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…

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…

Tung Trees and Memories

Dee Counts ECB Publishing, Inc Guest Writer In 1906 a tree of Chinese origin was first planted in Tallahassee. It was called tung, meaning “heart” in Chinese, so named because of the shape of the leaf. The tung tree produced a fruit containing nut-like seeds from which tung oil was extracted. All parts of the…

School Board approves two items

Lynette Norris ECB Publishing, Inc. The school board voted to amend the agenda Monday night and consider only two items, leaving the rest for the next meeting with the new school board superintendent and new school board members who would be coming on board. The first item involved the Digital Classroom Plan. Tom Vogelgesang took…

Deadline approaches for assistance to combat devastating Southeastern forest pest

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Forest Service is still accepting applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program from non-industrial private forest landowners. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 30. “The southern pine beetle is one of the most economically devastating forest pests of…