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    Friday, January 24, 2020
    Twin Cities Hospital announced a $6.7 million expansion of its ER at a special ground breaking ceremony, held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. The project includes the expansion and renovation of the ER, relocation and replacement of the existing CT, and a small surface parking addition. Currently, the ER is approximately 4,800 square feet and comprised of 8 rooms, with one room serving as a low ...read more
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    Friday, January 24, 2020
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) - a charitable arts organization founded in 1995 to be Northwest Florida's champion of cultural arts and arts education for all - kicked off its 25th season with an Awards and Induction Ceremony.  Outgoing MKAF board chairman, Heather Ruiz, applauded the following retiring board members for their dedicated service: James Campbell, Mike Freeman, Bill ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating Penguin Awareness Day in the best way possible, by announcing a new addition to their endangered African penguin family. The Gulfarium, located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, revealed that a penguin chick hatched at the park on December 20, 2019.  The penguin chick was raised by surrogate penguin parents, Missy and Tubbs, for the first ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    The Public Safety Training Center at Northwest Florida State College has recently been recognized for excellence across three of its programs.  Law Enforcement and Corrections received the recognition of “perfect” following a Florida Department of Law Enforcement audit. This was the first time in five years that the law enforcement program received this esteemed accolade. The program’s yearly ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Thanks to the generous donation of $500 from the members of the Panhandle Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the kids living at Children in Crisis will have a little extra to help get ready for the New Year with new clothing and other necessities. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The Panhandle Fraternal Order of the Eagles’ donation will really help our at-risk children prepare for the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of February.  The Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.  ECTC was selected as the February beneficiary of the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues to see the fruits of its labor during its seventh season, celebrating new attendance records for educational final performances as well as the continuing partnership with the Florida Chautauqua Theatre in DeFuniak Springs.  “ECTC was founded because of the need for educational theatre opportunities in our community,” said Anna Fisher, ECTC’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    The Destin / Ft Walton Flotilla (F14) of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Aux held its Change of Watch ceremony on Saturday, January 11th., 2020, at USCG Station Destin. Flotilla 14 is part of Division 1 of the 8th Coastal Region of the USCG Aux. Henry Rice is now serving as the new Flotilla Commander (FC). Sheresa Waller, who served as the Flotilla Commander in 2019, is the new Vice ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Mary and John Howard recently came on board supporting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) in a major way. They became the newest Champion of Hope Guardian Angels, which is the highest level of annual membership with ECCAC at $2,500. ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations, as well as helping to ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    The Destin Library is proud to display the artwork of the Beaty family all through the months of January and February. The colorful and diverse paintings line the walls of the library and are available for viewing during normal business hours.    The Beatys are long-time residents of Destin, Florida. Dill Beaty studied at Harris School of Advertising Art in Nashville and had a long career in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    Northwest Florida State College was named one of the top online community colleges of 2020 by Intelligent.com. Intelligent.com, whose mission is to connect college students to reputable higher education resources, ranked The Top 60 Online Community College in the U.S. based on cost, program strength, online readiness, return on investment and student engagement. In the assessment, ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Beach Community Bank has entered into agreement with Florida First City Banks, Inc., and First City Bank of Florida that provides for the merger of First City Bank of Florida with and into Beach Community Bank.  Completion of the transaction willresult in a combined entity with approximately $675 million in assets, making it the largest community bank headquartered in northwest Florida.  “I am ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Progress Financial Corporation, the parent company of Progress Bank, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special one-time cash dividend of $0.18 per share. Approved at the January Board Meeting, the dividend will be payable on February 14, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 31, 2020.   “We are committed to bringing value to our ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    On Friday, February 7, Costa Enterprises McDonald’s will serve breakfast to over 1,100 local student athletes and coaches at the All Sports Association’s 35th Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Breakfast hosted at Northwest Florida State College’s Raider Stadium.    This will be the fourth year in row Costa Enterprises McDonald’s has sponsored the Annual FCA Breakfast and served as ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Register for Winning Business on Social Media here! It’s not a question of whether or not social media is an effective sales tool. The question is whether or not it’s working for you. Join Cox Media on Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach, to learn more. Event Description Social media expert Corey Perlman’s presentation unpacks the sales process and ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    The Northwest Florida State College Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2020 Alumni Awards and needs your participation! This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a deserving alumnus of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Okaloosa-Walton College or Northwest Florida State College.   