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…

Wewa, Franklin County square off Thursday
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Wewa, Franklin County square off Thursday

The sixth-seeded Port St. Joe Lady Tiger Sharks, with a lackluster regular season record of 8-15, proved to be the surprise of last week’s District 4 tournament in Class 1A FHSAA girls softball in Eastpoint, as they downed both Wewa and Franklin County But a bases-loaded single to left field in the bottom of the…

Simon blasts potential drilling in Dead Lakes area
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Simon blasts potential drilling in Dead Lakes area

State Senator Corey Simon (R-Tallahassee) has come out strongly against potential drilling in the Apalachicola River floodplain. “It is unconscionable that efforts to drill for oil are happening at the same time that we are fighting for the revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay,” he wrote in an April 30 statement. “The $25 million we’re trying…

Update: Sheriff releases name of man found dead at Mill Pond
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Update: Sheriff releases name of man found dead at Mill Pond

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith has released the name of the man whose body was found floating Monday afternoon by law enforcement officials in Apalachicola’s Mill Pond, just off Scipio Creek. In a Facebook post, the sheriff said the body has been identified at that of Derwin Black, 22. He said Black had lived in…

Bus driver suspended for texting while driving
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Bus driver suspended for texting while driving

A longtime Franklin County school bus driver will face a hearing before a Tallahassee administrative law judge, and possible termination by the school board, after an investigation by school officials found multiple instances of her using her cell phone while driving a bus. At the March 28 school board meeting, the board voted 3-2 to…

City backs new pavilion, restrooms at gardens
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City backs new pavilion, restrooms at gardens

After several residents questioned the plan, and several came forward to defend it, a divided Apalachicola city commission earlier this month approved of a plan by the Florida State Parks to add bathrooms and a permanent covered pavilion to the Chapman Botanical Gardens adjacent to the Orman House Historic State Park. At the April 2…

Abell to spend life in prison for Seiden murder
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Abell to spend life in prison for Seiden murder

Almost exactly six years since the evening he pummeled to death a woman he claimed he asked to marry him just weeks earlier, Zachary Abell will spend the rest of his life in a state prison for the crime. Dressed in the county jail’s orange jumpsuit, a sharp contrast to the three-piece suit he wore…

Island home consumed in Wednesday night blaze
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Island home consumed in Wednesday night blaze

A vacation home on St. George Island with a commanding view of the Gulf of Mexico was devastated by fire Wednesday night that saw firefighters battling the blaze during the torrential wind and rain. According to Jason Timbert, a firefighter with the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department, the blaze erupted at just before 11…