Lake Shore Hospital Board Decision and Senior Center Gold Gala Preview


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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) — A new candidate to take over the Lake Shore Hospital facility entered the running at the March board meeting. Florida Gateway College President Lawrence Barrett has proposed using the facility as a downtown campus.

Barrett’s proposal comes from groups like the Columbia County government, the county health department, and Meridian Behavioral Health, among others. Board members will meet in April.

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Columbia County law enforcement officials have little to update as detectives search for the source of a bomb threat at Columbia High School. Students and staff evacuated the campus on Tuesday after a call of a possible explosive was made to dispatchers.

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CCSO officials say they are looking for the person who made the call because nothing was found at the school.

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Columbia County Senior Services hosts the Golden Gala Friday to honor 50 years of service to this community.

“We are standing on a very exciting threshold,” said executive director David Huckabee.

The Golden Gala has a dual purpose of engaging seniors in social activities and raising funds for the services offered at the Senior Center. Attendees will find out what the center has to offer, such as meals on wheels and a dementia day program for the over 60s. 65 tickets have been sold so far and organizers say they are ready for a less restrictive event.

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“It feels really good because we have a lot more of our seniors coming out and participating, so we want them to have a good experience and be able to socialize and get together and just mingle and have that camaraderie because a lot many people haven’t had to experience it,” said development director Kim Glover.

Tickets are $25 each and are still available for purchase.

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