By Doug Stauffer Okaloosa County recently gathered together to celebrate the military, first with the U.S. Air Force’s 75th Anniversary celebration, followed the next day with a salute to several veterans inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame at the Northwest Florida State College Mattie Kelly Arts Center in...
By Michelle Ruschman Foster parenting helps kids and enriches families. A common misunderstanding about fostering is that foster families are gatekeepers between children and biological parents. April Hight, the Foster Home Recruitment Specialist with FamiliesFirst Network for Okaloosa and Walton County, wants to clarify that a foster parent is more...
By Lori Leath Smith In April, local business F45 hosted a “Playoff” event to raise money for the 4th Annual Hope for the Hungry Emerald Coast packing event taking place August 6. No small feat, on this day, community volunteers are planning to pack 300,000 meals at the Emerald Coast...
Boggy Bayou Fireworks Show The annual Independence Day fireworks display will take place at approximately 8:45 p.m., Monday, July 4. Pre-show music begins around 6 p.m. Some of the most popular vantage points for public viewing are Lincoln Park, Lions Park, Kiwanis Park, Niceville Landing and the Turkey Creek area...

ALDI’s Doors Open!

By now, you’ve probably heard or read in Bay Life about the opening of ALDI in Niceville. Known for offering food (and more) at great prices, this new grocery store opened June 23. If the company stays on track, it will become the third-largest U.S. retailer in terms of...
By Doug Stauffer Okaloosa County was privileged April 18 to host history in the making. Almost 2,000 of us were blessed to say, “I was there to witness this historic event.” This date marked the 80th anniversary of the World War II Doolittle Raiders bombing of Tokyo. Eighty men launched...
Summer beach days are here, but what is there to do at night? (Especially for families!) PRESTO! at the Magic Parlor is bringing some of the best magical talent from around the world for a show filled with illusion, showmanship and outright hilarity. This 90-minute magical masterpiece is Inspired...
By Doug Stauffer They say blood runs thicker than water, but I witnessed what happens when colleagues choose to create an enduring bond. With its many branches, this extended family of the 919th Special Operations Wing (SOW) showed the heights achieved through genuine solidarity. I had the distinct pleasure of...
By Kenneth Books There is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder. And the expenses for families with a member who has autism are steep. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that, in addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with autism cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per...
By Doug Stauffer There were smiling faces and cheers everywhere when the Blue Blazer board members of the All Sports Association made their announcements at Niceville High School. The philanthropic association awarded several prestigious awards to three Niceville student-athletes and an assistant coach. The Cornell-bound multi-sport athlete Noah Harman was awarded...
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