Thrilling finish marks Seahawk-Tiger Shark tussle
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Thrilling finish marks Seahawk-Tiger Shark tussle

The down-to-the-wire basketball rivalry between Franklin County and Port St. Joe stayed true to form Saturday night on the hardwood at the Marion Craig Coliseum, with a goaltending call and a foul on a three-point shot figuring into the overtime finish. With 10 seconds left in regulation, and the Seahawks clinging to a 46-43 lead,…

Savor some oysters at Saturday’s cook-off
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Savor some oysters at Saturday’s cook-off

It’s been 14 years since a fire in the historic district of Apalachicola completely burned down a vintage century-old home, a tragedy that spared anyone injury but one compounded by glaring deficiencies in the firefighting equipment the city’s volunteer fire department had to rely on. This Saturday, at an event sure to attract a vintage…

Mike Norvell Named Bear Bryant Coach Of The Year
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Mike Norvell Named Bear Bryant Coach Of The Year

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has been named the winner of the 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, it was announced Tuesday evening at the Bear Bryant Awards event in Houston. Norvell is the first Florida State head coach to win the award, which has been presented annually since…

Cortopassi remembered as ‘a lawman’s lawman’
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Cortopassi remembered as ‘a lawman’s lawman’

With a 21-gun salute by his comrades in law enforcement, and a toast from his fellow veterans, friends of Lt. Baron Cortopassi paid tribute to him as they prepared to lay him to rest. Cortopassi, 61, a resident of Eastpoint who joined the Franklin County Sheriff Office in 2017 after retiring from law enforcement in…

Approaching storm prompts school, government closures Tuesday
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Approaching storm prompts school, government closures Tuesday

County government offices, as well as Franklin County Schools, will be closed Tuesday, as severe weather is expected over the next 36 hours. The emergency management office said the first wave will impact Franklin County between about midnight and 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The second, more significant wave will arrive at about 9…

Prominent environmental consultant dies in Turkey
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Prominent environmental consultant dies in Turkey

Dan Garlick, founder of one of the oldest and most experienced environmental firms in Northwest Florida and the southeastern United States, died Thursday, Jan. 4 in Istanbul, Turkey. Garlick, 73, had been in transit to a vacation in the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, when he he suffered a stroke after getting…

Documentary on oyster ecosystems wins Emmy
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Documentary on oyster ecosystems wins Emmy

A documentary film that focuses on the environmental pressures confronting oyster reefs worldwide, with a particular emphasis on Apalachicola Bay, has won its second Emmy award as it continues to gather both heightened attention and critical acclaim. At a ceremony held Dec. 2 in Hollywood, Florida, “UNFILTERED: The Truth About Oysters” won a Suncoast Emmy…

Despite probation, New York man keeps harassing sheriff
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Despite probation, New York man keeps harassing sheriff

A Troy, New York man sentenced last month in Franklin County to a five-year probation for threatening and harassing Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith through repeated telephone calls appears to be at it again. According to a Wednesday afternoon news release from the sheriff’s office, David M. Reed, 35, had stopped checking in at the…