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…

Dear Hero: Schoolkids pen Christmas letters to soldiers
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Dear Hero: Schoolkids pen Christmas letters to soldiers

For many years, the Times and the Star have run Letters to Santa from school children, affording readers an opportunity to peer into the hearts of the minds of youngsters during the Christmas season. This year, we are again offering them to readers, but with a twist on the tradition. The idea comes from a…

Laser show climaxes Carrabelle holiday festival
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Laser show climaxes Carrabelle holiday festival

Carrabelle celebrated the Christmas season under the glow of harbor lights and the dazzle of laser beams Saturday with the Holiday on the Harbor Street Festival and Boat Parade of Lights. “The festival was a great success and we could not have asked for more perfect weather,” said Lori Dougherty, director of the Carrabelle Chamber…

Island party unveils ‘Salty Boots Songwriter Festival’
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Island party unveils ‘Salty Boots Songwriter Festival’

Jennifer Stradtman has a dream, to create the Sandy Boots Songwriters Festival of St. George Island in the spring. To help awaken it, she hosted a launch party at her West Gorrie Drive home Saturday, featuring two of the best songwriters in Nashville, to help generate interest and whet the appetite for the spring festival….

Christmas cookie crumbles
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Christmas cookie crumbles

Forget your fruit cake and your figgy pudding. If there’s one sweet delight that best symbolizes Christmas, it’s a cookie, and area school kids, from Wewahitchka to Apalachicola and parts in between, got in the spirit of cookie decorating last week. In Apalachicola, it was a chance for Head Start kids and pre-kindergarteners from the…

‘Hurley Play’ is not what you think
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‘Hurley Play’ is not what you think

Jerry Hurley has been a local playwright for a long enough time that audiences have come to expect that he’ll come up with something worthy of a night out. He’s mastered cornball, he revels in raunch, and he’s skillful at bringing out just enough poignancy to not strain the heart muscles. He keeps ‘em laughing,…

Crooked River shows off new stage at Lantern Fest
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Crooked River shows off new stage at Lantern Fest

Scores of hanging lanterns cast a colorful glow over the Crooked River Lighthouse Nov. 11 for Lantern Fest, held each year in honor of the lighthouse’s birthday, now over 127 years old. None more impressive in that mystic light was the enormous wooden boat that will serve as the new sound stage and playground. The…

A day to celebrate service to country
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A day to celebrate service to country

In three separate ceremonies over two days, the county paid tribute to its veterans. The first Veterans Day program was at the First Baptist Christian School on Friday morning, in the church sanctuary where the students there presented a traditional program of songs and readings, blending historical passages like the Gettysburg Address, the preamble to…

Seafood Festival has visitors ‘feelin’ alright’
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Seafood Festival has visitors ‘feelin’ alright’

The 60th annual Florida Seafood Festival last weekend is in the record books, and while it didn’t break any attendance records, the turnout was pretty respectable. “Attendance was up from last year,” said John Solomon, president of the all-volunteer board of directors. “Many vendors I spoke to said they had a very awesome year.” At…