Celebrating America This Independence Day

Celebrating America This Independence Day

By Wesley Smith The initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775.  By the middle of the following year there was much talk about declaring independence for the colonies from Great Britain. On June 7, 1776, when the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for […]

Airport Traffic Below Pre-Pandemic Numbers in May, Annual Rate Up

Airport Traffic Below Pre-Pandemic Numbers in May, Annual Rate Up

The latest information from the Tallahassee International Airport shows that May 2022 passenger traffic was 72,791. This is 5.1% or 3,903 passengers below the pre-COVID passenger traffic (76,694) reported in May 2019. May traffic increased 39.3% when compared to traffic one year ago. The number of passengers was up 20,519 from the 52,272 reported during […]

Judge Says Florida’s 15-Week Abortion Law Unconstitutional

Judge Says Florida’s 15-Week Abortion Law Unconstitutional

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Ruling that a new Florida law placing a 15-week limit on abortions violates a privacy clause in the state Constitution, a Leon County circuit judge Thursday said he will issue a temporary injunction to block the law. Judge John Cooper, however, said his verbal ruling […]

Leon County Unemployment Rate at 2.5%, Below Pre-COVID Number

Leon County Unemployment Rate at 2.5%, Below Pre-COVID Number

The latest jobs report shows that there were 153,650 people working in Leon County in May, which is basically unchanged from the 153,645 people working last month. The May unemployment rate came in at 2.5%, up from the 2.4% reported last month. One year ago, the May 2021 unemployment rate was 4.1%. In May 2019 […]

Taking Stock and Reminiscing | Judge Layne Smith

After being appointed county judge in 2015, the people of Leon County elected me to the job. Before my term had ended, Governor DeSantis appointed me to the circuit bench. Since then, my chief judge has assigned me to handle family law and civil case dockets in Leon County. Since 2018, I have published 91 […]

May Residential Resales Down 9%, Prices Continue to Climb

May Residential Resales Down 9%, Prices Continue to Climb

Sales of existing single-family homes in Leon county were down 9.2% in May when compared to numbers in the same month one year ago. There were 338 single-family home resales in May 2021 and 307 resales in May 2022. Last month there were 303 existing single-family homes sold. The average sales price in May 2022 […]

Will Tallahassee Save Local Businesses?

Will Tallahassee Save Local Businesses?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Can Tallahassee reward itself a gold medal for the local small business boom claimed by The New Small Business Boom Under the Biden Harris Administration 2021?  Or did Tallahassee earn itself a meager participation ribbon for 2021? While Tallahassee prides itself for promoting initiatives that support local small businesses, Tallahassee has […]

Read 26-Page Andrew Gillum Indictment

Read 26-Page Andrew Gillum Indictment

Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum has been indicted on multiple charges connected to campaign contribution fraud before and during his 2018 run for governor of Florida. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida unsealed the indictment Wednesday, showing Gillum has 21 counts against him. The indictment alleges that Gillum accepted gifts and […]

Report: Andrew Gillum to be Indicted at 1pm Today

Report: Andrew Gillum to be Indicted at 1pm Today

NBC’s Marc Caputo is reporting that Andrew Gillum surrendered at 10 am today to federal authorities and a Gillum indictment is expected to be unsealed at 1 pm. Caputo reports that the exact charges are unclear and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida would neither confirm nor deny details about the […]

Alex Stemle to Run for Leon County School Board

Alex Stemle to Run for Leon County School Board

Alex Stemle has told Tallahassee Reports that he plans to run for the Leon County School Board District 4 seat. The qualifying period for the seat ends on Friday, June 17. Stemle ran against incumbent Dee Dee Rasmussen in 2020 and lost 60.6% to 39.3%. Early this year, Rasmussen resigned due to health reasons. During […]