Columbia County Report: Who manages Lake City elections and what to expect at the Olustee Festival

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:04 PM EST
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Residents of Lake City will soon decide whether city elections will continue to be managed by the Columbia County supervisor of elections. City candidates and ballot measures currently appear with the county, state and national items on election day, but voters will need to pass three amendments to the city charter in order for that arrangement to continue.

The three amendments will appear on the presidential preference primary ballot on Tuesday, March 17, which is open to all registered Lake City voters. If the measure fails, the city will have to invest in its own separate election infrastructure and personnel.

Florida Gateway College signed an articulation agreement with the University of North Florida's College of Education on Tuesday. The partnership will allow students who earn a bachelor's of science in early childhood education at FGC to transfer seamlessly into UNF's master's program in educational leadership.

Florida Gateway College has agreements for bachelor's degree programs with several other schools including Valdosta state, University of Central Florida, Florida A&M and Bethune Cookman College

More than 50 students from North Central Florida presented their science fair projects at Florida Gateway College. Four middle schools and four high schools had students represented in categories such as chemistry animal science, plant science and biology. The winners of this fair will go on to represent this region at the state science fair in Lakeland on March 24.

Final preparations are being made to a new downtown location for the annual battle of Olustee Festival. The event which begins on Friday, includes arts,crafts and food booths, entertainment, battle skirmishes around Lake Desoto. There will be a parade on Saturday and the culmination of the weekend activities will end on Sunday afternoon with a reenactment of the civil war battle at the Olustee Battle historic site in Baker County.