Okaloosa County

COVID-19 Daily Update

COVID-19 Daily Update

As of March 26, 6:30 p.m. Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the coronavirus in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read.  Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists […]

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

These detailed numbers are as of March 24, 10:30 a.m. (last update by Florida Department of Health).  States with most cases (March 24) New York 20,875 New Jersey 2,844 California 2,240 Washington , 2,101 Florida 1,412 Local Cases (March 24) Santa Rosa: Navarre 3 Milton 1 Escambia: Pensacola 6 Okaloosa: Destin 5 Niceville 4 Crestview […]

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

Okaloosa County public beaches closed

Okaloosa County public beaches closed

Okaloosa County Commissioners closed all public beaches Thursday morning in an emergency meeting.  Several tourism industry professionals spoke against the measure. Beach hotel owner Julian McQueen said he is enforcing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines with his visitors. He also pointed out he has 250 employees depending on the board’s decision.   […]

Law enforcement grads factor cameras into employment decision

Law enforcement grads factor cameras into employment decision

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies currently do not wear body cameras, and that fact could be hurting their recruitment efforts. Demand for trained professionals to fill law enforcement officer positions remains high throughout the U.S., and for soon-to-be graduates like Falicia Bender having the extra protection of her integrity.           […]

Gulf Breeze driver flees troopers, hits train

Gulf Breeze driver flees troopers, hits train

A Gulf Breeze woman clocked speeds of more than 100 miles per hour mile and struck multiple vehicles, a train and a state trooper before being arrested in Bay County Jan. 18. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release, Susan Blair Case, 68, of Gulf Breeze was involved in multiple hit-and-run crashes across two […]

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

It’s been years in the making, but for the first time ever Saturday, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge was able to welcome visitors to its brand-new facilities in Holley.  Crowds of people turned out to make donations to the nonprofit and to explore the learning center and outdoor spaces during the official grand opening ceremony on […]

Tylor seeking outdoors loving family

Tylor seeking outdoors loving family

Tylor is a friendly, kindhearted teenager who enjoys spending quality time with others. He describes himself as helpful and hardworking and feels proud when he accomplishes a goal. Tylor enjoys cooking class and looks forward to cooking meals with his family. Tylor also likes to spend time outside, and he hopes that his forever family […]

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

There were nearly 5,000 investigations of elder abuse in the Northwest Florida last year, including more than 2,000 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. But without the elder abuse hotline set up through the Department of Elder Affairs, many of those cases might have gone unreported.   Read the full article in the […]

Reba needs mom with lots of love

Reba needs mom with lots of love

Reba is a very pretty young lady who is very anxious to be adopted. In fact, she asks her caseworker frequently if she has found a family for her yet. Reba is delightful, complex and sometimes very funny. She can also be very challenging. She is a very high energy, active child. She loves rap […]

FamiliesFirst celebrates National Adoption Month

FamiliesFirst celebrates National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, an annual initiative that increases awareness of the need for permanent families who can adopt children in foster care. The theme for this year’s campaign is “One Heart, One Home, Change a Life Forever.” Securing a lifelong connection for a child in foster care is a critical component in determining […]

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

The Navarre Beach Lifeguard Program apologized Sept. 4 for posting a faulty water quality advisory telling swimmers the beach was unsafe and closing the water to visitors.   Following the initial Facebook post, Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull announced that the post was a false alarm and that the waters were safe, but the initial post […]

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies seized more than 1,700 grams of illegal drugs during a welfare check in Mary Esther Aug. 12. According to a press release, deputies responded to a call to check on a man asleep in a car at a Sonic Drive-in. A man later identified as 29-year-old Stephen Scott Wilson, address unknown, […]

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five suspects were arrested Monday at a Navarre residence on allegations of more than 60 “smash and grab” style burglaries in Okaloosa County. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson held a joint press conference with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Walton Police Department Tuesday afternoon to discuss the collaborative investigation.   Read the full […]

Navarre needs foster parents with love to share

Navarre needs foster parents with love to share

Typically, the faith and family page features the smiling faces of children looking for a family all their own through the process of adoption; however, this week Navarre Press is highlighting the need for foster parents in the Navarre community. There are 1,442 children in foster care throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. […]

