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Columns

  • EDITORIAL JULY 12, 2018: The News will again co-sponsor a forum

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN

    It’s political season again, and there are a handful of races for local office.
    As in past years, The Wakulla News is teaming with the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce to offer a forum for political candidates to express their views to voters.
    The forum is set for Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wakulla Enviromental Institute.
    Candidates for the county commission and school board are invited to attend.

  • Maybe my phone is a spy

    By ERIN HILL

    I  officially started counting down until school starts back.
    There’s only about four weeks left of summer vacation, and even less than that before my children come back home.
    I’m stuck between missing them and wanting them to come back home, and being thankful for the break.
    I know as soon as they get back all I will hear is “stop” and “she hit me!”

  • Love at first sight

    By SAMUEL MOORE SOBEL

    I never knew I liked cherry wood floors.
    I saw them for the first time last year. Searching for my very first home to own, looking at countless condos and townhomes. Becoming certain that I would never find what I was looking for, largely because I failed to really know. Until my eyes caught a glimpse of those brown floors with a cherry hue. It was love at first sight.

  • Have a fun and safe Fourth of July

    By ERIN HILL

    It’s the 4th of July. For me and my family, the holiday is pretty much the same each year.
    On the night of the third my family usually gets together, and has a cookout at one of my aunts’ houses, and we then head to the Street Dance, which is a huge local block party.
    We see friends and sometimes even family members that we haven’t seen since the previous 4th of July.
    On the morning of the 4th, the younger crew usually heads to the local beach.

  • Armed deputies at schools give a sense of security

    By ERIN HILL

    Last week I watched as 10 local sheriff’s deputies acted out scenarios dealing with an active school shooter.
    I don’t get into debates about gun control, but I can say as a parent that having an armed deputy at my childrens’ schools would give me some sense of security.
    I often mention how fast time passes. My daughter will be in middle school next year, but it doesn’t seem like that long ago she was in kindergarten.

  • EDITORIAL June 21, 2018: Save Crawfordville from a wider 319

    The state Department of Transportation is good at building roads, but terrible at building community.
    That’s evident in DOT’s plans for widening U.S. Highway 319 through downtown Crawfordville.
    The plan includes a footprint for a roadway that is 160 feet wide – four lanes with a raised grass median, bike lanes and sidewalks.
    That’s great for moving traffic. It’s not so great for local businesses.
    That moving traffic isn’t necessarily going to be able to stop at local shops.

  • Still time to vote for Readers Choice

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN

    While it looks like there may be few candidates on the official Wakulla County ballot in August, we have lots of candidates on our Readers Choice ballot.
    We had hundreds of people go online and vote for everything from their favorite grocery store to favorite restaurant.
    For your convenience, the ballot is online at our website thewakullanews.com in addition to the ballot we’ve been running in the print edition of the paper.

    SORRY ABOUT THE GLITCH

  • Saving a puppy is good karma

    By ERIN HILL

    My parents are going to kill me when they read this.
    Although I’m an adult and have my own children, they still chastise me like I’m a third grader when I make reckless decisions.
    Before I get into the not-so-smart decision that I made a few weeks ago, I’ll start with how it all began.
    At a past newspaper job, my previous editor alway gave me advice on life, and tips on things I would have never thought I needed advice on.

  • Bereavement Column May 31, 2018: How do I love thee

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    Wow, have you ever had one of those weeks where it starts in a crazy rush and before you know it, what seemed out of control on Monday, turns out to have actually been the calmest part of the week? That has been my week.

  • Graduation is only the beginning

    By ERIN HILL

    May has been such a busy, and exciting month filled with recitals, plays and graduations.
    Out of May’s 31 days, my niece, who I consider to be my oldest daughter, and my “middle daughter” happen to graduate on the same day in cities 2 hours apart from one another.
    Yes, I plan to be there to see both of them.