• Peter Jenkins visits Sopchoppy



    Peter Jenkins sits at a table in Backwoods Bistro in Sopchoppy, occasionally sipping from a glass of wine, entertaining his dinner companions with tales of being on the road. Sometimes he jumps up to greet customers who come in, offering them menus and directing them to order at the restaurant counter.

  • Sharing the secrets of Port Leon



    Ranger Andrew Edel led a group of more than 35 people on a trip to the once-thriving town of Port Leon.

    Founded in 1838 after the town of Magnolia was disbanded, Port Leon was created   to provide shipping for the cotton plantations in the Tallahassee area. The town would only last until 1843 when a hurricane destroyed it.

  • The recently restored old Wakulla County Courthouse hosted a courtroom drama last weekend. Wakulla High Teacher Susan Solberg directed a cast of her students in Ayn Rand's famous play "Night of January 16th."

    The old courthouse was a perfect setting for the 1934 drama which takes place entirely in a courtroom. This is the third time Dramatis Personnae has produced the play and a unique feature which adds to its popularity is the fact that the jury is completey made up of actual members of the audience.

  • The Green Home Tour 2010


    Special to The News

    Sponsored by Sustainable Big Bend, the Green Home Tour began four years ago in conjunction with the Green Living Expo to provide participants with opportunities to both see and experience green technologies in homes and to encourage dialogue and networking between attendees and homeowners.


    Special to The News

    The Fourth Annual Green Living Expo will take place on Saturday, May 8 at Riversprings Middle School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Expo will focus on how to live more sustainably, and offer a variety of educational workshops and exhibits. There will be something for everyone at this free event.


    The start of spring gets people excited about working in the yard. These days, many people want to create yards that are easier to maintain and more eco-friendly but they don’t know where to start. The nation’s lawn and landscape association, the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), offers consumers tips for making their yard and gardens more eco-friendly.


    PLANET offers tips for creating an eco-friendly yard:



    If it seems a little darker than normal in Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey’s office it’s because some of the fluorescent lights have been removed to reduce energy consumption.

    Much of society has adopted a “Go Green” attitude to reduce energy costs and the impact on the planet and the sheriff’s office operation continues to expand energy reduction plans.

  • With all this fabulous weather we’ve had, I hear us all saying, “Thank goodness it’s spring!"

    The days are longer now, and we have time in the evenings to enjoy the outdoors. While you are basking in the sight of beautiful blooms, don’t forget to please your other senses by including fragrance and sound. Choosing plants for their scent, hanging wind chimes and adding the sound of bubbling water will add another element to the pleasure of being in the open air.

    What to Buy / Plant

  • Wakulla Springs hosted the annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20. Over 2,000 guests filled the state park and participated in the festivities.

    On Friday evening, the Festival began with an evening light photography tour. The Wakulla River was used by professional and amateur photographers as they learned how to use late afternoon light to photograph nature, while gliding on a river boat.

  • Drama students at Wakulla High School are getting ready to perform a classic courtroom drama, Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th,” which will be performed at the old courthouse.

    "We are so grateful to the Chamber for this wonderful opportunity to perform in a space that so perfectly fits the era of this classic play," said WHS drama teacher Susan Solburg.

  • By Russell Barbarino, M.S., C.S.C.S., S.C.C.C.

    Question: With it being American Heart Month, I’m curious what dietary changes I should make in order to stave off heart disease? Just trying to be proactive rather than reactive!

    Answer: First of all, kudos for focusing on prevention! As far as diet is concerned, there are definitely some modifications you can make, but to be honest, they aren’t all that new.

  • Giant Yard Sale/Flea Market at Wakulla High School

    Wakulla High School Special Olympics will hold its semi-annual yard sale/flea market event (rain or shine) in the student parking lot at Wakulla High School on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 pm. 

    The 2009 fall event had a huge turnout of buyers. WHS Special Olympics is offering space for $20 for sellers – complete your spring cleaning and all the profit is yours to keep. 

  • The Stephen C. Smith Regatta is scheduled for April 24 and 25 at Shell Point. The event is annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in memory of Stephen Smith, who was a local sailor who died from leukemia at the age of 29.

    The memorial event is presented by the Apalachee Bay Yacht Club, Shell Point Sailboard Club and the American Cancer Society. The event includes offshore racing yachts, dinghies, catamarans and windsurfers.

  • Cocoa is carried by her human, Faith Rayboun, and joined by Celestia Walker at the Big Bend Barkfest held on Saturday, March 6. The event was wildly popular, with more than 1,000 people and pets heading to Wakulla High School to celebrate the dog festival. It began with a parade of formerly homeless dogs – adopted from shelters or rescues – and showcased the many talents and abilities of canines. The event included activities ranging from search and rescue dogs to Frisbee-players to wiener races.

  • Helen Cochran, Staff Assistant at Wakulla Correctional Institution, was taught early on by her mother that it is better to give than to receive. She, along with her co-workers, has taken that lesson to heart.

    For the past several years, Cochran has spearheaded a gift drive to benefit the patients and families of Big Bend Hospice.


    Grand Champion Market Hog belonged to Gabe Barwick. The Reserve Champion market hog was Landon Turner.

    Class Winner I was Cody James. Class Winner II was Mariann Jones. Class Winner III was Louie Jones. Class Winner IV and V was Gabe Barwick. Showmanship award for the 15-16 year old group went to Johnny Piland, 13-14 year old winner was Seth Whiddon, 11-12 year olds was Colton McCulley, 9-10 was Gabe Barwick, and 8 year old was Louie Jones.

  • It’s not every day that siblings in the military converge on the same place at the same time. It’s even less frequent if those siblings don’t serve under the same service flag.

    So when two siblings from different services, one officer and one enlisted, assemble in the same location at the same time, it’s a once in a lifetime occurrence. It happened on Dec. 28, 2009.

  • CD release party at Frog and Hummingbird

     Lon and Lis Williamson at Frog and Hummingbird

    Frank Lindamood plays his Tru-Tone Resonator

    Frog and Hummingbird in Sopchoppy hosted Elisabeth and Lon Williamson and Frank Lindamood last week, who played songs from their new CDs.

  • At first glance, it might not appear to be a subject that would have hosts scurrying for more folding chairs to put out for the crowd. But more than 50 people attended a lecture by Florida State University history professor Andrew Frank at the St. Marks Yacht Club on “Those Who Camp at a Distance: the Seminoles and William Augustus Bowles on the Florida Borderlands.”

  • Even the Wakulla Springs State Park alligators have to be getting a little tired of the weird winter weather that has struck Wakulla County this year. The cold weather has kept the gators searching for the elusive sunny spot in which to keep their bodies warm. There were no complaints from the reptiles last week when the county was splattered with seven inches of rain and residents watched with concern as the waters started to rise. (Photos by Wu LiJuan) Two more shots of winter scenes at Wakulla Springs State Park.