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Tallahassee residents could soon see an increase in their garbage bills. During their upcoming meeting, city commissioners are expected to discuss a plan to raise rates by a dollar a month for residential service.

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Railroad Square’s Square Mug Cafe hosted a fundraiser for the storm-tossed businesses in Mexico Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The event was sponsored by the Big Bend Poets and Writers.

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The Leon Classroom Teachers Association (LCTA) met with Leon County school leaders this week to resume salary negotiations for the current school year and next year.

Negotiations stalled after Governor Ron DeSantis announced a desire to increase the pay of starting teachers to $47,500.

The City of Tallahassee may be getting a bell tower dedicated to fallen veterans. City commissioners voted  Wednesday to contribute money toward the tower’s construction. 

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The topic of race relations remains an uneasy one in Tallahassee. Another way to examine the topic is through the lens of the performing arts, especially when the issue is placed into the framework of a classic tragedy.

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A secluded cluster of small businesses on Tallahassee’s east side will be the site of a block party this Friday evening, Jan. 31. It’s an effort by the companies’ owners to connect with existing and future patrons.

 

More than 40,000 voters in Leon County are not registered to vote with either the Democratic or Republican party. That means they can’t vote in the primary. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Early visited the Leon County Detention Center to register voters behind bars. 

He wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get registered or switch their party ID before the February 18 deadline.

 

More than 40,000 voters in Leon County are not registered to vote with either the Democratic or Republican party. That means they can’t vote in the primary. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Early visited the Leon County Detention Center to register voters behind bars. 

He wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get registered or switch their party ID before the February 18 deadline.

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Tallahassee is now the home of a brand new, 24-hour television network. The Black News Channel officially launched Monday and could reach millions of households across the nation.

  Sixty years ago, a group of Tallahassee college students decided they’d had enough. It was February 13th, 1960, and 11 students, led by Florida A&M University student Patricia Stephens, decided to go downtown for lunch—to the segregated lunch counter of the Woolworth’s department store. Less than four years prior the city’s bus system had been desegregated but Tallahassee was far from racial equality. 

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School discipline doesn't have to mean punishing the students. Over the weekend of Feb. 8 & 9 a Tallahassee charter school was the scene of a seminar on an alternative form of keeping order in the classroom.

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For the rest of this month, the Leon County Library branches will be handing out free vegetable seeds to card-carrying patrons. The very popular program kicked off on Saturday, February 8.

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Tallahassee singer-songwriter Grant Peeples very seldom covers other artists’ songs. But Peeples' latest collection is nothing BUT cover tunes, all written by women.

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Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School Chorus has had a close connection with a true rock and roll legend for several years. Now, that legend’s wife is allowing the school’s chorus to perform a world premiere of her latest composition.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 PM ET (7 PM CT) for much of the Big Bend and parts of the Florida Panhandle. The watch includes Tallahassee, Panama City, Marianna, Apalachicola, and Lake City.

A line of strong thunderstorms was noted to be getting better organized in the Florida Panhandle early Thursday afternoon, and it was beginning to approach Panama City just before 1 pm.

 

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Update 12:18pm:

From the Madison County Sheriff's Office - The Florida Highway Patrol will be shutting down Interstate 10 in Madison County from the 262 mile maker (Lee exit) to the 275 mile marker in Suwannee County due to zero visibility caused by dust from adjacent fields. Deputies are responding to multiple downed trees from the strong winds throughout the county. 

Update 11:30am:

An approaching weather system is leading schools to cancel classes early across the Big Bend. The region’s two public universities along with Tallahassee Community College are planning early departures and some school districts have cancelled after-school activities.

Tornado Watch for most of the Panhandle until Noon

Feb 6, 2020

Update as of 6:10 AM ET / 5:10 AM CT:

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch from roughly Marianna to Panama City and westward until noon today. A line of thunderstorms is beginning to organize over Mississippi and is moving east around 50 mph. If the current motion holds, the line would be on track to arrive in:

Pensacola 7-9 AM

Panama City 11 AM - 2 PM

Tallahassee 3-6 PM

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Is it possible to jointly run a multi-million dollar international business and also have a happy marriage? A Tallahassee couple insists it can be done and they’ve now written a book that contains their secrets.

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Handel’s “Messiah” is seldom played outside of the Christmas season. But a Tallahassee musical group will be performing a very different take on the famous work this coming Sunday (Feb. 9.)

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Tallahassee’s Fourteenth Working Well CEO Breakfast happens February 11h at FSU’s Turnbull Center. The event’s keynote speaker provided a preview.

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Tallahassee marks its 200th anniversary in less than 4 years. Planning for the big celebration is now underway.

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It’s been seven years since Tallahassee’s College Town broke ground. Since then, the area has become a weekend hangout and game day destination for students and alumni. But nearly a decade later, was the $100 million project worth it?

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Update: 

In a statement issued Wednesday night, Keith Powell withdrew from the position of Independent Ethics Officer. 

“I am sorry if my past comments offended members of this community. This was never my intent,” he said. “For 32 years, I have had the honor to serve as an investigator with the Florida Commission on Ethics, and I have always done so with impartiality and professionalism. In this role, I have never been concerned with issues related to right versus left, but merely those involving right versus wrong.”

Newly named police chief Lawrence Revell talks with community members during a meet and greet.
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Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell is putting together what he’s calling a Citizens Advisory Committee. The goal of the committee is to provide ideas, programs and feedback to help TPD improve its relationship with community members.

An advisory committee like the one Revell is proposing has long been in demand. The police chief has said one of his priorities is to strengthen communication and trust between law enforcement and city residents.

TPD Spokeswoman Rachelle Denmark says the group will be diverse.

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A veteran Leon County educator was treated to a gala retirement party over the weekend. Shirley Cain was the registrar at SAIL High School for 30 years.

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