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By Barbara Palmgren It’s exciting to report that Preserve Bluewater Bay (PBWB) is edging even closer to its goal of saving 150 acres of green space at Bluewater Bay. Owning the land ensures that Bluewater Bay remains the unique and beautiful community that is celebrated throughout the area. David Rauch from...
2024 Women of Honor Congratulations to the 2024 Women of Honor, recently recognized at the Women of Honor event held at the University of West Florida (UWF) Emerald Coast Campus. The “Women of Honor” was first established as “Wall of Honor” by the The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status...
By Michelle Ruschman Anyone who knows local resident Leslie Fuller knows she was purposed by God to be a mother to children, whether they came into the family by birth or by providence. She and her husband Tyler, a missions pastor, met when they were 15, and after doing several...
By Doug Stauffer In the heart of Niceville, a remarkable story unfolded at Grace Rides, a sanctuary where humans share a journey of healing and growth with horses. Founded in 2008 by Sherry Hall and her husband, Steve, Grace Rides has transformed from a modest pilot program at the Oak...
By Lori Smith and Rita L. Sherwood Each year, thousands of sea turtles nest on our beaches. Florida beaches are the No. 1 place for sea turtle nests in North America from May to October. Northwest Florida beaches attract many endangered species including Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Kemps Ridley. Life Media’s...
By Stacy Sarikanon, Stunning Spaces–Decorating Den Interiors As our patios and porches are becoming more sophisticated and refined, today’s homeowners are driven to find peaceful sanctuaries as a prescription for their stressful lives. Creating your perfect outdoor space will be the result of the successful combination of many design elements –...
By Pastor Doug Stauffer In the tapestry of American public servants, few threads are as colorful and resilient as that of General Judge Representative (GJR) Patt Maney. From military battlegrounds to the judicial bench and into the halls of the Florida State House, Patt Maney’s life epitomizes leadership, patriotism and...
Annual Fire Truck Pull Raises Over $13,000 for The Twin Cities Pavilion and Crestview Manor About 200 service minded individuals on 18, 10-person Fire Truck Pull teams from the community helped raise more than $13,000 for Twin Cities Pavilion, Niceville, and the Crestview Manor on Saturday, April 6, as part...
OKALOOSA COUNTY 12 Okaloosa County Schools are “Schools of Excellence” In March, 10 Okaloosa County District Schools, along with two charter schools, were designated by the Florida Department of Education as “Schools of Excellence” for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Schools of Excellence program was established by the Florida Legislature in...
By Carolyn Newcomer Ketchel, Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 2 Background The Okaloosa County Fairgrounds, located behind the Courthouse on Lewis Turner Boulevard, was originally owned and operated the City of Fort Walton Beach. In 2022, The Fort Walton Beach City Council declared it as surplus. Realizing that the land could be sold...
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