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Columns

  • Be election ready!

    By BUDDY WELLS

    Someone (who wasn’t an American) once said, “I love America because America is not just a country, it’s an idea.”
    I couldn’t agree more considering ideas are what our country was founded on. In our continual pursuit of the democratic ideas of our Founding Fathers, the rest of the world looks to us as an example of elections administration and the peaceful transition of power based on the will of the people.

  • Picking out our first family furry pet

    By ERIN HILL

    At the beginning of the summer I told myself I would get my girls a pet before they came back from summer vacation.
    My youngest daughter isn’t a fan of furry animals, at all. They’ve had goldfish before but that didn’t work out too well.
    My oldest daughter won a goldfish at the fair a couple of years ago, so the next day I went and bought a small tank that had a battery operated light at the top.

  • Voting is a citizen’s duty

    By DENISE SPIVEY

    Over a century ago, President Teddy Roosevelt said, “No nation can permanently retain free government unless it can retain a high average of citizenship.” He argued that the first duty of a citizen is to pull their own weight. What does that mean? Among other things, it means voting.

  • Prepare now for the primary election

    By BUDDY WELLS

    Be election ready!    
    We’re ready – are you!!!!?
    Let’s work together for a successful primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
    Primary elections have always been important but a large number of voters do not see them as important – why, I do not know!
    The average turn-out for a primary runs around 30 to 35 percent and I would like to see our county increase that percentage as high as we can!!

  • 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!”

  • 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.

  • 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.