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Friday, May 4th, 2018

Live Mural Painting May 9

The Foster Gallery, located at 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite L101 in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center, is the CAA’s professional artist collective, showcasing rotating regional artists, special exhibitions and featured guests, in addition to special events, workshops and student educational opportunities...
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
“I believe that art feeds your soul and that an artist continues to grow and mature with every painting,” Ms. LeLoup-West says. “As I paint and create, my hope is to inspire positive emotion in the viewer. When the viewer tells me my paintings are joyful, I feel I have accomplished my goal.
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Congrats Francisco Adaro, Julia Vanover, et al.

The CAA and Howard Hospitality invited area visual artists to submit 2D works to be displayed throughout the Hyatt Place’s construction phase as part of the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program...
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Awards Over $10,000

On a sunny fall weekend, the Emerald Coast arts scene sparkled a little brighter as 31 local and regional artists who ventured to the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast to ex
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Thursday, October 5th, 2017

New CHROMA 30A Gallery, National Spotlight, and Who Knows What's Next

Broaderick’s love of watercolor is evident in the transparent luminosity of her energetic, layered oil paintings. Broaderick deftly captures the essence of her subjects with bold use of clean color and light created with loose brushstrokes resulting in fresh, energetic, relatable pieces...
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Saturday, September 30th, 2017
After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. teaching degree in both Fine Arts and Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Vienot taught art and coached girls’ swimming and girls’ she will be teaching at...
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Also Founder of FWB Writers Group

In 2003, she moved from Florida to Massachusetts and later to Tennessee, before returning to settle once more on the beautiful Emerald Coast with her two daughters...
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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

A 30A Coloring Book for the Ages... and All Ages

“I was drawn to (the Nashville book) and wanted to buy it for someone, but realized that most of the people I love have a connection to 30A more so than Nashville,” Ms. Tabor says. She reached out to the creator of the Nashville book to see if they could work together, but they were focused on other projects...
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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

"Rebel Light" Available Now as E-Book

The Niceville resident and Louisiana native is a graduate of LSU’s School of Journalism. After moving from the Atlanta area to Niceville, Turk retired from a career in food service sales and began her next career as a writer. Her work has appeared in a number of inspirational publications including...
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Beachcomberland Book Signings Coming Up

“The Little Lamb series places tools in the hands of our youth, teaching them acceptable behaviors in our current society,” says Lewis. “It relates to experiences we have all had and teaches children how to appropriately handle adversity, fear or differences in others..."
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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Fun Times in FoWal Friday, April 6 and Beyond

Karma Candles owner Kim Hughes was there. She, along with three of her four daughters, creates soy candles. Their candles are 100 percent soy with a hemp wick coated with beeswax to give you the ultimate candle with a long-lasting burn, excellent scent throw, and very little smoke...
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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Feb. 16 and 17 in the Village of Baytowne Wharf

Festival guests can vote for People’s Choice awards in gumbo and become eligible for raffle items from the participating restaurants. After the People’s Choice honors are given, judges will award first, second and third place in the participant categories, as well as an award for best display...
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Sunday, May 20th, 2018

“My goal is to someday have the biggest snake in the world out here...”

“We’re always hoping for another TV show. I talk to producers regularly,” says Rick. But in the meantime, new additions like an alligator pond, parakeet house, and new tiger and lion enclosures are in the works.
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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Nikki Hedrick Visits Arnett's in Santa Rosa Beach

“First and foremost, it is a horse farm,” says Sundal. “People can bring their horses and rent out one of the spots or trail ride.” The rides are offered for all levels and are quite a treat, as the property is adjacent to Point Washington State Forest...
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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

By Alita Feek

I discovered the Shalimar Library upon moving here in 2016. As a librarian who is also a military spouse, my first task when relocating—after getting the lights and water turned on—is to join the local library. Finding the Shalimar Library was a fantastic surprise...
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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Corn Bed Wallowing and More with Alita Feek

Then we made our way to the giant corn bin. I had never seen one of these before, and let me tell you, it’s exactly what it sounds like—a giant bin full of dried corn for children to play in, to run and jump in, and to wallow in. There was a lot of wallowing...
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Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Hands-On and Up-Close Educational Experiences

