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Thursday, August 31st, 2017

On Exhibit at Walton County Coastal Library in September

She also loves dogs and has been accepted into ArtPrize 9, the largest juried art show in the world, representing 40 countries. Newhouse’s love of art and dogs has inspired her to create a wonderful blend of bright psychedelic colors in her animal portraits...
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Saturday, August 19th, 2017

"I Want to Share My Passion with the World"

Hong, who is based on the Emerald Coast, owns and operates the original Mary Hong Gallery located in the Shops of Grayton in Grayton Beach, and recently has expanded the Shard Shop, her make-your-own-art boutique, from the original Grayton Beach location to the Paradise Isle Shopping Center in Destin and on famed Magazine Street in New Orleans...
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Friday, August 4th, 2017

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Event Set for Oct. 28 + 29 in Destin

The Zacks are always up for new adventures and creative challenges, and they love to try out new art techniques, so they are familiar with “firsts.” But being selected as the 2017 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Festival of the Arts poster contest winners was one first that surprised even them...
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Thursday, June 1st, 2017

This Summer's Featured Artist at Walton County Library

I graduated from Saint Thomas More High School in Lafayette in 1986 and pursued a career in Art and Architecture at University of Southwestern Louisiana. Somewhere along the way, I became a travel agent and a nurse and never completed my arts degree...
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Okaloosa School Students Recognized

Participating schools included Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville and Destin, Crestview High School, Liza Jackson Preparatory School, Walker Elementary School, Florosa Elementary, Edge Elementary, Destin Middle School, Max Bruner Jr...
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Thursday, May 11th, 2017

By Lesha Maureen Porche

Art festivals require artists to provide their own (or rent) 10’ x 10’ or 12’ x 12’ white tents complete with entire merchandising displays...
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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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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Read Them All!

“Reading…SWAG is like sitting on Granny’s porch swing eating a piece of pound cake with a sleeping cat wrapped around your ankles,” says syndicated columnist and author Celia Rivenbark. “You feel full, warm, and, most of all, grateful to be a Southerner..."
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Friday, September 22nd, 2017
The event will feature over 75 eclectic wine selections along with a variety of restaurants representing local flavors. The Downtown FWB Organization will partner with Kelley’s Beach Liquors and several wine vendor groups for the event. Beach Liquors will also donate 10 percent of wine sales to Children in Crisis...
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Thursday, August 10th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

...they have been at the Fort Walton Beach Farmers Market for four years now and were among the first vendors. You can pick up eggs, apple butter, wild honey and blue water berry honey, and you can order meats from them. Lindsey is a beekeeper who has 100 beehives and is also a master gardener...
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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Samantha Lambert Visits Destin's Beloved Museum

The museum interprets the history and natural science of Destin from pre-history to the present day. The primary focus of the museum is on the early families that resided in the area prior to the construction of the Marler Bridge in 1936 and how they shaped the fishing and tourist industries of today’s Destin...
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Monday, June 5th, 2017

By Denise Mack

Many personnel joined Dr. Spires and Dr. Myers over the years in providing quality medical care. The hospital closed in 1972 when more modern facilities were built in the area. Over the years, the attractive building served a variety of purposes such as dentalmedical offices and a family residence...
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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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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

After the scandal, the Congressman gets to continue his life just as before, but Aviva’s reputation is ruined—her past is revealed every time a potential employer performs a Google search of her name. Seeing no other options, Aviva...
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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Wynn Parks

These 10 pseudo-folk tales start with “The Splendid Cannibals,” the theme of which is “transactional cannibalism.” To wit, three travelers ride into Swampmuck, a simple village of Peculiars. The travelers are sumptuously attired but starving. The village folks offer food, but the travelers...
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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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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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Monday, February 27th, 2017

Kelley Fuller and Friends Raise Thousands for Locals in Need

"...called up five of my girlfriends from Navarre through Miramar Beach and said, ‘Hey, do y’all want to give this a shot?’ and they said, ‘Let’s do it...’”
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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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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Parker Willingham Celebrates Album Release at Al's Beach Club July 26

Submitted by Jordan Hicks:Niceville native and country singer Parker Willingham takes the stage at Al's Beach Club on Okaloosa Island to celebrate the release of his debut album You Get Me Every Ti
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Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Reviews by Jane Morgan and Joni Williams

The Defiant Ones HBO/HBO Now/HBO Go This four-part documentary provides the backstory on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, the record producers who famously joined forces
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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Special Preview at WSRE-TV Sept. 7

In addition to the Sept. 7 event, WSRE is encouraging local community engagement with a special Public Square Speakers Series presentation featuring Gold Star daughter Margot Delogne and film producer Anthony Istrico, along with a screening of a their film The 2 Sides Project...
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Friday, June 16th, 2017

Movie Review by Kimberly White

I’d anticipated this movie for months, and attended the first showing at Destin Commons the day it was released to almost universal acclaim. The movie depicts the bond created between a Marine and her war dog, Rex, as they scour dry, dusty roads and buildings searching for IEDs...
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Friday, May 19th, 2017

Tributes from Donnie Sundal, Scott Rockwood, Mike Ingram and More

“I was absolutely blown away, as well as a little confused,” says Thomas. “I had never heard anything like this or ever would. This was not only an album but a moment of musicians performing as if their lives depended on it..."
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Nonstop Live Music on the Beachcomber and 99Rock Stages April 8

