Okaloosa County

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 […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Shy young lady needs loving family

Shy young lady needs loving family

Abigail is a smart and beautiful 15-year-old youth. She can be a little shy and reserved until she gets to know you. Abigail’s favorite subject in school is science, and she is also a member of the color guard. Abigail enjoys shopping and getting her nails done. She would like a home environment where there […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Workers poured concrete foundations Dec. 3 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new medical facility and education center located in Holley, bringing the nonprofit a step closer to opening their doors to the public for the first time. ECWR Executive Director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the current schedule puts their grand opening for the […]

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

After nearly a year of being vacant, the former site of County Line Pizza in Mary Esther will be opening as a new restaurant as early as February. The International Lounge, a longtime staple of Eglin Parkway, will be lifting its roots and replanting a little closer to Navarre at 3176 U.S. Highway 98, said […]

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 […]

Creative, curious boy seeking forever family

Creative, curious boy seeking forever family

Cameron is an active, energetic young man with a flair for style and looking good. He is also extremely polite. He describes himself as a “homebody” who enjoys art, video games and superhero movies. He would love to be in the Art Club in school. He has quite a collection of books as he also […]

Special boy needs special love

Special boy needs special love

Sharif is a very special little boy. He needs 24-hour, round the clock care. He has cerebral palsy, seizures and several other debilitating conditions. He spends all his time in his bed or wheelchair. He cannot sit, crawl or roll over by himself. He loves to be tickled and he responds to music by smiling. […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

Outgoing girl ready to light up a home

Outgoing girl ready to light up a home

Mykira is a bright and lively young girl. She is outgoing and would do well with an active family that enjoys being on the move. Mykira never meets a stranger, and she thoroughly enjoys getting to know new people. Mykira likes to read and enjoys anything involving electronics. She gets along with other children and […]

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. […]

Family Match improves Florida foster care system

Family Match improves Florida foster care system

November is National Adoption Month. This month Navarre Press will be featuring content about the adoption process as well as children up for adoption in our area. Following the launch of the Family Match program by FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview Center earlier this year, there has been success in matching adoptable children with forever homes […]

High alert for red tide at Navarre Beach

High alert for red tide at Navarre Beach

In northwest Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), “high” concentrations of K. brevis were observed in one Santa Rosa county sample and “medium” concentrations occurred in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa county samples. In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low concentrations in or offshore of Escambia […]

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; […]

Local artists honored at Okaloosa exhibition

Local artists honored at Okaloosa exhibition

From an “alien landscape” to Western spirits, the works of local artists were honored Aug. 30 as part of the Okaloosa Public Arts annual Artists Choice Exhibition. Judging of the works was done by Suzanne Robbert of Artel Gallery in Pensacola. Among the winners, painter Autry Dye of Gulf Breeze took first place for her […]

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 […]

Sign unveiling ceremony for Senator Greg Evers highway designation

Sign unveiling ceremony for Senator Greg Evers highway designation

The Northwest Florida Legislative Delegation in coordination with the the family of Senator Robert G. “Greg” Evers will host a road designation sign unveiling ceremony Monday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Baker Community Center. The unveiled signs will be placed at both ends of State Road 4 between Munson Highway and S. R. […]

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has updated the Red Tide report for Florida. Current Conditions A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends from northern Pinellas to Lee counties along ~125 miles of coastline. Aerial surveys conducted on 9/6 and 9/11 as well as recent […]

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