K-9 takes down Santa Rosa hit-and-run driver

K-9 takes down Santa Rosa hit-and-run driver

Florida Highway Patrol K-9 Remy took down an Alabama man June 12 after he allegedly fled the scene of a rear-end collision with a motorcyclist in Santa Rosa County. Justin Moorer, 24, of Wilmer, Alabama, is charged with nine different offenses including driving under the influence and resisting arrest.   Read the full article in […]

Tyson looking to share smiles

Tyson looking to share smiles

Happy, helpful and funny best describes Tyson! He is a friendly boy with a quirky personality and enjoys making others smile. Tyson likes watching cartoons, especially Pokemon. He loves Pokemon so much that when asked what cartoon character he would want to be he picked Pikachu! Tyson also likes to color and play outside. He […]

Skylar is full of ambition

Skylar is full of ambition

Helpful, hardworking and enthusiastic best describes Skylar. He is an energetic young man who works hard to meet expectations and do the right thing. He is also outgoing and enjoys spending time with others. Skylar is active and loves being outside exploring or doing yard work. He says his perfect day would be having breakfast […]

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

May is National Foster Care Month, and the local need is great for children facing abuse, neglect or abandonment. While now is a time to celebrate the volunteers already serving, FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) is also actively recruiting 160 additional foster parents to fill a need within the community.   Read the full article in the […]

Creative teen Lydia seeking forever family

Creative teen Lydia seeking forever family

Lydia seems shy when you first meet her, but in fact she is friendly and nurturing; qualities that are great in any teacher, which is what she wants to be when she grows up. Lydia has a positive attitude and is often walking around with a big smile on her face. She is pleasant to […]

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, announced April 1 that 152 Florida businesses were accepted into the organization’s free 2019 Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP). None were in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up […]

Human remains found on Eglin Reservation

Human remains found on Eglin Reservation

The Okaloosa County Sherriff’s Office is investigating found skeletal remains on the Air Force’s Eglin Reservation in west Okaloosa County. They were discovered by a hiker Tuesday evening. According to a press release from OSCO, the hiker was walking north of Highway 98 near the Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County border before spotting the scattered […]

Future police officer needs supportive family

Future police officer needs supportive family

Meet Jeremy! He describes himself as smart, helpful and enthusiastic. Jeremy’s case worker says he is all boy as Jeremy loves to play outside, play video games, and build Legos. Jeremey says his perfect day would include playing Need for Speed on Xbox followed by riding bikes with his forever family. He also describes himself […]

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

One school has been bringing the logistics of an entire roadway and even a U.S. Air Force base to a halt each day. For commuters going to and from Hurlburt Field, the daily drop-off and pick-up of Florosa Elementary School students means additional traffic woes along U.S. Highway 98 each day. Read the full article […]

This is not your grandfather’s farm

This is not your grandfather’s farm

While farming is one of the world’s oldest professions, much has changed since the days of mules and horses pulling iron plows through the soil. Local farmers have embraced cutting-edge technology with the goal of increasing their efficiency in planting, tending, and harvesting their crops. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

Alabama man assaults Okaloosa County Commissioner

Alabama man assaults Okaloosa County Commissioner

Okaloosa County Commissioner Graham Fountain, immediate-past chairman, was injured last Saturday evening in Crestview while trying to assist a young woman who was being beaten by a male assailant. Irby Franklin Jordan, of Dothan, Alabama faces multiple felony charges for the Jan. 12 incident. According to an Okaloosa County press release, at around 3:30 p.m. […]

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Tallahassee – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a school superintendent from office after being urged to so by the state’s new education commissioner. DeSantis removed Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson from office Friday and replaced Jackson with Marcus Chambers, an assistant superintendent with the northwest Florida school district. The Republican governor said […]

Technology helps keep realtors safe

Technology helps keep realtors safe

Realtors face real dangers. On the evening of Sept. 25, 2014, realtor Beverly Carter was planning to show a home in Scott, Arkansas, to an interested client. She parked her car in the driveway and unlocked the home. Then she disappeared. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

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