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Completing the Great Loop

Local sailor Jerry Griffin returns from maritime route around eastern U.S.

Wakulla resident Jerry Griffin on the bow of his boat, ‘We Live,’ with a pennant that denotes his completion of the Great Loop.


After nearly nine months underway, Wakulla resident Jerry Griffin has returned home, completing the Great Loop.

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Some 600 Thanksgiving meals were served on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving – about half the meals were taken to Panacea for distribution. Seen are are Peggy McLaughin, Lois Cook and Megan Curlee scooping up food for plates. Much of the food served was donated by Niraj Patel as well as the Rotary Club of Wakulla. (Photo by Lynda Kinsey)

Former deputy likely facing child porn charges

Arrested for sexual battery on a child, investigation indicates he was allegedly going to the dark web to access child porn

Kenneth Malphurs


It appears former Wakulla deputy Kenneth Malphurs may be the subject of ongoing investigation dealing with him accessing child porn on the dark web. That conclusion is based on The Wakulla Sun going through the criminal investigation file on Malphurs current charges of lewd and lasicivous sexual assault on a child younger than 12.

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New boats at Wakulla Springs

The Friends of Wakulla Springs, next to the Great Blue Heron, a hybrid boat and the newest addition to the fleet of tour boats at Wakulla Springs. Through the Florida State Parks Foundation, Wakulla Springs is replacing its tour boats with newer models, which had an official inaugural launch last Friday. (Photo by Legion Taylor)

Westerlund gets life in prison

He murdered the mother of his child, Chelsea Bramblett, back in January 2020

Chad Westerlund entered a plea to second-degree murder for killing Chelsea Bramblett, with whom he had a child.


Chad Westerlund, who murdered the mother of his child as she sat nursing the child on a sofa, was sentenced to life in prison at a hearing last week.
Westerlund had entered a plea to second degree murder and a felony count of child neglect several months ago. At a hearing on Thursday, Nov. 2, Wakulla Circuit Judge Layne Smith ordered Westerlund to serve life in prison and to have no contact with his daughter.

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City commission votes to remove Sheddan as mayor

City commissioners express concern that he exceeded powers of office

Paul Sheddan

By Legion Taylor

St. Marks Mayor Paul Sheddan was removed from office at the city commission meeting last week, as a result of a 3-0 vote from the members of the commission who were present. They selected Steve Remke to take over as Mayor of St. Marks in a following vote, which also passed 3-0.
Commissioners Dan Albers and Sheddan were absent from the meeting, leaving Mayor Remke, Commissioner Paula Bell, and Commissioner Sharon Rudd to decide on these issues.

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