Friday, May 26, 2017

Be careful at the beach this weekend - be aware of rip current dangers

 There has been a elevated risk for rip currents along panhandle beaches recently so use caution if you are headed into the water.

A rip current, also known as a rip tide, happens when a sand bar breaks causing a strong surface current that can pull swimmers hundreds of yards off-shore.

About 100 people a year are killed in rip currents nationwide – and they present a threat along all of Florida’s coasts.

The current doesn’t pull people down – it pulls them away from the beach, so most deaths associated with rip currents occur when people panic and try to swim directly toward shore against the current.

They usually become totally exhausted and drown.

Since rip currents are normally only about 10 to 30 yards wide, if you find yourself caught in one, the best escape, especially for the weak or non-swimmer, is to wade or swim sideways across the current, parallel to the beach.

Rip currents tend to extend on average from 50 to 200 yards offshore, so another way to make it out alive is to float with the current out beyond the breakers where the rip current will weaken, then swim shoreward at an angle away from it.

Congressman Neal Dunn calls for expanded federal red snapper season

Congressman Neal Dunn has joined with other lawmakers in asking that this year’s recreational red snapper season in federal waters be extended to allow more recreational fishing.

Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishermen will get a 3-day fishing season in federal waters this year while charter captains will have 49 days to fish.

The red snapper season in federal waters will begin on June the 1st.

That's nearly a full week shorter than last year’s season but federal regulators said it is needed to protect red snapper stocks.

Congressman Dunn joined other Gulf Coast representatives this week in asking that the 2017 private recreational Red Snapper season in federal waters be expanded to include Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in June, July, and August, as well as July 3 and July 4th.

Earlier this month Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio also expressed concerns about the short federal season calling it deeply concerning “For the anglers, boat captains, and related industries dependent on access to the fishery.

While the federal season is very short, the season in Florida state waters is much longer.

The season is open continuously from May 27th through July 9th.

The season will then reopen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September and October providing for 78 days of red snapper fishing in state waters.

Wakulla County to Honor American Servicemen and Servicewomen at the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Crawfordville, Florida – On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners will observe Memorial Day at an opening ceremony at 10:00a.m. on the grounds of the Wakulla County Courthouse.  This Memorial is dedicated to the lasting memory and sacred honor of the brave American servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives in our Country’s defense. 

This year’s ceremony includes keynote speaker Mr. Harold Thurmond.  In addition, the VFW Post #4538 will perform the laying of the wreath, and the raising and lowering the flag to half-staff.  “Let us not forget the ultimate toll paid in blood by our fallen to secure the blessings of liberty and the continuation of our way of life.  It is with honor and dignity we pay tribute to the co-authors of our nation’s history and military legacy,” said Harold Ross, Veteran Services Officer.  Please join us to support our veterans and their families for their sacrifices.

For additional information related to this story, please contact Harold Ross, Veteran’s Services Officer at (850) 926-1072.

Please be safe with your old fishing line and recycle it

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding fishermen of the dangers posed by discarded monofiliament fishing line and hooks.

Monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks are a hazard in the wild where they can snag and entangle birds, sea turtles and manatees, leading to injury and even death.

Clumps of monofilament line are the most common foreign object found during manatee necropsies.

Aside from harming aquatic wildlife, wading birds and shorebirds which frequent piers and other fishing hotspots are often hooked accidentally when trying to grab bait off an angler’s line

To help protect wildlife form your fishing line, make sure to check your tackle frequently for frayed line that may easily break.

Unwanted or damaged line should be stored away until it can be placed in a recycling bin.

Fishing line recycling bins are located at 10 foot hole in Apalachicola, both sides of the old St. George Island fishing piers, at the St. George Island State Park and at the Riverwalk in Carrabelle.

In Gulf County bins are located at Frank Pate Park, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Salinas Park, and many of the public beach access points at Cape San Blas.

If you see discarded monofilament line while you are out, pick it up, secure it and dispose of it appropriately.

If you come across entangled or distressed wildlife you can call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC, that's 808-404-3922.

Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

DEP Logo
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Ryan E. Matthews
Interim Secretary

Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: KING - SF DOCK
Location Id: 354458
Location Name: ANNA KING
County: Gulf
Application Number: 354458-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Governor Scott signs bill to increase boater safety

Governor Rick Scott this week signed legislation designed to increase boater safety in Florida waters.

The governor signed House Bill 711, which reduces registration fees for boats equipped with safety features including an emergency position indicating radio beacon or Personal Locator Beacon.

Under the new law, the discounted fee for boats between 12 and 16 feet would drop from $13.77 to $11; for boats between 16 and 26 feet, the fee would go from $24.83 to $20.40; and for boats between 26 feet and 40 feet, the fee would fall from $68.56 to $57.50.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon and Personal Locator Beacons are used to alert search and rescue forces in the event of an emergency.

It does this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 megahertz distress frequency via satellite and earth stations to the nearest rescue coordination center, which then notifies local search and rescue forces.

Having a properly registered beacon greatly enhances the speed with which the Coast Guard can respond to any mariners in distress and could mean the difference between life and death during a maritime emergency.

You can find out more about them on-line at

USFWS recognizes group working to protect the St. Marks frosted flatwood salamander

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized a group that is working to increase the survival rate of frosted flatwood salamander larvae in the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.

The St. Marks Frosted Flatwoods Salamander Research Team was recognized with an Honor Award marking extraordinary
conservation accomplishments in 2015 and 2016.

When surveys revealed a precipitous decline in frosted flatwoods salamanders on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and
across the species’ range, staff from the refuge and the U.S. Geological Survey took action with other partners and experts to address the needs of the salamander.

The work included inventorying and monitoring population levels and developing a successful larval headstart program.

The methods developed for the program have successfully increased the survival rate of larvae. 

The Team included partners and experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Panama City Ecological Services Field Office, the Apalachicola National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Eglin Air Force Base.

Franklin county Commissioners move forward on soccer field project

Franklin County Commissioners have taken another step in building a soccer field and basketball court at the DW Wilson Sports Complex in Apalachicola.

Earlier this month the board agreed to hire Dan Garlick to help the county obtain an Environmental Resource Permit which is needed for the park expansion.

The permit is needed because of wetlands in a section of the area that is part of the Park’s expansion project.

Earlier this year the county was awarded a 50 thousand dollar grant through the Florida Recreation Assistance Program to help pay for the soccer field and basketball court.

The grant won’t cover the full cost of the project so the county will likely apply for more money this Fall.

The soccer field is needed to help the growing youth soccer program in Franklin County.

Local soccer teams generally have to travel to play because out of county teams like Port St. Joe won’t play on our substandard fields.

The other problem is local teams are practicing on poor fields which puts them at a disadvantage when they play or regulation fields in other areas.

FDOT to Suspend Construction for Memorial Day Holiday

Chipley – To promote safety and reduce congestion over the Memorial Day weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending normal construction activities on all major roads in Northwest Florida.  There will be no lane closures on the state road system from 9 a.m. Friday, May 26 to 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.

If an emergency situation occurs during the upcoming holiday weekend that requires a lane closure, repairs will continue until that lane is reopened to the traveling public and all safety related issues that impede the traveling public have been addressed.

Although no construction closures are scheduled over the holiday, existing state highway work zones will remain in effect and drivers may encounter construction workers and reduced speed limits. Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling through work zones around barricades and equipment.

FDOT is encouraging drivers to allow extra travel time and to use extra caution in existing work zones along state highways. Drivers are urged to make sure they buckle up, along with their passengers. FDOT and other safety agencies also ask drivers to obey speed limits, get adequate rest before traveling, avoid distractions and never drink and drive.

Drivers also are urged to be prepared for unscheduled highway closures due to accidents, disabled vehicles or other events. Motorists should be alert to changing weather conditions while traveling.

Travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines, and online at to receive updates on travel in the area.  For more information, follow the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like us on Facebook at

Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce E-newsletter for May 26th

Franklin County Humane Society Pets of the Week

CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE are 3 month old Lab mixes.  They are very social, happy puppies with very sweet temperaments and will make great family pets.  Many families choose to adopt at the beginning of summer so that kids and parents alike can spend the time needed with a new puppy.  Maybe one of these cuties is the right fit for your family!

