Today's News

  • Ransomware hits district


    The Wakulla County School District was hit by ransomware last week, according to Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce.
    The attack locked up the district’s bus routing system and email, but no payroll or personnel information was affected, according to the district office.
    The district was hit with the attack on Thursday, Sept. 5.

  • COAST cleans up

    Christina Ashley wants her class of 14 seventh-grade Civics students at COAST Charter School in St. Marks to understand government from the ground up – literally.
    Last Friday morning, instead of classroom instruction, she took this group to Port Leon Drive, the main road coming into St. Marks, to pick up trash along their newly adopted stretch of road, more than 2 miles of it.
    Students had a lot to say about what they were seeing that didn’t belong on the side of the road.

  • Man cuffed by FHP in pot bust at wrong house dies of cancer

    Pete Griggs, the man whose house was mistakenly hit by state troopers trying to make a marijuana bust in the woods near Otter Creek, died this week.
    Back on June 11, Griggs, who was suffering with stage 4 lung cancer, was in his backyard garden cutting some okra when he was confronted by Florida Highway Patrol troopers who he claimed took him to the ground. Griggs had bruises on his arms and said he suffered chest pains. His 16-year-old grandson Kamien was also detained by troopers.

  • Legislative delegation meets

    Public safety, education and the future of the county’s airport were among the topics of concern shared with state Sen. Bill Montford and State Rep. Jason Shoaf during the Wakulla County Legislative Delegation Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
    The gathering in the Wakulla County Commission Chambers was the first of its kind for Shoaf, who won the special election June 18 for the District 7 seat and took office about two months ago, and the last for Montford, who will be leaving his District 3 seat in 2020 due to term limits.

  • Meeting puts proposed budget in the spotlight

    Wakulla County Commissioner Ralph Thomas said the county’s total amount allocated for public safety in the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which is over $10 million, is higher than the revenue the county takes in from property taxes, which is less than $9.9 million.
    Thomas wants residents to know when it comes to the county’s finances, it relies on other revenue sources and grants.
    “That’s a very important thing we all need to understand,” he said.

  • Students in NASA rover competition

    News Correspondent

    Nine Wakulla County students had a unique opportunity to participate in a Lunar Rover Competition on July 17 at the Wakulla County Library.
    The competition was held in celebration of the Apollo 11 space mission that landed on the moon. The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium in partnership with Atlantis Education Services hosted the event.

  • Youth Deer/Hog Hunt to be held at St. Marks NWR

    Special to The News

    Do you know someone between the ages of 11 and 17 years old who would like to participate in a deer/hog hunt? If that aspiring hunter doesn’t have an instructor or a place to hunt, this will come as good news.
    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in coordination with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Youth Hunting Program of Florida is hosting their annual deer/hog hunt on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

  • School board approves budget

    The Wakulla County School Board unanimously approved its 2019-20 budget at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.
    The millage rate approved by the school board is for its lowest tax levy in memory at 6.2560 mills. A mill represents $1 for each $1,000 of assessed property value. A $100,000 house in Wakulla without homestead exemption would pay $625.60 in school taxes for the year.

  • Underwater Wakulla - Sept. 19, 2019


    As I look back over this summer, I think of the students that I have had the privilege to train in open water scuba classes.
    At every class session I am reminded of how important training is in the scuba industry. It’s not about the financial aspect of the diving industry to me as it is the safety of my students.
    As an instructor, I have a responsibility to every individual to make sure I don’t cut corners when it comes to training them for the underwater world that is about to open to them.

  • District gets email back after ransomware attack


    Wakulla School Superintendent Bobby Pearce said on Thursday, Sept. 12, that the district had restored access to its email with help from some forensic specialists seeking to counter a ransomware attack.
    The district publicly revealed the ransomware attack on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The district did not reveal the amount of ransom sought by hackers in exchange for unlocking the systems.
    The email server was one of the systems seized by the hackers.