Jackson County

A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested on several felony charges after planting drugs on people and arresting them. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating 26-year-old Zachary Wester in August.

Early Voting sign sits outside a precinct, guiding voters inside (2014).
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

For some North Florida residents, voting has become a secondary concern. Early voting began Monday in more than 30 Florida counties, but the majority of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael won't start until the weekend.

Garbage Juice Still Stinking Up A Fight In Jackson Co

Jul 28, 2017
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An injection well proposed for Jackson County is awaiting approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but push back from the local community is growing stronger.

Senator Nelson Aiding The Fight Against Garbage Juice

Jul 14, 2017
Morgan Danford / WFSU - Florida Public Radio

Jackson County commissioners and city managers met with Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Friday to discuss a deep injection well proposed for Marianna.


A waste management company wants to drill a new well in Jackson County.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Final recommendations on a memorial for the unclaimed remains uncovered on the Dozier School for Boy grounds are now heading to the Florida Legislature. But, during the final meeting of the panel tasked with making those suggestions, tensions were pretty high.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Wednesday marked the first meeting of a task force assigned to create a memorial for the uncovered remains associated with Dozier School for Boys, the former North Florida reform school where boys believed to be buried there died, due to alleged abuse.

CDC/MGN Online

National HIV Testing Day is Monday. But, ahead of that day, Bay County health officials are offering free HIV testing in several Panhandle counties.

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Tallahassee Civil Rights Lawyer Benjamin Crump is representing multiple students injured in a Jackson County school bus accident this Wednesday.

FEMA truck
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Jackson County has been approved to receive federal assistance for damages from heavy rains and flooding in the Florida Panhandle earlier this month. Jackson follows in the footsteps of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties, which have already been designated for federal disaster relief.

Residents of Jackson County are now eligible for disaster recovery grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.