Franklin County

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.


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
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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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Florida’s Surgeon General visited Bay County as part of a health tour of the state’s coastal areas.

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Saturday will mark the 27th Annual Hands Helping Anglers event.  It’s a local program whose goal is to take people with disabilities out for a day of fishing.

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Two Franklin County correctional officers are facing federal charges for allegedly violating the civil rights of an inmate. Both were arrested by the FBI Wednesday.

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It’s been five years since the Gulf oil spill, and five seasons of sea turtle nesting later, the St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers haven’t seen any abnormalities.

Local lawmakers want $250,000 to renovate the St. Marks lighthouse.
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Florida lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee June first to pick up where they left off on budget negotiations. The Big Bend’s regional delegation is banking on the special session to get some local projects funded.

The director of Franklin County’s Parks and Recreation department has been arrested, after confessing to stealing registration fees from several area youth football teams.

Days before Catherine Millender’s arrest, Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies received several calls from concerned parents about the Youth Football Registration fees for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

After looking at copies of deposits made by the Franklin County Parks Director and comparing them to the number of kids registered to participate in the league, detectives found the numbers didn’t add up.

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Florida wildlife officials are inviting Franklin county residents to take part in an informal workshop to learn more about combatting the invasive lionfish species currently threatening native wildlife. The Thursday event is part of the SciCafé series.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve to put on the SciCafé workshop.

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Franklin County small business owners who’ve lost revenue because of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse can now apply for federal loans. Franklin and its three surrounding Panhandle counties were recently given the economic emergency designation.

Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to any business or nonprofit who can show the oyster shortage caused them to lose a big portion of revenue.

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Director Anita Grove says borrowing money can help, but loans aren’t for everyone.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking the federal government to provide long-term financial assistance for struggling Apalachicola Bay business owners. Scott wants the U.S. Small Business Administration to declare Franklin County a disaster area.

If the federal government bestows the disaster designation, business owners there would be eligible for low-interest, long-term loans. Patrick Sparks, co-owner of Eddie Teach’s Raw Bar, says he’s lost thousands of dollars per seat in his 77-seat establishment on St. George Island because of the oyster shortage.

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Three men face charges of fraud and grand theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of lawn equipment in Wakulla County—one of the men is a Wakulla County correctional officer.

Authorities say 27-year-old Joshua Martin of Crawfordville was part of a team that stole lawn and tractor equipment. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Keith Blackmar says Martin then stored most of the stolen goods at his home.

Scott Wants $3 Million For Apalachicola Bay Restoration

Feb 25, 2013
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to invest in one Panhandle community on the brink of environmental and economic collapse. Scott’s including $3 million for Apalachicola Bay water projects in his proposed budget.

Oyster fisherman, devastated by water-quality issues and poor harvests in recent years, have been asking for state aid. And, on Monday, speaking at an environmental research center near the bay, Scott said, he’s heard them.

Franklin County Teachers Asked To Take Pay Cut

Jan 25, 2013

Incorrect enrollment projections, decreased revenue, and tax collection errors officials say that’s what saddled the Franklin County School district’s with half a million dollars of debt.  And now the school board is now asking teachers to take pay cuts to make up some of the money.