Financial planner visits Altrusa

Lynette Norris ECB Publishing, Inc. Financial Advisor Gary Parsons of Waddell and Reed visited Altrusa to give what he described as “a crash course in investing.” Parsons, who also writes a Personal Finance column for the Tallahassee Democrat, started out with a simple five-question quiz that has been used nationwide to provide an estimate of…

Community groups acting on Action Plan

Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. The action plan that was developed to implement the various aspects of the visioning initiatives is in action and has been for a while, according to the individual appointed to report on the activities of the different groups undertaking the actions. Oversight Coordinator Dick Bailar reports that representatives of the…

Future of abandoned houses

City tackles demolition by neglect Lazaro Aleman, ECB Publishing, Inc. The Monticello City Council on Tuesday evening, April 3, was scheduled to take up draft language that aims to encourage owners of historic properties not to let their structures deteriorate through negligence. The document, recommended by the Historic Design Review Board (HDRB), addresses demolition by…

Aucilla River Old-growth forest saved

Lazaro Aleman, ECB Publishing Inc. All’s well that ends well. This is the case with the 160-acre parcel of old-growth cypress swamp near Sneads Smokehouse Lake on the Aucilla River that was under threat of logging. On Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14, about 40 people — including the key figures and agencies involved in the acquisition…

From the Pulpit…

God and Super Bowl 52 This Sunday is a national day of prayer. Okay, not “officially,” but it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and there are prayers going up for favorite teams by players, family members, coaches, investment brokers and fans all over this country. One church in Philadelphia even went so far as posting on their…

Shore Magic

ACA graduate on national television show Lynette Veit ECB Publishing, Inc. When a network brings together just the right ingredients for a mega hit show like “Jersey Shore,” the show that made Snooki a household name, it’s not entirely unexpected that it would try to replicate that magic. And so, five years after “Jersey Shore”…

Jefferson County braces for Irma’s impact

Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. As of Thursday morning, Florida was in a high state of alert, with Gov. Rick Scott warning Floridians that Hurricane Irma could wreak more havoc than Hurricane Andrew, a Category-5 storm that devastated the Greater Miami area in 1992. As of late Wednesday, Scott had declared a statewide emergency, suspended…

Aucilla River logging threat is back

Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. Comes now word that things have taken a turn for the worse in terms of the possible logging of two 80-acre parcels of old growth cypress trees near Sneads Smokehouse Lake on the Aucilla River. The last heard on the issue, about a year ago, was that the Suwannee River…

Emeralds Gem Box

13 Reasons Why – which hit NetFlix back in March – draws its plot from author Jay Asher’s 2007 young adult novel of the same name. The show focuses on the death of 17-year-old Hannah Baker who leaves behind 13 audio cassette tapes for her classmates, and peers, explaining why she decided to kill herself.…

‘Boots’ Thomas book now onboard USS Iwo Jima

Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc It’s appropriate and befitting that a copy of a locally authored and produced book about hometown hero Sgt. Ernest ‘Boots’ Thomas should now be onboard the USS Iwo Jima, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship named after the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Katrina Richardson, executive director…