Most talked about Tallahassee Democrat stories

Clark: Observations on FSU schedule - Friday night games are ridiculous — Now that we've had some time to digest the Florida State football 2015 schedule I figured it was time to write about it. You're welcome, dear reader. You may be asking yourself, "Why didn't he write about it on Thursday when the schedule actually came out?"
Jan 30, 2015

Clark column! FSU's schedule is certainly fair enough, but Friday night games are ridiculous.…

Florida State football 2015 season schedule preview — Democrat sports writers Safid Deen and Jordan Culver take a look at the Florida State football team's 2015 season schedule on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
Jan 30, 2015

Check out me and @Safid_Deen breaking down #FSU's 2015 football schedule (yes, I sneak a #FAMU shoutout in there):…

FAMU coach Byron Samuels: Bethune-Cookman battle ‘not just another game’ — Even though Byron Samuels in his first year as Florida A&M's head men's basketball coach, he knows exactly how important a game against Bethune-Cookman is to the fans. Samuels and the Rattlers (0-20, 0-7 MEAC) play a home game against the Wildcats (6-15, 2-5) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Al Lawson Center.
Jan 30, 2015

#FAMU coach Byron Samuels: Bethune-Cookman basketball game ‘not just another game’:…

Henry Blog: Former 'Nole Walker staying busy — Life after the NFL is a challenge for many players. "Some guys lose their identity when they realize that they can't play in the NFL any longer," Javon Walker said. Walker certainly hasn't lost his identity. In fact, the former Florida State (2000-01) and NFL receiver (2002-09) says he's still evolving as a person and continuing to learn new skills.

Jackson prison staff awarded $340K in whistle-blower suit — Two former administrators at a state-run prison in Jackson County prevail in whistle-blower action. The former warden and assistant warden of the Jackson Correctional Institution have been awarded more than $340,000 in a whistle-blower action they brought alleging gross misconduct by investigators with the Florida Department of Corrections' Office of Inspector General.
Jan 30, 2015

During the IG investigation into then-Jackson CI warden Ted Jeter, it was revealed he was having affair with a nurse.

Jan 30, 2015

Jackson prison staff awarded $340K in whistle-blower suit via @tdonline #Florida #Tallahassee

Florida State Seminoles 2015 football season schedule — Trips to Clemson, Georgia Tech and Gainesville, and home games against Miami and Louisville highlight the Florida State football team's 2015 schedule, which will be released by the Atlantic Coast Conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @NoleSports: Florida State Seminoles 2015 football season schedule: A Friday road game at Boston College; Miami on Oct. 10

Hartsfield to step down after 24 years as property appraiser — Bert Hartsfield, the only property appraiser a generation of Leon County residents has known, announced Thursday he won't run for a seventh term in 2016. Hartsfield said he was announcing nearly two years in advance "so the young pups can get their names known." Commercial appraiser Greg Lane filed to run for property appraiser on Jan.

Gov. Rick Scott proposes cutting 1,000 state positions — Gov. Rick Scott is recommending the elimination of more than 1,000 state-worker positions as part of his budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The governor's $77-billion proposed budget, which he unveiled Wednesday during the Associated Press' annual pre-session meeting at the Capitol, also doesn't include across-the-board raises or performance bonuses for state employees.

Sachs Media Groups expands to South Flordia — Tallahassee-based Sachs Media Group is expanding to open another office in South Florida. Today the firm announced its new Boca Raton site, 150 E. Palmetto Road, Suite 800. This is the firm's third office outside of its flagship location, with additional offices in Orlando and Washington.

Editorial Cartoons

Jan 29, 2015

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Nelson Townsend to be honored in FAMU's Black Archives — Diane Townsend confidently stood at the front of an afternoon meeting of the 220 Quarterback Club, and - much like her late husband Nelson Townsend - challenged the Rattler community to make a difference by supporting the athletic department.
Jan 29, 2015

(Video update) A plaque honoring Nelson Townsend will be placed in #FAMU's Black Archives:…

Debate heats up over Amendment 1 funds — Wrangling has already begun over how to spend the billions of dollars that will be raised following the passage of Amendment 1 last fall. In November, 75 percent of voters passed the constitutional amendment, which was pushed by the group, Florida's Water and Land Legacy.

Jimbo Fisher set to make $5 million for 2015 season; at least $44 million through 2022 — Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher will earn $5 million for the 2015 season and could earn at least $44 million for the life of his new contract extension, which was made public on Wednesday. The contract, which runs through 2022, was released after a public records request by the Tallahassee Democrat.
Jan 29, 2015

Cha-ching!! - FSU's Jimbo Fisher set to make $5 million for 2015 season; at least $44 million through 2022

Construction for new homeless center nearly complete — A mega facility for the homeless is nearly 85 percent complete. On Wednesday, a few county commissioners toured the duple Comprehensive Emergency Services Center - a merger and relocation of The Shelter and adjacent Renaissance Community Center off West Tennessee Street. The smell of fresh paint and the clamor of machinery were all signs of progress.

Florida State football 2015 spring game set for April 11 — Mark your calendars, NoleSports fans! The Florida State football team's spring game will be held on Saturday, April 11 in Doak Campbell Stadium, the school announced Wednesday. The time of the game will be announced at a later date. The lots surrounding Doak Campbell will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis that day.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @JimHenryTALLY: Florida State football 2015 spring game set for April 11 via @tdonline

Jan 28, 2015

RT @NoleSports: Florida State football 2015 spring game set for April 11

'Sidewalk Chef' teaching class to inspire love on Valentine's Day — What's more romantic than preparing a delicious, memorable meal for the one you love? Restaurants will be packed, as usual, for Valentine's Day (That's in just over two weeks, people). Don't panic. Perhaps something new should be on the menu.
Jan 28, 2015

@sidewalkchef will teach a class in Tallahassee for all you lovies looking for something special for Valentine's Day

Graham honors late Sheriff Larry Campbell on U.S. House floor — U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham paid tribute to Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, who died while in office Dec. 24, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.