February 1, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

School Board seeks sales tax renewal

The Santa Rosa County School Board will ask voters to renew a half-cent sales tax for another 10 years in March. And as in the past, it will be the only issue on the special election ballot. More...

Residents brace for next wave

Help is on the way for many homeowners across the state as officials begin issuing grants for the My Safe Florida Home Program and residents await the impact of the recently passed Insurance Industry Accountability and Consumer Protection Act. More...

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Gulf Breeze residents could see free dental clinic

County Health Department officials were hoping to make free dental care more convenient, only to have their plans mired in red tape. More...

Santa Rosa County libraries offer free online course, practice tests

Overcoming test-taking anxiety, raising test scores, and improving skills is possible with just the click of a mouse at your local library! More...

Reunion organizers looking for '97 classmates

Organizers of the Gulf Breeze High School Class of 1997 have announced the 10-year reunion for May 12. Classmates are invited to participate in a luncheon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. More...


'Good Shepherd' boasts oustanding cast

I'm a huge Robert De Niro fan. Even when he's phoning-in his performances (like in "Meet the Parents"), he's always a commanding presence onscreen. But I'm not so sure about him as a director. More...

JazzFest Goes On this Saturday at Seville

This semi-annual fundraiser for JazzFest will feature the "Best of the Best!" with three stars in one room. Holly Shelton, Kitt Lough and Saundra Daggs will be featured with The Joe Occhipinti Big Band. More...


     Thursday 2/ 1 Paddy O'Leary's Irish Pub   Traditional Irish Music Session Sandshaker Lounge Byron & The Blue Angels, 8   p.m. More...


GBES students welcome a 'Felony' into their classroom

Ms. Register's Kindergarten class gave Officer Lyster and his K-9 "Felony" a surprise "Welcome to GBE" shower. The students each brought in a special treat that overflowed a huge basket to present to Officer Lyster and the new K-9 in training. More...

GB Elementary releases second nine-weeks Honor Roll

Mrs. Karen Murray, principal and the faculty and staff at Gulf Breeze Elementary School wishes to congratulate the following students on achieving the A or A/B Honor Roll for the 2nd Nine Weeks of the 2006-07 Blue Ribbon school year. More...

School briefs

Deadline for Scoop's Reading Challenge today Are you ready to step up to the plate? "Scoop's Reading Challenge" registration has begun. More...


St. Ann changes weekend schedule

After much prayer and deliberation, the Parish Council voted on January 22 to change the schedule of weekend activities at St. Ann. St. More...

Pensacola Children's Chorus presents 'In Sacred Song' at Olive Baptist Church

The Pensacola Children's Chorus, under the direction of Allen and Susan Pote, presents "In Sacred Song" at Olive Baptist Church, 1836 E. Olive Rd., on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. More...


We all inflict tiny cuts on each other

One summer during my break from the university I worked at a tomato greenhouse owned by my father's best friend from high school. One of my primary tasks was to assist in the construction of new greenhouses. More...


GB Hospital volunteers keep things rolling

When Wendy Brandon was comforting her terminally ill mother in the hospital nearly 10 years ago, one element of that experience gave her great comfort - the pink shirts of various auxiliary volunteers. More...

Check out line offers sweet glimpse into the past

Standing in the checkout line last week in the supermarket, I looked longingly at the mostly empty "self checkout" lines. No white hair there! More...

GB Presbyterian women honor Ethel Betts on her 100th birthday

Mrs. Ethel Betts was honored recently by the Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Women. The women presented her with the very first Project Warmth afghan made by the Sunday School Circle. More...


Legislation provides rate relief

The Legislature convened in special session from January 15- 22 and adopted a sweeping reform package designed to provide immediate rate relief to Floridians and make sure that consumers are treated fairly. More...

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On the Spot:

What team would you like to see win Super Bowl XLI?

"Indianapolis. I'm from Baltimore and for me they'll always be the Baltimore Colts." -Barbara Folse Navarre More...

Gulf Breeze has unique burial sites

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are planning to develop a historical cemetery board in order to designate the county's antiquated burial sites as historical landmarks. More...

