https://www.thewakullanews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Vaping at school https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/vaping-school <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2652_1.jpg" alt="Some of the different types of electronic cigarettes seized at the school this year." title="Some of the different types of electronic cigarettes seized at the school this year." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By ERIN HILL<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> Experts say electronic cigarette use among teens has become a nationwide epidemic. Wakulla High School administrators have wasted no time cracking down on it.<br /> &ldquo;We believe the popularity grew over the summer,&rdquo; said WHS Principal Michael Barwick.<br /> Assistant Principal of Instructional Services Sherry Lohmeyer said compared to the state and national level, WHS is not hitting the same numbers, percentage wise, when it comes to vaping.<br /> Playing in the snow with the sheriff https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/playing-snow-sheriff <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sherriff_miller_in_the_snow_with_kiddos_2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="175" height="85" /><p> The Wakulla County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office annual Christmas in the Park was held Friday, Dec. 7, and a big crowd turned out to celebrate the season &ndash; there was artificial snow and a visit from Santa Claus. Sheriff Jared Miller got in on the fun, above, joining kids in the snow. See more photos of the fun by clicking this link! <a href="https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/wakulla-county-sheriffs-office-christmas-park-2018">WCSO Christmas in the park 2018</a></p> Planning says no to Cutchin https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/planning-says-no-cutchin <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2787.jpg" alt="Developer Gene Cutchin addresses the planning commission." title="Developer Gene Cutchin addresses the planning commission." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By ERIN HILL<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> Members of the Planning Commission shot down plans for two new subdivisions near the intersection of East Ivan Road and Wakulla-Arran Road for the second time this year.<br /> There was standing- room only in the commission chambers as people came out in opposition to the project.<br /> Confidential informant case settled before trial https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/confidential-informant-case-settled-trial <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/justin_wayne_jackson_1.jpg" alt="Justin Wayne Jackson" title="Justin Wayne Jackson" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> By WILLIAM SNOWDEN<br /> Editor<br /> <br /> Confidential informant Justin Jackson settled his federal lawsuit a week before his case was to go to trial in Tallahassee &ndash; reportedly taking an offer of $250,000.<br /> Jackson was an informant for the Wakulla County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office in October 2015 when&nbsp; he was used for a drug bust in Crawfordville. The sheriff&rsquo;s office quickly sent out a press release to area media touting the bust, including Jackson&rsquo;s mugshot, and then held him in jail for five days.<br /> ‘Messiah’ is performed https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/%E2%80%98messiah%E2%80%99-performed <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2742_0.jpg" alt="The Wakulla Community Chorus keeps tradition alive with the 18th annual presentation of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 9." title="The Wakulla Community Chorus keeps tradition alive with the 18th annual presentation of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 9." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By ERIN HILL<br /> Staff Writer<br /> <br /> Hundreds of people filled the pews of Sopchoppy United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 9 to listen to the music and voices of the Wakulla Community Chorus performing George Frideric Handel&rsquo;s &ldquo;Messiah.&rdquo;<br /> The Wakulla Community Theatre presented the Wakulla Community Chorus&rsquo; 18th performance of &ldquo;Messiah,&rdquo; which was conducted by Director Reba Mason.<br /> &ldquo;I thought it was just awesome, and one of the best, if not the best, that we&rsquo;ve performed,&rdquo; Mason said.<br /> Bevis Funeral donates to Rebuild https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/bevis-funeral-donates-rebuild <img src="https://www.thewakullanews.com/sites/www.thewakullanews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/check_presentation_2.jpg" alt="Susie Mozolic and Rocky Bevis present check to former Rep. Gwen Graham." title="Susie Mozolic and Rocky Bevis present check to former Rep. Gwen Graham." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Special to The News<br /> <br /> Bevis Funeral Home donated $5,000 today to REBUILD 850, an initiative to keep the continuing needs of communities in Florida&rsquo;s Panhandle &ldquo;front and center&rdquo; following Hurricane Michael.<br /> The check was presented by CEO Rocky Bevis and Managing Partner Susie Mozolic to former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who has been instrumental in efforts to challenge area individuals, businesses, and organizations through REBUILD 850 to donate, volunteer, visit, and invest to help the region.<br /> Teacher suspended after incident https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/teacher-suspended-after-incident <p> Staff Report<br /> <br /> A Wakulla High School teacher was suspended on Tuesday, Dec. 11, after an incident on campus where a window was broken.<br /> Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce confirmed the incident and said the teacher has been suspended, but said he could not comment further because the matter is under investigation.</p> Riversprings student suspended after social media threat; later charged with burglary https://www.thewakullanews.com/content/riversprings-student-suspended-after-social-media-threat-later-charged-burglary <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> A Riversprings Middle School student was suspended on Tuesday, Dec. 4 after posting a threatening message on social media.</p>