• 4-H Congress held in Gainesville

    Three Wakulla High School culinary students traveled with 4-H Agent Sherri Kraeft to Gainesville in July for 4-H Congress.

    This year was the first in several years that senior 4-H members traveled to Gainesville to participate in this event.

    The theme was “Mission Possible” and students were involved in tasks and activities centered on community service, competitive events and educational workshops.

  • Pepsi awards $2,000 to RMS

    Refreshment Services, Inc., the Big Bend area’s local Pepsi bottler, recently announced it awarded a $2,000 Pepsi Grant to Riversprings Middle School.

    The $2,000 grant will be used to purchase popular fiction and current fiction titles for the library. These titles will be used in conjunction with the Renaissance Reader Program, which facilitates personalized reading lessons.

    The grant is part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, a groundbreaking effort that funds ideas, big and small, that can refresh the world.

  • Teachers and staff attend AVID training

    Superintendent David Miller advocated for Wakulla County school system to be one of Florida’s first rural districts chosen for the Florida Partnership with the College Board Grant. This grant offers opportunities for middle school and high school teachers and administrators to better prepare all students for success in college.

    One aspect of the grant is funding the AVID program, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a nationwide successful college preparation program.

  • First Day of School in Wakulla

    Students at Crawfordville Elementary await pickup at the first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 12. The first day went fairly smooth, said Superintendent of Schools David Miller, who described it as a pretty typical first day. One of the big issues was transportation, as it is every year with new routes, kids moving and riding different buses typically causes problems. “It’ll take us a couple weeks to get it solved,” Miller said.

  • TCC Wakulla Center offers more free classes

    In September Tallahassee Community College will again offer free classes to Wakulla County residents ages 18 or older.

    The first set of free classes was offered in August and included Getting Started with Computers, Internet Fundamentals, Social Networking, E-Marketing, Word 2007 Intro, Excel, PowerPoint and QuickBooks.

  • Legion sends four students to state

    The Jake Pigott Memorial American Legion Post and Auxiliary 114 sent four students to the annual Boys and Girls State session to represent Wakulla County held in July in Tallahassee.

    The Wakulla High School students, who will be seniors this upcoming year, took part in a mock legislative session similar to the session held by the Florida Legislature.

    Participants elect members to serve as governor and other state, county and city positions. They propose bills and pass legislation.

  • School board holds budget hearing

    The Wakulla County School Board held the first of two public hearings this week on its proposed $39 million budget, and it drew only one concerned citizen.

    The school board set its final budget hearing for Monday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

  • Sales tax holiday starts this Friday

    Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is August 13-15.

    During this time, no sales tax will be collected on sales of books, clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $50 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $10 or less.

    This three-day tax exemption is in effect from 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 13, through midnight, Sunday, August 15.

    The exemption will still apply no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.

  • School board announces policy for free and reduced price meals for students

    Wakulla County School Board announces its policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch And Breakfast Programs.

    Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. An application can not be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.

  • School board proposes $39 million budget

    The Wakulla County School Board approved for advertising a $39 million budget that includes a property tax levy of 8.5 mills.

    The first public hearing on the proposed budget is set for Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the school administration building.

    The tentative tax levy approved for advertising at the school board meeting on Monday night, July 19, includes 5.552 mills as the required local effort to get state funding, .748 discretionary levy, .25 discretionary for critical needs, .15 mills for capital outlay, and .497 mills for bond repayment.