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By Barbara Palmgren It is exciting to report to the community that Preserve Bluewater Bay, Inc., has submitted a purchase sales agreement with Bluewater Bay Development Venture to purchase the 150 acres of green space in Bluewater Bay. All parties have signed the agreement to buy the land. There is...
By Doug Stauffer The recent 55th Annual All Sports Banquet on the picturesque Okaloosa Island celebrated athletic combined with academic excellence and demonstrated the power of philanthropy as the community joined together to give. The Emerald Coast Convention Center was alive with the spirit of competition, not just on the fields and...
Superintendent Marcus Chambers is offering two $8,000 Florida Prepaid College Scholarships to a current Okaloosa County School District Student! Who qualifies? • Student must be a Senior. • Student must attend a public high school in the Okaloosa County School District. • Student is going to pursue a career in education. • Student must...
By Doug Stauffer In a touching tribute to community and service, the Northwest Florida Military Officers Association (NWFMOA) celebrated its 2nd Annual Valentines for Veterans event, a gesture of love and respect to the veterans residing at the Bob Hope Village, part of the Air Force Enlisted Village. This special event, founded...
By Douglas J. Bartels A long-standing sense of community drives local parish church and the Knights of Columbus to use golf as a vehicle to help meet the many needs around the Emerald Coast. The members of Saint Rita’s Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach and their local Knights of...
The Walton County School District is proud to have A. Russell Hughes, Florida’s 2024 Superintendent of the Year at the helm! FADSS (Florida Association of District School Superintendents) President Sherrie Raulerson commented, “Russell leads with compassion and conviction, driven by a work ethic grounded in servant leadership and a...
By Will Estell Forever Warriors is a Florida private charitable organization, established in 2021, and made possible by the generosity of Northwest Florida based Step One Automotive Group. The primary focus of Forever Warriors is to better equip current and past military members, and their family members, with an array...
By Stacy Sarikanon, Stunning Spaces–Decorating Den Interiors Have Fun with Colors! While the most popular colors for nurseries are gentle pastels like mint green, sky blue, pinks and creamy yellows, psychologists say children like -and thrive- around primary colors. First Things First! Make it easy for you! Consider selecting a room in your...
Free Federal income tax preparation is being offered in Walton County for low to middle-income families and individuals, with special attention to senior citizens. Tax Preparation service will be available from Feb. 6 to April 11, 2024, at A Simple Faith Church in Santa Rosa Beach (new location this year)....
Morrison Springs Park is now open again. The park has been closed for repairs and renovations since Oct. 25. Now those improvements are complete, and the park is again open to the public. During the interim, county crews rebuilt the entire boardwalk and added new steps for divers. The beach...
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