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Tom Flanigan

A new facility that contains all of Leon County's elections functions was officially opened on Thursday, Sept. 21. It's been named in honor of the county's immediate past supervisor of elections.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Knight Creative Communities Institute is marking its tenth anniversary. The upcoming year's initiative will be tackling an ambitious project as part of the celebration.

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It’s National HBCU week, celebrating the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In Florida, that’s Tallahassee’s Florida A&M University, which holds a special place in Bill Lowman’s heart. His wife is a FAMU psychology professor, and Lowman’s daughter is a graduate, who received a full scholarship.

Proterra

Tallahassee officials are eagerly anticipating a million-dollar federal grant they hope to translate to a breath of fresh air.

Kate Payne via WFSU

Florida leads the nation in pedestrian fatalities. And some think infrastructure is to blame. Now the state Department of Transportation is transforming the way it designs streets. Tallahassee’s South Monroe Street could be one of the first to incorporate the new changes.

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Leon County officials will be holding an event Thursday, which honors longtime supervisor of elections Ion Sancho.

MGN Online

Local sheriff’s offices are warning area residents about different phone scams, running rampant in some Florida Panhandle counties.

A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin

County officials say storm debris pick up will start this week and continue until the job is done. Mathieu Cavell is the spokesman for Leon County.

Nick Evans

Hurricane Irma has passed, now Florida is regrouping.  In Leon County this week, city and county workers abandoned their normal duties to go out and assess damage from the storm.

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Tallahassee City Commissioners have adopted a tentative budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The spending plan totals about $743 million. There’s no increase in the property tax rate, but Robert Wigen with the financial management department says residents can likely expect an increase on their water and sewer bills to come soon. The expected increase comes as the city is conducting a water and waste water rate study.

City of Tallahassee Twitter

After restoring power to most local residents, Tallahassee Electric Crews are headed out of the Capital City to assist other places’ recovery.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna is applauding a lawsuit against the state’s “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program.

Tom Flanigan

With most local needs now met, Tallahassee area residents were helping other parts of Florida recover from Irma today (9/14).

Bay County Sheriff's Office

A donation drive is underway in Bay County to help the victims of Irma in Central and South Florida. 

One shelter remains open in Leon County. Officials say they’re keeping the space available for anyone who might not be able to return home yet, as well as anyone who gets stuck on their way. Leon County spokesman Mathieu Cavell says some of those returning home could get stopped on their way by a possible bridge closure along I-75.

NOAA

Talquin Electric is hoping to have power restored by Thursday night for its members.  The cooperative serves people in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.

Gulf Specimen Marine Lab via facebook

Hurricane Irma very nearly put a beloved Panhandle landmark out of business. But instead of closing their doors after 54 years, Panacea’s Gulf Specimen Marine Lab is up and running.

NOAA via twitter

Florida’s capital dodged the most destructive impacts of Irma, allowing now city and county operations to begin returning to normal.

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Starting Tuesday, Wakulla County residents who want to get rid of waste and debris related to Irma can now bring them to their local landfill.

Tom Flanigan

With Leon County’s storm recovery well underway, the county’s Sheriff’s Department has sent help to a far more storm-tossed area to the south. While Tropical Storm Irma did not leave the Capital Region unscathed, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil pointed out the situation was far more serious elsewhere.

James Clarke Ash

The mood was surprisingly upbeat among Hurricane Irma survivors who trekked to the Leroy Collins Library to charge cell phones and laptops and stock up on bottled water.

Leon County Schools

School Districts across the Big Bend will re-open later this week in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many schools served shelters before and after the storm.

Local Curfew Lifted

Sep 12, 2017
Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Leon County officials have repealed a curfew put in place to keep motorists safe before and after Hurricane Irma.

Nick Evans

A couple dozen local employees are fanning out across the county to assess damage from Tropical Storm Irma.

A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin

A Tuesday update showed several Leon County roads remained closed due to downed trees. While officials say crews are actively working to clear all roadways, County Administrator Vince Long explains there’s a reason some may take longer than others.

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