There are four categories of awards:•Distinguished Alumni Award – NWFSC alumnus ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    On January 9, Northwest Florida State College President Dr. Devin Stephenson and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Associate Director – U.S. Campus Operations Mr. Ron Garriga signed an agreement joining the two institutions to create a seamless pathway for student success.  “Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University fully supports students transitioning from Northwest Florida State College, and we ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    In honor of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) 25-year historical journey, the popular Arts Guild Luncheon titled "Love for the Arts" returns on February 19, 2020. Hosted at the Emerald Grande, Emerald Ballroom from 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Luncheon will feature acclaimed guest speaker, Wendy Rodrigue, presenting “The Life & Legacy Tour of George Rodrigue.” This MKAF event is ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Long-time Children in Crisis (CIC) Board Member and volunteer Judy Wiseman gave the children living at the CIC Neighborhood a real opportunity last week. She asked friends from the local community to assist with Angel Trees for CIC for the 13th year! The volunteers donated new school clothes, shoes, gift cards, and books to help the CIC children and teens celebrate a joyful Holiday Season. Ken ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    A huge gathering of participants from along the Gulf Coast came out in force to have fun and support Children in Crisis (CIC) at the recent Destin Crafted Beer Festival. The festival was held at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa and sponsored by Chan’s Wine World. Thanks to a lot of hard work from the committee, sponsors, and participants, this year's festival far exceeded last year. All proceeds ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, Wind Creek Hospitality presented a gift of $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in support of the 30th Anniversary Bold Steps Campaign. This gift included support and expansion of the Bigs with Badges program. The check presentation took place at the new BBBSNWFL office located at 1320 Creighton Rd in Pensacola.    Big Brothers of Big ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    The Destin Life Church helped the foster children living at the Children In Crisis Neighborhood by donating toys for the Holidays. The toy collection was coordinated by Michael Saunders and Blake Pryor but all of the memberships pitched in to help the children living at the CIC Neighborhood have a special Holiday Season. According to Ken Hair, CIC President and CEO, “We opened the Children’s ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    After beginning its seventh season this fall, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has seen greater success and attendance growth for both its Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) productions as well as its educational performances. ECTC has performed for more than 6,700 school students since its inception in 2012 with more than 1,600 children and families attending TYA productions through ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors and recruiting more mentors, also known as Bigs.  Every January, people all over the world make a New Year Resolution. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is challenging you to resolve to do something important and ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast recently recognized Joanne Waller, RN, with The DAISY Award  for Extraordinary Nurses. Waller is employed at the Family Birth Place. She has been a labor-and-delivery nurse for 24 years and joined the Emerald Coast hospital in 2010. The DAISY Award is part of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast's efforts  to recognize  the extraordinary, compassionate care ...read more
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    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    Heading into 2020, patients across the Florida Panhandle will have access to larger, newer, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, thanks to expansions and upgrades at four local hospitals.   Since 2015, four HCA Healthcare North Florida Division hospitals have invested in 19 expansion and renovation projects totaling more than $305 million. The projects have created an additional 116 inpatient ...read more
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    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    Grand Boulevard Festival of Christmas Trees of Sandestin recognized Children In Crisis  (CIC) as “Peoples Choice” winner-up at the recent competition with other area charities.  CIC was honored for its dedication in making a significant difference in the community and was presented with a check for $1,500.  The funds will be used to help make Christmas special for the at-risk children living at ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    The City of Destin is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Outdoor Decorating Contest. The contest proved to be difficult to judge as many Destin homes, businesses and organizations did a fantastic job showing their Holiday spirit through decorations. The city received multiple phone calls and emails pointing out locations that had done an outstanding job of decorating. This information ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    Customers and employees of the Destin Petsmart helped the kids living at Children in Crisis this week by having a stuffed toy drive. Thanks to the generous donations from the members, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will have a little extra this year to make Christmas and the New Year special. The event was called “The Chance, (dog), & Lucky, (cat), Toy Drive." According to Ken Hair, CIC ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    On Tuesday, Dec. 17, many students at Fort Walton Beach High School received a special Holiday delivery for Christmas this year, thanks to the generous donations from the Kids on the Coast Foundation and AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. After discovering a few years ago that many teenagers in our local community have significant needs during the Christmas season, Kids on the Coast Foundation and Fort ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    Emerald Grande and HarborWalk Village surprised all their employees with a bicycle for each of their employees’ children.  