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Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Roll Back the Human Rights of Many in the Deep South


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Train car on the tracks with caption: Lake City City Manager Search. Headed off the rails before the new head hunter is on-boardLC City Manager Search: Community Activist, Former Council Member, Mayor & City Council Look to Side-Step Head Hunter Colin Baenziger

LSHA-Meridian, Part III: Community Activist and Former Drug Dealer Opposes the Meridian Plan

LSHA: Gov's. Bd. Hears Third Hospital Proposal. Meridian Will Provide Everything from Inpatient Care to Counseling – Drug Rehab to Primary Care

Young woman with head in hands with caption: There is a world wide mental health crisis. Some Lake City merchants are saying: Not in my backyard.Lake Shore Hospital Authority: Tonight, Governor’s Board To Hear Hospital Proposal from Meridian Behavioral Health Care:  Part I

Photo of rollercoaster with caption: Lake City City Manager Search. After nine month rollercoaster ride headhunter terminated.LC City Manager Search: After 9 Mo. Rollercoaster Ride – Headhunter Contract Terminated

Photo of weeds on beach island with caption: Headhunter Renee Narloch heads into the weeds as Lake City City Manager search continuesLC City Manager Search: Headhunter back with another 12th-hour presentation – three more candidates – one new – two old

Columbia County Tourist Development Council: A New Logo - What Were They Thinking?

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

Willie Peacock presents to the Lake Shore Hospital Authority in March 2022Lake Shore Hospital Authority:  Willie Peacock – Who will he be tonight? What will he promise?

Photo of human brain with caption: still no city manager for Lake City. City's brain trust - out of options and no solutionsLC City Manager Search: Mayor Wants to Interview Candidates Without Looking at Resumes, Headhunter – Out of Steam

Photos of Kevin Kirby and Paul Dyal with roadway double yellow line inbetween. Caption: County claims Lake City crossed the double line on City wastewater utility expansion projectLake City-Columbia County Utility Easment Issues Spill Into County Roadway: It Was Not Pretty

Photo of light bulb with caption: Lake City City Council has an epiphany. City's top job now worth $160,000LC City Manager Search: Looking for a Job, $160k Now the Top Pay - City Council Has an Epiphany

LC City Manager Search: Tonight, The City Council May Decide How Much Its City Manager Is Worth?

Photo of Lloyd Austin III with a caption explaing that to some in Lake City, he would not be qualified to be City ManagerLC City Manager Search: Flying by the Seat of Its Pants – New Requirements Could Be Problematic

Sunset with caption: will Lake City have a city manager when the sun sets tonight?LC City Manager Search: Can An X-Army Colonel Get Lake City Aimed in the Right Direction? Tonight the City Council Will Decide

To Improve Internet Access for All, FL Needs to Know Your Internet Speed

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

Florida No. 2 In Drug Overdose Deaths
Can It Do Something Different?

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

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

Florida GOP Redistricting to be Struck Down – Governor Will Appeal

Florida NOW Vows to Continue to Fight for a Woman’s Right to Choose

Future Military Recruitment & Veteran Suicide Rates – Cause for Concern

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