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In 480 B.C., a certain king named Xerxes is in a foul mood. One that won’t go away. Xerxes’ kingdom is the vast Persian empire. He reigns over 127 provinces spread across three …

I didn’t grow-up with Tim Peters. This is not a life-long friend story. We didn’t go on any wild escapades. We never got arrested together. I didn’t date his sister (if he indeed …

At 20 years old, Jenny felt like giving up. She’d pulled a strong B average during her first year of college, but last summer, her life started to come apart. Thinking back, she knew …

Things are not always as they seem. Consider Charlie who was mid-year in high school when he went to live with relatives in another state. Charlie’s great-aunt and uncle didn’t …

The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce is among more than 100 local chambers to join the Florida Chamber’s COVID Liability Protection coalition. Providing certainty for Florida job creators …

Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners. I am writing to express my concern about the proposal to abandon ownership of Butler Bay …

Valentine’s Day came and went. I didn’t get nothing. Again. The Hallmark Card folks have excommunicated me! I think that small, chubby guy with the wings and a bow and …

With the exception of Ben Turpin, who died suddenly at the breakfast table, first on Friday and Saturday night, and then again on Sunday afternoon, the Panhandle Players are alive. They have …

It begins with a glance… Don’t even act like you don’t know. Rest assured, Oliver Stilson had eyed Margaret McCoy before he approached her. And Oliver must have thought he …

The first song I ever remember hearing was “Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait” by Little Jimmy Dickens. Daddy would pour a bucket of water over the ground-wire to our radio antenna so we …

On Tuesday, April 13, 1954, a young Jim Greengrass, batting fifth and playing left field for the Cincinnati Reds, hit four doubles that led his team to victory. Twenty-year-old Hank Aaron made …

The Panhandle lost another great steward of our environment on Jan. 4 when Mr. Bill Davis was taken by the river that he loved. Mr. Bill had more houseboats than anyone I knew, and he could …

I ran into Kim Hunter. Literally. I was jogging down Tenth Street, lost in thought as my mind replayed a bare-knuckle fight I’d witnessed behind Frank’s Dairy Bar 60 years ago. I …

The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers opposes legislation urged by Gov. Ron DeSantis addressing “affrays, riots, routs, and unlawful assemblies” as a too broad an attack on …

She shops at a place I love, and she’s hard to miss. A bundle of joy, this woman is always laughing and smiling, full of cheerful words for the clerks. One day, I saw her pause as she was …

You can’t hardly mess up cornbread. If it’s a bit undercooked, you can grin and pour a little extra syrup over it. If it got left on the stove too long, just scrape off the bottom and …

He just wanted to help her. It began in the spring. Bethlehem’s fields were waves of gold beneath a dazzling sun, ripe for harvest. The man’s workers were already cutting the barley …

Vicki Fields could outrun me in elementary school. Ye gads, I got beat by a girl! And here is the really awful part, there was no subterfuge. I didn’t trip or give her a head start. She was …

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