Arts and Entertainment

  • Tally Shorts Film Festival


    The Tally Shorts Film Festival is an opportunity to promote awareness in North Florida of independent movies that don’t have the stamp of approval from Hollywood.
    This year’s festival was held in late January at the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee.

  • Film shoot held at Wakulla location

    In February, Wakulla County caught the eye of a Florida State University (FSU) film student as the perfect location for filming his F3 short film (the third student film in a student’s curriculum).
    Nathan Cohen, an undergraduate student of FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts, scouted areas in Wakulla County to film his magical realism romance movie titled “Fate for Distant Observers”

  • From the Heart: A feel-good studio


    It was hidden in plain sight, right there in front of me. I found it in the heart of Wakulla County in the town of Sopchoppy. The gem of a recording studio, From The Heart Recording Studio, is a hidden treasure. Looks can be deceiving, as the older medium sized home, containing the studio has extensive history with talented artists who seek recording services. I was pleasantly surprised when I had a conversation with the couple who run the recording studio, Rick Ott and Nelle McCall.    

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    From natural and understated to grand and dramatic, inspiration for Mickie Cooksey’s designs flourish with every new aesthetic challenge.
    The Shell Point resident has enjoyed word-of-mouth success as one of Wakulla’s premier floral designers and stylists.
    Cooksey was a court reporter in the Jacksonville area for 24 years. A car accident broke her hand – a career-changing injury.

  • Edmond Ray Revell paints to please himself

    Special to The News

    Retired Navy man and  Sopchoppy native Edmond Ray Revell, has seen a lot in his  lifetime and has lots of stories to tell about all of his experiences.
    “I have done paintings since 70 years ago,” he says. “In 1945 I used to draw a lot of ships and airplanes.”
    Revell’s wide range of painting topics cover everything from birds to fish factories, Indians and sea captains, Coke machines and children playing, and soldiers and cowboys.  

  • Video by musicians DJ Butch and Jeff Shields garners more than 10,000 hits on YouTube

    Special to The News

    Longtime friends who started as Wakulla schoolmates, Corey Benedict, musically known as DJ Butch, and Jeff Shields are gaining popularity every day and catching the attention of music producers with a song they produced, titled “Take Me Home.”
    The song, which has a country-rock-rap feel, is a paean to the closeknit Wakulla County community – and Sopchoppy in particular – and the strong bonds built among friends.

  • Rachel, a pine cone, and a U.S. government pager

    Before I retired as a Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), in 1996, I received orders from the Resident Agency, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the Resident Agency, Yorktown, Va.
    It was there that my Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Scott Campbell, a native of Latrobe, Penn., got me interested in hunting in those pristine woodlands stretching from Yorktown to Charlottesville, Va. My hunting gear had been gathering dust for many years as I spent so much time moving from assignment to assignment.  



    Wakulla’s waterways, friends and family are characters in Jordan Miller’s lyrics, alongside heartache, love, the Lord and the bottle.
    The 23-year-old songwriter is a humble soul with a heart full of gratitude, revealed in his relatable stories set to relaxed melodies.
    Miller, a 2010 graduate of Wakulla High School, was raised in Crawfordville.


    By William Snowden

    The Wakulla News has done a pretty good job of covering the news in Wakulla County since it was founded more than 100 years ago.
    One thing the newspaper hasn’t done well is cover itself.
    Looking back over years and years of newspapers, there are gaps in what we know about the history of The Wakulla News.

  • Fighting through 1962 North Atlantic winter storm

    In August 1961, my ship, the USS Eugene A. Greene (DDR-711), a Radar Picket Destroyer, departed her home port in Charleston, S.C., to deploy from the U.S. Second Fleet, for six months to the Mediterranean Sea (the Med) to operate with the U.S. Sixth Fleet.  
    During that cruise we operated with, and supported, the aircraft carriers Intrepid and Independence. Except for a dangerous fire in the mid-ship storeroom which required diversion to a shipyard in Malta, the cruise was a routine deployment.