• The phone rang again, but I still wasn’t ready to talk.
    Nevertheless, the caller ID revealed my friend, Susan, wasn’t going to give up.
    “Hello.” Even with that one word, my voice cracked with emotion.
    “Are you OK?”
    “Do you want me to come over?”
    Susan’s compassion won me over. “Yes.”

  • I had big plans to do nothing over my Christmas break.
    I usually take off the week between Christmas and New Year’s and try to see how many miles I can run, and how many rounds of golf I can play.
    And how many naps I can take during the time inbetween.
    That first day, I ran 10 miles in the morning and played golf in the afternoon.
    The second day, 11.5 miles and golf in the afternoon.
    Third day, got a calf cramp about a mile in that would not go away. I hobbled back to the house. Did not play golf.

  • I got a new pair of glasses this weekend.
    I’ve had this old pair of glasses for about 20 years.
    A couple of weeks ago, I made my regular (every two decades) visit to the  opthamologist and found that, indeed, my eyes had changed and I needed a new prescription.
    I was so excited to get my new glasses – and was especially hopeful that my new and improved vision would lead to improved scores in my golf game.

  • Greg Cohen, owner of Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee, and part of the management team of Wakulla Springs Lodge, is having entirely too much fun.
    He recently held a 3D screening of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” at the Lodge –  one of several movies famously shot at Wakulla Springs. The event featured a cast of the Creature’s mask  made by Jim Henson some years ago.

    My university colleagues and I always tried to find summer work, and then returned to share stories of our adventures.  But John’s story was unsurpassed that year.
     As he had in other years, John found work in Yellowstone National Park doing trail maintenance.  He would walk the trails of the park with a chain saw, cutting trees that had fallen across the paths.  

  • Editor, The News:

    An initiative is underway in Florida to put solar on the 2016 ballot.  700,000 signatures are necessary.  Right now, FL is one of four states which does not permit a company to provide at no cost to the homeowner/business solar panels, installation, and maintenance under contract.  For three years, this issue has been blocked in the Florida Legislature.  Consequently solar development in Florida has lagged.

  • Editor, The News:

    We have a busy week ahead. We are moving from our portable building into the Adoption Center next door on Tuesday, June 30. Phones and computers will go down and hopefully be reconnected same day. However, the disconnected service may take longer. The emergency on-call number will still be active, so call 850-445-6480 if you really need to get through to Animal Services.

  • Editor, The News:

    In recent weeks a question was raised by County Commissioner Mr. Kessler – what will the people of Wakulla County do if social violence becomes an issue? The people of Charleston, S.C., have set a good example. Their hearts were prepared to forgive. Their love and commitment to God and community is impressive.

  • This is being written prior to knowing how the elections turn out, but whatever the results, I’m just hopeful that there’s no glitches and no recounts.
    I don’t care who wins, I just want them to win by 50 percent plus 1.
    I expressed that thought to some staff at the supervisor of elections office on Election Day and was welcomed into their prayer chain.
    This has been an especially bitter political season. And some of the rhetoric has been so strident and over-the-top – especially on this wetlands issue, and especially on social media.

  • The following are opinions that we could not fit into this week's edition of The Wakulla News. Since many of the letters are election related, we have complied them for readers below. We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience.


    Special to The News

    In memory of both Julie and Jerry Davis.

    Take a moment and ask yourself: What is NAMI Wakulla? Why should I contact NAMI Wakulla? When should I contact NAMI Wakulla?  How important is NAMI Wakulla to our community?
    Before you answer, let me share with you a very tragic story about dear friends and neighbors of mine, Jerry and Julie Davis.

  • Editor, The News:

    Almost everyone knows how important our wetlands are to us. Wetlands are our nation’s most irreplaceable resource. They provide flood control, they help remove pollutants from our water, they protect shorelines, provide habitat for wildlife, and serve important recreational functions. Our fishing industry depends very heavily on the health of our wetlands.

  • Editor, The News:

    The family of Betty Drake would like to extend our sincere thank you to the Big Bend Hospice, Wakulla team for their special care, friends, neighbors and all those who gave us comfort, support, food, flowers and prayers during a very difficult difficult time.
    We are blessed.

    The Bud Drake family

  • I never felt that sentimental about Mothers Day and Fathers Day as an ingrate teenager.
    But as I’ve left my teens and 20s behind, my appreciation for my parents has grown. I’m not a mom yet, but the older I get, the more perspective I have on their parenting efforts.

  • Mama always said, “When you’ve got a problem, get a haircut.” And I’ve followed that advice.
    My mother didn’t actually say it – though it’s got the ring of something she would say. I think my mother’s solution to anything when I was a kid – from childhood illness to teenage heartbreak – was for you to take a hot shower, put on your pajamas, and make a bed on the sofa in front of the TV and eat Jell-O.
    Which will also help cure what ails you.


  • As this controversy over the wetlands issue has been going on, I’ve heard from several people saying they wanted The News to give it a more in-depth look.
    One reader told me, he wasn’t sure who to believe – that he saw value in the arguments put forth by both sides.
    What’s unfortunate about the issue is that it has so frequently devolved into personal attacks.


  • If you’re not a regular subscriber to The Wakulla News, you may be wondering why you got this in the mail.
    This is the issue we do every year that’s delivered to every address in Wakulla County.
    If you’re not a subscriber, we hope this issue shows you why you should be – there is no other source of local news as complete as what you have in your hands.
    Our lead stories this week are about Operation Santa getting underway – the annual effort to help local families in need during the holiday season.