Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson plans regular open office hours in his office at the recently named Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., Recreation & Community Service Complex at 192 Coach Wagoner Blvd., site of the old Apalachicola High School.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7, and thereafter on two designated days each week, (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2 to 4 p.m.) Apalachicola residents and others will have the opportunity to meet with the mayor in Suite 1 on a drop-in basis, without an appointment, to discuss whatever issues, ideas or concerns are on their minds

Residents who would like to meet with the mayor, but cannot do so on the designated days, are encouraged to call Revena Ramsey at City Hall at 653-9319 or email her at revenaramsey@cityofapalachicola.com to schedule a more convenient time.


The Wilderness Coast Public Libraries’ (WILD) Governing Board will meet on Monday, Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Wakulla County Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call (850) 997-7400.

The January Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15. The sunset climb will take place from 5:30 to 7 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 6:03 p.m. and the moon will rise at 5:55 p.m.

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 association members.

The Cape St. George Light is in Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island. 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.

A new correctional officer training program will be starting Jan. 22 at the Gulf/Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College in Port St. Joe. This program is designed to prepare students for the state officer certification exam. Individuals who pass this exam are eligible for employment in any state, county or privately run correctional facility in Florida.

The program will be conducted using the new shorter curriculum and will last approximately three months. The program will be offered during the day and will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday.

For more information, please call Brenda Burkett at 227-9670 ext. 5507 or email her at bburkett@gulfcoast.edu . The application deadline for Pell Grants and financial aid is fast approaching, so please call today or come by the Gulf/Franklin Campus to pick up your application packet.


Museum to screen documentary Jan. 25

The 28th Infantry Division that trained at Camp Gordon Johnston bore the brunt of the opening drive of what was known as the “Battle of the Bulge.”

On Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m., a documentary “The Drive to the Ardennes” will be shown in the movie theatre at the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum.

Produced by CGJ Member John Gaffey, the documentary will feature the valiant effort of the outnumbered 28th which slowed the advances of the Panzer Divisions speeding towards the village, Bastogne, a key objective of the Germans in their “last gasp” attempt to drive a wedge into the Allied forces and recapture the initiative on the Western Front.

The documentary will last approximately one hour and free popcorn will be provided. While there is no admission fee, please remember that the museum operates on donations, and donations are welcome.


Seven distinctive and beautiful homes will be featured during the third annual St. George Island Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The tour benefits the St. George Lighthouse Association (SGLA). Also included on the tour are the Cape St. George Lighthouse and Keeper’s House, and the St. George Plantation Clubhouse. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour.

Tour weekend will begin with a kick-off event on Friday, Feb. 7, featuring a special presentation, refreshments and door prizes. James L. Hargrove, author and retired University of Georgia professor, will talk about the early development of St. George Island. Hargrove is the author of “The Oyster King” which tells the fictionalized story of William Lee Popham, the first man to attempt the development of St. George Island in the 1920’s.

This free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. George Island Fire Station, 324 East Pine Avenue.

Tour tickets are available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on St. George Island. To order tickets, call the Gift Shop at 927-7745. Tickets will be available on Tour Day at Lighthouse Park and at the St. George Plantation Clubhouse.

SGLA is a non-profit Florida corporation organized to preserve, maintain and promote the Cape St. George Lighthouse, which was restored in 2008 after collapsing in 2005. SGLA also built a replica of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House, now a museum and gift shop. Funds raised by SGLA are used for the ongoing maintenance of the Lighthouse, the Keeper’s House and Lighthouse Park.

For more information, please visit www.sgitourofhomes.com


UF/IFAS, the Franklin County Extension Office and the United Way of the Big Bend wish to make the Money Management Calendar available free of charge while supplies last. Good money management is a habit and an everyday task, especially if you need to stick to a plan to make ends meet. A plan begins with knowing what you need and want and then setting up a plan to meet your goals.

This calendar can help you see where your dollars are going day by day and then allow you to take steps to get a better handle on your spending habits. It takes tools and discipline to build a budget and to know where you monies go. This calendar is a wonderful first step.

In the future, the county extension office will offer classes related to many aspects of financial management and can offer one-on-one assistance with organizing personal finances. Please watch for further details on the opportunities by getting on the Extension contact list. Stop by the historic Coombs Armory in Apalachicola to obtain a calendar and get started with planning your financial future.

For more information concerning programming and services available through the extension office, visit www.franklin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 653-9337.


The Carrabelle History Museum is in need of volunteers to host the open hours of the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and especially on Saturday. Two or three hour shifts work well.

The museum also is building its files on local families and local places, and needs people to gather and organize what it has on specific topics. 

The museum also is asking members to renew their membership or join the Carrabelle Historical Society. Annual membership dues for the society are $15 individuals and $25 for families.

The next changing exhibit will be about salt, so the museum is looking for artifacts and a salt kettle to borrow.

Please stop by and see all of the new changes and improved displays. The Holiday Bears will be on display for another week.

The museum is at 106 Avenue B, SE, in the heart of downtown Carrabelle. For more information, call 697-2141 or 524-1153.