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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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Protecting One of Our Community’s Greatest Assets: The Choctawhatchee Bay

By Brian L. Underwood, CBEP Executive Director, and Lori Smith, Publisher One of our area’s most beautiful, coveted and useful resources has been experiencing significant challenges—ones that affect water quality, natural systems and benefits provided by our own Choctawhatchee Bay. And, whether you think about it or not, this massive body of water is woven […]

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Walton County Accepting Applications For Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board

The Walton Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board. The following positions are currently vacant. The Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Committee has an opening for their volunteer At-Large position. The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board is comprised of residents and partners with Walton County, […]

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Love Is A Choice

By Lauren Cantanese “The pastor told us, “Love is not a feeling; feelings change periodically. Love is a choice. And when you make that choice to choose love, even if you don’t feel like loving, you are choosing to love unconditionally. You recognize that we are all flawed creations, created for greatness.” —local Destin resident […]

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Reflections on 2020, Hope in 2021

“Unprecedented” is the word for 2020 By Dave White Users of the online dictionary, Dictionary.com, elected “unprecedented” as the People’s Choice 2020 Word of the Year. Can anyone disagree? 2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year of problems, challenges, pivots, solutions and, perhaps, even successes. For many Americans, 2020 has been one of the most […]

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Walton County Receives First Covid-19 Vaccines

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) will approach COVID-19 vaccination efforts similarly to the planning structure of previous vaccination programs. DOH-Walton received their initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines on December 31, and are allocated for first responders and seniors 65 years of age and older by appointment only. The vaccines are from […]

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What Child is This? Ways You Can Help

By Victoria Ostrosky Christmas 2020. This will be one for the books. For everyone, this year has been a challenge, and for non-profits, this year has been especially difficult. Holding fundraisers and sponsoring events like they normally do to raise the funds required to continue their much-needed work has not been possible. So, we thought […]

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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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