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Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Meet Robert, an athletic teenager with a smile that lights up a room! Robert’s favorite subject in school is social studies and with hard work, encouragement and support he does well in school. After school, you can find Robert either in the baseball outfield as the right fielder or on the football field as the […]

Saltwater intrusion continuing concern for Holley Navarre Water

Saltwater intrusion continuing concern for Holley Navarre Water

Seven times in the past nine years, Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) sodium levels have exceeded the maximum contaminant level set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HNWS General Manager Paul Gardner said saltwater intrusion is a common problem for water systems in the area. Read the full article in the July 12 […]

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

When disaster strikes, many forms of communication become useless. In a hurricane, cell-phone towers can be toppled. Power can be knocked out, and phone lines can be broken. Nearly every form of communicating across distance can be lost, and that was exactly what happened to Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017. Read […]

County falls short in advocacy for abused, neglected children

County falls short in advocacy for abused, neglected children

In comparison to its 1st Judicial Circuit neighbors, Santa Rosa County is falling behind when it comes to providing advocates for neglected, abused and abandoned children, according to Guardian Ad Litem Recruitment Coordinator Joan Irby. Guardian Ad Litem is a state-run program that provides volunteer advocates for the roughly 1,700 children in Northwest Florida in […]

Master Gardeners share knowledge at Navarre Library

Master Gardeners share knowledge at Navarre Library

The Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners are sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in monthly lectures at the Navarre Library now through December. Mary Salinas, horticulturist with the UF/IFAS Extension Office, said master gardener Sam Greendorfer approached her about expanding the lectures from their current locations in Gulf Breeze and Milton to include […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Jackson Trail proves to be interesting piece of history

Jackson Trail proves to be interesting piece of history

Andrew Jackson is forever linked to Florida. The former President of the United States played a vital role in setting the stage for the sale of the state to America. His march with 1,200 troops through Northwest Florida on the way to St. Augustine, a journey that includes a trail that runs through the Blackwater […]

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 24 to invest $41.9 million in modernization and improvements to the military’s Gulf Test Range along Florida’s northwest coast. The bill passed by a vote of 351 to 66. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Miller rumored for Veteran Affairs Secretary spot

Miller rumored for Veteran Affairs Secretary spot

The name of former Florida Congressman for District 1 Jeff Miller is being bandied about for the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs since David Shulkins left the post and White House physician Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination. In 2016, Miller said in an USA TODAY interview that, “If asked, I would seriously consider serving […]

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

A project approved by Triumph Gulf Coast April 27 will mean local students will be able to get commercial driver training and in-demand certifications in cybersecurity at Pensacola State College (PSC). A Federal Aviation Administration testing site will also be set up at the George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. Read the full article in […]

UWF 2018 Job Shadow Week provides students hands-on experience

UWF 2018 Job Shadow Week provides students hands-on experience

A record number of students participated in the University of West Florida’s 2018 Job Shadow Week this year. A total of 53 students participated, with career interests spanning a variety of industries including hospitality, marketing, environmental science, finance and accounting, business, health care, government and more. Read the full article in the April 19 issue […]

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Following more than a decade of delinquent loans, capital deficiencies and poor bank ratings, Beach Community Bank will soon be under new ownership as the bank’s holding company, Beach Community Bancshares, Inc., has filed for bankruptcy. According to the documents filed in the Northern District of Florida United States Bankruptcy Court, the bank will shift […]

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 […]

Gulf Power customers to see lower bills

Gulf Power customers to see lower bills

By Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida Tallahassee – Pointing to quick reductions in monthly electric bills, state regulators Monday approved a plan that will lead to Gulf Power Co. passing along more than $100 million in savings to customers because of the federal tax overhaul. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 […]

Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival

Cross-cut sawing, axe throwing, pole tossing and bluegrass music are among the many activities on tap for the 30th Annual Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus, 5988 U.S. 90. The free festival offers something for every age including children’s […]

