By Lisa Turpin Good deeds DO get noticed. Tami Scott lives in the heart of Destin. For decades and more Tami has had a persistent way of helping others. Not only through her many individual actions but, what started with teaching the importance of random acts of kindness to her...
By Lori Leath Smith, Publisher 'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops What if your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise - Song lyrics by Laura Story Have you ever stopped...
Every March, the Florida Panhandle hosts thousands of spring break students of all ages and from all areas of the country. While most come to our state to enjoy the surf and sand, other spring breakers arrive to volunteer. In March, multiple groups worked with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance...
Destin Harbor Pump Ready for Operation Did you know that Destin’s Harbor Pump System is capable of moving almost 50,000 gallons per minute? So for perspective, it would take 17 days only to completely replace the water in the Harbor if it ran for 12 hours a day. The Harbor in...
By Dave White Steve Vaggalis, lead Pastor of Destiny Worship Center (DWC), along with his wife, Jackie, are the founders of a multi-campus church with locations in Destin, Panama City Beach, Freeport, Crestview, and soon, Fort Walton Beach. Beginning in 2001, Destiny has grown from 100 in attendance at their...
By Whitney Lee What do you know about Shelter House? The name and logo might give you a clue, but providing shelter is just one service provided by the state-certified domestic violence and sexual assault center that has been serving Okaloosa and Walton counties since 1985. All of Shelter House’s...
By Lori Leath Smith For years and years, one of Destin’s most vital assets, Norriego Point, functionally and aesthetically, was losing its battle against nature. Multiple thousands of dollars have been spent trying to clear the Harbor so that recreational boats, as well as the charter fishing fleet, could get...
By Heather Bennett Harvest House is a Christian based nonprofit organization, and Executive Director Lori Joyner believes they are doing God’s work for the community. They continue to pray for those in need, helping people from all walks of life and situations. “We are God’s hands and feet. Everybody who’s...
By Lori Leath Smith, Publisher What began as a twinkle of an idea five years ago is now becoming a reality. “Local artist-created banners will soon be displayed in the medians on Main Street,” says Ron Sandstead, Flutterby Antiques owner. “It’s a beautiful thing to see your baby finally born.”...
By Heather Bennett Zig Ziglar said, “Success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” and Sharing Hands Network’s (SHN’s) steady growth over the last several years prepared them to answer the call to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Michael. I had the pleasure of speaking with SHN’s founder Esther...

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