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FL DOH's Wendy Bragdon on Healthiest Weight: "This is not just a job for me, this is a passion."

Posted March 6, 2015  05:45 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Last night's meeting of the County 5 saw the introduction Wendy Bragdon, the Florida Department of Health's (DOH), Columbia County Division, new Health Education Consultant and Healthiest Weight Coordinator. Ms. Bragdon told The County 5, "This is not just a job for me, this is a passion. I've lost over a hundred pounds. I want to encourage the members of our community to live healthier lives."

The Supremes Will Have Food for Thought, The Panel Met, Most Public Officials Blew off the Public

Posted March 03, 2015  11:00 am | Part II (Part I: The FL Sup. Ct. Wants to Hear You)

COLUMBIA COUNTY/LAKE CITY, FL – Yesterday afternoon from 3 pm to 7 pm, 4th DCA Judge Jonathan Gerber, Third Circuit Chief Judge, Gregg Parker, and former Third Circuit Chief Judge, Leandra Johnson, took up residence in Columbia County's courtroom I to listen, take notes, and ultimately report back to the Supremes. The Florida judicial branch is developing its long-range strategic plan for 2016-2022. Folks came from as far as Tampa to address the committee. Most of Columbia County's public and elected officials, along with the County's daily newspaper, the Lake City Reporter, came to be seen and mingle with each other, then made a bee line to the exit when the public came to the microphone.

Bitter Times for Florida Citrus

The FL Supreme Court Wants to Hear From You: Monday 3 pm - Courtroom I

Posted March 01, 2015  10:30 am | Part I

COLUMBIA COUNTY/LAKE CITY, FL – A cornerstone of a well-functioning society is an effective judicial system. “We need to know how we’re doing, what works well, and what may need to be improved. The opinions and perspectives of all Floridians are important to us,” said Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Gerber. The committee is looking for answers for two questions: 1) What are your thoughts about the state courts system? 2) What do you believe are the most important issues currently facing Florida courts? The committee will meet in Courtroom I, Monday at 3 pm and continue until 7 pm, first hearing from the public officials and then the public.

SCLC vs. Columbia County School Board
Will Justice Delayed Be Justice Denied?

Posted February 26, 2015  06:45 pm

COLUMBIA COUNTY/LAKE CITY, FL – Columbia County Florida is in the heart of the Deep South. Once a year it celebrates the defeat of Union forces in the Battle of Olustee. In 2015, race relations are still a confusing and contentious issue. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Lake City President, Befaithful Coker, on February 2, 2015, asked to be put on the School Board agenda so that a resolution could be made "In Recognition of Black History Month and Alfonso Lofton," who, in 1963, graduated from Columbia County's all black high school and went on to become Florida's first black state trooper. The District refused – the SCLC sued. Black History month concludes in 3 days.

Harmony in the Columbia Cnty School Dist.

Blanche Hotel Train of Advisors Pulled into City Hall Last Night: Lots of Pictures - Not Much New

Southern Christian Leadership Conference Sues Columbia County School District & Superintendent

Posted February 22, 2015  08:59 am | news–analysis

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Friday afternoon the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) filed a law suit against the Columbia County School District, the Superintendent, and the Custodian of Records. The SCLC claims violations of the Public Records Act; Violations of the Sunshine Law; and failure to follow its own rules, which allows a person to be on the School Board agenda.

The County 5's New Rules: County Attorney's First Public Foray Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Posted February 20, 2015  10:59 am | 1 comment

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – The fruits of a month of backroom maneuvering and unknown meetings came to a head last night. Newly elected and Florida's only publicly-elected County Attorney, Joel Foreman's Rules of Procedure were presented to the public at last night's meeting of the County 5. Mr. Foreman's new rules spent approximately 62% of their substance controlling, throttling, or restricting the public that elected him to represent the County Commission.

City Ramping Up for $1.2mil Downtown Improvement Loan

County Emergency Management Conducting Hazardous Materials Exercise

Posted February 18, 2015  06:50 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – The Columbia County Emergency Management Department will be conducting a hazardous materials exercise beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20 at Florida Gateway College.

Florida DCF's Orwellian Response to Child Thrown From Bridge

Gov Scott's LSHA Board Votes to Prosecute Citizen for Cyberstalking Without Seeing Evidence

LSHA Board - LCPD Agree: Quoting Official Minutes & Agendas is Cyber Stalking in Columbia County

LSHA Public Record Issues Again. Public Paying to Buy Auth Manager Berry Clothes

Fracking Reso's & Ordinances Don't Belong In Front of the County Commission

Posted February 6, 2015  04:30 am | Op-Ed

Our water resources must be protected and conserved. This includes protecting sources of water from degradation and contamination. A request has been made to the county to oppose fracking. This topic boils down to a question of appropriate priorities for the county to pursue. With other pressing issues needing the County Commission's time and the taxpayer's money, consideration of these blanket ordinances or resolutions is an inappropriate use of each.

South Florida's Holocaust Education Center Expanding

Blanche $15 mil Renovation: CM Johnson Playing it Close to the Vest, "You'll know when I know"

Everglades Restoration: A $5 Billion Reality?

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

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Gov. Scott: Give Kids a Break From Computer Plagued Tests

Bill Day's Latest Cartoon

Gov Scott Owes George Orwell a Debt of Gratitude for Primer on  Doublespeak

Welcome to Tallahassee’s Festival of Bad Ideas

FL Gas Up 11.2¢ Last Week      FL Average Back to Dec. Prices

FL Men Can't Let Legislature Overpower Women

Florida Children Benefit From Anti-Poverty Programs

Everglades Supporters Break the Peace With the Sugar Industry

Floridians Battle for National Paid Sick Leave Law

Ain't No Sunshine: Team Scott’s Business-As-Usual BS

What's Really Going On With Jobs

The Unrealistic Demands of Monogamy

Wind Power Coming to the Sunshine State?

FL Gas Up 11.5¢ Last Week - 51% Higher Than Nat. Average

FL Capital Punishment: Death by Judicial Whim

Reject Bigotry and Evil Perpetrated In the Name of Religion

Cnty 911: Texting Now On Tap
Call 911 if you can – text, only if you can't

Posted February 6, 2015  08:15 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – The Columbia County Combined Communications Center now has the ability to receive text messages to 911. Using a phone to call 911 is the most efficient way to reach emergency help, but what if you can't talk on your phone? What if you can only text and you need emergency assistance?

Vaccines Can Stop the Deadly Effects of Meningitis

Anti-Immunization Insanity Endangers Kids

Bogus Allegations:
The Injustice of Guilty until Proven Innocent