In Hurricane Katrina’s Wake

 | June 30, 2015 12:04 am

The Damage That Can’t Be Measured in Dollars Often Makes the Biggest Impact


Many years ago, my father taught me to ride a two-wheeled bike, a brief

rite of passage that brings the first taste of independence and freedom

for many children. When his big, capable hands let go of my tiny green

Schwinn one hot summer day, it was with a mixture of thrill and panic

that I set off on my own, in a way, for the very first time.

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Through the Cumberland Gap: Bluegrass, Mountains and History

 | June 29, 2015 12:03 am

Through the Cumberland Gap
The wonder of exploration defines Kentucky’s past and future

White settlers in Colonial America began conquering the East by the 1600s, but the territory to the west remained a great unknown. The Appalachian Mountains formed a natural barrier, neatly but unevenly, dividing the North American continent into East and West.

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Crossroads of the Future

 | June 28, 2015 12:03 am

Are Freeport and DeFuniak Springs prepared to relieve the pressure of population expansion?

At the Crossroads of the Future
As development and population density expand in southern Okaloosa and Walton counties, Freeport and DeFuniak Springs prepare to relieve the pressure. Are these two historic cities ready? 

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The road to progress

 | June 26, 2015 11:57 pm

Over the past three decades, the Highway 30A Business Corridor has evolved into a viable microcosm of the Emerald Coast, with a strong independent economy as well as its own set of challenges.


A vital and growing economy flows through the Emerald Coast by way of U.S. Highway 98, which serves in part as a continual yet centralized business district, tying together the area’s many communities. But on the east end of Walton County, Highway 30A loops on and off 98 to the south, harboring a community and culture which has created a business corridor that stands apart.

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Dancing with the stars

 | June 25, 2015 11:53 pm

Tony Dovolani discusses his “Dancing with the Stars” success


Ballroom dancing is back and in a big way, thanks in part to the success of a competitive reality television show that quickly captured America’s unpredictable attention. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” fox-trotted its way up the ratings over the past two seasons as celebrities, coupled with professional dancers, went toe-to-toe to capture the show’s coveted trophy.

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Bubble talk is all hot air

 | June 24, 2015 11:53 pm

Local Real Estate Market Is Heating Back Up

Since the highly publicized 2005 hurricane season, the news media have been full of reports of the “bubble bursting” in the real-estate market. Don’t believe everything you read, say local experts, because it may not tell the whole story.

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Raising the Barre

 | June 23, 2015 11:45 pm

World-Renowned Dancer Todd Allen Reflects On His Return to the Northwest Florida Ballet

To talk with Todd Allen about the art of dance is to be sure this man was born ready for the stage. But in truth, Allen did not find his way to the spotlight until he was a teenager, reluctantly trading his well-worn sneakers for ballet shoes.

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Coastal Cowboys

 | June 22, 2015 11:44 pm

The Emerald Coast is frequented by tourists, military personnel and cowboys.

Cowboys? Yep, partner. Pensacola is home to the Panhandle Cowboys posse, a chapter of the international Single Action Shooting Society.

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Marked Man

 | June 21, 2015 11:44 pm

Step inside. Lay down. Hear the buzz. Grit the teeth. Exit tough.

I felt that something was missing in my life, but what?

Financial security? Fulfilling career? Health? Religion? Love?

It was a Wednesday morning, 10:15 a.m., when it finally dawned on me.

Gosh, I forgot to get a tattoo!

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How to atract birds to your garden

 | June 20, 2015 11:24 pm

Beckoning birds to your garden with a few easy steps can result in season after season of enjoyment for the whole family.

Birds have fascinated mankind for thousands of years, and today there are literally millions of bird lovers in the United States. In fact, a report from the Kaytee Avian Foundation estimates that 43 percent of U.S. households, or about 65 million people, provide food for wild birds.

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Tapas A Tasty Trend

 | June 19, 2015 11:22 pm

Small dishes boast big flavor as tapas tops the hottest menus.

The latest dish in the culinary world is all about the taste-tempting trend of serving and enjoying tapas. A centuries-old Spanish tradition of offering small portions of food that feature a big, flavorful experience, tapas recently experienced a revival in America and can be spotted at some of the Emerald Coast’s most talked-about restaurants and cocktail parties.

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Gulf Coast beaches update

 | June 18, 2015 11:21 pm

Oil spill cleanup is under way

Oil spill cleanup is under way at many beaches along the Gulf Coast, and beach-bound travelers are keeping a close eye on coastal conditions.

Here are some of the latest updates from destinations affected by the oil disaster:

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Local designers offer advice for creating romantic retreats at home

 | June 17, 2015 11:18 pm

There is just one day each year — Valentine’s Day — dedicated to celebrating couples. We all know the well-worn rituals: Snag a good dinner reservation, order flowers, buy a box of chocolates and hope that you’ve done enough.

But what if your plans fall through or, in the aftermath of an exuberant Christmas, you’re looking to save a little money without sacrificing romance?
You don’t have to look any further than your own home.

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The Go-Green Express

 | June 16, 2015 11:10 pm

Rob Roy McGregor Rides His Bike to Save the Rain Forests


Perhaps you’ve seen him riding down the side of U.S. Highway 90 wearing a kilt and asked yourself, “Who is that guy and what is he thinking?”

He goes by the name Rob Roy McGregor, and he is riding his bike to help raise environmental awareness and save the world’s rain forests.

McGregor’s journey began in Orlando in January 2009 at the 32nd Annual Scottish Highlands Festival. The cultural anthropologist and father of four set off on a journey throughout Florida to spread his message.

After pedaling nearly 1,000 miles across the state, McGregor ended his ride on Feb. 7 in his hometown of DeFuniak Springs.

“I am biking and creating art to draw attention to our most critical global problem created by our daily decisions,” he says. “The current focus of my bike ride and art exhibition is global climate change.”

McGregor is currently riding across his ancestors’ hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, and working on a new exhibit, “The 13 Acacia Trees of Life Art Project.”

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Loving Homes for Special Needs Animals

 | June 15, 2015 11:00 pm

Frogs to Dogs’ Dr. Jenny Fortune Finds Loving Homes for Special-Needs Animals


For the past 27 years, Dr. Jenny Fortune has worked as a veterinarian at the Niceville Animal Clinic. Her last name is misleading, in that she doesn’t make a fortune caring for animals, but she is collecting a lot of good karma. 

Through the years, Fortune has seen thousands of animals come through her clinic. Many are surrendered because, for one reason or another, their owners can no longer care for them.

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