Volunteers are desperately needed to socialize all of our dogs and 
cats. We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our 
animals into their home to be fostered for various needs. Anytime you 
can spare would be greatly 

Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County 
Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint.  You may logon to 
the website at to see more of our adoptable 

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla counties

DEP Logo
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Ryan E. Matthews
Interim Secretary

Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Location Id: 354403
County: Franklin
Application Number: 354403-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Stormwater - Large Construction (>= 5 AC)
Location Id: FLR10RA72
Location Name: Windmark Beach
County: Gulf
Application Number: FLR10RA72-001

For further information, please contact the Tallahassee Npdes Stormwater permitting office in Tallahassee at (850) 245-7522
Permit: Air - Title V Operation Permit
Project Name: TV RENEWAL W/ PROJ 012-AC
Location Id: 1290001
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 1290001-013

For further information, please contact the Tallahassee Headquarters permitting office in Tallahassee at (850) 717-9000
Permit: Air - Construction Permit
Location Id: 1290001
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 1290001-012

For further information, please contact the Tallahassee Headquarters permitting office in Tallahassee at (850) 717-9000
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 207 BYRD PARKER DR [DOCK]
Location Id: 354413
Location Name: 207 BYRD PARKER DR [DOCK]
County: Gulf
Application Number: 354413-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300

Lawmakers Urge Commerce Director to Extend Federal Red Snapper Season

Dr. Dunn Fights for Local Anglers
Lawmakers Urge Commerce Director to Extend Federal Red Snapper Season

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Neal Dunn (FL-02) urged Director Comstock of the Commerce Department to expand the 2017 private recreational Red Snapper season in federal waters. Recently, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced a three-day 2017 Red Snapper season.

“We strongly urge you to use any authority at your disposal to expand the 2017 private recreational Red Snapper season in federal waters to include Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in June, July, and August, as well as July 3 and July 4, consistent with the current health and overall sustainability of the stock,” wrote the lawmakers. “While this proposal does not address the longer term issues, we hope this proposed solutions for the 2017 season will be something you will strongly consider.”

The letter was signed by 12 members who represent areas of the Gulf including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gulf Council Launches Redesigned Website


May 23, 2017

Gulf Council Launches Redesigned Website
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has launched a redesign of the website Along with a more contemporary design, changes have been made to site navigation to ensure quick and easy access to essential information.
Key features of the site include an emphasis on upcoming public meetings and meeting materials; fishery management amendments that are under development; and the latest news releases.
The site's simplified look, combined with improved functionality and optimization for mobile devices, allows users to better interact with the Gulf Council. Information on Council members, committees and panels, and archived meeting and fishery management materials provide improved access to Council operations for stakeholders and internal users. The new site also ensures increased transparency and access to the Council process by making archived meetings and management plans readily available and by providing straightforward meeting agendas and supporting materials.
"We are excited about the new website launch," said Doug Gregory, Executive Director. "The redesigned site will provide stakeholders with a substantially improved level of access to fishery management information and Gulf Council meeting materials as we continue to enhance our public service."
The new Gulf Council site will be updated regularly. We encourage you to visit the site at Contact us by emailing if you have questions of feedback on the redesigned website.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Highlights Summer BreakSpot Program

Contact: Kinley Tuten
May 24, 2016
Twitter: @FDACSNews

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Highlights Summer BreakSpot Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—During the summer months, the Summer BreakSpot program, which is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will provide meals at no cost from June through August to children 18 and under who are from low-income families. The department partners with more than 4,200 schools and community organizations statewide to offer nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities. 

Last summer, more than 4,200 sites helped serve nearly 16 million meals to Florida children.  The number of Summer BreakSpot meals served during the summer has increased by 46 percent since Commissioner Putnam and the department assumed responsibility of the program in 2012. 

There are several ways to find a Summer BreakSpot site:

Summer BreakSpot is part of the National Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  • Fax: 202- 690-7442; or
  • Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

St. George Island recycling bins moved to Bayshore Drive location

The recycling bins on St. George Island have been moved to a new location.

The Franklin County Solid Waste Department has moved the bins from the alleyway next to Harry A's to a location further west on Bayshore Drive just past 2nd street.

