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County News 2024 (scroll down)

LSHA At The 5: Straw Poll To Do Away With the Authority Will Be on the Nov Ballot. Commissioner Williams Looking for the Hundred-Year-Old Man

Columbia County Rum Island Park: More Than Just a River Front. A Gift From Mother Nature & the Federal Government – Too Much To Handle For the Columbia County 5

CareerSource Florida Crown Consolidation Debacle Continues: Light At the End of the Tunnel

Razor Wire Around Meridian’s Proposed Mental Health Facility At Lake Shore Hospital? How Did We Get There?

Columbia County Auditor Selection Committee: Trouble With the Sunshine Law – Was the Fix In Right Out of the Gate?

Florida Gateway College: Scholarships Going Unused – 2nd STEM Bldg. Not Completely Funded

CareerSource Florida Crown: Again, No Meeting Notice – 12th Hour Agenda – Executive Director Ignores Attorney's Advice To Follow the Law

County Residents To Get Severe Weather Event Debris Relief

CareerSource Florida Crown: Alachua County Says 'No' To Providing a Life Ring

CareerSource Florida Crown: State Says “No Mas” – Loses Confidence in the Leadership of FL Crown

CareerSource Florida Crown Under Investigation by DEO for Recurring Financial Improprieties

Fort White Gwynn Farms Subdivision: Mayor Ronnie Frazier, “There is still a golden opportunity for the Fords & Ft. White…”

Handicapped Accessibility Still an Issue On Reserve Flush Columbia County LSHA Campus & County Leased Elections Complex (Duval Place)

FGC Charter School: Two Years In the Making, Still In the Starting Blocks, Another Columbia County Mess

 County News 2023 (scroll down)

Commissioner Ford Calls All County Employees First Responders – County Employees to Get $1,000 Bonus Pronto – 12th Hour Reso Illegal

Experts: “There Is a Mental Health Crisis In Columbia County & Surrounding Areas” – Josey Corbett, Home Town Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Is Working To Do Something About It

County 5 – Town of Fort White Utility Pow Wow. Com. Hollingsworth Does Everything But Ask Everyone to Hold Hands & Sing Kumbaya

County 5 - Town of Fort White Set To Meet Tonight: Utility Issues, Water & Wastewater On Tap

FSU-FDOT Long Range Transportation Study A Success In Fort White – Lake City Languishes

Meridian Behavioral Health Took Center Stage at the LSHA: Former Employee, Counselor, and Clients Gave Meridian the Thumbs Down

County 5 Strong Arm Tactics Work – Fort White Headed to Lake City For Meet-Up

Columbia County 5 vs. Sheriff Mark Hunter

Interested in the Future of Transportation in Columbia County? The Fort White Community Center Is the Place to be Tonight

Columbia County 5 vs. Town of Fort White, Good Will and a Partnership, or Outright Extortion?

County 5 Has a Busy Day In Lake City Today: TDC & Fort White On the Docket. Confusion & Lack of Effective Leadership Causing Confusion & Trouble

Columbia County Transportation Issues? FSU’s Planning Team Wants To Know – Fort White Community Center – Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Florida Gateway College President Nixes Legislative Delegation Broadcast & Recording

Columbia County Legislative Delegation Is Coming to Town: What You Need To Know

Columbia County 5 – Rules of Procedure – What’s That? Ignoring Their Own Rules Is a Way of Life

Gwynn Farms Subdivision Packs Fort White Town Hall – Document Issues Table Preliminary Plan Approval

SRWMD Makes A Surprise Visit to the Columbia County 5 About FEMA Flood Maps – It Would Have Been Nice If the Public Knew

County 5 Extends Idalia Debris Pickup Deadline to October 1. Still Have Trees, Limbs, Branches – You Can Deposit Them In the County Right-a-Way

Forward Thinking By the County 5 Gives Lake City the Opportunity for Federal Help With Hurricane Idalia Cleanup

Columbia County to Receive Federal Help With Hurricane Idalia Cleanup. FEMA to Pay 75% For Trees & Tree Parts Left Along the County Right-of-Way

County Chairman Rocky Ford Resigns From Joint Fort White – Columbia County Utility Committee

Fort White Gwynn Farms Subdivision: Citizens Gather

Florida Gateway College Announces Free Childcare For College Students & Employees

Columbia County Econ Development: Start-Up, Which Hasn’t Started-Up, Looking for Free County Land & Tax Abatement

Fort White Gwynn Farms Major Subdivision: Twists, Turns, & More Questions Than Answers for the Town Council – Pt. II

Fort White Town Council: South Columbia County Growth On Tap Tonight

North Central FL Counties Meet To Discuss Forming a Regional Utility Consortium. Greg Bailey, Pres. of NFPS Thinks – The Time Is Right

CCSO: Deputies Refuse To Seek Entry Into Garbage & Fly Infested Residence In Which At Least One Infant Is Believed To Reside

Columbia County Economic Development:
Staz Guntek, County Legislative Expert  Reports

HCA's Lake City Hospital Celebrates $36 mil Expanded Emergency Room – Part of Planned $141 mil Expansion

Columbia County Recreation: Waste-Fraud-Abuse Par For the County 5 – County Recreation Planning – Still No Plan After 15 Years?

Richardson Community Center:  After Months of Ill Feelings, City & County Sit Down to Hash Out the Future of the Iconic Community Center

Richardson Community Center: Columbia County Moving Back the Hands of Time on Race Relations

Paula Vann: TDC Director Moving Up Into the Corporate World & Out of Columbia County Government

Lake City Building Officialdom: Columbia Cnty Remains City Building Inspector - For Now

City Manager Paul Dyal Cancels City/County Interlocal – Does Damage Control. Did Anyone Believe Him?

Chris Doolan, Lobbyist & Florida Legend: Speaks Against Term Limit Bills Filed in Tallahassee

Chief Engineer Leroy MarshallSRWMD & FEMA Will Be On Hand To Discuss Flood Map Updates: A $14 Million Project & Counting

Columbia County Is Searching For an Economic Development Director

Dr. Martin Luther King Observance, Lake City

Columbia County 5: “Of the People, By the People, For the People,” Out the Window, Along with Rules & Fairness