The gift of 134 bikes was announced at the company’s annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 10, as the employees and their families celebrated together.Paul H. van Leeuwen, Chief Operating Officer for HarborWalk Hospitality commented, “Our employees’ families often sacrifice ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    The day may have been chilly, but the mood was bright and the smiles were big on Friday, Dec. 13, when the 30A 10K group gathered the benefiting charities in Rosemary Beach to receive their funding. The event has given more than $430,000 to local charities impacting our community directly, and the CAA is thrilled to be included in this year's festivities and receive $18,000. A huge thank you to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center received a grant for $24,746.15 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The C.A.R.E. Center received the grant to help purchase a vehicle to aid in the transport of rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles. "This vehicle is going to help us accommodate the growing needs of our sea turtle ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    On Dec. 18, The Blake at Miramar Beach’s Sales Office celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.The Blake at Miramar Beach, a Legendary Living Community, will be located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Highway 98 in Miramar Beach convenient to shopping and medical services. The community will feature 123 apartments for assisted living and memory care.Along with luxury ...read more
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    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    Many local children are alive today because of the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and their families joined the radio station last week for “St. Jude Rocks.”  The radiothon took over the airwaves of 99ROCK/WKSM on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13.  99ROCK listeners and local businesses, including Step One Automotive Group, pledged $32,320 to support St. Jude Children’s Research ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    On Dec. 17, almost 200 Destin Chamber members gathered for the Holiday & Awards Party presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital to celebrate the successes of 2019 and honor outstanding community members. Surrounded by the festive décor of Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2019 Destin Chamber Chairman Julie Cotton of Northwest Florida State College presented the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    Provident Title proudly announces Nathan R. Cordle has joined the team as the new lead closing attorney.    A native of Opp, Ala., Cordle spent many summers and vacations on the Emerald Coast before relocating to South Walton in 2017.  He earned both his law and undergraduate degrees from The University of Alabama.  As a South Walton resident, Cordle is active in the local community, having ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort played Santa to the kids living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood with its Christmas “Tee Off for Toys” campaign. This is the 8th year and the collection gets bigger each year. Thanks to the awesome donations from golfers and supporters, the kids at CIC will have a wonderful Holiday Season and 2020. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation ...read more
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    Monday, December 16, 2019
    The Kiwanis Club of Destin recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) a donation of $1,400 to help feed, clothe, and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Ken Hair, CIC President, & CEO,commented, “We have been blessed with great support from the community to build the Children’s Neighborhood. However, it’s difficult to find critical funding to feed and clothe ...read more
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    Monday, December 16, 2019
    The City of Destin recognizes the changing nature of business in its jurisdiction. To that end, in order to efficiently manage an orderly transition of one use to another, the city will be implementing a Change of Use process effective Jan. 1, 2020. A Change of Use application is required under the following instances: 1.A property or structure (including portions of a property or structure) is, ...read more
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    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Okaloosa Gas District donated more than 300 coats to United Way Emerald Coast Wednesday, Dec. 11, during the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast. The donation directly supports United Way’s annual Coats for Kids campaign, which aims to provide a warm coat to every child in need throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties during the holiday season. Unseasonably warm temperatures ...read more
