Stew Lilker’s 

Columbia County Observer

Real news for working families.  An online news service



WEATHER:  Today & Tonight
Yesterday's comments:  one concerns Dist. 5 candidate, Tim Murphy: "when has Mr. Murphy..." another concerns early voting: "maybe next time I'll wait until the actual Election Day..."

After Giving Away Millions, Columbia County Economic Development Incentives May be Heading Into Prime Time

The LC Reporter:  Working Hard to Turn the Cnty 5 into a Good Ole' Boys Club of All Boys

$225,000 Contract Approved by County 5 Without County Attorney Foreman's Review

City Meeting Calendar Wrong Again
City Manager Unable to Fix Continuing Problem

City Manager Johnson Updates the City on the $15,000,000+ Blanche Project: 'Ready for Takeoff'

Lake City Keeping the Public in the Dark
12th hr. Notice Not a New Event for City Manager

Dig These Girls Thursday Night in Pink. It's the Annual Col v. Suw High Girls Volley Ball Shoot Out
Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Federal Judge Mark Walker Extends FL Voter Registration Through Tuesday, Oct. 18

The Embarrassment Continues at the County 5
A Board That Doesn't Need Rules

Gov Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Matthew

Trump's Comments on Women Over the Top - Disqualifying for Politicians or Human Beings

Gov Scott Looks Hurricane Matthew in the Eye
By All Accounts the Gov is Doing a Great Job

North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan Ready for Public Comments

Fixing Florida's Environment:  No. 1 Issue in 2018 Gov's Race

School District Warns: Don't Drink the Water
4 Hrs Later, Lake City Police Dept. Sends an Email

LSHA Final Budget Hearing Concludes in Chaos Board Double-Dribbles, Budget Not Approved

LSHA Final Budget Hearing a Train Wreck
No Questions Allowed

LSHA Final Budget Hearing Tonight Berry Digs In, Delays Public Records - Again

Former FSU Quarterback, Kelly Lowrey, Still Passing for Touchdowns for Columbia County

Court Moderates Canvassing Board Record Inspection Dispute, Election May Be Contested

New City Atny Fred Koberlein: What Did He Say?
Mayor Steve Witt:  We Will Get a Transcript

City Attorney Interviews – Flatlined – Completely Inaudible: City Violates Statute

Another Year Where the LSHA Can't Get It Right

The County 5, Homeless for Decades, Violators of the Sunshine Law

Helter-Skelter at the LSHA, Berry Rudeness Un-Checked, Koberlein Legal Logic Questionable

Blanche Renovation Should Begin by Xmas, IRS Blamed for Construction Delays

LSHA Budget Hearing Tonight, Meridian Looking for $60,000 on top of County's $225k Annual Gift

Taxpayers on the Hook - $10,000 No Strings Attached, Cnty Econ Dev: FSU's Hendry Scores

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

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

This Year Resist the Urge to Vote Early

Hillary Clinton Sucking Up the Money: Citizen's United and A Never Ending Thirst for Cash

Funding for Hospitals Serving Low-Income Patients Presents Challenges - Opportunities

Floridians Encouraged to Vote as if Their Health Depends on It

Why Would Any Woman Vote for Donald Trump?

Donald Trump Was Right About Marco Rubio

'Never Trump' Politicos Set the Stage for This

FL Gas Up 5.6¢ Last Week


A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World

Time to Stop Fighting School Choice

Now Is No Time For Exalted Idealism

FL Solar Energy: Amdt 1 Raises Red Flags

Open Gov't Office Goes Behind Closed Doors

Zika: Cutting Through the Maze of Political Blame