As always, the event won’t have a dull moment over the course of the 14-hour day. Eleven bands and an opening jam will alternate between two stages to keep the party going...
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Plus Michael J Thomas, The War on Drugs, Peter Bernstein

There seems to be a wonderful thing happening with bands. They are throwing out the rulebooks that are carefully crafted by suits and industry insiders to make genre-bending gems. Pensacola’s Chainsaw Kelly melds bluesy soul, bluegrass charm, and rock sensibilities into a certain kind of southern magic...
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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Plus Kirk Knuffke, Paracosm, Vince Berman

If I had to give this review a title, it would be “A Battle of Two Generations.” One generation is the legion of people who grew up listening to Jay-Z and appreciate his wordplay and his journey. Most importantly, they appreciate his ability to be a topnotch lyricist with the ability to tell stories and deliver jewels...
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Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Beachcomber Music Award Winner on His New Album and More

In fact, I just listened to them on a Lafayette radio station this morning. We were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2013, and we’re working on our fourth studio album now...
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Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Up Close and Personal with Hunter and Tony

Now that we all know what is not so secretly on Verrecchia’s Christmas list, let’s celebrate how Heritage began recording in 2008 and playing shows in 2009. Ten years as a band is far from something to sneeze at, but Verrecchia is quick to downplay it...
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

New Album Dropped Aug. 18 and It's Great

“I got the bug to record a new album in 2014. I hadn’t written anything new in a while, and all of these melodies and lyrics were hitting me. However, the songs didn’t all fit into one genre, but I recorded them anyway..."
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Monday, August 14th, 2017

All-Star Zydeco Band Plays HarborWalk Tuesday Night

Six years ago, Domulot started the Village Brass Band and saw an opportunity to expand to the feel good music of the bayou. “When I lived in South Florida, I played in a lot of Cajun-Zydeco bands,” says Domulot. “It was a cool thing to be a part of with the crawfish festivals down there..."
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Friday, July 28th, 2017

Nikki Hedrick Gets Up Close and Personal with Beachcomber Music Award Winner

It’s worth mentioning that cowboy boots and worn jeans aren’t for show. Langford can be found on the family farm most days, the popular Cypress Cattle & Produce in Freeport. We actually conducted the interview while he was heading out to deliver a load of lumber to a customer...
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Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Joni Williams

“(It) was just what I needed to make the move down here,” says Bockler, who became a local resident once again as of April 1. McKay stayed true to his word, and the current and former 99Rock jocks wasted no time getting a band together that includes Habitual Offender’s former bass player Marcus Byrd and electric guitarist Michal Scott...
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Monday, July 24th, 2017

Appearing at Club LA in Destin July 27

Usually, when I write an interview, I try to erase my voice so whomever I’m talking to has the spotlight. Whether it is a household name or local hero, I want readers to feel like it isn’t about me on the other side of the phone, but the artist that has generously shared his or her time with Beachcomber...
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Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Nikki Hedrick Catches up with Ex-Allmans Bassist

Soon, Goldflies joined a Cincinnati cover band and got word that Dickey Betts was looking for a bass player. Only Goldflies didn’t know Betts was a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band—he only had fleeting knowledge of Betts due to a mentor who would often play Allmans songs...
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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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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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Friday, May 12th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

Rynearson and his family arrived in Fort Walton Beach in 1981. The Ohio native graduated from Kent State University in 1967 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Technology. He served 11 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot and missile test engineer...
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Friday, March 17th, 2017
Cyril—or just Clancy as he is known to friends—was born in 1929 in Fordham, New York. When he was three years old, his mother took Clancy and his sister back to the family farm in Carickmacross, Ireland to live with...
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Monday, February 13th, 2017

Three Local Couples Share the Secrets of Enduring Love

They were reunited at Kent State University when Dick ran into Janey’s mother at freshman orientation. He and Janey began dating again and...
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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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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Kid Magicians Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett

Their father Bart Rockett is a world-class magician, illusionist and ventriloquist. He has headlined at his own 1,000- seat theater in Branson, Missouri, for eight seasons and has appeared on numerous television programs. He has performed at HarborWalk Village for the past two years and directs his children’s shows...
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017


...will be staged over two weekends and feature 20 unique pieces of theater including one act plays, cabaret, magic, dance, comedy and storytelling. Producing groups come from Pensacola to Panama City. Most pieces will be staged twice for a total of 35 performances...
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Friday, April 21st, 2017

Starring in "Big Boys" at Seaside REP

I have a lot of favorite “name” actors, but the real inspirations were people I acted with in summer stock and at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. There was a Philadelphia actor I worked with named Charlie Antaloski, who was brilliant at both comedy and drama...
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Friday, April 14th, 2017

We Got Hypnotized at HarborWalk Village

Whether Terry Stokes, a long-time Las Vegas entertainer and headliner of the three-man act, was actually able to get his volunteers’ conscious minds to take a hike for a while and let their ids do the driving, or they were just playing to the audience, is irrelevant...
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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

"Agnes of God" Star Alicia Leonard on Her Return to the Stage and Everything in Between

We had gone the long route. Colleagues in other productions, as actor and director, as friends sitting outside a little Coffee Shoppe in Niceville on Wednesday nights, solving the world’s problems one cup at a time for a few years before our socks and toothbrushes became commingled...
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Inaugural Event May 12-21 at Grand Boulevard, Sandestin

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces an open call for entries to its first-ever Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, May 12-21. The call for entries is open