Alongside museum exhibits, the Science Center also hosts on-site and in-school programming. From the mobile planetarium to home school workshops and in-house field trips, learning opportunities abound. For more information about educational programs, visit...
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

By Lauren Sage Reinlie

The far infrared heat travels three inches into the skin, warming muscles and tissues and increasing blood flow. The reported therapeutic and health benefits are wide-ranging—it can help your heart and blood pressure, immune system, arthritis, diabetes, pain, sleep, skin, weight management and even with reducing risk of and healing from cancer...
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Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Saints Football, Beignets, Street Kids and More

My husband is a native New Yorker and a lifelong Jets fan. When we saw that the Jets were playing the Saints in New Orleans, we planned a trip to see the game. My husband and oldest son had never been to New Orleans. We went with some good friends of ours who are huge Saints fans...
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

We Visit the Walter Anderson and Ohr-O'Keefe Galleries

On the other hand, studies show that an adventurous spirit invigorates and nourishes the soul. It keeps us young or at least young at heart. Optimists live longer and hardier lives. So why not step it up? Make your way to two fine art museums along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and add some creative oomph...
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Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

The Marshall Plan, presented by Secretary of State (and former Army Chief of Staff) George Marshall, put America’s economic and military stamp on the rebuilding of Europe and helped jump-start the Cold War. Steil’s account is meticulous...
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

However, the book paints a believable portrait of an administration in turmoil and a leader who wasn’t fully prepared for (and probably did not even want) the role he assumed. Based on the buzz surrounding this book, I expected it to make me angry at our president but was surprised to find that I felt sorry for him...
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

Alderman is a skillful writer who manages to propose big ideas without overwhelming the development of the characters and the plot. This story is violent, dramatic, scary and sometimes disturbing. It explores corruption and power structures in a similar way as Orwell’s classic Animal Farm...
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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Ronald Larsen

The more time that passes between now and World War II, the more it shifts from history into a romanticized mist. One reason is the yearly release of nonfiction accounts of small corners of the war, and of extraordinary, real-life individual exploits...
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Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Plus Our Favorite Books of 2017

The premise of this dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel is that evolution is starting to go backwards—women are having babies of an earlier human species, often to the detriment of the mother’s life. In order to preserve the human race as they know it, the government is...
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Seacrest Beach Eatery Is Now Part of Spell Restaurant Group

Submitted by Jill Tanner. Thanks, Jill!The Spell Restaurant Group has continued their aggressive growth strategy in the 30A area. The purchase of George's at Alys Beach and La Cocina Mexican Gril
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Saturday, December 16th, 2017

More at Claytoonz.com

“I published it months ago, and it still pops up tagging me on Twitter just about every other day. It made the Los Angeles Times, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning colleague even sent me a message about it..."
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Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Bank Donates Truckload of Food to At-Risk Children

The First National Bank & Trust Team helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by donating a truckload of food. Thanks to the generous donation, the kids l
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Friday, September 8th, 2017

Save the Date - Take a Kid Fishing Day is Nov. 5

Harbor Docks Charities would like to thank their sponsors who made these events possible, auction item donors, and everyone who participated in these events. Because of these generous people, Harbor Docks will treat over 350 underprivileged children...
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Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Meet the FWB Native Behind the Humanitarian Relief Organization

Phillips grew up in the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach. It was around age 40 that he was inspired by a missionary who had come to speak to the congregation...
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

By Steven A. Davies, Village Baptist Church, Destin

You may wonder if God cares about you, notices you or is aware of you. The prophet wrote that God cares, takes notice and is intimately aware of you. The declaration that the Lord God is in your midst tells us of His closeness to humanity. Whether it is the face of the super moon in the sky or...
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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Submitted by Vicki Kendall:Most people wouldn’t think that flip flops, sand and the beach equals church. Hope Lutheran Church, led by Pastor Jason Scheler, has been holding beach worship servic
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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

At the time, Sehman was running another restaurant-bar and struggling to manage two places at the same time. After working 18 days in a row, he said to himself, “I have been to hell and back.” Shortly after that, he heard Lance Armstrong on sports radio...
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Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A Visit to Rad Junk in Fort Walton Beach

