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DEO Funds Hole-In-the-Map Tourism: 192,500 Maps Leave Out N. Central FL's Iconic Counties

Posted January 28, 2015  10:05 am

Gov. Scott's First Big Challenge of New Term: FDLE Legal Scandal

South FL Action Plan Takes Aim on Climate Change

SVTA Attorney: "A confusing time. I don't think anybody really knew what was being approved."

Posted January 21, 2015  09:35 am | Part II

COLUMBIA - HAMILTON - SUWANNEE COUNTY, FL – The saga of the Suwannee Valley TA continued this past Friday. Since 1999, Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties have been designated as Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC). RACEC's were created by Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Legislature. The conditions in these areas are: areas of persistent poverty; lowest educational achievement, low household income; depressed economic activity, etc. Two commissioners from each of these three counties met to plead nolo contendere and accept the OIG report and its findings unopposed, with an answer which represented a mini Corrective Action Plan.

Suwannee Valley TA – $13.9 Million in Funding Since 2009: Who Was Watching the Store?

Posted January 20, 2015  10:50 am | Part I | Part II

County 5 Refuse to Take a Stand Against Fracking: County Manager Speaks – The 5 Are Reviewing

Posted January 16, 2015  07:59 am | (1 comment)

Push for New Law: Cheaper Solar Power for Sunshine State

"End the Solar Eclipse in the Sunshine State"

LSHA Berry to Gov. Scott's Board: Pull Down the Shade on Florida's Sunshine

Lake Shore Hosp Auth Berry Digs In: Refuses to Answer Questions, Makes Record Inspection a Trial

Economic Development: $500,000 Banner Center Disappears; Rail Spur Not a Panacea

Posted January 09, 2015  10:35 am

Major Shake-up at the County 5: New Chairman Changes the Deck Chairs - Williams Deep Sixed

Posted January 07, 2015  12:01 am

Suwannee Valley TA: Fandango Continues, Tri County Board  Has Collective Amnesia

Posted January 5, 2015  11:55 pm | (1 comment)

COLUMBIA - HAMILTON - SUWANNEE COUNTY, FL – The Suwannee Valley TA (SVTA) fandango continues unabated. The constants are Columbia County Commissioner Ronald Williams, who has been the Chairman of the SVTA for as long as anyone can remember, and a North Central Florida culture of cronyism and back room decision making that has apparently gone on forever.

Jeb Bush Resigns as George W. Bush’s Brother

Holiday Celebration: See a Drunk - Dial *FHP

Suwannee Valley TA Pays $257,318 in Exempt OT
DOT OIG Wants an Explanation

Posted December 29, 2014  06:40 am

COLUMBIA - HAMILTON - SUWANNEE COUNTY, FL – Last Monday, December 22, the State Attorney empanelled a grand jury to hear matters concerning the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority. Ten days before, on December 12, 2014, the Florida DOT, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its long awaited Advisory Report on the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority (SVTA).

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

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FL School Superintendents: Appointed or Elected the Public Must Demand Better

Bill Day's Latest Cartoon

Florida's Cabinet: Bondi, Atwater, Putnam

Hey Parents, Let Your Kids Work It Out

FL's Economic Dev. Czar, Grey Swoope, Made Columbia County One of His First Stops in 2011

FSU’s John Thrasher: Brave Enough to Thwart Campus Guns?

The 5: Making Laws, Spending Our Money , Towing a Line on Things We Know Nothing About

Marriage Equality Underscores Vital Role of Our Courts

BP Faces $Billions in Fines: Deepwater Horizon Penalty Phase Begins

Florida Tops Nation in Obamacare Signups

Hitler's Dachau: Bearing Witness Even When It Seems Too Much To Bear

The Mandate is Clear: Don’t Slap Amendment 1 Voters in the Face

Lousy Education Policy Blurs Line Between Public – Private

FL Gas Falls 28.6¢ in 3 Weeks     Diesel Finally Under $3 gal

FL's Code of Judicial Conduct: Will the Supremes Listen?

10 Things You Can Do Besides Visit the Circus

Jeb & Hillary: Please Stay Home

Bondi's Pretending FL's Clerks of Court Exempt From US Constitution: That's Chutzpah

FL's Politician of the Year: Refurbished Rick Scott

Bogus Allegations:
The Injustice of Guilty until Proven Innocent