By Kenneth Books Ernest Green III’s life has been football. The Fort Walton Beach native was a star wide receiver on the gridiron with Fort Walton Beach High School, where he led the Vikings to an undefeated season and a No. 2 national ranking by USA Today en route to...
By Victoria Ostrosky Christmas 2021 is almost upon us. As the past couple of years have been a challenge for us all, for non-profits, it has been especially difficult. Though some events have returned, others have still been put on hold and raising funds required to continue their much-needed work...
By Heather Bennett This year I am Thankful to be spending the holidays with family once again. It’s been too long for some, and although we may feel like we are returning to a sense of normalcy this holiday season, there is still an ongoing need for giving. Too many...
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...
By Rita L. Sherwood We all love living in Destin, as it’s a special place because of the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gulf and the stunning sugar sand white beaches. But what do we as locals do to keep the water and our beaches clean and free of trash? Alex...
By Lori Leath Smith More than three decades ago, Hometown Heroes Jerry and Claire Ogle saw a need to supply food and clothing to those needing it in our community. As a result, Harvest House was founded. Fast forward 35 years and Harvest House, two thrift shops and food pantry located...
By Lori Leath Smith, Publisher An average hurricane season typically produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, according to the 96th Weather Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base. The 2020 hurricane season proved historic for the Atlantic Basin and Gulf Coast with several significant...
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...
By Rita L. Sherwood Whether you’re a local or not, one major issue with our beautiful beaches here on the Emerald Coast is helping the sea turtles. If you’ve been to the beach, I bet you’ve either seen an area roped off for a sea turtle’s nest, seen a sign...

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