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Bridge on U.S. 27 Over Santa Fe into High Springs is Now Open

Santa Fe River Receding – Only Bridge on U.S. 27 Over Santa Fe Still Closed in Columbia County

Santa Fe River Receding Slowly – Bridges Still Closed – South End Residents Can't Leave County

Internet Cafes Col Cnty: State Attorney Will Have the Final Word, For Now

Cnty 5 Has New Rules for Itself and for the Public: Will It Make a Difference?

Cnty 5 Rules on the Docket Tonight:  Will The 5 Adopt FL's Most Restrictive Public Comment Rules?

Coms Nash & Murphy: On June 15th, They Didn't Come Clean, They Still Haven't

Scott Thomason of Fort White Throws His Hat into the Ring for County Commissioner, District 2

LSHA's Tossing of Cnty Econ Dev to Cost Cnty Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands in Lost Revenue

The County 5: Special Treatment for Themselves is Nothing New in the Bucky Nash - Ben Scott Era

Sports Dev Part V: Budget Wkshop, Cnty 5 Doubles Down on Secret Land Deal

Columbia County School Grades: FL Dept of Ed Releases the Scores

Gov's LSHA, Ruled by Ex Repo Man Jack Berry, Slams Col Cnty w/ 76% Econ Dev Hdq Rent Hike

A Dismal Outlook for Col Cnty Taxpayers

Sports Dev Pt IV: Ignoring the FL DEO Financed $29,000 Plan, TDC Votes for Secret Land Deal

Sports Dev Part III: Cnty's Purchasing Scheme, Putting the Cart Before the Horse, What Plan?

FP&L Bringing Solar Power to Columbia County Along With 200 Jobs During Build Out

County Sports Dev Part II: Inventing a Sports Commission – Ignoring the Plan

Col Cnty Sports Dev on the Move Part I: "Hire away somebody else's employee"

Cnty Econ Dev Chief: Lake City Rptr Should Keep Writing - One Day It May Get It Right

Econ Dev Advisory Bd Accused of Leaks
Econ Dev Dir Accused of 12th hr Briefings

County's Audit Presentation a Bust, Nash Has Q's - Elects to Ask Them Out of the Public Eye

Confusion Regarding Sheriff's Dream Detention Center: The 5 Approves a 10% Tax Hike, For Now

Suwannee Valley TA: Com/Admin Sessions, Not Sure Where the Money Comes From

International Cave Diving Conference Coming to Columbia County/Lake City

Columbia County's Strategic Plan: County Manager Misjudges Cost by 747%  (Part III)

Hours of Cnty 5 Meetings Highlighted by STEM Girls

Cnty's Strategic Plan Ranking Proposal Committee Met (Part II): "We can re-rank"

Another Strategic Plan for the Cnty 5: Who Needs the Econ Dev Dir, or Anybody Else? (Part I)

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

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

FL State Sen Rob Bradley Holding Office Hours in Suw & Col Counties, Wednesday

HAECO Ready in Col Cnty: "Moldin' Kids In a Certain Way to Provide a Workforce"

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

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

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

Another 12th Hour Meeting Cancellation at the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority

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Columbia Cnty 5 Doesn't Need Rules. It Just Spends Your Money Through Its Back-Door

Suwannee Valley TA Chief Fails at End Run Around Law. Improperly Noticed Mtng Canceled at 12th Hr

Suwannee Valley Transit, More Meeting Issues Nash Steps Up, "If It's Not Legal – We'll Cancel It"

Col Cnty Comm'rs Nash & Phillips: 2 Who Turn Their Backs on Col Cnty Residents

Jack Berry Hwy Moves to Lake City, City Has No Plan or Funding Plan, Bogus Info Sent to FDOT

Cnty 5 Spends $3 Mil Plus on Sports & Recreation Improvements, Then Decides to Have a Plan

Chicken Shit Not Our Problem, Land Rights Are – Two yrs in the Works, Water Regs Voted Down

FDOT Explains the Ins & Outs of the Design, Const, Funding of the 'Jack Berry Hwy' & DOT Study

Confusion Reigns as Gov's Lake Shore Hosp Auth Bd Puts Kibosh on 'Jack Berry Hwy'

Lack of Questions & Info Precursors to a Cnty 5 Econ Dev $465,000 Give-a-Way

Cnty 5 in Action Tonight: On the Docket an Effective 16 yr $465,000 Tax Abatement for HAECO

Jack Berry Hwy Crash Lands. Confusion, All Routes Rejected. The Next Step May Be the FL DOT's

A Record Filled With Columbia County Alternative Facts & Memories

Transparency Takes a Back Seat in Jack Berry Orchestrated County-City-Hosp Auth Road Project

Visit by Hosp Auth Chief to Home Owner - Covered Up by County

The Jack Berry Highway: Will the Columbia Cnty 5 Allow This Tax Watch Turkey to Take Flight

Columbia Cnty's Sheriff Wants a New $26,000,000 Jail: This Time He May Get It

Cnty Jail: Foot Dragging, Back Room Deals, No Timely & Relevant Info

Cnty Man Schedules Important Cnty Jail Meeting Same Time as City Council

MLK Day: Happy Birthday Brother Martin

Cnty 5 Temporarily Nixes 'Jack Berry Hwy,' Nash Caves to Nephew, Legislative Turkey Lives

Columbia County Updates Econ Dev Strategic Plan Stakeholders Not Part of the Process

Legislation Delegation on the Road: Wednesday 1 to 2:30 pm at Florida Gateway College

Columbia County: The Top Stories of 2016.

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