Crawl picks up as island’s chili cook-off slows
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Crawl picks up as island’s chili cook-off slows

For 41 years, the St. George Island Regional Charity Cook-off and Auction has been among Franklin County’s biggest events, with the first weekend of March featuring  dozens of “professional” International Chili Society chili cooks vying for a shot at the world championships. But a lot has changed in recent years, so that this Saturday, there…

Live music Friday in downtown Carrabelle
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Live music Friday in downtown Carrabelle

The Downtown Carrabelle business community has joined forces with Rio Carrabelle Art Gallery to host the next First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 1 in Carrabelle. This month both Rio Carrabelle and Taste of Korea will host live music. Taste of Korea will feature Gene Zone and Rio Carrabelle will host…

Owl Cafe reopens with new look
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Owl Cafe reopens with new look

Apalachicola’s famed Owl Cafe, which dates back to around 1914 with its founding by a pair of Greek immigrant brothers, has gotten a facelift. After closing for remodeling Jan. 1, the restaurant had a soft reopening Monday, after completing in fewer than two months a whirlwind set of renovations by owner Forgotten Coast Hospitality Group,…

Rick Scott: ‘This country is in deep trouble’
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Rick Scott: ‘This country is in deep trouble’

If anyone had doubts that Florida Senator Rick Scott has the fight in him to win re-election this fall, Tuesday night’s appearance at the Fort Coombs Armory for the annual Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner likely dispelled them. In a fiery nearly half-hour speech, Scott, 71, rallied the troops behind a message of better border security and…

Mystic Krewe sends sheriff to the dogs
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Mystic Krewe sends sheriff to the dogs

At a Feb. 9 luncheon at the Station Raw Bar, the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers kicked off their Pawdi-Gras celebrations with the announcement that Franklin County Sheriff A. J. Smith would be Grand Marshal of the annual Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade this Saturday, Feb. 24 at the city’s Riverfront Park. Each year the…

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…

ShrimpFest serves up succulent celebration
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ShrimpFest serves up succulent celebration

The St. George Island Lighthouse and Museum this year moved the third annual ShrimpFest from May to the second Saturday in February. Based on how well the Feb. 10 event went, that’s when it’s going to be from here on out. Amy Hodson, executive director of the St. George Lighthouse Association, which oversees the event,…