Millender named Carrabelle interim mayor
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Millender named Carrabelle interim mayor

Carrabelle City Commissioner Anthony “Tony” Millender was selected by the city commission May 2 as the city’s interim mayor. Millender will serve as interim mayor-commissioner until the November election.  Because he had to resign from his commissioner seat to serve as interim mayor, this left open his commission seat. Commissioners appointed former Carrabelle Mayor Mel…

Update: Sheriff releases name of man found dead at Mill Pond
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Update: Sheriff releases name of man found dead at Mill Pond

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith has released the name of the man whose body was found floating Monday afternoon by law enforcement officials in Apalachicola’s Mill Pond, just off Scipio Creek. In a Facebook post, the sheriff said the body has been identified at that of Derwin Black, 22. He said Black had lived in…

District softball tourney all this week
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District softball tourney all this week

Franklin County played host this week, from April 30 through May 2, to the District 4 tournament in Class 1A FHSAA girls softball. Liberty County (16-6) is the op seed, with Franklin County (15-10) as the #2 seed, Wewahitchka (12-11) #3, Blountstown (17-7) #4, Port St. Joe 97-15) #5 and Bozeman (9-11) #6. On Monday…

Bus driver suspended for texting while driving
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Bus driver suspended for texting while driving

A longtime Franklin County school bus driver will face a hearing before a Tallahassee administrative law judge, and possible termination by the school board, after an investigation by school officials found multiple instances of her using her cell phone while driving a bus. At the March 28 school board meeting, the board voted 3-2 to…

Volunteers honored at boat and car show
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Volunteers honored at boat and car show

Shiny varieties of vintage boats and classic cars lined up in front of Riverfront Park April 20, for the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Boat & Car Show. But the real cream puffs were the names announced as the county’s top volunteers. In a presentation amidst the show, Chamber Director John Solomon and Board…

Carrabelle twirls along the river
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Carrabelle twirls along the river

It was as if the stars of the show got pulled away at the last minute, and the understudies had to perform, and they ended up doing a pretty fine job. The Adventure Family Circus, an internationally touring small family circus show slated to perform at Saturday’s 2024 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival, canceled a few days…

Franklin County kids design license tags
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Franklin County kids design license tags

Franklin County Tax Collector Richard Watson has announced the 2024 Kids Tag Art winners All fifth graders in Franklin County were invited to compete for small cash prizes by drawing a specialty license tag with a theme of Historical Franklin County.  Leeah Ward from the Franklin County School took first place. Second place went to…

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Unemployment up in Gulf, down in Franklin

Joblessness in Gulf County rose in March, and fell in Franklin, as both Forgotten Coast counties hovered around the 3.2 percent mark. According to preliminary data released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Gulf County unemployment rose by three-tenths of 1 percentage point last month, from 2.9 to 3.2 percent. Franklin County joblessness…

Lady Seahawks seeded second, Liberty first, for districts
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Lady Seahawks seeded second, Liberty first, for districts

The Lady Seahawk fastpitch team won two out of three games last week and improved their record to 14-9. The team is currently ranked ninth in the Class 1A FHSAA power rankings, and will host the District 4 tournament as the #2 seed from April 30 through May 2.  Liberty County is the top seed,…