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Today's News

  • School safety after Parkland

    By BETH O’DONNELL
    Special to The News

    “Within one week after the February 14, 2018 horrific school shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School, we were reviewing and ramping up safety measures at all of our schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce. “We didn’t need to wait on legislative bills to know that anything can happen on any school campus, and we had better be as prepared as possible.”

  • 7 arrested in bust on Summer Lane

    During the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 15, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence of Carl Malcolm Cocroft, located at 5 Summer Lane and arrested seven subjects.
    This was the second narcotics-related search warrant executed at the residence in the last 10 months.

  • Murder trial is underway

    The trial of inmate Scottie Allen, charged with murdering his cellmate at Wakulla Correctional Institution last year, got underway with jury selection on Monday, Feb. 18, and the trial started on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
    A 12-person jury was chosen Monday, Feb. 18, and the trial started Tuesday, Feb. 19 for Scottie Allen, who is charged with killing his cellmate at Wakulla Correctional Institution in 2017.
    If found guilty of first degree murder, the state will be seeking the death penalty.
    Allen, 41, has made the decision to represent himself at trial.

  • Virginia Fuller seeks House seat

    I am Virginia Fuller, running for the vacancy in Florida House District 7 which encompasses Calhoun Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, part of Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla County.
    As a former small business owner, I found that the greatest obstacle to success of one’s business is excessive government regulations often enforced unequally by dishonest bureaucrats.
    It appears that the only way to change government is from within, by electing honest non-career politicians.

  • 5 candidates qualify to run in special election

    Staff Report

    Five candidates qualified to run in the special election for the House District 7 seat – four Republicans and a Democrat.
    The seat was vacated by Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, after he was appointed by Gov. Ron Desantis to head the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
    The primary for Republican candidates will be held April 9.
    The winner will face Democrat Ryan Terrell of Tallahassee on June 18.

  • Sexual predators, offenders arrested in operation

    Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller reported that his office conducted “Operation Shadow” to verify the registration of sexual predators in the area.
    Sheriff’s detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, conducted the operation during the week of Feb. 6 to 13.

  • WHS Black History program is set

    Wakulla High School will conclude its Black History Month Celebration on Saturday with their Annual Black History Month Program. This year’s special guest speaker will be Dr. NaQuita Jackson Manning.
    Dr. Manning is the daughter of Nathaniel and Esterlene Jackson and the granddaughter of Alton and Alberta Lewis of Wakulla. She is also a native of Wakulla County and a 1982 graduate of Wakulla High School.

  • Congressman Dunn visits Wakulla High

    Last week, Congressman Neal Dunn visited Wakulla High School and met with U.S. Government students.
    “I was honored to meet with the Wakulla High School U.S. Government Honors class. These bright students had some great questions on my work in Congress and were truly engaged and interested in how our government works. I look forward to seeing these students do great things in the years to come. Thank you to Joanna Colvin, Sharon Odiorne, and Assistant Principal Sherry Lohmeyer for inspiring young minds in Wakulla.” – Congressman Neal Dunn

  • 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.

  • Wakulla High tops Florida, U.S. for passing AP scores

    The Florida Department of Education recently announced that Florida has the 3rd highest percentage in the U.S of students passing their Advanced Placement exams at 31.7 percent. Florida is behind only Massachusetts with 32.9 percent, and Connecticut with 32.2 percent.