• BEREAVEMENT COLUMN Nov.15 , 2018: Give to help save others


    When I first entered funeral service, I did not realize the impact funeral homes have within the community. In college, my professors would talk about the politics of owning a funeral home.
    Now that I own one, I see the opportunities to help make the community at large, a better place.
    Yesterday, as I sat in the great room of my funeral home, two women entered. They introduced themselves and stated they were walking my city looking for people who needed help.

  • November is National Hospice Month

    Special to The News

    Each of us has unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs. That is never more evident than when confronted with a serious illness.
    For 35 years, Big Bend Hospice (BBH) has based our care on respecting the patient’s desires and empowering the caregiver/family.
    November is National Hospice Month. BBH welcomes this opportunity to let our neighbors know that there is an option when there is no cure.
    Patients have the right to manage their pain and to live their last days to the fullest extent possible.

  • BEREAVEMENT COLUMN Nov. 8, 2018: Failure produces success


    Death can be a frightening, lonely, and painful experience. I see death every day of the week.
    Of late, I have found the number of proportionate deaths within the generations younger than my own, soaring.  These deaths seem directly related to lifestyles that have negatively affected physical and/or mental health.
    It seems that a good number of prime-aged adults either do not realize or do not care about consequences related to actions and choices – even when that consequence is death.

  • On the need for a special session

    By SEN. BILL

    Anyone who surveys the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Michael across a large swath of Northwest Florida communities is shocked by the enormity of the damage to thousands of families, homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and to life itself in this wonderful region of our state. It took just a few hours for this powerful storm to leave behind a twisted trail of tragedy that will require many years of work to return to normalcy, if that’s even possible.

  • Hurricane Michael taught important lessons


    It’s been almost a month since Hurricane Michael ripped through the Panhandle leaving many of my family members and friends, among countless others jobless and homeless.
    My niece and my cousin, who both decided to stay and ride out the storm in Panama City said they didn’t think they  were going to make it.
    My parents said  that was their last time staying through a storm.
    The detailed, first person accounts and photos shared on social media don’t nearly compare to seeing it in person.

  • Vote no on proposed amendments

    This is among the worst crop of proposed constitutional amendments put in front of voters.
    The state constitution should reflect the people’s bedrock principles for their government. In the past, it’s given us protection for pregnant pigs and the net ban.
    Every voter should cast a wary eye on these amendments – each is a minefield of special interests and good-sounding ideas that don’t belong in the constitution.

  • BEREAVEMENT COLUMN Oct. 25, 2018: Enduring love, enduring pain


    Earlier this year, when we lost our grandson, our family agreed that the best place to bury him was at our funeral home.
    My husband and I reside in our funeral home. Mikey Joe is buried just outside of our great room window. The location of his grave places him beside us when we sit to eat our meals and relax before retiring to bed. This closeness allows me to tend to my grandson’s needs, just as I do for any of my grandchildren.

  • BEREAVEMENT COLUMN October 11, 2018: The miracle of hope


    Through my research this weekend, I came upon an interesting story about suicide prevention. The article showcased a young man who was contemplating suicide. Unlike many persons in that state of mind, he reached out to his family and community. The article encouraged all to reach out, and rather than judge, offer support and love to those who might be contemplating or have attempted suicide.

  • Join Big Bend Hospice’s advisory council


    Big Bend Hospice has inspired hope for patients and families for more than 35 years, but the compassionate care we provide is only possible through strong community support.
    Each day in Wakulla County, BBH employees, volunteers and donors work together to provide excellent medical care and support to families experiencing serious illness and grief. These dedicated individuals are your friends and neighbors living in Crawfordville and the surrounding communities.

  • Senior Center relies on financial reserves

    By R.H. CARTER

    The senior citizens of Wakulla County who choose to spend much of their day in the Wakulla Senior Center are served Monday through Friday excluding holidays. All that qualify for transportation are served as needed.
    The financial stability of our Senior Citizens Center relies on the reserves that we have. Our average monthly cost exceeds $125,000. The reimbursement from state and federal grants are received after the end of each month’s expenditures. If we had no reserves, we would be absolutely broke at the end of each month.