https://www.thewakullanews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Call for bids pulled https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/call-bids-pulled <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wakulla_lodge_-_06-04-18-2_1.jpg" alt="The historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs and other concessions – the restaurant, gift shop and soda fountain – will continue to be managed by Guest Services." title="The historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs and other concessions – the restaurant, gift shop and soda fountain – will continue to be managed by Guest Services." align="left" hspace="6" width="148" height="85" /><p> By WILLIAM SNOWDEN<br /> Editor<br /> <br /> As mysteriously as the Florida Park Service issued a Call for Business Plans to manage Wakulla Springs Lodge, a week before the deadline for submitting business plans, the call was withdrawn.<br /> On the website, the park service noted that &ldquo;Pursuant to Section 7 of the Business Plan Packet for Call for Business Plans SUP-BP #06-18, no Agreement will be awarded as a result of Call for Business Plans SUP-BP #06-18.&rdquo;<br /> State to pursue death penalty against prison inmate for murder https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/state-pursue-death-penalty-against-prison-inmate-murder <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/b01314.jpg" alt="Scottie Allen" title="Scottie Allen" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> By WILLIAM SNOWDEN<br /> Editor<br /> <br /> The state announced it would be pursuing the death penalty against Scottie Allen, the inmate at Wakulla Correctional Institute who is charged with murdering his cellmate last year.<br /> Assistant State Attorney Brian Miller filed the notice that the death penalty would be sought in the case on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Allen&rsquo;s arraignment on charges of first degree murder.<br /> The arraignment was almost a year to the day of the murder &ndash; which occured on Oct. 2, 2017.<br /> Sea turtles released at Shell Point https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/sea-turtles-released-shell-point <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2026.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Staff Report<br /> <br /> Volunteers with Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea released two juvenile sea turtles back into the wild on Thursday, Oct. 4. Both turtles were named after gemstones.<br /> Opal, a Kemp&rsquo;s sea turtle,was found on Mashes Sands Pier. She was taken to Gulf Specimen after swallowing a hook. Opal had scratches on her shell from a shark attack. Opal is a Kemp&rsquo;s ridley sea turtle.<br /> The guardians of Panacea are up https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/guardians-panacea-are <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1983_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Staff Report<br /> <br /> A gigantic blue crab and enormous great white shark now look over Panacea, a town well known for its fishing industry.<br /> The 14-foot, 300-pound blue crab and 27-foot long shark can be seen on the corner of Highway 98 and Rock Landing Road.<br /> Mad Anthony&rsquo;s Restaurant, Rock Landing Marina and Gulf Specimen Aquarium collaborated to get the statues.<br /> Big Bend Hospice - Want to help? https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/big-bend-hospice-want-help <p> October 11, 2018</p> <p> Advisory Council Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Wakulla County. They provide professional expertise and knowledge of the community. They are champions for the Big Bend Hospice mission and provide input on how best to serve community members in need of Hospice care.<br /> The next meeting is at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at TCC Wakulla Campus, 2932 Crawfordville Highway in Crawfordville.<br /> For more information, contact Kate Davis at (850) 878-5310 or catherined@bigbendhospice.org.</p> Underwater Wakulla- October 18, 2018 https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/underwater-wakulla-october-18-2018 <p> <strong>Storm Effects on Our Marine Environment</strong></p> <p> Hurricane Michael has had catastrophic effects on the coastal boundary, as evidenced by massive infrastructure damage, loss of homes and business, power and roads gone. Imagine what has happened underwater along this same coastal boundary. Yes, as on land, it depends upon where the storm struck.</p> WEEKLY ROUNDUP October 11, 2018: Welcome sign at the pearly gates https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/weekly-roundup-october-11-2018-welcome-sign-pearly-gates <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/708.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By DARA KAM<br /> NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA<br /> <br /> TALLAHASSEE &ndash; &ldquo;To say that Dorothy was a welcoming person would be an understatement.&rdquo;<br /> Those were the words of incoming Senate President Bill Galvano reacting to the death of Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who passed away Tuesday after a recurrence of the cervical cancer that kept her away from Capitol for an entire legislative session last year.<br /> FWC Law Enforcement Report October 11, 2018 https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/fwc-law-enforcement-report-october-11-2018 <p> From FWC News<br /> <br /> Some of the cases handled by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement during Sept. 7 to Sept. 20. (There were no Wakulla County cases reported.)<br />