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,…

Bring Me A Book benefit helps expand its reach
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Bring Me A Book benefit helps expand its reach

Bring Me A Book Franklin’s Love of Literacy Benefit earlier this month attracted attendees from near and far, with close to 200 guests coming from Tallahassee, California and even Canada to raise money for home libraries for the children of Franklin and Gulf counties.  Fort Coombs Armory in Apalachicola provided a festive setting, accented with…

One-car collision outside Carrabelle leads to serious injuries
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One-car collision outside Carrabelle leads to serious injuries

A 24-year-old Panacea man suffered serious injuries Sunday evening when his car struck a tree while he traveled north on U.S. 98 just east of Carrabelle. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, at about 9:16 p.m. the vehicle was about a half-mile north of Gulf Avenue (County Road 30-A) when the driver,…

Head-on truck collision on bridge spares serious injury
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Head-on truck collision on bridge spares serious injury

A head-on collision between two pick-up trucks Saturday evening on the causeway just east of the John Gorrie Bridge between Apalachicola and Eastpoint spared the three people involved serious injury. According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, written by Trooper Jeffrey Glass, the accident occurred about a mile east of Apalachicola at…

As Sanaullah departs, health care challenges loom
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As Sanaullah departs, health care challenges loom

Franklin County is bracing for changes in its health care landscape on everything from the availability of its limited number of primary care physicians, to modifications in its hospital structure, to who city and county governments choose to insure its workforce. Mary Mayhew, president of the Florida Hospital Association, which represents more than 200 hospitals…

New seats cushion laughs at Players’ mystery
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New seats cushion laughs at Players’ mystery

With four nights of sold-out performances of a wacky murder mystery, the Panhandle Players ushered in a new era in audience comfort last weekend. Because the Panhandle Players have invested in ensuring the Chapman Theatre now seats 200 on new cushioned seats complete with cup holders – fewer than the more than 300 aging wooden…

Apalach tackles lethal bronzing outbreak
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Apalach tackles lethal bronzing outbreak

Apalachicola took advantage of this year’s Arbor Day to not only give away trees, but to give away free advice on how to address an increasingly problematic tree disease that has the potential to wreak havoc on palm trees in both Franklin and Gulf counties. Lethal bronzing disease, an incurable disease first diagnosed in South…

Franklin County’s oldest boat dealer sold
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Franklin County’s oldest boat dealer sold

Wefings Marine, Franklin County’s oldest boat dealership, dating back 115 years, has been sold to a consortium of South Florida investors in their first venture into the Panhandle. Nautical Ventures, based in Fort Lauderdale with dealership locations also in Palm Beach, Sarasota, Stuart, and Tampa acquired the Eastpoint location as of the first of the…

Abell guilty of second degree murder
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Abell guilty of second degree murder

Jury decides that beating death of Aileen Seiden was not premeditated After deliberating for about five hours, a Franklin County jury found Zachary Abell guilty of second degree murder this afternoon in the brutal beating death of Aileen Seiden nearly six years ago at an Eastpoint motel. This means that Abell has now been convicted…

‘The kind of thing I see in motor vehicle crashes’
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‘The kind of thing I see in motor vehicle crashes’

Chief medical examiner details result of brutal beating EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains discussion of sexuality and graphic details of a murder. It is not advisable for children to read. Following harrowing testimony of how Aileen Seiden was beaten so badly that nearly all her ribs were broken, with neither of her traveling companions ever…