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By Barbara Palmgren Okaloosa County is a diverse place, indeed. I have taught a class for several years for seniors at the Center for Life Long Learning called “The Museum Trail.” We explore each of the nine museums beginning with the Destin Fishing Museum and ending with one farthest north,...
By Lisa Woodrum The atmosphere was electric as I entered the gymnasium: confetti falling from above, balloons floating around, popping, the smell of pizza, rousing music resounding above the din of laughter and chatter of young and old! Youth were running about, others playing foosball, hoops and presenters at their...
By Heather Bennett Eye As our regional athletes of Special Olympics Florida gear up for the Summer Games, I want to share with you how the organization is more than just a place for those with intellectual disabilities to train and compete in Olympic-style sports. It’s also an organization that fosters leadership...
On Thursday, February 22, the Fort Walton Beach Vikings and Principal Lindsey Smith rolled out the red carpet for the Okaloosa County School District’s first Multipurpose Building ribbon cutting! Their band and chorus performed, their cheer and dance teams welcomed guests, their ROTC presented the colors, and the leadership...
DAR Conservation Award The Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has honored Okaloosa County UF/IFAS Extension Services Agent Sheila Dunning with the prestigious DAR Conservation Award. The award recognizes volunteers with distinguished conservation efforts which include sustained accomplishments that improve the environment and educate the public on conservation...
5th Annual Westonwood Ranch Pro Rodeo | March 22-23 | Freeport Regional Sports Complex Dust off your boots and get ready to rodeo again this year! The 5th Annual Westonwood Ranch PCA Rodeo returns to the City of Freeport Sports Complex March 22nd –23rd. You don’t want to miss some...
By Michelle Nicholson There’s typically a range of emotions when you start talking about Spring Break rolling back around in Okaloosa County; those who welcome the influx and those who don’t. It’s important to remember our county caters primarily to families who travel here to enjoy the warmer temperatures, crystal...
By Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Okaloosa County Recent freezes have resulted in many people questioning whether to prune or not to prune cold damaged plants. The short answer is — wait. Winter’s not over. Our winter temperatures go back and forth all season – one week it’s winter, the...
By Barbara Palmgren Long before there were courses in Destin, there was the city course of Fort Walton Beach. The municipal golf course in Fort Walton Beach began slowly, built to its 36-championship status over several decades. The 18-hole Pines course was built in 1961. The Oaks course opened with nine...

Growing the Game

By Barbara Palmgren U.S. Kids Golf - Winter tournament at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club On Sunday, January 28, 2024, one of six local winter tournaments took place for this local organization. Played at Shalimar Pointe Golf Course, teen groups played 18 holes and younger golfers beginning at age 6, played nine...