By Ed Offley Do you have a good cause aimed at helping the Walton and Bay County communities? If so, April Wilkes would like to hear from you. And if your organization qualifies, she would like to provide you with the money to make your endeavor a success. For nearly a quarter-century,...
By Michelle Ruschman Cindy Smith has taught child abuse prevention in schools since the 1990s. This earlier work led her to become an advocate, author, speaker and founder of Living Hope for Today, whose mission is twofold: to teach our kids, even as young as age 3, how to deter...
By Heather Bennett  If you’ve read any of Life Media publications, South Walton Life, Destin Life, PCB Life, Bay Life, and now Fort Walton Life, you’ve probably noticed our sea turtle logo. That logo came to life in the form of Theodora “Theo” of South Walton, who represents all the...
By Heather Bennett Long before people were enjoying the white sand beaches and emerald green waters along The Emerald Coast, sea turtles were coming ashore to nest their eggs. They now share the area with around 500,000 people. That number surges as tourists flock to the area. What we do...
Summer visitors to Walton County will once again be able to enjoy complimentary day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Walton County Tourism Department is paying the cost of entry for day-use visitors in order to increase...
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...