April 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Navy nurse Davey did angelic duty

Gulf Breeze resident served on hospital ship USS Refuge, treated wounded soldiers

They were known, simply, as "angels." Military nurses who cared for wounded soldiers on hospital ships like the USS Refuge were vital to the United States' victorious combat effort during World War II, yet their stories have largely gone untold th More...

Sansom indicted for alleged scheme

¦ Destin lawmaker accused of misconduct in funding hangar

State Rep. More...

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Meiss county's top rookie teacher


The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Wesley Meiss as the 2009 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year at a reception held in honor of all 31 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year nominees. More...


The Gulf Breeze Relay for Life will be held April 25-26 at Dolphin Stadium. The 2009 event sponsor is Gulf Breeze Hospital and Andrews Institute. A total of 30 Relay teams have registered for the event, and the overall financial goal is $77,000. More...

SRWC donates to several deserving causes

The Santa Rosa Woman's Club held its monthly meeting at Hunt Hall on Pensacola Beach on Tuesday, April 7. More...


What's on tap?

Thursday 4/23 Bimini Beach Bar Live Entertainment. Seville Quarter Rock Band Competition, 6-10 p.m. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. More...

Streisand collection out on DVD

Couch Theater

PICKS OF THE WEEK "JCVD" — I never thought I'd use the words "best," "movie" and "Jean-Claude Van Damme" in the same sentence, but here it is: "JCVD" is the best Jean-Claude Van Damme movie ever. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as ... More...

Pensacola Lighthouse celebrates 150 years


Thursday, April 23 The Gills set to release debut album Local rock band, The Gills, are performing at a special CD Release Show at the WSRE building on Pensacola Junior College's campus. More...


Tennis sweeps district titles again

The Gulf Breeze High boys and girls tennis teams repeated as District 1-2A champions Friday at UWF. "I'm very proud of them and how they played," coach Sally Nowling said. "A lot of them (were) peaking during the district tournament. More...

Short-handed Lady Dolphin track team takes second at district

¦ Fifteen females, five males to compete at regionals Friday

Gulf Breeze High will send 20 athletes (15 female, five male) to Friday's Region 1-2A meet in Tallahassee as a result of their efforts at the District 1- 2A meet Thursday in Panama City. More...


April 23 Tennis in Region 1-2A final, TBD Baseball at Arnold, 6 p.m. Softball vs. Milton-Navarre winner in District 1-4A final at Washington, 7 p.m. Baseball vs. Jay, 6 p.m. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 23 Santa Rosa County Commission Regular 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Santa Rosa County Commission Special - Rezoning 6 p.m. More...


How do we learn when enough's enough?

I was speaking to a neighbor (a 'girl' of only 82 years) the other day, and the topic turned from the weather in general to what a perfect day it was for jumping rope. More...


Smile . . .

There's a lot of power hidden in those pearly whites

According to research results released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®, appearing more intelligent, interesting, attractive, and successful to others are benefits gained from having a beautiful smile. More...

Swimmers make a splash for Sacred Heart Hospital

The Greater Pensacola Aquatics Club (GPAC), will be hosting its annual Splash for Cash fundraiser on Saturday, May 2 at the University of West Florida Aquatics Center from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. More...

Step away from the soda

Local physician advises patients to opt for water

Before you take a sip of a soda, you may want to consult your physician. Dr. Karen Kennedy, board certified gynecologist, regularly advises her patients to beware fizzy sodas because they can wreak havoc on health. More...




What was gun-packing momma thinking?

The reverberations of Monday's shocking gun incident at Gulf Breeze High School still are being felt in our community. More...

Senate passes budget, looks to House

Last Thursday, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a $65.6 billion budget. More...

SPORTS EXTRA: Lady Dolphins softball claims District 1-4A championship

GBHS will host Arnold in Region 1 quarterfinal game Tuesday night

The Gulf Breeze High School Lady Dolphins softball team won its first district title in 11 years Thursday, beating defending champion Navarre 3-2 for the District 1-4A title at Washington High School. More...

Woman with gun arrested at GBHS

¦ Student's parent donned trench coat, talked of violence

The 61-year-old mother of a Gulf Breeze High School student was arrested Monday morning in the school's front parking lot for possessing a concealed .38-caliber handgun and a pocket knife under a trench coat she was wearing. More...

