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  • Coventry Horse Farm put on the Annual Horse Show and Luau to benefit the Caring Tree Program of Big Bend Hospice.

  • Captain Richard Lynn Rhea was named as the recipient of the Seventh Annual Leon Nettles Citizen Appreciation Award on Sunday, May 31.

    Captain Rhea was a dedicated volunteer firefighter who was killed in the line of duty at the scene of a car accident in Crawfordville in January. The award was announced at the annual meeting of Concerned Citizens of Wakulla, Inc. (CCOW).

  • Like many residents of North Florida, Judy Conlin has a story about how she arrived in the state. New York was her home before she was recruited by the Florida Department of Education to come to the Tallahassee area.

    She was employed by the Department of Education in Albany, N.Y. following a stellar career at the State University of New York in Buffalo where she graduated with a nursing degree with the highest grade point average.

  • Have you ever wondered why our area’s shallow bays make such good habitat for scallops?

    It’s because of our healthy seagrass beds, according to Dr. Steve Geiger of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Dr. Geiger has been monitoring shellfish for more than two decades. At a lecture he gave May 14 at the FSU Marine Lab, he explained how scallops depend on seagrass.

  • On Saturday, May 9, a very unusual vehicle was found parked near Posey’s in St. Marks. At first it looked like something from outer space. Approaching it with caution, two men were spotted with it. Curiosity took over and it was time for a closer look. I had to stop and ask about this unusual looking vehicle.

    Marcelo da Luz was lost. He had made a wrong turn and wound up in St. Marks. The strange vehicle was a Solar Car he had built himself. He started his journey in Buffalo, N.Y. and drove to the Arctic Circle then down to San Diego.

  • When we hear the words “caregiver” or “Alzheimer’s” in Wakulla County, one person comes to mind. That person is Pat Ashley. For many years, Pat has worked closely with the caregivers and families of Wakulla County who have loved ones suffering from Dementia. She provides them with support, orientation and facilitates for the Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings of Wakulla that she established. As a previous caregiver, Ashley understands the challenges of caring for a loved one who suffers from Dementia. The May 7 meeting of this group was special.

  • Wood sculptor Marlin Miller, who has gained considerable notoriety for his works in response to Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast, was in Panacea for the Blue Crab Festival where he carved an eagle on a cedar perch throughout the day. The work was then donated to the Wakulla Welcome Center, where it will be displayed.

  • With great anticipation many young people from Wakulla High School, Wakulla Middle School, and Riversprings Middle School were waiting patiently for a very special night that came on April 18. It was a Saturday that promised to be “A Night to Remember,” and that it was.

  • The 2009 Wakulla County Relay for Life committee brought together cancer survivors and caregivers, corporate sponsors, and community participants for an 18 hour Oscar-themed event on the Wakulla High School track April 17 and April 18.

  • This week we display photography contributors Ron Piasecki, Frank Thornton and Leslie Thornton’s waterfowl photographs from recent trips to the coast and Wakulla Springs.

    Ron Piasecki took a photo of a yellow crown night heron, top left, on a recent trip to visit nature. A male and female wood duck kept a close eye on Frank Thornton, top right, as he captured their images in a quiet pose. Thornton also photographed a St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge pelican, middle, shortly after takeoff from a county pond.

  • The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge held a photographic contest in late 2008 and winners were selected in early 2009 in three categories, Small Wonders, Wildlife on the Refuge and Landscape of the Refuge.

    The contest was held in two divisions, adults and youths. The two Best of Show entries belong to Diana Robertson for youths and Judy Lyle for adults. Their artwork appears on Page 1A of this issue.

    Some of the artwork entered in the contest has been reproduced on this page.

  • Big Bend Hospice of Wakulla/Franklin Counties is providing another free “Lunch and Learn” on Tuesday, March 24 at the TCC Wakulla Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • A 375-pound male black bear with a penchant for beachfront browsing was on dry land Saturday, June 28 after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist pulled the tranquilized animal from Gulf of Mexico waters in Florida’s Panhandle.

    “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I jumped in,” said biologist Adam Warwick, who saw the bear struggling in the warm Gulf waters after it had been hit with a tranquilizer dart.

  • In conjunction with the annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival, scheduled this year April 2-4, 2009 at Wakulla Springs State Park, The Wakulla News is hosting our 2nd annual Wakulla Wildlife Photography Contest. Details and an entry form for submitting your photo follow:

    • All entries must be RECEIVED by the The Wakulla News by: Friday, February 20, 2009.

    Judges will pick winners in the Best Wildlife Photo category.

  • More information and entry form

    The Wakulla News will feature the Second Annual Wakulla Wildlife Photo Contest in 2009.

    All entries must be received by the The Wakulla News by: Friday, Feb. 20. Judges will pick winners in the Best Wildlife Photo category.

  • With Tallahassee seeking federal money to upgrade its sewage treatment plant, Wakulla Springs supporters now are focusing more attention on the threat to groundwater posed by septic tanks.

    Wakulla Springs has become choked with weeds and algae in the past decade as nitrogen levels in groundwater increased. Scientists say nitrogen sources include Tallahassee’s sewage treatment plants, septic tanks, fertilizer use and dirty stormwater runoff.

  • Crawfordville phtotgrapher David Damon “shot” groups of re-enacters creating the Battle of Natural Bridge March 7 and March 8 near Woodville.

    The 32nd Annual Re-Enactment commemorated the 1865 Civil War confrontation that preserved Tallahassee as the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River to avoid Union Army control.

    In addition to the soldiers re-enacting the battle, the Civil War Civilians presented a Battleground Field Hospital demonstration allowing members of the society to show off skills of the 19th century.

  • Submitted by Paul Johnson, President,

    Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce.

    This Friday night, April 17, on the 6 p.m. Evening

    News with Katie Couric, the 9th Annual

    Sopchoppy Worm Grunting Festival will be the

    featured segment on Assignment America with

    Steve Hartman.

    Hartman and his crew spent last Saturday

    afternoon mingling with locals and fi lming the

    festival in Sopchoppy for the short segment.

    Hartman many times returns to locations previously

    featured by the infamous traveling news

  • See slideshow following story

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN

    wsnowden@thewakullanews.net

    It’s hard to miss Sherry Royce’s house: huge elephant ears three feet across and eight feet high mark the driveway, and the yard looks like a big tropical bloom where butterflies and hummingbirds flutter about.

    Three of Royce’s cats lounge on the front porch as she describes her garden on a humid morning.

  • Christy Britt won an online Sprint/Nextel contest for a trip to Los Angeles where she was on the red carpet for the Emmys as a co-host along with an announcer from Project Runway.

    Britt said she was excited about the trip, and took along friend June Lee of Skybox. The pair left Crawfordville Saturday, Sept. 20, and flew from Tallahassee to Memphis and on to California.