February 5, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Sansom steps aside as Speaker

State Rep. Ray Sansom, a Republican from Destin whose district includes parts of Santa Rosa County including Navarre, stepped aside as Speaker of the House last Friday because of a grand jury ethics inquiry. More...

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Forest Service probing brush fire on Deadman's Island

The Florida Forest Service on Monday was determining whether charges were warranted against a Pensacola man who was responsible for a group of juveniles who caused 1.75 acres of Deadman's Island to burn Saturday, Jan. 31. More...

TPSA office space on hold

Funding in limbo until Feb. 9; official says financials 'open'

Santa Rosa County's indecision about whether to pass on $33,000 in operating costs of Tiger Point Park to the facility's sports association has the sports board calling a halt to any more improvements at the park until at least Monday, Feb. 9. More...

Blood donor wins free car

Shelly Moon (third from left) of Pensacola won a 2008 Kia Optima after participating in a blood drive sponsored by Northwest Florida Blood Services, Kia Autosport and her employer, West Florida Hospital. More...


'Back to the Future' stands test of time

Couch Theater

PICK OF THE WEEK "The Back to the Future Trilogy" — One of the biggest blockbusters of the mid-'80s is being re-released this week. Michael J. More...

What's on tap?

Thursday 2/5 Bimini Beach Bar Live Entertainment. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. Friday 2/6 Seville Quarter Not Just Another Wine Tasting, 5-7 p.m. More...

Week filled with runs, guns and other fun


Thursday, Feb. 5 The Currin Center hosts 'Winter Wonderland' party The "Winter Wonderland" Preview Party takes place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., with wine and hors d'oeuvres. More...


Dolphins three-peat as district champs

Gulf Breeze beats Washington 3-0; host Wakulla in regional quarterfinal tonight

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin soccer team scored a pair of first half goals to put away Washington 3-0 to win their third consecutive district championship Friday in Milton. More...

Boys of yesteryear relive glory days

If you went by the GBHS baseball field on Saturday, you would have felt as if you were in a timewarp. The 2009 baseball program and boosters held its inaugural alumni game that brought in players from three different decades. More...

Sports Schedule

Feb. 5 Boys soccer vs. Crawfordville Wakulla in Region 1-4A Quarterfinal, 7 p.m. Girls basketball in District 1-4A first round game at Navarre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 Girls soccer in Region 1-4A final at TBA, 7 p.m. More...



1928 - 2009

Peggye Virginia Reese Gallagher, 80, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and best friend, passed away at home in Gulf Breeze on Jan. 29 after a courageous battle with cancer. Gallagher was born Nov. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Feb. 5 Santa Rosa County Law Library Meeting noon, Administrative Judges Chambers, Santa Rosa Courthouse, Milton Santa Rosa County Local Mitigation Strategy 1:30 p.m. More...


As prom season approaches, consider some sage advice

As another high school prom season rolls around, lots of shops are showing off their wares for the 'most important occasion of your young life.' For a girl, the first and most important question, of course, is whether or not you will be asked to g More...

Home & Garden

Choose fruit tree varieties with care

Late fall through winter in Northwest Florida is a great time for planting fruit trees. There are several kinds that work well in backyard landscapes. However, not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce in our area. More...

Tips on how to maintain your septic system

Q: I have a septic system, and in the five years that I've lived in this house, I have never put in RID-X (a bacterial treatment for septic tanks) until this month. How do I know if I need to do this? Is it really necessary to do it every month? More...

Expert advice on energy saving tips for the home

What if you could easily save money and help the environment at the same time? You can. All it takes is a little expert advice on how to make your home more energy efficient. According to the U.S. More...



NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING The Midway Fire District Board of Commissioners will conduct a Special Meeting for the purpose of discussing the Union Bargaining Agreement on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 1322 College Parkway, More...

Gulf Breeze urged to be wary of area imposter cop

Gulf Breeze motorists wary of someone impersonating a law enforcement officer and stalking female drivers in Pensacola during the past two weeks should exercise heightened caution, a local police official says. More...

