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Beloved FSU religion professor, columnist and sports fan Leo Sandon dies at 86

Leo Sandon — pastor and chaplain, professor, author, lecturer, long-time Tallahassee Democrat columnist — died Tuesday, March 22, at the Tallahassee home he shared with his son, Stephen. He was 86. The retired Florida State University professor of religion and FSU sports devotee also had been caregiver to his late wife of 45 years, Marvel Lou. He was beloved by…
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Legal Notice Bill HB 7049 Passes House and Senate; Sent to Governor for Approval

The legal notice bill, HB 7049 giving governmental agencies the option to place legal notices on county websites, and making other changes, passed the House and Senate last week and is now headed to the Governor for approval. Background The bill passed despite the compromise reached last year and the many hours of time and…
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Update on Public Notice Bill (HB 7049) (by Judiciary; State Affairs Committees, Reps. Fine, Grail, Fischer)

As indicated in the last e-bulletin, the House Judiciary Committee recently filed a proposed committee bill (PCB JDC 22-02) placing legal notices on government websites. It is very similar to the bill that passed the House the last couple of sessions. Despite a good deal of opposition testimony, the Committee passed the bill on a party…
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Apply now for the 2022 Derek Dunn-Rankin Leadership Institute!

Applications for the 2022 Derek Dunn-Rankin Leadership Institute are now being accepted! Presented by the Florida Press Foundation, the Leadership Institute program will take place over four 1-day sessions around the state and is intended for new-to-mid level newspaper professionals. The 2022 Program will kick-off on August 3 at the Florida Media Conference in Ponte…
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Nominations Open For The Parker Thomson Awards For Outstanding Legal Journalism In Florida And The Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The entry deadline is April 4, 2022. Submit entries here. The first-place award recipient for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida will receive a cash prize of $500, a plaque and travel…
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Former staffer, who died in bridge incident, recalled as ‘quintessential Shiny Sheet reporter’

Friends, colleagues and Palm Beach officials are recalling former Daily News Business Editor Carol Wright, who was killed Feb. 6 on the Royal Park Bridge, as a dedicated journalist. Former Shiny Sheet Publisher Joyce Reingold called her death an unspeakable tragedy.  “I can still hear her distinctive laugh and somewhere have the handwritten card with her recipe for pesto,” she…
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Guillermo Martinez, a pioneering Cuban-born South Florida journalist, has died at 80

Cuban-born South Florida journalist Guillermo I. Martinez, for decades a prominent and influential voice in both English and Spanish in television, radio and newspapers, has died. Martinez, a former reporter and editorial board member at the Miami Herald, died Sunday in Miami. He was 80. Friends said the cause of death was cancer. Equally at…
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John Shank to join D-R Media in Florida as vice president and group publisher

John Shank is joining D-R Media in Florida as vice president and group publisher. He will be overseeing the D-R Media weekly newspapers in Lake, Polk, and Sumter counties. D-R Media President David Dunn-Rankin said, “we are thrilled John is joining our leadership team.  We believe in the growth potential of our business, and John…
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Democrat’s Jim Henry earns national recognition from Associated Press Sports Editors for Bowden coverage

Democrat sports editor Jim Henry earned a National Top 10 award in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest last week. Henry placed in the breaking news category for his coverage on legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden’s passing last Aug. 8. Bowden was 91. Sports editors and journalists throughout the country voted on the…
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‘A kind, gentle spirit,’ former Ledger preps editor Durward Buck dies at 88

Former Ledger prep sports editor Durward Buck died on Sunday after a brief illness. He was 88 Former Ledger NFL writer Mike Cobb remembered covering Super Bowls when former Polk County high school stars were participating, and inevitably during the interview session when the players found out Cobb was from The Ledger, one question always…
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