Franklin County

A container full of scallops
Carol Lyn Parrish / FWC Flickr

The last day to harvest bay scallops for the year in certain areas of the state is Monday.

A photo of a Bichon Frise, a long white-coated dog
Seth Reese / Unsplash

Their last rabies cases may have been two years ago, but Franklin and Gulf County health officials still want area residents to keep their distance from wild animals who may be carriers for the disease.

A coiled rattlesnake
Franklin County Sheriff's office Facebook

On the heels of a local law enforcement officer receiving two snake bites, Franklin County officials are alerting residents to keep their distance from the area’s reptiles.

Jason Blitzer with his Lionfish Challenge submission.
Jason Blitzer

Labor Day is the last day to participate in the Lionfish Challenge.

A container full of scallops
Carol Lyn Parrish / FWC Flickr

The bay scallop season in Gulf County started Friday.

This boat was destroyed in a wildfire that resulted in 36 homes being destroyed in Eastpoint, Florida near Apalachicola.   June 27, 2018.
Ryan Dailey / WFSU News

Those helping victims of Franklin County’s Eastpoint community recover from a devastating fire say all the displaced are having their needs met.

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

By the end of the week, all of the families displaced by last month’s fire in Eastpoint, Florida will be in housing.

City crews will leave on Monday to help the Eastpoint community.
City of Tallahassee Twitter

City of Tallahassee crews are bringing equipment and supplies to help the Eastpoint community following the fire that burned more than 950 acres last month. 

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The fire that ravaged Eastpoint, Florida has left some families with nothing, but numerous groups are helping victims through donations.

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says a prescribed burn is the cause of a fire in Eastpoint that has destroyed more than 800 acres and burned more than 30 homes. 

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims to be safe and patient as they respond to every call after a wildfire tore through the County Sunday. Hundreds of acres were set ablaze, 36 homes were destroyed, but no deaths have been reported. 

Josh O'Connor WSFWF

A weekend fire at Eastpoint has destroyed homes and displaced hundreds. Franklin County Sheriff Tony Smith calls the fire one of the "most intense" he's seen in his career.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Facebook

A Franklin County jail inmate is still in intensive care in Tallahassee, after smoking synthetic marijuana allegedly smuggled in by another North Florida inmate.

FWC's Flickr

Franklin County residents have at least two opportunities to make their regular trash cans bear-proof, thanks to a grant. Florida wildlife officials are looking to add hardware to help reduce human-bear conflicts in the area.

MGN Online

North Florida’s Franklin County has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. Between 2013 and 2015, there were 28 births per thousand girls between 15 to 17 years old. Jocelyn Beever reports the figures remain high even as overall teen births have dropped in recent years.

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Tuesday marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, and a number of Panhandle county health departments are marking the week with several events.

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As sort of a pilot, state wildlife officials are holding three different bay scallop seasons in the Florida Panhandle. While one starts Saturday, another is already underway.

scallops
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Despite a harmful algal bloom in 2015, Florida wildlife officials say the bay scallop population in Saint Joe Bay appears to be improving.

MGN Online

Despite some minor damage, Franklin County officials say the area is doing well after a tornado hit St. George Island Tuesday.

Volunteer Florida

Volunteer Florida is awarding 22 organizations across the state some significant matching funds to increase their volunteer base.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is asking federal officials to expand President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration for Florida counties affected by Hurricane Hermine.

MGN Online

President Barack Obama has announced a disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Hermine.

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Starting in the Panhandle, Florida wildlife officials are holding a few public workshops on the potential designations of Critical Wildlife areas. The goal is to protect vulnerable wildlife—mainly birds—from human disturbances and predators.

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During hurricane season, the only thing that’s consistent is inconsistency.

That’s why local emergency management directors worry the lull in landfall hurricanes has made Florida residents downplay the threat.

Tourist Drowns During Colin

Jun 8, 2016
Joe Raedle (Getty/AFP)

A tourist at St. George Island drowned during Tropical Storm Colin earlier this week. A sheriff deputy found Sandra Gnezda receiving CPR from a first responder and emergency medical services at 7:02 p.m. on Monday, June 6, according to the police report.

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