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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...
By Kenneth Books Early preparation work has begun on the replacement of the 56-year-old Brooks Bridge, connecting Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach, according to Ian Satter, public information director for FDOT District 3. The $171 million project, which will expand the bridge from four to six lanes over two spans,...

Bay Buzz December 2022

The 27th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Festival of the Arts held Oct. 29-30 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin featured exhibits of more than 100 artists from throughout the U.S. showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in nearly 20 different art mediums. Guest...
By Mike Mahon In the spring of 2012 Maury Hanks, founder and president of Global Sports, received a phone call from Steve Forbes, the highly successful men’s basketball coach at Northwest Florida State College. Forbes had known about Hanks’ reputation for hosting college basketball tournaments and thought Northwest Florida State...
On October 19th, 2020, Betty Joyce Thomas, one of the four founders of Rocky Bayou Christian School, passed away. Many students expressed respect and appreciation for her influence on their lives. One former student penned, “To some who crossed her path, Joyce Thomas was just an English teacher who...
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is upgrading the energy grids in Okaloosa and Walton Counties this year to enhance day-to-day reliability in our communities and improve resiliency in the face of severe weather. Strengthening power poles, managing trees and vegetation near power lines, installing smart grid technology and regularly...
By Rhonda Davis Just one year shy of its 40th anniversary, the Twin Cities Woman’s Club recently voted to dissolve. After the last official luncheon May 25 and upon conclusion of all business responsibilities for the fiscal year 2021-2022, the club will cease to exist. “Dissolving the woman’s club was not...
It’s no secret that Northwest Florida State College is known for being an open admission institution, where we are committed to assisting each and every student who comes through our doors achieve their individual goals for education and career success. In everything we do, from academics, arts and athletics,...
The Panhandle 2-1-1 Helpline recently added texting service. Residents who need help finding housing, food assistance or counseling in Okaloosa or Walton counties can text their zip code to 898211. The Panhandle 2-1-1 Helpline is a program of Chautauqua Healthcare Services of Lakeview. Texting is convenient and improves access to...
By Lori Leath Smith A dream that formed roughly 10 years ago has finally manifested. Freeport local Tim Ard and many others are realizing a decade-long compassionate and innovative vision — the completion of Freeport Veterans Memorial Park! Located on the grounds of Freeport City Hall at 112 Hwy. 20 W....
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