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Courts step up COVID-19 protocols
The Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday issued an administrative order directing circuits to modify and extend previously enacted temporary health and safety protocols and …
Red-wing blackbirds sing in grassy areas
Common names, as the term implies, is a means used by the general public for identifying any number of tangible items and abstract concepts. This nomenclature usually identifies a distinctive feature …
Gardeners teach campers about succulents
Members of the Port St. Joe Garden Club are continuing to engage with campers enrolled in the CareerSource Gulf Coast Summer Program held on the grounds of the Washington …
Back to school tax holiday begins Saturday
TALLAHASSEE --- With most students expected to be in classrooms next month, after many learned online for at least part of the 2020-2021 school year, retailers anticipate a surge in shopping during …
Neves joins Florida Press Association board
At its annual meeting last week, the Florida Press Association selected Panama City businessman Todd Neves to join its board of directors. The Florida Press Association was founded in 1879 as a …
Life

Garden club prepares for meet-and-greets

On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Port St. Joe Garden Club will host a Meet & Greet at the Garden Center at 216 Eighth Street from 10 a.m. until noon ET.The public is cordially invited to mingle with …

Fall Bay Day returning in October

Save the Date: Saturday, Oct. 16 will mark the return of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves Fall Bay Day. Due to Hurricane Michael, then COVID issues, Bay Day had to be put on hold several …

What Southern Folks Eat: The porch, where memory flows

"True luxury is being able to own your time - to be able to take a walk, sit on your porch, read the paper, not take the call, not be compelled by obligation." - Ashton KutcherThere is something …

What Southern Folks Eat: From the mouths of babes

My Dad and I were sitting on the front porch the other day, talking about the old days in his hometown in South Carolina. It seems like the older we get, the more we like to retell the stories of our …
Sports

After an active summer, Wewa awaits Coach Gene's return

After 29 years of coaching football, Bobby Johns knows how important summer workouts can be to having a successful season. Johns and his assistant coaches supervised nearly 50 Gator players as …

Veteran coach Walker joins PSJ staff

After successful coaching stints in the Birmingham, Alabama area for 26 years, Lissa Walker is returning to her mother’s hometown to take the reins as Port St. Joe’s softball and volleyball …

Boating accidents comparatively scarce in 2020

A review of boating accident statistics for 2020, issued earlier this summer by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, shows that both Franklin and Gulf counties had a pretty …

Gortemoller, seven others compete at Jr. Olympics

Keion McNair is a very busy man. A paraprofessional in the special education department at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, he is also the girls cross country coach and co-head coach of the track …
Opinion
Hope it’s not a Louisiana chain gang…
Aw man, this could be really bad. I’m talking Sing Sing. Or maybe Leavenworth. They might reopen Alcatraz just for me. I don’t believe they’re going to let me off with just a few …
Go rest high on that mountain
Willie and Shirley Ramsey started talking to me about writing a weekly article for The Star in 1983.I laughed at them. Until I realized they were serious. Willie, in his laid-back, off-handed way …
Why your faith needs to be tested
What if our faith was never tested? Would we grow?Probably not. Consider James 1:2-4 (ESV): “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know …
Bourbon and branch water in Washington, anyone?
Once upon a time, Democrats and Republicans worked together for the betterment of the country. Yes, I know it sounds crazy. Nowadays they act like they are trying to co-parent a teenager while going …
Talk about a potential gold mine!
We left the house and drove up to North Carolina. The mountains were spectacular, the cooler temperatures refreshing and the folks we met along the way were most friendly.Next time I’m going in a …
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