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    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Northwest Florida State College, has been selected by the Delegate Assembly of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to serve a second term on the Board of Trustees. SACSCOC is a coalition of colleges in 11 southeastern U.S. states whose mission is to assure educational quality and to improve the effectiveness of its ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC), announced Monday its newest acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. The XI is the most advanced robotic surgical system available. This new robotic surgical system can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    The City of Destin’s top staff honor has been awarded to Nnamdi Ohamuo, who was selected by his co-workers as the 2019 Employee of the Year. Ohamuo was presented the award at the city’s annual Christmas Party and will receive recognition for his accomplishment from the mayor and city council at the Dec. 16 council meeting. Ohamuo began working for the City of Destin in January of 2017, with the ...read more
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    Monday, December 09, 2019
    In 2020, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) will launch a $80 million expansion and renovation project that will benefit our community, patients, and team members.   The first project to get underway will be the building of a free-standing ER in Navarre. With groundbreaking scheduled for January, FWBMC anticipates the facility will open in November 2020.  This community outreach project ...read more
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    Monday, December 09, 2019
    The 40th Annual Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group Chapter #3605 Toy Run closed out by raising almost $20,000 to help the abused children served by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and the at-risk abused and neglected children living at the Children in Crisis Neighborhood. More than 600 bikers met at the Sam’s Club parking lot in Ft. Walton Beach Sunday morning and paraded to the ...read more
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    Friday, December 06, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Dec. 6 – On Dec. 5, Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.From bite-sized and miniature to the perfect party size, Nothing Bundt Cakes offers delicious treats for all occasions. Enjoy flavors like chocolate chocolate chip, classic vanilla, red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, confetti, carrot, lemon, marble, and pecan praline. Looking for the ...read more
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    Friday, December 06, 2019
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast received an exciting holiday surprise this week! Larry Batchelor Mechanical LLC, parent company of Mills Heating and Air of Fort Walton Beach, donated $20,000.   When Chris White, Manager of Mills Heating and Air, was asked what inspired the generous donation he replied, Mills Heating and Air had a very good year in 2019 and we wanted to give back to the local ...read more
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    Friday, December 06, 2019
    On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Gulf Winds Credit Union presented a gift of $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) in support of the 30th Anniversary Bold Steps Campaign. This gift included support and expansion of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. The check presentation took place at the new BBBSNWFL office located at 1320 Creighton Rd, Pensacola FL, ...read more
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    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    This Christmas help us Stock the Stocking! Dec. 4 - 18, Food for Thought will be handing out stockings with a wish list of healthy, easy to open food items to feed kids in our program over the holiday break. With your help we can fill enough stockings to keep students from missing over 20 meals during Christmas break. This time of year is tough for the kids in our program as they lack access to ...read more
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    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital donated over 10,000 pounds of food and water to help people in need during the holidays.   Each hospital held a food drive with their employees during the month of November to help the community during the holidays. FWBMC’s food and water weighed in at 9,577 pounds for the Sharing and Caring facility in Fort Walton Beach. Twin Cities ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County residents to participate in the first virtual arts contest and gallery.    The OAA wants to know what you consider “Holiday Spirit”, it could be a holiday song sung by you (maximum of 1 minute), a holiday dance or act (maximum of 1 minute), or any form of visual holiday art (drawing, painting, photography, etc). Any ...read more
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    Monday, December 02, 2019
    For the last 15 years library patrons have brought in food items to the Destin Library to pay off their overdue fines and in turn support a local charity. Beginning Dec. 1 - Jan. 5, 2019, the Destin Library will be accepting non-perishable food or personal hygiene items for Food-for-Fines. Each item donated is good toward $1 in fines. All donated items received will go to Harvest House of Destin, ...read more
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    Monday, December 02, 2019
    In memory of her late husband, Janice Eichorst has pledged $15,000 to establish the Kurt K. Eichorst Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). A man of faith, Kurt attended Crosspoint Methodist Church, where he met and married the love of his life, Janice. Together, they were avid supporters of the NWF Raider Athletics program and also volunteered at the Mattie Kelly Arts ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    The City of Destin needs interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees:  Board of Adjustment, Local Planning Agency, Public Works and Safety, and Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee. Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Each and every year, the members of Silver Threads Quilt Guild (STQG) work diligently to create charitable donations to help those in need in our area. At the November general membership meeting, STQG donated more than 50 beautiful handmade quilts just for the abused, neglected, and abandoned children living at the Children In Crisis Neighborhood located in Fort Walton Beach. Ken Hair, President, ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Board Certified Attorney John P. Townsend has joined Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.  