4 during their 12th Night Royalty Coronation at Navarre Elks Lodge. The royalty are Grand Marshal Tracy Bragg, King Bruce Chappel, Queen Jennifer Morgan, Queen of Hearts Michelle Whikehart and Lester the Jester Yolie Donley. The krewe’s next event is the Navarre Krewe of Jesters 34th […]

Melendez brightens day of Raider Buddy with pair of shoes

Melendez brightens day of Raider Buddy with pair of shoes

Joe Berry walked into the Navarre gym last Thursday afternoon sporting a pair of bright orange Adidas tennis shoes. They were a gift from Elijah Melendez, a junior offensive lineman on the Raider football team. Melendez was originally awarded the shoes at a national combine in Texas earlier this month, but it turns out they […]

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Planned construction of a tire store in Navarre cleared another hurdle Jan. 9 as the Zoning Board unanimously recommended approving the use. The planned Firestone location is part of a larger 19-acre Aldi grocery store and commercial complex planned near the corner of Ortega Street and U.S. Highway 98. Also included in conceptual site plans […]

Navarre mother rallies community to encourage a veteran

Navarre mother rallies community to encourage a veteran

Editor’s note: In a slight deviation from our usual way of covering the news, this week’s Faith page features a firsthand account from our contributor pastor Michael Bannon, describing a special moment of love and kindness in our community. It began with a simple idea springing from a heart sensitive to the needs of others […]

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

At a time when tourism is typically slow, a special kind of visitor is boosting the bottom line for Navarre Beach. The snowbirds are back in town, and Santa Rosa County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said that means a benefit for Navarre’s economy. “It is a huge impact to our area, and they definitely […]

HNWS donates to hometown heroes

HNWS donates to hometown heroes

Holley Navarre Water System and The Club at Hidden Creek presented the Air Commando Association with $10,000 grant from the Hometown Heroes Golf Tournament. Present were board members Daryl Lynchard, Mike Kennedy, Yvonne Harper, Will Goulet, Kevin Lanier and Mark Miller along with Hidden Creek manager Cindy Callen and Air Commandoes president Wayne Norrad. The […]

Cody more than just a math teacher

Cody more than just a math teacher

Karen Cody might be new to the teaching world, but she is a seasoned vet when it comes to getting students excited about learning. Cody said she was really surprised when Principal Brian Noack came in with flowers and awarded her Teacher of the Year at Navarre High School (NHS). Read the full article in […]

Holley-Navarre Water launches new website

Holley-Navarre Water launches new website

With more than 16,000 members, Holley-Navarre Water System, Inc. (HNWS) is a growing utility. Last week HNWS unveiled a new website to start 2020 with a focus on customers. The redesigned site is part of the seven member-elected board of directors’ new motto: “we are Holley-Navarre.” The company has been focusing on better serving the […]

Volunteers needed for census of homeless

Volunteers needed for census of homeless

As the country prepares for the 2020 census, local volunteers are gearing up for a different kind of count next year. Throughout Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, they will take to the streets Jan. 22, surveys in hand, trying to capture a snapshot of homelessness in a single night. Read the full article in 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 […]

Candidate defends marina water, sewage disposal

Candidate defends marina water, sewage disposal

Raised voices and bickering returned to the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors Dec. 17 amid accusations that a board candidate has been improperly dumping sewage from his marina into the utility’s system. Based on staff calculations, James Dabney owes HNWS $770.83 for using the system for the Navarre Boardwalk and Marine without […]

Winter guard raising with cookbooks

Winter guard raising with cookbooks

Members of Navarre High School winter guard sell baked goods and cookbooks outside of the Christmas band concert last Tuesday night. Cookbooks include various guard-related recipes such as “Rifle Spin Reuben Dip.” All funds raised through cookbooks sales will go toward uniforms, flags, floor paint, staffing, competition fees and travel expenses. Cookbooks are $12 each […]

Church donates 15 Christmas meals

Church donates 15 Christmas meals

New Life Deliverance Temple Church partnered with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Lowes stores in Gulf Breeze and Milton to provide 15 Christmas dinners to local families in need. Dinner baskets contained a ham and other foods, roasting pans, drinks and all the needed plastic ware. Helping in the project were Chaquita […]

Five things to know: Pet Christmas presents

Five things to know: Pet Christmas presents

The season of giving is not likely to skip over Fido and Fluffy this year. National surveys find that pet spending continues to rise, especially among younger generations, and the winter holidays are no exception. According to Forbes, there are more than 84.6 million U.S. households with pets. That’s 31.8 million more than the number […]

‘Holy night’

‘Holy night’

Gulf Pointe Latin School students celebrated the holidays Dec. 13 with their annual Christmas Cantata. More than 100 preschool through eighth grade students shared songs of the season under the direction of directors Tianna Rogers, Gran Jer and Adam Burnett. As seen in the Dec. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Getting Ahead Workshop comes to Navarre

Getting Ahead Workshop comes to Navarre

For years, Bridges Out of Poverty has been assisting struggling families in Santa Rosa County find their way to sustainability. In January, the nonprofit resource center will be bringing one of their most successful programs to Navarre. The Getting Ahead Workshop is a 17-week program to help those with financial instability build skills, supports and […]

Bus monitor allegedly showed nude photo to students

Bus monitor allegedly showed nude photo to students

An ex-bus monitor for the public schools has been arrested for allegedly showing Holley Navarre Intermediate School students an obscene photograph while on the school bus. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Jessica Wylie, 35, of Gulf Breeze was previously employed as a bus monitor with Student Transportation of America, the […]

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Holley Navarre Middle School Student Council participated in a special portion of Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, through #givingtuesdaymilitary. Launched by a group of military spouses, this national movement is aimed at uniting military, their families, veterans and other supporters to generate 1 million acts of kindness in one day. It is part of the larger […]

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for allegedly exposing himself to and molesting a 4-year-old girl. Jefferson Tupas Ngeskebei, 25, was arrested Dec. 2 and charged with felony lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12 and felony lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of a child. According to […]

Q&A Holley Navarre Water System candidates

Q&A Holley Navarre Water System candidates

Four candidates are seeking election by the members (rate payers) to two seats on the Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) board of directors. Absentee voting has already begun, and the official election will be held during HNWS’s annual meeting Jan. 21. All candidates were asked about their qualifications and the future of the water system. […]

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