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 Lake City News 2015 (scroll down)

Lake City Votes to Sanitize Its Logo: American and Confederate Flags Coming Down

City Slides Confederate Battle Flag  Onto Monday Night's Agenda 

Lake City Reporter Gets It Wrong on the Stars & Bars: What was it thinking?

Stars & Bars – the Conversation Continues
Mayor Witt, "I don't want a knee jerk reaction"

Monday's Lake City Agenda Still a Question
Stars & Bars, City Manager & Council Go Sub Rosa

Lake City Logo: The Discussion Began With City Manager Johnson & City Council in Stone Silence

Lake City Logo: Fair, Balanced, Symbol of Hate? Last Night in City Hall, the Discussion Began

Lake City Proposed Tax Increase Negligible:    $6.93 projected on a $100,000 home appraisal

Lake City, Columbia County
Florida's Gateway to the Past

Lake City Tries Again for $750,000 Parking Lot Grant: Will the 4th Time Be a Charm?

Threatening To Blow Up Bank: Not a Good Idea
You Will Be Arrested

Fire At the Health Department: Lake City Fire Department Arrives at Scene in Two Minutes

Blanche Million $ Loan Goes Down 3-2
Next Up: City Manager Johnson's Fall Back Plan

The Blanche – The County Million $ – The County 5 Tonight: "To be or not to be? That is the question"

The Great Lake Shore Hosp Auth Land Give-a-way. Financed by Columbia Cnty Tax Payers, City Scores

Blanche Redevelopment Confusion: Com. Nash, "Everybody should get in a room and air it out"

Lake City: Looking for a Consultant for its Downtown Community Redevelopment Area

City Manager Johnson's Thursday Appearance At the County 5: It was not to address the Board

Frisina Swings the Vote, Blanche Ducks a TKO
Lake City, County, Developer Regrouping

The Blanche Ducks a TKO
Lake City, County, Developer Regrouping

The Blanche Tonight:  Will Wendell Johnson's $17 mil Lake City Legacy Survive the County 5?

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Tonight, after multitudinous meetings with the Assistant County Manager, Ben Scott, and County Economic Development Director, Glenn Hunter, Columbia County's infamous County 5 will decide whether or not to front Lake City at least a million dollars on the derelict Blanche Hotel. Secrecy and secret finances were a hallmark of City Manager Wendell Johnson's time at the now mostly defunct dismal failure, the $30 mil North Florida Broadband Authority, of which he was one of the financial kingpins. Johnson now is the driving force in Lake City's Blanche project, one that has ballooned from $13.5 mil to $17 mil in seven months.

Lake City's Gulf Coast Financial Awarded Small Business of the Year

Posted April 25, 2015  12:01 am

LAKE CITY, FL –  Local financial practice, Gulf Coast Financial Services, Inc. (Gulf Coast), was recently awarded Small Business of the Year by the Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Blanche Hotel Developer Equity Skyrockets 850%: What is The Real Investment?

Johnson's Legacy Inflating: Blanche Price Tag Now $17,000,000 from $13,675,000

LSHA's Berry and LC's Johnson Ignoring the Needs of the Handicapped on the Authority Campus

Blanche Hotel: 6 Months & Counting – $14,000,000 Letter of Intent May Be Next Month

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

Blanche Saga Continues Monday Night: $14,000,000 financing remains unexplained

City Ramping Up for $1.2mil Downtown Improvement Loan

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

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