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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, February 9th, 2017

Walton County Coastal Branch Library Artist of the Month for February

Gray’s last little one left the nest for school in New York when Gray was in her early 50s. Her two girls had already left—they’re both married now with kids of their own...
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

New Resort Features Work from Over a Dozen Emerald Coast Artists

Every aspect of the five-story 170-room beauty has been meticulously planned, and the art that is displayed throughout the property is no different. After a long and rigorous selection process, 13 local artists were chosen to create pieces specifically for...
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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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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Niceville's Therapeutic Riding Program

GRACE Rides started in 2008 working out of the Oak Heaven Stables equestrian facility in Niceville. The goal was to continue the good work of RACE (Riding for Adults and Children with Exceptionalities), Okaloosa County’s first therapeutic riding program...
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Still Better Than No Breath at All

It was a rustic place that had a bar with a huge boar’s head attached to it and peanut shells crunching on the floor when you walked in. Hog’s Breath also became popular with local college students in the summer and on holiday breaks...
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Friday, October 21st, 2016

Ann Perillo Reflects on 60-Plus Years

In 1973, Gerard and Ann bought the restaurant from Joseph—Eddie had left the restaurant business back in the late 1950s. Joe & Eddie’s Family Restaurant was located in downtown Fort Walton Beach until 2005, and the building was torn down in 2006. Gerard and Ann reopened in 2008 at 400 North Eglin Parkway...
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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, March 30th, 2017

Plus Editor's Picks - Show Biz Kids

Preoccupied with the culture revolution going on in our backyard, Americans of the ‘60s and early ‘70s might have vaguely noticed a parallel course in northern European social issues. So it’s not strange that few wondered what was happening in Greece…until now...
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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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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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Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Reviews by Jane Morgan and Joni Williams

BAFTA award-winning British sitcom from writer and creator Michaela Coel, who also stars as Tracey Gordon, a 24-year-old woman experiencing a sexual awakening while living with her evangelical Christian family in a London housing estate...
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Friday, February 10th, 2017

Review by Zandra Wolfgram

From the opening scene of this sassy, sumptuous film in which a white police officer pulls his cruiser over to question three African-American ladies as they tinker with their stalled Chevy Impala, we get our first clue that these three musketeers are quite capable of fixing broken starters…and breaking social barriers...
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A Wild Idea Comes to Fruition at Club LA in Destin

That's a wrap on the inaugural Kite Film Fest.It was a wild idea - hours of work, and more nerves than I care to admit - but we are on the other side of producing our first ever film festival.The
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Friday, October 7th, 2016

Appears in Critically Acclaimed "The Birth of a Nation"

...he moved to Atlanta and formed a rock ‘n’ roll band, Howlies, playing guitar (self-taught) and writing songs. A MySpace inquiry to Los Angeles record producer Kim Fowley led to Fowley’s request for a demo, which led to an invitation to record at Fowley’s home...
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Submitted by Mary Riker:James Owens was Auburn University’s first African-American scholarship football player. He played on the varsity team from 1970 to 1972. He died on Saturday, March 26
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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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Monday, March 6th, 2017

Staying Power and Chavis' Guitar Faces

This was my first show at the new Funky Blues Shack space in Destin, and I was able to squeeze in early enough to stuff my face with perfectly cooked pasta before the band did their sound check. Owner Chuck Stiles greeted everyone at the front door, and the room was alive with conversation and celebrations...
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Monday, December 5th, 2016

All-Star Show Also Features Tribute to Kenny Oliverio

The annual fundraiser concert at the REP Theatre is not just any concert— it is an outpouring of many of the top local musicians donating their talents to honor the music we all love. Past artists honored include Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Johnny Cash and...
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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, May 24th, 2017

"Who has time for anything else when there is always new music to learn?"

When I was 13, I started taking lessons from Tom DeVoursney and loved every second of it I practiced constantly and couldn’t wait for my lessons every week. A few years later, I started playing in Faith Assembly’s early service band and sitting in with Tom at his local gigs...
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Jeff Black Returns to Seaside May 19

“My grandmother played piano in church, and my great-granddad played a little guitar, and my mom’s cousin played guitar. But nobody was really playing music. They were playing during the Depression, and I think they were trying to get something to eat..."
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Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Performs with Her Band Tuesday Nights at AJ's in Destin

I never intended to turn music into a career, but I did always plan to have it as a hobby. When I was 19 and in my first year of college at Auburn, a musician friend led me to my first solo gig. It went so much better than I would have ever expected, and I had a choice to make...
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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Big Lo - Dee Villain - ITz GileS - Micky Mouth - Strange Tang

“The stars truly aligned that evening,” he says of the gig, during which he sported a shirt with the word SOBER in big bold type. “I rocked the stage and had a wonderful chance to hear many people tell me they didn’t like hip-hop in the slightest bit and that they had a blast..."
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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Up Close and Personal with Beachcomber Music Award Nominated Singer-Songwriter

A lot of people questioned why I continued my education when my dream is to be a full-time musician, but honestly, studying literature and creative writing has influenced my songwriting so much...
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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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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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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Discovering the Secret of Youth with the Henderson's Spa Expert

Does spending your day lounging in a spa sanctuary in the heart of a luxury hotel sound like a dream job to you? We sat down with one of the country’s most sought after spa experts to get to know her...
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Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Cayce Collins is busy. She’s the kind of person who has more energy than people are supposed to have. In addition to raising a family and training a devoted crowd of people to become more fit, Collins is carving out an unusual career in our tourist-driven area...
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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Interviewed by Charles Morgan III

Destin Harvest has four refrigerated box trucks and picks up high volume food donations from retail grocers and restaurants in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Santa Rosa Beach. The foods are harvested daily and distributed at no charge to nearly 40 feeding programs.,,
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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, May 9th, 2017

#AStageForAll

...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
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Monday, October 17th, 2016

Oct. 21-Nov. 6 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin

“In the play, two people meet and fall in love. What happens next? We learn that things cannot be predicted absolutely. We must value the time we have because we don’t know the real consequences of our choices. Perhaps, in a parallel universe, someone like them or us exists and has simultaneously chosen differently.
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