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Destiny Radio! Encouraging Connection with God and Our Community

By Lori Leath Smith Destiny Worship Center Pastor Steve Vaggalis might not have known what the former Miramar Beach Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken would become when the church had the opportunity to purchase it in 2018. But the building located next to the Destin campus had its own destiny—and God knew. Recently, Destiny Radio Studios […]

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International Coastal Clean Up Slated for Sept. 26th in South Walton

Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, in partnership with Visit South Walton, will once again host the International Coastal Cleanup in its new form for 2020.  As many things have changed in the era of Covid-19, so has the way that we will approach our local coastal cleanup.  This year’s ICC will look different as communities around […]

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Walton County Public Library System Launches Live, Online Tutoring Program

Just in time for the back-to-school-season, Walton County Public Library System announces the launch of its new Tutor.com program. Tutor.com connects students at their time of need to one of over 3,000 highly vetted expert tutors. With instant access to one-to-one homework help and tutoring, students can lower their anxiety and raise their confidence about […]

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Saving Grace: A New Hope for Struggling Women

Nightmares are not always only in the realm of the unconscious. They are often manifested through abuse and addiction. It is overwhelmingly common for people to find themselves going from a bad situation to a worse situation when drugs and other abuses become involved. Those struggling are often left to “figure it out” by family […]

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Walton Tax Collector Announces Office Changes Due to Covid-19

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, beginning Monday July 27, 2020, a facial mask will be required to enter all lobby areas of the Walton County Tax Collector Offices in DeFuniak Springs, Freeport and Santa Rosa Beach.  We are limiting services to Walton County residents only during this time.  We are also allowing […]

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Walton County Provides Free Day-Use Admission to State Parks for Fourth Year

Locals and Summer visitors to South Walton will once again be able to enjoy free day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Walton County Tourist Development Council is paying the cost of entry for day-use visitors in order to increase available parking for […]

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Independence Day Perspectives; From the Many, One

By Heather Bennett, The beauty of The Emerald Coast brings together people from many walks of life, political views, religions, and races. On Independence Day we celebrate the birth of our nation in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. While some of us may disagree over the current state of affairs of […]

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So Others May Live

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, Saving Lives, Defying Death By Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotite, former Captain USCG Immense Pacific Ocean seas rolled ashore. The frigid salt water swept into the mouth of the Oregon cave at the foot of Cape Lookout with a roar so loud, the Coast Guard helicopter hovering above was quieted. For Aviation Survivalist […]

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Breaking Bread with American Lunch

By Heather Bennett Food insecurity along The Emerald Coast is an ongoing issue that we have spotlighted with stories involving local food banks, churches, and food drives, but it’s not something we all think about. However, with many people out of work and kids home from school due to COVID-19 it’s now something that has […]

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