Former South Florida Willie Taggart leaves the field at the end of the game against Louisville at Raymond James Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tampa (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times/MCT).
Dan Mullen, head football coach at the University of Florida, speaks during a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 in Gainesville, Fla. (STEPHEN M. DOWELL/Orlando Sentinel/TNS).
Fort White receiver Kanell Stewart bursts up the field during Wednesday’s practice (JORDAN KROEGER/Lake City Reporter).
Columbia quarterback Jordan Smith throws a pass during practice on Aug. 1 (ERIC JACKSON)/Lake City Reporter).
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois (12) drops back to pass against Michigan during the Orange Bowl on December 30, 2016, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens (JIM RASSOL/Sun Sentinel/TNS).
Fort White running back Corey Dryden gets his ankle stretched during Wednesday’s practice. Dryden has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL (JORDAN KROEGER@Lake City Reporter).

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WHITE SPRINGS — Three people were struck by lightning, one fatally, at a popular Hamilton County mud-bogging site Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Columbia High School student S.K. Lewis smiles on stage with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks during a ceremony Thursday at the school recognizing her as one of 25 student-athletes across the country that qualified as a finalist for the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence (TONY BRITT/Lake City Reporter).

Only 25 student-athletes across the country qualify as finalists for the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. One of them is a high school senior here in Lake City.

Lake City residents and visitors out on a sunny Friday at noon seemed to want only one thing — more sun.

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Former South Florida Willie Taggart leaves the field at the end of the game against Louisville at Raymond James Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tampa (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times/MCT).

TALLAHASSEE — Willie Taggart's first eight months as Florida State's coach could not have gone much better.

Dan Mullen, head football coach at the University of Florida, speaks during a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 in Gainesville, Fla. (STEPHEN M. DOWELL/Orlando Sentinel/TNS).

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Dan Mullen spent his first few months on the job trying to sell the program.

First to recruits, then to boosters and students.

Fort White receiver Kanell Stewart bursts up the field during Wednesday’s practice (JORDAN KROEGER/Lake City Reporter).

FORT WHITE — Trenton’s era of state titles may be over but there’s always some excitement when you go up against one the top programs in all of Florida in recent memory.

Columbia quarterback Jordan Smith throws a pass during practice on Aug. 1 (ERIC JACKSON)/Lake City Reporter).

In an unexpected turn of events last week, Columbia went from possibly not having a preseason classic to scheduling one of the country's best programs.

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