In November, Nintendo released the NES Classic, a smaller version of the original Nintendo complete with 30 preloaded games. It sold out faster than anyone was prepared for, helping solidify that a growing, hungry market for older games and console systems exists...
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Where to Play - Tips and Tricks - and More

Destin has become the Pickleball Mecca of the Panhandle for players of all levels...
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Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Review by Nikki Hedrick

Perhaps my favorite story of the evening was Thomas’ retelling of being encouraged to move to Memphis and later to New York for the betterment of his career. New York was solely for the opportunity to work with Burt Bacharach, about whom he only had positive things to say...
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Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Reviews by Joni Williams

If you’re looking for a mindless binge watch, this isn’t it. Though officially billed as a fictionalized drama based on real events, you’ll most likely be lost if you can’t keep up with the bouncing timeline and locations...
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Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

By Dr. David C. Simmons

The 90th Annual Academy Awards are Sunday night, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Here are my votes for who should win and my predictions for who will win.
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Monday, January 29th, 2018

Review by Joni Williams

Panned by critics and ignored by moviegoers, this 2016 flick was a box office loser that eventually earned the dubious honor of being Tom Hanks’ lowest grossing film in 30 years. And so it was quickly put out to video rental pasture until the streaming services wisely decided to pick it up...
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Thursday, January 25th, 2018

By Dr. David C. Simmons, NWF State College

In one of her early scenes, Kay Graham (the masterful Meryl Streep) participates in a board meeting of her newspaper, otherwise comprised entirely of men. A question is asked of the table, but as Graham answers it, she is completely ignored. A male board member stumbles around, eventually calculating the same information, and is immediately...
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Friday, January 19th, 2018

By Dr. David C. Simmons, NWF State College

...officers, airmen and civilian boatmen), and contains very little dialogue or backstory on any of them. Hans Zimmer’s score, which is founded on a ticking clock with slowly increasing tempo, adds to the constantly growing anxiety. On DVD/Blu-ray and streaming...
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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Plus Our Favorite Movies and TV of 2017

YouTube is a video sea of cute puppies, silly juvenile pranks, long-winded confessions and glam gurus caking their faces with obscene amounts of makeup. Still, there are excellent, highly entertaining videos to be found here, and Casey Neistat’s are among the absolute best...
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Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Annual Concert Event in Fort Walton Beach Sunday, Feb. 18

While funds are raised for the American Cancer Society, the event centers on people. The venue’s TVs are loaded with a slideshow of loved ones lost or still fighting. Often, you’ll find a little group pointing to an image as you see the beginnings of a story being told—maybe it’s about that person’s favorite car or their famous chocolate chip cookies...
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Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Our Fearless Music Correspondent Reports from the Front

Mary Gauthier is an artist who remained on my must-see list throughout her numerous 30A Songwriter Festival appearances over the years, and this time it finally happened. With a dry wit, an easy smile, and stories that you wish would never end, Gauthier is captivating...
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Friday, December 15th, 2017

Second Mini-Festival Happening Dec. 17 at Seaside

She got her start in church singing as part of the choir, and things began to fall into place when her sister’s Christmas gift caught her eye. “I was in my 20s, and my sister had gotten a pink electric glitter guitar for Christmas and she was totally not into it..."
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Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Heart's Ann Wilson - Lee Ann Womack - Steve Earle - Emmylou Harris - Tommy Stinson - Mike Reid - Kathy Mattea - and Lots More

Plus—John Driskell Hopkins, Bob Schneider, The Secret Sisters, Webb Wilder, Bonnie Bishop, Seth Walker, Elise Davis, Kevn Kinney, Daphne Willis, Tommy Talton, Sugarcane Jane, The Mulligan Brothers, Adron, Tom Gray, Liz Longley, Grayson Capps,...
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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Plus Greta Van Fleet, Chasing Lovely, Heather Newman

This sister duo is the hallmark of the direction pop-folk is taking. It’s airy with ambient rock instrumentation to elevate emotional swells, while fearlessly tackling relatable topics on the journey to self-discovery. Under all those descriptions are two lovely young women forging their way onto the music scene with heart and words of wisdom...
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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Save the Date - Record Store Day Black Friday is Nov. 24

