A hallowed week

It was about as complete a Halloween week as can be imagined, full of fall festivals, all wrapped up with weekend theatre and a ghost walk and finally Beggar’s Night on Sunday evening. The Live from Apalach production by the Panhandle Players Friday evening, directed by Natalie Parsley, was a lot of fun, with appearances…

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Jimmy Bloodworth’s boys debut as authors

Their legendary major league ballplayer father was a master storyteller, and now Jimmy Bloodworth’s two sons are following in his base path by putting their own stories down on paper. River Rats and Salty Dogs, a debut novel by Apalachicola’s Leon Bloodworth, and “We Who Remain” by Orlando’s Darryl Bloodworth, a legal thriller, both appeared…

State backs city’s challenge to FEMA rule change

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has backed Apalachicola’s appeal of a more than half-million-dollar claim that FEMA had rejected based on a recent rule change regarding roads submerged by flooding. If the Oct. 29 decision by Melissa Shirah, FDEM’s recovery bureau chief stands, then Leo Bebeau. the city’s s finance director, will succeed in…

County slams door on island incorporation

Franklin County commissioners on Tuesday morning put an emphatic kibosh, at least for the time being, to a nearly two-year long effort by St. George Island activists to incorporate as a town. By a unanimous vote, commissioners rejected a request from a member of the working group that advocates for incorporation to place a non-binding…

School board land sought for workforce housing

All eyes will soon be focused on a 26-acre tract of land north of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on State Route 65. That’s because Franklin County’s Community Land Trust, a non-profit group working to expand the stock of housing that middle-income working people can afford, has approached the school board in hopes of securing…

4-H archery program hits bullseye

The 4-Hers are slinging arrows in Carrabelle, thanks to some enthusiastic kids, dedicated volunteers and the support of the National Rifle Association. In July, Teach Freedom, the NRA Foundation’s State Fund Grant Program, provided the UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension, which administers the Franklin County 4-H Association, $8,400 to get the archery program up and running….