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Today's News

  • Subdivisions are growing

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    The number of single-family homes  being built in Wakulla County is going up – and most of them are going into subdivisions.
    According to the county planning department, 185 single-family homes have been constructed during the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. (The planning department tracks permits by fiscal year.) There were 246 single-family homes constructed during the fiscal year 2017-18.

  • County considers plans to fund new deputies

    Wakulla County residents could soon see a slight increase in their utility bills.

    County commissioners are considering removing the exemption on the first 500-kilowatts in electric usage in the utility tax to raise the money – $300,000 is needed – to pay for five new road deputies for the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff Jared Miller told county commissioners at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 6, that the additional deputies are a need, not a want.

  • Nigel Bradham signs defaced

    By ERIN HILL

    Staff Writer

     

    Two signs honoring Nigel Bradham were vandalized over the weekend, with Bradham's name covered over with black spray paint.

    The signs that were vandalized, located at the county line on Springhill Road and Shadeville Road, read "Home of Super Bowl Champion Nigel Bradham."

    The signs have since been cleaned of paint by a couple of good Samaritans.

  • Traffic shift planned on Wakulla Springs Road at Oak Ridge Road

    Traffic on State Road  61 (Wakulla Springs Road) will be shifted on to temporary pavement at the intersection of County Road 2204 (Oak Ridge Road) around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 as crews begin roundabout work. The flashing signal will be removed and the intersection will become a four-way stop configuration. 

  • Fisherman files suit against FWC

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
    Editor

    Panacea businessman and former fisherman Ronald Fred Crum filed a lawsuit in Leon Circuit Court last week challenging the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has not been following rule-making procedures required by law.
    Crum’s lawsuit claims that all rules adopted by the FWC prior to July 9, 2018 are illegal and asks the court to issue an injunction for the state to stop enforcing illegally promulgated rules concerning marine life.

  • Submit questions for forum August 16, 2018

    Staff Report

    The Wakulla Chamber of Commerce and The Wakulla News will hold a candidate forum on Aug. 21 at the Wakulla Environmental Center. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m.
    To submit questions, email them to editor@thewakullanews.net or go to the website, thewakullanews.com.
    Local candidates expected to attend the forum include county commission district 2 candidates Jamel Gavin and Randy Merritt; district 4 candidates Quincee Messersmith and Ted Recker; and school board district 5 candidates Jo Ann Daniels, Donna Savary, and Steven Sullivan.

  • SR 61 to be shifted on Friday, Aug. 17

    Traffic on State Road 61 (Wakulla Springs Road) will be shifted on to temporary pavement at the intersection of County Road 2204 (Oak Ridge Road) around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 as crews begin roundabout work. The flashing signal will be removed and the intersection will become a four-way stop configuration.
    The speed limit on SR 61 will be reduced to 45 MPH. Variable message boards and signs are in place to alert drivers of construction and to direct motorists through the work area.

  • Natural Wakulla August 9, 2018: Stinkbugs are a stinking nuisance

    The dog days of summer are here, and the human population of Wakulla County is overwhelmingly in favor of air conditioning. The thermometer readings and humidity levels are elevated to the misery point.
    If able to speak, most of the insect population would likely disagree. The sultry environment has created ideal growing conditions for plants cultivated both for food and landscape ornamentation.

  • 2018 Election Contributions & Expenditures August 16, 2018

    County Commission,
    District 2

    Jamel Gavin: $2,050.
    Contributions during reporting period July 28  to Aug. 3: $200.
    Contributions:
    • Sue Damon, Crawfordville, Individual marketing Check $100.
    • Hugh M Taylor, Crawfordville, Individual retired Check $100.
    Expenditures:
    • $0.

    Randall Merritt: $2,700.
    Contributions during reporting period July 28 to Aug. 3: $0.
    Contributions:
    •  $0.
    Expenditures:
    • $0.

  • Sheriff’s Report August 16, 2018

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of Aug. 3 to Aug. 9.

    FRIDAY, AUG. 3

    • Dale Rushton with Sopchoppy Public Works called the sheriff’s office to report a criminal mischief. Rushton reported someone cutting the lock off the water meter at an address in Sopchoppy and causing damage to the meter. The damage to the meter is estimated at $500. A suspect has been identified in this case and it has been sent to detectives for further investigation.