.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Government

  • Local Government Upvoming Events June 22nd

    • Wakulla County PACE Committee meets on Thursday, June 22 at 4 p.m. in the Wakulla Board of County Commissioners Administration Conference Room, 3093 Crawfordville Hwy.

    •SOPCHOPPY CITY COMMISSION meets on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Sopchoppy City Hall, 105 Municipal Ave. in Sopchoppy.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION meets on July 10 at 7 p.m. at County Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Rd. in Crawfordville.

  • Strange Ed-fellows

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, June 16 – If there was one thing that Gov. Rick Scott could count on during this spring’s regular legislative session, it was the Florida Senate.
    It was the Senate that took Scott’s side in a fight with the House over economic-development incentives and tourism marketing. It was the Senate that, like Scott, wanted to spend more money on the main formula for funding public education than did the House.

  • St. Marks first in Wakulla to switch to LED streetlights

    The City of St. Marks won bragging rights this week as the first community in Wakulla to upgrade its streetlights to LED bulbs.
    “You are the trendsetters in the county…and also among a few cities in this part of the state to achieve such a major project,” said Duke Energy Business Development Manager Jarrett Daniels. “It was an absolute honor and a pleasure to work with [City Manager] Zoe Mansfield and the City of St. Marks to get this project accomplished.”

  • Sopchoppy adopts social media policy

    “I’ve never seen so many people in a city commission meeting,” remarked Mayor Lara Edwards about the crowd at the Sopchoppy City Hall.
    It was standing-room-only at the city commission meeting on Monday, June 12.
    The rousing issue? A proposed social media policy for City of Sopchoppy staff and employees, and a larger question of free speech and professional accountability, particularly regarding the personal Facebook pages of City Commissioner Becton Roddenberry.

  • `Cardiac Kids’ go home

    By JIM SAUNDERS
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, June 10 – Legislative sessions often follow a similar script.
    They start with high hopes, get sidetracked in disagreements and posturing and then, like a miracle, come together in grand bargains.
    That was pretty much the story of the special session that ended by cocktail hour Friday.

  • Panhandle leaders see opportunity in BP money

    By JIM TURNER
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    PANAMA CITY, June 5 – With the first check – for $300 million – on the way, Northwest Florida leaders know they must wisely invest the money across the region to ensure state lawmakers keep the BP settlement cash tap open.

  • Everybody loves a winner

    By JIM SAUNDERS
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, June 2 – Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran haven’t exactly gotten along so well the past few months.
    But after appearing Friday with Senate President Joe Negron to announce a special legislative session and the outline of a budget deal, Scott and Corcoran were focused on the winners.
    “I think everybody wins here,” Scott told reporters. “The students in our state win. People who want a job, want a better-paying job, everybody wins.”

  • Ripple effect

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, May 26 – The end of the legislative session each spring is rarely the end of the story. The ripples from the fall of the final gavel keep traveling for weeks, either in the form of bills that make their way to the governor’s desk, or things left undone.

  • Regional unemployment decreases

    SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the regional unemployment rate for Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties was 3.7% for April 2017.
    The region’s rate was 0.7% lower than the region’s rate for April 2016 and 0.3% lower than the state’s rate for April 2017. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the Capital Region with 3.2%. Leon County followed at 3.6% and Gadsden County at 5.0%.

  • Sopchoppy debates social media policy again

    By NANCY IMPERIALE
    nimperiale@thewakullanews.net

    The City of Sopchoppy debated its proposed Social Media Policy for more than an hour at its meeting on Monday, May 8.
    At times the debate grew heated as commissioners grappled with issues of free speech, the U.S. Constitution and the state Sunshine Law.
    Commissioner Becton Roddenberry offered some changes to the proposed policy, which is now four pages long, saying he had concerns about his rights to free speech being violated.