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Cold-stunned sea turtles released into water off Cape San Blas

Sea turtles become immobilized when water temperatures dip below 50 degrees. They float to the surface, and many wash ashore, where, if they’re lucky, they can be found by beach-goers before …

Florida Forest Service distributes trees for Arbor Day

On the back of a Florida Forest Service truck in the Rich’s IGS parking lot in Wewahitchka on Friday sat about 150 trees of a variety of native species. “We’ve got live oak, pin …

Take a day to enjoy the bay

Bay Day is back.  The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves invite everyone to attend the winter Bay Day fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. EST. The event will be held …

Wednesday morning storm disrupts school day, leaves hundreds without power

A severe thunderstom that moved through Gulf County on Wednesday morning has resulted in school cancellations and widespread power outages near Wewahitchka. Wewahitchka High School and Elementary …
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What Southern Folks Eat

I almost lost my Christmas spirit on a recent Friday when I ventured into the mall. There was so much noise, so many grumpy shoppers, and so few things that I actually wanted to buy. The only things …

A Southern twist of savory soups

"Only the pure in heart can make good soup," Ludwig Van Beethoven is quoted as having said. I'm not sure whether that's true or not, but I do believe that good soup is a heartening delight that is …

Pumpkin carving and chili nights

“Pumpkins, in October, as fat as the full moon, they sit on our doorstep at night and glow.” - Richelle E. Goodrich, author Long ago in Ireland, people carved scary faces in …

Savoring blackberries from Panther Swamp

I grew up a few hundred feet from a swamp, specifically, from Panther Swamp. Our home was on St. Joe Beach, just off Georgia Avenue, and when we moved there in 1978, no one lived on the swamp side of …
Sports

Tiger Sharks boys, girls soccer celebrate seniors

Last Tuesday, Port St. Joe’s soccer teams honored their senior players, and then easily dispatched Munroe High School with the girls winning 8-0 and the boys prevailing 9-2.  With team …

Port St. Joe community rallies around coach and bus driver after heart attack

The $2,000 goal seemed ambitious to Monica Barfield when she set up a GoFundMe to help cover the medical bills of local coach and bus driver Keith Chiles earlier this week. But two days later, the …

Port St. Joe cheerleading is state bound

The Port St. Joe cheer competition team is state bound after their showing at the Region 1 meet at West Nassau High School in Callahan on Jan. 14.  Tiger Shark coach Stephanie Petersen said …

Tiger Sharks earn decisive victory over Wewahitchka amid losses

The Port St. Joe boys basketball team had the same kind of results this past week as the girls team did, winning one game and losing two others.  On Tuesday, January 10, Bozeman (10-6) …
Opinion
Policies of the newly “woken” left drag down Democrats’ midterm hopes
Under the administration of Joe Biden — and whoever is calling the shots in the White House — our country has gone downhill. We are on the brink of war in Ukraine, China/Taiwan, and maybe …
Biden’s approval is a slidin'
It was a bad week for Sloppy Joe Biden and Democrats. If I were delt the poker hand of Biden, Harris, AOC, Schumer, and Pelosi, I would fold. After a brief 5-point spike in dismal approval rating …
Are Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashanah right for you?
Three mysteries. He was the bravest of men in my world. And utterly humble. My father was commissioned in the field during the war, and he made light of that. “They handed those things …
End fake peace mentality and treat North America as the war zone it is
When the Arctic Council was formed in 1996, its member nations regarded the Arctic as a "low tension" area -- what a NATO study called a "zone of depoliticized cooperation."      …
God will save the Queen, but who will save civilization?
Great Britain, a country the size of Alabama, ruled the world for decades. Queen Elizabeth II was a fantastic woman who leaves an admirable legacy. The way our government is going, there are times …
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