Singing in the rain
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Singing in the rain

Weather doesn’t wash out festival’s spirit A weekend full of persistent drizzle and light rain put a damper on the activities of the 31st annual African-American History Festival but it didn’t cancel the celebration. With the theme “The Dream, The Struggle, The Reality,” the Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola (H’COLA) did what it could…

Reborn!
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Reborn!

Crooked River ‘pirate ship’ readies for maiden voyage Nine years ago, after the Carrabella “pirate ship” playground burned to the ground at the Crooked River Lighthouse on Mother’s Day 2015, Steve Allen was determined to build it back better. As an architect by profession and president of the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Allen set to work…

Buddy Wayne Butler celebrates 80th
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Buddy Wayne Butler celebrates 80th

At a small dinner party Dec. 28 at the Red Pirate Family Grill & Oyster Bar in Eastpoint, the family of Apalachicola’s Buddy Wayne Butler celebrated his 80th birthday. Atop the cake was emblazoned a photo of Buddy Wayne and his late wife Carolyn, working together in Apalachicola Bay on the oyster boat that they…

Margaret Cain celebrates her century
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Margaret Cain celebrates her century

At her 100th birthday party Friday afternoon in Apalachicola, Margaret Cain offered some advice on longevity to her granddaughter Jessica Scott. “Just marry a man who loves you,” she told her. “And live with the Lord.” Cain has been fortunate to have enjoyed both of those things, and while her body is frail and her…

Eastpoint, island open Halloween season
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Eastpoint, island open Halloween season

Friday night festivities kicked off a vivid Halloween 2023, with lots more on Tuesday night, when the ghosts and goblins came out to haunt the county. In the afternoon, it was time for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s Fall-O-Ween event, where kids got a chance to carve their own pumpkins, play games and of course…

Chasing Shadows: Apalachicola Exchange honors 19th century hotel
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Chasing Shadows: Apalachicola Exchange honors 19th century hotel

It will cost considerably more than 50 cents a night, and it won’t come complete with “genuine liquors of the choicest quality” or “delicacies of the market served up in the best style.” But the three newly-opened short-term rentals at the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue C in Apalachicola, known as the Apalachicola Exchange,…

‘Dog Days’ do not apply to man’s best friend
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‘Dog Days’ do not apply to man’s best friend

They say we are in Dog Days. I heard that all my life and wondered what they meant. When I didn’t know something, my Mama would always say, “Look it up in the dictionary” (or the encyclopedia). If I still have them, they are both somewhere in the attic. So, I opted for Wikipedia. My…

Florida extends record gulf recreational snapper season
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Florida extends record gulf recreational snapper season

On Aug. 11, Governor Ron DeSantis’s office announced Florida is extending the 2023 recreational gulf red snapper season by 17 days, adding every Friday through Saturday in September, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day to the previously announced season. The 2023 season now totals 87 days, the longest combined season since the state assumed management of…