Franklin County residents can recycle cardboard, newspaper, plastic, aluminum, tin & glass at a number of locations in the county including Vrooman Park in Eastpoint; There are also recycling bins at St. James Bay.

In Carrabelle you can recycle at Gray Avenue at the old Carrabelle High School; in Apalachicola there are recycling bins on Commerce Street.

Franklin County has closed the recycling centers at Alligator Point and Lanark Village because people were using the recycling bins to dump their household trash.

That problem has become bad enough that the county has discussed ending the county recycling program altogether.

The county is also considering mandatory garbage pickup, which would also likely allevaite the problem of illegal dumping.

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation for Boater Safety in Florida

For Immediate Release May 23, 2017

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation for Boater Safety in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 711, which further reduces registration fees for boats equipped with safety features, such as an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). This legislation is an extension of a boater safety bill signed into law by Governor Scott last year.

Governor Scott said, “Just two years ago, we suffered the heartbreaking loss of two teenagers after sailing from the Jupiter Inlet. This important legislation encourages the use of safety measures to ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again. I’m proud to continue our efforts to keep Florida’s families and visitors safe by signing HB 711 today.”

To view a copy of the transmittal letter, click HERE.

Franklin County 3rd graders show improvements in reading - ABC School scores among the highest in the state

 More Franklin County third graders are reading at or above grade level this year than last.

Florida released the results of The 3rd grade Florida Standards Assessment in English Language Arts on Tuesday.

County-wide 52 percent of local third graders are reading at grade level or above – that's up from 41 percent last year and the year before.

If you break the scores down by school – 81 percent of third graders at the Apalachicola Bay Charter School were reading at or above grade level, while only 35 percent of third graders at the Franklin County School were where they need to be in reading.

In fact, the Apalachicola Bay Charter School scored well compared to most other schools in the state – the statewide average was 58 percent.

In Gulf County, 59 percent of Port St. Joe elementary school 3rd graders were reading at grade level while only 43 percent of 3rd graders at Wewahitchka Elementary School scored a three or above on the assessment.

In Wakulla County the top scoring school was Riversink Elementary where 77 percent of 3rd graders were reading at or above grade level.

The Florida Standards Assessment divides reading and writing scores into three classes.

Students scoring at level 1 will likely have to repeat third grade; students who score at Level 2, will graduate to fourth grade but still need help; and those that score at Level 3 or higher are considered on track.

Routine Inspection on State Road 71 White City Bridge

Chipley, FL – The routine bridge inspection of the State Road 71 White City Bridge in Gulf County, will take place Thursday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The inspection was previously scheduled for Monday, May 22.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to travel with care through the work zone, especially at night, and to watch for construction equipment and workers entering and exiting the roadway.

For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on the web at, follow us on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl, or like us on Facebook at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Franklin County moving forward on two boat ramp projects in Eastpoint and Apalachicola

 The Department of Environmental Protection has begun seeking bids for two projects in Franklin County.

The projects include improving the boat ramp at Indian Creek Park in Eastpoint as well as improvements for the Lombardi’s Park in Apalachicola.

County planner Michael Moron said the work at the Indian Creek Park Boat Ramp includes constructing a new approach and boat ramp, as well as adding an access gangway and floating dock.

There will also be the addition of an ADA compliant parking space for a vehicle and boat trailer as well as a new sidewalk and minor grading and roadway improvements.

The Work at Lombardi's Park will include renovating the existing concrete building so it can be used as an education center and museum with educational kiosk.

A pavilion will also be constructed at the park along with an elevated boardwalk with railings.

Railings will also be installed at the existing dock along with an ADA parking space and a sidewalk
to the dock.

Other work at the site will conclude a new parking area along with interconnecting sidewalks, new chain link fencing.

Franklin County signs agreement for video cameras in vehicles that serve the disadvantaged

Franklin County has signed off on a an agreement to put video cameras in vehicles that serve transportation disadvantaged residents of the county.

The Community Transportation program provides cost effective transportation for residents with disabilities, the elderly, low-income individuals, and children at risk.

The service is operated by Gulf County ARC and Transportation – they officially began work in Franklin County last December.

