The Secret Lives of Words: Belfry bats, Bela, and Batman
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The Secret Lives of Words: Belfry bats, Bela, and Batman

When our beloved Apalachicola Times editor David Adlerstein confessed recently that he had bats in his belfry (the phrase dates to the late 19th century.), I was afraid his ultra-long workweeks had finally driven him batty. Then I realized he meant literally, not metaphorically. A “colony” of the flying mammals (sometimes also called a “camp,”…

Carrabelle frolics on its riverfront
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Carrabelle frolics on its riverfront

From the edge of town to the heart of its waterfront, the city of Carrabelle was ablaze with color and alive with frivolity on Saturday. The 32nd annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival drew a hearty crowd and Marine Street lined up and down with vendors. Lori Dougherty, director of the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, said the…

This weekend in Gulf and Franklin
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Gulf and Franklin Counties.   Carrabelle Riverfront Festival Saturday The 32nd Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is this Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with plenty of activities along the harbor. This event is free and pet friendly. Come watch the Soccer Collies, a group…

Choral society celebrates ‘Sounds of the Season’
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Choral society celebrates ‘Sounds of the Season’

On the weekend that ushers in Holy Week, the Bay Area Choral Society blended a repertoire of Christian hymns and upbeat, joyous songs from theater and film to create a pair of “Sounds of the Season’ concerts last weekend. On Friday evening, the concert was at First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, and…

LaFleur: LeBron, lefties, and ambidexterity
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LaFleur: LeBron, lefties, and ambidexterity

One of the most powerful and dextrous athletes of the 21st century, and some say the greatest basketball player in the history of the game, LeBron James recently surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record to become the NBA’s all-time highest scorer. In the L.A. Lakers’ Feb. 7 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron, formerly with our…