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Suwannee Valley TA: In Disarray Since 2011, The SVTA Remains Severely Challenged

County Attorney Candidate Joel Foreman
Ethics Questions Surface

Posted August 17, 2014  02:15 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Columbia County Florida is the only Florida County where the County Attorney, the attorney that represents the County Commission in civil matters, is elected by the people. Joel Foreman is running for the position. The Codes of Judicial Conduct and Professional Responsibility require the recusal of a Judge who is being represented by an attorney, who is appearing in front of him, and the attorney to advise the opposing party that he is the judge's attorney.

Clean-Energy Groups Question FL's Solar Plan

Lake City Upbeat About the Future of Downtown

Lake Shore Hosp Auth Manager & Gov. Scott's Board Clamp Down: Built In Fees Imposed To View Agenda Materials

Columbia County's Good Ole' Boy Audit Club – 30 Years and Counting

Posted August 10, 2014  09:58 am

New Research Gives Floridians Something to Smile About

DOH & WellFlorida Partner With Survey To Improve Health Outcomes In Columbia County

Complete survey to win $50 | LSHA strange behavior

Greyhound Racetracks: A Plan To Turn Them Into Casinos In The Name of "Dog Safety"

"National Breastfeeding Month" is Here

Human, Economic Health On the Line with EPA Rules, Say Supporters

Florida: A Man-Made Disaster - Monument to Greed - Lust for Power - Bad Taste - Stupidity

Feds Report Social Security On Solid Ground, Disability Insurance Trust Fund - Immediate Issues

Controversy Surrounds FL's Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Protect Florida's Future: Ban Fracking

Lake City's Dave Clanton, A Man Who Put the Servant in Public Servant, Died Last Night

City Council Hires Special Magistrate: City Manager Says, "Everybody has to start somewhere."

Lake Shore Hosp Auth Scott-Appointed Board Nixes Questions – Approves Nonexistent Agenda

"Don't Be Askin' Us"

Commissioner Bucky Nash Brokers $659,780 Backroom Deal With Sheriff Hunter
Road Deputies To Get Raises – Other County Employees?

Posted July 18, 2014  09:58 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Just when you think Columbia County's infamous County 5 can't outdo itself, it does. Last night, in an admitted backroom deal brokered by County Commissioner Bucky Nash and the County's external auditor and financial advisor, Richard Powell, The 5 gave the Sheriff $659,780 in current and future commitments for salary adjustments, while at the same time leaving its other County employees in the dark about their financial future.

WARNING: Lake Shore Hosp Authority's Jack Berry wants to know who you are if you make any comment about him, seemingly anywhere. If you don't care use your regular email. If you do, get an anonymous account. Jack Berry wants to take the Columbia County Observer off the air. Update on law suit coming soon. Beware, Jack Berry is a public official that can't take heat. He will come after you. With a little help from his friend's on the Governor appointed LSHA Board, public comments and photo's were banned.

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

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For The Dogs: It's Time to Separate Greyhound Racing From Other Gambling

Scott Leading Crist In AARP Voter Survey

Bill Day's Latest Cartoon

FL & National Gas Continues Downward Trend

Robin Williams' Star Power Shines Light on Suicide, Depression

Scott Supporting Clean Water Is Like Darth Vader Supporting Peace

Last Weekend in Lake City

SRWMD Launches Springs Dashboard With Manatee Springs - More To Come

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson Update: July 28, 2013

2 teens arrested for torturing a gopher tortoise

Florida Sea Turtles: "Frozen" in Migration Race

Rick Scott: "Don't Be Askin' Me!"

Gluten-Free Doesn't Automatically Mean a Healthy Choice

Acid in the Ocean?
FL Reefs Swallow Bitter Pill of Carbon Pollution

Drilling Toward Disaster?
Concern Over Proposed Gulf Drill Sites

Bogus Allegations:
The Injustice of Guilty until Proven Innocent