Bay Community School hosts Friday art auction

Bay Community School, our community based pre-school in Apalachicola, is hosting its annual Art Show and Auction on Friday, May 31 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Center for History, Culture and Art, on the corner of Water Street and Avenue E. Come and have dinner prepared by Tamara’s Café and have fun while supporting a great cause. Tickets are $25/person.

They are also looking for community sponsors to help supplement the cost for their event. Sponsorships are $100 and include a dinner ticket and personal thank you from the children.

The Bay Community School, at 184 Fred Meyer St. in Apalachicola, is a not-for-profit center for education. Proceeds from this event cover the basic costs of running the school. Thank you for your support! For more information about the event or the school, please visit


Relay for Life begins at noon Saturday

Join us in promoting and celebrating Relay for Life! As a way to promote fighting back, Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson signed a proclamation to Paint the town Purple! Storefronts, yards, fences, any way you can! Decorate your place purple, from May 27 to June 2!

Join the American Cancer Society as we Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

The Relay for Life is Saturday, June 1 from noon until Sunday, June 2 at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola. All survivors and caregivers are invited to join us we celebrate you and remember those we've lost.

Survivor dinner will be served. Lumanaria ceremony. Local entertainment. Food and family fun! All proceeds go to American Cancer Society to help fight back against cancer!


Dance Saturday at Carrabelle Senior Center

A dance will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, June 1, at the Carrabelle Senior Center, 201 NW Avenue F, on the corner of 1st Street and NW Avenue. Admission is free, with music provided by local disc jockey Ron Vice serving up a lively mix of Big Band dance tunes and mellow pop hits. Come down to dance... or just to listen to the music! The


Nobles dancers in paradise Saturday at Dixie

Performers go “Dancing in Paradise” in two shows for Pam Nobles Studio’s 32nd recital Saturday, June 1, at 1:01 p.m. and 6:06 p.m. at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola. Tickets are $10 advanced or $15 at door. Call 653-8078. Doors open 45 minutes before each show.

Sunny skies and balmy breezes are part of what the Paradise dancers illustrate, with some headliners like the Hillside Dancers, Hot Flashes, Tamara Marsh singing, Holly Chambers in a solo Bridge of Light, Three Little Fishes, and Sea Cruise. Arnett Peel, Nobles’ uncle, will emcee the two shows, and perform with his sister, June Gray as well.

Special awards go to Georgia Page, dancer for three years; Myia Maxwell, six years; Holly Chambers, 12 years; Patricia Perryman, 13 years; Linda Griffin, 18 years; Bonnie Smith, 23 years; Linda Maloy, 24 years; Rita Theis, 26 years; Debby Ruffner 27; and June Gray, 30 years.

Since beginning in 1981 as Horizon Twirlers, Pam Nobles Dance Studio has helped bring out exceptional dancing talent in hundreds of students. From God Bless America, to Amazing Grace, Under the Sea, Don’t Rock the Boat, to Hip Hop on Highway 98, students will be showing off that talent.


FCHS plans graduation events

Franklin County High School’s Senior Recognition Night will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31 in the school cafeteria. The commencement ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium on Friday, June 7. The public is invited to both events.


Allen ice machine approved

At their May 7 regular meeting, county commissioners accepted the unanimous recommendation of the planning and zoning board (P&Z) and approved a commercial site plan to locate an ice vending machine at 95 US 98, the northwest corner of US 98 and North Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint.

The request submitted by John Pritchard, agent/applicant for Bob Allen, had been discussed at the April 16 meeting after P&Z recommended the plan be denied. County commissioners then directed that a changed version of the original proposal be reviewed at an emergency P&Z meeting.

 At the May 7 meeting, the ice machine was approved with the requirements that it have a one-way entrance and exit off of North Bayshore Drive, with permanent fencing or bollard system to keep traffic from entering off US 98. There must also be a clearly defined driving surface made of shell and lime rock.


Airport aces inspection

On May 7, County Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce told commissioners the airport passed its annual Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspection on April 26.

 “We have a few trees along the perimeter that need to be dealt with but otherwise the inspector said the airport looked good,” said Pierce, who is also the airport manager.

Pierce thanked Daryl McKinley for assisting the Fixed Base Operator Crystal Air Aviation in getting the airport ready for inspection. “One of my goals is to get the airport standing on its own,” Pierce said. “This is the first time we did not have the county crew out there mowing the grass before an inspection.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of thanks to McKinley.

At the same meeting, the board voted unanimously to sign an amended joint participation agreement with FDOT for $70,000 worth of additional funds for improvements at the airport. The funds will be spent on security or drainage improvements


Governor pens note to Sanders

At the May 21 county commission meeting, Chair Cheryl Sanders shared a handwritten note she received from Governor Rick Scott with other board members.

“How can I help with job creation?” Sanders said the note simply asked.

“We will work with him in any way we can,” Sanders said, and suggested the Greensteel Factory in Carrabelle was in need of a corporate tenant. She also said she plans to ask the governor about improving the industrial park at the Apalachicola Regional Airport.

 “By this card I think he’s really interested in us,” Sanders said.

Commissioner Pinki Jackel agreed, “He’s been down here when we invited him. I think he’s really interested. We are facing long-term problems with the bay and we really need to diversify our economy.”

Sanders said, “People has realized there is a life off the water but now, we’re going to have to have good paying jobs.”