Employment Opportunity at Wakulla Senior Citizens Center

Wakulla Senior Citizens Center is accepting applications for the following position: Part-time Certified Nursing Assistant. Background check and drug testing are required. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and CNA Certificate. Please contact Ms. Vicki McKenzie at (850) 888-1021

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OnSeptember 25, 2018, posted in: News by

Leon Works Expo with Wakulla and Gadsden Counties

The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, Leon County Government invites the businesses within Wakulla County to be a part of our 2018 Leon Works Expo on November 2 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Leon Works helps students and job seekers identify and pursue a meaningful career path and learn from individuals with local success stories while providing them the chance to engage with employees one-on-one and in person. There will be an estimated 500 high school students from Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties, along with other job seekers attending who will want to talk with representatives from local companies and organizations. All attendees at the Expo will be seeking more information on certifications, apprenticeships, internships, and educational opportunities.

The Leon Works Expo is a great way to retain local talent and show attendees the abundant of opportunities available in our region, which is why we would love for your company/organization to be an exhibitor!

Exhibit registration can be found at http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/leonworksexpo/Exhibit. The registration deadline is October 19, so please register as soon as possible. For more information about the Expo, please visit http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/leonworksexpo

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OnSeptember 18, 2018, posted in: News by

Wakulla Medical Center Hiring LPN or MA

Wakulla Medical Center is currently hiring a LPN or MA for full time position. To see requirements, duties and to apply please visit here

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OnSeptember 12, 2018, posted in: News by

What Smoking Costs Employers


Smoking cigarettes comes with many steep costs. It costs many smokers their health, their money and their time with friends and family. In addition, the consequences do not stop there; employers are paying the price as well. In Florida, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $19.6 billion, including workplace productivity losses of $4.4 billion, premature death losses of $7.9 billion and direct medical expenditures of $7.2 billion.
The increased health care costs of having employees who smoke impacts the bottom line. Employer costs for insuring someone who smokes are $2,000 more every year than insuring a non-smoker. There is also lost productivity from smoke breaks, sick days and “presenteeism”, which is where your employee is at work but they are not as productive as they should be due to the distraction of withdrawal or physical illness related to smoking. In sum, between losses in productivity and extra health care costs, an employee who smokes will cost a business upwards of $6,000 per year.
Employers are increasingly recognizing that helping their employees quit smoking can provide a noticeable boost to their bottom line. Many workplaces are introducing smoking cessation programs that can benefit everyone involved. Four key elements comprise the gold standard for promoting a smoke-free workplace: 1. Implement a smoke-free workplace policy, 2. Support smoking cessation through health benefits, 3. Cessation initiatives, 4. Work with health care providers.

Please contact your local AHEC to set up a meeting to discuss offering tobacco cessation in your workplace. We provide onsite counseling and nicotine replacement therapy free of charge. We can also help you develop a tobacco free policy. Contact Person: Emily Kohler Phone: 850-224-9340 Email: ekohler@bigbendahec.org
Source: http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/employercessation/

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OnSeptember 4, 2018, posted in: News by




The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve a four (4) year term on the Tourist Development Council (TDC).  The TDC was established for the purpose of promoting and facilitating travel to and within Wakulla County for the benefit of its economy, residents and travel/tourism industry.

State law requires that the TDC membership shall consist of nine (9) members serving four (4) year terms and are appointed by the BOCC.  State law requires that TDC membership be comprised of the BOCC Chair or designated Commissioner; two (2) elected municipal officers; and six (6) members who represent tourism related industries, of these six (6) members, not less than three (3) and not more than four (4) members shall own or operate tourist accommodations, subject to the tourist development tax.

Members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an elector of Wakulla County
  2. Represent a tourism industry and shall own or operate a tourist related business.

Interested persons should submit a properly completed application via e-mail to therndon@mywakulla.com or by mail to Wakulla County BOCC, Attn: Thomas Herndon, PO Box 1263, Crawfordville, FL. 32326 no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018.    The TDC membership application is available on the http://visitwakulla.com/TDC-Business/Document website or by contacting Thomas Herndon via e-mail therndon@mywakulla.com or telephone:  850-926-0919 ext.713. 

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OnAugust 28, 2018, posted in: News by

Vote for your Favorite Wakulla Area Business – Open to the Public

2018 Wakulla Area Business of the Year

As part of the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Excellence Awards this award is sponsored by THE WAKULLA NEWS. Nominations for this award are open to all citizens and nominees are not required to be members of the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. Each nomination must be original and include a brief description of the reason the business is deserving. **IMPORTANT – duplicate nominations from the same email or individual will be disqualified. 


Here is your chance to participate and nominate your favorite Wakulla business! 

Nominate Wakulla Area business here

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by

Ameris Bank Presents Wakulla Chamber Annual Business Excellence Awards

It’s time again to nominate and be nominated for the
 2018 Business Excellence Awards 

Thanks once again to Ameris Bank for their continued support of this important annual business appreciation and recognition event!


These awards recognize Chamber members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community. Judging criteria include the quality of customer/client service and goods provided, and efforts to benefit our community culturally, economically and through education.  

Nominations are limited to members in good standing as of June 1, 2018. You may nominate yourself and submit multiple nominations. We strongly encourage you to forward this email and spread the word throughout your organization, agency, company and workforce and encourage your staff and employees to get involved.  It’s a privilege of membership to participate.
Nominations are submitted electronically.
*A listing of all eligible businesses for each category will display in the drop – down menu for each category in the links below. NOTICE THERE ARE SEPARATE LINKS FOR VOLUNTEER AND WAKULLA AREA BUSINESS NOMINATIONS.  You may return as often as you want to nominate.
Please take this opportunity to submit your nominations and recognize a business member today!  Call Petra Shuff 850.926.1848 with questions or for more information. Banquet date and location is being planned.


*The Awards and Recognition Committee has compiled the list of eligible names with the best information available.

Nominate business categories here

Nominate volunteers here

Nominate Wakulla Area business here

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by

Guardian ad Litem Seeking Local Volunteers

Become a Guardian ad Litem – Volunteers Needed 

Want to create a better future for your community? Change the story of a child in Wakulla County – become their voice! Become a Guardian ad Litem.

The Guardian ad Litem program supports children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The program’s volunteers and staff advocate for these children in the court and community ensuring their needs are met. Local volunteers are able to make a true impact on the lives of these children.

The organization is seeking volunteers from Crawfordville area to serve our children in Wakulla county. There has recently been a rather large increase in the number of cases added on in Wakulla county, so they would love to have as many volunteers in this training as possible! GAL_A Child’s Voice Brochure 9-2017

Wakulla and Franklin County Volunteer two-day Training at the Wakulla County Community Center:

Saturday, September 8 from 10 am – 5 pm and

Saturday, September 22 from 10 am -5 pm

To register please contact 850.606.1213/ https://gal2.org/

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: News by

Regional Economic Development Survey

Opportunity Florida, Northwest Florida’s ten county regional economic development alliance, has launched an online community survey to capture resident feedback regarding the region’s future economic development efforts. The survey, being conducted by its consultant VisionFirst Advisors, is part of the development of an overall strategic economic development plan.

For the region’s efforts to be successful, it is important to hear from members of the community. The survey gives you, as a resident, the opportunity to provide feedback on how you feel about the role of economic development, what type of growth and industry you think is best suited for the region and how you feel about the quality of life that you currently enjoy.

The short survey below should only take five minutes and it will close on August 24th. Please share the survey with friends and family in the region. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Take the survey here

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OnAugust 8, 2018, posted in: News by