The Supreme Court has handed down a decision on the Voting Rights Law of 1965. Since its passage, the law has given the Department of Justice the power to review anything to do with voting in those states and political subdivisions which, in the 1960s, displayed a pattern of voting discrimination. This law has been re-enacted ever since it was first passed, most recently in 2006 by wide, bi-partisan majorities. [Full Story »]
10 YEARS AGO
A controversy surrounding the re-drawing of district lines heatedly continued as county commissioners chose a consultant to help with the process. Following the data gathered during the 2000 census, the county was required by law to redraw district lines so that an even number of registered voters were represented in each district. Commissioners chose Wilson Miller Company to assist them and a redistricting committee even though the company was the highest of two bidders. [Full Story »]
It’s that time of year again to unfurl the dive flag, put a mask on and head to the coast to collect some bay scallops. The recreational season is open in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County starting July 1. The season will remain open through Sept. 24, with the first day of the closure on Sept. 25.
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If you are planning on a trip to Freeport, Florida to follow the Havana AAA All Stars as they play in the Dixie Youth of Florida State Tournament starting Saturday July 13th, here are a few facts that will familiarize you with the area.
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SPORTSMANSHIP HONORS FOR BOBCATS:
Robert F. Munroe Day School was honored last week as one of twenty high schools in Florida to receive the honor of being a Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award winner. The school was one of four schools in the 2A classification with the overall award going to Miami Christian. The award honors schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2012-2013 regular season and FHSAA State Series. [Full Story »]
Dora Ellen Hanna, 79, of Greensboro, died June 19, 2013 at her home. A long-time resident of Gadsden County, Dora was born on April 21, 1934 in Sopchoppy, Florida and was a graduate of Sopchoppy High School. [Full Story »]