Wakulla County

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A wild fire burning about 4-miles southwest of Tallahassee is about 60-percent contained. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Forest Service officials are warning motorists to use caution when driving in smoky areas.

Wakulla County Deputies Receive Medals Of Heroism

Jan 18, 2018
The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott honored two sheriff’s deputies Thursday with a Medal of Heroism.

Deputies Matt Hedges and Brandon Sheffield were responding to a house fire last February when they heard a man’s cries for help. The deputies protected him from the fire until it was safe for him to be moved. Though the victim suffered severe burns, he survived. Governor Rick Scott honored the deputies at a Florida Cabinet meeting Thursday. 

Wakulla County Sheriff's office

New details are emerging into Tuesday’s capture of Casey Martina, one of three Wakulla County inmates who escaped the local jail last week. He was caught in North Carolina.

Wakulla County Sheriff's office

Three inmates who escaped the Wakulla County Jail last week are still at large.  Local authorities believe they may no longer be in the area.

Wakulla County Sheriff's office

Law enforcement agencies in the Florida Panhandle are helping Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies as they continue to search for three inmates who escaped around midnight this morning. 


Motorists driving in Wakulla County should watch out for smoke, after a prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest Monday.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
Nick Evans

People in Wakulla County want to see education and environmental legislation when lawmakers get back to work next month.

City of Tallahassee Twitter

Starting Tuesday, Wakulla County residents who want to get rid of waste and debris related to Irma can now bring them to their local landfill.

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Starting Thursday, blue crab harvesters can no longer have their traps in North Florida waters. The goal is for Florida wildlife officials to use that 10-day period to get rid of lost and abandoned blue crab traps, which can have a negative impact on the environment and boaters.

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County and state officials are investigating reports of vandalism at North Florida oyster farms. According to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, navigational markers were tampered with at oyster aquaculture operations in Skipper Bay. 

Bear-Resident Trash Cans For Wakulla County Residents

Jun 23, 2017
Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

Wakulla County residents will now be able to keep their garbage safe from bears in the area, thanks to a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Wakulla River
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Wakulla County leaders are applauding more than $6 million worth of local projects in this year’s budget.  But the governor hasn’t begun vetoing provisions.

Sarah Mueller / WFSU

Two North Florida lawmakers met with Wakulla County residents Thursday to hear their concerns ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

Florida Channel

Florida prison officials say they’re looking to enhance the mental health treatment of inmates—particularly in the Panhandle. But, they need to hire more than 100 employees to meet that goal. Kim Banks is the Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections.

MGN Online

More Florida residents are now eligible for Federal Assistance following Hurricane Hermine. Officials expanded their coverage zone to include two more North Florida Counties.

Gwen Graham's twitter

North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is asking federal officials to expand President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration for Florida counties affected by Hurricane Hermine.

MGN Online

President Barack Obama has announced a disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Hermine.

Talquin Electric works to restore power in Wakulla County following Hurricane Hermine. 99 percent of the county was without power after the storm.
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Hundreds of trees in Wakulla County are down and dozens of power lines are as well. Emergency Management officials are warning the public to be cautious.


During hurricane season, the only thing that’s consistent is inconsistency.

That’s why local emergency management directors worry the lull in landfall hurricanes has made Florida residents downplay the threat.

KKK Fliers Found In Wakulla County

Nov 25, 2015
WCSO's website

Homeowners in one Crawfordville community found sixty plus Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers in their neighborhood Sunday. 


As the 2015 Legislative session quickly approaches, local lawmakers are asking constituents for their thoughts throughout the week. Wakulla County legislative delegation met Tuesday.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) and Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) led Tuesday’s Wakulla County legislative delegation meeting. Montford says education popped up among the biggest concerns.

MGN Online

Residents have until Saturday to vote early ahead of the August 26th primary election. And, depending on the area, it could end at different times.

For example, in Bay County, early voting will end at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Leon and Wakulla counties' will end at 6 in the evening.

To participate in the primary, voters must have registered to vote on or before July 28th.

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A controversial repeal of a Wakulla County wetlands protection ordinance is set to take effect in about a week.

While a public vote on whether to repeal the ordinance is on the November ballot, Monday’s Wakulla County commission vote centered around what should be done during the months leading up to the referendum. And, in a 4 to 1 decision, commissioners repealed the ordinance requiring a 75-foot buffer zone around the county’s wetlands during a final public hearing on the issue.

Child Drowns In Crawfordville Family Pool

Jul 14, 2014

From the Wakulla County Sheriffs Department:

A four-year-old Prentiss, MS female juvenile drowned in a Crawfordville swimming pool on Friday, July 11 at 4:38 p.m., according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.

The juvenile was visiting with Wakulla County relatives when a family member observed her motionless body in the deep end of the swimming pool at a residence on Spring Creek Highway.


Wakulla County Administrator David Edwards says he believes the county fared pretty well in the recently signed budget signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.

He adds officials are thankful to the Governor and the Legislature for awarding them money for two projects. One is $735,000 for Shell Point public access boat facility.

“A boat ramp and launch facility, which will give the public direct boat access, launch access to the Gulf of Mexico, and a safe Harbor area,” said Edwards.