• Bay Leaf Market celebrates four years


    If you feel welcome when you walk through the bell-jingling door of Bay Leaf Market, that’s not by accident.
    The owners of the Crawfordville market have done everything they can to make it that way.

  • Prime Meridian Bank anniversary


    While Prime Meridian Bank’s new office in Crawfordville is being built with brick and mortar, its business is built with real relationships.
    The permanent 3,800 square-foot bank on U.S. 319 is projected to be completed in December, with a grand opening celebration planned for January 2017. This branch is the third Prime Meridian Bank location to open in the region.

  • Arbor Outlook column

    ChFC, AIF

    “In a warm September…you can still remember yesterday.”

    “Memories” as performed by Roy Orbison

    Recently The Wall Street Journal reported that cash out refinances by Americans on their homes are up 68 percent. The typical refinancing homeowner is left with an average of 33 percent equity in his home.

  • Innes Richardson is keynote speaker

    Trudy E. Innes Richardson, a shareholder at Guilday, Simpson, West, Hatch, Lowe & Roane, P.A., was the keynote speaker to the Paralegal Association of the Big Bend at their April lunch meeting.  The topic was “Mediation Do’s and Don’ts – Tips from a Mediator.”
    Innes Richardson also recently served as guest lecturer and judge for Florida Gateway College students who participated in the Spring 2016 Mock Trial held at the VA Medical Center in Lake City. This is her 17th year serving her alma mater in this capacity.

  • Trucking company honors Joe Fricchione for safety

    Special to The News

    Averitt Express recently honored associate Joe Fricchione of Crawfordville for 20 years of safety.
    Averitt has developed a culture of safety by measuring both vehicle and driver performance through a series of indicators. It also strives to have the safest trucks on the road, aiming for continual improvement through training programs and awareness campaigns.
    Averitt’s Tallahassee-area facility is located at 4521 Moore Circle.

  • Ed2go classes available

    Your chamber offers members and employees a variety of online business classes. These classes are free of charge to our members through the generosity of local businesses and individuals who donated funds to the Burt Poole       Scholarship Fund.
    Please “Learn More” prior to signing up to ensure you meet all requirements for the class desired. Please contact us at (850) 926-1848 for information and registration instructions.

  • Magnuson Hotel hosts Chamber lunch

    Of the Chamber

    A big thank you goes to Randy Esser and staff for accommodating our luncheon at their roomy meeting facility at Magnuson Hotel. Randy introduced Randi Dodson, who is the events coordinator and is in charge of group sales, and hotel manager Emily Winston.  
    Lunch was served by Posey’s, and needless to say, Noah Posey is one of the best cooks around, serving up delicious fried shrimp and fish, baked chicken, slaw, hushpuppies, grits, salad and some very tasty cookies for dessert.

  • Low Country Boil was successful

    Chamber President

    I would like to give a huge thanks to the Chamber’s Low Country Boil Committee for putting on another fun and successful event!
    Every year the “boil” keeps getting better and better. With great food, live music, and enthusiastic attendance, the event keeps growing. I can’t say thank you enough to the folks who make this possible.

  • Michelle Lawhon named branch manager at Prime Meridian Bank in Crawfordville

    Special to The News

    Wakulla Market President for Prime Meridian Bank Lew Moore announced that Michelle Lawhon has been named Branch Manager of its Crawfordville office.
    Lawhon worked in Prime Meridian’s Tallahassee offices from 2011 to 2014 when she left for a year to work for another financial institution closer to home. When Prime Meridian opened its Crawfordville office late last year, she jumped at the chance to return.

  • The lost art of customer service found at Seabreeze Cafe

    Of The News

    On the outskirts of Panacea a little cafe sits in front of an RV park, the Seabreeze Café. A quaint little building with an inviting interior filled with knickknacks for sale and diners enjoying fresh entrees made and served with love at the Seabreeze Café.
    We came to the café on a busy Saturday morning and were greeted by Wendy, the head waitress, and told it would only be a minute, and it was.
    Wendy is a local from Sopchoppy and has worked at the café for almost a year now.