Stew Lilker’s 

Columbia County Observer

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WEATHER:  Today & Tonight

County Budget Season Officially Underway
Raising Taxes & Fees is The 5's "MO" This Year

Sheriff/County Percent Based Budget Deal Leaves Deputies on the Short End of the Stick – Again

Frank Artiles Resigns From Florida Senate

Unequal Opportunity for Big Money CRA Grants Councilman Jake Hill Votes "No"

Unequal Opportunity the Hallmark of Lake City Downtown Redevelopment Big Money CRA Grants

FL House Approves Controversial State Retirement Changes

FL's Opioid Crisis, Showtime at the Kabuki Theater

Gov's Lake Shore Hosp Auth Bd Looks the Other Way as Berry Violates the Sunshine Law, Again

FL State Sen Rob Bradley Holding Office Hours in Suwannee & Columbia Counties, Wednesday

HAECO Ready in Columbia County: "Moldin' Kids In a Certain Way to Provide a Workforce"

Lake City CRA Tables $45,000 Facade Grant Request

Equal Pay Still Years Away for Florida Women: "Cultural Shift Needed"

N Cent FL's Systemic Wkforce Dev Problems Has HAECO Reeling, Col Cnty in Confusion

SVTA: Col Cnty Comm'rs Nash & Phillips Put Col Cnty Residents Last  – Again

Suw Valley TA Chief Drops Ball Again: Advertises Bd Meeting W/Out Giving Name of the Authority

Cnty 5 Working On New Rules: Restricting All Public Comments to 2 Min on the Horizon

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

Meeting Calendar
Don't be confused - Find links to agendas

Latest checks added April 29

FL Senate Needs to Act on Auto Insurance Reform

Why Children Die:  Alphabet Soup of Agencies Can't Drain the Swamp

Why Children Die: Clues in the Resignation Letters

Let's Hope Someone Loves Frank Artiles Enough To Get Him Some Help

There's Only One Ethical Course for the FL Senate to Take: Ethics?

FL & National Gas Highest Since Sept 2015

DeVos Sends Clear Signal: Student Loan Borrowers Won't Get a Break

Lawmakers Seizing Chance to Expand Gun Use Under Cover of "Stand Your Ground"

Why Children Die (Part II)Clues in the Claims Bills

Why Children Die (Part I):  If Everybody's Responsible, Nobody's Responsible

VISIT clueless tourism officials in Brevard Cnty

Time To Get Rid of Red Light Cameras – Turn Up the Heat on Texting

Rape Kits Delayed Is Justice Denied: Part III

If You're Old Enough to Get Married, You're Old Enough to Have a Will

Burnout – Work-Life Balance – Negative Consequences