He is certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law by the Florida Bar. Townsend has practiced in Community Association and Planned Development Law, Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law in Northwest Florida for several years prior to joining Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.  “I have worked across the table ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Located within the beachfront Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa along Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast, the award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa is celebrating the arrival of the holiday season with eight new “Spa-liday” treatments:  •Berries & Mimosa Hydrafacial – boosts the amazing effects of HydraFacial with the brightening benefits of Berries & Bubbles. Featuring muntries and pepper ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations in six major categories:Best Decorated Home: This will include single homes, duplexes (best side), mobile homes, etc.Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc.Best Decorated Organization: This category includes ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, Costa Enterprises will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebratory luncheon to commemorate the opening of the new “McPlayroom,” located in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart.   The Ronald McDonald House Family Room opened earlier this year in the newly built Studer Family Children’s Hospital at ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    On November 15, 2019, Northwest Florida State College hosted a ceremonial memorandum of understanding signing with Troy University to celebrate a new agreement for students transferring to Troy University. The agreement went into effect July 12, 2019 and allows for NWFSC students and employees to receive a 10% tuition scholarship and waived application fees when transferring to Troy University ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Northwest Florida State College was awarded a total of more than $275,000 by way of three Pathways to Career Opportunities grants by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) that will focus on developing registered apprenticeships in the areas of carpentry, machining and plumbing. FDOE awarded more than $7 million to Florida College System institutions, public high schools, school district ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for 2019-2020. The Executive Board of Directors are: President- Bill Head; Chair of the Volunteer Committee, Vice President- Ken Hair with Children in Crisis; Treasurer- Susan Kneller, Chair of the OAA Grants Committee; and Secretary-Becky Belcher with the Arts & Design Society. The Board of Directors are: Karen Reid with Young ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Destin Commons is excited to announce Another Broken Egg Cafe is now open at the center! Well known for their fresh and creative cuisine, Another Broken Egg Cafe's passion is to create Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, with an artisanal flair, that is “craveably” delicious and can pair with refreshing, hand-crafted cocktails! "We are pleased to have Another Broken Egg Cafe ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Destin, Fla., Nov. 18 – On Nov. 18, the Destin Snowbirds celebrated the annual opening of its roost with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff and community members.The Snowbirds Roost, officially located in the Destin Community Center, offers regular programs and special events to snowbirds visiting the area.  For more information, please call (850) 351-0672 or visit ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    Knights of Columbus, St Mary’s Council #4444 of Fort Walton Beach, helped jump start United Way Emerald Coast’s annual coat drive: COATS FOR KIDS at Christmas with a check for $500.  Much needed coats will be purchased for local children in need of a warm coat.  “Sharing the Warmth” (left to right) are Paul Spikes, Jesse Flores, Dan O’Roarke, United Way CEO Kelly Jasen, Michael Rivera, United Way ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    On Sunday, October 20, The Henderson, a Salamander Resort, hosted their third Sweet Sunday event, titled “Pumpkins and Primrose,” anchored by The Honey Hutch. The event drew over 1,000 locals and visitors to the resort who celebrated the flavors of fall, shopped local artisans, and most importantly, raised a total of $4,000 for The Sonder Project.  Guests made their way through The Henderson’s ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    With a gift of $15,000, Dennis and Cathy Stuteville have established a scholarship endowment at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) in memory of Dennis’s sister, Doris Jean Stuteville. Doris, who joined the Army Reserves with the promise of getting her LPN degree, was proud to become a nurse and happy to be able to make a difference in, not only her own life, but also the lives of the many ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Sal Salaz of Brezzin Entertainment, LLC, recently celebrated the anniversary of the release of his Capture The Moment Latin Jazz album. Here samples of the songs and a video from his 2018 release party on his website at www.salsalaz.com/events. The CD is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    With the increase in holiday meal services, there will also be a need for increased volunteer hours and food items.  See below for ways that #youcanhelp this holiday season. Holiday Volunteer Days Needed in November AND December Email tiffanie@fftfl.org to sign up or for more info   Holiday Food Items Needed: Cereal Canned VegetablesApples & ApplesauceOrangesStuffingBreadaFruit CupsFood Can be ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    On Oct. 10, 2018, Panama City was changed forever. Since then, The Sonder Project has provided housing recovery support to 217 households with over $569,000 from 371 individual donors.   Much has been accomplished, but there's still a long way to go!  This is your last chance to donate to our one-year anniversary campaign. Click here to donate.
