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Today's News

  • Vaping at school

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    Experts say electronic cigarette use among teens has become a nationwide epidemic. Wakulla High School administrators have wasted no time cracking down on it.
    “We believe the popularity grew over the summer,” said WHS Principal Michael Barwick.
    Assistant Principal of Instructional Services Sherry Lohmeyer said compared to the state and national level, WHS is not hitting the same numbers, percentage wise, when it comes to vaping.

  • Playing in the snow with the sheriff

    The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office annual Christmas in the Park was held Friday, Dec. 7, and a big crowd turned out to celebrate the season – there was artificial snow and a visit from Santa Claus. Sheriff Jared Miller got in on the fun, above, joining kids in the snow. See more photos of the fun by clicking this link! WCSO Christmas in the park 2018

  • Planning says no to Cutchin

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    Members of the Planning Commission shot down plans for two new subdivisions near the intersection of East Ivan Road and Wakulla-Arran Road for the second time this year.
    There was standing- room only in the commission chambers as people came out in opposition to the project.

  • Confidential informant case settled before trial

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
    Editor

    Confidential informant Justin Jackson settled his federal lawsuit a week before his case was to go to trial in Tallahassee – reportedly taking an offer of $250,000.
    Jackson was an informant for the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office in October 2015 when  he was used for a drug bust in Crawfordville. The sheriff’s office quickly sent out a press release to area media touting the bust, including Jackson’s mugshot, and then held him in jail for five days.

  • ‘Messiah’ is performed

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    Hundreds of people filled the pews of Sopchoppy United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 9 to listen to the music and voices of the Wakulla Community Chorus performing George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”
    The Wakulla Community Theatre presented the Wakulla Community Chorus’ 18th performance of “Messiah,” which was conducted by Director Reba Mason.
    “I thought it was just awesome, and one of the best, if not the best, that we’ve performed,” Mason said.

  • Bevis Funeral donates to Rebuild

    Special to The News

    Bevis Funeral Home donated $5,000 today to REBUILD 850, an initiative to keep the continuing needs of communities in Florida’s Panhandle “front and center” following Hurricane Michael.
    The check was presented by CEO Rocky Bevis and Managing Partner Susie Mozolic to former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who has been instrumental in efforts to challenge area individuals, businesses, and organizations through REBUILD 850 to donate, volunteer, visit, and invest to help the region.

  • Teacher suspended after incident

    Staff Report

    A Wakulla High School teacher was suspended on Tuesday, Dec. 11, after an incident on campus where a window was broken.
    Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce confirmed the incident and said the teacher has been suspended, but said he could not comment further because the matter is under investigation.

  • Riversprings student suspended after social media threat; later charged with burglary

    A Riversprings Middle School student was suspended on Tuesday, Dec. 4 after posting a threatening message on social media.

  • Fatal accident on Woodville Hwy. on Thursday morning

    A 30-year-old Crawfordville man was killed in an early morning car crash on Thursday, Dec. 5.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, about 5:30 a.m., Stephen J. Barry was killed when his car, a 2015 Nissan Versa, ran into the back of a garbage truck on Woodville Highway.

    The garbage truck was reportedly just north of U.S. Highway 98 on Woodville Highway. The crew of the garbage truck – a driver and two passengers – were not reported injured.

  • Christmas in Panacea is cancelled

    Christmas in Panacea has been cancelled for Friday, Dec. 14 with heavy rains in the area and forecast to continue through the night.

    The festival was originally scheduled for Dec. 1 but heavy rains then led the sponsor Waterfronts Florida Panacea to reschedule the event for Dec. 14.

    A message from Waterfronts Panacea committee states: