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Drum majors mark time, lead Raider marching band

Drum majors mark time, lead Raider marching band

Perched atop the metal stand, some six feet above the assembled Navarre marching band, drum majors Kaylee McDonald and Sydney Lawson give direction and listen to the drums, woodwinds and brass sections assembled in a semi-circle just off the football field. Their elevation commands the attention of the band.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 […]

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

A local graduate has been selected as one of four recipients in the Southeast for RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program. Genevieve Edwards of Navarre will receive a boost from the scholarship funds as she pursues her degree at the University of West Florida.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue […]

Teammates remember Alonzo in a positive light in wake of tragedy

Teammates remember Alonzo in a positive light in wake of tragedy

Cool and friendly. A hard worker with a bright smile loved by so many. All the above describe Alex Alonzo. No one ever imagined the Navarre High student and former Raider football player would die by suicide.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

A Navarre murder suspect in custody hung himself in his cell Friday morning according to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bob Johnson confirmed to Navarre Press that Robert Shane Lucas, 51, took his own life at approximately 5 a.m. Friday. According to Johnson, Lucas was not on suicide watch at the time of the […]

Pet Nation aims to curb rabbit abandonment

Pet Nation aims to curb rabbit abandonment

Amid an uptick in rabbit abandonment, Pet Nation in Navarre will no longer be offering rabbits for sale. The decision was made after store owner Holly Elassaad saw several abandoned pet bunnies show up on the Navarre Lost and Found Pets Facebook page.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre […]

Former sex offender arrested for sex with 16yo

Former sex offender arrested for sex with 16yo

A former sex offender claiming a Navarre address was arrested Aug. 8 by Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) for having sex with a 16-year-old. In July, WCSO took a report regarding a 35-year-old man who had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old subordinate on three separate occasions according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. An […]

Waitr food delivery service coming to Navarre

Waitr food delivery service coming to Navarre

On-demand restaurant delivery service Waitr announced this week it will launch an expansion into Navarre. The food delivery app makes its debut with the official launch party set for Thursday, Aug. 15. The company’s success in Pensacola and surrounding areas prompted the additional expansion according to a press release.   Read the full article in […]

‘They’re back’

‘They’re back’

First day of school in Navarre!   Navarre High School students make their way to class.             Olivia Roman and Evelyn Sanford take a selfie with teacher Trendi Johnson.                 Kalia Beard is excited to start her first day with dad Preston by […]

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes is coming to Navarre Beach next year. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) supported a grant of nearly $5,000 Aug. 1 for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host the event.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

A 23-month-old suffered lacerations to the face and a ruptured eyeball, requiring surgery, after the mother’s live-in-boyfriend allegedly struck the child in the face in Navarre April 6. Ezell Dwayne Allen, 20, was arrested Aug. 5 and charged with first degree felony aggravated child abuse in connection with the incident. The mother, Dominique Spears, is […]

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Erica Schultz jokes that it’s like feeding an army or two when talking about the mom’s club providing meals for Navarre’s JV and varsity football players during the first week of camp. The Raiders are treated to breakfast and lunch every day.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Wildlife Refuge postpones grand opening

Wildlife Refuge postpones grand opening

Advocates and rescuers of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) were set to cut the ribbon on a brand-new, expansive wildlife rehabilitation and education complex in Navarre Saturday. But that has been postponed indefinitely.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Welcome home, chamber!

Welcome home, chamber!

After 42 years of serving the business community, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially came home July 31 with a celebratory ribbon cutting on their new building. The conference room, halls and lobby were packed with supporters to celebrate the opening of the new Navarre Chamber Information Center. Read the full article in […]

The way to a successful school year

The way to a successful school year

The children of Navarre will be returning to school Monday after what we hope was a great summer break. And with the return of the school year we have many reminders to pass along. We will begin with the most important one: Be present in your child’s schoolwork and activities and pay attention for any […]

Summer season wraps up for swim team

Summer season wraps up for swim team

The Pullum YMCA Wahoos swim team finished its summer season Saturday at home in a dual meet with the Seastars swim team out of Pensacola. “The kids … finished well,” said head coach Mary Moorer. This meet included all four swimming disciplines – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle – and relays. In each heat of each age division, swimmers had barely exited the pool before receiving […]