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is very pleased to announce the addition of a new Harbor seal to the park's resident animal family.  The female seal, named Zoey, arrived at the park in mid-October after transport from another zoological facility. Zoey was originally rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on November 22nd, 2009, and deemed non-releasable due to reoccurring infections. She has ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently received a $25,000 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation towards its Child Safety Matters/Teen Safety Matters initiative in schools.  The Center’s staff teach children safety rules, choices and strategies for recognizing and responding to safe vs. unsafe situations and all forms of child abuse and exploitation as well as the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    The Northwest Florida State College Board of Trustees met on November 6, 2019 in a special board meeting during which they unanimously approved a long-term lease with the Crestview Technology Air Park (CTAP) at Bob Sikes Airport and a Memorandum of Agreement with the Hsu Educational Foundation to house its new Airframe and Powerplant Program. This transformational partnership serves as a ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Executive Chef Dan Vargo of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa won first place in a head-to-head oyster cookoff during the 12th Annual Gulf Shores Oyster Cookoff (Nov. 1-2). The cookoff took place Saturday, Nov. 2 and required all competitors to create a minimum of 24 dozen oyster in each of the three categories: Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and raw oyster. Chef Dan received first place in ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Dr. Olivier Broutin, an implant, cosmetic and family dentist in Bluewater Bay is hosting a discussion on dental implants on November 21st, 2019, from 1 - 2 p.m.  at the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 1055 East John Sims Parkway in Niceville.     Light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.  Reservations are requested, by calling 850-897-4488.  ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    United Way Emerald Coast has named Kelly Jasen as CEO, succeeding Rick Owen who became President of United Way of Florida in September.  She began work in her new position November 1 becoming the first woman to lead the 62-year old nonprofit organization.   “We are delighted to welcome Kelly to our Emerald Coast United Way team,” said Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, UWEC Board Chair and Principal of South ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    United Way Emerald Coast is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Community Partner Certification application opens Friday, November 15, 2019.  Each year, new and returning non-profit agencies are encouraged to apply to become a Certified Community Partner (CCP).  This application is open to all 501(c)(3), nonprofit organizations throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties that meet certain eligibility ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson recently presented Children in Crisis a check for $1,007.20 from their recent Emerald Coast Bike Fest event.  The donation will help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children living at the CIC Neighborhood. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We’ve provided a home to over 950 Kids and have kept all of our brother and sister ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    30A Songwriters Festival is the ideal opportunity to align your business with the thriving arts scene in South Walton. There are a variety of ways for you to join in the fun while supporting and celebrating eleven years of hooks, lines, and singers.  Get involved through event sponsorship, by becoming a lodging partner, purchasing a program ad, or volunteering. And, of course, don't forget to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Henderson Park Inn was named a finalist by Condé Nast Johansens for its 2020 Awards for Excellence under the “Best Luxury Value” category.   “Condé Nast is one of the premiere brands for luxury accommodations,” said general manager Dawn Moliterno. “To have earned a spot as a finalist, ahead of hundreds of thousands of other properties, we’re absolutely honored.”  A hidden gem nestled along the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    Northwest Florida State College is proud to announce its approval to join the State of Florida’s Apprenticeship System. This approval means that NWFSC will soon launch a new Apprenticeship Program to train skilled carpenters and plumbers, preparing them to join the labor workforce. “Congratulations to Northwest Florida State College on their approval to participate in the State of Florida’s ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is 5-star rated for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Hip Fracture Treatment outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    The Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented a check for $1,250 to Children in Crisis to help feed, clothe, and give a loving home to the children living at the CIC Neighborhood.   Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “The donation will make a huge difference in the lives of over 100 children that will call the CIC Neighborhood home this year.  Support from the FWB ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Northwest Florida State College Foundation held its Scholars & Donors Luncheon Friday, October 25. Every fall, the luncheon presents an opportunity to bring together the College’s generous benefactors, students, faculty and staff. The program encourages scholarship recipients and donors to get to know one another as well as recognizes newly established endowments and Distinguished Alumni Award ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    On behalf of CCB Community Bank, President Alan Wood presented a $15,000 pledge to Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). This unrestricted gift will further the College’s mission to develop a highly skilled, educated workforce that benefits the region.  “CCB Community Bank has provided NWFSC the opportunity to direct this gift to the institution’s most critical needs,” said Dr. Devin ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    It’s no secret that fall is the best time of year to visit the Gulf Coast, with warm weather, clear skies, and a variety of exciting activities to experience. Although this time of year is generally considered the off-season, Southern Rentals & Real Estate saw a spike in bookings for visitors coming to the Gulf Coast in their vacation rentals division.  The company is proud to report a strong 2019 ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    Children, families, and pets filled the interior streets at this year's Destin Commons' Halloween Haunt. Spooky festivities began at  p.m. with the costume contest registration and concluded with Destin Commons' Marketing Coordinator, Rachel Guidry, announcing the winners in each category.  