Santa Rosa

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announce Monday the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. In Navarre the Teachers of the Year are: David Chaves, Holley Navarre Intermediate School Sharon Mavity, Holley Navarre Primary School Jasmine Brockhum, West Navarre Intermediate School Ruth […]

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting is a thing on Gulf Islands National Seashore. The numbers tell you as much. While hunting ducks has been allowed since the national seashore was established more than 40 years ago, the issuance of permits for it didn’t start until 2013. Over the last three seasons, more than 200 permits have been issued […]

Fort Pickens Road to remain closed until December

Fort Pickens Road to remain closed until December

The structural engineering assessments of Fort Pickens Road through the Fort Pickens Are and Highway 399 through the Santa Rosa are finished and neither is expected to reopen until at least December. All reservations at the campground in Fort Pickens have been canceled through Dec. 3. That could be extended if more time to repair […]

Gaetz holds fee simple title town hall

Gaetz holds fee simple title town hall

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz discussed the future of beach fee simple title legislation and reopening of Navarre Pass with community members, county leaders and press Monday at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Gaetz fielded questions about the timeline for presenting legislation, protecting that legislation from amendment and the future of the Navarre Pass. Gaetz […]

Suspect in custody in shooting, drugs found

Suspect in custody in shooting, drugs found

    A man shot in the face in Navarre is in stable condition, but he could face drug possession charges after responding officers allegedly found marijuana in his home. The victim, William Michael Johnson, had a bullet wound completely through his cheek. The man who allegedly shot him during a drug deal gone bad […]

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 […]

County selects new advertising agency

County selects new advertising agency

The Board of County Commissioners chose a new company Thursday, Sept. 22, to manage marketing, advertising and public relations for tourism. Paradise Advertising of St. Petersburg was selected over the county’s previous company Davis, South, Barnette and Patrick Advertising and Public Relations (DSBP). DSBP has managed the county’s tourism marketing since 2013. The selection ran […]

Johnson secures sheriff’s office

Johnson secures sheriff’s office

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Republican nominee Bob Johnson is now unopposed after write-in candidate Chuck Miller dropped out of the race Sept. 7. In his letter of withdrawal to the Santa Rosa elections office, Miller said he would be unable to fulfill the needs of the office due to travel obligations associated with ministry. Johnson will […]

Florida’s Ombudsman Program a voice for residents

Florida’s Ombudsman Program a voice for residents

The statistics are astounding. According to Florida’s Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, nearly 60 percent of long-term care residents in Florida do not receive visits from family members and friends. Unfortunately, that means that no one is looking out for their best interests when it comes to their health, safety, welfare and personal rights. The Ombudsman […]

Gulf Breeze brushes off criticism of utility surcharge

Gulf Breeze brushes off criticism of utility surcharge

Brushing off criticism from group of about 20 Tiger Point area residents Monday night, the Gulf Breeze City Council stuck with its previous decision to raise South Santa Rosa Utility rates for customers living outside the municipality’s border. “There’s got to be a better way,” said Tom Naile, volunteer board chairman of the utility when […]

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

Edward Mansouri believes students don’t learn enough about weather in Florida and the self-proclaimed weather geek has spent the year generating more interest about weather in schools. He does it through his creation, the WeatherStem, an instrument installed at select schools throughout the state. It collects data that is used for educational purposes and Woodlawn […]

Mother Nature doesn’t put damper on all-star experience

Mother Nature doesn’t put damper on all-star experience

Billy Unterbrink was hanging out in the dugout playing on his cellphone and chatting with teammates during a lightning delay in Thursday’s Subway High School All-Star Baseball game at the University of West Florida’s Jim Spooner Field. Unterbrink, the lone representative from Navarre on the East team, was hoping for a chance to play, but […]

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog. Those killed were all stationed at from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were identified Friday as: Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of […]

Former principal running for Santa Rosa Superintendent

Former principal running for Santa Rosa Superintendent

A former longtime Santa Rosa County District Schools principal, Stewart “Buddy” Powell, pre-filed March 6 for the 2016 Superintendent of Schools race. Powell is currently the only candidate for the seat currently held by Pace resident Tim Wyrosdick, who has not yet announced his intentions for the race. Powell served as principal of several schools, […]

Jobless rates up across the region

Jobless rates up across the region

All area counties saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July 2014. For Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties, July marked the third consecutive month that their unemployment rates had increased. Unemployment rates in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are above the state and national averages, while Okaloosa and Walton counties remain below. […]

Plan released for Gulf Islands

Plan released for Gulf Islands

If a a plan released July 16 is approved, then changes could be on the way for Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) including the Naval Live Oaks, Santa Rosa and Fort Pickens Areas. GINS Deputy Superintendent Steve McCoy said the preferred alternative would focus on expanding educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages, as well […]

Disaster Declaration approved for Santa Rosa and Escambia

Disaster Declaration approved for Santa Rosa and Escambia

Santa Rosa and Escambia County officials announced May 6 that both counties have received the FEMA Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. According to a press release from Escambia County, the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) is a combined FEMA and State program. The IHP provides up to $32,400 (FY 2014) for financial help or direct […]