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When Sue Riddle Cronkite was a young girl growing up in Holmes County, and tried out for the Ponce De Leon girls basketball team, she got a rude awakening into the rough-and-tumble of the contact …

Three big ticket items, including a proposed $7 million for George E. Weems Memorial Hospital, failed to make it into the 2022-23 state budget, but Franklin County’s representatives in …

The Franklin County Schools’ youngest students celebrated the wonderfulness of reading last week by coming in out of the rain. The annual Literacy on the Lawn event was moved inside Thursday …

Following a racially charged encounter Saturday evening on St. George Island, the chief of the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department has been suspended by the department’s board of …

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is stepping down after 38 years with the agency. Commissioner Rick Swearingen advised members of the agency on Friday he will leave the post …

“Sweet Tea at the B&B,” which debuted at the Chapman Theater Friday night, is outstandingly funny – with well written jokes, successful casting and strong set and costume …

Looking to get out of the house this weekend? Gulf and Franklin Counties are hosting a variety of events in the coming days. Blues on Reid Music Festival Blues on Reid is back!  Don't …

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge considering a constitutional challenge to a 2021 state elections law ordered attorneys Monday to quickly file briefs about the potential effects of a bill that the …

Opponents of a bill that would change nursing-home staffing standards are ratcheting up efforts to convince Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto it. Jamie Mongiovi, director of communications for AARP …

TALLAHASSEE --- If Florida lawmakers hold a special session to deal with the troubled property-insurance market or to put additional requirements on condominium buildings, it won’t come from a …

Planned Spending Ranges from Airplanes to Zoos

Legislators pass $112.1 billion budget

A $112.1 billion budget that lawmakers passed last week covers more than the state’s basics for education, health care and law enforcement. The budget and a series of accompanying bills …

In hopes of addressing a shortage of workforce housing rental units, and to create additional single-family homes at competitive prices, the St. James Bay development east of Carrabelle has secured …

Sheriff A.J. Smith plans to approach Franklin County commissioners next month for help in securing automated license plate readers to be used at strategic locations throughout the county. He is …

On a wet and somber gray evening last week, about three dozen people came together in Apalachicola to offer support for the Ukrainian people who are living through bombs raining down on their …

Florida eclipses 1 million registered vessels

Pleasure craft numbers growing on Forgotten Coast

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported last week the state had passed the mark of 1 million registered recreational vessels, leading the nation. .The top five counties for …

Brag-N-Bones earns bragging rights

Wade wins Eastpoint Rib Cookoff

Richard Wade has been a regular at the annual Eastpoint Rib Cook-off for 19 of the past 21 years. Saturday was a first for Dan Harper and Ronnie Maxwell.  When the judges decided whose …

Franklin County’s unemployment rate took a sharp jump in January, rising by nearly 1 percentage point to 3.6 percent, as 43 people joined the jobless rolls. According to data released March …

The Carrabelle History Museum will host the Carrabelle Culture Crawl this Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 pm., a free cultural event that celebrates the art, music, history, food, and fun the …

Get ready for the 21st annual Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department Charity Rib Cookoff, set for this Saturday, March 19. This year the Eastpoint Fire Cook Team will be smoking a half-ton of ribs, …

A retired Navy lieutenant commander will serve as grand marshal for the 2022 Camp Gordon Johnston Veterans Parade, slated for Saturday, March 12 in Carrabelle. Lt. Cmdr. Herman “Hank” …

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