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Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

A Force on the Local Art Scene Since 2001

He began his art career after traveling the world and discovering the work of Van Gogh. He was specifically inspired by Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and the way the artist used thousands of brush strokes to build layers and create the complete composition of the painting...
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Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Oils and Acrylics - No Experience Necessary

Painting titles such as “Boathouse Lily,” “Seaside Sunflower” and the quintessential “Western Lake,” this new series of classes celebrates the natural beauty of coastal life in South Walton infused with Broaderick’s signature bold, colorful whimsy...
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Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

By Lesha Porche

Do you have a favorite t-shirt? Is your surfboard painted or decorated in any way whatsoever? Did you get a haircut recently? Do you have more than one pair of shoes and, if so, what are they for and why did you chose them? Do you read billboards? Magazines? Do you watch TV? Movies?...
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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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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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Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center Does It Again Monday, Sept. 17

The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center will be releasing four rehabilitated sea turtles Monday, Sept. 17, at 10 AM. The press and public are invited to attend...
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Sharp Objects in Downtown Fort Walton Beach

The Ratchet Hatchet offers a safe indoor ax throwing range for both competitive and casual ax throwing. They provide the axes (or hatchets) and offer tutorials for novice throwers. Plus, they welcome all skill levels and will do their best to accommodate those with special needs...
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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

3rd Planet Brewing Opens Second Location in Niceville

McCool and co-owner Jason Doster are military veterans who met when they both worked in Washington, D.C. They discussed opening a brewery together and in July 2015 drove to Gainesville and bought a Sabco Brewer System. It was a 10-gallon pilot system that they used to try recipes on in their garage...
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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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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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Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Nonprofit Spotlight on Niceville's Crisis Aid for Littles and Moms

What began over four years ago as the Single Moms group at a local church in Niceville has impacted the lives of numerous moms and their kids. Currently, over 40 moms are enrolled, and they have been the catalyst to begin more than a...
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Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Jacqui Broadus Creates a Legacy and New World of Hope for Children

Jacqui Broadus, a Mental Health Therapist with ECCAC, and a Registered Pet Partners Therapist at the center, took the lead in pet therapy programs beginning in 2010. That’s when she brought Riley, an adorable Maltese and Registered Pet Partner, to ECCAC in Niceville to work with the kids...
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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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Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Paula Hilton on Golf in Northwest Florida

Kind of new at this is an understatement. Our dad passed away last December after a difficult battle with heart and kidney disease. It was devastating, but we are a strong family and are slowly rallying and rebuilding the bubble we’ve lived in for 15 years...
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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, September 23rd, 2018

By Evangeline Murphy

This Netflix original is really just your basic teen rom com. An unknown girl, Sierra Burgess (Shannon Purser), finds love in a jock (Noah Centineo) who thinks she is a really popular girl, Veronica (Kristine Froseth). Veronica is also Sierra’s bully, but they bond and become friends and help each other...
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Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Reviews by Evangeline Murphy

The acting here is spectacular, with every actor playing his or her part so well you’d think you were watching real lives unfold on screen. The scenery is breathtaking, and every glimpse of Singapore—from the street vendor to the Young family’s mansion—is incredible...
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Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Reviews by Evangeline Murphy

The weekend they are scheduled to go on a family vacation together, Christopher is forced to stay home and work. It is then he meets Pooh (Jim Cummings), who woke up one morning without his friends around. He finds himself going through the doorway that Christopher once used in order to come visit the Wood...
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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Event Set for Fall 2018 in Destin

“We are so grateful to be able to have this opportunity to put the spotlight on the quality of production in our region,” says Nikki. “Although the films are mostly rooted in our region, international submissions and filmmakers from all over the south have attended (in) past years.
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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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Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off!"

The summer after eighth grade, a record store opened up in Niceville called Uncle Scratch. It became a haven for misfit teens that didn’t fit into the regular small town Friday night football lifestyle...
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Marilyn Manson's "Antichrist Superstar"

For a little shock value, I’m not going to pick the Stone Temple Pilots album that anyone who knows me likely expects. Instead, I’m going with my first exposure of shock rocker Marilyn Manson...
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Friday, August 10th, 2018

Kickstand Jenny and Jumping the Gun Among 2018 next2rock Finalists

Submitted by Lisa Captain: WKSM/99ROCK in Fort Walton Beach has narrowed the field of entries for neXt2rock 2018, the annual search for the Gulf Coast’s most outstandi
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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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Friday, July 6th, 2018

