By Ron Kelly, Walton County Information Officer Walton County was created in 1824, making this year the 200th anniversary of its founding. Walton County’s present total land area is 1,028 square miles, but it was once much larger. Portions of Walton County’s original territory were given in 1846 to help...
By Michelle Ruschman When missionaries, Mike and Libby Wild, began making videos with their four sons in 2011, no one in the family dreamed it would one day become Wild Brothers Productions. In less than 10 years, what started as a video series for friends and family in the Niceville...
In the picturesque coastal town of Seaside, a pioneering institution has been shaping the future of education since 1996. The Seaside School, comprising Seaside Neighborhood School and Seacoast Collegiate High School, stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration, forward-thinking and the relentless pursuit of academic excellence. Historical...
By Lori Leath Smith What was once a childhood dream for a young boy, William “Bill” Campbell, has grown into three decades of one of the most successful jewelry design businesses in the Southeast. McCaskill & Company owners, Bill & Elizabeth Campbell, have established an exciting jewelry business foundation and...
By Michelle Ruschman On January 1st, the Niceville High School Eagle Pride Marching Band kicked off 2024 by performing in the 135th Tournament of Roses Parade, an event that has gained an international audience. How was this achieved? Matthew Tenore, Associate Director of Bands, explains. “We’re blessed with wonderful band...
The nominations have been announced for the 66th Grammy Awards. Donnie Sundal, a Walton County resident who contributed to Sam Bush’s album, Radio John: Songs of John Hartford, nominated for Best Bluegrass Album – is recognized for dual roles; Recording Engineer and Tenor Background Vocals on the song “In Tall...
By Barbara Palmgren The community of Bluewater Bay is one step closer to saving their green space, and I couldn’t be more excited for them! Preserve Bluewater Bay (PBWB) is a not-for-profit organization created by community members who want to save 150 acres of green space in Bluewater Bay that defines...
By Kenneth Books When local resident Kevin Gaddie retired from the Navy after 20 years, he realized he had a lot of life ahead of him. He needed something to do. “I said to myself, I’m too young to sit on the porch,” remembers Kevin, now 63. Possessed of a rich baritone voice,...
Walton County School District (WCSD) Superintendent A. Russell Hughes was named the Florida 2024 Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS). Hughes was formally recognized on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in Tampa during the joint meeting of FADSS and the Florida School Boards...
A Legacy of Compassion and Leadership By Doug Stauffer Ken Hair, a name synonymous with compassion and dedication, has been the face, heart and soul of Children in Crisis (CIC) for 18 years, leaving an indelible mark on the community and the lives of children. After nearly two decades as president...
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