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Columns

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Congratulations Class of 2018

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    Wakulla High School Held it’s 2018 graduation on Friday evening. Loved ones packed J.D. Jones stadium to watch as the 348 graduates receive their diploma.
    This year’s graduating class is the largest in the school’s history.
    Some of the students, laughed, some cried and some laughed while crying as they reminisced on their high school years, and the sun set over the stadium.
    Class President Ethan Brown told his classmates, “You know, we’re pretty unique.”

  • Get ready for the election year

    By BUDDY WELLS

    During the second quarter of an election year, a huge piece of the election puzzle comes together as candidates reach the final weeks of the qualifying process.
    The deadline to submit petitions to the Supervisor of Elections office for all county and state candidates is May 21 at noon.
    Staff will verify and certify all candidate petitions before candidate qualifying begins at noon June 18 and ends at noon on June 22.

  • Cutting the cord

    By ERIN HILL

    I’m always looking for ways to save money. Whether it’s couponing, bargain shopping or growing and catching my own food.
    While I’m not hunting deer or wild hogs  or ringing the necks of farm-raised chickens, I will fish or crab from time-to-time.
    Last year I started a container garden on my front porch, to try to offset the cost of produce.
    My oldest daughter grew pepper plant seedlings at her afterschool program, and brought four of them home.

  • Remembering Mike Kinsey

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN

    Mike Kinsey died last week.
    He was an interesting character – he cared deeply for the people he was around, and had an unending curiosity about the world. He was a craftsman, an artist, a storyteller, an amateur historian, a musician, and a joker.
    I met him when I first started working at The News many years ago. Mike was hale and hearty then, and helped on Wednesdays with unloading papers, preparing them to go out.