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Lawmakers eye roof claims, lawsuits, reinsurance
Heading into a special session next week to address the state’s troubled property-insurance market, legislative leaders said late Friday they will focus on issues such as roof-damage claims, …
Port St. Joe celebrates class of 2022
The 72 members of the Port St. Joe High School Class of 2022 graduated Thursday evening, May 19, surrounded by family, friends and neighbors in the school’s dome-shaped gymnasium. Following …
St. Joe NJROTC receives donation from Junior Service League
On Wednesday, the Junior Service League of Port St. joe presented Port St. Joe High School's NJROTC program with a check for $1,500. The money will go towards helping the program fund an effort to …
Wewahitchka prepares to host annual Tupelo Festival
On Saturday – rain or shine – vendors, organizations and visitors from around the country will gather in Wewahitchka's Lake Alice Parck for the 2022 Tupelo Honey Festival. The event, …
Fatal palm tree disease discovered in Franklin County
The pathogen that causes lethal bronzing disease was recently identified in a palm tree tissue sample sent by the Franklin County Extension office to the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale …
Life

Maintaining calm amid chaos

Green and tan backpacks sit in the front of Joshua and Kelsie Griffin's guest room closet in the grab, grab, and go position. The “go bags” are filled with emergency supplies. Every …

Remembering the kind community of Gulf Sands

My grandparents moved to St. Joe Beach from St. Petersburg in the early 1970s when granddaddy retired from General Electric. He had bought some land on Ponce de Leon Street, as I’ve mentioned …

This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

Looking to get out of the house and enjoy the sunny springtime weather this weekend? Gulf and Franklin counties are hosting a variety of events in the coming days. Windmark Beach Block …

DeSantis announces 57-day Gulf red snapper season

During a visit to Destin, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2022 Gulf red snapper recreational season, which will total 57 days, the longest season since the state assumed management of red …
Sports
GIRLS SOFTBALL

Liberty edges Wewa 1-0 to advance to Final Four

Liberty County junior catcher Elizabeth “Sister” Arnold scored from second base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Gabrie Flowers in the first inning, and the Bulldogs held on to …
BOYS FOOTBALL

Jones optimistic about Tiger Sharks’ gridiron season

As Port St. Joe prepared for this Friday night’s spring football matchup at Blountstown, Coach Tanner Jones was “very excited” about his team and the upcoming 2022 …

Wewa to host Liberty County Tuesday

Wewahitchka pushed across two runs in the third inning for the only scores of the game as the Gators slipped past Franklin County on Thursday night, May 12, in a regional semi-final pitching …
TRACK AND FIELD

Mills repeats as state hurdles champion

Winning two state championships in a row is a remarkable accomplishment.  But that’s what Port St. Joe’s Darian Mills did Wednesday, May 11, at the FHSAA Class 1A state finals in …
Opinion
Are Democrats up to preventing the next coup attempt?
In 1980, because I was an idealistic conservative eager to do my bit for democracy, I volunteered for my local Republican Party as a poll watcher. When polls closed, election officials asked us to …
Finland and Sweden are on the verge of joining NATO
NATO has 30 members. By the end of June, the roster may grow to 32, should Finland and Sweden join. The Nordic duo has fans. On April 29 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the House …
The morality and usefulness of business always outshine government
Once again, businesses stand out as the most important U.S. asset in the conflict Russia has caused in Ukraine. As with Operation Warp Speed getting out a COVID vaccine in unprecedented time, …
Remembering a passion for drive-ins
Just a mile-and-a-half from the house in Norfolk, Virginia, where I grew up was Wilder’s Drive-In Theater. The place had opened in 1948, when I was 3 years old, just as drive-ins were beginning …
How to disarm the crazies
        There is probably no easy cure for the Marjorie Taylor Greene phenomenon. She's a repellent clown whose presence on the national stage has yielded nothing but degradation …
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