By Kenneth Books Florida state representatives call one another “Rep.” But Okaloosa County’s newest legislator presented sitting representatives with a quandary. What do you call a man who is a retired brigadier general, a retired circuit judge and now a state representative? They solved the problem, Patt Maney said, by referring...
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...
By Rita L. Sherwood My last article, part one, discussed how two locals, one employed by the county, and the other, a local business owner, strive to keep Destin beautiful. Alex Fogg, Coastal Resource Manager for the Destin and Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa County Tourism Development Council, concentrates more on our...
100 Men Who Care Set to Bolster Okaloosa, Walton County Non-Profits 100 Men Who Care, a nationwide network of people interested in supporting non-profit groups in their local communities through giving circles, will launch 100 Men Who Care-Emerald Coast Chapter with an inaugural meeting on Tues., Sept. 21, 5:30-7 p.m....
Clean Eating Made Simple! Colorful! Fun! Healthy Coast Meals Clean eating made simple! Healthy Coast Meals provides gluten-free, healthy meals made with all-natural, whole ingredients. All meals are prepared in a licensed commercial kitchen and sold fully cooked. So, all you have to do is heat and eat! Healthy Coast Meals’...
By Patricia Lee During this past month there has been a lot of talk in our locals only Destinites Facebook Group about additional trash on the beach, as well as all around the area. Roll back to last month when my monthly article addressed overcrowding in our area and you’ll...
By Ron Sandstead Summertime is definitely here. For those of you who are new to Florida, summertime is when most of us older folks are trying to stay inside. That isn’t always easy-especially when there is a yard to mow, weeds to pull and a garden to tend. Yes, a...
Destin High School has opened! It’s the first new high school in Okaloosa County in more than 50 years. The school, located at the former Grace Lutheran Church site, 4325 Commons Drive West, began its school year with 9th, 10th and 11th graders on August 10. Dr. Prebble Ramswell, President...
From Catherine Card, City of Destin PIO The City of Destin is continuing its partnership with The Haas Center at the University of West Florida by conducting a survey regarding public beach access and the public’s experience with Destin’s beaches. Beach patrons will see signage at each city operated beach...
An Inspirational Representative of Teachers in our Community By Victoria Ostrosky “’Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened.’ 35 years, 6,300 days, two schools, two grade levels and one county. I’ve lost count of how many students. I’ve made wonderful friends along the way. Now it’s time to...

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