December 29, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

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Long gets 28 years in prison

An Escambia County jury found Gulf Breeze resident Pamela Long guilty July 28 of being an accessory after the fact to the robbery and murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings in 2009. More...

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Pensacola State opens new campus in Midway

Construction was completed in November, and classes will begin Jan. 6, 2012 at the new 35,000- square-foot Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Center in Midway off U.S. Highway 98 and Nantahala Beach Road. More...

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Arsonist(s) suspected in 70+ mysterious fires

Local and state law enforcement agencies asked for the public’s help in identifying an arsonist(s) responsible for an alarming string of fires in the Gulf Breeze area. Between August and December, the Santa Rosa More...

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Schools change to six daily class periods

Santa Rosa County School District’s middle and high schools adopted a controversial six-period class day with teachers teaching all six periods beginning in August. Assistant More...

O’Brien returns in pages of ‘Splash!’ magazine

¦ Venerable columnist will “O’pine” about issues affecting Northwest Florida   Mark O’Brien has been a journalist, professor and book author.  More...

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Community

Dryer fires can be prevented

Emergency Reports

GB Fire & Rescue   For the week ending Dec. 25, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 16 emergencies. More...

Tiger Point teens arrested for burglary

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

Two Tiger Point teenagers were arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand theft in what may be related incidents.  More...

BRIEFS

Trees can be disposed of at TP   Santa Rosa County residents are urged to start the New Year “green” by recycling their live Christmas trees.  Trees dropped off by Tuesday, Jan. More...

Sports

Dolphins second at Beast of Beach

The Gulf Breeze High wrestling team took second place out of 16 teams at the recent Beast of the Beach Tournament at Fort Walton Beach.  GBHS (18-5) went undefeated in pool play on Friday, Dec. More...

Grid Iron Gurus

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O’Connell, Bailey winners in Tiger Point Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Scramble

Tom O’Connell and George Bailey were the winners in the Tiger Point Men’s Golf Association’s Two-Man Red, White and Blue Scramble this month. More...

Calendar of Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, January 2   Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Gala Committee meeting 8 a.m., Chamber headquarters, 409 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze  New Year’s Closures   Gulf Breeze City Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. More...

Opinion

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Thanks for your patronage of ‘GBN’

2011 is mostly in the rearview mirror now, and next week we get to start anew as Americans continue their efforts to climb out of the economic doldrums that have bogged most of us down since 2008.  More...

On the Spot:

What is your New Year’s resolution?

“We’re renovating my house, so my resolution is to finish remodeling the kitchen.” Amber Hoverson Gulf Breeze More...

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Bridge controversy swirls

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on April 27 launched the process to replace the aging, 51-year-old Pensacola Bay Bridge between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. More...

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Gonzalez sentenced to death

A martial arts instructor once admired by the Gulf Breeze children he taught sits on Florida’s Death Row after being sentenced to die for killing a wealthy Escambia County couple with nine adopted special needs children in July 2009. More...

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Surfing legend Spencer dies

The man who put Gulf Coast surfing on the map, Yancy Spencer III, died Monday, Feb. 14 of an apparent heart attack after a fabulous day of surfing in Malibu, Calif. More...

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Tropical Storm Lee dampens Labor Day

There were no official tropical storm landfalls in Florida during the 2011 hurricane season. But wouldn’t you know it? More...

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Benson Complex razed to make way for growth

The historic Benson Building Complex, built in 1955 and the last remaining vestige to the city’s early business growth and success, was demolished on Aug. More...

Second 10 Top Stories of Year

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Island News

It’s time to make the turn to 2012

So, 2012 is almost here. Are you ready? Like it or not, it’s coming!  I finally got used to writing 2011 on my checks and now I am going to have to make the switch to 2012. More...

Entertainment

Pelican Drop, beach fireworks, polar plunge set

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Gulf Coast residents including those in Gulf Breeze are invited to ring in the new year in Downtown Pensacola with The Pensacola Pelican Drop, a free event.  Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. More...

School

Youth Appreciation 2011

Members of the Gulf Breeze Junior Optimist Club recently attended a meeting of the Gulf Breeze City Council and conducted the business of the council. More...

Obituaries

JEFFREY BRANCH

1958-2011

Jeffrey Scott Branch, 53, passed away on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 after a courageous six-month battle with cancer.  More...

ROGER COLE

1942-2011

Roger D. Cole, 69, of Navarre, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 after a valiant battle with cancer.  Cole was born Oct. 11, 1942 in Akron, Ohio, and worked as a wholesale food distributor for 20 years. More...

CHARLES DOUGLAS

1922-2011

Charles Pritchard Douglas, 89, of Gulf Breeze, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 after a lengthy illness.  More...

Home & Garden

Seasonal kissing optional

Mistletoe grows year-round but adds zing to holidays

A sprig of mistletoe with its green leaves and white berries bestows the right to kiss the person under it. Although mistletoe is generally associated with winter holidays, this parasitic plant grows yearround.  More...

Secure your home, gain peace of mind

(ARA) – Homeowners often worry about keeping their homes safe and secure for their families. And it’s no wonder: nearly 70 percent of home break-ins are in the form of kick-ins to a door, according to the U. S. More...