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  • Tallahassee Rotary to hold Daddy Daughter Dance

    Special to The News

    The Rotary Club of Tallahassee Northside will hold its 12th annual Daddy Daughter Dance, with major sponsor Capital Regional Medical Center.
    The dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Moon in Tallahassee.
    This year to accommodate different musical tastes and bed times, there will be a tea dance with light refreshments for dads with daughters under 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for this event are $35 for a couple. Tickets for the tea dance are ONLY available online.

  • Commission to hold meet over 2016 lift station lawsuit

    By E.M. YABOR

    The Wakuilla County Commission will hold an executive session to discuss ongoing litigation on March 6.
    The purpose of the executive session is to discuss settlement negotiations and strategy related to Brown v. Wakulla County, a 2016 case concerning the affects of wastewater lift stations on residential properties.

  • Legislators visit WCI

    By E.M. YABOR

    State Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, visited Wakulla Correctional Institution on Monday, Feb. 20.
    Beshears was accompanied by the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, though he is not a member, as part of a series of tours across North Florida prisons.
    “The goal of these visits is to show committee members how critical Department of Corrections employees are at these institutions with the hope of granting them a long overdue raise,” said Beshears.

  • Shields steps down from city commission after 30 years

    By E.M. YABOR

    Chuck Shields, a 30-year fixture on the St. Marks city commission, retired from politics at a swearing-in ceremony for his successors Feb. 16.
    Shields has served on the commission since first being elected in 1986, most of that time as mayor.
    “I’d say it’s been 25 years (serving as mayor) out of the 30,” Shields said.
    Shields, 78, said it was the right time to call it quits.

  • New city commissioners are sworn in

    By E.M. YABOR

    Newly elected St. Marks commissioners Kim Garner and Don Grimes were sworn in by City Attorney Ron Mowrey at a City Hall ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 16.
    For Seat 1, Commissioner Garner defeated David Cutchin by a margin of 61 to 38 in the city-wide election Feb. 15.
    For Seat 2, Commissioner Grimes successfully defended his seat against Michelle Fewell 77 to 23.
    Both winning candidates were endorsed by longtime-mayor Chuck Shields, who retired from local politics.

  • Arthur Andrews banquet


    When she was young and struggling during the first years of college, Dr. NaQuita Jackson Manning relied on family and community in Wakulla to help make it through. Her grandma gave her money for tuition. Her grandfather bought her books. Her aunts and uncles fed her. Many hands lent many kinds of support.
    “It took seven years to get my first degree,” Manning said. “But now I have five.”

  • School bus crash on Woodville Hwy. on Thursday


    Wakulla County School Bus No. 115 left the road and crashed into a tree on Thursday, Feb. 16, at about 7 a.m. on Woodville Highway. Four of the 37 students on the bus were reportedly taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Students on the bus who were not injured were reportedly picked up by parents or transported to school by a separate Wakulla County School Bus.

  • Study: Shellfish farming enhances habitat

    By E.M. YABOR

    A scientific assessment determined that oyster aquaculture has a positive environmental and economic impact for commercial fishermen.
    The study, released in March 2014, “illustrates the positive external benefits resulting from the habitat provided by Gulf of Mexico off-bottom long line aquaculture parks in terms of enhancements to important commercial and recreational fisheries in the region.”

  • $16.4 million proposed for WCI

    By E.M. YABOR

    Governor Rick Scott’s 2017-18 budget proposal requests $16.4 million for Wakulla Correctional Institution for the creation of a mental health program.
    An additional 104 positions at WCI will be needed to facilitate the program.
    “I think it’s a great idea,” said Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee. “It will be addressing mental health treatment needs for inmates with serious mental issues. That’s especially needed all over Florida.”

  • Smokeless tobacco use remains a problem

    Special to The News