• A new study that analyzes how Google uses and benefits from news found that news is a key source on which Google has increasingly relied to drive consumer engagement with its products. The amount of news in Google search results ranges from 16 to 40 percent, and the platform received an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from crawling and scraping news publishers’ content – without paying the publishers for that use.

  • The community has been rife with rumors of Publix coming to Crawfordville.
    We know that there are competing landowners and developers making pitches to the Lakeland-based grocery chain to build and operate a store here.
    But unofficial word is that there are no plans at this time for the chain to open a local store.
    One of those competing developers shared part of an email with me from a Publix official who wrote that talk of a new store in Crawfordville is “a rumor.”
    There are no plans right now to build a store in Crawfordville.

  • I had the opportunity to take myself on a road trip to Savannah, Ga., last week for a college graduation. I rented a car for a variety of reasons, and I let the rental company pick what I would be driving because it saved a little money. I always like the opportunity to take different vehicles on extended test drives.
    This time instead of putting me in something a little bigger than I wanted, such as a full-size pickup truck, I was in a much smaller vehicle - it had four doors but my suitcase barely fit in the tiny space revealed by pulling up the hatchback.

  • Wakulla County Schools’ third graders scored first in the region, second in the Panhandle and eighth among the  67 counties in the state for Florida Standards Assessments.
    It’s continuing a tradition of excellence at Wakulla schools.
    For years, the district has maintained an “A” grade for its schools.
    The high achievement of Wakulla students is a credit to teachers and a school district that is truly motivated to do what’s best for the kids.


    Most Florida residents have an impression of our forests as dense thickets, difficult for walking, and almost impossible to see through. Yet early explorers described them as “miles and miles of tall stately trees with a park-like understory. This original forest has all but disappeared from Florida without our noticing. Our baseline has shifted.

  • Last year I watched with pride as the teenage boy in my house walked down the aisle with the rest of his class at graduation.
    He did it – by the skin of his teeth, sometimes willingly, often not – so often, in fact, that it was a full two days after his official graduation that he finished his online biology course — a pesky little reminder that his freshman year was so tough it took him the next three years to recover.

  • Oct. 10, 2018, will forever be a mark on the history of North Florida. It was the day Hurricane Michael barreled through my home town, leaving it unrecognizable. It’s been seven months since that day, and we’re still picking up the pieces in Port St. Joe, as are my neighbors in Gulf, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin and Liberty counties. And while we continue to rebuild, we must also prepare for what could come next – hurricane season starts June 1.


    If I say it’s that time of year again, do you think, graduation? baseball? hurricanes?
    Well, yes, it’s time for all of the above, but it’s also time for our wildly popular Readers Choice ballot.
    Every year we tally up the thousands of votes for everybody’s favorite everything – restaurants, banks, real estate companies, grocery stores, etc. and etc.
    Some businesses get pretty competitive for the bragging rights, and we have certain businesses who have dominated the voting year after year.

  • Staff Report

    The Wakulla Chamber of Commerce will honor three businesswomen for their contributions to the community.
    The categories for businesswomen are established, mid-career and emerging.
    To submit a nomination, email it to editor@thewakullanews.net or mail it to P.O. Box 307, Crawfordville FL 32326; or petra@wakullacountychamber.com. The nominee does not need to be a member of the Chamber.
    A May 16 event to honor the winners will be held at Wakulla Environmental Institute.


  • Special to The News

  • Editor, The News:

    As you all know, Oct. 12, 2018 was a day that changed a lot of lives. Hurricane Michael literally devastated Mexico Beach.
    Panama City as well as Port St. Joe will take years to recover. Inland cities throughout the Panhandle and into Georgia defy Michael’s wrath.
    My wife Debbie and I have, or should I say had, a kayak and bike outpost business on the St. Joe Bay. Our house was built on pilings 12 feet above ground. The tidal surge under our house was 8 feet. We lost everything that wasn’t tied down.


    One of the most suprising results from Tuesday night’s elections was the number of undervotes in the two local county commission races.
    Undervotes, of course, are those ballots that do not include votes in a certain race.
    It wasn’t the county commission races that were getting people to the polls – people were going to vote in the races for U.S. Senate and Governor.
    And Wakullans went overwhelmingly for the Republican candidates.

  • Editor, The News:

    I was cleared of federal charges of exceeding camping limits in Apalachicola State Forest.
    I am a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran who lives in my RV and move my camper around to different locations.
    I believe the charges were retaliation for complaints I made about garbage in the forest.

    Stephen Williams

  • Editor, The News:

    Out of the blue, I got a phone call at 9:55 this morning, Nov. 13, as I was walking in the back door. It was another scam call going around that’s worth reporting.
    The voice with a Spanish accent asked, “Are you Susan?”
    I said yes.
    “Mr. Roberts has been in an accident. He’s OK. He’s not hurt. He ran over my little nephew pulling out of the gas station.”

  • Editor, The News:

    For nearly two weeks President Trump was straddling a delicate and important trip through Asia – a trip that required stamina, diplomacy, awareness of the cultures of five very different Asian countries, and a steadfastness to American values. The President had to promote his “America First” trade concerns while leveraging support from Asian leaders to rein in North Korea.

  • We were not quite newcomers to Ochlockonee Bay. When you realize you have come full circle in your life, you notice. My husband and I were newlyweds. We were traveling down the coastal highway toward the gulf towns in Mississippi. We stayed overnight at the Holiday Campground and saw the bay flow into the Gulf. We viewed a fin out in the water and debated whether it was a shark or a dolphin. The water shimmered like diamonds. The soft sunset fell into the bay. It was gorgeous.

  • Editor, The News:

    The road sides of Hwy. 98 are now mowed. Thanks to Commissioner Mike Stewart for putting out lives and the lives of wildlife before the wild flowers.

    Ann Mock

  • Editor, The News:

    “Southern Pride” is a newly formed group of men and women who are descendants of Confederate soldiers and officers. We are not ashamed of our heritage and culture and wish to preserve it by adopting the statues of our heroes that are being removed from parks and other places.
    We would like to relocate them to our new Confederate Memorial Garden, which is on a 5-acre tract of land on a bluff overlooking the Wakulla River. This is on private property.

  • Editor, The News:

    Seeing, and hearing about, all the new construction taking place in Wakulla County makes me wonder how all this new growth will be paid for. The only answer I come up with is that current Wakulla County taxpayers will see their taxes increase. Is this the case? I ask for help in understanding this timely and complex issue.