Local News

  • Week in Wakulla MARCH 27-April 23

    Special Events

    Saturday, March 29

    • LIFEWALK 2014, sponsored by The Wakulla Pregnancy Center, will begin at 9 a.m. at Wakulla Station Trailhead Park. For more information, call Angie Holshouser at 241-6797.

    • SOPCHOPPY OPRY hosts Rick Weathersby and The Boys of Rock at 7 p.m. They perform bluegrass and Gospel music. Arrive early and eat dinner at the Opry Cafe. Call 962-3711 for tickets. Go to www.sopchoppyopry.com for more information.

    Sunday, March 30

  • Soup cooks needed for Empty Bowls event

    Special to The News

    Even though this year’s Empty Bowls hunger fundraiser is a few months off, volunteers who would like to donate their best homemade soups can sign up now.


    Battle of the Bands, a fundraiser for the One Stop Community Center was held Saturday, July 26, and was headlined by Jordan Miller & Friends. Other acts included the bluegrass music of Coon Bottom Creek and some stirring gospel music.

    Photos by William Snowden and Lynda Kinsey

  • Candidate forum to be held for school board races

    The Wakulla News will be joining with the local Republican and Democrat parties for a candidate forum prior to the primary election.
    The three school board races will all be decided in the primary, and the six candidates in those races have been invited to answer questions.
    Also, the two Republican candidates for county commission in the District 4 race, Jerry Moore and Steve Fults, have been invited to give a short statement on their positions.
    The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the public library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

  • Fish fry set to benefit senior center

    Special to The News

    On Saturday, April 5, a fish fry will be held at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel to benefit the Senior Citizens Council’s Food for Life Club.
    The menu will be fresh-caught, cleaned and cooked mullet, cheese grits, coleslaw, baked beans, hushpuppies and dessert.
    Tickets are $7, tax deductible, and can be purchased in advance at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel or at the Senior Center.

  • Missing child found safe in Wakulla

    Special to The News

    A 3-year-old child was found safe and sound by Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol deputies on Tuesday, April 1 after the WCSO received a tip from the U.S. Marshal’s North Florida Regional Task Force, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.
    Information received by the sheriff’s office noted that Landon Eilers and his biological mother, Wendy Barber Hardacre, 42, may be located in the Stokley Road area of Crawfordville.
    WCSO deputies canvassed the area and spoke to witnesses who recognized the mother and son.

  • Crawfordville man busted for marijuana cultivation

    Special to The News

    The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division and Vice Unit, with members of the COPS program and Uniform Patrol, served a search warrant at the home of Valentine Diaz on Emerald Acres Drive in Crawfordville on Tuesday, March 25.
    Upon the search warrant being served, deputies and detectives seized four firearms, 143 marijuana plants, and over 454 grams of processed marijuana. Additionally, electronic scales, lighting, fans, air conditioning units, and fertilizer were taken.

  • Film director Victor Nunez visits Wakulla for screening


    To the fictional residents and environmentalists of Grassy Bay, Florida, a real estate project that would fill in the bay is like “spitting in the face of God.”
    The turnout for a screening of the 1980s film “A Flash of Green,” was so large that extra chairs were needed in Wakulla County Public Library’s common room Sunday. The film’s writer and director, FSU professor Victor Nunez, fielded questions following the screening.

  • Donna Savary announces candidacy for school board

    Staff Report

    Local educator, parent and business owner Donna Savary announced her candidacy this week for the Wakulla County School Board District 5 seat.
    The seat is currently held by Jerry Evans, who has not formally announced his intentions. Savary will face Jo Ann Daniels, who announced her candidacy several months ago.
    Savary is the owner of and a teacher at Savary Academy, a private middle-high school located in Crawfordville.

  • Firefighters battle two blazes on Friday

    Staff Report

     The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office dispatched units to a report burning mobile home in the Panacea are late Friday evening. Deputies arrived first and determined no one was inside. Wakulla County Fire Rescue units arrived and reported the home fully involved.
    There were power lines preventing approach to front side of the structure. Firefighters had to fight the fire from a distance (note the line sagging in front of mobile home in photos).