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Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze High School’s Mock Trial team placed fourth in state competition in Orlando March 14-17. The was also awarded the Professionalism Award for the second time. As seen in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Another Skanska USA bridge in progress, another span dealing with cracks in new concrete construction. As the New Jersey-based contractor works to solve cracks that have appeared in the new $400 million Pensacola Bay Bridge, it has also been confronted with similar flaws in its new bridge on Interstate 4 in Orlando. Read the full […]

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Cell phones didn’t exist. Computers and high-tech video games didn’t either. Television access was limited, with just under 65 percent of the homes in America having one at the time. Children of that era had to find something else to do with their free time and baseball, entrenched as the nation’s pastime back then, was […]

Former Little Leaguers recall historic 1955 Pensacola-Orlando game

Former Little Leaguers recall historic 1955 Pensacola-Orlando game

Tears streamed from the eyes of Admiral LeRoy for three days as he waited for his mother’s decision. LeRoy, only 12 at the time, wanted to join his Jaycees teammates at a Little League state tournament game in Orlando. A local Kiwanis team invited the Pensacola team down there to play. Read the full article […]

Championship quest begins for the Navarre Raiders

Championship quest begins for the Navarre Raiders

Navarre’s football team wants to win a state championship, and on Friday night, the 10th-ranked Raiders will begin their quest for high school football’s ultimate prize, opening postseason play against Niceville  in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The winner moves on to play the winner of the St. Augustine vs. Tate […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 14

HARASSED FEMALE WORKERS AT FEDERAL PRISON REACH SETTLEMENT An administrative judge on Friday signed off on the settlement involving workers at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, located northwest of Orlando. The female workers had alleged in a complaint filed in 2013 that male inmates had groped them, threatened them with sexual violence and masturbated in […]

Text 911 for emergencies

Text 911 for emergencies

Santa Rosa County has introduced Text-to-9-1-1 enabling county residents to text for assistance in an emergency. The system allows residents to text directly back and forth with 911 dispatchers to share vital information in an emergency. County Emergency Services Coordinator Brad Baker said the system will be useful in a variety of scenarios. “The majority […]

Amtrak passenger service in the works

Amtrak passenger service in the works

Amtrak passenger service is becoming a reality again along the Gulf Coast as support for the idea picks up steam.  Santa Rosa County is among the latest counties to provide a resolution of support to bring the popular rail service back to the region, along with Pensacola and Crestview. “It’s probably about two to three […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 30

COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS START BETWEEN ORLANDO AND HAVANA JetBlue on Tuesday launched the inaugural flight from Orlando International Airport to Cuba. It is the only direct commercial flight service, at the moment. Round trip flights will take place daily. The airline this week also is starting service to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale and New York’s John […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 17

911 CALLS SHOW PULSE PATRONS DESPERATELY WAITING FOR HELP The last batch of 911 audio recordings released Wednesday by the city of Orlando captures patrons desperately waiting for first responders. The operators repeatedly tell them help is on the way but that there are a lot of people to rescue in the club, as well […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

DONALD TRUMP DROPS LAWSUIT ABOUT FLIGHTS ABOVE FLORIDA CLUB County Attorney Denise Nieman emailed commissioners about the lawsuit Monday afternoon. Nieman says Trump’s attorneys contacted her to say they are dropping the lawsuit, which claimed the historic Mar-A-Lago was being irreparably harmed by air traffic from Palm Beach International Airport. MORE PULSE 911 CALLS RELEASED […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 10

ENDANGERED DEER GET MEDICATION STATIONS TO FIGHT SCREWWORMS Anti-parasitic feeding troughs baited with sweet corn, oats and other grains are being deployed deep inside the National Key Deer Refuge. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Joanna Davis says this provides another layer of protection to the endangered herd. The agency has been releasing sterile male screwworm […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 27

‘STRONG ODOR’ OF ALCOHOL ON MARLINS PITCHER JOSE FERNANDEZ AFTER BOAT CRASH A search warrant released by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office Wednesday also says investigators found evidence that the boat was speeding when it slammed into a jetty Sept. 25. Fernandez, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero died. FLORIDA MAN FATALLY SHOT […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

DEPUTIES ARREST PARALYZED MAN WHO WON $23 MILLION VERDICT The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 23-year-old Dontrell Stephens on its Facebook page Thursday. Stephens won his federal lawsuit against the sheriff’s office in February but has not received any money as the verdict remains under appeal. Also, under Florida law, any lawsuit […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