Senior center turns into Hawaii for a night

Senior center turns into Hawaii for a night

Music plays in the background, the tunes coming from a Hawaiian band sitting in front of an island backdrop as Hula dancers entertain the crowd inside the Holley-Navarre Senior Center. There is even a hula dancing lesson at one point during the festivities Saturday evening.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue […]

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Fire consumed a house on Beacon Court in Navarre Aug. 1, sending one firefighter to the hospital and leaving five people without a home. Firefighters received a call for an active house fire after 11 a.m. in Navarre. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said the blaze appeared to have begun in the garage of […]

East Bay Boulevard under magnifying glass

East Bay Boulevard under magnifying glass

East Bay Boulevard will be under extra scrutiny starting this fall as the Emerald Coast Regional Council Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) conducts a corridor management study of the roughly 9.8-mile stretch from U.S. Highway 98 to Highway 87. Transportation Coordinator Tiffany Bates addressed the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce about the potential for the […]

Learning to mitigate your risks

Learning to mitigate your risks

We live in the most beautiful place in Florida, along the coast’s most beautiful beach. It is paradise. We are also fortunate to live among some pretty spectacular wildlife. The list includes bald eagles, ospreys, deer, coyotes, bears, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, sharks and so many other species. Nearly every day we see a video […]

Camp raises civics awareness

Camp raises civics awareness

Holley Navarre Middle School civics teacher Ashley Hall transformed into Paul Revere to share the story of the midnight ride Monday as part of Civics Camp. This one-day summer camp at the school gave incoming seventh-graders an opportunity to learn about civics principles ahead of the upcoming school year through games and activities.   As […]

Raider band swelters, ends first week on high note

Raider band swelters, ends first week on high note

The first week of summer band practice ended on a high note last Thursday when drum major Kaylee McDonald dismissed the group, praising her bandmates for their effort and sound. The Raider band began its new school year. The teenage musicians and color guard met the challenge head on, learning a new style of marching and coming together […]

Residents fed up with Waste Pro

Residents fed up with Waste Pro

When county commissioners called Waste Pro to account last month for mounting complaints about yard waste not being picked up, improper bagging and bundling was named as one of the causes. The sole franchised waste hauler for south Santa Rosa County said yard waste was going uncollected because customers had been leaving limbs too large […]

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

Santa Rosa County has proposed replacing the current half-cent local sales tax, set to expire in 2021, with a one-cent sales tax for 10 years. Voters will have a chance to approve or deny the tax on a special ballot Oct. 8.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Friday two bears were caught napping in a pine tree in Navarre Park. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), along with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, closed Navarre Park for the safety of visitors. According to FWC’s website, the black bear is the only species of bear in Florida. Bears are solitary by nature […]

MISSION: Uganda

MISSION: Uganda

The flag of the nation of Uganda features three pairs of horizontal stripes, two black, two yellow and two red. The black stripes represent the people of Uganda, the yellows the African sun and the reds represent the blood that unites all Africans as brothers.   Read the full article in the July 18 issue […]

What’s your exit strategy?

What’s your exit strategy?

More than one in three small-business owners (39%) plan to rely on selling their business to fund their retirement, according to a 2017 study by Capital One. Edward Jones financial advisor Monica Meyer said that trend is concerning because this is far from a reliable business exit strategy.   Read the full article in the […]

Local American Legion gives $5,000 to Kids’ House

Local American Legion gives $5,000 to Kids’ House

Santa Rosa children recovering from abuse got a helping hand from Navarre veterans and their allies Saturday thanks to donation of $5,000. The American Legion Post 382 family, Sons of American Legion, Legion Riders and the Legion Auxiliary presented the Santa Rosa Kids’ House with the funds.   Read the full article in the July […]

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

While Santa Rosa County commissioners pursue a one-cent sales tax for an Oct. 8 ballot referendum, determinations still must be made for spending of the county’s existing half-cent sales tax for fiscal year 2020. The local option sales tax (LOST) that took effect in 2017 has paid for millions of dollars in completed projects across […]

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 […]

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