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Christian coalition honors achievement in medicine at gala; other weekend events

Celebrated at the banquet were Wakulla natives Dr. Carol Broxton, RN Vanessa Allen Dickey, RN Stephanie Jackson-Sanders, Dr. NaQuita Jackson Nelson, and keynote speaker Dr. Krystal Franklin. Pharmacist Rita Louise Hughes was unable to attend.


The Wakulla County Christian’ Coalition’s annual Arthur Lee Andrews’ scholarship gala was packed on Saturday night at the community center, with an estimated 160 guests in attendance for the event to honor local women achievers working in medicine.

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A front page story last week about the resolution of a conflict between D.R. Horton and the Homeowner’s Association at The Retreat at Wakulla incorrectly identified the original construction company which founded the HOA and the president of the HOA.
The original builder was Precision Home Builders dba Gene Cutchin Construction.
The Sunbiz listing for the HOA lists Travis Pereze as president and Susan Jones as secretary.
We regret the errors.

Two indicted for first-degree murder in separate cases

Jacob Robison charged with killing infant in July 2023; Richard Bishop charged with killing inmate at WCI

Jacob Robison
Richard Bishop


A Wakulla County grand jury was empaneled recently and returned indictments for first degree murder in two cases: one is against Jacob Robison, who is accused of killing an infant back in July 2023; and Richard E. Bishop for killing an inmate at Wakulla Correctional Institute.

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Deputy’s lawsuit dismissed

Robert Standeford sued sheriff’s office claiming he was a whistleblower

Former Wakulla deputy Robert Standeford


Former Wakulla deputy sheriff Robert Standeford’s whistleblower lawsuit was dismissed last week.
Standeford had claimed in his 2021 lawsuit against the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office that he had made verbal and written complaints to his supervisors about his mistreatment and school safety issues. He claimed that because of his whistleblowing, he was moved from a position at Youth and Community Services to a school resource officer – which Standeford claimed in his lawsuit was a demotion as punishment.

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2 juveniles arrested after shooting school bus with air rifles

School transportation personnel and sheriff’s deputies with the school bus that windows shot on Thursday afternoon. One child was injured by broken glass.

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The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office arrested two juveniles, ages 11 and 15, for shooting into an occupied conveyance and criminal mischief following the shooting of a school bus.

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Moose mystery theater held

Photos by Gerald Brown

The Moose Lodge in Panacea held its ‘Mooseland Murder Mystery’ production last weekend, with a cast that included, above, Ryanna Seascrest,Tina Twirler, Forgetmenot, Starr Lite, Simon Sez, Stella Kutz, Earl Costode, Lucy Cox, Ellie Mae Shucker, Luna Notella Lies Sumac, Magical Mabel, Clara Voyant, Roseanne Barstool, Gale Storm, and “Mac” MacMillian.

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Read-In was held Sunday at Palaver Tree

Authors at the Read-In: Arria Hagler, Dr. JoeAnn Mallory Burgess, Cynecia Welch, Farrah Donaldson.

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The African American Read-In was held on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Palaver Tree Theater.
The event wrapped up a weekend long celebration of African American Heritage in Wakulla County. Wakulla County Christian Coalition hosted the event.

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4-H project celebrates Senior Prom

A 1932 Plymouth PB Roadster, owned by Rick Clevenger, in front of the event’s banner.

Story & Photos by LEGION TAYLOR

The local 4-H youth put on a Senior Prom at the Wakulla Senior Center on Wednesday, Feb. 14 – the culmination of five months of hard work. The prom’s theme was “Dash into the ‘50s” and featured decorations, food, and even classic cars from the era.

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