County eyes Tiger Point Rec. Center

Santa Rosa County officials are looking to develop a recreation master plan for the Gulf Breeze, Tiger Point and Midway areas. More...

GB Barnhill's back to business after crash

It's business as usual at Barnhill's Buffet after Gulf Breeze resident Patricia Lynch, 45, drove her Jeep SUV into a parked car and then into the front of the building. According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. More...



Island News

Respect for all

College football season. I would like to congratulate the Florida Gators, but I just can't. I don't care if they are from Florida and I should pull for them, why I'd rather slap a hungry lion than ever "root" for a Gator. More...

Making mountains out of molehills

Boy Scouts pitch in to rebuild dunes near Ft. Pickens

Some undeveloped areas of Santa Rosa Island now resemble the Bonneville Salt Flats - an expansive white plane devoid of the towering sand dunes that made the area famous. More...

Climate experts disagree about global warming consequences

Last week a young woman, knowledgeable and passionate, sat in my office and spoke of the effects global warming was having on our world. More...


Seashore begins prescribed burn ops.

Favorable weather conditions allowed workers to perform a prescribed burn on 276 acres in Gulf Islands National Seashore Naval Live Oaks (NLO) last weekend. More...

Santa Rosa County Commission talks trash

Commissioners discuss reducing number of garbage services

Santa Rosa County Commissioners would like to see less trash and more community involvement in 2007. At their committee meeting Jan. More...

Campbell runs for State Rep. Seat 3

Elizabeth Campbell (D) has declared her candidacy for State Representative District 3. Campbell is a retired Navy Chief with twenty-two years of service. She retired from active duty on March 31, 2006 and hails from a family dedicated to service. More...


Dolphin boys make it a district sweep

Gulf Breeze hosts Bay in regional quarterfinal tonight

It'll simply go down in Dolphin soccer history as 'The Save.' The Dolphins led 2-1 in the final six minutes of their district championship match with Washington. More...

Lady Dolphins harpoon Marlins in regional opener

Mercy rule win the only one in all of Class 4A Thursday

Kim Begley scored two goals and had three assists to lead the Lady Dolphins to an 8-0 win over Arnold in a Region 1-4A Quarterfinal match Thursday at Dolphin Stadium. More...

Sports Schedule

Feb. 1 Boys S vs. Bay in Region 1-4A Quarterfinal, 7 p.m. Feb. 2 Girls S (with win Jan. 30) vs. Washington/Jacksonville Bishop Kenny winner, time and place TBD Boys B vs. Catholic (JV 6 p.m., Var. 7:30) Feb. More...

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Feb. 1 No meetings scheduled as of press time Friday, Feb. 2 Artist's Night In Navarre, Saturday, Feb. 3 Santa Rosa Democratic Monthly Yard Sale, 8 a.m., 5746 Stewart Street, Milton. More...


Santa Rosa looking for groups to 'step up'

The Santa Rosa County Health Department (SRCHD) along with the Florida Department of Health will be involved in the statewide healthy living event, "Step Up, Florida!™", which will begin its fourth year this February. More...

Proactively manage your asthma

Many women with asthma become overwhelmed by it and let it control the way they live their lives. Dr. More...

Baptist Hospital seeking hypertension study participants

Baptist Clinical Research is seeking participants for a study of hypertension and medications to lower blood pressure. More...

Home & Garden

Elizabeth's drawings become a four-volume set

She cooked up the idea to get her husband Alexander out of debtor's prison. She needed money and a lot of it to pay his bills or he was stuck there forever. More...

There are multiple sources for gardeners' questions

For many of us, mid- to late winter is the time when we are still trying to get through all those seed catalogs received over the holidays. But it's also the season for numerous flower and garden shows across the country. More...

Here's some gardening tips for the month of February

Too early for fertilizer, but time is right for pruning

February is a great month for some gardening tasks, remember there is still the potential for more cold weather. It is usually mid-March or early April before spring arrives along the Gulf Coast. More...



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THOMAS N OR LINDA J WHITESPUNNER holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. More...