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Columns

  • New reporter at The Wakulla News

    By KRYSTAL SHEPPARD
    ksheppard@thewakullanews.net

    Many of you already know me, either from my childhood here or as a server at Savannah’s, but for those who don’t, I’d like to tell you about myself.
    I am a native of Wakulla County, literally born here, in an old cabin in the woods of Sopchoppy. That was odd in 1974, and the shocked reaction from people always made me feel special.

  • The best gun for you

    Sam shows up at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office range on Wednesday morning. At 9:30, someone at the Wednesday morning women’s group calls the range “cold,” and we put up our targets.
    I see Sam introduce himself to Martha as they staple up their silhouettes.
    “I shoot competition,” he tells Martha. “Any time you need some help, I’m right next to you.”
    Martha is smiling, and thanks him.

  • FWC should fix net mess

    For more than 20 years, since the passage of the constitutional amendment that limited net fishing, the so-called net ban, the State of Florida has been tangled up – gilled, if you will – over its efforts to interpret the amendment and regulate nets.
    Over and over, local fishermen and the Wakulla Fishermen’s Association battled in the courts against the state for a common-sense regulation of nets – and especially the state’s reliance on small mesh sizes to determine what is a legal net.

  • A suspicious mind

    I have discovered over the years several types of minds. The “open mind” which catches everything except the truth. The “analytical mind” which organizes everything to the point of sterility. The “closed mind” which you can bounce ideas and they never stick.

  • Feeling God's presence while brushing my teeth

    I was almost finished with my dental hygiene ritual when God’s presence unexpectedly showed up at my bathroom sink.
    While rinsing my toothbrush, I reached for my scripture memory card. I don’t remember what verse I was meditating on, but I do remember suddenly leaning against the wall and feeling as if my entire being was enveloped in an overwhelming sense of love and awe.
    “Lord, I love Your Word,” I said in a hushed voice. “I love Your Word.”

  • Appreciating hospice volunteers year-round

    April is National Volunteer Appreciation month.
    But at Big Bend Hospice, we recognize the importance our volunteers make every day. Whether they work directly with patients, provide comfort to caregivers, or supply much needed administrative assistance, volunteers are the key to our mission to support those facing a terminal illness.

  • Want a burp with that hiccup?

    Looking at the alarm clock by my bedside, it clearly read 2:37 a.m. The loud buzzing sound was not in my head after all. Who in the world could be calling me at this hour of the night?
    I grumbled to myself, sat straight up in bed and gasped. An emergency! Someone’s in the hospital! Someone has died!
    All kinds of such thoughts danced through my sluggish brain as I reached for the telephone.
    Pastors are on call 24/7 and never know when an emergency will summon to duty. It may be in the middle of the day, or in this case, in the middle of the night.

  • Leave your failure, and success, in the past

    Our lives are made up of heartbreaking sorrows, painful regrets, and hopefully, delightful successes. Each event has influenced our character and the future goals we set for ourselves.
    But if we’re not careful, we could unintentionally allow our past to keep us from experiencing God’s plan for our future.

  • Taking the master gardener course

    I held a worm the other day!
    This may not seem like big news to you, but I’m skeeved out by creepy-crawlies. Can’t  say I’ve always been that way – I have a distinct memory of playing with a garden snake as a little kid, and letting ladybugs land on my finger.
    But somehow I grew up into an adult who’s liable to stand on a chair and scream if a bug runs across the floor.

  • History of black women

    We are sent by the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit, God calls and sends people into ministry.
    It really doesn’t matter, male or female, He can use either if you are called by Him and are willing to serve.
    Acts 13:1,2 “Now there were in the church at Antioch certain prophets and teachers. They ministered to the Lord, and fasted, and the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”