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Jobless rate dips again in nation, state, region

The Gainesville metro area's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April, down from 4.6 percent in March and 4.7 percent from April 2014 to equal the lowest rate among 25 metro areas in Florida along with Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach-Destin.

SWFL shines in April job growth to join Orlando in leading the state

Nationally, the rate was 5.1 percent, and statewide, 5.2 percent. The lowest unemployment rates in Florida were in Gainesville and in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin metro areas, which tied at 4.3 percent.

Community Meetings May 23

in Fort Walton Beach. Okaloosa County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board Nathan Boyles will discuss the matters of importance to Okaloosa County residents. Price is $15 and make reservations at 376-2287. The Pastel Society of North Florida will meet at ...

Activities fill Memorial Day weekend with fun

A screening of “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida” will take place at the Seaside Amphitheater ...
Laugh hard at The Comedy Zone at The Block on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach at 8 p.m. May 23. Two comedians are scheduled to entertain.

10 earn spot on Okaloosa County's Women's Wall of Honor

The honorees’ names are placed on a plaque, and in a nearby book containing a biographical page for each woman, in the library at the University of West Florida's Fort Walton Beach campus.

Cochise man charged with murder in cold case

Those who received the message included Flanders, Jeff Carlson, and other family members and friends in the Fort Walton Beach area. On Oct. 21, 2011, Flanders located Carlson’s vehicle at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (NFRA). The investigation ...

UWF awards grant to help FWB manufacturer expand

The University of West Florida Office of Economic Development and Engagement has awarded a $210,000 grant to SunCoast Converters Inc. to help the automotive parts and service company relocate to a larger facility in Fort Walton Beach. The grant marks the ...

Florida pastor accused of murder is arrested in Arizona

Flanders is accused of killing Marie Carlson, 37, who disappeared in October 2011 from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she lived with Flanders. Carlson was the mother of Flanders' child, said Nathan Alexander, a deputy U.S. Marshal in Tucson. Carlson's ...

Sterling native runs Florida hot spots

The 1981 Sterling High School graduate is running two successful restaurants, at four locations in Fort Walton and Miramar Beach, Florida. One is so popular that it soon could pop up in other cities nationwide. Being a Florida restaurateur was not Damiano ...

Rick Perry keynotes Okaloosa GOP Lincoln Day Dinner tonight

The event, which is open to the public, is from 6-10 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach ...
but not so much in Florida. The results, Perry says, have been “extraordinary.&rdq uo; “We also implemented ...

Saturday at Eden Gardens// Helms Family Photos

One of my favorite places in the whole world… Its a landing point for lovers to say “Till Forever”…. A magical estate, decorated with willows and roses…. History by the Bay… little piece of paradise. …

Villa di Mare Penthouse - Waterfront Condo - Fort Walton Beach FL

Click for details Penthouse Villa di Mare condo in Fort Walton Beach Florida near Brooks Bridge with boat slip. Stunning water views of Choctawhatchee Bay. There is an elevator with your personal co…

Ft Walton Beach News Bulletin: Former Pastor James Ty Flanders Arrested Today for Murder of Marie Carlson

James Flanders Former pastor arrested in 2011 disappearance, murder Posted: May 14, 2015 4:40 PM CST By Jonathan Andrews, Digital Manager Source: ory/29068783/former-pasto r-…

Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport

Destinâ€"Fort Walton Beach Airport (IATA: VPS, ICAO: KVPS, FAA LID: VPS) is an airport within Eglin Air Force Base, near Destin and Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida. No private aircraft…

James (Ty) Flanders, Former Pastor of Calvary Chapel in Ft Walton Beach, FL, Arrested Today for Murder of Marie Carlson

Scroll down for updates James Flanders Former pastor arrested in 2011 disappearance, murder Posted: May 14, 2015 4:40 PM CST By Jonathan Andrews, Digital Manager Source: o…

Micro Championship Wrestling in Fort Walton Beach on May 14

From GWH News: Micro Championship Wrestling will be at The Block in Fort Walton Beach, FL on May 14. The venue is located at 113 Eglin Parkway. Tickets are $15.

