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Franklin County spared Fred’s fury

The first significant storm of the 2021 hurricane season to hit Franklin County stormed in with all the finesse of Fred Flintstone and then left with the nimbleness of Fred Astaire. With students hunkered down at home, Tropical Storm Fred made landfall at Cape San Blas around 3:15 p.m., Monday afternoon, flooding roadways and tearing…

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Health officials work to dispel vaccine rumors

The Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf counties is pushing forward with a clear message on vaccinations – they are effective and a critical tool to keeping what has become a resurgent pandemic under control. And they are taking on misunderstandings and rumors surrounding the shots. “The vaccine helps protect you and the…

Apalach to get millions in infrastructure funds

An announcement by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week that more than $58 million had been awarded to 18 communities in seven counties impacted by Hurricane Michael was well-received in Apalachicola. About $5.3 million worth of well-received. Apalachicola’s chunk of the Rebuild Florida Hometown Revitalization Program was fourth, trailing only Panama City’s $19 million, Marianna’s $7.3 million …

New disciplinary policies will greet returning students

When Franklin County schoolkids return to their campuses Tuesday, they won’t have to be wearing masks, unless they want to, nor will they have to be vaccinated against COVID-19, if that’s what they and their family prefers. However, students at the Franklin County School will have to pass through a full body scan metal detector….

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As cases surge, county leaders urge vaccination

With Franklin and Gulf county residents getting vaccinated at about two-thirds the rate of entire state, and a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in both counties during the month of July, the Florida Department of Health that serves the population is pressing its message. It’s not about masks, it’s not about handwashing, it’s not about…

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Carrabelle man claims he abandoned puppies to save them

A Carrabelle man arrested for abandoning seven mixed-breed pit bull terriers in the county said he dropped them off because he knew they would likely be picked up and later adopted. Following the discovery of six puppies dropped off in a cardboard box July 21 at 300 Ocean Mile on St. George Island, and a…