Gulf County Transportation, has submitted an application for a grant that would pay for the purchase and installation of mobile surveillance camera systems for the five vehicles that are used in Franklin

To qualify for the grant the county commission had to agree to contract with the Florida Department of Transportation for the equipment.

The County will pay for the equipment and installation upfront, which will run about 12 thousand dollars, but will then be reimbursed from the state.

Buckle up or get a ticket

The Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign is being held this week, so Buckle your seat belts while you’re driving, or you could be looking at a ticket.

In an effort to get residents and visitors of Florida to Buckle up – local, state and national law enforcement officers are taking part in the national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign that ends June the 4th.

During the campaign, Officers will crack down on people who are not using their seat belts.

In 2016, more than 41 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles where seat belt use is required chose not to wear their seat belts.

Florida law requires all drivers and occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to fasten their safety belts.

Occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit in a vehicle, also must buckle up.

Tickets for not buckling up are usually about 50 dollars, though they can be higher depending on the county in which you’re stopped.

So remember, buckle up, or don't be surprised if you're pulled over and ticketed if you don't.


The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory seeks administrative assistant

Job Title:  Administrative Assistant
Job ID: 41657
The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory located in St. Teresa, FL., 1 our south of main campus.
This position provides administrative support for the Director, assists with business and HR operations, and manages grant proposal submissions.
Administrative support for the director includes: maintaining daily calendar and travel schedule, organizing faculty and board meetings, taking meeting minutes, organizing special events, and handling confidential assignments. 
Administrative support for the faculty and research staff includes: review of grant proposals for compliance with funding agency and FSU technical requirements, acting as a liaison with FSU Sponsored Research staff responsible for proposal submission to agencies, and facilitating effort certification reports for exempt (3 times per year) and non-exempt employees (monthly).
General office support includes: ordering office supplies; distributing daily mail and sending out FedEx packages; conducting P-card coding and reconciliation; serving as a back-up for Travel, Pay & Leave, and reservations; posting jobs and ensuring compliance with HR rules and guidelines while facilitating the screening, interviewing, and hiring process.
A High School diploma or equivalency and two years' experience, or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to two years, is required.
Must be highly detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and organize assignments effectively and meet project deadlines.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2010, especially Word and Excel (or comparable software).
Experience working in an office environment.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, math skills, and knowledge of collection and/or cash handling procedures.
Ability to perform assignments with minimal supervision.
Experience with University OMNI system.
Anticipated Salary Range:

 Minimum of $23,000 – negotiable commensurate with education and experience.
 This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

If not otherwise specified, schedule is M-F, 8-5.

How to Apply:
 If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at  If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include
all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Veteran’s Preference:

Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans,
will receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. For
information on who may be eligible for Veterans' Preference, go to , or call FSU Human Resources at
(850) 644-6034.

IMPORTANT: In order to claim Veterans' Preference, applicants must upload a DD-214 (and other documentation, as
applicable) with their online application prior to the closing date of the job opening

Tobacco Free Campus:

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior,
owned or managed by Florida State University.  This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees,
consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer
FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

Franklin County lifts burn ban

 The Franklin County Commission has ended its week old burn ban.

The ban took effect on May 16th in response to drought conditions and wildfires being suffered throughout Florida.

The ban was on almost all outdoor flames including bonfires, yard trash burning and fireworks.

Over the past week Franklin County has recieved some much needed rain, which has brought the drought index to lower levels.

The county is asking that people continue to be very careful with any outdoor fires.

If you plan to make any fire outdoors, even in a grill make sure the fire is constantly tended when in use.

And don’t pour your charcoal briquettes on the ground to burn out, make sure to fully extinguish any fires before leaving.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Franklin County Humane Society Pet of the Week

ADAM is a beautiful Kelpie mix (google it).  Well, he looks like one but what are the odds?  No matter his heritage, he is a great looking dog with a sweet temperament.  He has been around children and other dogs and does well with both.  Adam is a nice medium size, smart and friendly.  He is heartworm negative and will be neutered soon.

Volunteers are desperately needed to socialize all of our dogs and cats. We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our animals into their home to be fostered for various needs. Anytime you can spare would be greatly appreciated.

Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint.  You may logon to the website at to see more of our adoptable pets.