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For the rural community of Franklin County, not having inmate labor is putting a strain on resources. Due to the Coronavirus, the Florida Department of Corrections is limiting how many inmates can join work squads.

Before COVID-19, the Florida Department of Corrections says 77 inmates were assigned to work in Franklin County mowing grass, sorting through recyclables, maintaining parks, and more. Now, to stop the spread of the virus, fewer work squads are sent out and county officials are short on labor.

Recovery Money Sought For Bay County Schools

Dec 4, 2019
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Bay County schools would get $4 million for teacher and staff costs, as lawmakers file proposals to help areas of the Panhandle that continue to recover from last year’s Hurricane Michael. 

Their last rabies cases may have been two years ago, but Franklin and Gulf County health officials still want area residents to keep their distance from wild animals who may be carriers for the disease.

By the end of the week, all of the families displaced by last month’s fire in Eastpoint, Florida will be in housing.

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More than 100 people have been waiting for temporary housing for almost two weeks since being displaced by a wildfire that burned through their tiny community in the Florida Panhandle.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims to be safe and patient as they respond to every call after a wildfire tore through the County Sunday. Hundreds of acres were set ablaze, 36 homes were destroyed, but no deaths have been reported. 

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Authorities said a Florida woman they arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband into a state prison managed to distribute a highly potent synthetic marijuana to inmates after she was booked into a county jail.