Local News

  • New fire station is opened

    Staff Report

    Wakulla County officially opened its new fire station on Trice Lane on Saturday, April 6, with the traditional pushing-in of a fire truck.
    Tours of the facility were offered. There was food and cake and bouncey houses for the kids.

  • County clears brush, puts down gravel for boat ramp

    County crews were at Lake Ellen last week, clearing brush and trees and putting down gravel for a boat ramp on the lake.
    Several citizens complained to county commissioners two weeks ago about the slow pace of construction of the ramp. And commissioners indicated they would challenge the state Department of Environmental Protection’s intent to allow a fence in the lake to remain.
    The root of the dispute is whether the lake is private, as property owners contend, or whether it is public by virtue of the roads being owned by the county and historic public access.

  • Submit nominations for businesswomen

    The Wakulla Chamber of Commerce will honor three businesswomen for their contributions to the community.
    The categories for businesswomen are established, mid-career and emerging.
    To submit a nomination, email it to editor@thewakullanews.net or mail it to P.O. Box 307, Crawfordville FL 32326; or petra@wakullacountychamber.com. The nominee does need to be a member of the Chamber.
    A May 16 event to honor the winners will be held at Wakulla Environmental Institute.

  • Library News

    Thursday, February 14
    Mobile Library Panacea 10 a.m.
    Kids Coding 4 p.m.
    Tobacco Free Class 5:30 p.m.
    Women’s Support Group 6 p.m.
    Bible Study 6:45pm

    Friday, February 15
    Coffee, Craft, and Chat 9:30 a.m.
    Quilting Guild 9:30 a.m.
    Book Club 3 p.m.

    Saturday, February 16
    AARP Tax Help 9 a.m.
    Sons of Confederate Vets 5 p.m.

    Sunday, February 17
    African American Heritage Celebration 2 p.m.

  • Cancer support group meets monthly

    The Wakulla Cancer Support Group meets in the Education Center of the Crawfordville United Methodist Church every third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
    For more information, call (850) 926-6050.

  • Big Bend Hospice to offer workshop on dementia

    BBH is offering a Dealing with Dementia workshop in Wakulla County on Wednesday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TCC Wakulla.
    Lunch will be provided.
    • Understanding Dementia, Handling Stress, Managing Problem, Behaviors, Finding Time for You.
    • Based on the excellent guide and training from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, you will learn how to better understand dementia, manage challenging behaviors, handle stress and time for self-care.

  • Lake Ellen dispute

    A heated exchange between Wakulla County citizens and Wakulla County commissioners highlighted the meeting on Monday, Feb. 4.
    Bill Frank and Pastor Gerald Fielder, both present to speak about the development of a boat ramp on Lake Ellen, voiced their frustrations with a perceived lack of action from commissioners on the matter.

  • Role as temporary reporter has come to an end

    Well, somehow it’s already been three weeks with the paper. Every day has been a blur, and my time working as a full-time reporter has come to an end.
    In my few weeks, I’ve covered county commission meetings, high school sports, local star athletes, and a little bit of everything in between.
    It’s been a privelege - and above all, fun - getting to see the inner-workings of the local government and getting to know the community. I hope I was able to repay that a little bit with my writing.

  • Students detained with firearm

    Two students were detained at Wakulla High School on Friday after it was discovered they brought a hunting rifle onto campus on Friday morning.
    Undersheriff Billy Jones said the two students, both 16, would not face criminal charges.
    Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce noted that the students had been suspended for 10 days and may face additional action.
    Both Jones and Pearce said the students made really a really bad decision to bring the rifle on campus.

  • Brews by the Bay