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Dusting Off

January 31, 2023
In the 20-plus years I have been a journalist, I have covered hundreds of events, written thousands of stories. However, the story that had probably the biggest impact on my life wasn’t even a story that I wrote. In October 2016, I was the editor of two different weekly newspapers, one that sadly isn’t around any longer and the other is not the paper that it used to be because of budget cuts, which is just as sad. That was when we found out that Alaqua Animal Refuge had rescued dozens of Great Danes.

DeSantis going after Disney still doesn’t sit right

January 24, 2023
It still surprises me that one of the biggest stories of last year in Florida was Gov. Ron DeSantis vs. Disney and that DeSantis not only won, but he crushed them. Earlier this month, we got our first look at what the changes to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the special district created in 1967 and signed into law by then Gov. Claude Kirk Jr.

Some things aren’t easier with time

January 17, 2023
It’s hard for me to believe, but I have lived in Northwest Florida for more than 20 years now. I moved down here from Indiana back in November 2002. At the time, my best friend and his girlfriend, now his wife, moved to Okaloosa Island to take jobs at some local newspapers.

Resolutions for 2023 made, but will I stick with them

January 10, 2023
I’m not usually one for big New Year’s resolutions. They can be a hassle to keep up with and follow. Although they’re designed to motivate you to make positive changes in your life, they can end up making you feel worse if you don’t stick with them.

Dusting Off: Community unites after horrible tragedy

January 5, 2023
We live in a strange time in American history. Despite all the advances we’ve made medically, scientifically and technologically, we seem more divided as a nation than we have in a long time.

Christmastime is here

December 19, 2022
I love a good Christmas movie or TV special. There are several we have on repeat at the Ricketts household that we watch just about every year and some of them multiple times a year.

Time is right to walk back through the door

December 14, 2022
Life can be very strange at times, can’t it? As cliché as it sounds, when one door closes, another one usually does open. Sometimes, you just have to be at the right spot and the right time to see it and walk through.

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