The Weekend Guide
All that’s hip & happening in the Apalachicola River Valley.
WALK IT OUT
The annual Walk to Liberty is set for Saturday, July 1, beginning at 8 a.m. CT across Trammell Bridge. Gather at Minnie Lee’s on the Blountstown side at 7:40 a.m. or meet in Bristol at Veterans Memorial Civic Center to ride to the west side for the trek across. If walking is not your thing, you can catch a ride across to Bristol, parade style. A patriotic program will follow at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the local VFW and American Legion chapters.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Get in the gift-giving spirit (or just hoard stuff for yourself) at the Christmas in July Craft Fair Saturday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement.
FRESH PRODUCE, ANYONE?
The River Valley Marketplace, typically held just once a month, is now open every Saturday in downtown Blountstown. Check it out in the greenspace next to Centennial Bank. Open 8 a.m. to noon, this event is sponsored by Blountstown Main Street. Booth spaces are free and open to anyone with arts, crafts, produce or business products. No flea market items allowed. And if you can sing a tune or strum a guitar, come pick and grin! Entertainers are needed and invited to join the festivities. Call Kelli at 674-1004 for more.
LIGHT UP THE SKY
A fireworks show is set for Monday, July 4, in Blountstown. The show gets underway around 8:45 p.m., but the fun starts sooner than that.
The Blountstown Historic Preservation Committee will be selling hot dogs and drinks beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the old M & B Train on Hwy. 71 to raise funds for the Depot Museum. This is a great spot to watch the fireworks and grab a snack.
The BHS Tiger Booster Club will be selling barbecue sandwiches at Magnolia Square beginning at 6 p.m. Football players will also be on golf carts selling sandwiches up and down SR 20 and Main Street.
June 20: Cavon T. Cox, DWLSR with knowledge; Tim Hatten, VOP
June 21: Vicki Lynn King, VOP; Cavon T. Cox, VOP; Cherie C. Mosley, VOP; Kristi L. Grumbling, battery (domestic), criminal mischief
June 22: Calvin Lee Pouncy, VOP; Billy Ivory, petit theft; Chip Ward, failure to appear
June 23: Karen D. Styron, failure to appear; Timothy A. Copeland, Jr., felony battery, petit theft, false imprisonment
June 24: Joseph Baker, theft under $300 [Full Story »]
“That was fun! I didn’t want to come home. I can’t wait for next year,” said first-time camper, Autumn McLemore, after returning home from 4-H Camp Timpoochee last week, and she wasn’t the only one. More than eighty campers from three Florida counties echoed her sentiment as they departed from the camp in Niceville, FL last Friday.
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Mrs. Doris E. Fowler, age 95, of Alford, FL passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Marianna, FL. Doris was born on March 6, 1916 in Essex, England and had lived in Alford since 1978 coming from Illinois. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of England.
Governor Scott Signs Legislation to Begin Securing State and Local Government Pensions
Modernizes Florida Retirement System and protects Florida taxpayers
Keeping his promise to make sure Florida is no longer the only state in America that does not require government employees to contribute to their pensions, Governor Rick Scott has signed Senate Bill 2100, pension reform legislation that will save taxpayers and participating employers $2 billion next year. The reform ensures that retirees can continue to depend on the Florida Retirement System for decades to come.
Beginning July 1, 2011, state workers and other participants in the Florida Retirement System will contribute three percent of their salaries toward their pensions. The required contribution applies to all active members of the Florida Retirement System or one of the optional retirement programs sponsored by the state universities and colleges. The bill signed today achieves the following savings by employer groups:
School Boards $819.4 million
Counties $597.7 million
State $356.8 million
Others $108.8 million
Universities $ 66.2 million
Colleges $ 56.4 million
Total $2,005.3 million (over $2 billion)
Governor Scott was joined by representatives of the Florida League of Cities and Floridians for Sustainable Pensions, a diverse group of citizens, civic and business organizations concerned with Florida’s unsustainable government sector pension plans.
In addition to aligning pension contributions with those in other states, Governor Scott also signed Senate Bill 1128 that protects the retirement benefits for local governments by preventing surplus cash from being used for other purposes. Local governments must also disclose the present value of defined-benefit retirement plans and make the information available on the Florida Department of Management Services’ website.
“Without reform, Florida’s government pensions and retirement system put a heavy burden on our state’s taxpayers. As a result, dedicated public servants were forced to face the uncertainty of future retirement benefits,” said Governor Scott. “The steps we are taking this year move us closer to modernizing the system and ensuring it will be around decades down the road for future retirees. As we work to strengthen our retirement system even more, I look forward to working with the Legislature and all Floridians to make sure the retirement system is fair to both retirees and taxpayers.”
In March, Governor Scott launched the website FloridaHasARightToKnow.com that shed light on state pensions with annual benefits of $100,000 or more.