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Columns

  • What lazy days?

    While 2019 has just inched into its second half, I think it’s worth pointing out that in a real way, it’s almost over.
    The June 21 solstice announced summer’s official arrival with the longest day of the year, but that means the days are slowly getting shorter and shorter, in an inevitable process that won’t improve until the winter solstice a few days before Christmas.

  • Hurricane season is back

    Despite being clever enough to organize a family evacuation for Irma in 2017 that took five adults, two teenagers, three dogs and three cats to an AirBnB in Vicksburg, Miss., to avoid that storm, for a variety of reasons involving stubbornness, optimism and work, no one in the family wanted to leave town last year during  Hurricane Michael.
    That’s how three of us wound up Oct. 10 in a hurricane shelter in Gadsden County, and my parents sat at home a few miles away watching trees go down around them, all miraculously falling away from their house.

  • Windy gives graduation speech

    By SLIM RANDLES

    Greetings to you, graduates from this here high school, and your families out there who don’t have no caps and gowns like this here one I got and the kids got.
    It is a memorizin’ day when people reach this millstone in their lives, and thass why we’re here to celebrate their futures and culminate stuff down from their prehistory.

  • For Father’s Day, remember men are caregivers too

    From Big Bend Hospice

    Historically, women are the primary caregiver in most families. However, research shows that 40 percent of men are caregivers.
    Whether it is taking care of his parents, his wife, his children, or just a friend, many men these days are finding themselves in the role of taking care of a loved one. The challenging part of being a male caregiver is the majority are still working full time, head of household, and perceived as naturally non-nurturing.

  • Barred owls are common in Wakulla County

    Late spring’s warm nights in Wakulla County are raucous and noisy, especially in the untamed forested expanses.
    The decibel level reaches well above 100 as the non-human residents engage in conversations and social activity at an ear splitting volume.
    Frogs of all sizes and octaves, buzzing locust, and other insects loudly stake out their territory, seek mates, and proclaim their existence as the sun fades in the west. Rare is the species present in the nightly chorus which is muted or reserved in their declarations of intent.

  • Natural Wakulla Dandelions brought to New World by Europeans

    It may be hard to believe now, but there was an epoch before the age of electronic gizmos when children universally awaited the return of warm weather which signaled the end of school was near.
    The balmy temperatures lured most youth into the out-of-doors, each anticipating new adventures and discoveries in the woods and waters of Wakulla County.
    Bare feet and gentle spring breezes combined with idle hours gave the carefree youngsters opportunity to explore the wonders of nature in North Florida.

  • Home Country: Billy the dog visits Pop

    By SLIM RANDLES

    Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.
    The high school wood shop boys built Billy a dog house next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE –From the mundane to the “transformational,” Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature didn’t shy away from controversy during the annual session that wrapped up Saturday.
    To the contrary, GOP lawmakers seemed to embrace it.
    Immigration, school vouchers and felons’ voting rights were just some of the provocative issues that drove thousands of Floridians to the state Capitol to make their voices heard.

  • Hummingbirds have largest appetite of birds

    By Les Harrison

  • WEEKLY & MONTHLY EVENTS

    Mondays
    • FREE RESPITE at Lake Ellen Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch, snacks and social group therapy provided. For info call Pat 984-5277.
    • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets the first Monday of each month at Lake Ellen Baptist Church at 12:30 p.m.
    • BEGINNERS LINE DANCING at the Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays.
    • 4-H HORSEMASTERS CLUB meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Wakulla County Extension Office, Room #1, 84 Cedar Ave. in Crawfordville.