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Tom Flanigan

For years, Tallahassee’s Leon High School has hosted a summer stage presentation, featuring the county’s top high school performers. This summer is no exception, with Leon Performing Arts’ offering of “Les Miserables.”

[Left to Right] Leon County School Board candidates: Incumbent Alva Striplin, Ricky Bell, and Patty Ball Thomas
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When the Leon County School Board rejected two charter school applications earlier this year, it was seen as pushback against what critics say are efforts to erode traditional public schools. Now the issue is making its way into local races. School board candidates are weighing in on the move, and the larger issue of how much school choice there should be, and at what expense?

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A North Florida author has penned a novel on how imprisonment of parents tears families apart. That author is Faith Eidse.

Blue Green Algae on St. Johns River, Satsuma, Putnam County, May 26, 2010
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On the heels of a toxic algae bloom spreading across South Florida, Bay County health officials are reminding residents and visitors to be careful in area waters through a health campaign.

The 2018 local elections have set a county record for most qualified candidates in a midterm year. There are 55 people in the running.

Leon County Sheriff's Office

400 families received a box of free food Wednesday during the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Farm Share event Wednesday morning.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office wants area residents to “Think Before They Dive.” It’s part of an initiative to promote safety on local waterways.

[From left to right] Leon County Commission Candidates Rick Minor,  Emily Fritz, Kyle Frost, and Carlos Rey, with the exception of Rex Rekstis [missing from photo], appeared Tuesday on WFSU’s Perspectives show.
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Growth, development and infrastructure are rising to the top of the priority list for the candidates who want to represent the Northwest corridor of Leon County. The County's Third District is up for grabs this year. 

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Leon County plans to join a court fight against a state law that preempts most local gun-related rules. Commissioner Bryan Desolge says for him the issue isn’t about firearms. It’s about home rule.

Leon County Government

The Leon County Commission is following of the Community Redevelopment Agency’s plan for doling out more than $3-million for local arts and culture projects. The money is what’s left over from a tax meant for a performing arts center that was never built.

Man holds up a sign during the Monday CRA meeting
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Proof Brewery won’t be getting an extra $450,000 from local government.

Jasmine Ali's campaign facebook page

If elected county commissioner, Jasmine Ali wants to focus on reducing crime and improving quality of life in Leon County’s first district. The 20-year-old FSU student feels it’s time for a fresh face in the seat long held by incumbent Bill Proctor.

LeMoyne Art Gallery
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Monday’s Community Redevelopment Board meeting divvied up $3 million  to three arts and cultural groups and a new program, not in the running last week, is now set to receive $1.8 million.

The Big Bend chapter of Florida’s Police Benevolent Association has announced its endorsements for some Leon County races. 

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Population growth in Florida is below projected census expectations and is slowing down overall. 

Tom Flanigan

A July 7 benefit concert for the storm-damaged Bradfordville Blues Club brought a sell-out crowd to The Moon.

Tom Flanigan

On Saturday, July 7, the Frenchtown Farmers' Market had fresh produce, handicrafts, and lots of hometown politics. Candidates showed up for every local race on the upcoming ballot.

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Thomasville, Georgia’s recycling center reopens Monday. The facility shut down for a few days to make changes to how it accepts paper and plastic.

Three Tallahassee-based arts and culture groups are getting closer to securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in local funding. The group doling out the money meets Monday. But there's controversy over whether the organizations that may get the awards are worthy.

A Florida Highway Patrol car
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Local law enforcement agencies are asking residents to be careful of people posing as officers and pulling unsuspecting victims over.

City crews will leave on Monday to help the Eastpoint community.
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City of Tallahassee crews are bringing equipment and supplies to help the Eastpoint community following the fire that burned more than 950 acres last month. 

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Celebrate America event at Tom Brown Park has music, fireworks and other family fun. But it was also a celebration to welcome new Americans.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's first patriotic observance on this Fourth of July morning took place at the Historic Florida Capitol. That's where the entire text of the Declaration of Independence was read aloud.

Angela Santomero

The new movie documentary about Fred Rogers and his remarkable TV show is an unexpected summertime box office hit. But even though Mr. Rogers Neighborhood is no longer on the small screen, the show’s spirit lives on for today’s children.

Train tracks pass a lit train station as dusk falls
Erich Martin

Leon County’s office of tourism is moving and commissioners are putting the old building up for sale. The tourism office will move to the Amtrak station near Railroad Square. Commissioner Bryan Desloge says he thinks the tourism office will get more notice in the new location.

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