Local oncology nurse Frank runs marathon to affirm victory

Relay For Life celebrates cancer survivors, victims

Tracy Frank discovered the lump in her breast during a simple selfexamination in October of 1997. An oncology nurse herself, Frank knew the importance of seeking a professional opinion as quickly as possible. More...

Andrews' space tourism head quits

¦ Brice Harris was subject of state ethics investigation

The Andrews Institute's space-tourism program director, Brice Harris, resigned last week after a three-month investigation found reasonable belief that he violated state ethics law by using an official position to gain another job. More...



Island News

Charter system works at PB Elementary

In his seventh year, PBES Principal Jeff Castleberry still enjoys steering the ship of the charter school

For the past seven years, Pensacola Beach Elementary School Principal Jeff Castleberry has been a sort of circus performer, walking a tightrope of finances, balancing the state regulations against the needs of his students, taming the weather, and More...

Weather delays Ft. Pickens Road opening

Visitors to see a very different park

Reconstruction and opening of the road to Fort Pickens is delayed by a recent rash of bad weather, according to Superintendent Jerry Eubanks. More...

Remodeled Live Oaks Visitor Center open

Gulf Islands celebrated the grand reopening of the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center on Wednesday, April 22. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 4/15/2009 Godfrey, Paul Michael, W/M, 31, 5600 block of National Court, Gulf Breeze, burglary. Little, Joseph Kyle, W/M, 24, 2900 block of Sherwood Drive, Navarre, fraudulent use of a credit card. More...

Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Emergency Report

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of April 11 through April 17, Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department was called for 16 emergencies. More...

Midway Fire District Emergency Report

Information provided by Midway Fire District.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of April 10 through April 17, Midway Fire District was called for 54 incidents. More...


WBMS' third A/B Honor Roll released

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GBHS' third nineweek A/B Honor Roll released

Mr. Sylvan Ladner, Principal, and the faculty and staff at Gulf Breeze High School congratulate the following students for making the third nine-week A Honor Roll. More...

Oriole Beach Elementary releases third nine-week A/B Honor Roll

Mrs. Dawn Alt, Principal, Mr. Warren Stevens, Assistant Principal, and the Oriole Beach Elementary Staff congratulate the following students for making the third nine-weeks A/B Honor Roll: Third Grade Mrs. More...



Bessie Mae Johnsey Andereck, 94, of Pensacola, passed away Friday, April 17. Andereck was born Sept. 30, 1914, in Water Valley, Miss. She lived in Memphis, Tenn., before moving to Pensacola in 1959. More...


Dimitrios 'Jim' Fournaris, 74, more commonly known as 'Mr. Jimmy,' died Sunday, April 13, at his Gulf Breeze home. Fournaris lived in Gulf Breeze since the early 1980s. More...

DONNIE H. SEATS JR. 1966-2009

Donnie Herbert Seats Jr., 42, of Gulf Breeze, passed away April 13, 2009. Seats was born May 6, 1966. More...


Fuel prices flatten, supply softens hikes

What is usually a time noted for consistent price increases has become a "wait and see" season as consumers and the U.S. Department of Energy are both waiting to see how much the economy might rebound in the months ahead. More...

Some 'Progress' ad space available

Time is running out for advertising in Gulf Breeze News' Progress Report 2009, the annual publication that details our area's progress over the past year. Businesses are vital to the area, creating jobs, offering products and services. More...

Home & Garden

There are natural ways to keep outdoor pests away

(ARA) - From backyard barbecues and pool parties to cultivating your landscaping and "recession garden," summer fun is even better when shared with others ... except when that group includes some unwelcome critters. More...

Lamb kabobs are a perfect recipe for spring

1 pound boneless lamb leg, from shank 1/3 cup chili sauce 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce 1/4 head red cabbage 1 head romaine lettuce 1 bunch green onions 1 large navel orange 1/4 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise More...

Maintaining fences and gates a smart move

Good fences really can make good neighbors and neighborhoods. When was the last time you inspected fences, gates and gate hardware around your property to ensure they're still in good working condition? 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...