• Youth deeer hunt set at refuge Dec. 2-4

    Special to The News

    Are you between the ages of 12 and 17 years old and would like to participate in a deer hunt, but don’t have someone who knows how to deer hunt, or don’t have a place to hunt? Then this news is for you!
    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in coordination with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Youth Hunting Program of Florida is hosting the annual deer hunt on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Prescribing Nature – new training offers physicians unique remedy

    By Robin Will

    When was the last time a doctor or nurse asked you about how much time you or your child spend outdoors?
    Questions for children center around the amount of time spent indoors, physical activity and the use of technology. Yet, research is growing to show exposure to green space can positively affect our health just as other lifestyle factors.

  • In Maine, just say no to Question 3!


    Joe and I have been driving around Maine, enjoying the changing of the maple leaves from deep green to brilliant oranges, yellows and reds. It would be a glorious time of year, except. Except it’s darn cold in the mornings. When it gets around 40 degrees in the morning, it’s time to hustle back to Florida.
    We’ve seen lots of simple signs along the sides of the roads. The signs say “Vote No on Question 3.”
    What is Question 3?
    We happened by a gun shop (what’s new?) and asked the owner.

  • Signs all over Wakulla, including pines

    There are signs everywhere in Wakulla County. Some provide information, others offer products for sale, and many encourage the reader to vote for a particular candidate.
    Each in its own way provides some sort of information. It is up to the viewer to determine if the message is worth anything or just a waste of time.

  • Fall wildflowers know it’s autumn

    It is hard to believe, and the weather is no indication of the change, but today is the first official day of fall. The autumnal equinox is an indication, at least on the calendar, of cooler weather to come, hopefully soon.
    Many of the native wildflowers are a reflection of this celestial based change, no matter what the thermometer reads. They are providing late summer/early fall color.  

  • Underwater Wakulla- September 22, 2016

    When faced with a crisis, there is no difference in the outcome regarding where it happens, above or below the water. Crisis management is a matter of prioritizing resources in a time sensitive environment.

  • Underwater Wakulla- September 15, 2016

    A Storm Underwater by Gregg Stanton



    “I’m only selling it because I want to buy a Ford F150 pickup,” he says.
    “This gun belonged to my great, great, great grandfather. It used to be the cream of the crop shotgun. Now it’s just a wallbanger.”
    He takes the double barrel muzzle-loading shotgun off the shop wall and hands it to Joe. (ahem!)
    Joe hands it to me. I pull back one of the two hammers. The nipples where the caps would go are worn down. Badly.

  • Underwater Wakulla- September 8, 2016

    Lionfish Invitational at the Texas Flower Garden Banks.

  • Creeping indigo is an invasive brought in as forage

    The term creeping has many negative implications. It conveys sneaky behavior with potentially malevolent intent.
    The definition of creeping could be updated to the equivalent of internet stalking. It means to pursue or follow someone in a persistent, secretive way.
    By doing so, the goal is to advance gradually and unnoticed, then infringe on some aspects of the target’s existence. In Wakulla County’s botanical population, both native and exotic, is under threat daily from a creeping plant.