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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 […]

“Alchemy: Portrait of a Wood Fire Kiln”

Renowned filmmaker Patty Newton will debut her full-length documentary on at the historic Imogene Theater in Milton. A reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the screening at 7 p.m.  There is a suggested $5 donation to see the film, attend the reception, and be eligible for door prizes and a historical commemorative medallion.  Limited […]

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday evening after officers surrounded him in a West Point, Georgia motel room said Escambia County Sheriff  David Morgan. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Hope can be challenging but rewarding

Hope can be challenging but rewarding

Hope is a pretty young woman who really hopes she will have an adoptive family of her own soon. She comes to us because of drug abuse by her parents and a disrupted relative placement. She is outgoing and sociable. She likes music and drawing. She can be kind and respectful – or not, depending […]

Meet Mari: looking for a place to call home

Meet Mari: looking for a place to call home

Dramari or “Mari” as he prefers to be called is 11 years old. He has been in care since November 2014. He is quite shy and shuts down when he is unfamiliar with a situation, but he is very friendly and engaging when he is comfortable. He is in the fifth grade in special classes. […]

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Nearly three weeks have passed since the deadly stabbing of young Navarre teen Daniel Jebadiah Bubanas, 19. His family has laid him to rest. His friends have written tributes including a song. The holidays came and went. Yet in the loss of Bubanas, no arrests have been made and questions remain unanswered. The incident that […]

Gulf Breeze proudly trails the pack in council pay

Gulf Breeze proudly trails the pack in council pay

Many Florida cities that are smaller than Gulf Breeze pay their council members and mayors more, but low salaries for elected municipal officials go with the political turf in Florida’s Panhandle. “Northwest Florida tends to compensate city councils and mayors as part-time positions,” said Liane Schrader, a researcher for the Florida League of Cities. A […]