Let’s Get Growing with Larry

By Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Okaloosa Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees Recent widespread hard freezes more than likely resulted in damage to many of the citrus trees in Northwest Florida. Cold damage will become more evident as we move into the spring and summer. It is best to take a “wait...
We are pleased to announce that Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Marcus Chambers was recently recognized by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) for his accomplishments during his tenure. In addition, several innovative district programs and awards were mentioned, which included the following: The Okaloosa County School District (OCSD)...
By Marta Rose-Thorpe Throughout 2022, A Superior Air Conditioning Company was able to bring our community’s Veterans and First Responders together for fellowship and meaningful camaraderie… nine times! We’ve been told many times how much these lunches mean to the men and women who unselfishly served, and are serving, our...
By Corleen Zieglar The Davis-Sikes Post 296 American Legion family held the fifth annual Wreaths Across America event at Destin Memorial and Marler Family cemeteries Dec. 17. Members of each branch of the service laid ceremonial wreaths on the graves of a deceased member of the same branch. Retired Lt....

Around Town January 2023

38th Annual Destin Christmas Parade “Elf on the Shelf’ 2022 Winners: Noel Award/Band Award: Fort Walton Beach High School and Destin Middle School Bands Elf Award/Children Service: Destin Middle School Cheerleaders Santa’s Helper Award/Children Commercial: Studio6twenty5 Angel Award/Religious Award: Destin United Methodist Church Chamber Award/Commercial: Legendary Marine Service Department Civic Club/Civic Award: Miss North Florida...
By Lori Leath Smith, Publisher As the new year is now a reality, I have been thinking about our city’s rich heritage and how it influences our local lifestyles today. It helps to know some of our history in order to appreciate our piece of Paradise and how far we’ve...
By Kenneth Books In the late 1990s, three teenagers ran their hearts out as members of the Fort Walton Beach High School cross-country team. Today, all three – Mike Lowe, Ken Dwyer and Austin White – are colonels in the armed forces. Lowe and White are in the Air Force,...
WEEK 18 Saturday, Jan. 7 or Sunday, Jan. 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, TBD, TBD New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, TBD, TBD Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, TBD, TBD Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, TBD, TBD Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, TBD, TBD Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, TBD, TBD Tennessee Titans at...
On November 8th, Bobby Wagner, 28, won the Mayoral Election for Destin. This makes him among the youngest mayors to ever serve in Florida. “I want to say thank you to everybody who made this campaign successful–my family, friends and community who have supported me and this vision for...

Okaloosa Schools Shine

Gov. Ron DeSantis made a surprise visit to Okaloosa County recently to announce the inaugural group of schools to receive Florida Purple Star recognition. The Purple Star designation recognizes schools that provide extra support for children of military families. Once the school names were released, it was apparent why...