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Addressing the Florida Alzheimer’s Crises Locally

By Matthew Eaton Paula Zoeller loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. However, her husband Jim began to notice a change in her he couldn’t describe. They moved from place to place, trying to find her happy spot, not realizing something more sinister was taking hold. A few months later, she was diagnosed with […]

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Walton County Breaks Ground on New Scenic Gulf Drive Beach Access

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners and the Walton County Tourism Department held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Scenic Gulf Drive Regional Beach Access on Wednesday, Oct. 27th. The new regional beach access will be located at 907 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. “This new regional beach access will include a restroom […]

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The 26th Annual Festival of the Arts Serves Our Community Oct. 30-31

Saturday, October 30th | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Sunday, October 31st | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. By Lori Smith Mattie May Kelly (1912-1992), a member of one of Destin’s pioneer families, wanted to leave a legacy. So, a handful of visionaries established a new non-profit in 1995 in her honor, the Mattie […]

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will be recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness throughout the month of October. Domestic violence is abuse that happens between people that live in the same household. It encompasses a number of different abuses such as physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can happen between family members […]

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Veterans 48 Keeps It Real: Builds Bikes for Vets, And Much More

By Michelle Ruschman “Twenty-two veterans kill themselves every day. We are just trying to reduce that 22 by giving them more purpose and giving them a distraction if nothing else.” ~ Jeff Powell Local Jeff Powell is the founder and President of Veterans 48, a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose goal is to build modified bikes […]

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Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for Covid Available in NW Florida

Governor Ron Desantis recently announced that a monoclonal antibody treatment site is opening at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach. It will be available seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DeSantis says health officials can handle up to 320 treatments per day. The treatment — which is free of […]

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International Coastal Cleanup Slated for September 18th in South Walton

Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, in partnership with Visit South Walton, will once again host the International Coastal Cleanup in 2020. The Volunteer Beach Ambassador Team invites all community members and visitors to the Emerald Coast to join in the efforts to clean up the beaches of South Walton on Saturday morning, September 18th, […]

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Walton County Launches Virtual Public Comment Process for Public Meetings

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has approved a process to allow members of the public who cannot attend a County public meeting in person the ability to provide virtual public comment. This new process was instituted beginning with the August 10, 2021 regular meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners. Following […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT GETS “FRESH FOR SUMMER”

On average, a student enrolled in the free and reduced meal program at school will miss access to 110 meals over the summer. Food For Thought Outreach is here to help bridge that meal gap. Starting the first week of June, Food For Thought will start their tenth year of summer services and provide a […]

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Local Hero Geoff Speyrer Flips for Vets

Don’t Give Up! Give Back By Lori Leath Smith While incarcerated, Destin resident and Army veteran Geoff Speyrer never dreamed he’d one day be a champion of bringing hope and awareness to veteran suicide. But now he is! Sadly, 22 veterans and active-duty members per day take their lives thinking there is no hope. But […]

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