God, country and burying the hatchet

The rain held off most all day and evening to enable Gulf
County to mark the 245th birthday of America in fine fashion Sunday.

At God and Country Family Fun Night, on the Third Street grounds
of where once stood the First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, folks flocked
Sunday evening to toss some bean bags and throw some axes, slide down giant
water slides and bounce inside inflated houses, and enjoy food from trucks as
they waited for the city’s fireworks show, which went off without a hitch.

Gold City, the award-winning Southern Gospel quartet from
Gadsden, Alabama, delighted the crowd, as tenor Thomas Nalley, lead Bruce
Taliaferro, baritone Daniel Riley, bass Chris West and pianist GW Southard
provided the soundtrack for a celebration of God and country.

At the Tomahawks 51 axe-throwing trailer, Tallahassee’s Will
Tetsworth guided throwers through the fine art of tossing a 16-inch, 6.5-pound
hatchet about 10 feet into wooden targets to see if they can score a five-point
bullseye, a three-point red ringer or a point for the outer circle. Or if they
were really adept, to hit one of the two red clutch circles, and score seven
points. All in fun of course.

“Throw it straight over your head and follow through,”
advised Tetsworth. 

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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