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Today's News

  • Couple allegedly held 2 girls captive

    A Wakulla County couple were arrested last week and charged with holding two women and physically and sexually abusing them.
    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Mirko Ceska, 58, and Regina Ceska, 55, on Friday, July 12. The couple were described as “doomsday preppers” who stored food and numerous weapons at properties around the U.S. It was reported that 28 guns were seized at the couple’s Lonnie Raker Lane home.

  • An ‘A’ district for the third year in a row

    Wakulla County School District earned an “A” rating and had the eighth highest district score in the state of all 67 public school districts in Florida for the number of points possible in the 2018-2019 school year.
    In addition, Wakulla continued its “A” grade designation for the third year in a row.
    District and school grades were released by the Florida Department of Education on July 11.

  • WEI project rejected

    Wakulla Environmental Institute’s request for $13.5 million in Triumph Gulf grant funds to build an oyster spat  hatchery was rejected by Triumph Gulf Coast, the group organized to fund economic development projects in the Florida coastal counties most affected by the 2010 BP oil spill.
    In fact, Triumph staff questioned the accuracy of some of the data submitted by WEI – from the current price of oyster seed to how many oyster farmers had been trained at the institute.

  • Board OKs Shuff rezoning

    On Monday, Wakulla County Commissioners heard from property owners asking for rezoning of about 139 acres west of Wildwood Acres Phase 2 Subdivision, which is north of Wakulla Middle School.
    Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the request from applicants John and Petra Shuff to have the zoning changed from Agriculture (AG) and Semi-Rural Residential (RR1) to Rural Residential (RR2), with an eye toward a development that would have 43 residential lots. RR2 zoning allows single-family homes at a density of one dwelling per 2 acres of land.

  • Wakulla’s Wearcats

    Wakulla Middle School science teachers Katrina Roddenberry and Melissa Martin spent part of their summer break working with a group of eager WMS students on NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge.
    The WEAR Challenge was a nationwide design challenge for middle and high school students to create wearable radiation countermeasures that help solve problems related to deep space exploration.
    The goal was to design gear that would help protect astronauts from the effects of radiation exposure during deep space missions.

  • Students do well on state tests

    Wakulla County public school students met or exceeded Florida’s state averages in 19 of 21 areas tested on the recently released 2019 state assessment results from the Florida Department of Education.
    Used for comparison are public school districts in Florida’s 67 counties.
    The nine surrounding public school districts used for comparison are Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla.

  • ‘High likelihood’ of tropical storm forming in Gulf

    On Tuesday, July 9, Wakulla Emergency Management Director Jennifer Nagy issued an advisory on the high likelihood that a tropical storm could develop over the Gulf.
    The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has lowered expected rain amounts for our area to 3 inches or less for the duration of the event.
    As always, especially in a tropical system, isolated higher amounts cannot be ruled out. Multiple bands of heavy rain are still expected to impact the region starting Wednesday, with the heaviest rain expected Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly Friday.

  • Sopchoppy Fourth of July
  • Planning votes down subdivision near WMS

    On Monday, Wakulla County Commissioners will hear from property owners asking for rezoning of about 139 acres west of Wildwood Acres Phase 2 Subdivision, which is north of Wakulla Middle School.
    Applicants John and Petra Shuff have asked to have the zoning changed from Agriculture (AG) and Semi-Rural Residential (RR1) to Rural Residential (RR2), with an eye toward a development that would have 43 residential lots. RR2 zoning allows single-family homes at a density of one dwelling per 2 acres of land.

  • He needs bionic arm

    Aidan Choquette of Sopchoppy is getting closer to a goal that most of us take for granted: He just wants to be able to hold two things.
    Thanks to the generosity of the community, the boy who has never known what it’s like to have two good hands is on his way to getting a custom-made prosthetic “Hero Arm” from Open Bionics.