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Tough night for Raiders in Tallahassee

Tough night for Raiders in Tallahassee

The final score tells the ending of the story but not the whole story. Navarre had a chance to swing the momentum in its favor in this showdown with Lincoln Thursday night here in Tallahassee.  Down seven early in the third quarter, the Raiders had forced the Trojans off the field on their opening drive […]

Raiders ready to begin district play in football

Raiders ready to begin district play in football

Navarre makes its District 1-7A debut Thursday night when it heads to Tallahassee to take on Lincoln at Gene Cox Stadium. The Raiders moved up from 6A this season and haven’t played the Trojans since 2010, when they met in the playoffs. Lincoln prevailed 34-33. So, for the current players on Navarre’s team, a trip […]

Beach Bowl remains on Navarre’s football schedule

Beach Bowl remains on Navarre’s football schedule

Navarre and Gulf Breeze typically meet the second to last week of the football season. This fall, the Santa Rosa County rivals are set to battle in week one for the Beach Bowl Trophy. The Raiders have been moved up to 7A while the Dolphins are staying in the 6A classification. Both teams are in […]

Santa Rosa warned of state’s tight purse strings

Santa Rosa warned of state’s tight purse strings

We’ll try to help you, but we expect shallow pockets next year. That’s the message that the Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation brought to local charities, political action groups and other organizations in a pre-Christmas hearing to discuss the 2019 budget and lawmaking session in Tallahassee. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

The state audit that City of Gulf Breeze officials tried to avoid is expanding at a time when the municipality just lost the latest round of a controversial and costly property rights case. City Manager Samantha Abell told the Navarre Press that the Florida Auditor General’s operational review, which began last April, is requiring her […]

Booksellers restock school libraries after storm

Booksellers restock school libraries after storm

In an effort to restock school libraries impacted by Hurricane Michael, private bookstores partnered with state agencies to hold the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Nov. 3-4. The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers worked together to host the event where a portion of sale proceeds at participating bookstores […]

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Few 17-year-olds understand the sometimes complicated innerworkings of Florida’s legislative process. Even fewer have lived it. But from June 9-14, four teen representatives from Navarre and Gulf Breeze made their way to Tallahassee to perform their own miniature version of a legislative session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State conference. Read the […]

Leading with the truth

Leading with the truth

We commend District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson on his latest video. It is powerful, emotional and he speaks publicly on a very private issue – addiction. He has never made a secret of his alcohol addiction. And now he has disclosed he was “using” as well. We applaud his recovery and his claim of 10 […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Project Hero pedals through Panhandle

Project Hero pedals through Panhandle

  More than 100 bicycles and adaptive cycles came rolling down Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach last week as Project Hero participants made their way across the Southeast. The riders, who covered roughly 70 miles March 7, took a break at the Navarre Beach Fire Department to rehydrate and talk with firefighters before getting back […]

Local officials tighten cell phone oversight

Local officials tighten cell phone oversight

Big Brother is watching and listening–to itself–more intently. Spurred by a landmark public records law settlement in Tallahassee, governments in our area are among those scrutinizing and upgrading their methods of tracking text messages on the cell phones they furnish to employees and elected officials. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of […]

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

  Local legislators want to acquire the Garcon Point Bridge, but first they have to sell the deal to fellow lawmakers and then to current private owners of the bonds that funded the bridge’s construction in 1999. The devil will be in the dollars. “Even if it just costs $100, you know some people are […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TRUMP BLASTS STEVE BANNON OVER BOOK The new book portrays the president as an undisciplined man-child who didn’t actually want to win the White House and quotes Bannon as calling contact by Trump’s son with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.” 2. PAUL MANAFORT SUES SPECIAL COUNSEL Trump’s ex-campaign chair says that prosecutor Mueller and the […]

