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The Village Square Tallahassee

County Commissioner John Dailey has filed to run for mayor of Tallahassee. The three-term commissioner enters a race that has had a revolving door of candidates.

A home hit by a large tree during hurricane hermine
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Leon County is a pilot community for a new Hurricane Strong Program that’s a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. County spokesman Mathieu Cavell says the program is focused on community resilience.

Tom Flanigan

Several Capital City service groups joined forces on Saturday (3/31) to throw a party for the previously homeless families now living at the Hope Community.

Tom Flanigan

Florida A&M University appears on the fast track to achieving a flawless reaccreditation by the end of the year. This week’s visit of an accreditation committee to the school resulted in an apparently clean bill of health.

Leon County Schools

As Leon County Commissioners consider creating a new tax aimed at supporting local youth, the question of how that money would be spent is growing. A lot of organizations have ideas. Leaders in the Leon County school system say they’d like to see that money help ensure kids are ready to start school.

Leon County Schoolboard member Rosanne Wood says the program has proven successful in other communities.

“They’ve had great success in the six counties that have done it. They’ve brought down infant mortality. They have increased their pre-k enrollment,” Wood says.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

A data breach of Florida Virtual School put tens of thousands of Leon County school teachers and students’ personal information at risk.

Davondra Alston / WFSU-FM

Leon County, the city and The Council of Neighborhood Associations want local neighborhoods to sign up for an annual Recognition Program.

Tom Flanigan

A modern version of the classic "Rosie the Riveter" image from World War Two now adorns the western wall of the Garages on Gaines.

Somerset Academy Inc., is one of new “Schools of Hope” operators in Florida. A law approved last year allows additional state funding and exemptions to charter schools that open near failing public ones.

LHatter / WFSU News

The Leon County School district will put its long-talked about community school at Sabal Palm Elementary. Superintendent Rocky Hanna says it’s the natural location since Florida State University is putting a medical lab nearby.

Gag Grouper Season Begins in Four Counties This Sunday

Mar 28, 2018
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Four Florida counties will open their waters to gag grouper harvesting this Sunday. A whole two months ahead of the rest of the state.

Tom Flanigan

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office was showing off its brand new in-house command center on Wednesday, March 28. The facility is meant to be either a stand-alone hub of department operations or connected to the county’s Public Safety Complex in cases of all-out emergency.

Tom Flanigan

The landscape of community healthcare is changing in Tallahassee. Partnerships between providers and with other agencies is increasing access for those who have the most need.

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While a new law allows Florida schools to arm their teachers, the Leon County School Board has unanimously approved a resolution stating they won’t be doing that in their school district.

Colin Carmichael / Flickr

Leon County Commissioners are considering a new tax. Commissioners agreed during their Tuesday to look into a plan to would create a special taxing authority called the Children’s Services Council. The council could levy up to .5 mills annually. Commissioner John Dailey says creating the board is an obvious choice. He says there are countless issues that need more funding in order to be addressed.

Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Leon County Commissioners have agreed to hear a proposed ordinance to close the so-called gun loophole.

Local governments have little say over the rules that govern firearms. The state passed legislation preempting any local ordinances on the issue. But County attorney Herbert Theile says there is one exception.

Tom Flanigan

The candidate most polls now say is the Democratic front-runner for Florida governor spoke in Tallahassee today (Tuesday, 3/27). Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appeared at the Capital Tiger Bay Club meeting.

Village Square

Now that Tallahassee State Senator Bill Montford has said he won’t run for mayor, will incumbent City Commissioner Curtis Richardson jump into the mayor’s race? Richardson expects to answer that question soon.

Florida State University

Florida State University has lifted a ban prohibiting alcohol at sanctioned Greek life and student organization events. 

Update: Sen. Montford Will Stay In The Senate

Mar 26, 2018
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Florida Senate

Update 4:30 p.m.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will keep his seat in the Florida senate. The lawmaker had been mulling a move to run for Tallahassee mayor, but Montford says he realized he could have the greatest impact by continuing in this current position.

Erich Martin

Do you wish you could get a better look behind the fence surrounding the new development project on the edge of Cascades Park? 

Leon County

If you’ve ever thought of starting a home garden, but didn’t think you had the time, space or skill to do so, help is on the way. Local gardening experts are hosting a free, day-long series of gardening workshops for beginners later this month.

FSU Men's Basketball coach Leonard Hamilton talks to players (2/21/18).
Florida State University / Athletics

After an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament, The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team will not be heading to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
Lydell Rawls / WFSU

Students, parents, and a wide assortment of gun-control advocates young and old marched and rallied in Tallahassee Saturday.  The local "March for Our Lives" event was one of more than 800 similar happenings in the United States.

U.S. Rep Al Lawson meets DeMarcus Williams of the Federation of Southern Cooperative Farmers following the Farmers Roundtable (3/24/18).
Stephanie Lambert / Office of Congressman Al Lawson

Nearly 100 North Florida and South Georgia farmers turned out to give Congressman Al Lawson their thoughts on what should be included in a federal farm bill. At the top of concerns: trade issues between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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