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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Live Oak): Friday 5:30 p.m

A Living Wage: Orange County Food-Service Workers Authorize Strike, 235-0

LCMC Breaks Ground On $88 Mil Expansion. Columbia Cnty & Surrounding Counties Will See Increased Services

Statue of Chief Ousamequin of the Wampanoag Nation, overlooking Plymouth Bay, with Caption: The first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoags help was followed by years of a slow, unfolding genocideThe Wampanoags Helped the Pilgrims Survive for Their First Thanksgiving – They Still Regret It 

Duke Energy Florida Restores 287,000 Customers In 12 Hours, Workforce of 5,000 Help Speed Restoration


FL Gas Set To Rise 25 Cents a Gallon, Tomorrow At Midnight: Fuel Sales Tax Holiday Ending

Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act “ACA” Insurance Begins November 1

The Feds Step Up to the Plate: Federal Support for Hurricane Ian Recovery Surpasses $1.39 Billion

Critical Clean Water Act Case To Be Decided by the US Supremes: Many of the Nation’s Wetlands Are At Risk

Treasury Department Opens Probe Into Governor DeSantis' Use of Federal Funds to Fly Migrants From Texas to Martha’s Vineyard

Apply To Be a Poll Worker – Experience the Elections Process From Within

World Mental Health Day 2022 WHO image with headline: World Mental Health Day 2022, make mental health and well being for all a global priortyToday Is World Mental Health Day: The WHO is working to ensure "Mental Health & Well-Being Becomes a Global Priority For All"

FL Gateway College Bassmaster Seth Slanker Moves Into Final of Bassmaster Collegiate Series

Looting After Ian: Governor DeSantis, AG Moody, Lee County Sheriff, ‘You Loot-You Go To Jail’

Hurricane IAN: FDOT Reports Search and Rescue Efforts Underway

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Strikes Fear In Teachers and Students of All Ages

More Florida Public School State Aid Headed To Private Schools. Advocates Call For More Transparency

child being vaccinatedEnlist a Doctor's Help: Experts Urge Thinking Beyond the Basic Back-To-School Physical

Tools with caption: Tool Time 2022 Sales Tax Holiday, September 3-9Florida Tool Time Sales Tax Holiday Just Around the Corner: Begins September 3

Young woman in distress with headline: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Billions in FundingCrisis Pregnancy Centers: Billions in Funding


Rolling Stone Reports: Donald Trump Complaining FL Gov “mirroring” him

FGC Bass Fishing Team Ranked No. 1 in S. East Competing in National College Championship

Inflation Reduction Act: What It Means for Florida

Baby breastfeeding looking at mother with headline: August 1 begins world breast feeding week. This year's theme: step up ofr breast feedingIt's World Breastfeeding Week – The World Is Celebrating Beginning Today

Florida Nonprofit Helps Children Cope With Prolonged Grief

Suwannee Valley Electric Co-op Leaps Into the World of High-Speed Internet Provider

Indira Cristin with caption: SOAR helped Indira Cristin's Bettersweet Vegan Bakery be successful in MiamiSOAR Loans Help Florida Small Businesses Succeed  & Recover From the Pandemic


College professionals and a ham greet folks at the one stop event. At the table are Julie Cannon and Tracy Nabli.Florida Gateway College One-Stop Enrollment: A Good Idea for Students & Staff, College VP Withholds Stats

Florida Policy Institute Reports: Behavioral Health Care Infrastructure More Important Now Than Ever

Chris Hackett coachingFlorida Gateway College Hires New Athletic Director


tesla under the back of tractor trailerFHP Reports: Two Accidents On I-75 Involving Tractor-Trailers – One Fatal – One Bad Luck



Pills from a pill bottle with caption: community health centers call for added protections for drug lifeline for the indigentCommunity Health Centers Call for Added Protections for Drug Lifeline for the Indigent

Ribbon cutting at the Quinn & Keith Leibfried STEM building at Florida Gateway CollegeFlorida Gateway College Cuts the Ribbon On the New Quinn & Keith Leibfried STEM Building

Photo of pregnant woman: for the second year in a row, gov. vetoes birth control help for low income women: Is pregnancy the only option?Florida Critics: ‘Pregnancy Is Only Option for GOP Leaders’