The cover pictures one holding her viola like a best pal, the other hoisting her fiddle like a gunslinger taking aim. The duo (with side musicians including “Ensemble Appassionato”) hits all 16 tracks running. They joyously attack every piece on their play list, which includes Brahms...
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Monday, November 6th, 2017

Plus - MyBrothaVan, The Church, Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile

The Church’s outspoken lead singer begrudges the band’s ‘80s hit single “Under the Milky Way.” As the story goes, he fears the song’s universal popularity and longevity overshadows the band’s capabilities. But for many of us, that song is why we continue to follow the band down through the years...
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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

By Nikki Hedrick

When it comes to the changes Becton has witnessed in the area’s music scene, he mostly focuses on how things that were once taboo are now accepted by the mainstream. “When I started out with my first band Myth, we were a garage band that played Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake and Ratt,” he says...
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Monday, April 9th, 2018

Hip-Hop Collective Drops Tribute to The World's Luckiest Fishing Village

“...I have long had aspirations of winning a Grammy, but I knew that I didn’t deserve that award without first winning a Beachcomber..."
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Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

"We definitely feel like a rock band at heart, like we put on a rock show.”

Hendrickson chats with me on his way to the band’s next gig. “We’re actually driving through a snowstorm in upstate New York, close to Buffalo,” he says...
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Monday, March 12th, 2018

Performs at Vinyl Music Hall March 15

“It’s actually about much more of a sort of… I don’t want to say too simplistic manner, but most of my fans aren’t really accustomed to me talking about love songs. Yeah, there’s been some love songs but it hasn’t been focused on that. It’s been focused on a much different version of storytelling, right?”
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Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Doo-Wop, Reggae and More with One-Man Band Shane

Shane’s a composer, self-taught in bass, drums, and, most of all, classic rhythm-and-blues piano. In addition to his own compositions, Shane’s repertoire is broad and deep, an hour and a half ranging from ‘50s doo-wop and Bill Withers to reggae countryman Gregory Isaacs and Shaggy...
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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Performing at HarborWalk Village Sunday, Feb. 18

I performed many years with a full band before becoming a solo artist in 2004. I play guitar and keyboard, along with professional backing tracks for a “full band” sound.
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Monday, February 12th, 2018

30A Fest Regular's "Rifles & Rosary Beads" Out Now

Mary Gauthier is well-known to many of the locals, particularly those that attend the 30A Songwriters Festival every year. She’s been a featured performer for most of the festival’s nine years. Her latest (excellent) album...
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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

"Our Community Is Just Incredible!"

Armed with his guitar and an easy, comforting voice, Hall was the perfect antidote to a 40-hour week. The set consisted mostly of Hall’s own creations sprinkled with a few covers. His music was pitched well to the audience. The selections were easy to listen to, and they asked little from the crowd...
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Dannica Lowery on the Duo's Recent Trip to Nashville and More

If you are lucky enough to know Lowery on a personal level, she is quick to smile, honest, and always aims to be the best version of herself. But during the vocal scare, she took to Facebook and let everyone in a bit more...
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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Son of Legend Duke Makes His Own Mark on the Local Music Scene

“I have always been around (music),” TK says. “With my dad being Duke Bardwell, my earliest memories are being in Louisiana when he was working a couple of jobs and was actively playing. My perception was that he was playing all the time, and we would often go with him..."
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

By Wynn Parks

In his courses, Pooler doesn’t teach below 132 feet, which precludes the Variable Weight event. “That kind of competition is the realm of a handful of divers—the hardcore boys,” he says. “They go down over 400 feet, and conditions in the Gulf aren’t really conducive to competitive freedive training anyway...
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Sunday, February 26th, 2017

By Jenna Taylor - Photos by Hunter Forbes

We got in town that night and before heading to the cabin, we all met up at a little barbecue joint to have dinner. It was the night before our first hunt, and we were excited to all be together and share a couple days of hunting in a prime location for lesser Canadas and Specklebelly geese...
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Running to "Fight for the People of Northwest Florida"

