Franklin County to accelerate employee pay hikes
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Franklin County to accelerate employee pay hikes

Faced with robust growth in the county tax base of nearly 15 percent, commissioners decided at last week’s day-long budget workshop to speed up the granting of employee pay hikes it originally planned to spread out over five years. With unanimous support, commissioners backed going beyond granting the raises initially planned for the 2023-24 fiscal…

1st DCA to hold court in Apalachicola Wednesday afternoon
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1st DCA to hold court in Apalachicola Wednesday afternoon

Franklin County court watchers will get a rare glimpse into the highest echelon of jurisprudence in the state Wednesday afternoon at the county courthouse. That’s because four of the judges who sit on the state’s 1st District Court of Appeals will hold court beginning at 2 p.m. in the circuit court chambers on the third…

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Campground owners could get legal shield

  By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With the proposal pointing to “inherent risk,” a Florida House panel Monday approved a bill that would help shield campground owners from lawsuits about people getting injured or killed while camping. “Passing this bill is not going to result in campground owners suddenly wanting to throw…

Ash, Wade join in push for ACSC monies
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Ash, Wade join in push for ACSC monies

Armed with the services of a prestigious lobbying firm, and the support of both of its legislators in Tallahassee, Apalachicola has buoyant hopes it may this year be able to capitalize monetarily on its status as an Area of Critical State Concern. Mayor Brenda Ash and City Manager Travis Wade have been to Tallahassee to…

Frustrated oystermen confront FWC researchers
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Frustrated oystermen confront FWC researchers

A little more than two years since the state ordered a five-year closure of Apalachicola Bay to wild-caught oyster harvesting, the watermen who work the reefs are getting tired of it. The anger was palpable Feb. 28, in a large room at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, as about 20 members of the Seafood…

Shoaf bill would allow for killing bears if threatened
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Shoaf bill would allow for killing bears if threatened

State Rep. Jason Shoaf wants to pass legislation that will give Floridians the right to kill a bear if they feel either themselves or their property are being threatened. Referred to as the Self Defense Act, House Bill 1587, which was filed Monday, would justify the use of lethal force to take a bear without…

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Court urged to hear Apalachicola water fight

In the latest round of battles about the Apalachicola River, environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to hear arguments in a challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decisions that affect water flowing into the Northwest Florida river. The National Wildlife Federation, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Apalachicola Bay and River Keeper…

Convicted murderer given life sentence
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Convicted murderer given life sentence

Asher Martin was sentenced to life in prison Friday for second-degree murder and principal to arson in the 2020 stabbing death of Christopher Whaley, whose body was left in a burning van after he was killed, State Attorney Larry Basford announced. Circuit Court Judge Dustin Stephenson agreed with Prosecutor Devin Collier’s assessment that while the…