Operator inexperience leads to boating accidents
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Operator inexperience leads to boating accidents

National Safe Boating Week, May 18 to 24, kicks off the summer boating season as an annual reminder for boaters to prioritize safety while enjoying recreational activities on Florida’s beautiful waterways.  Florida is recognized as “The Boating Capital of the World” and leads the nation with over 1 million registered vessels across the state. With…

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Unemployment down in both Gulf and Franklin

Joblessness in the Forgotten Coast headed in the right direction in April, as both Gulf and Franklin counties saw a drop in their unemployment numbers. According to preliminary data released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Gulf County unemployment fell by four-tenths of 1 percentage point last month, from 3.2 to 2.8 percent….

Esteemed education researcher visits ED Corps
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Esteemed education researcher visits ED Corps

International education researcher James Tooley visited ED Corps High School in Eastpoint April 8 as part of a series of visits to the United States to learn about innovative schools. Tooley is vice-chancellor of The University of Buckingham in England. His 2009 book “The Beautiful Tree” documented how high-quality, low-cost private schools were thriving in…

Atlanta restaurateur keynotes education banquet
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Atlanta restaurateur keynotes education banquet

At the Franklin County Education Foundation’s annual Teacher of the Year banquet last week, attendees celebrated the teachers and staff who have all year long made education happen for students. And they celebrated someone for whom it happened 17 years ago. Anthony “TJ” Sanders, Jr., partner, co-owner and executive chef of the Atlanta Breakfast Club,…

Air ambulance make non-emergency visit
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Air ambulance make non-emergency visit

The Survival Flight air ambulance crew from Blountstown landed near Salinas Park last month and took their sweet time doing it. There was no hurry, no emergency, just a pleasant opportunity on April 18 to demonstrate to firefighters and first responders from South Gulf Rescue, the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Department and the Gulf County Sheriff’s…

Estuary energy
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Estuary energy

Kids take in annual scientific exploration The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint was once again jammed with eager students and their fascinated parents from Gulf and Franklin counties as they came by to celebrate National Estuaries Day on Friday afternoon, May 3. This free, fun and educational event features stations that gave hands-on…

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GCSC to recognize Pathways to Success scholarship winners

Gulf Coast State College has announced the recipients of the Pathways to Success Scholarship, a program designed to support students in their transition from high school to college.  Developed in 2016, the scholarship program aims to enhance college readiness and provide mentorship for students in Gulf and Franklin counties. The nine recipients to be recognized…