Navarre Press owner and partner acquire Milton, Crestview papers
Effective January 2022, the Santa Rosa Press Gazette in Milton and the Crestview News Bulletin in Crestview are under new ownership.
Through a partnership between Sandi Kemp of Navarre Press and Todd Neves of Neves Media, the two papers will be two separate companies operated effectively immediately as a weekly print edition and a daily online website. Kemp, who founded Navarre Press more than 20 years ago, said the newspapers will focus on sharing local news, sports and feature coverage news important to each community.
Navarre Press has been chosen as the best newspaper in Florida seven times by the Florida Press Association. “We believe that community newspapers fill an important role and that Milton and Crestview deserve publications that reflect the unique values, spirit and news of their communities,” Kemp said. “We look forward to getting to know our readers and meeting their needs.”
Todd Neves, who owns and publishes four papers across the Florida Panhandle, said it was an easy decision to become involved in the purchase of the two newspapers
“Both have deep roots in their communities, and I believe it’s important to maintain and build that connection,” he said.
The acquisition, which was in the planning stages for months, took effect over a short period of time. As a result, readers will notice the changing look and editorial direction developing over the coming weeks and months. The papers, which have been published twice a week under their previous ownership, will publish once a week, on Thursdays. Subscribers will receive their papers in the mail and can also purchase the papers in local stores and convenience stores.