Veterans office to reopen Monday



The Franklin County Veterans Service Office will be closed until Oct. 14 while Service Officers William Scott and Charles Elliott attend their regular scheduled semi-annual training.



“We work for the people of Franklin County, not the federal government, therefore our absence has nothing to do with the shutdown in DC,” said Scott. “Upon our return we will have the latest information from the Department of Veterans Affairs.”



You can reach the Scott and Elliott at Franklinvets@yahoo.com The courthouse office (653-8096) will reopen on Monday, Oct. 14.



 



Late night aerial exercises criticized



At the request of Commissioner Smokey Parrish, County Planner Alan Pierce investigated the source of late night aviation activities around the Apalachicola airport, during the week of Sept. 16- 19, when there were low level aircraft flying as late as 3 a.m. around the airport.



Pierce said the flights were coming from Hurlburt Field, a military field near Pensacola. The information officer at Hurlburt Field said flight instructions for the maneuvers require aircraft to be back on base by 2 a.m. CST.



Pierce told the information officer that Parrish wanted military flights around the Apalachicola airport to end at midnight. Pierce said he was composing a letter to that effect.



Parrish said he had received complaints of paintings knocked off of walls and broken dishes. “If they do it during the day, it’s not an issue,” he said. “They’re not buying fuel or contributing to the community.”



Commissioners voted unanimously to ask the Air Force to cease exercises after midnight.



Military air exercises were the topic of discussion at the Carrabelle city commission meeting of Oct. 3, as well.



Thompson Field Manager Mark Nobles sent a letter to commissioners protesting proposed Air Force activity in Tate’s Hell. Nobles said the presence of military aircraft limits air activity at the airport.



 



Bo May appointed to EDC



At the recommendation of Carrabelle Economic Development Council Director David Butler, downtown businessman Bo May was appointed to the EDC at the Oct. 3 city commission meeting.



The EDC was established in Oct. 2011. May is the seventh appointee to the council.



 



Carrabelle’s CRA board to meet



Carrabelle’s Community Reinvestment Act board will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.



The Community Reinvestment Act is a federal law designed to encourage commercial banks and savings associations to help meet the needs of borrowers in all segments of their communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Congress passed the CRA in 1977 to reduce discriminatory credit practices against low-income neighborhoods.



The CRA instructs the appropriate federal financial supervisory agencies to encourage regulated financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered, consistent with safe and sound operation.



 



Schneider replaces Allen on TDC



At the Oct. 3 Carrabelle meeting, Mayor Curley Messer assigned committee memberships and city departments for the 2013-14 fiscal year.



Commissioner Brenda La Paz will remain water and sewer commissioner and become city liaison to the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, replacing former commissioner Cal Allen.



While Allen is no longer seated on the commission, he will remain Carrabelle’s liaison to Franklin County Emergency Management. He and wife Tamara recently completed Citizen Emergency Response Training at the Emergency Operations Center.



Charlotte Schneider will continue to serve as finance commissioner and will take Allen’s seat on the Tourist Development Council.



Newly-elected Olivia Massey will supervise the cemeteries and police force. Frank Mathes will remain public works commissioner and Messer will oversee the fire department.



 



Get your flu shot early



Flu season is just around the corner and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Franklin County encourages residents and visitors to get vaccinated against influenza (flu). Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza infection often causes a more severe illness, and at times can lead to death.



“Flu vaccines are available at either DOH-Franklin location by scheduling an appointment or by walk-in. We encourage you to take this simple step to protect yourself and others from this potentially serious illness,” said Marsha Lindeman, administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County.



Be sure to watch for symptoms of the flu, such as headache, fever, a severe cough, runny nose or body aches. This is particularly important for people at high risk for serious complications from flu. For those with the flu, antiviral medication may shorten both the duration and severity of illness.



The Florida Department of Health urges the following preventive steps for the flu:



·  Get vaccinated every year because as the flu types change, the vaccine changes.



·  Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.



·  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, because germs spread this way.



·  Avoid close contact with sick people.



·  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw tissue in the trash after you use it.



·  If you are sick with flu–like illness, contact your primary care physician to determine whether you need antiviral medication. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care or for other necessities).



DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. For more information, call 653-2111.