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

17 initiatives to remake FL better

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.

Lake Shore Hosp Auth: $13 mil White Elephant For Sale? $4,000,000 Lost In Vacant Land Value

First Amendment Foundation Finds Berry's Withholding of His Credit Report, Wrong

More news about the Lake Shore Hospital Authority

July 4th Weekend in Lake City: Whew

Florida Missing the Boat With Medicaid Expansion

Lake City Code Enforcement Special Magistrate: Springfield Law Gets the Unanimous Nod, Almost

Lake Shore Hosp Authority's Berry Terminates 18 Year Veteran Authority Employee, Sue Fraze

The Charge: Insubordination

Avoid Summer Tragedy: Never Leave Kids In Cars

A Gift To Have a Declaration Of Independence
An Ingratitude Not To Live By It

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council: Quietly Funneling Millions Into the Region

Avoiding Boaters: Not Much of a Holiday for Manatees or Sea Turtles

It Was A Busy Weekend in Lake City

SRWMD: Rainfall 25% Higher Than Average

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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