Lake City executives prepare to meet the city manager’s finalists, the county has the second highest completion rate in the country


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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) – As Lake City executives prepared to meet the two finalists for the city manager position in person, Columbia County residents gathered today to honor the man who introduced pickleball to Lake City has.

Find out everything that’s going on nationwide in this week’s Columbia County report.

Local residents honor Chip Lynch

Dozens of people gathered at the Richardson Community Center in Lake City Thursday morning to honor the life of Chip Lynch.

Lynch died in the summer of 2019. Chip and his wife Donna are held responsible for introducing the sport of pickleball with a makeshift seat in their driveway.

After the sport grew in popularity, the Lynch couple worked with Lake City executives to bring tournaments to town and to build courts behind the community center.

Donna now lives at The Villages but traveled to Lake City for the ceremony.

Lake City City Council is preparing to meet the finalists

Lake City executives are preparing to meet in person with the two finalists for the city manager position.

A meet-and-greet is scheduled for Glen Adams on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Due to COVID-19, guides recommend attendees wear a mask.

A special session of the city council will be held on Saturday to allow council members to conduct one-on-one and group interviews with Adams.

Thomas Thomas will be visiting Lake City next weekend for a meet-and-greet and interview.

CCSD has record high graduation rates

The Columbia County School District had the second highest graduation rates in the state.

With a graduation rate of 95.6%, the district is above the national average.

That is an increase of 0.2% compared to 2021.

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