Candidate for state Democratic chair to visit

The Florida Democratic Party is in the process of electing a new chair, and one of the candidates, Allison Tant Richard, will be in Franklin County on Friday, Jan. 11 at noon at Stage Left Pizza in Apalachicola.

““I have known Allison for some time and thought the Franklin Democratic Executive Committee members might like to meet her, said Curt Blair, a former chairman of the county Democratic committee.

Stage Left is closed for repairs but Blair will open especially for this event, with a buffet of pizza (meat, cheese and vegetarian), lasagna, salad; ice tea, and dessert. 


‘Butts and Clucks’ to be rescheduled

The Weems Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s annual “Butts and Clucks by the Bay” cook-off, slated for last Saturday, Jan. 5 at Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola, is expected to be rescheduled for the weeks ahead.

Because many people on the competing teams and lead cook, John Solomon, wished to attend Saturday’s funeral for Quinnaland Rhodes, the cook-off was cancelled out of respect for the Rhodes family.

The new date is not determined yet. Organizers plan to meet Jan. 14 and hope to make a decision on the new date and place. The availability of Apalachicola’s Riverfront part is a key deciding factor.

The event will feature a pork butt and chicken cooking contest, open to local, state and out-of-state teams. Awards will be given for cooking, presentation of booth, presentation of food, etc. Dinner will be served to the public, and an auction will be held.

For more information on the cook-off, call 670-8261.


Democrats to celebrate Obama’s inauguration

The Franklin County Democratic Executive Committee will hold a celebration of President Obama’s re-election at an Inaugural Dinner on Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at AJ’s Restaurant in Apalachicola, 120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., at the corner of MLK Blvd. and 9th Street.

Tickets to the event are $25 each and may be purchased at the law office of Sanders and Duncan, P.A., the office of Croom’s Transportation, at Café con Leche, or from any DEC member. Appetizers will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call Ann at 697-6440 or Caroline at 670-5064.

Profits from the event will be used by the DEC to promote the Democratic Party in Franklin County.


Mardi Gras going to the dogs

The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, a parade unit of dogs and their people, invites you to join in the Apalachicola Mardi Gras parade on Friday, Feb. 1.

You may walk, ride in golf carts, pull wagons, push strollers, or come up with any other unique form of transportation. The parade, sponsored by Franklin County Habitat for Humanity, begins at 5 p.m. at the Bowery and continues to Riverfront Park where the party will continue with live music, dancing, Cajun food, and other festivities for the whole family.

For information or to pre-register, call 670-5064 or 653-2025. Laissez les BONE temps roulez!


Board OKs resolution for more BP funding

On Jan. 2, the county commission voted unanimously to accept a joint resolution of disproportionately affected counties that will increase the funding allocation to Franklin County in compensation for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“Even though Franklin County is not a member of the Gulf consortium, I think it is appropriate that the board support the resolution as it does provide more funds to Franklin County than the previous formula,” said Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce .

The exact amount of funding provided under the resolution is not clear.


Roadside debris and recyclables

Between Dec. 12 and 21 the Franklin County Waste Management collected 258 tons of roadside debris.

Eastpoint was by far the greatest contributor, with almost 79 tons followed by Carrabelle with 70 tons. Apalachicola produced 57 tons and St. George Island produced almost 35 tons. Lanark Village contributed over 17 tons.

The county produced more than 14 tons of recyclable materials. Five-and-one-half tons came from Apalachicola, and three tons from Eastpoint. St. George Island produced almost three tons. Carrabelle recycled two-and-one-half tons of material and Lanark Village and Alligator Point each recycled about one-half ton.