Schools begins summer work hours

Summer work hours at the Franklin County School District office began Monday and will run through Friday, Aug. 2. The summer work schedule will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with a 45-minute lunch. On Fridays the offices will be closed.

Normal work hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 5.


Carrabelle seniors host dance Saturday

The Carrabelle Senior Center will host a dance Saturday evening, July 6, starting at 7 p.m. 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 Senior Center is at 201 NW Avenue F, on the corner of 1st Street and NW Avenue F in downtown Carrabelle.


Juvenile Justice Council to meet Monday

The Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8 at the TIGERS site in Apalachicola, located behind the old Apalachicola High School on 14th Street, in the independent building facing the football field.

All meetings are open to the public, and all are welcomed. For more info, call Carol Barfield, chair, at 653-2784


Seafood workers to meet Monday

The Franklin County Seafood Workers Association will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at the fire house in Eastpoint, on the corner of 6th Street and CC Land Road. The meeting will be discussing association business, and also will conduct elections to seat replacement officers for the secretary, treasury and second vice president seats that have not been filled. Any questions please contact Shannon at 653-5190.


Panhandle Players to meet Tuesday

The annual membership meeting and elections for the Panhandle Players will be held Tuesday evening, July 9 at 6 p.m. in the Raney House Carriage House in downtown Apalachicola.

The Panhandle Players invites everyone to join them for the annual meeting, and for the election of board members and officers. Hear about the group’s plans for the upcoming season, and about how you can become involved.

For more information, or to express an interest in running for the board of directors, please call Elaine Kozlowsky at 670-1671, Ann Cowles at 927-4660 or Bob Inguagiato at 370-5281.


Carrabelle commission to meet July 11

Carrabelle’s regular city commission has been rescheduled from July 4 to Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m.


Want to attend Camp Timpoochee?

At the June 28 county commission meeting, Bill Mahan, county extension agent, said his office is receiving requests to attend Camp Timpoochee with the county 4H program. This year’s camp will take place July 22-26and Mahan expects more than 20 county youngsters to attend.

Camp Timpoochee accommodates 140 campers in climate controlled cabins. This year, Franklin County will be joined by campers from Okaloosa and Walton counties, and Covington County, Alabama. The camp is located in Niceville on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The camp has a dining hall with fully staffed kitchen; an outdoor pavilion with large barbecue grill; a fire circle seating 120 and private beachfront facilities with canoes, fishing, and marine collecting equipment. There is a 20-passenger pontoon boat for snorkeling and leisure trips and a marine wet lab with fresh and saltwater tanks.

Interested campers and parents can contact Mahan at 247-9359.


Business After Hours July 11 at Tapas Bar

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours on Thursday, July 11 at Tamara’s Tapas Bar, 73 Market Street in Apalachicola from 5:30-7 p.m. The chamber’s next business luncheon will take place at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Beach Pit BBQ on US 98 in Eastpoint.




ApalachicolaRiverfront film festival planned

Get ready for the first ever Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 19 at Riverfront Park.

Merrill Livingston is the creative brain behind the festival. Raised in Apalachicola, she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s of fine arts in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She has formed a, a volunteer nonprofit committee to help make the festival a reality. The committee includes Tom and Sharon Morgan, Ron Copeland, Anita Grove, Judi Stokowski, and Jim Bachrach. The festival will feature independent films from around the country, local documentaries and student films from the prestigious Florida State University Film School and SCAD. Special guest will include Kevin McCarey, National Geographic filmmaker and professor at SCAD.

Tickets are available at or at Apalach Outfitters 29 Avenue E in Apalachicola. For info, call 653-3474.


Small business conference set for Sept. 16-20

Mark your calendar for the Small Business Week in Franklin County Sept 16-20, which will recognize and highlight the impact of small businesses. Mid-week there will be a small business resource conference - hosted by the Small Business Development Center out of Florida A & M University, and the Apalachicola Bay and Carrabelle chambers of commerce - to help small business owners discover resources to expand or refocus their business, bring business owners together to meet and share issues and ideas, and aid potential small business owners in getting started with their businesses.


Plantation photo contest seeks entries

The St. George Plantation 2013 Photo Contest continues through Aug. 28.

The Plantation is asking photographers to submit photographs of St. George Island, Apalachicola or Franklin County, accompanied by a written release form granting St. George Plantation Owners’ Association permission to publish your photos. You may submit up to two photographs in the competition with a required $5 entry fee. Prizes include first place $150, second place $100, third place $50 and People’s Choice $50. For more information, go to


KidCare/Medicaid assistance available

The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County in partnership with George E. Weems Memorial Hospital is offering KidCare/Medicaid assistance. For more information or to sign up, stop by the county health department offices. Visit the Apalachicola location at 139 12th St. on Thursdays or the Carrabelle location, 106 N.E. Fifth St, on third Tuesdays. For questions, call 653-2111.


Check out Virtual Entrepreneur Center

Businesses looking for a free way to get in front of their customers can log on to, online home for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center. This Web portal is designed to be an up-to-date, one-stop shop library of resources for entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business – and looking for business solutions to help them grow.

As an initiative of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council in partnership with local economic development organizations, the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC) offers a catalog of local, regional, state and global business resources organized by county, as well as a directory of businesses that offer services catering to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether specializing in law, accounting, IT, communications or other products and services, businesses from across the state can list their information on FLVEC at no charge to help entrepreneurs find the best products and services for starting or growing a business.

Companies offering products and services for small businesses can register at and list their contact information and line of services at no charge in all of the county portals in their service area. For more information, visit