Ages 0 to 4 years old:  1st Place: Empress Manalo as Skeleton 2nd Place: Jaqulin Anderson as Mary Had A ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    The Emerald Coast Foundation selected Children in Crisis to be one of the benefiting charities of the ECF Boat Week and Poker Run and donated a check for $20,000.  The funds raised by the event will help feed, clothe, care, and give a safe, loving home to over 100 at-risk children this year.   The donation to CIC was presented at an event held at The Island by Hotel RL located on Okaloosa ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is 5-star rated for coronary bypass surgeries, treatment of heart attacks and pacemaker procedures outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    On behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation, Roger Stump, presented a $10,000 grant to Northwest Florida State College. This is the second Gene Haas Foundation grant awarded to NWFSC in just five years. The grant will support scholarships for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology or machinist training. Funds will also support CNC/Manufacturing programs such as SkillsUSA and SAE teams. “This ...read more
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    Friday, October 18, 2019
    Members of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso donated their time and hard work during a recent workday to build an outdoor patio for the kids to enjoy. The work group included dedicated Kiwanis members from the Niceville, Valparaiso and Bluewater Bay areas. Several times each year the Niceville Kiwanis sponsors a work day, usually held on 5th Saturday mornings.  Their efforts help to ensure ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    It’s not too early to start planning for this year’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Adopt-a-Family program to help children in need over the upcoming Holiday season.   ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families who have been identified by the Center. Last year, the program helped 197 children in 70 families have a brighter Christmas.   Sign up to ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    TripShock, celebrating 10 years of company growth and expansion, announces the launch of WaveRez.com. WaveRez, through the latest technology and innovation, is the newest solution for online reservations, resource management and customer retention.   Designed specifically for watersports and tour operators, the reservation software easily manages online bookings, controls inventory, provides ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    The 12th Annual Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic benefiting Children in Crisis raised over $30,000 to provide a home to local foster children.  The funds will be used to help feed, clothe and care for the at-risk children living at the CIC Children's Neighborhood.   The tournament was held at Kelly Plantation and golfers from all around the panhandle came to enjoy the awesome event.  The day ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Step One Automotive Group has officially opened their first Pensacola location, Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola, located at 5651 Pensacola Blvd. To commemorate the official grand opening, Step One hosted a Grand Opening Gala on Thursday, September 26.   The celebration was hosted at the new dealership, which was transformed inside and out into a dazzling event space by Showtime Events and TSC ...read more
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    Monday, October 14, 2019
    On Friday, October 11, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) was awarded a token of appreciation from the Army Reserve Aviation Command in recognition for their continued support of the U.S. Military.As a company, DWU is committed to supporting and employing the nation’s veterans and active military living in the area. The presentation of the token came from one of DWU’s long-tenured employees, Command ...read more
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    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, has launched their 2019 Fall Offerings for locals and guests. In addition to their fall Love Locals promotions, the resort will be hosting various specials and dining events throughout the season.  Beginning this fall, The Henderson’s premier bar, Horizons, introduces Tacos & Tequila. Every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. guests and visitors alike can ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    Costa Enterprises hosted the president of McDonald’s USA, Chris Kempczinski, in September at their Port St. Joe restaurant, located at 115 US Highway 98. During the visit, Costa Enterprises recognized Kempczinski and other McDonald’s corporate staff who were visiting the location in honor of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael approaching. This particular location was directly ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance hosted a ribbon-cutting at Florida Park in Valparaiso on Friday, October 4, to dedicate their newest living shoreline project to the memory of CBA founding board member Michael Flynt. Michael Flynt was a champion of the CBA and of Northwest Florida State College. He served as a member of the NWFSC Foundation Board, the Institute of Senior Professionals, the ...read more
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    Saturday, October 05, 2019
    Wes Fell with Paradise Promotions Home and Boat Show recently presented Children in Crisis a check for $2,500 to help provide a home and care to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of the local community.  According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “We opened the Children’s Neighborhood in February 2008 and since then; we’ve given a home to over 950 Kids and have kept all of our ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    On Wednesday, September 25, guests gathered at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen for a special culinary showcase benefiting Santa Rosa Beach-based Food for Thought and its innovative Full Circle Kitchen program in conjunction with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Led by Executive Chef Dan Vargo of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the event featured six of South Walton’s top ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    Sacred Heart Health System has formally changed its name to Ascension Sacred Heart and is adopting a new logo. At Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, now known as Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, installation of signs bearing the new name and logo began last week.  The new name reflects the fact that for 20 years, Sacred Heart has been part of Ascension, which is one of the leading ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    Twin Cities Woman’s Club, longtime friend of Northwest Florida State College, has established the Twin Cities Woman’s Club Scholarship Endowment with more than $23,000 to support NWFSC students. In addition, the Twin Cities Woman’s Club provided a $2,000 gift to ensure continued support to existing student scholars. The Twin Cities Woman’s Club is a group of women that raises funds for ...read more
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