Rick LaFleur: Hercules, Steve Reeves, and Miss Gladys Giddens
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Rick LaFleur: Hercules, Steve Reeves, and Miss Gladys Giddens

First time I encountered Hercules I was 12 or so. Not the Marvel Comics hero who debuted in 1964, but the unforgettable bodybuilder-turned-actor Steve Reeves in the 1958 English-dubbed Italian film, “Hercules,” the first of eight sword-and-sandal flicks he starred in over the next five years. For me it was love at first fight, and…

Fire, fatal accident strike village in July
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Fire, fatal accident strike village in July

Hi Y’all, July has been a hard month for Lanark with the tragic deaths of Ben and Monica Steigner, son and daughter-in-law of John and Sharon Steigner, who lost their lives when they were hit by a truck on Arizona Street minutes from their family’s home.  Ben and Monica were visiting for the holiday from…

Morgan Walker earns doctorate in physics
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Morgan Walker earns doctorate in physics

Morgan Walker, of St. George Island, received her doctorate in physics from the University of California at Davis at Spring 2024 commencement ceremonies on June 13. Walker is the daughter of David and Rose Walker of St. George Island. She grew up in Franklin County, and attended First Baptist Christian School, Apalachicola Bay Charter School…

A weeklong birthday bash
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A weeklong birthday bash

Forgotten Coast celebrates nation’s independence With government offices closed both Thursday and Friday, last week turned into a sprawling six-day party in Gulf and Franklin counties for America’s 248th birthday. From Carrabelle to Wewahitchka, most every night featured fireworks, beginning on July 1 in Eastpoint, with its third annual Freedom Festival. The Eastpoint Civic Association…

Children of the red, white and blue
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Children of the red, white and blue

Throughout the Forgotten Coast, families gathered to celebrate the spirit of independence that is woven into the fabric of America. They ate, they played, they listened to music and they enjoyed fireworks, all part of a celebration of the nation’s 248th birthday. Essential to the holiday is the play of children, and in both Franklin…

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SGI Women of Faith to host July 20 Glow event

All middle and high school girls are invited to attend a special Glow event on Saturday afternoon, July 20 at the St. George Island Methodist Church. The SGI Women of Faith group is providing a host of complementary services, including manicures, hairstyling, make your own stretch bracelets, free shopping at the Glow Boutique, and home-cooked…

Wednesday Bingo resumes at Chillas Hall
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Wednesday Bingo resumes at Chillas Hall

Hi Y’all,  The Lanark area is saddened, shocked and heartbroken at the news of two people losing their lives on Saturday evening, July 6 on Highway 98 near Arizona Street. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the families and friends of those involved in this tragic accident. Up and coming events in Lanark:…