Walton County resident Bill Fletcher was recently recognized as the 2nd Zeke Bratkowski Advocate Award winner by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) at its signature Gala. Zeke Bratkowski was an NFL professional football player and an assistant coach in the NFL for more than two decades. He passed...

Check Your Mailbox!

Housekeeping tips from Greta Grumbine Charlton—your local mail carrier: 1) Spray for Wasps It’s that time of the year when wasps are making their nests in and around your mail boxes! Help your mail carrier by checking around your mailbox to make sure it’s clear and safe to deliver. If you...
By Jessica Roberts 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. Starting the first week of June, Food For Thought will start its 10th...

Bay Buzz July 2021

It was a record setting evening raising $500K for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) at its 22nd annual signature “Bow Ties & Bling” Gala at the Hilton Sandestin. In what became the first matching funds occasion for ECCAC, the Jim Pierce Family, for whom the Pierce Family...
By Guest Columnist Pastor Doug Stauffer, Faith Independent Baptist Church Hello Niceville! After almost four decades, providence has brought me full circle. I have traveled around the world several times, but now have returned to the city that impacted my life more than any other place. In 1981, I left...
Rocky Bayou Christian School Superintendent Dr. Michael Mosley and Athletic Director Josh Childers have named Josh’s football coach successor, Robert Vilardo. Mosley said Coach Vilardo will assume football operations this summer. “It is both a privilege and a pleasure to welcome Coach Vilardo to Team Rocky. He brings a passion...
Niceville High School Resource Officer Tori Mason, a deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, has been awarded a $5,000 cash grand prize in the CGI Heroes: Celebrating Strength contest sponsored by Hialeah-based CGI Windows & Doors. The annual event recognizes Florida residents who have gone above and beyond to help...

Area Fireworks Abound

Niceville Fireworks Show July 4! Traditionally one of the most popular Fourth of July displays in the area, the Niceville fireworks show is one of the longest-running in the area and will light up the skies over Boggy Bayou on July 4, 2021, at roughly 8:45 p.m. Pre-show music, emanating...
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 no hope. But Geoff has...
By Rita L. Sherwood Whether you’re a local or not, one major issue with our beautiful beaches here on the Emerald Coast is helping the sea turtles. If you’ve been to the beach, I bet you’ve either seen an area roped off for a sea turtle’s nest, seen a sign...

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