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By Michelle Ruschman If you’ve ever driven down Beach Drive, you may have noticed several gardeners working at the front of Destin Church of Christ and admired the incredible garden. The man who had the idea for the beautification project is just as extraordinary. Meet our hometown hero Richard Gliebe,...
By Michelle Ruschman When missionaries, Mike and Libby Wild, began making videos with their four sons in 2011, no one in the family dreamed it would one day become Wild Brothers Productions. In less than 10 years, what started as a video series for friends and family in the Niceville area,...
By Will Estell If you’ve been a resident of Destin or the nearby coastal communities of Miramar Beach, Fort Walton Beach or Niceville for any length of time, you’ve probably heard a great deal about Destin High School, and the immense dedication and work of those involved in making the...
Welcome the Holidays Through Times Past By Margaret Zonia Morrison Our neighboring county, Walton, will celebrate its bicentennial in 2024. Commemorations like this call to mind history and tradition. Both the stately Wesley House, located at Eden Gardens State Park in Walton County, and the Christmas celebration that has become a welcome herald of...
By Lori Leath Smith Anyone can be a Hometown Hero when they help those in need in our community. As always during the holiday season, there is an ongoing need for giving or volunteering. Many children don’t have enough food to eat over a weekend, much less over Thanksgiving or...
By Kenneth Books Recovery from addiction is hard. Resources are limited and the lure of drugs and alcohol can be overwhelming. But there is a resource in our area that helps women break the cycle of addiction, get and stay sober and create a normal, fulfilling life for those who...
By Barbara Palmgren Some people have a vision of success that turns their dream into a legend for the ages. Did Peter Bos envision that his dream of a community built with one of the finest golf courses in the country would become just that…legendary? His company, Legendary, Inc., began...
By Tamara L. Young, PhD, City of Destin Public Information Manager It was 2006, the year of the Sago Mine disaster, the Enron trial and Italy scored a penalty shot to win the World Cup. In Destin, the chatter amongst City Council was about a park that would serve as the...
Resilience and Courage Define One Hopeful Place’s Sherry Jones By Doug Stauffer This story began four decades ago and details the extraordinary journey of a local girl who, at the tender age of 18 and fresh out of high school, found herself unwittingly intertwined with a drug kingpin. This captivating narrative chronicles...
By Christopher Manson In January 2022, a partnership between Okaloosa Island’s Gulfarium and the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism Department was launched. “C.A.R.E.”ing for Turtles takes place at the Gulfarium every Wednesday through the end of July; then every other Wednesday in August. The hour-long program is $15 for ages eight...