January 7, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

UWF finds evidence of de Luna’s colony

The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. More...

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Friends establish account for beloved chef

A bank account is set up at BBVA Compass to aid with final costs for Stavros Varvouris, the chef and former owner of Aegean Breeze Restaurant.  Varvouris passed away Dec. 23 at 62 years of age.   More...

Kick off the new year at your library

January Events @ Your Library

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to read more, or invest time learning about a certain subject? Santa Rosa County Libraries have a lot of events you’ll want to consider.  Storytime   More...

Slow down in Navarre

FDOT reduces speed limit on Hwy. 87 today

Based on the results of a recent speed study, the Florida Department of Transportation will decrease the speed limit on State Road 87 beginning at U.S. 98 to just north of Montalban Street in Navarre from 45 MPH to 40 MPH beginning Thursday, Jan. More...


Journalists expose corruption in ‘Spotlight’

Spotlight is a movie dealing with one of the most disturbing and compelling journalistic stories of the last couple decades – the widespread child molestations violating the Boston area Roman Catholic children by priests, as well as the horrifi More...

Juliette Lewis set to return to ABC this spring

Q: I remember you said that “Secrets and Lies” would be back for another season. Can you tell me anything about it? -- Janet T., via email  More...

WEEK OF January 7 - 13

Ice Flyers  Friday, Jan. 8, 7:05 p.m.  Vs. Mississippi River Kings Pensacola Bay Center  Ocean Hour Beach Cleanup  Saturday, Jan. 9, 8:45 a.m.   More...


Music teacher Lisa MacKendrick hits the right note at OBE

She is the school's Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year for Oriole Beach Elementary, Lisa MacKendrick, says she has always loved teaching children as much as she has always loved music. More...

Debutante debut

2014 Gulf Breeze High grads (from left): Allie Turner, Jordan Kirchgessner, Frances Harpole, Laura Riney and Elizabeth Bryan were chosen as Debutantes at last week’s Debuntante Charity Cotillion Ball in Pensacola. More...

Drumming in the New Year

Members of the GBHS Percussion relax at Harvest Church in Pensacola after marching downtown in Pensacola on New Year's Eve at the Pelican Drop. More...


George H. Conover, Sr.


George Conover, 100, of Gulf Breeze went to be with our Lord on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at his home while being attended by his family. More...

William “Bill” Blackwood


William “Bill” Blackwood passed away December 29, 2015, at his home in Gulf Breeze. He was born March 26, 1921 in Lancaster, Ohio.  More...


Political Cartoon

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It is time to rewrite your script

Every new year brings a clean slate, the promise of a new beginning. People say new year resolutions are doomed to fail, but I have a different theory.  The past is past. The old ways are gone. More...

Leap year is a gift of extra time

2016 is a leap year. That means that there are actually 366 days this year instead of he typical 365. This extra day gets put on our calendar at the end of February and gives us that special 29th day. More...

City eyes offer on Peyton building

The city council is tabling making a decision on whether or not to accept an offer to purchase the Peyton Office Complex and the .659 acres of property on which it is located until the next round of meetings in order to give the city’s resident More...

Candidates lining up for elective offices

It’s hard to avoid knowing that 2016 is an election year, what with all the pundits making their predictions as to whom will be the nominees for President of the United States. More...





Island News

Santa Rosa graduates 83.2% of students

Santa Rosa County improved their graduation rate to 83.2 percent, a 0.4 percentage point increase over last year and 5.4 percentage points since 2010- 11, according to the Florida Department of Education.  School Board Chair, Jennifer Granse is More...

It's Buck Lee Day

Today (Thursday, Jan. 7) there will likely be a sudden increase on Pensacola Beach in straw hats – especially among the staff of Santa Rosa Island Authority. It is not their new uniform. More...

Snowbird Beach Bash is Jan. 20

The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Rosa Island Authority will host the 2nd Annual Snowbird Beach Bash on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Pensacola Beach Community Church. The event will be from 9 a.m -10:45 a.m. More...


City discusses new police station

A few years ago, a local architecture firm developed a needs analysis on whether a new police department facility was needed. More...

Calendar of Meetings

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Streetlights on Madrid Ave. generate controversy

Leaves residents needing sunglasses at night

City staff is looking at options to dull or remove a recently installed street light placed on Madrid Avenue after the street’s residents complained about the light being too bright, shining into bedroom windows at night and disrupting the ecos More...


Lady Dolphin four-peat

Three eight-goal games help GBHS win Hickory Point Invitational for fourth straight year

The Lady Dolphin soccer Class of 2016 has spent a part of every year of their high school career playing in the Hickory Point Invitational in Tavares. More...

Noles loss foils perfect slate for some

The Houston Cougars prevented three Gridiron Gurus from a perfect 10-0 mark in Week 18.  Tim Buttell, Brad Phelps and Patrick Simpson got every game right, except for the Florida State game against Houston. More...

Ice Flyer split

Junior Harris skates in for a goal late in the Pensacola Ice Flyers’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Cottonmouths Saturday at the Bay Center. The night before, Pensacola beat Columbus 4-2. Pensacola hosts the Mississippi Riverkings Friday.   More...

Home & Garden

Fun is at the Holley Navarre Senior Center

The Holley Navarre Senior Center is now having a membership drive for persons 50 years old and over. Snowbirds Welcome! Join, have a little fun, learn a lot, and make new friends.  More...

Get a free tree and learn the art of bonsai on Arbor Day

The Milton Garden Club will host an Arbor Day Celebration on Friday January 15 at 10:30 a.m. at 5256 Alabama Street in Milton. The program is free, open to all and no registration is required. Scheduled activities: At 10:30 a.m. More...

Chrisoula’s is Cheesecake and so much more!

Chrisoula Hulion, owner of Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe, grew up in the restaurant business, with dad Spero Athanasios owning Boy on a Dolphin on Pensacola Beach.  Chrisoula began making cheesecakes, baklava and Greek desserts while still More...