By Doug Stauffer They say blood runs thicker than water, but I witnessed what happens when colleagues choose to create an enduring bond. With its many branches, this extended family of the 919th Special Operations Wing (SOW) showed the heights achieved through genuine solidarity. I had the distinct pleasure of...
Free Federal income tax preparation is being offered in South Walton County for low to middle-income families and individuals, with special attention to senior citizens.  Tax Preparation service will be available from Feb. 15 to April 14, 2022 at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Taxpayers...
By Michelle Ruschman “Twenty-two veterans kill themselves every day. We are just trying to reduce that 22 by giving them more purpose and giving them a distraction if nothing else.” ~ Jeff Powell Local Jeff Powell is the founder and President of Veterans 48, a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose goal is to...
Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, in partnership with Visit South Walton, will once again host the International Coastal Cleanup in 2020. The Volunteer Beach Ambassador Team invites all community members and visitors to the Emerald Coast to join in the efforts to clean up the beaches of South...
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has approved a process to allow members of the public who cannot attend a County public meeting in person the ability to provide virtual public comment. This new process was instituted beginning with the August 10, 2021 regular meeting of the Walton County...
Don’t Give Up! Give Back By Lori Leath Smith While incarcerated, Destin resident and Army veteran Geoff Speyrer never dreamed he’d one day be a champion of bringing hope and awareness to veteran suicide. But now he is! Sadly, 22 veterans and active-duty members per day take their lives thinking there is...
On average, a student enrolled in the free and reduced meal program at school will miss access to 110 meals over the summer. Food For Thought Outreach is here to help bridge that meal gap. The first week of June, Food For Thought started their tenth year of summer services...
By Brian L. Underwood, CBEP Executive Director, and Lori Smith, Publisher One of our area’s most beautiful, coveted and useful resources has been experiencing significant challenges—ones that affect water quality, natural systems and benefits provided by our own Choctawhatchee Bay. And, whether you think about it or not, this massive...
The Walton Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board. The following positions are currently vacant. The Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Committee has an opening for their volunteer At-Large position. The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board is comprised of residents and...
By Victoria Ostrosky Christmas 2020. This will be one for the books. For everyone, this year has been a challenge, and for non-profits, this year has been especially difficult. Holding fundraisers and sponsoring events like they normally do to raise the funds required to continue their much-needed work has not...

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