The Farr Side column: ‘American Idol’ adapts with virtual format

It was not a typical “American Idol” finale, but it wasn’t a typical season, either. Season 18 is one for the books. Just Sam, a former subway singer, was crowned the latest “Idol” winner, remotely.I was hooked on this season long before the effects of COVID-19 became a reality. I was already invested in this… … Read More


Pick through history at ‘American Pickers’ store

This Iowa city of fewer than 4,000 residents is home to one of TV’s most popular shows and offers visitors a slate of things to do. LeClaire sits along the Mississippi River and is home to Antique Archaeology, the shop of “American Pickers” on the History Channel. It is a place where visitors can pick… … Read More


American Legion holds flag retirement ceremony

On June 14, the American Legion Post 296 in Destin conducted a flag retirement ceremony.Over 150 flags were respectfully retired from service. All flags left for retirement are cremated at the local post. Commander Jim Dexter and 2nd Vice Ken Eggman conducted the ceremony with auxiliary members, the fire department, local DAR representative Laurie Woods,… … Read More


Native American Flute Festival returns to downtown FWB

David Baxter places emphasis on the word “family” when he talks about the Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival.The co-founder explained it’s because the free Fort Walton Beach festival is a non-alcoholic event with various types of entertainment — Native American musicians, dancers, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a silent auction, a raffle and… … Read More