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BREAKING: Long-time educator found dead at home; FDLE crime lab enroute

BREAKING: Long-time educator found dead at home; FDLE crime lab enroute

Long-time Taylor County educator Shelly O’Steen Strickland was found dead at her home earlier today (Wednesday, June 24), according to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson. TCSO Capt. Ron Rice…

Covenant Hospice agrees to repay feds $10 million over billing errors

Covenant Hospice, Inc., agreed to pay $10,149,374 to reimburse the government last week for alleged overbilling of Medicare, Tricare and Medicaid for hospice services. The U.S. Department of Justice announced…

Scott vetoes local grant in state budget

Gov. Rick Scott signed the state’s $78 billion budget Tuesday, vetoing more than $450 million in allocations, including a $292,000 grant for improvements to Forest Capital Hall in Taylor County.…

Authorities believe shooting incident which left Old Town man dead was ‘truly accidental’

A shooting incident Saturday night near the Dixie/Taylor County border claimed the life of a 21-year-old man, Garrett Cowart, from Old Town. “All indications show this was truly accidental,” Dixie…

Cough leads to semi-truck crash

An ill-timed cough apparently led to a semi-truck crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 19. Driver James Lee Thompson, 57, of Auburndale, told Florida Highway Patrol Trooper W.B. Young that…

Pinning ceremony to be held Saturday for TTI’s inaugural class of nursing students

Pinning ceremony to be held Saturday for TTI’s inaugural class of nursing students

For the inaugural class of Taylor Technical Institute’s practical nursing program, this Saturday will mark the culmination of nearly a year of hard work and dedication when they, along with…

Judge hands down orders in McLeod, Denmark suit

A federal judge has given conditional approval for a substantial extension of the discovery deadline in the lawsuit filed by William Daniel McLeod Jr. and Jeremy Denmark against the City…

New school funding raises questions

While the Taylor County School District’s request for funding to construct a new primary school in Perry was not included in the state budget, two other counties’ projects found their…

Three bus driver positions added, high school diploma requirement dropped

The Taylor County School Board added three new full-time bus driver positions this week and removed a requirement that applicants have a high school diploma as part of its continuing…

District stays the course with school principals

Taylor County students will have familiar faces greeting them when they return to class in August after the school board re-appointed all of the district’s principals and directors this week.…