“Unprecedented” is the word for 2020 By Dave White Users of the online dictionary, Dictionary.com, elected "unprecedented" as the People's Choice 2020 Word of the Year. Can anyone disagree? 2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year of problems, challenges, pivots, solutions and, perhaps, even successes. For many Americans, 2020 has been...
The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) will approach COVID-19 vaccination efforts similarly to the planning structure of previous vaccination programs. DOH-Walton received their initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines on December 31, and are allocated for first responders and seniors 65 years of age and older by...
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...

The Greatest Gift

By Gueary Clendenning Queen Elizabeth received a 105-carat diamond from Raja Singh of India, which is in her crown. It is considered one of the most expensive jewels in the world at a cost of almost 13 million dollars. Created in Italy and housed in Dubai, a pair of ladies...
By Lori Leath Smith Destiny Worship Center Pastor Steve Vaggalis might not have known what the former Miramar Beach Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken would become when the church had the opportunity to purchase it in 2018. But the building located next to the Destin campus had its own destiny—and God...

Our Thankful Community

By Heather Bennett One of the many great things about living along The Emerald Coast is our sense of community.  We cheer on one another, we pray for one another, and we show up for one another when we are in need. Our community is passionate about showing up for...
By Heather Bennett Hope is an optimistic feeling, based on the desire or wish for a positive outcome. Hope can also be faith in the unknown. For HOPE Project, Inc, hope means Healing Our Patriots With Equines. Through equine therapy, this nonprofit organization is giving hope to Veterans, First Responders...
Last week, as Hurricane Sally made her way across the Florida Panhandle, the Habitat ReStore in Walton County was left with 19 inches of standing water in their store and throughout their entire property. Unfortunately, the flooding caused extensive damage and destroyed all of the inventory the ReStore had...
Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, in partnership with Visit South Walton, will once again host the International Coastal Cleanup in its new form for 2020.  As many things have changed in the era of Covid-19, so has the way that we will approach our local coastal cleanup.  This year’s ICC...
Just in time for the back-to-school-season, Walton County Public Library System announces the launch of its new Tutor.com program. Tutor.com connects students at their time of need to one of over 3,000 highly vetted expert tutors. With instant access to one-to-one homework help and tutoring, students can lower their...

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