This is the first in a series of profiles on the candidates running for Matt Gaetz’s seat in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil Ehr, a retired U.S. Navy Commander and former Republican, has his eye on the Democratic nomination...
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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

By Samantha Lambert

The RV industry began to grow after World War II, and many in today’s RV industry began producing their products in the 1950s and ‘60s. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), more than nine million households now own an RV...
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Friday, December 8th, 2017

More - Much More - at Claytoonz.com

Most cartoonists are still clinging to life where they draw the cartoons and someone else takes care of the rest. They don’t create websites or even know how to correctly share their work on social media...
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

"One of the Friendliest Communities I Have Ever Been In"

Chief Ryan was sworn in as Fort Walton Beach’s Police Chief on July 5, 2016. “I knew as young as 12 or 13 that I wanted to be a police officer,” he says. “I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and my Dad worked with Norfolk police officers, so I was around them a lot..."
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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

On the Recent Blue Marlin - Pelican Merger and More

Jerry jumped right in with insightful and honest answers to help buyers, sellers and vacationers in their search for the perfect property in our area...
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Jean Celebrates 90 Years in a Big, Big Way

Jean met her husband John during high school, while he was attending the University of Florida. John was living with a family who were moving to Williston, and he stopped by to ask Jean out. They dated for a year and were married in September 1947...
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Monday, September 11th, 2017

U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Ken and his wife bought the Reveille II Charter Boat and the iconic Reveille Motel from Destin fishing legend Captain Trammel in 1977. For two years, Ken was both a major in the Air Force and a Captain in the Destin Charter Fleet until he opted to give up his life as a pilot of planes and go full time into piloting fishing trips...
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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

98-Year-Old Veteran Still Gives Generously of His Time

For hundreds of steps, Lombardo endured the repetitive stress. At the end of the field, he looked back, feeling blessed to still be alive, as others followed safely in his footsteps. Like all heroes, this was not the only instance of saving lives Lombardo exhibited without thoughts of his own safety...
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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

The Taylor family history goes back to the early 1900s when Taylor’s grandfather Clement E. Taylor left England and arrived by steamboat at Santa Rosa Beach. He held many teaching degrees. Billy Marler, who would later become Taylor’s grandfather as well, hired Grandfather Taylor to teach his children...
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Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

"She's a beachcombing dog." - Stephen King

Proud papa Stephen King explains that he and wife Tabitha have an older rescue dog that bonded with Tabitha. “I felt left out,” says Mr. King. So one of his sons got Molly from a breeder in New Hampshire. “I wanted a girl, and the (breeder) said there was only one female puppy and she ruled the roost..."
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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Tickets and Lodging Packages Available Now

This fall, guests who stay at WaterColor Inn during MountainFilm on Tour can take advantage of the festival package, which includes two nights in a beachfront guest room at WaterColor Inn, as well as two complimentary tickets to both nights of the event.
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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Santa Rosa Beach Author Takes on Social Justice in the New South

Semerad was born in Geneva, Alabama, but now makes her home in Santa Rosa Beach with husband Larry, spoiled Shih Tzu P-Nut and wayward cat Miss Kitty. She earned a journalism degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and has worked as a newspaper reporter, broadcaster, columnist and editor...
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Running of the Bulls Winners and More

HarborWalk Village hosted a two-day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta full of entertaining activities May 3 and 4. Saturday night was celebrated with pub crawlers dancing the Salsa, Bachata an
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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

"The Amish Project" Runs Jan. 18-28

Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness...
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Monday, December 4th, 2017

Opens Thursday, Dec. 7, at Grand Boulevard

There are 11 performances. The show opens on Thursday, Dec. 7, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 23. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. There is an additional matinee on Saturday, Dec. 23...
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Sunday, October 29th, 2017

The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and More

Since 1969, the Northwest Florida Ballet has been the preeminent ballet school on the Emerald Coast. It was founded by Bernadette Clements Sims who is considered one of the...
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Monday, October 16th, 2017

Collect on Your 15 Minutes of Fame Thursday, Oct. 19

This highly-anticipated annual event promises an evening of music, dance and fun and offers the perfect opportunity for local stars to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame in the spotlight—performing live the songs they’ve been practicing in front of their bathroom mirrors for years...
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