https://www.thewakullanews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Economic development staff? https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/economic-development-staff <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/john_shuff_5_x7_image.jpg" alt="EDC Chair John Shuff was among those pitching paid staff to pursue local economic development." title="EDC Chair John Shuff was among those pitching paid staff to pursue local economic development." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> By JOE BERG<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> At a workshop on Monday, April 15, members of the Wakulla County Commission received a report and presentation from the Economic Development Council and Opportunity Florida that highlighted the need for a paid economic development officer within the county.<br /> It was the culmination of several months of work between the EDC, Opportunity Florida, and other development stakeholders in the community.<br /> Jazz (and Peeps) in the Park https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/jazz-and-peeps-park <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3800.jpg" alt="Library patrons made dioramas using Peeps for the event and, after the judging, they made Peep S’mores while the Thomas University Jazz Ensemble performed." title="Library patrons made dioramas using Peeps for the event and, after the judging, they made Peep S’mores while the Thomas University Jazz Ensemble performed." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Story and Photos By<br /> KRYSTAL SHEPPARD<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> Last Friday night marked the end of a really long week for me and my daughters. Between horseback riding lessons, geometry tests, 10 pages of poetry, dance classes, field trips, study sessions lasting past midnight and a trip to the pediatrician to rule out broken fingers, we were all ready to relax!<br /> &nbsp;I read in Week In Wakulla about the public library&rsquo;s free jazz concert, Peeps diorama contest and Peeps S&rsquo;mores roast in the park. It all sounded like fun.<br /> Deputy in traffic crash on 319 and Bloxham Cutoff https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/deputy-traffic-crash-319-and-bloxham-cutoff <p> A Wakulla County Sheriff&#39;s deputy was involved in a traffic crash just before midnight on Wednesday, April 10 at U.S. Highway 319 and Bloxham Cutoff.</p> <p> According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jonathan Kendrick, 30, of Crawfordville, was approaching the light at the intersection, traveling west on Bloxham Cutoff in his marked 2014 Chevrolet pickup and collided with a 1995 Ford F350 pickup driven by Denzel Savary, 21, of Tallahassee, which was headed south on 319.</p> <p> The FHP report does not indicate who was at fault in the crash.</p> Worm Gruntin' Festival in Sopchoppy draws a crowd https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/worm-gruntin-festival-sopchoppy-draws-crowd <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4558.jpg" alt="Corbin Kinsey tries worm gruntin’." title="Corbin Kinsey tries worm gruntin’." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Story and Photos By<br /> LINDA ANN McDONALD<br /> News Correspondent<br /> <br /> The 19th annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin&rsquo; Festival was held on Saturday, April 13 with the largest crowd to attend to date.<br /> The family fun event is a fundraiser for the Sopchoppy Preservation and Improvement Association.<br /> SPIA recently announced the establishment of the Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin&rsquo; Festival Scholarship Program. SPIA will award one $1,000 scholarship each year to a high school student from the Sopchoppy area at the annual festival.<br /> Delays for homes on St. Marks waterfront https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/delays-homes-st-marks-waterfront <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/modular-april10-2019-1_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> By JOE BERG<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> ST. MARKS &ndash; Months after the concept of a new housing development along the St. Marks River was first proposed, the project remains mired in zoning challenges with the city, and has hardly moved.<br /> Last June, developer John Lindner brought to the city commission a proposal for a new development on the site of the former Posey&rsquo;s Oyster Bar, located on the waterfront just to the west of Riverside Cafe and across from the St. Marks trailhead.<br /> Nightly closures set for work on 319 https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/nightly-closures-set-work-319 <p> Special to The News<br /> <br /> Motorists traveling U.S. 319 (Crawfordville Highway) will encounter intermittent lane closures both northbound and southbound from C.J. Spears Road to Lonnie Raker Lane beginning Monday, April 22 and continuing until Monday, May 6.<br /> The closures will be in effect each night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The lane closures will allow crews to install drainage across the mainline roadway.<br /> Easter Egg Hunt at Hudson Park https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/easter-egg-hunt-hudson-park-0 <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cam_britt_age_4.jpeg" alt="Cam Britt, age 4." title="Cam Britt, age 4." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /> Easter Egg Drop in Panacea https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/easter-egg-drop-panacea <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_3120.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Lots of people turned out for Saturday Egg Drop at Woolley Park, hosted by Panacea Waterfronts.</p>