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Tips to prevent winter chill from stoking power bill

Tips to prevent winter chill from stoking power bill

As temperatures drop below 40 degrees, many Navarre homeowners are cranking up the heat. But adjusting the thermostat by just one degree up or down can affect the monthly power bill of residential customers by 4 percent on average, according to University of Florida senior lecturer Wendell Porter. Read the full article in the Dec. […]

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

Furry friends got free food Nov. 11 as A HOPE for Santa Rosa County launched the Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry, an effort to provide needy families with support for their pets. A HOPE founder Brandi Winkleman said the food pantry is about keeping animals out of the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the […]

County gets advice on improving animal shelter

County gets advice on improving animal shelter

More than 40 animal advocates, community leaders and citizens packed into the Santa Rosa County boardroom Oct. 30 to hear about ways to transform the county’s animal shelter. Sara Pizano is the founder of Team Shelter USA, an animal advocacy group focused on reforming animal shelters. Read the full article in the Nov. 8 issue […]

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Dogs in the frequently crowded Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter will no longer be assessed on suspected breed but rather temperament Emergency Management Director Brad Baker announced Monday after meetings with rescue groups. “Repeatedly the breed discrimination issue was thrown up, so we are updating our policy, not listing specific breeds by basing adoption policy […]

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Chris Barbee can relate to the devastation of a hurricane. The home he and his family lived in was destroyed by Ivan when it ripped through the Gulf Coast in 2004. “My mom did everything she could to make the experience OK for us. We lost everything, but she made things enjoyable and helped us […]

Whiting plays critical role in local economy

Whiting plays critical role in local economy

Federal, state and local government officials came together Monday for a comprehensive update of the impact NAS Whiting Field has on the area economy and a discussion of strategies to protect the base’s mission. The Congressional Field Hearing was hosted by U.S Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Read the full article […]

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Floridians preparing for hurricanes can now access online resource to gather tips, tricks and the latest research to better prepare and better recover from storms. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) has launched disaster.ifas.ufl.edu, a blog site dedicated to publishing the university’s statewide database into a user-friendly format. Read the […]

UF/IFAS rakes in national teaching awards

UF/IFAS rakes in national teaching awards

The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) recognized University of Florida faculty and students for their excellence in teaching at its 64th annual conference in June at Iowa State University. The conference brings together faculty, staff and students to share their experience of teaching and learning and to recognize those who are at […]

FWC grants provide big boost to lionfish research

FWC grants provide big boost to lionfish research

Lionfish continue to pose a threat to native wildlife and habitats in Florida. To help battle the problem, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has awarded $50,000 to five organizations to aid in research and development of innovative methods to remove lionfish from deep-water habitats. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

In partnership with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, the UF/IFAS Extension Office has launched the Navarre Beach Ambassador program. Volunteers were trained and sent out last Monday onto the beach for their first day of interacting with guests, sharing information and conducting surveys for the tourism office. Read the full article in the […]

Wildlife in Your Landscape

Experts from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Santa Rosa County Extension Office will offer a free class on wildlife in your landscape Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Santa Rosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton. UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County Agriculture Agent John Atkins […]

NYSA athletic fields worn out from overuse

NYSA athletic fields worn out from overuse

Worn down from overuse, the NYSA athletic fields aren’t in pristine condition. Many of the soccer fields have spots where there is only dirt. Weeds and stickers have also been a problem at times on fields that see hundreds of games played on them each year. The site’s condition is not uncommon for a city- […]

Hall sees her future among the stars

Hall sees her future among the stars

Navarre High School salutatorian Madeline Hall is enchanted by the final frontier. For years she has seen herself among the stars, exploring new worlds or at least studying them from the ground. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

Spring Festival of Flowers

The University of Florida and Pensacola State College Milton Campus invites you to join them for one of the largest festival of the season. The annual Spring Festival of Flowers will be held on April 6, 7 & 8, 2018. This popular event draws plant enthusiasts from near and far. This festival features plant nurseries, […]

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

In a life-threatening emergency, Santa Rosa County residents receive care from the men and women of Lifeguard EMS and firefighters/paramedics. When it becomes clear that an ambulance is not enough, they call in the helicopter. This fleet of flying ambulances is crewed by trained flight clinicians who can provide crucial life-sustaining care while in the […]

New teacher dives in at science station

New teacher dives in at science station

As schools across Santa Rosa County begin planning their field trips to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS), a new teacher has jumped on board to help connect these children to the marine world. Biology teacher Sara Taylor has always loved the ocean, even if she has not always been near it she said. […]

