August 30, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Lawsuit aims to stop tax reform

A Florida mayor is suing the sunshine state. Eric Hersh is the mayor of a small city in south Florida. He says the lawsuit he filed is an effort to stop the statewide referendum in January on the legislature's Super Homestead proposal. More...

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Community

USO plans military picnic with city

The City of Gulf Breeze is going to provide a picnic for the families of deployed service men and women in September at Shoreline South, and sponsors, volunteers and donations are still needed. More...

The smartest card: get it at the library

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and your Santa Rosa County Library wants to make sure that you and your children are among the twothirds of Americans that carry the smartest card of all - a library card. More...

Catchings is 'Kid of the Week'

Jack Archer Catchings, the Kid of the Week, is the son of Stephen and Kelly Catchings. The Catchings are both lieutenant colonials in the Air Force Reserves. Their son Jack is the grandson of Tom and Linda White-Spunner of Navarre. More...

Entertainment

CRITIC'S CORNER

Chan stale in 'Rush Hour 3'

"Rush Hour 3" Running time: 90 minutes MPAA rating: PG-13 It saddens me to say this, but Jackie Chan needs to stop making action films. More...

Entertainment Calender

Thursday 8/30 Paddy O' Leary's Traditional Music Session Peg Leg Pete's Brett Summer, 6 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge All Star Band, 8 p.m. More...

THINGS TO DO

PJC presents Gulf Breeze artist at Switzer

The Visual Arts Gallery at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts kicks off its 2007- 2008 Lyceum exhibits at Pensacola Junior College (PJC) with artists Dale Fairbanks, Jeremy Jernegan and Matt Roberts. The exhibit runs now through Oct. More...

School

WBMS welcomes 15 new teachers

Woodlawn Beach Middle School recently kicked off its eighth year of providing quality education to students in the Tiger Point-Navarre area. WBMS has been an 'A' school for seven straight years. More...

Super superheroes

Gulf Breeze High students Meagan Rea (left) and Jordan Pfeiffer were the only two Gulf Breeze students in this year's summer Theatre workshop show "It's a Bird... More...

School Briefs

GBHS directory entry deadline Friday The deadline to get an entry into the 2007-08 GBHS Student Directory is Friday, Aug. 31. The directory is free with a PTSO membership, otherwise they're available for $3 at the GBHS Store. More...

Obituaries

MARGARET G. BASS 1927 - 2007

Margaret G. Bass entered rest on Monday, August 20, 2007. Margaret was born on September 9, 1927 in Laurens, South Carolina and moved to Gulf Breeze, where she and Coy lived with their son. More...

KATHLEEN H. BILLMEIER

Funeral Mass for Kathleen H. Billmeier, 64, of Port Orange, who passed away at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, August 21, 2007, was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. More...

EMMA GLASS COVINGTON 1925 - 2007

Emma Glass Covington, 82, Passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2007. Emma was born June 8, 1925 in Pensacola, FLto Robert and Florence Palmer. She graduated from Pensacola High School in 1943. More...

Seniors

Senior News Line

A deal too good to pass up

If you have a National Parks Golden Age Passport, there have been some changes. The Department of the Interior has created a new program called America the Beautiful. More...

Senior Scene

Go for a walk, get lost in thought

I started out on my morning walk deciding to break it into two halves due to the extreme heat. I would do half in the morning, and the other half from about 7 to 8 pm. There's always something new and interesting to see. Oh, look! More...

Opinion

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Zoo vet sets record straight

It is time to present the actual facts about The Zoo - Northwest Florida's animals and operations. Much misinformation has been stated and suggested in the press, on the web, and at the water coolers at work. More...

On the Spot:

WHERE WE PUT PEOPLE "ON THE SPOT" TO ANSWER A QUESTION "ON THE SPOT."

What do you think about traffic on Hwy. 98? More...