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Nikki Hedrick

Fans of lo-fi oddness will likely cozy right up to DFI-9’s newest EP. It’s like the peculiar lovechild of David Byrne and a ‘70s garage band—it’s fun, a bit space-inspired, and best played at loud volumes. If you like your rock music a little more free-range, an organic serving of DFI-9 might be in order...
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Friday, September 21st, 2018

By Nikki Hedrick

Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Pressley and KISS made up the five contrasting albums— and the foundation of Walkup’s love for music. “I remember just playing them and knowing every word by heart. I can remember being maybe a little over the top..."
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Friday, September 7th, 2018

Nikki Hedrick Profiles Rockers Gone With the Flesh

“I’ve always listened to heavy metal since the earliest I can remember. I was trying to come up with a name, something that kinda symbolized metal. I was shaving one day and I ended up cutting my face, and I was like..."
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Friday, August 24th, 2018

"I wanted to learn every Blink-182 song that was ever written..."

“I grew up in churches playing church music,” says Hastings. “My dad was a preacher. I grew up playing at church, but I originally picked up a guitar because I wanted to..."
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

"You've Got to Lose a Lot of Fairs Before You Win a Grammy..."

“My town’s about three hours from Memphis, and about three hours from Nashville,” Ritter says of Cape Gerado, Missouri. “So we’re kind of in this whole little triangle.” That location worked to her advantage— she often performed at fairs and community events once the music bug took hold...
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Friday, July 27th, 2018

Up Close and Personal with the Beachcomber Music Award Winning Percussionist *Among Other Things*

Notably, he is part of Season Ammons’ regular backing band and was a featured player on The Wide Open’s album. “I think it was almost two years ago, I went to Wimberley, Texas, and recorded The Wide Open, which was Allen Rayfield and Season Ammons...
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Friday, July 13th, 2018

By Nikki Hedrick

Ten albums in around 20 years is nothing to sneeze at, but Badwater downplays the importance. “I mean, I just learned how to play guitar 15 years ago, but I was still doing music before that. I went to Florida State. I partied. I had a band. But it’s number 10, and this one took me three years to make..."
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Friday, June 29th, 2018

Playing Live at AJ's Destin Tuesday, July 3

“I always say it’s immaculate conception, ‘cause it just came to me one time—the idea for the Cleverlys faux family band from the Ozarks. To be traditionalists in the bluegrass industry, but they play pop and hiphop music..."
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Monday, June 4th, 2018

New Orleans Legend Performs in Destin Thursday, June 7

Washington got his musical start in a neighborhood spiritual group in New Orleans, The True Love and Gospel Singers. The group visited a local radio station, where young Walter watched a guitar player and was fascinated with his finger work...
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Thursday, May 31st, 2018

This Year's Fab Beachcomber Music Award Winning Tribute Band

He has played solo gigs over the years in many other area venues and can currently be seen Friday through Tuesday nights at the Swizzle Stick Lounge in the Best Western Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island. Hayes also performs at AJ’s on the Bayou in Fort Walton Beach Thursdays from 5 to 9 PM...
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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, August 13th, 2018

Dispatches from the Local Wrestling Scene

The spot follows Frost to a chain link cage where he tosses his shades and black jacket to the referee. As he climbs into the ring, the cage is secured after him. The 6’1”, 260-pounder bounces from foot to foot, shaking out his neck and shoulders; eyeballing the opposite corner for “Scarface” Waylon Barley to appear...
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Sunday, July 15th, 2018

By Samantha Lambert

Stearns came to Fort Walton Beach with his parents when he was just three months old. He grew up on Middle Drive in the Garniers Beach area. He visited his childhood home on the day of this interview and relished in the nostalgia the house brought back...
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Monday, July 2nd, 2018

By Samantha Lambert

Arnold started teaching at Walton Middle School in 2015. There was not an art program in place, so she was able to create one. That first year, she had five classes of 6th grade Visual Arts. The next year, she was able to add...
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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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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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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Things are Cookin' at Grand Boulevard Through Oct. 7

The diner is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are $100, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill...
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Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Bad Dates, Spitfire Grill, Winston Churchill and More

After six years, ECTC has clearly established itself as a professional theater company focused on staging thought-provoking productions, festivals and creative collaborations as well as a valued community resource for professional acting, improv workshops and creative corporate team building.
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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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