(You must be a registered voter on or before October 6th, 2020.) OKALOOSA COUNTY is Oct. 19-31, 2020. Registered voters may vote at their choice of early voting location in Shalimar, Crestview, Destin and Niceville from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day at all locations. On Election Day, voters...
By Sheriff Larry Ashley October on the Emerald Coast is special and especially if you’re a serious angler or simply a fishing enthusiast. Many folks, like myself, are both. That’s why tens of thousands of people are lured in from all over the country for the Destin Deep Sea Fishing...

Bay Buzz October 2020

Pumpkin Patch and Special Fall Family Days Valparaiso First Church invites the community to bring the whole family to its 2020 Pumpkin Patch and special Fall Family Days, open seven days a week beginning Oct. 12 through Halloween day at 571 Valparaiso Parkway. Pumpkin Patch hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m....

The Right to Vote

By Tim Norris When was the first US election? December 15, 1788 was the first United States presidential election. George Washington was inaugurated in New York City on April 30, 1789, 57 days after the First Congress convened. The act of voting in colonial times was quite different from today. In...
Tuesday, October 27 – Gates Open 5:30 p.m. – Concert Starts 6:30 p.m. Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is celebrating 20 years of preventing child abuse and neglect, protecting children and restoring the lives of impacted children. To celebrate and help raise funds,...
By Lori Leath Smith “Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” — Proverbs 31:9 Gathering in the Garden Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, 6 – 8 p.m., Point Washington Preserve, Tickets $40 It’s that time of year again—time to gather in the garden! The 3rd Annual Gathering in...
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...
By Lori Leath Smith A true local, Tricia Brunson, Niceville Valparaiso Chamber President and CEO, was raised in our area and has served as a Chamber of Commerce executive for more than 24 years investing in the local business community. This has led the Chamber to persevere and thrive even...
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 on hand...
By Jennie Mckeon, Wuwf, Npr For Florida’s Great Northwest, wuwf.org When disaster strikes, Laurie Hood, founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge, is usually one of the first people to hitch her trailer and rescue domestic, farm or even exotic animals. But after the refuge took in over 30 inches of rain from...

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