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“Tax Free Tips Act of 2024” Submitted to Congress to Scrap Federal Tips on Taxes

U.S. Congressmen Representatives Matt Gaetz (FL) and Thomas Massie (KY), introduced the “Tax Free Tips Act of 2024” in the second session of the 118th Congress in the House of Representatives on June 18. The bill is designed to provide financial relief to service industry workers by scrapping federal income and employment taxes on tips and was co-sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA). It was inspired by former President Donald Trump’s “plan to end federal taxation on income derived from […]

todayJune 22, 2024 7


VFW Post 7674 Auxiliary Helps Support FNQG Quilts of Valor Foundation Mission

As part of their mission to remember and help veterans, the Harvey F. Eckhoff VFW Post 7674 Auxiliary donated $2,000 on June 17 to the Flying Needle Quilt Guild’s (FNQG) Quilts of Valor Foundation’s (QOVF) to help fund their continued success in honoring veterans. Auxiliary President Betty Riker presented the check at Post 7674’s monthly meeting to guild president Kerry Kastl and Barbi Ouellette, FNQG’s QOVF coordinator. Riker said, “Because of their pledge and dedication to caring for veterans and active-duty […]

todayJune 21, 2024 15


Governor DeSantis Signs Florida’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Bill

On June 14, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law CS/CS/HB 7021 - Mental Health and Substance Abuse, a bill championed by State Representative Patt Maney to modernize Florida’s Baker and Marchman Acts for the first time since their original passage 53 and 31 years ago, respectively. This action will significantly improve the navigation, service delivery and expected outcomes of Florida’s mental health system. Unanimously approved by both chambers of the Florida Legislature, Governor DeSantis' signature solidifies the modernization of […]

todayJune 16, 2024 113


Quilts of Valor Awarded to Six Emerald Coast Veterans

The Flying Needles Quilt Guild (FNQG) awarded six local veterans with special Quilts of Valor (QOV) on June 11 at the Air Force Armament Museum. The special event honored the veterans for their military service and sacrifice. Master of Ceremonies Barbi Ouellette, FNQG Group Lead and Guild QOV coordinator, said, “To sign a blank check pledging to their country to give whatever is asked, up to and including, their life. To take that risk for love of country and community […]

todayJune 15, 2024 7


Okaloosa County Holds 2nd Annual Women Veterans’ Day Ceremony

Okaloosa County celebrated the service of women veterans at its 2nd Annual Women Veterans’ Day at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on the morning of June 12. The ceremony coincided with the 76th anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act signed by President Harry S. Truman on June 12, 1948. For the first time, women were allowed to serve as permanent, regular members of the armed forces in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Okaloosa County Commissioner […]

todayJune 14, 2024 9


Okaloosa County Begins Opioid Abatement Initiatives Funded by the Florida Opioid Settlement

A special press release meeting was held on June 6 by Okaloosa County to honor Revive Awareness Day and and the County’s key opioid epidemic abatement initiatives beginning in June. Representatives from local agencies outlined the problems and strategies it is implementing to address strategies response to the drug epidemic and how those strategies will be funded. Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County Administrator Elizabeth Smith introduced the newly formed Okaloosa County Health Improvement Partnership (OCHIP) as “a group of agencies, […]

todayJune 10, 2024 11


MidSouth Bank Holds Successful “Pawty” for PAWS’ Adoptable Cats and Dogs

MidSouth Bank’s “Let’s Pawty” offered a donation opportunity as well as adoption event on behalf of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on June 7 in the bank’s parking lot on Beal in Fort Walton Beach. Branch Manager/Retail Loan Officer Lynn Fehr and her co-workers invited the public to a cookout at their 768 Beal Parkway NW location in Fort Walton Beach where Fehr showed her grilling prowess while attendees interacted with adoptable dogs and cats. One lucky pup named Buck […]

todayJune 10, 2024 11


100+ Women Who Care Emerald Coast Gifts Junior League of the Emerald Coast’s Child Cloth Project $17,206

100+ Women Who Care Emerald Coast (100+WWCEC) presented a check for $17,206 to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, Inc. (JLEC) on June 5 towards funds needed for their Child Clothing Project at the Hampton Inn & Suites Destin. Michelle Ferreria thanked 100+WWCEC and explained the JLEC’s Child Clothing Project mission, “The check from 100WWCEC will go to purchase clothing items for elementary school-aged children in our area. Each year, the Junior League of the Emerald Coast provides […]

todayJune 7, 2024 14


Local Students Win Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

The Harvey F. Eckhoff VFW Post 7674 Auxiliary announced four local students as winners of the 2024 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest on May 20. Hosted each year since 1979 by the VFW Auxiliary, the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is opened to students in grade 9-12 to recognize young artists in grades 9-12. The scholarship contest recognizes up-and-coming artists and encourages their patriotism. First Place (High School)—Camryn Lux, Niceville High School, junior (($150) First Place (Middle School)—Blake Pritchard, […]

todayMay 23, 2024 88