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  • Floridians should expect days without powerTALLAHASSEE - Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.The powerful storm, which left fatalities in its march through [...]
  • TUSK CALENDAR: November 16LOCAL MUSIC TODAY Singer-songwriter showcase: 7 p.m, Black Warrior Brewing Co., 2216 University Blvd. www.blackwarriorbrewing.com.Seismos: 8 p.m., no cover, Druid City Brewing Co., 607 14th St. www.druidcitybrewing.com.VCTRE, Black Carl: 10:30 p.m., no cover, Green Bar, 2350 4th St. www.greenbarttown.com. [...]
  • Scene AroundSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf County has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@starfl.com.  
  • 'Washboard' Jackson is backThe South Walton community came together last year at an event called "Franko Fest" to help out one of its own -- iconic music man Franko "Washboard" Jackson.Jackson was sick and needed a new liver, but he had to come up with some big bucks to get his name on the transplant list.Hearing of the need, the community rallied and he received his liver on July 2.Just four months after the surgery, Jackson is back to doing what he loves -- making music and creating art. [...]
  • S.O.A.R./-ing at PSJES S.O.A.R. students for the week of Nov. 17 at Port St. Joe Elementary 
  • Next lighthouse full moon climb Dec. 3Enjoy the next full moon at the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse
  • Food drive fills pantry for holidaysThe call went out and, brother, was it answered.
  • Florida Naturalist Program on freshwater systems to be offered in GulfThe Florida Master Naturalist Freshwater Systems module is an eight-day course filled with knowledge of the ecology of our Panhandle freshwater wetlands
  • Soaring: Beachum to become Navy pilotFive years ago Javarri Beachum was preparing to graduate with the Port St. Joe High School Class of 2013, a solid if not dazzling student born and raised from “humble” beginnings.
  • Lifesaving at the Senior CenterTom McEvoy has things to be thankful for this holiday season.
  • State: Green sea turtle nest numbers hit recordThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) last week announced a record year for the number of green sea turtle nests in Florida
  • Project would bring Salinas Park expansion, improvementsState and federal officials last week unveiled a proposal to expand Salinas Park, adding amenities such as an elevated boardwalk, viewing stations and pickle ball courts.
  • Education Foundation awards teaching grantsBoosting classroom resources was the theme recently at the Education Foundation of Gulf County handed out its annual mini-grants
  • ‘Christmas on the Coast’ Dec. 9Folks at Port St. Joe City Hall are wondering just how many elves are out there.
  • PAEC celebrates 50 years, honors WallerIt was a red letter day for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) recently as the organization celebrated both its 50 year anniversary and one of the women who made it what it is today
  • October unemployment lowest in 17 yearsA winning streak continued with the county unemployment rate, which slipped under 3 percent in October, the lowest level in 17 years.
  • BLOTTER: Man charged after pipe found in pants pocket, says pants aren’t hisNICEVILLE — A man who claimed his pants weren’t his was arrested after authorities found a glass pipe with white residue inside his pocket.Officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Oct. 25 and found two men, one inside the vehicle and one outside and on the sidewalk, according to arrest reports from the Niceville Police Department. A K9 alerted one officer to drugs in the vehicle, and the officer discovered drug paraphernalia and white residue that field- [...]
  • BLOTTER: Hospitalized man charged with assaulting security guardNICEVILLE — A 25-year-old Valparaiso man was arrested for tackling and assaulting a security guard who was guarding his hospital room.According to his Niceville Police Department arrest report, on March 19 the man had been detained at Twin Cities Hospital when he attempted to leave his secure room. The guard at his room told him not to leave and the man replied, “What are you going to do about it?”The man then pushed and punched the guard before tackling [...]
  • BLOTTER: Woman stands on property line, yells profanitiesDEFUNIAK SPRINGS – A 69-year-old woman was charged with violating a domestic violence injunction after she was caught standing on the edge of the victim’s property line and yelling profanities at him.An individual who witnessed the incident confirmed the victim’s account to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who responded.The report did not indicate what the relationship was between the suspect and the victim, or why the injunction was in [...]
  • Lawsuit over decades of illegal arrests in La. parish faces roadblockBATON ROUGE — A federal investigation revealed last year that authorities in a rural Louisiana parish routinely used illegal "investigative holds" to arrest hundreds of people for questioning, secretly keeping them jailed for days on nothing more than a "hunch."But a federal judge's ruling could preclude most of these people from getting any class-action compensation for their ordeals.In a court filing last Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna recommended [...]