https://www.thewakullanews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Vandalism at village https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/vandalism-village <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vandals1.jpg" alt="Cal Jamison of the Wakulla County Historical Society holds up a window Monday at the scene of damage to some of the historically significant buildings at the Heritage Village." title="Cal Jamison of the Wakulla County Historical Society holds up a window Monday at the scene of damage to some of the historically significant buildings at the Heritage Village." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Vandals damaged two historic structures in Wakulla County Historical Society&rsquo;s Heritage Village Park just north of Crawfordville on Zion Hill Road.<br /> According to Wakulla County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office spokesman Lt. Chris Savary, the damage was reported Tuesday, June 4, and is being investigated as felony criminal mischief and felony burglary.<br /> However, Savary said the damage happened several days before it was reported.<br /> Conflicting accounts of fight https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/conflicting-accounts-fight <p> <br /> After a Wakulla County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office investigation, Assistant State Attorney Brian Miller has declined to prosecute a case of alleged battery involving the county&rsquo;s airport manager, Steve Fults, and a hangar tenant, Randall Dick, due to lack of evidence and lack of an independent witness, according to an offense report.<br /> Feds seek to expand hunting at refuge https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/feds-seek-expand-hunting-refuge <p> <strong>News Service of Florida</strong><br /> <br /> Federal officials have released a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing at 74 national wildlife refuges, including St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge outside Tallahassee.<br /> The proposal for St. Marks, which covers 68,000 acres in Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties, would expand upland and big game hunting to 6,523 acres.<br /> The U.S. Department of the Interior will have to work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the proposed rule change, according to the federal agency.<br /> Better late than never https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/better-late-never <p> <em><strong>By ANA CEBALLOS<br /> NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA</strong></em><br /> <br /> TALLAHASSEE &ndash;After the U.S. House finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster-relief package following three failed attempts, President Donald Trump this week signed the bill to help Northwest Florida and other parts of the country.<br /> Numerous communities in the Panhandle continue to recover after last year&rsquo;s deadly Hurricane Michael, and approval of the federal money comes just as the region braces for this year&rsquo;s hurricane season.<br /> Judge hears some mitigating factors in death penalty case https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/judge-hears-some-mitigating-factors-death-penalty-case <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/b01314_4.jpg" alt="Convicted murderer Scottie Allen" title="Convicted murderer Scottie Allen" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> Wakulla Circuit Judge Ron Flury heard some testimony put on by a court-appointed defense attorney as mitigating evidence against imposition of the death penalty for a state prisoner found guilty of murdering his cellmate.<br /> The hearing was held on Friday, June 7, at the Wakulla County Courthouse.<br /> Sunshine Law violated https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/sunshine-law-violated <p> By WILLIAM SNOWDEN<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> A Wakulla circuit judge found that the Board of County Commissioners improperly discussed public business in a private meeting &ndash; and ordered the county to pay attorney&rsquo;s fees.<br /> Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll issued the finding on May 21 over a lawsuit filed by Steve Fults and Joe Avara over two executive sessions that commissioners held in April of last year to discuss a proposed settlement with Fults and Avara over a Lake Ellen lawsuit.<br /> Wakulla 3rd graders score top in region https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/wakulla-3rd-graders-score-top-region <p> By BETH O&rsquo;DONNELL<br /> Special to The News<br /> <br /> Wakulla County public school third grade scores rank 8th in Florida, 2nd in the Panhandle, and 1st in the Region on the recently released 2019 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA).<br /> By Florida state law, third grade is the only mandatory retention grade. Promotion is based on these ELA state test scores.<br /> Getting ready to vote https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/getting-ready-vote <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/elections4.jpg" alt="Supervisor of Elections Buddy Wells powers up voting machine equipment during the canvassing board’s Logic and Accuracy Test on Tuesday, Jan. 4. " title="Supervisor of Elections Buddy Wells powers up voting machine equipment during the canvassing board’s Logic and Accuracy Test on Tuesday, Jan. 4. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By CHERI HARRIS<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> Since Florida voters approved Amendment 4 to the state&rsquo;s constitution, which allows voting rights to be restored citizens with certain kinds of felonies in their background, Buddy Wells, Wakulla County&rsquo;s elections supervisor, said about 20 to 25 people in the county have had their voting rights restored since the amendment went into effect in January.<br /> &ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t had that many,&rdquo; Wells said.<br />