Sports

Draft rule expands deer management units statewide

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 21, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule proposals aimed at managing Florida’s white-tailed deer at…

No need for a saltwater fishing license Nov. 29

Governor Rick Scott and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have announced a saltwater license-free fishing day for Saturday, Nov. 29. On this day, Florida residents and visitors…

Recreational snook season closes Monday

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb.…

Gift ideas for the outdoors lover in your family

All year long, residents and visitors to Florida can step outside and find places to watch and photograph wildlife as they hike beaches and trails, steer a boat…

News

FDOT plans $28 million in paving, bridge projects here

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has unveiled its tentative five-year work plan for fiscal…

Coastal Park to get $50,000 in upgrades

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has executed 10 Land and Water Conservation Fund contracts…

Shady Grove seeks to honor one of its own killed in action

Shady Grove seeks to honor one of its own killed in action

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer The I.D. bracelet had been in her husband’s…

Thankful hearts

Thankful hearts

Ellen Smith, left, was among dozens of volunteers helping plate hundreds of holiday meals distributed…

County will seek funding for Old Dixie sidewalk

The Taylor County Commission has unanimously agreed to apply for a second Florida Department of…

Miller seeks parole reduction

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI  / Staff writer Seven years ago, Tina Bell had just returned…

Couple returns to burglarized house

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) is investigating a home burglary where the unknown suspect(s)…

Community

Educators’ Hall of Fame seeking nominations

The Taylor County School District is now accepting nominations to the 2014 Educators’ Hall of Fame. Forms can be picked up at the Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex…

Looking for the best next-generation grillmasters

The fourth annual EZ Kidz- Que Grillmaster Contest is currently seeking entrants. The competition will be held during the seventh annual Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival on…

Build a gingerbread house!

The Taylor County Historical Society is hosting the first North Florida Gingerbread House Competition Friday, Dec. 5, in conjunction with the annual Downtown Christmas Open House. The competition…

TCHS presents: ‘Unmask Your Talent’

Taylor County High School will showcase its most talented students during an “Unmask Your Talent” show Monday, Dec. 8, from 6-7:30 p.m., in the gymnatorium. Admission is $3…

Entertainment

Review: ‘Mockingjay, Part 1’ is only half a movie, but it is a very good half

Review: ‘Mockingjay, Part 1’ is only half a movie, but it is a very good half

By MARK VIOLA Reviewing the first half of a movie, without getting to see the eventual payoff, is always difficult. The…

Review: ‘Birdman’ is a unique look at the line between art, entertainment

Review: ‘Birdman’ is a unique look at the line between art, entertainment

By MARK VIOLA “Birdman” is from director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who is less well-known than his movies, which include “21 Grams,”…

Holiday tradition lives with ‘The Nutcracker’

Pas de Vie Ballet rings in the holiday season with its original version of “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by artistic directors Natalia…

Review: ‘Interstellar’ is Nolan’s most ambitious, powerful film yet

Review: ‘Interstellar’ is Nolan’s most ambitious, powerful film yet

By MARK VIOLA Director Christopher Nolan’s latest, and perhaps most ambitious project to date, is “Interstellar,” which combines elements of science…