• Allen Stucks of Big Bend Crime Stoppers won the Chamber of Commerce mixer–The Wakulla News paper terminology contest. Stucks correctly guessed eight of the 10 questions and won a football stadium seat cushion last month.

  • The Mighty Mullet has grown even larger for this year’s annual Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival, Saturday Oct. 3 in Panacea, with several new features to entertain the entire family.

    The benefit event in support of the Big Bend Maritime Center will be held at Woolley Park just off Coastal Highway 98 on Dickerson Bay from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission is $3 and children 12 and under will be admitted free.

  • Top left, Mighty Mullet Fashion Show models hope to create some new clothing trends in New York and Europe. Top right, Amy Geiger shows off the latest in western sea wear. Bottom right, Brent Thurmond displays the latest creations from Panacea. Bottom left, J. Harold Thurmond proposed to his wife, Janie Thurmond, a second time at the Mighty Mullet Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3. It was unclear whether she agreed a second time. Fashion show photographs by Amanda Dautry

  • I recently had a lunch date with a young friend in Crawfordville. We were trying to decide where to go and I ran down the list of local possibilities. I mentioned Myra Jean’s and my friend’s eyes lit up and she exclaimed, “Myra Jean’s! That sounds perfect!”

  • Volunteers massed to Keep Wakulla County Beautiful’s coastal sites by the droves on Saturday, Sept. 19 to celebrate the International Coastal Cleanup.

    As the sun was rising over Woolley Park in Panacea, Keep Wakulla County Beautiful Site Captains piled gloves, bags, datacards, pencils and maps at their cleanup locations in St. Marks, Shell Point, Woolley Park and in two locations at Ochlockonee Bay. The Florida Coastal Management Program headed up the Mashes Sand location again this year.

  • A good way to get to know someone is through traveling with them. Stuffed into the back seat of a mini SUV from Pensacola to Sopchoppy on Scenic Highway U.S. 98 with a few stops in between can get you closer to someone. I had that opportunity recently with the legendary Bluesman Sam Lay.

    Driving was Paul Butterfield’s son and drummer, Gabriel Butterfield and riding shotgun was his wife, Salli Squitieri with her black shepherd tucked in at her feet.

  • The Gulf Restoration Network recently released its “Clean Up Your Act!” report card, which grades Gulf of Mexico states on how they implement the Clean Water Act and protect their state waters and public health. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas all received disappointing and unsatisfactory grades for their failure to fully incorporate the Clean Water Act into state policies.

  • The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations and has existed for nearly 100 years.

    The BSA is well known as a program for young people that builds character, trains them in responsibilities of participatory citizenship and emphasizes personal fitness.

    The mission of the Boys Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions over their lifetime by instilling in them good values that are written in the Scout’s oath and law.

  • The warm summer weather and increased boating activity has kept Panacea environmentalist and Gulf Specimen Marine Lab owner Jack Rudloe busy with calls for turtle assistance.

    On Thursday, Aug. 20, Rudloe and his son, Cypress, spent a part of their day assisting a sick loggerhead turtle. The lab hopes to nurse the turtle back to health with the assistance of Veterinarian Dr. Norm Griggs of Shepherd Springs Animal Hospital.

  • Wakulla County resident Corey Benedict a.k.a. D.J. Butch, recently released a solo CD Butch “No Rules.” The CD features the work of T. Pain, a Grammy Award winner and more.

    It is available at Vinyl Fever (recently sold out and restocked) and Empire in the Governor’s Square Mall as well as online at www.cdbaby.com/Butchsongs.

    Benedict was recently featured in the Tallahassee Democrat’s Limelight section.

  • There are many people in Wakulla County who donate their time and love in making the lives of children better. The members of then Quilters Guild of Wakulla County have demonstrated their love for the children of the county in a very real way.

  • Golf tournament

    The ninth annual Dr. Bass’ Large Mouth Open Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 14 at Golden Eagle Country Club. Proceeds will benefit Big Bend Hospice. Individual players and team sponsorships are available for an 8 a.m. shotgun or 1:30 p.m. shotgun. This event funds direct patient care and provides grief support for children and teens in all of the counties served by Big Bend Hospice, including Wakulla.

    For more information contact Laura Glenn at 701-1341 or laurag@bigbendhospice.org.

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    Family and Consumer Sciences/Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension

  • It has been a very busy summer at the library. It seems like only yesterday that we began our annual Summer Reading Program, but now I find myself writing about the last scheduled events. The summer ends with raptors, rockers, recreation, Ridley Sea Turtles and rocky road. Throw in a free book extravaganza and some computer classes and you have the library’s recipe for the dessert to be served before school is back in session on Aug. 13.

  • Shell Point resident and regular The Wakulla News photographic contributor Sue Damon captured different scenes and lighting along the coastal community during her photographic travels.

    The photo at left was taken of the moon while the photo at right is from a framed sunset.

    Shell Point and Wakulla residents hope the rest of the summer is as tranquil as Damon’s photographs.

  • Loyal local farmers bring their hard grown, healthy produce to Purple Martin Nurseries every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  On Tuesday, July 28 there will be a special class on how to make butter at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.  Straight from a Wakulla farm family who raise milk cows.  Jane Ellen Strickland will be giving a demonstration on how to make butter in a blender from the cream of her Jersey cow.

  • Jim Stokley, who lost election to the county commission by a handful of votes last year, was sworn-in this week to a seat on the Sopchoppy City Commission, replacing longtime city commissioner Martha Hodge Evans.

    There were three seats open on the commission this year, but Evans did not seek another term. With only three candidates qualifying to run, there was no need for a city election.

  • The 33rd annual 4th of July Independence Day Celebration hosted by the City of Sopchoppy Saturday, July 4th was a great success, with thousands of people collectively attending the downtown parade and the City Park fireworks and festivities.

    More than 40 floats, vintage vehicles and various parade entries made the march down Rose Street in front of spectators who applauded as they passed through the city. In spite of the July heat and humidity, spirits were high and participants in the parade awaited lineup patiently while the downtown audience gathered with anticipation.

  • Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) announces the selection of Jane E. Johnson to serve as Executive Director of the North Central Division.

    Under Johnson’s leadership, the organization will continue providing a myriad of child abuse prevention and intervention programs to children and families in the Big Bend, including Wakulla.

  • Trenton native and Crawfordville resident Mike Kinsey has visited The Wakulla News office for years. He enjoys talking about the community news and his activities with staff members and occasionally brings in pieces of his artwork.

    Last week was one of those weeks when he finished a project and brought it in for our enjoyment.

    His “Kinsey Mill” is on display on our front counter. The mill is modeled after pictures of mills that Mike remembered in his mind rather than one specific mill. The cypress wood creation has real glass windows and a detailed interior.