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Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park hosted its annual Artisgras Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Music included the Lofty Pursuits Marching Band, while Adrian Foglin with the duo "Hot Tamale" was happy to play and talk about her group's new song "Red Betty."

"My husband's family said to the kid sister, whose name was Betty, 'Red Betty, get the bed ready!' We obviously altered it considerably for this song," she laughed.

Lucrezia Bieler said all the activities meant more people to stop by her South of SoHo Gallery.

In the wake of the deaths of 17 people from a shooting at a Broward High School, people are once again focusing on school safety. Administrators and elected officials alike are pushing for more funding to shore up infrastructure, but some are beginning to wonder if that’s enough.

Gerald Ensley Dies

Feb 16, 2018
WFSU

The man who probably knew more about Tallahassee than just about any other living person, has departed the community he loved so much. Veteran Tallahassee journalist and columnist Gerald Ensley has died.

Leon County Schools

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School in Broward County, Leon school officials are trying to reassure worried parents.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer admits there’s a lot of “dysfunction” at City Hall nowadays. He shared that and much more with the Tuesday morning meeting of local Democrats at the Uptown Cafe.

Erich Martin

The Executive Director of Tallahassee’s Downtown Improvement Authority will continue in her position for now. During a Monday meeting, the agency decided to postpone a decision about its embroiled leader until its next meeting.  Paige Carter-Smith has been named in a warrant in an FBI investigation.

Tom Flanigan

Anyone who's visited the dentist lately knows that care can be expensive. But dozens of local dentists and their helpers on Saturday (Feb. 10) were providing free care for around 100 patients.

For much of the day, the sparkling new Periodontal Associates of North Florida offices near the corner of Centerville Road and Capital Circle was a humming bee hive of activity. Associates Partner Dr. Walt Colon said volunteer dentists and their support staff came from all over.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County's public library system is celebrating Black History Month with a number of events.  On Sunday, Feb. 11,  the main downtown library hosted a happening that combined reading and discussion.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's 33rd Alzheimer's Disease Education and Training Conference happened Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Florida State University College of Medicine. A big emphasis this year was caring for caregivers.

Tom Flanigan

The power struggle between the Florida Legislature and the state’s local governments continues. That was obvious during Friday morning’s (2/9) meeting in the Leon County Commission Chambers.

Roger Stone Speaks At Capital Tiger Bay Club Event

Feb 7, 2018
Andrew Quintana / WFSU

The Capital Tiger Bay Club hosted controversial political consultant Roger Stone this week. In classic Stone fashion, the former lobbyist held nothing back, and expressed his views on everything Trump and Russia related.

Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons (right) with City Commissioner Scott Maddox campaigning.
LHatter / WFSU News

A Tallahassee Commission candidate is calling for current commissioner Scott Maddox to step down after the release of a search warrant detailing the FBI’s investigation of Maddox.

Joe Rondone / Tallahassee Democrat

A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for nine Florida State University students facing criminal hazing charges. FSU President John Thrasher is optimistic new Greek life regulations will bring about a cultural change.

Andrew Quintana / WFSU

City of Tallahassee crews will start work on cleaning up the streets of Griffin Heights and the Greater Frenchtown neighborhoods as part of the city’s Public Safety Initiative designed to address public safety by focusing on crime prevention, education, and community beautification. Cynthia Barber is the Assistant City Manager for Community Engagement and Public Safety.

City Commissioner Scott Maddox.
LHatter / Scott Maddox

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he’s hoping for speedy conclusion to the ongoing FBI probe into public corruption in the city government. The statement comes after the Tallahassee Democrat first reported a search warrant was issued for city commissioner Scott Maddox’s iphone accounts.

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Tom Flanigan

For years, Tallahassee has been the home of one church with "cathedral" status; the Roman Catholic Co-Cathedral of Thomas More. On Sunday, Feb. 4, a second local church was elevated to that title.

CDC/MGN Online

Bay County health officials say they’re ready to start administering flu vaccines for local kids again. The health department ran out of the vaccine earlier this week.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Commissioners are a step closer to hiring a new city manager after Rick Fernandez agreed to step down from the job following a number of ethics accusations made against him. Commissioners approved a search process Wednesday. They are also moving forward with efforts to search for a new city attorney—a subject which drew extensive debate as commissioners considered widening the criteria in order to draw a larger number of applicants.

A newly released 911 call captures the desperate scene as Florida State University fraternity members struggled to revive 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, who died of alcohol poisoning after attending a Pi Kappa Phi party in November.

Al Lawson via facebook / https://www.facebook.com/AlLawsonJr/

Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown says he'll challenge Congressman Al Lawson in this year's Democratic primary. The seat was redrawn two years ago through a process known as redistricting, putting two longtime democratic strongholds--Tallahassee and Jacksonville-- into the same district.

Mayor Andrew Gillum
Nick Evans

Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Richard Corcoran continue to spar over immigration policies and in the latest—the Tallahassee Democratic mayor has challenged the Republican state house speaker to a debate.

Tom Flanigan

The white nationalist group League of the South was met with furious counter-demonstrators in Tallahassee on Saturday (1/27). Around 200 officers from every law enforcement agency in town helped keep the two groups apart in front of the Historic Florida Capitol.

Tom Flanigan

Some 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all over Leon County were at Tallahassee's Math and Science Charter School on Saturday (1/27) to take part in the yearly Math Stars Competition.

Tallahassee's Mag Lab Produces Music Video

Jan 29, 2018
nationalmaglab.org

Tallahassee’s High Magnetic Field Laboratory now has its very own song and a music video to go with it.

It starts out like your standard cover version of the old Lovin’ Spoonful hit until you get to the opening line:

“Do you believe in magnets?”

That’s “magnets”, not “magic.” The song is performed by well-known Tallahassee musician Michael Lewis, who fronts the band Common ‘Taters. He was approached by the Mag Lab’s public affairs folks.

401kcalculator.org via flickr / 401kcalculator.org

North Florida’s lower-income residents can get free help with their taxes this spring. Eligible individuals and families making $54,000 a year or less can sign up for an appointment now.

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