Governor orders look into Harris' hiring

Top Andrews official says Institute is not being investigated

Gov. More...

Voss excels teaching kids with varying exceptionalities

A friend at Tate High got GBES instructor interested in teaching

Fourth in a series Gulf Breeze Elementary School's Sammie Voss is in her 23rd year of teaching, with the last 10 of those at Gulf Breeze Elementary. Every one of those 23 years she has worked with students with Varying Exceptionalities (V.E. More...



Island News

Double Bridge Run is Saturday

The double bridge runners are coming Saturday. The Double Bridge Run is Saturday starting in Downtown Pensacola at 7 a.m. and continuing across the three mile bridge and the Bob Sikes Bridge onto Pensacola Beach. More...

Retailer Lee Tracy expands on boardwalk


Lee Tracy will nearly double its square footage when it opens the suite adjoining their shop, at left, in about two weeks. More...

Let's use our time and energy for good

The various events in our journey through life help to define who we are and what we find meaningful. Our birthdays are the "biggee," and whether we are 1 or 91, we generally affirm (sometimes with a little skimming) that day when our life began. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

Information provided by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office.

Felonies 1/25/2009 Rutland, Roy Windell, W/M, 46, 9000 block of Eagles Nest Drive, Navarre, violation of probation. Stacy, James Edward III, W/M, 44, 8100 block of Sevilla Street, Navarre, violation of probation. More...

Library to add Saturday hours

The challenging economy has affected every segment of people's lives, even library usage. More...

Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Emergency Report

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of Jan. 24 through Jan. 30, Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department was called for 17 emergencies. More...


Little Red School House delivered

A big white portable building made its way along Highway 87 from Milton to the South Santa Rosa Service Center in Midway last week, the last leg of its journey before it is transformed into what is affectionately known as the Little Red School Hous More...

Schools/Chamber property saga continues

The Gulf Breeze property belonging to the Santa Rosa County School Board that has been the home of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce will soon be up for sale again — unless something unforeseen happens to make the school board change i More...

Lees named SREF Teacher of Year 2010

Beth Lees, third-grade teacher at Russell Elementary School in Milton, was named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year 2010 last Friday. More...


St. Francis Assisi hosts School for Deacons

The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast began its School for Deacons with a service of Morning Prayer and Eucharist on Jan. 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze, with Rt. Rev. Philip M. Duncan II as Celebrant. More...

Dr. Pettyjohn serving 'vision call' to Iraq

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church member Dr. Frank Pettyjohn, a respected cardiologist and emergency care specialist, is serving our country in Iraq. More...

The clothing God gives us lasts forever

Years ago, I purchased some t-shirts at the market of a popular Caribbean port of call. I bought the shirts for my children, three t-shirts for $10. I thought it was a bargain. More...


February is American Heart Month

The nation recognizes American Heart Month in February, and Baptist Heart and Vascular Care is providing free screening opportunities throughout the month as a service to the community. More...

Health & Pain Management of Florida: There is relief for chronic pain

Launched in 2007 Health and Pain Management of Florida was developed to fill a unique niche of medical care absent from the Gulf Breeze, Navarre, and Pensacola areas. More...

Dr. Karen Kennedy is the woman's health partner

Medical advice is not one size fits all. What is right for one woman may not be right for every woman, as one local doctor knows. Dr. More...


Senate President Atwater tours area today

The president of the Florida Senate, Jeff Atwater, is expected to visit our area today to tour Sacred Heart and Baptist hospitals and meet with a group of dignitaries arranged by former state Rep. Jerry Maygarden. More...

Thanks to all who transformed softball facility


Drive by the Gulf Breeze High School softball facility and you will see that it has undergone a remarkable transformation. More...

Gaetz supports former Speaker

Our community is confused and hurt, and so am I. Ray Sansom was the Boy Scout of Northwest Florida - the decent, humble guy from next door who rose to the top of Florida politics in all the right ways for all the right reasons. More...