As Greatest Generation fades, Carrabelle remembers
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As Greatest Generation fades, Carrabelle remembers

Five-year-old Caleb Blevins pondered the question as he sat between his mom and dad on the back of their truck, awaiting the arrival of the 29th annual Camp Gordon Johnston Day Veterans Parade Saturday morning. What is the purpose of the parade today? he was asked. “To get candy!” he answered. Mom Cheree, and dad,…

Chili and eternity
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Chili and eternity

Victory arrives for Firefighter Forever team Fourteen years after Davie firefighter Brian Nolte passed away from brain cancer, the competitive chili cooking team that he founded punched their golden ticket to the world championships. After a knife blade-thin first round that saw a five-way tie, Tallahassee’s Firefighter Forever team, led by Nolte’s friend Neal Trafford…

Plein air event offers lots for local community
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Plein air event offers lots for local community

The 19th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event returns March 15 – 24, bringing internationally recognized artists to document the landscape and culture of the region through the plein air process.  The event features artists’ demonstrations, lectures, receptions and exhibits which, with few exceptions, are free and open to the public. The French term “en…

Derelict vessel removal not always smooth sailing
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Derelict vessel removal not always smooth sailing

It took over a year to get to the bottom of who was responsible for a derelict vessel that was impeding boat traffic around Pinhook in the Apalachicola River. How long before that it had languished in the water is anybody’s guess. But based on the fact the chains intended to drag it up on…

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…