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Columbia County Observer

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WEATHER:  Today & Tonight

Coming Later Today: the rest of the story by 9 pm

Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter: He Wants to be In Charge – Of Everything

The Sheriff will make his case at 3:30 pm today

Berry's LSHA Vanity Signs Now Front & Center $45k plus for signs - $738,000 plus for property 

Environmental Groups Question Motives for Florida Drilling Exemption

Progress FL Launches Ad Campaign Against Fake Clinics

FL House Speaker "Using Trump's Playbook" to Ban Sanctuary Cities

As Sheriff Hunter's $25 Mil Jail Moves out of the Shadows, There Are Many Unanswered Questions

Trump Faces Opposition in FL Over Offshore Drilling

FWC Monitoring Sea Turtles, Manatees During the Freezing Florida Weather

Gov. Scott Urges North Florida Families to Prepare for Severe Cold Weather

Unions Ready to Defend Workers, Families in FL Legislature

Nash Rules In Final County 5 Meeting of the Year Public To Be Inconvenienced Again

US Settles False Claims Allegations Against Haven Hospice

County 5 Scrambling to Fund $50+ Million of New Capital Projects – Public Left Out, Again

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Charges Three with Six Felonies for Shark Dragging

Duke Energy Tips for the Holiday Season with Online Energy Calculators for Lighting & Cooking

Councilman Hill Stands Tough Against the Tide
City Manager Johnson Heaped With Praise

Disaster Recover Center Opens for Four Days Beginning Today In Lake City

Groups Urge Probe Into Scott's Role in Nursing Home Deaths

Pt I:  Meeting Attendance Double Standard
No Problem for the Columbia County 5

PT II:  When Cnty Coms Are MIA From Bd Mtngs, "It's None of Your Business," Com Tim Murphy

Katelyn Potter Presents the SWIM Program
It's Your Water – You Can Contribute to the Plan

County 5 Abandoning Downtown Lake City: No Hearings, No Strategic Plan - Borrowing $10 Mil

Alligator Warrior Festival
Kicks Off Tomorrow and Runs Through Sunday

Man's best friend rescued - then becomes boys best friend

This Year’s 2018 County Chairman’s Appointments

Breaking News

Affordable Housing Crisis in Florida

The Need for a Cultural Shift on Gender-based Violence

FGC's Lawrence Barrett: Good News at FCG - Still Work to be Done

First Amdt Foundation: Grave Concerns About FL Constitution Privacy Proposal

County Should Help Restore the Blanche

Lawmakers to Seek Answers as Florida Nursing-Home Death Toll Rises