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Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

In a typical year, Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC program puts in 10,000 hours of community service. That doesn’t even count work such as handling color guard duties at a football game or working the concessions at a basketball game. “It gives me faith in our future to see the kids’ willingness to give back to […]

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 […]

Trash bash

Join the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center to help keep Navarre Beach clean and sea turtle friendly. Volunteers will meet at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in the parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Passes, runs, touchdowns and tackles aren’t the order of the day for a group of Navarre football players inside a kindergarten classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Nope. It is apples. And players in Cassie Nolan’s room at Holley-Navarre Primary sit at tables to work with enthusiastic students on various activities using the fruit. One of […]

Retiree embraces new role as National Seashore volunteer

Retiree embraces new role as National Seashore volunteer

Roman Stanley has found a great way to stay busy in his retirement life. He volunteers at Gulf Islands National Seashore, working the front desk in the visitor center at the headquarters at Naval Live Oaks. While he admits he’s never been a big-time outdoor enthusiast, he loves seeing people partake in all that the […]

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Janet and Mark Pokroy used to ride their bikes around the Holley-Navarre Senior Center in the summer months when they were down here visiting the area. Their first impression of it from the outside looking in was an interesting one. “It looked closed. There was no one around. We had no idea what it was,” […]

Safety pins?

Safety pins?

What began with the Brexit in the UK last June has spilled over to America in the wake of the nation electing Donald Trump as president.  People are wearing safety pins to make a silent statement that the groups of people who feel threatened by the supposed hate and fear mongering of Trump and his […]

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Carolyn Sumrall is a familiar face at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. She can be found inside the center most of the week serving up hot meals to senior citizens, who attend the daily lunches to have a good meal and socialize with others. Sumrall is a site manager with the Council on Aging of […]

Our children, our future

Our children, our future

There are more than 500 children in our county waiting to be adopted.  One in every 18 children in our county is or will be abused.  There are more than 550 homeless children in our school district.  43 percent of all adults are functionally illiterate.  The list could go on. We as a county are […]

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

The word “team” perfectly describes the essence of retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Dailey II’s being. That team concept was ingrained in Dailey throughout his relentless military training and deployments from his first combat support mission in Panama in 1989, through Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Africa (Liberia/Sierra Leone/ Gabon Central Africa), Afghanistan and […]

Remote Area Medical Clinic in need of volunteers

Remote Area Medical Clinic in need of volunteers

Katrina Snider first learned about Remote Area Medical Clinics last June when she volunteered at one in Tennessee. “My dad introduced me to it because he had volunteered at one,” said Snider, an RN at Baptist Medical Center in Pensacola. “After volunteering, I saw how many people were affected by it. I wanted to pursue […]

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2015 December Business of the Month

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2015 December Business of the Month

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber is pleased to announce SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pensacola Beach as the Chamber’s Business of the Month for December 2015. “Kudos to the management and staff! We enjoyed our stay so much that we’ve already planned to stay the entire week next year. Everyone at the hotel made us feel […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]

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 […]

Cook closing book on library career

Cook closing book on library career

Susan Cook remembers going into the public library in Panama City to do research for high school term papers, and it was during that time that she decided she wanted to be a librarian. “I remember observing the librarians and what they were doing in their jobs,” Cook said. “I think that planted the seed […]

Anderson enjoys chance to give back to community

Anderson enjoys chance to give back to community

Kamber Anderson won’t get a chance to play softball this season for Pensacola State College. A back injury has sidelined the former Navarre standout for the year. But Anderson, a freshman, is still in a position to make a difference as a student-athlete. She and her Pirate teammates have spent the fall doing community service […]

One little girl’s hope to make a difference

One little girl’s hope to make a difference

For most families, Christmas mornings are spent gathered around the Christmas tree opening presents. And for some little ones it is the thrill of opening the mysterious packages, looking at the gift, tossing it aside and moving on to the next one. Some of the toys lose their excitement factor after just a couple days. […]

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 […]

Keller Williams agents give where they live

Keller Williams agents give where they live

Employees at Keller Williams Realty in Navarre were lucky enough to have last Thursday off from work. But while they weren’t expected at the office, they were still busy – fixing up the Holley Navarre Senior Center. Realtors donned their RED shirts – which stands for renew, energize, donate – and grabbed paint brushes, hedge clippers and […]

Community spirit shines in Navarre

Community spirit shines in Navarre

Navarre was bustling with activity last weekend – car buffs showed off their rides at the Navarre Beach Car, Truck & Bike Show at the high school, audience members worshipped during Joyfest at Navarre Park, and foodies competed at the chili cook-off at Juana’s Pagoda. And that’s only a sampling of events in our area. […]

Turtle time on Navarre Beach

Turtle time on Navarre Beach

May marks the start of sea turtle nesting season along Florida’s Gulf Coast and local sea turtle enthusiasts are working to remind residents and visitors how they can help the process along. Volunteers from the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) spent Friday and Saturday at Fun Fest selling merchandise to help fund the […]