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Leon County Schools Prepare For Bump In Enrollment

Oct 2, 2017
MGN Online

With thousands of Puerto Rican families expected to come to Florida following Hurricane Maria, Leon County Schools are preparing for  bump in enrollment.

Tom Flanigan

Saturday(9/30) was a big fundraiser for Leon County's Girls On the Run program. Supporters were turning exercise into cash at Premier Health and Fitness.

Waterborne Volunteers Clean Up Lake Jackson

Oct 2, 2017
Tom Flanigan

Lake Jackson just north of Tallahassee was the target of a major cleanup effort on Saturday (9/30). Dozens of volunteers were prowling the shoreline in search of trash and debris.

The people gathered early that morning at Rhoden Cove Landing for a pre-cleanup safety briefing. Leon County's Tessa Shriner said the lake just naturally accumulates unwanted material over time.

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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is launching his Let’s Feed America campaign, which aims to reduce hunger by expanding eligibility and making it easier for those in need to receive access to food. Lawson says 1 out of 4 people in the fifth congressional district have been on the SNAP Program or food stamps this year.

Florida State University School of Medicine

Florida State University’s School of Medicine has a mission that’s unique among virtually all other medical schools in the country.

Tom Flanigan

Hundreds of cars were lined up early Thursday morning (9/28) to pick up free food at the Leon County Sheriff’s Department. It was a joint effort by the department and the statewide Farm Share program.

City of Tallahassee

After considering options like a sound wall or housing for people with special needs, Tallahassee commissioners are considering a proposal for Myers Park brought to them by the people who live there.

Tom Flanigan

A Tallahassee attorney is gathering relief supplies for her homeland of Puerto Rico. Her offices are now bulging with donations from concerned Capital City residents.

North American Properties

Tallahassee's joint city/county Community Development Agency has given a final "yes" vote to a massive new development along the north border of Cascades Park. Construction could get underway in about six months.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Community Development Agency (CRA) was questioning its own existence during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 25. Utimately the organization, made up of city and county commissioners, wound up delaying a final decision for a few months

James Clarke Ash

City officials began installing the first of more than 200,000 photovoltaic panels Tuesday on a 120-acre solar farm on airport property.

If there’s a new baby on the way in your family, those in-the-know say now might be the perfect time to start saving for their post-high school education.

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The Gulf County bay scallop season is now open to harvesters, after state wildlife officials postponed the season for about two months.

Tom Flanigan

Fifty American cities, including Tallahassee, are now competing in the "Healthiest Cities Challenge". Part of the community's winning strategy is to literally grow the number of neighborhood and backyard gardens.

Hurricane Irma played havoc with Tallahassee’s calendar of special events and non-profit organization fundraisers. That included one of the Capital Region’s primary aid organizations for those with disabilities was forced to reschedule its big party for this Friday evening (9/29).

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.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

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.


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.

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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.