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UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

The University of West Florida (UWF) is the second-best institution in the state according to state performance-based metrics released June 12. UWF earned 94 points out of the 100-point scale in the Board of Governor’s performance-based funding model results from the 2018-19 academic year.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of […]

Fight the yellow flies: UF has tips to combat these aggressive biters

Fight the yellow flies: UF has tips to combat these aggressive biters

It’s summer in Florida, and that means itching welts on ankles, arms and toes. As biting bugs descend in droves on backyards, perhaps one of the worst offenders are yellow flies. Yellow fly is a term used to reference several species of aggressive, biting flies in Florida with yellowish bodies.   Read the full article […]

Podojil’s commitment to education leads to salutatorian honor

Podojil’s commitment to education leads to salutatorian honor

When he talks about it, John Podojil makes it sound so simple: The road to earning the salutatorian honor of the Navarre High School Class of 2019 was as easy as solving for x in a crazy complicated math equation. “I think about all the work I did to get to where I am now.” […]

Navarre battles through tough moments to win state cheer championship

Navarre battles through tough moments to win state cheer championship

Tears. Frustration. And ultimately joy. Those words tell the story of Navarre’s competitive coed cheer team on its journey to the first state championship in program history. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to […]

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Santa Rosa County is growing and new students will join it school system in the coming years. If the current trend continues, the county will need to redistrict by 2025. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Raiders win first state title in program history

Raiders win first state title in program history

Anna Bagley hoped for a top three finish in the FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championship meet. Her Navarre Raiders exceeded expectations, winning the program’s first 2A title Friday at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

This is not your grandfather’s farm

This is not your grandfather’s farm

While farming is one of the world’s oldest professions, much has changed since the days of mules and horses pulling iron plows through the soil. Local farmers have embraced cutting-edge technology with the goal of increasing their efficiency in planting, tending, and harvesting their crops. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of […]

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is in a race against time, trying to get ahead of the game in preserving land, wildlife and water for future generations. Initially launched as the Wildlife 2060 Initiative — it’s now been switched to 2070 due to projection changes – a game plan has been laid out to […]

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 […]