Chamber to host oyster roast Friday

Love oysters? Don't miss the eighth annual Downtown Oyster Roast from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in Apalachicola. This enchanting event, sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, will feature roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad greens and fantastic desserts. Dine under the stars next to the Apalachicola River. Local blues man Joe Hutchinson will provide live entertainment. For tickets call 653-9419 or email


Dance Saturday night at Carrabelle Senior Center

A dance will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, Nov. 3, at the Carrabelle Senior Center, 201 NW Avenue F, on the corner of 1st Street and NW Avenue F in downtown Carrabelle. 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 the Senior Center this Saturday night to dance... or just to listen to the music!

For more information on the dance and other activities at the center visit


Tobacco-free partners to meet Wednesday

There will be a Tobacco-Free Franklin Partnership Coalition meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Franklin County Health Department, 139 12th Street, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room.


Bridge maintenance work continues

Periodic lane restrictions run through Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the following locations in Franklin County, as Bridge Masters perform routine bridge maintenance work: State Road (S.R.) 30 / U.S. 98 Tillie Miller Bridge in Carrabelle, over the Carrabelle River; and S.R. 30 / U.S. 98 Porter Bar Creek Bridge, 2.5 miles west of S.R. 65

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to pay attention and use caution when driving through the work zone.

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Apalachicola historical society plans Nov. 10 election

A general meeting of Apalachicola Area Historical Society, Inc. will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Carriage House. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers for the coming year, and other matters of interest.  Please make your plans to attend.


FCSWA to meet Nov. 12

The Franklin County Seafood Workers Associationís regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 12 in Eastpoint at the firehouse starting at 6 p.m. We will be discussing further information regarding bay issues and sharing possible new information as we receive it.

Please continue to follow us on Facebook for any updates, new information or details. Please contact FCSWA Secretary Jennifer Millender if any further details or information is needed.


Transportation board to meet Nov. 14

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. The Franklin County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Franklin County courthouse annex courtroom, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola. In addition to regular business, the agenda will include the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) selection process, the actual expenditure report and the regional annual performance report.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued.

For additional information, a copy of the agenda, or if you require special accommodations at the meeting because of a disability or physical impairment, contact Vanita Anderson at the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, 20776 Central Avenue East, Suite 1, Blountstown, FL 32424 at least five working days prior to the meeting date.


Governor re-appoints Sanders to corridor authority

Governor Rick Scott last week announced the reappointment of Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, as well as Robert Montgomery and Stephen Norris, and the appointments of Scott Gaby and Gordon Sprague, to the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority. Each of the five terms began Oct. 24.

Sanders, 57, of Carrabelle, was reappointed for a four-year term ending August 10, 2016, as was Montgomery, 65, of Pensacola, owner of Montgomery Realtors Inc., and Norris, 52, of Port St. Joe, co-owner of Classic Coastal Construction Inc.

Gaby, 60, of Crawfordville, executive vice president of Wakulla Bank, and Sprague, 74, of Gulf Breeze, retired mutual fund money manager from AIM, were appointed to terms also ending August 10, 2016.


Gulf Coast needs pupils for corrections office course

Gulf Coast State College is still working in partnership with several agencies to provide a Correctional Officer Basic Standards Class in Franklin County. This is in an effort to assist those citizens who might be facing hardships resulting from the harvestable oyster decline. The Work Force Center will be offering financial assistance to those who qualify. Correctional officers have a starting salary of approximately $31,000 per year and are eligible for other benefits including health insurance at a reduced cost and a retirement plan at a higher earnings rate that regular state employees. In order to make this a reality more prospective students are needed. Anyone interested is encouraged to call 227-9670 ext. 5507 to begin the registration process.