Speed kills on Hwy. 98

Two accidents occurred along highway 98 last weekend - one resulted in a fatality, the other injured four people. Dustin H. Frick, 28, of Fort Walton Beach was killed on Aug. 25 at approximately 2 a.m. More...

State approves 20% drop in tax values

Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown got some good news this week. The state finally approved his tax rolls, despite lowering property values by 20 percent. More...

Recreation meeting is Sept. 18

Utilizing resident input through a public meeting and survey, Santa Rosa County will create its first ever recreation master plan. More...

Events

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Island News

Here come the Loggerheads

Rare daytime hatching draws crowd

Kirsten Dahlen says she's been watching turtles hatch since she was 8 years old, and a daytime hatching is a rarity. More...

Gowens park dedicated on beach

Glenn Gowens, left, and Joanne Faddis pose for pictures in front of the newly dedicated Harry G. Gowens Memorial Park on Aug. 24. More...

Warren is new leader of BPO Elks

Michael Warren of the Pensacola Beach Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk's Lodge No. More...

News

Correction:

An incorrect zip code appeared with an address in an article titled "GBHS grad nets film debut" that was published in the Aug. 9 edition of Gulf Breeze News. The correct zip code is 27705. Gulf Breeze News strives for 100 percent accuracy. More...

Commissioners tell Sheriff Hall to wait on jail tents

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall didn't exactly get the approval to move ahead with his idea for easing overcrowding in his jail. Hall wanted to lease temporary tents to solve the problem. More...

Business Networking

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce had its August Business After Hours Thursday, Aug. 23 at the offices of Deborah Viglione, M.D. More...

Sports

Dolphins open 2007 season on road

Team to face Choctaw young, short-handed

The 2007 Dolphin football team is already young on paper in terms of experience. They'll be opening their season at Choctaw Friday shorthanded as well. More...

Sports Schedule

Aug. 30 Boys G at Hidden Creek (vs. Fort Walton, Navarre), 3 p.m. VB vs. Washington (Ninth grade 4 p.m., JV 5, Var. 6) JV, ninth grade FB vs. Choctaw (5:30/7 p.m.) Aug. 31 FB at Choctaw, 7 p.m. Sept. More...

Sports Briefs

Gulf Breeze Men's Baseball League being formed All men age 30 and over interested in playing recreational baseball, now is our time! The only time a field is available is Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The number of teams, length of season etc. More...

Faith

Have trouble following God's rules?

A member of my congregation took my son-in-law and I on a fishing trip in the Gulf. We departed from a canal off East Bay, just west of the Garcon Point Bridge. More...

Know your Bible

1. Is the book of James in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 2 Samuel 18:18, who erected a memorial to himself because he did not have a son? Onesimus, Absalom, Spartacus, Isaiah 3. More...

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Aug. 30 No meetings scheduled as of press time Friday, Aug. 31 The Northwest Florida Blood Center and WEAR TV ABC Channel 3 will host a Blood Drive from 7am to 6pm. More...

Health

Get info on killer bees

Africanized honey bees have made their way into the state of Florida. Do you know where they nest? Do you know what to do in case of a stinging incident? If not, then attend a free seminar offered by the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Service. More...

Home & Garden

Real estate climate stabilizes

Prices settle off boom and post-hurricane highs

ORLANDO - With positive economic conditions such as low mortgage interest rates and job growth continuing in Florida, statewide sales of existing single-family homes totaled 11,674 in July and were closer to activity in July 2001 and 2002 - befor More...

Business terrain continues to change

Community excitement over the signs of progress the Sea Shell Collections Shopping Center property on Highway 98 were dampened briefly last week by the removal of several oak trees on the property. More...

Legals

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

Information provided by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office. Felonies 8/20/07 Rabren, Lindsey Renee, 26, W/1600 block of Steven Drive, Gulf Breeze, larceny of firearm 8/22/07 Barbeau Jr. More...

Legals

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT MERCURY 1 LLC holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. More...