South Walton's Black Bears Active in the Fall

South Walton was once home to a large black bear population. Hunting and development nearly eliminated Florida's largest land mammal. But lately we've seen bears return to the area in large numbers.

Just like it is for SoWal vistors and locals, Fall is an active time of year for Florida black bears as they stock up on calories for the coming winter. Though black bears don’t really need to put on pounds to survive the state’s usually mild winters, they behave as if they do need to – eating about three times as much as usual.

FPRA Luncheon Features Seaside Founders at Bud & Alley's October 23

The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at Bud & Alley’s at 11:30am - 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The featured speakers will be Robert and Daryl Davis, the founders of Seaside. The Davis’ will speak about how they sold the idea of Seaside from a PR perspective.

Mary Derck's Positive Attitude Carries Her Through Cancer Treatments

Mary Derck’s aggressive ovarian cancer couldn’t withstand her determination to survive.

In February during her annual examination, gynecologist Dr. Lisa Judge found something seriously wrong. “You could tell it in her face,” Mary says.

There were no symptoms, so without the exam, Mary believes the cancer might have gone undiscovered.

Sacred Heart Gets “Down” for Breast Cancer Awareness

There were pink wigs, tutus, crazy hats, feather boas and some pretty impressive dance moves. Even Santa flew in for the occasion. Although they weren’t “Dancing in the Street,” they were dancing in the hall, the OR, the lab and even the chapel! The associates, physicians and volunteers at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast have been putting on quite a show for Medline’s Second Annual National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition. Nearly 200 participants have put on pink gloves and danced to "Down" by singer-songwriter Jay Sean for Sacred Heart’s Pink Glove Dance Video.


Discover the Natural Wonders of SoWal at the 11th Annual Back to Nature Festival

There are many reasons people come to visit South Walton, and even more reasons locals love to live here. Most everyone in SoWal enjoys the outdoors in all its wonder. It's where we find inspiration and creativity. We love exploring and learning about our unique coastal environment.

Honey Badger Martial Arts is Ed Berry's Passion

There was a day when your home, your child’s school and even the movie theater seemed a safe place. But we know different now, says Ed Berry, owner of Honey Badger Martial Arts.
Times have changed.

When Ed started training students in martial arts many years ago, he used his nickname Honey Badger as a business name. Last August, Tony Young and Karen Katzenbach at 30A Crossfit invited him to teach his martial arts classes at the facility.

Working with Ed, Tony and Kathy, is Henry Patterson. Ed met Henry 12 years ago when he came into Ed’s store, For the Health of It.

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Distributes Teacher Mini-Grants

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to award six Walton County teachers more than $3000 in teacher mini-grants and need-based grants for the third quarter of 2012. Teachers are awarded funds based on their application for specific arts project(s) and how the lesson will support the Florida Sunshine Standards, among other considerations. The program provides teachers needed funds to purchase supplies to enhance art in the classroom.

Sacred Heart to Host Breast Cancer Support Group October 16, 2012

To meet the growing needs of breast cancer patients and survivors in our community, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast hosts a monthly breast cancer support group. The group’s next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center at Sacred Heart.


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