August 13, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Gonzalez Jr. indicted on 2 counts of murder

Alleged Billings triggerman, others could face death penalty

Two Gulf Breeze residents with alleged involvement in the July 9 murders of Escambia County residents Byrd and Melanie Billings were expected in court today, Aug. 13, after their previously scheduled arraignments were postponed last Thursday. More...

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Island News

Whale sharks give show

Local charter captain, crew amazed by creatures

When Capt. Jerry Andrews docked his charter fishing boat The Entertainer on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the group's catch of cobia wasn't the fish tale everyone was talking about. More...

Beach Church Fellowship Hall dedication

More than 100 people attended a dedication service for the new Fellowship Hall at Pensacola Beach Community Church on Sunday, Aug. 9. Revs. Jean Simpson and Charles Randle admire a plaque commemorating the event. More...

Turtle hatchlings need public's help

Baby sea turtles face many perils as they try to make it through critical growth period

Nesting season for three species of endangered sea turtles is well under way on the sandy beaches of Northwest Florida. More...

News

One hurt in two-vehicle accident in National Seashore

Responders from Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue and Midway Fire District work in tandem to extricate driver Dean Fazio from a car involved in an accident Friday, July 31 on U.S. Highway 98 in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. More...

Pensacola teen hurt in 1 of 2 incidents

A Pensacola teenager suffered partial paralysis and underwent more than five hours of surgery after being seriously injured Saturday in a diving accident in Pensacola Bay. More...

Boat stolen from Bahama Bay in GB found abandoned on I-10 in Mississippi

Burglars continue to target unlocked cars

From special reports The Gulf Breeze Police Department is investigating a boat and trailer theft that occurred during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Bahama Bay apartments near the Harbourtown office complex. More...

Sports

Are you ready for some football?

Nemith begins seventh year at GBHS with more than 110 players

A total of 113 players, including 42 who were donning GBHS Blue and Gold for the first time, opened fall football practice Monday. Teams are mandated to wear shirts and helmets for three days before breaking out full pads today. More...

Five Questions with baseball coach Randy Renfroe

The seventh in our summer-long series Five Questions continues this week with baseball coach Randy Renfroe. 1. This past year, the Dolphins went from not making the playoffs in a long time to being one win away from the state tournament. More...

Colley looking to 'chop' way up FSU depth chart

¦ Brown, Cowan help Tradewater win KIT league title; Morris, UWF unanimous pick to win GSC again

If anyone knows the story of Rudy, it'd be Chad Colley. Colley (GBHS Class of 2007) is in his second year as a walk-on on the Florida State football team. More...

Obituaries

JAMES W. BROWN

1928-2009

James William "Buster" Brown, 81, of Gulf Breeze passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 after a lengthy illness. Brown was a native of Huntsville, Ala., but had resided in Gulf Breeze since 1965. More...

WILLIAM T. SMITHEY

1934-2009

William Troy (Bill) Smithey, 75, passed away at his Gulf Breeze home Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. Smithey was born March 10, 1934 in New Albany, Miss. More...

Business

Stocks rise, so does price of oil

GAS WATCH

The Dow Jones Index rose 114 points last Friday, and other major stock indexes jumped more than 1 percent after the U.S. Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in July for the first time in 15 months. More...

Opinion

Cartoon

Full Story

Council hopefuls: Keep flame burning

On Monday, Aug. 3, minutes before the Gulf Breeze city council unanimously appointed Dana Morris to fill the vacant Seat A, councilman Joe Henderson spoke to the six candidates who had sought the seat and gathered at City Hall to hear the results. More...

On the Spot:

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

What improvements would you like to see at local parks? More...

School Board rejects $2M option

Teachers' union representative argues money could have been used to fund step increases

The Santa Rosa School Board voted not to levy an additional, optional two-percent increase in local millage, even though the County School District presented a budget with very little cash reserves to the Board last week. More...

Tiger Point Park replaces playground equipment

Several parks are improved

Tiger Point Park's playground reopened on Monday, Aug. 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries, as well as families eager to enjoy the exciting new equipment. More...

'Tea Carte' building destined for demolition

¦ Wooden structure is in violation of Gulf Breeze city code

After efforts to work with the owners of the Benson Building complex failed, City of Gulf Breeze staff declared the old Tea Carte building unsafe and condemned it. Now owned by FogGB, the building originally was built as a Western Auto. More...

 

Community

Cram the Van school supplies drive still going strong

BRIEFS

The countywide Cram the Van school supply drive completed its final weekend of storefront collections during the first weekend of August. More...

UPA gets insight into U.S. 98

Jim De Vries of the Florida Department of Transportation and Nancy Model, Manager of Santa Rosa County Transportation, recently spoke to the United Peninsula Association about U.S. Highway 98 concerns. De Vries summarized U.S. More...

Hospital Auxiliary plans Friday jewelry sale

The Gulf Breeze Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Sterling Silver Jewelry Sale, tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Hospital Campus in the Ciano Building. Everyone is invited! More...

Entertainment

The Club Scene

Thursday 8/13 Bimini Beach Bar Live Entertainment. Paradise Bar & Grill Scott Holt, 6 p.m. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. Bamboo Willie's Ladies Night, 7 p.m. More...

Visit your national parks for free on August 15-16

THINGS TO DO

Thursday, August 13 Pensacola's 450th Birthday Bash begins The three-day celebration begins today with a Spanish Conquistadore statue dedication at Plaza de Luna at Palafox Pier. Check page 2B for a complete list of events. More...

School

Back to school at Silver Sands is a shopper's paradise

Silver Sands Factory Stores, the nation's largest designer outlet center, gives you over 100 reasons to shop this back-toschool season. More...

Gulf Breeze High School

Orientation for freshmen slated for Friday, Aug. 14

Gulf Breeze High School enters the new school year with approximately 1,550 students and 89 faculty members. More...

Gulf Breeze Middle School

New era begins under Principal Richard Cobb

New Principal Richard Cobb takes over at Gulf Breeze Middle School, replacing retired Jennifer Granse. Joining Cobb on the administration staff is Assistant Principal Michael Brandon. "We're very excited about bringing Mr. More...

Faith

Don't worry if you haven't 'done enough'

The month of July was my second busiest when measured in terms of hospital calls and shut-in visits. More...

Calvary Chapel returns to Park East for baptisms

The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico will serve as a baptismal pool on Sunday, Aug. 16, when Calvary Chapel Gulf Breeze stages its regular Beach Baptisms at Park East on Pensacola Beach. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 13 Santa Rosa County Commission Regular 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Santa Rosa County School Board 6:30 p.m. More...

Seniors

August not so boring if you get out

Well, we are in the doldrums of August. I love that word — 'doldrums.' It says it all; August is sooo dull, no holidays, nobody's birthday (that I know anyway). It's usually just 31 long, hot days. But guess what? More...

Home & Garden

Be on the lookout for lawn problems during a wet summer

Midsummer is the most active growth period for our warm season lawns. Unfortunately, it is also the most active period for insects and some diseases, particularly if it has been a wet summer. Wet summers usually mean more lawn caterpillars. More...

Legals

LEGALS

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