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My’onia’s creativity guides her

My’onia’s creativity guides her

Meet My’onia, an amazing 13-year-old youth with diverse and creative interests. She is an A and B student and plays the king baritone horn in her school band. My’onia enjoys playing video games, watching anime, skating and spending time with her friends. She dreams of becoming an artist or a singer when she grows up. […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. AFTER A BITTER NOMINATION PROCESS, DAY 1 ON THE BENCH Brett Kavanaugh is about to hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice, becoming the fifth solidly conservative jurist on the high court. 2. PAPER PUBLISHES POSSIBLY LAST IMAGE OF MISSING SAUDI REPORTER The Washington Post publishes a surveillance image showing its missing […]

After adoption, family seeks to help others

After adoption, family seeks to help others

The last names and location of the families in this story have been omitted at the request of the parents to protect the families. Nearly two years after the ink dried and a family became whole, locals Dawn and Paul, along with their six children, updated the Navarre Press on how things are going. On […]

Animal lover seeks forever family

Animal lover seeks forever family

Meet Izzick, a charming young man who enjoys school and works hard to make all As and Bs. Izzick loves animals. He dreams of working with animals at an animal shelter when he grows up. He also enjoys playing video games, chess, Legos and reading. Izzick will thrive in a structured, supportive environment and would […]

NFL hopeful looking for encouraging family

NFL hopeful looking for encouraging family

Gauge is a well-natured teen with a ready smile and a contagious laugh. Although Gauge describes himself as a little shy, he loves to meet new people and opens up pretty easily.  He is also athletic and loves playing football. Gauge is goal-oriented, and he hopes to go to college to be an athletic trainer; […]

Low concentration of Red Tide in Santa Rosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide in Santa Rosa County

Current Conditions as provided by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends along ~130 miles of coastline, from northern Pinellas to Lee counties, and extends offshore (10 miles or more). A patchy bloom of K. brevis was also observed in Northwest Florida for the first time this […]

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Three Republican congressmen known for making national headlines delivered their stump speeches in Navarre Saturday during their Freedom Tour through Northwest Florida. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District, was joined by fellow House members Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis for a political rally at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Read the […]

Resilient sisters need supportive home

Resilient sisters need supportive home

Destinee and Kaylynn are two beautiful and very resilient sisters. Destinee is friendly, outgoing and able to advocate for herself. She enjoys drawing and watching videos on YouTube. Kaylynn is a very happy and energetic child who loves to meet new people. Kaylynn is very active and loves to play and spend time with her […]

Keeping seniors safe from the heat in summer a priority

Keeping seniors safe from the heat in summer a priority

The topic of summer heat and its impact on senior citizens isn’t new. The need to help seniors stay cool on those days of sweltering temperatures and unforgiving humidity is never-ending. “We say it every year, but it seems there are more people to help than ever,” said Josh Newby, the marketing communications director for […]

Continuing to grow, Navy Federal has made its mark in Northwest Florida

Continuing to grow, Navy Federal has made its mark in Northwest Florida

Only one building was planned when the wheels were put into motion by Navy Federal to expand operations into Pensacola. The plan was to have a call center, according to Senior Corporate Communications Strategist Bill Pearson. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

New mattresses donated to Navarre Beach fire station

New mattresses donated to Navarre Beach fire station

Navarre Beach Fire Captain Corey Mayhew, firefighter Jason Mohamed, Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and firefighter Jack Naquin accepted three new Tempur-Pedic mattresses July 10 from Thane Taylor and Steve Branham, co-owners of The Sleep Center Superstore in Pensacola. The Sleep Center and Rotary Clubs in Northwest Florida partnered to donate more than $20,000 in mattresses […]

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 […]