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Gulf County to participate in state Coordinated Opioid Recovery program
Gulf County was named as one of nine Florida Counties participating in the first wave of a project launched by the state aimed at fostering a substance abuse and recovery network to combat the opioid …
Scallop season to open Tuesday
Gulf County’s recreational scallop season, which brings hundreds if not thousands of regional visitors to the area annually, will open on Tuesday, August 16 and run consecutively through …
Cuts for Kids sends students back to school in style
Studio 322 in Port St. Joe had a waiting line out the door on Monday afternoon as families from around the community brought their children in for a trim right before the beginning of the school …
Wewahitchka looks to move forward with firehouse project
Wewahitchka’s city commissioners are looking to move forward with construction on the city’s new fire station after progress on the project was halted in January following the …
Ford honored for service with Port St. Joe Fire Department
In front of family, friends and neighbors, John Ford was honored by the city of Port St. Joe upon his retirement as the city’s fire chief. Ford, who first began with the Port St. Joe Fire Department in 1989, retired as the agency’s fire chief on July 5 of this year.
Life

Growth seen with Chipola’s depleted shoal bass

Adult shoal bass nurtured at a Blackwater hatchery have led to a rebound of this unique population in the Chipola River, devastated by Hurricane Michael. At next week’s Florida Fish and …
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 …
Sports

Young Wewa volleyball team preps for upcoming season

Although returning only three starters from last year’s 10-9 varsity volleyball squad, Wewahitchka head coach Nikita Andrews remains upbeat about her current players.“We’re young, …

Alexander to play for Trinity Baptist

Flanked by his parents in the Port St. Joe High School gym, Elias Alexander signed a baseball scholarship with Trinity Baptist College on Wednesday, August 3. Trinity Baptist, located in …

Roman Quinn comes home to play for Rays

He’s been a BlueClaw, a Crosscutter, a Scorpion, a Thresher, an IronPig, a Jumbo Shrimp and a Storm Chaser, but mainly he’s been a Philadelphia Philly. And now, one year after a …

School Board honors Wewa softball players for 4.0 GPAs

Wewahitchka’s 2022 softball team truly exemplified the term “student-athlete.” Although the Lady Gators fell short of bringing a state championship trophy home, the players …
Opinion
It's time for the people to abolish the FBI
As I sat glued to the television on Monday evening, watching for the first time in our nation’s history the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, I felt both rage and sadness that America has descended into a level of despotism never before seen.  I shouldn’t have been surprised, I have a unique perspective as a citizen who was also politically persecuted by former President Obama’s Department of Justice.
A pro-lifer and a pro-choicer do lunch
The day Dobbs was handed down, I happened to be lunching with a new friend who was upset and angry over the decision. She's a libertarian and strongly pro-choice. I said "Sorry," and meant it. Not …
A belated Fourth of July missive
“Freedom … is not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s …
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 …
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