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Governor selects Taylor County native Swearingen to lead FDLE

Taylor County native Rick Swearingen, who was named interim commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) last month, has been named the permanent commissioner by the Florida Cabinet.…

Schedule set for new walking trail from Coastal Park to Dark Island

This time next year, work should be starting on a walking trail from Keaton Beach Coastal Park to Dark Island. The 2.4-mile project, which is projected to cost up to…

Blount drives NFL dream all the way to the Super Bowl

Blount drives NFL dream all the way to the Super Bowl

When LeGarrette Blount walked off the field before the end of the game on Nov. 17 and was dismissed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, many thought he had made the biggest…

Former teacher gets jail time for having sex with underage student

Former Taylor County High School teacher Christine Bennett, who admitted to having relationships with a student, was sentenced to two years in the county jail and one year of probation…

FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement gets new director in Col. Curtis Brown

This week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) welcomed a new law enforcement director, Col. Curtis Brown. Brown, who is known among his colleagues at the FWC and…

Chester takes the helm

Chester takes the helm

Sandy Gail Chester, left, has taken the helm as chairman of the Perry- Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Chester, owner of Goodman’s BBQ, has served on the…

Work underway on new Shady Grove bridge

Work is underway on the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project to replace the Econfina River Bridge on U.S. 221 in Shady Grove. A temporary metal bridge will be constructed…

City: Restaurants may now serve alcohol on Sundays

Enjoy wine with dinner? Or a cold beer? Starting this Sunday, residents will be able to dine out and order an alcoholic drink with their meal because of an amendment…

Tree-meter ‘grows’ by $100,000

Tree-meter ‘grows’ by $100,000

The Taylor County United Way campaign team gathered at the “tree-meter” at the county courthouse to install the first three slices, symbolizing the first $100,000 raised toward this year’s $275,000…

School district will have to re-apply for stewardship of Head Start program

The Taylor County School District will have to re-apply for its contract to administer the local Head Start program for the first time since 1993. According to Head Start Director…