School open house today

The Franklin County Schools will host an open house for students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade will on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. This will be followed by freshmen and senior orientation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Carrabelle marks Breastfeeding Week Tuesday

Franklin County WIC will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2013 in Carrabelle, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to noon, at 106 Northeast 5th Street.

WIC staff and volunteers will provide fun prizes and refreshments along with information about nutrition and breastfeeding for WIC participants.

This year's World Breastfeeding Week theme, “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers,” highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families. The WIC program plays a vital role in providing support to breastfeeding moms. The WIC program offers a breastfeeding friendly environment with support from trained breastfeeding peer counselors.

Deciding what and how to feed an infant is one of the most important decisions that new families make. Evidence is clear that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed an infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated globally by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). For more information, visit the WABA website at


Full moon climb Wednesday at lighthouse

The August Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.

The sun will set at 8:14 p.m. and the moon will rise at 8:32 p.m. on August 21.

After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit. Cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for SGLA members.

The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive. Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.

Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745.


Muskogee Creek Tribe host Aug. 24 seminar

The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe History Seminar will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Eastpoint Fire Department, 10598 SW Eighth Street. This seminar is presented to educate the general public, students and teachers on many aspects of the Muskogee History and Culture.

Topics to be presented include History, Myths & Legends of the Muskogee Creek, How the Muskogee survived in this area after the Trail of Tears removal, Aspects of Daily Living, Genealogy and Treaties of the Muskogee.

Registration for the seminar and lunch is $20, and includes all educational materials and lunch. The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe, based on Whigham, Ga. is a 401(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization.

For more information, please call (229) 762-3169 or (229) 762-3355.


Date for budget hearings set

County commissioners have set the dates for the two public hearings on the budget as Thursday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 16. Both hearings will begin at 5:15 p.m. The city of Carrabelle will hold a budget workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:01 p.m.


Head Start now accepting applications

Head Start Centers in Eastpoint and Carrabelle are now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.

Head Start offers free pre-school for 3- and 4 year old children of income qualified families. Students receive early childhood development services along with medical, dental and mental health care.

To enroll your child in Head Start, please call (850) 222-2043 ext. 223. Or visit the Eastpoint Head Start Center on School Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or the Carrabelle Center, on North 5th Street, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Head Start is a program of the Capital Area Community Action Agency and is funded, in part, by a grant from the United Way of the Big Bend.