Changes in primary care for Gulf and Franklin
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Changes in primary care for Gulf and Franklin

The relocation of Apalachicola family practitioner David Newton M.D. this month to a practice in Port St. Joe signals a change to primary care in Franklin and Gulf counties. Weems Memorial Hospital is reassuring Franklin County patients that all their primary care needs will be met by its existing providers as they continue to seek…

Island party unveils ‘Salty Boots Songwriter Festival’
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Island party unveils ‘Salty Boots Songwriter Festival’

Jennifer Stradtman has a dream, to create the Sandy Boots Songwriters Festival of St. George Island in the spring. To help awaken it, she hosted a launch party at her West Gorrie Drive home Saturday, featuring two of the best songwriters in Nashville, to help generate interest and whet the appetite for the spring festival….

Apalachicola airport to begin car rental
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Apalachicola airport to begin car rental

There soon will be car rentals at the Apalachicola Regional Airport, after Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved a request from the airport’s fixed base operator Tara Blauth, who along with Andrew Hartman are principals for Centric Aviation LLC, which runs the airport, appeared at the Nov. 21 meeting to ask for permission to offer the…

‘Cola crew in thick of ACC title game
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‘Cola crew in thick of ACC title game

When the national college football pundits and prognosticators zero in on the squads in this Saturday evening’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship, they may overlook the outsized role that the streets of Apalachicola have on the game. But it’s certainly not being lost on the locals. Two of the key defensive players for both teams, Florida…

Mike Norvell Voted ACC Coach of the Year
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Mike Norvell Voted ACC Coach of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2023 TALLAHASSEE – Florida State head coach Mike Norvell was voted the 2023 ACC Coach of the Year, it was announced Thursday. Norvell has led the Seminoles to a perfect 12-0 record, including 8-0 in the ACC, and the top seed for Saturday’s ACC Championship Game. He produced the seventh unbeaten regular…

Candidates emerge as Lockley’s successor
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Candidates emerge as Lockley’s successor

The county on Saturday celebrated the life of the late Noah Lockley, Jr. in a ceremony at the Matchbox gym that recalled the kindness and good cheer the longtime county commissioner displayed over the course of his career. And as a politician who served his community for nearly two decades, it is now a matter…

Crooked River shows off new stage at Lantern Fest
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Crooked River shows off new stage at Lantern Fest

Scores of hanging lanterns cast a colorful glow over the Crooked River Lighthouse Nov. 11 for Lantern Fest, held each year in honor of the lighthouse’s birthday, now over 127 years old. None more impressive in that mystic light was the enormous wooden boat that will serve as the new sound stage and playground. The…

Sunday morning fire destroys River Road home
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Sunday morning fire destroys River Road home

A large two-story home just west of Carrabelle went up in flames early Sunday morning, leaving no one hurt and only the carport and garage still standing. According to Carl Whaley, the chief of the Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Department, the department received a call at 2:48 a.m. Sunday that a fire was raging at 193…

Joel Norred new Franklin County sheriff
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Joel Norred new Franklin County sheriff

He’s held a holster full of law enforcement positions, but right before Halloween, Joel Norred was promoted to one he considers his greatest honor. At a surprise breakfast at the sheriff’s office Oct. 27, Sheriff A.J. Smith presented Norred a sheriff’s badge, albeit honorary, in a board room full of the many people with whom…