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Miss Destin Pageant to field six contestants

Six teenage girls are about to begin the journey to become Miss Destin 2019 — but only one of them will get to wear the crown and sash. Makenzie Coe, Khloe’ L. Johnson (Silver), Lauren Adams, Danielle Locht, Marlee Tobik and Brooke O’Keefe will all be competing for the title.


Florida man electrocuted trying to remove bird from power line

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a man who kept pigeons was electrocuted when he used a metal pole to remove one of his birds from a power line. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Elian Garcia Rivera was in his backyard Saturday afternoon when he spotted one of his pig


Dinner delivered: Food delivery apps on the Emerald Coast

FORT WALTON BEACH — In this fast-paced digital age, even dining looks different than it did 10 years ago. There are now applications on smart phones that allow for food from local restaurants to be delivered to your door, even from restaurants that do not offer food delivery as part of their own ser


Two dogs at veterinary ER after eating popular but poisonous Florida plant

BRANDON, Fla. — Two dogs who belong to a Brandon pet owner are fighting to survive after eating a popular but poisonous Florida plant. “She is Kenobi’s shadow and they are as thick as thieves already,” said dog owner Linette Drake of Brandon.


About 100 animals rescued from cramped, dirty FL boarding facility

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL (WEAR/CNN) - Dozens of dogs, cats, and other animals were found in filthy, cramped conditions at a boarding facility. Panhandle Animal Welfare Society Director Dee Thompson said about 100 animals - about 80 of them dogs - were brought to the agency from Danny’s Doghouse in Nice


Florida's longest yard sale, Flea Across Florida

For eight years, Flea Across Florida has brought thousands of visitors to small communities across the state on Highway 90, filling up motels, restaurants and small local businesses. It is held in April and September each year.


Father charged with killing 3-year-old son

DESTIN — The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged a Bluewater Bay man with homicide after he allegedly stabbed his 3-year-old son to death and then stabbed himself. According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, Frederick Franken Sr., 61, was arrested at Fort Walton Beach Medical Ce


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office to form 'Drug Interdiction Unit'

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office has announced they will be forming a "Drug Interdiction Unit." According to Santa Rosa County's Sheriff Bob Johnson, in the last seven to eight months Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office (SRCSO) deputies have made 14 Narcan saves


Two large drug bust in Santa Rosa County over the weekend

Santa Rosa County, Fla (WKRG) --Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office announce two major drug busts in Navarre over the weekend. Deputies stopped a vehicle on 399 in Navarre after smelling marijuana coming from the vehicle. After stopping the car and searching the driver, they found 837 Oxycodone, 493


Fla. Man Threw 5-Year-Old Daughter to Her Death — But Defense Claims He Was Insane at the Time

Opening statements begin on Monday afternoon in the murder trial of a Florida dad who admitted to throwing his daughter off a bridge four years ago. A jury of nine men and seven women will hear testimony that John Jonchuck dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, to her death. Johnchuck has pleaded


80 dogs removed from neglectful conditions at boarding/rescue facility

On Friday, officials removed approximately 80 dogs, and a variety of other animals, from neglectful conditions at a Florida boarding/rescue kennel. According to multiple sources, the dogs were discovered at Danny’s Doghouse in Niceville – the dogs were being kept in a dark room which was covered in


Hurlburt wife writes novel about Air Force life

NAVARRE — If not for the Air Force, Ruth Alfred might never have written "As Iron Sharpens Iron: A Shepherd's Duty," the fictional story of a military chaplain's struggle to balance deployments, raising a family and counseling his flock.


Two accidents, no injuries in FWB neighborhood

Around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, two accidents occurred in the same area of Wright Parkway and Holmes Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. In the first accident, a pick-up truck ran into a telephone pole.


Navarre Garden Club to hold annual Spring Fling

NAVARRE — The Navarre Garden Club will hold its annual Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the Navarre Conference Center. The day will begin with plant sales and a number of outside vendors and nonprofits displaying their wares. In the lobby there will be opportunity drawings and a 50/25


Department of Health addresses Okaloosa County's rank

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and acknowledged in March by the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights


Destiny Worship Center comes to FWB

FORT WALTON BEACH — Over 1,000 people took part in the grand opening of the new Destiny Worship Center. The round, cavernous building — and fifth location of the church — features a stage, two large screens, multiple TVs, a high-quality sound system and stage lighting.


Niceville’s Lightfoot commits to Alabama

NICEVILLE — Although Katie Lightfoot’s time at Niceville High School is coming to an end soon, she’ll be keeping crimson in her color wheel a while longer. The Niceville track and field Facebook page announced Wednesday that Lightfoot would be continuing her athletic and academic career at the Unive


Pet Welfare volunteer turns 90

By Sheri Kotzum | 315-4353 | @DestinLogSheri | skotzum@thedestinlog.com While most 90 year-olds are enjoying the quite retired life, Jack Dickason still chooses to go to work. For the past 16 years, Dickason has volunteered at Pet Welfare, a no-kill animal shelter on Eglin Air Force Base.


Okaloosa County Commissioners Helping to Cut Costs at Community Garden

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. - It's springtime and what better way to celebrate the slightly warmer temperatures than by improving a local community garden. Okaloosa County Commissioner, Trey Goodwin, asked the public works department to help a local community garden.


SCHOOL SCOOPS: Art show features student creations

--- The City of Fort Walton Beach awarded its March ACE to FWBHS student Katelyn Balent for showing success in and out of school. The FWBHS STARs dance team placed 11 in the nation among the large varsity hip hop category at the National Dance Alliance competition earlier this month in Orlando.