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2016 hurricane season is here, are you ready?

Federal forecasters are predicting the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which began Wednesday, June 1, will most likely be near-normal, although officials say forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence…

‘Every resource’ in the air, on the water searching for missing boater

The U.S. Coast Guard had “all the resources we have” on the water and in the air as the search for missing boater Edward “Eddie” Viola, 53, of Steinhatchee entered…

15 arrested, 18 guns recovered

15 arrested, 18 guns recovered

A concentrated patrol by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) last week led to the arrest of 15 suspects on a broad range of charges and the recovery of 18…

Whiddon surprises by passing on plea

Thursday afternoon, all the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed in a plea agreement between the state and murder suspect Manden Whiddon that would have reduced his first degree murder…

Lightning sparks 1,000-acre forest fire in Tide Swamp

A lightning-caused forest fire that started Sunday afternoon in the Tide Swamp area of Taylor County has grown to about 1,000 acres, forestry officials reported Tuesday. The fire grew from…

BREAKING: Manden Whiddon rejects plea deal, hires new attorney

Manden Whiddon, one of three suspects charged in the death of longtime teacher Shelly Strickland, has rejected a plea deal offered by the state and instead hired a new attorney.…

Manden Whiddon expected to change ‘not guilty’ plea

Manden Whiddon, one of three suspects charged in the death of longtime teacher Shelly Strickland, was expected in court Thursday afternoon at 4 for a “change of plea” hearing in…

Barber follows mother’s footsteps

Barber follows mother’s footsteps

By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer For 2016 Taylor County High School (TCHS) Valedictorian Rebecca Barber, the journey to the top of her class was one she started the moment…

Langford seeks pharmacy degree

Langford seeks pharmacy degree

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Strolling through New York City’s Central Park, Ashleigh Langford knew she already wanted to return to the Big Apple. “Living in a small…

Dunnell promises ‘fresh leadership, new accountability’ for Dist. 5 seat

Dunnell promises ‘fresh leadership, new accountability’ for Dist. 5 seat

“Fresh leadership, high performance and new accountability” is the platform focus of Taylor County School District 5 candidate Deidra Dunnell. “I have been a resident of Taylor County for more…