December 13, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Residents prove 'tis better to give

One Gulf Breeze resident truly believes in the old Christmas saying "it's better to give than receive." Preston Pittman, a member of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, is fighting an extremely tough battle with throat cancer; however, he has More...

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GB Olympiad coach wins state award

Charlene Mauro Fearon did not know she had been selected as the 2007 Outstanding High School Science Teacher of the Year for Florida until she arrived in Orlando at the state convention. More...

Christmas officially comes to the peninsula

Families in a Gulf Breeze neighborhood are enthralled by one man's holiday light display, pictured to the left. Families and neighbors collect every night to watch over 50,000 lights flicker and dance to Christmas music. More...

Talk of the Town

Students run GB City Hall

Gulf Breeze Middle School students who are active in student government recently participated in Youth Appreciation Day and acted as city officials and council members for a day on Monday, Dec. 3. The Optimists met at St. More...


Entertainment CALENDAR

Thursday 12/13 Paddy O' Leary's Traditional Music Session, 7:30 p.m. Ragtyme Grill J.B. Davis, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. Friday 12/14 Sandshaker Lounge TBA, 8:30 p.m. More...

'Beowulf' depicts animated manly things

Critic's Corner

"Beowulf" Running Time: 114 minutes MPAA rating: PG-13 "Beowulf" may not be the best fantasy film ever made, but it does have one thing that no other fantasy film can boast, every fanboy's fantasy come true: Angelina Jolie's enormous, nekki More...

Take a break from shopping this weekend at the Belmont


The Belmont Arts Center will hold its next Hot Glass, Cold Beer (HGCB) open house fundraiser Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event, sponsored in part by New York Nick's and the Handlebar, will begin at 5 p.m. More...


Running on all cylinders - GBHS girls score 23 in three matches, allow zero

.GBHS gets another shot at Bishop Moore Friday at Akers Tourney

The Lady Dolphin soccer team's offense has resembled a slow drip out of a faucet for most of the season. Entering play last week, the team had averaged a little more than 3.5 goals a game. More...

Shooting for two

Savannah Nixon looks on as Victoria Hardman prepares to shoot during the opening weekend of the GBSA basketball season. Look for game recaps starting in next week's issue. More...

Learning from the pros

FSU lacrosse coach Bill Harkins assigns players to individual stations during a clinic put on by FSU coaches and players Saturday at Shoreline Park. More...


Gulf Breeze UMC pastor dies at age 89

Driftwood H. "Drifty" Rucker died early Monday morning. He served Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church (GBUMC) as an associate pastor for many years. Rucker served the Alabama/ West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1949-1982. More...


Holiday shoppers should use caution when shopping online

Privacy issues, ID theft top concerns for online shoppers A new Better Business Bureau (BBB) survey conducted by Kelton Research finds that six in 10 (60 percent) American adult online shoppers are worried about their personal information being so More...

Financial holiday gifts are not forgotten after the season ends

Edward Jones: Financial Focus

Now that the holidays are here, you're probably looking around for the right gifts for your loved ones. Of course, as you know, it's not always easy to find gifts that are both meaningful and useful. More...

Home & Garden

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids


Red palm mite infestation found

. Plant pest the first confirmed sighting in the U.S.

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson recently announced the detection of the red palm mite on a coconut palm at a medical facility in Palm Beach Gardens in Palm Beach County. More...

Put sparkle back into holiday decor

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful"...Norman Vincent Peale The holiday hoopla has begun! The vibe in the air at this time of year is magical. 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...

Zoo nears $1 million in funds

Groups like the Gulf Breeze Optimist Club are helping The Zoo - Northwest Florida staff chase their goal of raising $1 million by the end of 2007. The Optimists recently donated $7,500 to the park, $2,500 of which were personal donations. More...

Teacher raises approved

Santa Rosa County teachers have a contract - with raises. Teachers have been working under last year's contract since negotiations for a new contract opened in June. More...

GBPD works against holiday crime

The Gulf Breeze Police Department (GBPD) is taking proactive efforts against holiday crime in the wake of several November robberies. More...



Island News

ABlue Ribbon celebration at PBES

Pensacola Beach Elementary School (PBES) parents, teachers, students and faculty members took time last week to celebrate their accomplishments and status as a 2007 Blue Ribbon School. More...

Christmas is a season of hope

Several years ago, I was in the little town of Celigny, Switzerland, on their National Day of Swiss Independence - Aug.1. More...

Christmas gifts made from scratch are the very best

I get all soft and mushy at Christmas. Even my wife thinks I'm a bit too much over it. I think of all the Christmas memories that I have had over the years and wonder just what new memories I am going to have this year, if any. More...


Navarre Cancun's to remain open

Cancun's restaurant in Navarre is open after closing temporarily Dec. 3 and 4. More...


Mary Blyth's name was spelled incorrectly in the Nov. 29 issue. Gulf Breeze News strives for 100 percent accuracy. We regret any errors in our publication. More...

Construction begins

Construction work began Monday, Dec. 10 to expand the Gulf Breeze Elementary School cafeteria. The new cafeteria will cost approximately $3.3 million to construct and will include a music suite, kitchen, cafeteria seating and two ESE rooms. More...


All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

Pensacola Beach students looking for teeth in stocking

Sandy Bredeson's First Grade Class Debbie Campanella's Second grade class More...

Area schools well represented in this week's Regional Spelling Bee

Gulf Breeze schools swill be well represented in the Regional level spelling bee to be held Dec. 15 by Knights of Columbus. Five Gulf Breeze students won top honors at the District level spelling bee held by the Knights on Nov. 10 in Milton. More...

Four GBHS students expelled

Santa Rosa County School District expelled 12 students last week, with four of those from Gulf Breeze High. All four students were expelled for marijuana use and/or possession. More...


NOMADS may be the best kept Methodist secret

There are NOMADS who have been staying in a parking lot in Gulf Breeze for several weeks, and most people do not even realize they are in town. "We always say the NOMADS are the best kept secret of the United Methodist Church," said Arlene Fenn. More...


First Baptist ballet raises funds for India Join First Baptist of Gulf Breeze in worship Saturday Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Dec. 13 Cox Communications Minority Vendor Exposition, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., WSRE/Amos Studio at Pensacola Junior College- Main Campus, 1000 College Blvd. More...


Christmas brings out the best qualities

It seems Christmas brings out the best in everyone, no matter how old or young. More...


GB Hospital tops in satisfaction

Gulf Breeze Hospital and four other Baptist Health Care facilities have earned recognition for sustaining the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years. More...


Don't fall for Brand X marketing tactics

The sales representative saw an ad in our competitor's magazine, so she called it and began the dialogue: "I saw your ad in (the other publication). More...

Volunteers make Salvation Army possible

Sometimes you feel like you are all alone when you work at a nonprofit organization. More...

On the Spot:


What do you think about the Cancun's bust? More...