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Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle

Everyone is invited to the 10th Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle from noon to 4 p.m. on Navarre Beach at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill. Start the New Year by plunging into the Santa Rosa Sound. Event benefits the Santa Rosa Kids’ House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com.

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. […]

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

1. How it all started Following the face stuffing of Thanksgiving and subsequent shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to giving back has been added to the holiday whirl. In 2012, the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created #GivingTuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, the idea was […]

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Navarre lost a community advocate and volunteer last week. Norman “Norm” Crowder, 65, of Navarre, Florida passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. During his time in Navarre Norm worked with several community groups advocating for abused children, small business, seniors and the community at large. Norm was born January […]

Spring Jam raises $14,833 for Santa Rosa Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises $14,833 for Santa Rosa Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 along with Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill presented a check in the amount of $14,833 to Santa Rosa Kids’ House at Monday’s Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting. The proceeds were from Spring Jam hosted at Juana’s Mar. 25. The concert featured Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles, Jr., Morgan Evans, Jordan […]

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

The surf along Navarre Beach let up for this year’s New Year’s Day plunges, but the temperatures were almost freezing. During the beach’s newest Jan. 1 event, the Pirate Plunge, wind gusts reached 24 miles per hour and the temperature was 32 degrees. Still, a few dozen brave souls went running into the Gulf of […]

Will you take the plunge?

Will you take the plunge?

On the first day of the year, Navarre Beach residents and visitors will gather for a long-standing tradition. Toes in the cold sand, some dressed in costume, they will gather at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico or inches from Santa Rosa Sound. Then as one big group they will all scurry, dive and […]

#GivingTuesday results in thousands for nonprofits

#GivingTuesday results in thousands for nonprofits

November is the month of money for Navarre as local nonprofit groups received thousands of dollars in donations as part of #GivingTuesday and other fundraising events. The largest recipient of the November love was Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast. Refuge for Women is national program that offers victims of human trafficking a safe […]

Holiday festival helps fight child abuse

Holiday festival helps fight child abuse

Amid towering, festive Christmas trees and jolly-themed wreaths, a unique art form greeted visitors to the Imogene Theatre Saturday night at the 8th Annual Festival of Trees Silver Gala. For the last two years the Santa Rosa Kids’ House has auctioned off hand-painted windows in addition to the usual seasonal items. The Santa Rosa Kids’ […]

Impact 100 gives thousands to Santa Rosa causes

Impact 100 gives thousands to Santa Rosa causes

The women of Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area awarded more than $1 million in grants to local nonprofits Sunday including several Santa Rosa County organizations. There were 15 finalists across five categories, each vying to receive one of 10 grants amounting to $107,700 each. There were three Santa Rosa County-based winners. Read the full article […]

Milton man arrested for sexual crimes on minors

Milton man arrested for sexual crimes on minors

According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office report, an investigation opened in November 2016 led to the July 25 arrest of James Raymond Armstrong on five counts of different sexual crimes. The 62-year-old retired Milton resident was charged with one count of sexual battery on a victim under 12 by an offender over 18; one […]

Navarre’s children need foster homes

Navarre’s children need foster homes

For victims of child abuse and neglect, being removed from their home can be a scary experience. While the environment may not be safe or healthy–parents may abuse drugs or alcohol, neglect the children, or be violent toward each other—home is supposed to be a place of security. Read the full article in the April […]

Child abuse trauma leaves lifelong scars inside

Child abuse trauma leaves lifelong scars inside

Steven, a teen from Walla Walla, Washington, did what so many other teens do: He smoked weed and took an array of other drugs. He was put on probation for criminal offenses and, at the age of 17, he nearly killed himself from an overdose. This article is part of a series focused on National […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is a month dedicated to vulnerable children. It is National Autism Awareness Month, and it is also the Month of the Military Child. But April is special for the hundreds of children suffering from abuse and neglect right here in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. This article is part of a series this April […]

A child cries out

A child cries out

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Somewhere today, as you read this, a child is crying and desperately begging a parent or other family member to stop the beating. Cowered down in a protective fetal position crying and begging. Slaps to the head and face, hits to the arms or something worse, instilling a deep […]

Plunges net thousands for local charities

Plunges net thousands for local charities

Historically, new year’s day plunges take place in frigid waters and cold temperatures making it a challenge to complete. But when you live in Florida, it isn’t such a challenge, especially this winter. With temperatures in the 70s, weather conditions were favorable as hundreds of locals and visitors plunged into Navarre Beach’s waters new year’s […]

Navarre is freezing for a cause

Navarre is freezing for a cause

The tradition of facing frigid water on the first day of the New Year has been in the U.S. for more than 100 years, starting in 1904 with the L Street Brownies Polar Plunge in Boston. On Jan. 1, 2017, Navarre residents will join that tradition, shivering and splashing in the waters of the Gulf […]

Kids’ House generating more awareness of child abuse

Kids’ House generating more awareness of child abuse

The statistics are alarming in regard to child abuse, both nationally and in Santa Rosa County. One in three girls and one in three boys will be abused by the time they are 18. In the county, one in 19 children will be abused by the time they are 18. Keith Ann Campbell, the executive […]

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Irene Gillis, Brenda Rister and Cindy Stillwell had no plans to spend part of their winter vacation doing work on sewing machines. But the work was for a good cause as the three ladies, who are spending their winter at the Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, made 26 pillow cases that will be donated […]

Pen Air’s Give a Click campaign gives back to local charities

Pen Air’s Give a Click campaign gives back to local charities

Pen Air Federal Credit Union’s Director of Marketing Pam Hatt came up with a fun way for the bank’s locations to highlight one of their company’s core values: communerosity: the coming together of community and generosity. Each of their 15 locations plus some of the office staff have decorated a wreath in the theme of […]

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

In the state of Florida, when a case of child neglect, abuse or abandonment is reported, the state Department of Children and Families steps in to shelter the child. The shelter may come in the form of a foster home or another family member’s home while the child’s parents are working through their problems. The […]