SUSPECT IN KILLING OF SLAIN LAW PROFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY Luis Rivera on Tuesday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his role in what police have called a murder-for-hire plot that targeted professor Dan Markel. Rivera, who is already serving a 12-year prison sentence on an unrelated charge, is now sentenced to an additional seven years […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 15

REPORT: WOMAN MADE BOMB THREAT TO HALT MAN’S URINE TEST Winter Haven police say 31-year-old Deniz Martinez called 911 on Tuesday, saying a man outside the office was going to “blow the building up.” Investigators determined the cellphone number belonged to Martinez, who drove 38-year-old boyfriend Jason Drake to the office earlier Tuesday. Officials say […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 30

FLORIDA’S GULF COAST WARILY EYES BREWING STORM Authorities at some locations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area of Florida are hauling out sandbags to offer residents amid predictions of heavy rains from a storm system heading to the southeast Gulf of Mexico. INTRUDER SMASHES THROUGH WINDOW, ATTACKS RESIDENTS A 19-year-old man who smashed through the front […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

WIFE OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR KILLED IN LONDON KNIFE RAMPAGE A Somali-Norwegian teenager went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square, a hub for students and tourists, fatally stabbing an American woman from Florida and wounding five other people. Authorities identified the dead woman as 64-year-old Darlene Horton, wife of a Florida State […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

RESPONSE TO PULSE SHOOTING COST $1.7 MILLION Figures released Tuesday by the city of Orlando show the city’s expenses at under $600,000, with almost two-thirds of the costs from overtime outlays. More than a dozen other central Florida agencies spent a combined $1.1 million. The cost to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where most victims were […]

Sea turtle welcomed to conservation center

Sea turtle welcomed to conservation center

She has finally arrived. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) newest resident, an adult female loggerhead sea turtle, moved into her new 15,000 gallon tank Wednesday, July 20. Rescued by Sea World Orlando, the turtle’s shell measured 2 feet 7.5 inches long and she weighs almost 200 pounds. It is unclear how old […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

VICTIMS’ FAMILIES OF ORLANDO CLUB SHOOTING WILL GET MOST MONEY FROM FUND The families of the victims slain at the Pulse nightclub will get the most money from a $20 million fund established to help the victims’ families and survivors the mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The exact amount each family will get is […]

Five Things to know in Florida for July 2

Five Things to know in Florida for July 2

COMPENSATION EXPERT TO OVERSEE ORLANDO DONATION FUNDS Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a news release Friday that Kenneth R. Feinberg will work with the OneOrlando fund and with the National Compassion Fund. The National Compassion Fund is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a nonprofit group dedicated to assisting mass […]

Common sense gun control

Common sense gun control

Little by little, piece by piece our liberty seems to be stripping away.  It happens so gradually that we don’t even notice it until it’s too late.  It’s likened to parents who see their little toddler every day and don’t see the gradual growth, but someone who hasn’t seen the child in a while is […]

Stand tall against the wolves at our door

Stand tall against the wolves at our door

While we were sleeping, the wolf was at our door in the early morning hours Sunday.  It is being ranked as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.  An act of terrorism, an act of hate, or maybe both.  The shooting in Orlando at a gay nightclub has left the state of Florida and […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 16

FRIENDS MOURN NEBRASKA BOY’S KILLING BY GATOR AT DISNEY RESORT The family of the 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World lives in an upscale neighborhood in the Omaha, Nebraska, community of Elkhorn, a place that betrays no hint of the tragedy that struck them in Florida. The boy’s father, Matthew Graves, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 15

911 CALLS RELEASED IN CHILDREN’S SUFFOCATION BY MOTHER In the eight-minute call released Monday by Miramar police, Neisha Nettleford made told the operator, “Honestly, I think they are dead.” Nettleford made the call last Wednesday, the same day the children were suffocated. She called police after Hines contacted her and told her to come home. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

FBI: ORLANDO KILLER APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ‘HOMEGROWN EXTREMIST’ As Orlando mourned its dead with flowers, candles and vigils, counterterrorism investigators dug into the background of 29-year-old Omar Mateen for clues to why the American-born Muslim carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. FBI Director James Comey says there’s no indication that […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 26

FLORIDA INSURERS REQUEST RATE HIKES UNDER FEDERAL HEALTH LAW Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price hikes. Critics of so-called Obamacare will likely seize on the […]

Overcoming the odds

Overcoming the odds

As she sat aboard a plane destined for Las Vegas in late February, Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano did everything she could to evict the doubt living in her mind. She was crazy, at least in her opinion, for wanting to attempt to compete in the Warrior Games trials at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Sure, it […]