Libraries host Animal Tales Zoofari Earth Friday
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Libraries host Animal Tales Zoofari Earth Friday

The Franklin County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continues its series of fun events with the highly anticipated Animal Tales Zoofari Earth on Friday, June 28. The program features animal ambassadors from around the globe with six different exotic animals from six different continents. Children and adults alike have the opportunity to get up close…

Proclaiming the energy of emancipation
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Proclaiming the energy of emancipation

In the ninth year of its local observance in Port St. Joe, and the fourth year since it was designated a federal holiday, and the 159th year since it marked that day in Texas, June 19, when a Union general delivered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, Gulf County marked Juneteenth in…

New Nautical Ventures store sets sail
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New Nautical Ventures store sets sail

Six months after Wefings Marine, Franklin County’s oldest boat dealership, dating back 115 years, was sold to a South Florida company, the new Nautical Ventures snipped the ribbon on its remodeled location in Eastpoint. The company, based in Fort Lauderdale with dealership locations also in Palm Beach, Sarasota, Stuart, and Tampa, hosted a BBQ, beer…

Franklin County about to land Bassmaster tourney
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Franklin County about to land Bassmaster tourney

TDC OKs deal for October Redfish Cup Franklin County looks to be quite a busy place for two weeks beginning in late October as tourist development officials have struck a deal to bring a big money, nationally televised fishing tournament here. If details can be agreed upon, the 2024 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship will…

Tax collector races highlight local ballots
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Tax collector races highlight local ballots

With the presidential race in November likely to attract record turnout, and with qualifying now closed, voters in Franklin and Gulf counties still will have several local races to consider, particularly on who will fill their open tax collector seats in both counties. In Franklin County, Republican Amy Braxton Cook and Teresa Ann Martin, a…

History buffs breathe life into cemetery
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History buffs breathe life into cemetery

An ongoing effort by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society to repair and maintain the city’s aging Chestnut Cemetery is about to kick into overdrive, thanks to an infusion of much-needed dollars. The historic cemetery, considered by experts to rank among the state’s oldest and most distinguished burial grounds, is set to benefit from $166,000 in…

Jones seeks re-election to county commission
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Jones seeks re-election to county commission

Eastpoint resident Ricky Jones is seeking re-election to the District 1 county commission seat, which encompasses all of St. George Island and portions of Eastpoint. Jones, 53, of 258 Sago Drive in Eastpoint, is facing a challenge from Republican Russell Turner, 68, who resides at 419 US Highway 98 in Eastpoint. At the primary election…

Young girls sweep Georgia tournament
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Young girls sweep Georgia tournament

Three Franklin County girls traveled to Moultrie, Georgia earlier this month to compete in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) “We Will Never Forget” tournament June 1. The North Florida Glory Wakulla County fast pitch girls 8-and-under team went undefeated all day (5-0) and took home first place.  They downed the Valdosta, Georgia Laces…

Araujo sentenced to 25 years
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Araujo sentenced to 25 years

Judge accept prosecutor’s recommendation Following an emotional hearing Friday afternoon in the Apalachicola courthouse, in which convicted murderer Christina Araujo broke down in tears as she expressed remorse for the killing, Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom handed down a 25-year sentence. With about five-and-a-half years of credit for time served, both in the Franklin and Liberty…