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Florida schools to reopen no sooner than April 15

Standardized testing cancelled for term This past Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that current statewide school closures have been extended until at least April 15 in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. The order includes all public and private K-12 schools, including career and technical centers.  All Florida K-12 school districts, colleges and universities…

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 2020: Cases confirmed in Jackson, Leon counties

As of Friday, the Florida Department of Health is reporting a single case of COVID-19 in Jackson County, involving a non-resident male; the case has been classified as “travel-related,” but further information is unavailable, with state officials declining comment on individual cases. In nearby Leon County, four COVID-19 cases, including one death as a result…

Chattahoochee ladies strike blue-ribbon paydirt at district art contest

From keen-eyed shutterbugs to world-class painters and even innovative scrapbookers and steady-handed quilters, Chattahoochee boasts more than its share of exceptionally talented artists and craftspersons, with creative bents that run the gamut – unbound by genre or tradition for its own sake. Rarely has this paradigm been more evident than this past weekend, when Chattahoochee…

Boy bags beast

Countless environmental studies have bemoaned the devastation and destruction wild, feral hogs have wrought upon Florida’s priceless, fragile ecosystems. From saw palmetto scrub to wetlands to upland pine stands and every habitat in between, these non-native omnivore generalists are wreaking havoc from Pensacola to Jacksonville, and all the way down to the southernmost tip of…

Big hugs, bigger heart

Chattahoochee 3-year-old spreads Christmas cheer at nursing home Recently, a 3-year-old Chattahoochee resident delivered bags sweet treats to residents at River Chase Senior Living in Quincy. The kind, dedicated youngster helped assemble the  bags and handed them out personally, accompanied by smiles and warm embraces. Family and friends have even taken to calling Blue “Santa’s…

Girl horsepower

Gadsden auto tech helping to “ford” gender gap in American service bays From the time she gripped the wheel of her first car as a licensed 16-year-old driver, automotive service technician Somer Marpole has spent much of her days living and learning beneath the hood.  Repairing and servicing automobiles, it seems, is in the Orange…

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