ABC pre-K learns to love the land
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ABC pre-K learns to love the land

When the Apalachicola Bay Charter School’s pre-Kindergarten teacher Joy Floyd had a long-time dream, she did something about it. It was her hope to have the classes of these young ones create a sensory and food garden, all to be in keeping with the ideas found in the curriculum for these kids just embarking on…

Chasing Shadows: How a Sicilian family shaped Apalachicola
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Chasing Shadows: How a Sicilian family shaped Apalachicola

By Pam Richardson Guest Columnist This old sepia-toned photograph of an elderly man has been tacked to the bulletin board above my desk for weeks. It is inexplicably compelling and moving. The chiseled set of the man’s jaw conveys courage and perseverance, the straight line of his mouth suggests an ability to withstand hardship, and…

RSVP today for Teacher of the Year banquet
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RSVP today for Teacher of the Year banquet

The Franklin Education Foundation is inviting the community to thefourth annual Franklin County Education Banquet on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin County School Cafetorium. The banquet will honor the 2022-23 retirees, Rookie of the Year, School-Related Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year. The banquet is free to honorees,…

African American women’s clubs once flourished in Apalachicola
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African American women’s clubs once flourished in Apalachicola

An English professor at the University of South Florida has shed fresh light on the history of Apalachicola’s African American women’s clubs in the early 20th century. At a well-attended talk March 16 at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, presented by the PALS friends of the library group, Dr. Cynthia Patterson drew on a 2019…

Students demonstrate art of public speaking
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Students demonstrate art of public speaking

The two judges, Apalachicola librarian Lucy Carter, and Carrie Jones, environmental supervisor with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, were seated promptly before the 9 a.m. start of the district-wide 4-H Public Speaking Competition Friday. A large number of parents were in their seats as well in the meeting room at the UF…

Klink named Teacher of the Year
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Klink named Teacher of the Year

In 2006, Tara Klink was the valedictorian of the Apalachicola High School graduating class, and Heather Lee was the salutatorian.Seventeen years later, the two young women have been named Teachers of the Year, Klink for the entire district after being selected the top teacher at Franklin County Schools, and Lee, now married to husband Eric…

Thursday Apalach library talk to focus on African American women’s groups in early 1900’s
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Thursday Apalach library talk to focus on African American women’s groups in early 1900’s

This Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m., the Apalachicola Library will host a ‘HerStory’ event with visiting professor Dr. Cynthia Patterson, speaking on her research into various women’s groups in early 1900’s Apalachicola. Patterson chiefly studied the Black and African American women’s groups which received press in the Apalachicola Times, most notably from 1901-1904. The library…

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Gulf Franklin Campus shows off its best

Patients at Gulf Coast State College’s Gulf Franklin Campus cry, bleed, breathe, speak and give birth — so long as they’re plugged in. The college’s new nursing simulation labs were among the cutting edge technology on display at the school’s open house last week. On Jan. 24, dozens of people gathered in GCSC’s new nursing…

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Whaley initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

Eli Whaley was recently initiated into the Troy University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.  A 2020 graduate of Franklin County High school, Whaley, son of Lorne and Cheryl Whaley, of Carrabelle, also has been named to the Chancellor’s List at Troy University for the Fall Semester/Term 2 of the 2022-23…

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Chapman Class of ‘59 holds 63rd reunion

The Chapman High School Class of 1959 held their 63rd class reunion at the lakeside home of Jerry and Cece Paulk of Panama City, and of Opp, Alabama on  Nov. 9, 2022. Those in attendance were Tommy Huckabe, Sandy Howze, Penny Hicks Worden, Jerry Paulk, Lucretia Kirvin Biddle, Wilma Wright Reed, Gynelle Barber Bush, Rosemary…