By Anna and Nathanael Fisher In a recent interview, we were asked if reaching our ten-year milestone felt like “We did it. Mission Accomplished!” Our response was that it feels more like “Mission ongoing, mission good start, mission we’ve so much more to do.” As we look back on the...
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...
Walton County Emergency Management is excited to host “Hericane Florida,” Landfall: Walton County, a free, weeklong girl’s day camp dedicated to transitioning young women into community leaders and showcasing the emergency management as an obtainable and rewarding career path. This week-long camp is for young women entering 9-12th grade...
The Exciting and Historic Arts Experience Returns During Art Month Saturday, May 7th | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Sunday, May 8 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Grand Boulevard By Lori Leath Smith As a child growing up in Grayton Beach in the 80s, Jennifer Steele never dreamed she’d one day...
By Rev. Gueary Clendenning Spring is here! The grass, dormant for several months, has turned from brown to a beautiful carpet green. Wilted plants and flowers are coming alive again, and the cold winter wind has been replaced with a warm gentle breeze. Yes, Spring is here! Last year, in early...