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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 […]

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently restructured the season structure for recreational scalloping, the outlook for that opportunity opening up in Northwest Florida in the near future isn’t the brightest. Searches have been done in this area, including two scheduled for this year, but they haven’t produced results indicating there is a […]

History Sandwiched-In

Bring a sandwich and join the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, a lunch-time lecture at noon. Mike Thomin with the Florida Public Archaeology Network will present “Pirates! The Last Scourge of the Gulf”, a kid-friendly free lecture. Lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Call 850-678-2615 to make […]

Juana’s awarded Top 10 Beach Bar

Juana’s awarded Top 10 Beach Bar

Among hundreds of bars throughout the state in competition to be the best, Juana’s Pagodas broke into the top 10 list of the 2017 Best Florida Beach Bars contest sponsored by LandShark Lager. Owner Kevin Rudzki said he is thrilled. “We have made the list before, just not in the top 10. The rest of […]

Summer heat can put elderly population at risk

Summer heat can put elderly population at risk

Just as the mercury rises on the thermometer with the arrival of summer, the need to keep the elderly protected during the warmest months of the year goes up as well. In our area, heat-related illnesses and deaths are far more common among seniors than weather-related issues that arise during the winter months. Read the […]

County backs Gaetz’s new beach ownership push

County backs Gaetz’s new beach ownership push

The decades-long quest of Navarre Beach residents to gain true ownership of their property—fee simple titles instead of the current county leases—is gaining momentum among Washington lawmakers and Santa Rosa commissioners. But getting there probably means separating the beach ownership rights from the current crusade to reopen Navarre Pass, a waterway to connect Santa Rosa […]

Saving with Soul rescues from the heart

Saving with Soul rescues from the heart

Saving with Soul Pet Rescue of Northwest Florida may not have a brick and mortar building, but they have a lot of heart and they spread it all across the Panhandle. More than 25 foster families from Santa Rosa to Walton County volunteer for the organization taking in dogs from local shelters that would otherwise […]

Successful young lady seeking forever home

Successful young lady seeking forever home

Bella is a beautiful, loving young woman and a courageous survivor. In her short life she has had many very difficult and traumatic experiences, but she has overcome them so that at this time she can only be described as a wonderful success story. Bella received all A’s and B’s in school last year and […]

Trio seeking one forever family

Trio seeking one forever family

Three beautiful siblings who are very bonded to each other are ready for their forever home. Alex’s only request regarding an adoptive family is that he remain with his sisters. The girls think they would like a family that likes to travel since they love new experiences and new places. All are happy, generally well-behaved […]

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Spring is here, and that means the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is busy preparing for the grand opening of its 20th season. On May 6, PBH will kick off year 20 of its unique mission, educating the public on native butterfly species in northwest Florida. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of […]

Lumberjack Festival

Get ready for plenty of family fun at the 29th annual Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus. The free community event features forestry competitions, food, bluegrass music, children’s activities, crafts, and nature and wildlife exhibits. Forestry competitions for adults ages 16 and over take place throughout the day and include […]

Navarre Wal-Mart opens new regional training academy

Navarre Wal-Mart opens new regional training academy

Navarre Wal-Mart store 3439 opened a new regional training academy for Wal-Mart locations throughout northwest Florida and graduated its first class Tuesday, Feb. 14, during their Grand Opening Ceremony. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Breakfast and a Movie at the National Naval Aviation Museum

Enjoy Chick-fil-A breakfast and choice of beverage from the new refreshment counter followed by a presentation and a movie in the newly renovated Giant Screen Digital Theater.  Doors open 9 a.m. followed by the showing of “Carrier” at 10 a.m.  Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 850-453-6289 or visit www.nationalaviationmuseum.org.

Woodstoke Pottery Festival

The event will be held at the Anagama kiln site, 7507 Buckeye Dr. off of Highway 87 in Holley. Two historical wood-fueled kilns, the historic Ralph Phillip’s Groundhog Kiln and the 32 foot Anagama Kiln, will be unloaded during the festival unveiling creations for many different potters.  Potters will be exhibiting and selling their one […]