Celestial event of the century … so far

Celestial event of the century … so far

“One hundred years ago, 1918, was the last U.S. continental coast to coast total solar eclipse,” said Dr. Wayne Wooten, astronomer and newly retired astronomy professor from Pensacola State College (PSC). Aug. 21 marks just such an eclipse, the most spectacular astronomical event of the century for the United States. To see the total solar […]

UWF soars to third place in state ranking

UWF soars to third place in state ranking

After ranking in the bottom three of state universities, the University of West Florida (UWF) has been named the third best performing university in the state based on rankings by the Florida Board of Governors and state-directed measurement. With that position comes roughly $20 million in additional performance-based funding. The measurement is based on a […]

Pass interest renewed

Pass interest renewed

In July 1965, a man-made waterway was opened that connected the Santa Rosa Sound to the Gulf of Mexico across a span of Navarre Beach 450 yards east of Navarre Bridge, near the boundary line with Eglin Air Force Base. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Support as strong as ever for Ian Lockwood Memorial 5K

Support as strong as ever for Ian Lockwood Memorial 5K

Denise Lockwood decided to move the 5K named in memory of her son to Navarre Beach this year. The previous two races in 2012 and 2014 had been held at the Navarre Youth Sports Association Complex. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

Lumberjack Festival

Get ready for plenty of family fun at the 29th annual Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus. The free community event features forestry competitions, food, bluegrass music, children’s activities, crafts, and nature and wildlife exhibits. Forestry competitions for adults ages 16 and over take place throughout the day and include […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 1

RUBIO KICKED OUT OF TAMPA OFFICE BECAUSE OF PROTESTERS The owner of the nine-story Bridgeport Center notified Rubio’s staff Feb. 1 that it would not renew its lease. They have to be out by Friday. Jude Williams, president of America’s Capital Partners, says rallies outside the building have become too disruptive to the other tenants […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 25

FIRST LEGAL CUBAN CARGO IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS ARRIVES IN US Two containers of artisanal charcoal arrived Tuesday morning at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale aboard a Crowley Maritime ship called the K-Storm. The special charcoal is made from Cuban marabu by private, worker-owned cooperatives. Marabu is an invasive woody species from Africa that […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 1

NOAA: HURRICANE HUNTER PLANES MOVE FROM TAMPA TO LAKELAND NOAA announced the new home Wednesday for its two Lockheed WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft, along with its Gulfstream IV-SP. The planes fly in and around tropical storms to measure their intensity and forecast their path. DOLPHINS PLAYER LEON ORR CUT AFTER ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES […]

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

While the Navarre community was deliberating  support for a hike in fire taxes for a Holley-Navarre Fire District strapped for personnel, Holley-Navarre Water System scrambles to keep pace with growing water and sewer needs, U.S. Highway 98’s excess of 5,000 cars and Navarre High School is bursting at the seams, an outside agency has determined […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

FIERY MULTICAR CRASH KILLS 5,, INCLUDING 2 KIDS, IN FLORIDA The crash happened Wednesday night when Pablo Cortes III lost control of a Volkswagen Golf, crossed a median and slammed head on into a Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Marianela Murillo, 39, and carrying four children, Florida Highway Patrol troopers wrote in an incident report. […]

Cole makes zoning board selection

Cole makes zoning board selection

The Board of County Commissioners appointed a new member to the county zoning board Sept. 8 during their regular meeting. Greg Scoville, an experienced building planner, was selected to fill the vacant Zoning Board District 2 seat by Commissioner Bob Cole after the seat sat vacant for six months. “I’m a native of Santa Rosa […]

Local 4-Hers “hit it with their best shot”

Local 4-Hers “hit it with their best shot”

Sharp public speaking skills and an intimate knowledge of shot guns meant a state 4-H victory for two Santa Rosa teen ladies at this summer’s State 4-H Competition. Katie Carmichael, 18 and Sydney English, 15, took first place at the state competition for their presentation of “Hit it With Your Best Shot” an illustrated talk, […]

Tenacity catapults Whiteside to top of her class

Tenacity catapults Whiteside to top of her class

Sydney Whiteside didn’t get to be valedictorian of the Navarre High School Class of 2016 by taking it easy over the last four years. “I did a lot of work, put in a lot of time and didn’t get a lot of sleep,” Whiteside said with a laugh in an interview Tuesday morning. “It was […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 20

SECURITY GUARD SHOOTS AT MIAMI COMMUTER TRAIN STATION Local media outlets are reporting the incident happened early Thursday morning in downtown Miami, next to the Miami-Dade County School Board building and Fischer Medical Center. The injured man was taken to a hospital. KILLER NILE CROCODILES IN FLORIDA? EXPERTS SAY IT’S POSSIBLE Researchers have confirmed that […]