Lanark Village block party Sunday

On Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m., there will be a block party in and around Chillas Hall in downtown Lanark Village.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by the Lanark Village Association. Bring a covered dish and beverage of your choice. The party is free and open to the public.


County receives economic diversification report

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has released its report “Franklin County Long-term Economic Diversification Strategy.” County commissioners received copies of the report at their Nov. 5 meeting.

There will be a workshop on Monday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the headquarters of the Apalachicola National Research Reserve in Eastpoint to present the strategy. The public is invited.


Gulf Coast hosts forums for president search

The Gulf Coast State College District Board of Trustees is hosting two Town Hall Forums for the President Search on Monday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe, and on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. CT at the Panama City campus in the Advanced Technology Center, room 303.

The board of trustees is seeking community input in its search for the position of president. Members of the community are invited to the town hall forum to share their ideas and desired qualities for Gulf Coast’s next president. The forum is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cheryl Flax-Hyman at (850)747-3215 or by visiting


Legion hosts Nov. 21 veterans dinner

The Willoughby Marks American Legion Post #106 will host a covered dish dinner on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 801 US Hwy 98. Apalachicola. Turkey and ham, with sides, will be served. All area veterans are welcome to come out and share in fellowship. For more information, call Larry Hale at 653-5817.


Beshears to distribute cold weather blankets

State Representative Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) will be in Apalachicola on Monday, Dec. 2 to distribute wool blankets donated by Farm Share, a non-profit organization. This event will take place at Beshears’ office at 78 11th Street, Suite 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. We would like to encourage everyone to come by and pick up a blanket.


Eastpoint Christmas parade Dec. 13

On Nov. 5, the county commission voted unanimously to ask the Florida Department of Transportation for permission to close US 98 in Eastpoint for the Eastpoint Christmas Parade, scheduled for Friday afternoon, Dec. 13.


Walker appointed to Juvenile Justice Board

Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature authorized by state ordinance the formation of juvenile justice councils at the county and circuit levels. Each county council appoints representatives to serve on the circuit board. The county councils and circuit boards serve as advisors to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

At their Nov. 5 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to appoint David Walker, director of the county health department’s Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program, to represent the county on the new board.