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  • Wakulla deputy injured in car crash

    Lt. Jeremy Johnston of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for serious injuries he suffered in a car crash on Thursday morning while responding to an emergency call.
    Capt. Chris Savary, the public information officer for WCSO, said that Johnston may have suffered a broken arm in the crash.

  • Bo Lynn's named to National Register of Historic Places

    By NANCY IMPERIALE
    nimperiale@thewakullanews.net

    Bo Lynn’s Grocery has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
    Built in 1936, the iconic white wooden store at 850 Port Leon Drive has been a community mainstay in St. Marks for more than 80 years.
    The Florida National Register Review Board met to consider the nomination in December and confirmed Bo Lynn’s designation in February.
    When the official plaque arrives, owner Joy Brown – known to generations as “Miss Joy” – has plans for it.

  • Neighbors complain of noise along Trice Lane

    Do county facilities belong with the neighborhoods on Trice Lane?
    Some residents in the area don’t think so, and they asked Wakulla County commissioners at their last meeting to do something about it.
    “This is a residential location, with kids constantly walking down the road,” said Marguerite Burton of the Eagles Ridge subdivision, which abuts the county property.

  • Wakulla Springs river guide Don Gavin is dead

    We had absolutely nothing in common. Our worlds could not have been further apart. Yet I grew to love his stories, love his laugh, and realized that both of us had a wicked sense of humor.
    When Don Gavin told an audience the story of how the legend of Henry, the Pole Vaulting fish at Wakulla Springs came about, he had me in stitches. To say that an entire community is at a loss of what to make of the void this larger-than-life river boat captain has left is forgetting the legacy he represented.

  • Trump(et) Street?

    Someone took a piece of paper and some tape and renamed Trumpet Street at the corner of Crawfordville Highway in Medart recently. We can’t say what their motivations were, but wonder if they might be a fan of a certain U.S. President. A truck, below, drives by the intersection this week.

  • NAMI Wine Tasting event cancelled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS

    The NAMI Wine Tasting at Bay Leaf Market scheduled for Thursday, March 23 has been canceled due to a broken water line near the store. We'll keep you posted when it's rescheduled.
     

  • Fishers ask for moratorium on oyster leases

    By E.M. YABOR
    eyabor@thewakullanews.net

    The Wakulla Commercial Fishermen’s Association may sit down to negotiate with oyster farmers following a town hall meeting in Sopchoppy Feb. 21.
    The meeting was attended by about 50 citizens.
    “If you’re making all of this money then show it to me,” WCFA President John Taylor said to oystermen. “How about putting a little bit back towards my guys? Help them out.”
    County Commissioner Chuck Hess suggested small-scale negotiations among fishermen and oystermen.

  • Changes weighed for Deepwater Horizon plan

    From News Service of Florida

    Money from the Deepwater Horizon disaster settlement may be used to market Northwest Florida and for broad economic development projects, under changes to a pair of bills before the House Select Committee on Triumph Gulf Coast.

  • Thomas, Encinosa testify against bill that pre-empts home rule

    By E.M. YABOR
    eyabor@thewakullanews.net

    County Commission Chairman Ralph Thomas and County Attorney Heather Encinosa testified before a House subcommittee in opposition to a bill that would prohibit local governments from imposing new regulations on local businesses, Feb. 22.
    House Bill 17, colloquially known as the “pre-emption bill,” was filed by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, in January. The bill would pre-empt the regulation of businesses, professions and occupations to the state and supersede local government “home rule.”

  • Black History honorees inspire crowd at WHS

    By NANCY IMPERIALE
    nimperiale@thewakullanews.net

    The time has come for another African-American valedictorian of Wakulla High School, said Alvin Hall.
    “I am the first,” Hall said. “Cheryl Barber Montgomery is the second. It was 14 years from her accomplishment to mine, and that was a long 14 years. I think it is a challenge to this community to make that happen. We need a third!”