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Need is there, money is not

Taylor County’s public canals are in great need of maintenance dredging, but while that need is clear, just how the county is going to pay for it is not. For…

Officials backtrack: FEMA notice not as bad as it seemed?

Local officials are backtracking on comments made last week about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its requirement that those who received assistance for flood damage must now secure…

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

County Judge Bill Blue presided over a swearing-in ceremony Thursday, Nov. 17, for a returning county commissioner, two incoming commissioners and a local school board representative. Incumbent commissioner (Dist. 1)…

FEMA: ‘buy flood insurance or give back our money’

Taylor County property owners affected by Hurricane Hermine had to wait more than two months for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve individual assistance here and now many…

Time of death is key, Arrowood’s defense contends

Convicted murderer Garrett Arrowood’s defense is proclaiming “newly discovered” and “newly disclosed” evidence that puts him in Jacksonville on Tuesday, June 23–the day they say his aunt, longtime educator Shelly…

Backers of $21 million high-end apt. complex look to build in Perry

Backers of $21 million high-end apt. complex look to build in Perry

Backers of a proposed $21 million high-end apartment complex have unveiled details of the development, including a projected location, as well as a timeline of construction. Financing for the project…

Sports Complex hours extended

Sports Complex hours extended

The Taylor County Sports Complex is extending its hours after the recent installation of lights at the park’s basketball and tennis courts. The new features were funding through the combination…

Mother, son die in fire

Mother, son die in fire

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Estella McAllister loved her family. Her best times were spent with everyone gathered at her home on Goff Street for a cookout or…

Where will Keaton Beach pier be built?

One of the most noticeable reminders of the damage left behind by Hurricane Hermine is the pier at Hodges Park in Keaton Beach, which was almost entirely destroyed by the…

‘Military honed my sense of honor’

‘Military honed my sense of honor’

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Some people join the military out of a deep desire to serve and protect. Jeanne Harden didn’t have such lofty goals. The 17-year-old…