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  • QB Jalen Hurts transferring to OklahomaAlabama junior quarterback Jalen Hurts is transferring to Oklahoma.He made his announcement in a letter on The Players' Tribune titled 'To My Alabama Family.'"I’m Bama for LIFE — and that right there will never change! But now it’s also time for me to start a new chapter in my story," he wrote. "I’ve decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my [...]
  • ALDOT to start Highway 69 N. work this weekWork crews are preparing to install additional safety measures to Alabama Highway 69 North.John D. McWilliams, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation’s West Central region, said the work is expected to take place Wednesday through Friday, weather permitting.To better accommodate traffic demands, workers will be active between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., he said. [...]
  • In service   Levi Anderson explained his presence in Port St. Joe, hundreds of miles from his Nebraska home, in straightforward terms.“I wanted to help the people down here,” said Anderson, a middle-schooler. “I feel good about it.“This is the service part of Trail Life.”Trail Life is a father-son faith-based discipleship program and service organization that emphasizes outdoor adventure to develop leadership [...]
  • Schools select teachers of the year  The schools have picked their teaching jewels for 2019.Faculty at each of the four public schools voted last month for Teacher and Employee of the Year, selecting candidates to represent their school in district-wide competition.The four teachers named by their peers represent the spectrum, from veteran to youngblood, guiders of youngsters to teens.The four will be observed in the classroom and interviewed by a panel of administrators from other [...]
  • County property values could drop 30 percent   The board of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. heard a presentation Monday concerning the impacts on property values and tax rolls in just one county hit hard by Hurricane Michael.It was sobering news.Gulf County Property Appraiser Mitch Burke provided the information his office has gleaned so far in their work to craft a property roll, with a long way to go before the tentative roll is certified in July.“We still have a great deal of [...]
  • Medical school selects Gulf County for site Michael Bishop, a Marine veteran in his 60s, was told he was too old to become a doctor.A friend’s daughter, a high school valedictorian, was unable to earn entry into medical school.According to recent statistics, among roughly 41,000 students applying annually to medical school, 40 percent, less than half, were admitted.Meanwhile, research indicates that within a very short period of time the country will experience a shortage of physicians that [...]
  • TDC calendars winter fun/volunteerism  Kelli Godwin figured the release of bed tax revenue for November might prove a unique experience during the fiscal year ahead.“It may be the only time I can say it this year, but November was actually up,” said Godwin, Executive Director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council.Yep, November bed tax revenue reached nearly $92,000, which was a 25 percent increase over the revenue total of November 2017.Of course, there is [...]
  • District drone program receives final Triumph approval  Meeting in Gulf County seemed like the perfect time to provide final approval to a grant agreement between Gulf District Schools and Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc.The Triumph board, meeting at the Gulf/Franklin campus of Gulf Coast State College Monday, unanimously approved a $750,000 grant to the school district to establish a multi-faced unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program at the two high schools.The $750,000 represents 53.5 percent of the total cost [...]
  • ‘Walking together’   In honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city of Port St. Joe and Gulf County Tourist Development Council are sponsoring the annual celebration and program Monday.“This is a day on, not a day off,” said Rev. Tommy Curtis, one of the organizers of the event.“We are all one humanity in peace, harmony and social justice.”The day’s activities begin at 9 a.m. ET, with parade line-up [...]
  • Full moon climb and, potentially, spectacular sightsThe Cape San Blas Lighthouse at George Core Park will host its first full moon climb of 2019 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 20.Weather permitting it could be the prelude to a vivid night show.Cost to climb the tower is $5 per person.The January full moon is known as the Wolf Moon and it will also be a “super blood moon” with a vivid reddish tint later in the night.A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, [...]
  • District, schools elect employees of the year   Classroom teachers might be the primary components of any school, but no system runs well without the glue provided by those outside the classroom.Those who maintain and drive the buses, who keep the books and help create calm from the chaos of front offices.Employees at school sites and district offices elected employees last month to represent them in the Employee of the Year award given annually to single out non-instructional personnel. [...]
  • Recovery committee takes shapes, charts course In the weeks after Hurricane Michael, as response transitioned to recovery and now to rebuild, federal emergency management officials have pointed to a Long Term Recovery Committee as an essential step for the county.That step has been taken and more as a committee meeting last week resulted in the election of officers, committee assignments and an agreement with the United Way as the committee seeks 501 c 3, non-profit status.Jim McKnight, executive director of [...]
  • PSJ library hosts two events this week  The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Port St. Joe Public Library will be hosting two events over the course of the next week.Both events are free and open to the public, but those interested may want to arrive a tad early to secure a good seat. Ukulele concertThe Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews will perform at 12 p.m. ET Saturday as part of the library’s Saturday Concert Series. The Ukulele Orchestra of St. [...]
  • SHH’s Bixler honored with Best on the Forgotten Coast Award  Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf (SHHG) recently recognized Dr. Rachel Bixler, family medicine doctor with Sacred Heart Medical Group, for winning two 2018 Best of the Forgotten Coast Awards.Each year, the readers of The Star newspaper in Port St. Joe cast their votes for businesses that they view are the best in their specialty. The winners reflect the businesses, services and individuals that represent what makes life on the Forgotten Coast the best. [...]
  • County GOP meets Monday  The monthly meeting of the Gulf County Republican Executive Committee will be held Monday, Jan. starting at 6:30 EST at the Port St. Joe Garden Club located at 216 8th Street.Mike Watkins, candidate in the upcoming special election to replace outgoing State Representative, Halsey Beshears, will join us. He will present his vision for District 7 and answer questions from the audience.Also, Gulf County Tax Assessor, Mitch Burke will present preliminary [...]
  • GCSC Foundation accepting scholarship applications  PANAMA CITY – The Gulf Coast State College Foundation has begun the scholarship application cycle for the 2019-2020 school year, and all students planning to attend Gulf Coast in the fall 2019 academic term are eligible to apply. High school seniors are highly encouraged to apply now in anticipation of their freshman year at GCSC. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and plan to take six or more credit hours at Gulf Coast [...]
  • College newsRebecca Kerigan earns Dean's List at Valdosta State UniversityVALDOSTA, GA -- Rebecca Kerigan of Port St. Joe, has earned a spot on the Fall 2018 Dean's List at Valdosta State University.Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on nine or more semester hours with an institutional grade point average of 3.00 or higher are recognized by being placed on the Dean's List. Developmental studies, transients, and graduate students are not [...]
  • What Southern Folks Eat: Crock pot soup and fragrant memories   "The smells of slow cooking spread around the house and impart a unique warmth matched only by the flavour of the food.” ~ Chef Yotam Ottolenghi I bet you’re like me and grew up in a home with a slow-cooker, or a Crock Pot, as it’s most commonly known. I remember my mom’s first one in the late ’70s; it was green and had vegetables around the bottom edge for decoration, and the crock part was dark [...]
  • Scene Around Hurricane Michael may have robbed our community of much, but not the essence of why so many of us are here and will remain here to dig out from what Michael wrought. So, we are going to keep this page as a reminder of all that has made this spot, and will once again make this spot, paradise for visitors and residents. Please submit your photos to tcroft@starfl.com.  
  • S.O.A.R.-ing at PSJES      S.O.A.R. students for the week of Jan. 11 at Port St. Joe Elementary School