Northwest Florida State College - Fort Walton Beach College

Northwest Florida State College is a state college in Niceville, Florida and part of the Florida College System. NWFSC was founded in 1963 as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, with its campus in Valpa…

Fort Walton Beach vape pen with Space Jam Juice

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Former Airman Found His Way Home Thanks to Chance Meetings at USO Centers

Former Air Force Capt. Jeff Smith has started some of his most memorable travel adventures at airport USO centers. But they weren’t planned that way. On one trip, Smith was traveling home to Ohio to a…

WIMB? | Fort Walton Beach, FL ❤️ 1st Wedding Anniversary!

Happy Sunday!  Today is our 1st wedding anniversary!  I can't believe it's already been an entire year since Jason and I tied the knot on a gorgeous, sunny spring day in Atlanta!  *happy sighs* To ce…


There are more opportunities than ever for those receiving benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance [Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)] and SSI [Supplemental Security Income (SSI)] to learn job skills and find permanent employment in FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA.

If you are looking for work, or are new to the workforce, familiarize yourself with the Americans with Disabilities Act [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)] of 1990 , a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

A fundamental principle of the ADA is that people with disabilities who want to work and are qualified to do so should have equal employment opportunities.

This booklet answers questions you may have about your employment rights under the ADA.

How do I know if I am protected by the ADA?

To be protected, you must be a qualified individual with a disability. This means you must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Under the ADA, you have a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, thinking, walking, breathing, or performing manual tasks. You must also be able to perform the job for which you want to be hired, or for which you have been hired, with or without reasonable accommodation.

What are my rights under the ADA?

The ADA protects you from discrimination in all employment practices, including: job application procedures, hiring, firing, training, pay, promotions, benefits and licenses. You are also right not to be harassed because of your disability and your employer can not fire or discipline you for asserting your rights under the ADA. More importantly, you have the right to request reasonable for the hiring process and employment functional adaptations.

What is a "reasonable accommodation"?

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job, work environment or how they usually do things that would allow you to apply for a job, work, or enjoy equal access to the benefits available to others in the workplace. There are many things that can help people with disabilities work successfully. Some of the most common types of accommodations are:

  • physical changes, such as installing a ramp or modifying the workspace or services;
  • sign language interpreters for the deaf or blind readers;
  • provide a quiet space or other changes to reduce noise distractions for someone with mental disabilities;
  • training and written materials in accessible formats such as Braille or audio cassette or computer discs;
  • TTY for deaf can use the telephone, and computer hardware and software to facilitate computer access for people with visual impairments or who have difficulty using their hands; and
  • licenses disability who needs treatment.

    What should I do if I think I need a reasonable accommodation?

    If you think you need a reasonable accommodation for the job application process or at work, you must apply. You may request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the job application, or any time before or after starting work. How do I request a reasonable accommodation? Just let your employer who needs an adjustment or change because of their disability. Needless to complete special forms or use technical language to do so. For example, if you use a wheelchair and it does not fit under your desk, you should talk to your supervisor. This is a request for a reasonable accommodation. A doctor´s note requesting disability leave or saying that you can work with certain restrictions is also a request for reasonable accommodation. What happens after making a request for a reasonable accommodation? Once you have made the request for reasonable accommodation, the employer must discuss the options available to you. If you have a disability that is not obvious, the employer may require documentation that demonstrates and explains why you need a reasonable accommodation. You and your employer must work together to determine an appropriate accommodation.

    For more information on labor support, contact the Social Security Administration [Social Security Administration] to:

    1-800-772-1213 (voice)

    1-800-325-0778 (TTY) [2]


    The Guardian and a warning to FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

    Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

    It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

    They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

    It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

    My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

    What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

    The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

    A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

    It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

    The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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  • Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA

    By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

    America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

    Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

    · Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

    · Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

    · Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

    · Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

    · Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

    Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

    · Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

    · Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

    Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

    America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status



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