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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

By Paula Hilton

About two years ago, my oldest daughter discovered a Zumba class at a nearby church. After going to the class alone for a couple of weeks, she suggested I go, too. I had recently experienced a traumatic loss that left me weeping in my front room every night, so I decided maybe getting out of the house would be a good idea...
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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

By Joni Williams

Honestly, up until then I didn’t feel sick. But I sure did afterwards. Especially when I’d see the bills. Affordable Care Act? I think not...
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

In middle school and high school, I grappled with moderate to sometimes severe depression. Everything I enjoyed or looked forward to seemed fun until the moment of actually being there...
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Friday, March 10th, 2017

By Leslie Kolovich

They are both Australian cattle dogs, and they have to do their best to herd me past the living room to the front door without stopping to see the morning news. I think they instinctively know that I’m a better person if they can get me outside first...
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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

The inflamed partisan issues that constantly barrage us through mainstream and social media outlets are often presented in a binary manner that keeps everyone at odds...
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Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Thoughts from Longtime SoWal Resident Nikki Hedrick

I’m 31 and lived over 30 of those years right off 30A, yet my window is limited. I don’t remember Fort Walton Beach or Destin as...
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

By Iryna Strilchuck

Young people cross half of the world to create an American Dream, which is different for everyone. These are people who work hard, respect the law, believe in their success, and...
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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Commentary by Dave Rauschkolb

Like in any very special place, there are going to be passionate, opposing forces at work to control what happens to it...
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Choctawhatchee High Alumni Returns and Likes What She Sees - For the Most Part

I attended Pryor Junior High for grades 7-9 and then went on to Choctawhatchee High School. I graduated from Choctaw in 1975 and was accepted to Auburn University. I graduated from Auburn in 1979 with a degree in secondary education and moved to the state of Virginia...