Raiders play tough in tip-off tourney losses

Raiders play tough in tip-off tourney losses

Navarre’s boys basketball team held its own in a challenging tip-off tournament in Tallahassee this week. The Raiders faced off against state runner-up Lincoln Monday and fell 53-45 before dropping a 53-44 decision the next day to Georgia state champion Tift County. Matt Harshany poured in 21 points in Monday’s game. He scored 20 on […]

Gaetz pays a visit to Santa Rosa County schools

Gaetz pays a visit to Santa Rosa County schools

With Congress on its summer break, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz made a stop in Santa Rosa County last week to talk politics with local students. Since taking office in January as the representative for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, Gaetz has made a habit of visiting locations such as schools and town halls throughout his district […]

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Tallahassee budget cuts could have negative economic impacts close to home. Despite far higher proposals by Gov. Rick Scott, state economic development partnership Enterprise Florida and tourism marketing agency Visit Florida will see sharp funding reductions under the budget passed last week by the Florida House of Representatives and Senate. Read the full article in […]

Raiders’ 400 relay team wins regional crown to punch ticket to state

Raiders’ 400 relay team wins regional crown to punch ticket to state

The dream of going to state came true for several of Navarre’s track athletes Thursday afternoon. Navarre’s 400 relay team took center stage as it won a Region 1-3A championship at Chiles High School in Tallahassee. The relay squad of Lee Jones, Royce Thomas, Dante Wright and Xavier Allen clocked in with a time of […]

Navarre grad takes on Tallahassee

Navarre grad takes on Tallahassee

Navarre High School graduate Jake Hebert never intended to go into politics. His passion lay elsewhere, he says. But at the age of 22, Hebert has represented more than 341,000 university students, met with legislators at the state Capitol and lobbied for reforms of Florida’s university system. Read the full article in the March 30 […]

Teen entrepreneur draws accolades from Tallahassee

Teen entrepreneur draws accolades from Tallahassee

Sage Offutt received a standing ovation inside the Capitol building in Tallahassee after Gov. Rick Scott praised the 14-year-old entrepreneur for her efforts in starting a thriving small business. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Program kindles conservation interest among Florida kids

Program kindles conservation interest among Florida kids

Seven years ago the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched a program to generate interest in the outdoors among youth in the state and establish within them a lifelong love for fish and wildlife conservation. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

Losquadro represents county in Art in the Capitol competition

Losquadro represents county in Art in the Capitol competition

Holley Navarre Middle School art teacher Cara Sayer is quick to point out that Luke Losquadro is a “very talented art student.” It’s hard to debate the statement, especially after Losquadro learned earlier this year that his drawing of an eagle was selected to represent Santa Rosa County at the Art in the Capitol Competition. […]

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Although medical marijuana sales are supposed to be available in more Florida venues starting this week, the City of Gulf Breeze has enacted a moratorium of up to one year on dispensing and treatment centers within its borders. Acknowledging that 71 percent of state voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution in November that legalizes […]

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

The state prosecutor in Tallahassee has closed his investigation into a complaint that State Sen.-elect Doug Broxson violated a campaign law involving special interest groups during his successful race against Mike Hill. “I don’t see this going anywhere,” said State Attorney Willie Meggs in a phone interview with the Navarre Press. “I don’t see that […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 26

OFFICIALS: MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING COUPLE SAVING PARKING SPOT A Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report says 38-year-old Donald Lee Hicks was taken into custody Saturday on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The report says the victims were standing in a parking spot in Dania Beach to save it for a family […]

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

This editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17, 2015   Tallahassee wants to provide “historic” school spending by continuing to play Tallahassee’s trick on taxpayers. You might think that Florida’s system of financing education is simple: Your property taxes pay for the schools in your county. It’s not that simple. Local taxes pay […]

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Wresting control of some local tourist tax dollars to use for statewide leisure industry promotion and fund law enforcement may sound like a good idea in Tallahassee, but it’s getting mixed reviews hereabout. State Rep. Matthew Gaetz, chairman of the House Tax and Finance Committee, recently proposed legislation allowing up to 10 percent of bed […]