Florida grasshopper sparrow with copy:  Florida grasshopper sparrow. This little bird, still critically endangered, has something to sing about, and so do you.FL Grasshopper Sparrow: Recovery for One of N. Am's. Most Endangered Birds Reaches Historic Milestone

FL Lawmakers Miss Climate Change in Fixes to Property-Insurance Crisis


AAA Survey: 1-in-4 Floridians would Ignore Hurricane Evacuation Warnings – 40% Would Not Leave for a Cat 3 or Stronger

Photo of man walking alone on large white concrete area with caption: Florida Department of Education to go it alone. Withdraws from youth risk behavior survey. Critical data to be lost.Calls Expand for Florida Dept. of Ed. to Reverse Withdrawal from Youth Risk Behavior Survey

New FL Law Boosts Mental Health Services Awareness for Students & Families

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Pleads Guilty In Fraud Case

New Florida redistricting mapFlorida GOP Redistricting to be Struck Down – Governor Will Appeal

Photo of military cemetary with caption: Rising military recruitment and veteran suicide rates - cause for concernFuture Military Recruitment & Veteran Suicide Rates – Cause for Concern

woman with bullhorn with caption: Florida culture war, now comes the court costsGov Wages War Against “State Sanctioned Racism” in Voting, School Books, Corporations

image of donkey and elephant with caption: congressional maps, it's back to TallahasseeGov's Redistricting Plan Would Cut Florida's Black Cong. Rep.resentation in Half

Mike Williams (second from left) with President Barrett, wife Laurie, Uncle Johnny, and Board President William Crawford.Florida Gateway College Bd Honors Mike Williams of Nutrien: “A supporter and great friend”

Presidential Proclaimation – April 2022, Second Chance Month: Americans With Criminal Records See Hope

Photo of wall mural with caption: Florida voter suppression law shot downFed Dist Court Judge Mark Walker Strikes Down Florida Voter Suppression Law, Rules It Violates Voting Rights Act & U.S. Constitution

Governor DeSantis Urged to Veto FPL Sponsored ‘Rooftop’ Solar Power Bill

Diamondback terrapin under water with caption: Diamondback terrapins: around for 250 million years. FWC ramps up new protectionDiamondback Terrapins: New Protection From FWC

Gas Spiking to $4 – Prices the Highest Since 2008 Diesel Hits Highest Single Day Advance, Ever

It’s Horseshoe Crab Mating Time: Become a Citizen Scientist – Report Them to FWC

photo of homes with caption: Florida's real estate market is hot. Sellers must protect themselvesFlorida’s Real Estate Market Is Hot: Sellers Must Protect Themselves

Photo of woman in thought with caption: Reproductive Freedom: Who should be in control?On the Heels of FL Abortion Ban Vote, Activists Host “Fight for Repro Freedom” at Capitol

Photo of new born baby with caption: AHCA Medicaid transparency will help even the tiniestFPI Weighs In: Bill Requiring AHCA to Provide Medicaid Managed Care Plan Transparency Would Reduce Race & Ethnic Health Care Disparity

vote by mail envelope with caption: Florida lawmakers double down on voting restrictions. Elections supervisors out of the loopFlorida Lawmakers Double Down on Voting Restrictions: Election Supervisors Out of the Loop

SRWMD Raising Awareness: 'Dive In' To Preserve Springs, Improve Water Quality

Image of home with giant hand over it with caption: Foreclosure scammers, protect yourselfForeclosure Rescue Scammers: Losing Your Home Can be Devastating – There Are Ways To Protect Yourself

Photo of woman sitting by street light with copy: A woman's right to choose. Doctors speak out agains FL 15-week abortion ban legislationAbortion: Doctors Speak Out Against FL 15-Week Abortion Ban Legislation

Woman sitting by street lamp with caption: A woman's right to choose. A hot topic for the 2022 legislative sessionAbortion: A Big Issues to Watch in Florida's 2022 Legislative Session

Photo of  prison cell with caption: New prison rules for Florida: no handwritten letters: there is backlashFlorida Prisons Ban Greeting Cards and Handwritten Letters: there is backlash