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One of the two Thrift 5 stores owned by Pledge 5 in Gainesville. Pledge 5 budgeted the 2014 Gator Stompin' event off projected attendance increases and revenue from the thrift stores, but was unable to meet the expected numbers.

Gator Stompin’ Looking To Get Back On Track With Payback Program

The Pledge 5 Foundation is in debt with local businesses in Gainesville. The organization owes more than $100,000, but it created a program, so that they can pay back the money they owe.

Local Organization Fills Christmas Spirit “One Belly At A Time”

Rozie Smith, a volunteer with Food4Kids Backpack program works together with fellow volunteer, Brantley Mason, to put together a canned food box at the organization’s warehouse as the holiday season approaches

Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.


Prisoner Labor Saves Taxpayer Money

Inmate labor saved taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013. The stoves project was just a small piece of a large statewide operation.

In exchange for a reduced sentence, some Marion County inmates participate in a prison work program. The program has produced much of the jail’s infrastructure, saving taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013.



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Afternoon News in 90: Dec. 5, 2014

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The drop box for letters to Santa stands at the left entrance of the Gainesville Post Office. Mail handlers check the drop box for submissions four to five times a day.

Operation Santa Seeks Benefactors

Gainesville Post Office participates in the Santa Operation program for the first time. The program started receiving letters from across the country starting Dec. 2, and it will match the benefactors until Monday.


Alachua County migrant children receive gifts from the Angel Tree charity project last Christmas. 

Photo courtesy of Alachua County Multi-County Migrant Education program.

Angel Tree Shines Light On Migrant Families

The Angel Tree Charity Project helps make sure struggling migrant families have a normal Christmas. Hundreds of families are helped with the charity project.


An example of the VIEVU body cameras worn by Ocala police officers. Photo courtesy of VIEVU®.

Police Departments Look to Advance with Cameras

While some area law enforcement are struggling to find funding for officer body cameras, Ocala Police Department has been using them since 2009 for specialized units.


Newnans Lake, shown here near 7400 E. University Ave., in Gainesville, Fla.

Alachua County Receives Florida’s 36th State Forest

The 1,000-plus acres of diverse land west of Newnans Lake in Gainesville will provide bicycle and hiking trails for the public in spring 2015.


Demarion Roddrick Hampton, 5-weeks-old.

Missing 5-Week-Old Palatka Infant Found

The Palatka Police Department is currently investigating the disappearance of a 5-week-old infant, Demarion Roddrick Hampton of Palatka.


The Rerun team prepares 233 shoes to ship to Native American reservations in South Dakota later in December.

Old Shoes Find New Life Thanks to Oak Hall

“We started off as a drop off spot where people could bring old shoes when they bought a new pair, or bring back a defective pair,” Carillo said. “It grew more and more through word of mouth, and now people know to bring their shoes to us.”


A Bread of the Mighty Food Bank employee stocks the warehouse shelves with dry food donated by a local grocery.

Florida Food Banks Suffer As State Grant Runs Out

As the number of food insecure households rise, local food banks see a rapid decline in food supply from Florida’s government grant program.


Alex Skobel and his girlfriend Loree Schulson share a moment in one of the Skobel Homes properties. Schulson joked she was trying to steal Skobel's warmth while touring the home on a cold Sunday.

UF Graduate Builds Future Out Of Recession

The economic recession in 2007 led to the unemployment of millions of Americans. However, one University of Florida graduate turned the downturn into opportunity.


University of Florida Dream Defenders and UF Students for a Democratic Society protested for nearly two hours on the University of Florida’s campus, Friday, December 13, 2014 in Gainesville.

UF Organizations Protest Outside O’Connell Center

University of Florida Dream Defenders and UF Students for a Democratic Society protested outside O’Connell Center Friday night.


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UF Women’s Track Team Volunteers At Homeless Shelter

Members of the University of Florida women’s track team helped serve food at St. Francis’ homeless shelter.


Students and community members line up outside Gate 1 of the O’Connell Center.

GALLERY: Protest Held At O’Connell In Response to Police Actions

Demonstrators from the University of Florida Dream Defenders and UF Students for a Democratic Society protested for two hours outside of the O’Connell Center on Friday in response to the police actions in Ferguson and New York that lead to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.


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Alachua County Superintendent Makes Plans To Transform Schools

Dr. Owen Roberts plans to tackle the issue of mandated testing, among other things, on his mission to reshape the school system.


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Social Media Campaign Aims To Move Shelter Residents into Houses

Grace Marketplace is asking for the community’s help to raise $50,000 in 50 days. The organization will be launching a social media campaign that will begin Dec. 11, which aims to move residents from the shelter into houses and apartments. Supporters can be seen on the corner of University and Main Street, holding cardboard signs asking for money and support, along with the hasthtag, #FundGrace.


Emergency personnel work after the fatal crash on Friday night.

Gainesville Mayor In Twitter Debate Over Northwest 8th Avenue

Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy entered a heated debate over Northwest 8th Avenue with unhappy community members on Twitter.


Donna Boles speaks to a vendor about the upcoming Hawthorne Christmas festival. The parade, which will officially be the 32nd annual for the town of Hawthorne, is Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.

Hawthorne Prepares For Annual Christmas Festival

Hawthorne will host its annual Christmas Festival and parade on Saturday, and President of Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce Donna Boles is working to finish the yearly planning.


Jacob Easterling tests his "Team Clean Sweep" for the crowd. These displays were used as a final grade for the Intelligent Machines Design Lab course.

UF Engineers Display Intelligent Machines At Robot Demo Day

Students show off their intelligent inventions at Robot Demo Day on the University of Florida Campus. The bi-annual event has been around since 1994, giving students the opportunity to network and show their talent to companies.


Rev. Thomas A. Wright died Tuesday night at age 94. He was the former president of the Alachua County branch of the NAACP

Former Alachua County President Of NAACP Rev. Wright Dies

The Rev. Thomas A. Wright passed away on Dec. 9. He was the former president of the Alachua County branch of the NAACP, and is remembered by family and friends for his life and service during the civil rights movement.


 

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