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Audrey Blanton

Audrey Blanton, 74, of Madison, died Dec. 25, 2014. The family received friends Friday, Dec. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel in Madison which was…

John Haskins

John Haskins, age 69, of Keaton Beach, died Friday, December 26, 2014, in Tallahassee, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 28, in the chapel of Harry…

Flossie Loretta Nix

Flossie Loretta Nix, 85, of Perry, died Dec. 27, 2014, at her residence in Perry. Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m. at Shiloh Cemetery in Perry with Paul Dukes…

Busted city water line nearly sinks Christmas

Busted city water line nearly sinks Christmas

City workers found themselves in the unlikely position of saving Christmas Wednesday morning, working quickly to repair a busted water line that jeopardized water flow for the entire city. The…

Cross country athletes compete at district meet

Three members of the Taylor County High girls cross country team competed in the district meet last month in Tallahassee. Meagan Giddens finished 2nd on the 3.1 mile course while…

What’s under the tree in Steinhatchee? $140,000!

Just in time for Christmas, the county received a $140,000 donation this week for projects in Steinhatchee. The Taylor County Commission held a special meeting Tuesday morning to officially accept…

Bear bites 15-year-old girl in Franklin County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is responding to an incident where a bear bit a 15-year-old girl in Eastpoint, Franklin County on Dec. 21. The girl was…

County gets $750,000 for housing rehab projects

Thanks to several other projects elsewhere in the state falling through, the Taylor County Commission recently learned it would be receiving a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the…

New law requires 4- and 5-year-olds to be placed in safety or booster seat

In 2013, five children were killed and 150 injured in Florida traffic crashes as a result of improper or no child restraint use. To date, five children have been killed…

Review: ‘Hobbit’ saga ends with one last battle, but story loses its focus

Review: ‘Hobbit’ saga ends with one last battle, but story loses its focus

By MARK VIOLA After three years–and seven hours, 53 minutes of film–director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” is finally complete. I said in my reviews of 2012’s…