This week in Destin history: The day the knight lost his arm

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Sept. 1 - 7

35 years ago — 1978

Ryland Parker, 8, was named Little Miss Destin Rodeo after the title winner, Cindy Kitchen, moved from the area.

Molly Cassidy of Destin won a free fishing trip on Capt. Wash’s Southwind. The trip was raffled by the Destin Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.

Ruth Bloom installed as president of Destin’s newly formed Xi Kappa Omicron sorority.

Carmella Marler celebrated her 92nd birthday at the home of her daughter, Nell Baker.

30 years ago — 1983

White Wilson Medical Center prepared to open its temporary quarters on Airport Road in Destin.

Members of Village Baptist Church build a home on Choctawhatchee Bay for the new pastor, the Rev. Raymond Johnson.

25 years ago — 1988

Destin Elementary had more than 730 students enrolled for the 1988-89 school term.

Okaloosa County commissioners voted to keep Wayside Park rather than turn it over to the city of Destin.

Destin City Council tried to decide whether to accept responsibility for the Destin Library.

20 years ago — 1993

The Green Knight lost an arm as he left Destin for Okaloosa Island and the Green Knight Lounge. Residents were promised a “new, modern-day landmark” at the old site, according to Keith Howard of the Howard Group, developers of the Destin site.

Rally for Recreation a “smashing success,” raising almost $40,000 to help with surfacing the track at the future Destin Middle School and building an Olympic-size swimming pool for the Destin Family YMCA.

Kilroy Travel has ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening.

Fred’s Breakfast Shop, formerly known as the Chicken House, opened in 1968 and is now closing its doors for good.

Nearly 25 percent of Destin properties were found to have major valuation problems, resulting in $144,000 in uncollected taxes, during a recently completed reassessment conducted by Okaloosa Property Appraiser Pete Smith.

Dave Williams and Timm Shores, owners of BRW Builders of Destin, were recently awarded the Aurora Award at the Southeastern Builders Conference in Orlando.

10 years ago — 2003

Father Donald L. Cramer, interim rector at St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Destin, was killed as he walked on the sidewalk along U.S. 98 and was struck by a pickup driven by Julian Ascher Yates, 42, of  Fort Walton Beach.

Paula Riggs, chairwoman of the Okaloosa County Commission and member of the county’s TDC, said she wanted a definitive court ruling on whether the right of landowners to keep their beaches private trumped the right of the public to walk on the beach.

Silver Sands Factory Stores was ranked in the top 10 outlet centers in the nation for 2003.