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Comforter Funeral Home is under new ownership
All of the new laws have been put in place, the new flooring has arrived, and the caskets are slowly migrating to the newly-defined store room. Jared “Tater” and Sarah Whitehead have …
Gulf County tax roll continues to grow
Dennis Barfield has been working at the Gulf County Property Appraiser’s Office since about 2010. The growth in this year’s tax rolls, he said, has been exceptional. “Our …
Wewahitchka Burger King to hold grand opening June 29
Four days into a successful soft opening, the employees at Wewhitchka's new Burger King are preparing to host a grand opening for the restaurant on Wednesday, June 29. "We invite the community to …
Senior citizens gather for big birthday bash
There were several different kinds of birthday cake laid out at the Gulf County Senior Citizens Association’s Port St. Joe center on Thursday – chocolate, vanilla, lemon, cookie …
Fourth of July fireworks displays burn a hole in county’s pocket
Amidst supply chain shortages and shipping delays, the rising cost of fireworks is burning a bigger hole in the county’s pocket than ever before. The cost of this year’s Fourth of July …
Life
What Southern Folks Eat

Remembering a fire on St. Joe Beach

Moving to Gulf County, Florida was an adventure for 9-year-old me. I think I’ve written it here before, but I will always remember mom rolling down the windows of our station wagon and inhaling …

Bay scallop restoration program needs volunteers

Do you live in Gulf or Franklin County? You can help by being a Scallop Sitter, a volunteer program run jointly by UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation …

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 …
Sports

Wewa Ponytails, Belles win at district

It was as nice a sky, and as brutal a heat, as can be imagined in north Florida in mid-June, but the girls and young women were up for playing ball. At last weekend’s Dixie Youth Softball …

St. Joe hosts district Dixie Youth tourney

The 10th Street baseball fields buzzed with activity earlier this month, as Port St. Joe hosted the district Dixie All-Star Youth Baseball Tournament from June 3 through 6.  When the action …

Kuhnel helps propel USA para team to gold

The U.S. para women’s national team claimed the gold medal at the inaugural 2022 International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup for women in Salou, Spain, on Tuesday, May 17, by …

McDaniel to lift at national meet in Vegas

Hailey McDaniel, a rising senior at Wewahitchka High School, will be competing at the USA Weightlifting Championships Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 25 to July 3.  “To my …
Opinion
Dems’ dearth of ideas spawns weaponization of government against opponents
Instead of trying to win over voters by putting forward the best thinking in the marketplace of ideas, Democrats use government to make people do what they want them to do. If the people do not, the …
It's not what Trump knew, but what he had a responsibility to know
Watergate, whose 50th anniversary is upon us, is remembered for the question: "what did the president know and when did he know it?" But in our age of post-truth politics, the question loses its …
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, …
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