Grant to fund additional therapeutic foster parents

Grant to fund additional therapeutic foster parents

Children removed from an unhealthy home where they experienced abuse or neglect may find themselves living with foster parents while they wait to reunite with their family or find a new forever home. More than 520 children are in foster care through FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) of Lakeview Center in Northwest Florida, and many are facing […]

African-American chamber nurtures entrepreneurial drive

African-American chamber nurtures entrepreneurial drive

In 1999, a group of gulf coast African-American business leaders came together with a unique challenge: guide those in Northwest Florida that would seek to launch and grow their own business through the challenges of entrepreneurship. So they created the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue […]

Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show

Cattle ranchers, employees and their family members are invited to attend the 33rd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show at the Jackson County Extension Office, 2741 Penn Avenue in Marianna. Registration and the trade show open at 7:30 a.m., the program starts at 8:15 a.m. and concludes with a steak lunch. In addition, […]

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Phase III of the Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration project continues and bid solicitation has been finalized for a near-shore fishing and diving reef off Navarre Beach. The project is funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment money as a result of the BP oil spill in 2010. The total estimated cost of the project […]

Raiders accept military academy nominations

Raiders accept military academy nominations

In his 15 years at Navarre High School, JROTC Master Chief Jim Ethridge had never seen a congressman come in to present certificates to students in the running for nomination to a military academy. That changed on Tuesday when five Navarre students accepted nominations in person from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz at a ceremony in […]

Fish hatchery for beach tough to land

Fish hatchery for beach tough to land

The recent suggestion that Navarre Beach could be the new site of Pensacola’s proposed-but-troubled fish hatchery project isn’t gaining support. Since December, when County Commissioner Rob Williamson floated the notion of moving the planned site of the controversial Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission hatchery, the realities of funding needs and bureaucratic complexities have surfaced. Williamson […]

Tourism competitor casts wide net

Tourism competitor casts wide net

Ads that promote vacations on beautiful Gulf Coast beaches are running on the University of West Florida’s radio station—but those leisure destinations aren’t around here. Instead, Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater is a player on the university’s National Public Radio airwaves with a strategy that Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan said she can’t afford. […]

Best webcam in Florida on Navarre Beach

Best webcam in Florida on Navarre Beach

Entrepreneur and photographer Kenny Wilder has many passions. One is for his Christian faith and the other is for his hobbies including photography which he is well-known for in northwest Florida. He has many followers on his Facebook page. In fact, he must wait until someone “de-friends” him before he can add another – and […]

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

After 50 years, $50 million was just not enough. The University of West Florida celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a goal-smashing $64.4 million Capital Campaign, raised by almost 20,000 donors, including 55 planned gifts and nearly $18 million in scholarships. “We are truly grateful for the generosity of the community we serve, the alumni we […]

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

Northwest Florida is home to dozens of companies that require highly skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet that need, Santa Rosa County School District has proposed the creation of Innovation High School. This new STEM-centric school would focus on preparing students for these careers through rigorous curriculum without the […]

Hunting creates memories, aids wildlife conservation

Hunting creates memories, aids wildlife conservation

Hunting season begins this week for deer and turkey in this part of Florida, and there is no shortage of opportunities for those who love to hunt. “Florida is blessed to have nearly 6 million acres of public hunting land, and even if you don’t have a quota hunt permit, there are still wildlife management […]

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

For the first time in the contest’s history, the Congressional App Challenge is open to students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents the district, has signed on for this year’s competition. His participation means that northwest Florida students in high school or earlier grades are eligible. Established in 2013, the […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

There’s a new zoo guy in town

There’s a new zoo guy in town

More outreach and more up-close interaction are at the top of the agenda for new Gulf Breeze Zoo Director Jesse Pottebaum. Pottebaum, who took the reins of the operation in May, said he has settled nicely into his new position. He took a moment to speak to a reporter following a sleepless night of looking […]

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