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Students from Idylwild Elementary School launch a water rocket at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

The University of Florida College of Engineering Reaches Out to Elementary Students

University of Florida engineering students hosted a day of science activities on campus for fourth- and fifth-grade students from Idylwild Elementary School on October 30.

High School to Build Bat Houses After Infestation

Luee, a Malayan flying fox, is investigating fresh foliage in its habitat at the Lubee Bat Conservancy located in Gainesville, Fla.

Sunlake High School science teachers take advantage of the school’s recent bat infestations and use it as an opportunity to teach their students more about bats.


Charlie Crist Makes Stop on UF Campus to Attract Voters

Charlie Crist spoke at UF on Wednesday. He touched on the importance of voting and education policy in his speech.

Charlie Crist made a stop on the University of Florida campus to rally support and encourage students and Gainesville residents to vote. The race will come to an end on November 4 when voters will cast their vote for governor.



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In The News: App Detects Dishonesty, Shooting Victim Stable, Governor’s Race Tied, Fugitive Captured in Penn.



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Withlacoochee River and Dunnellon Trail Bridge.

Long-Awaited Dunnellon Blue Run Trail Extension Under Construction

Dunnellon is using funds from a Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant to finish a section of path that connects the Dunnellon and Blue Run trails. The trail will now fully support hiking, jogging, biking and rollerblading after its expected completion in December.


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Machines Assist Individuals with Disabilities to Vote

Voting machines accepted by the Americans with Disabilities Act encourage individuals with disabilities to cast their vote.


A crowded audience of Island Field residents and trail supporters filled the Jack Durrance Auditorium at the Alachua County Administration building on Tuesday night. The County Commission voted on how to address complaints regarding use of the Barr Hammock trail.

County Commission Votes To Keep Barr Hammock Trail Open

The Alachua County Commission voted Tuesday to keep the Levy Loop Trail at the Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Preserve open year-round. Residents of Island Field, a neighborhood that borders the trail, raised concerns over noise and privacy earlier this year.


Charlie Crist spoke at UF on Wednesday. He touched on the importance of voting and education policy in his speech.

UF College Democrats Rally in Support of Charlie Crist on Campus

Members of the community gathered in Pugh Hall on Wednesday to support Charlie Crist in the 2014 gubernatorial election.


Tudorel Tomlin, 21, (left) and Arthur Seabrooks, 17, (right) lay irrigation tape in the herb garden. The system replaces sprinklers that over-watered certain areas of the garden and left others parched.

Gardening Program Provides Opportunity For Students With Disabilities

Loften High School’s Growing Education Training program is bringing job skills and healthy living to intellectually disabled students. The gardening-based program hopes to bring the students’ products to local school cafeterias.


Garrett Holeve poses in the sunlight shining through a room full of punching bags at American Top Team in Weston. Florida on Oct. 19. Despite having Down syndrome, Garrett has proven himself to be a formidable opponent in mixed martial arts, or MMA. “You have to adjust a little bit, but you don’t want to go too easy on him either,” said John De Jesus, professional MMA fighter and occasional sparring partner for Garrett. “You can’t let him connect on you because he’ll knock you out!”

G-Money: In The Cage With Down Syndrome

Garrett “G” Holeve has Down syndrome, but his condition isn’t stopping him from pursuing his passion — mixed martial arts. G will face David Steffan on Nov. 8 in a long overdue fight against the odds.


Governor Rick Scott urges attendees of a rally in Gainesville to vote early and to encourage others to do the same. The stop was one of many on a Get Out the Vote bus tour on October 28th, 2014.

Scott Rallies Voters On Bus Tour As Election Nears

Governor Rick Scott continued his “Get Out the Early Vote” bus tour on Tuesday with a stop in Gainesville at David’s Real Pit BBQ to rally voters and encourage them to head to the polls early.


Governor Scott Takes Action On Ebola

Governor Rick Scott discusses Florida’s plan on addressing Ebola. The state has followed suit of New Jersey, New York and Illinois in taking state action.


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Bike Fatalities On The Rise

Bicycle accident fatalities are on the rise in Florida, with head injuries as the leading cause of death. Experts are urging bicyclists to wear their helmets and motorists to follow the laws.


Pumpkins, whose native growing climate is in a cool and dry area, are displayed and sold at the Trinity United Methodist Church pumpkin patch. The patch, located at 4000 NW 53rd Ave., in Gainesville, is open until Oct. 30.

Imported Pumpkins Help Bring Fall Season To Florida

More than 40,000 pounds of the brightly-colored gourds arrived on a semi-truck Sept. 28 just in time for this year’s pumpkin patch. Before filling the small hay-covered courtyard at Gainesville’s Trinity United Methodist Church, the pumpkins travel 1,807 miles through […]


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First Case Of Enterovirus D-68 Confirmed In Alachua County

Alachua County child was diagnosed with enterovirus D-68, a flu-like disease that has no vaccine or treatment. The CDC said there have been more reported cases this year than ever before.


Punk music festival Fest is now permitted to sell alcohol on Bo Diddley Plaza this weekend after the city of Gainesville broadened its alcohol ordinance. Fest will be held from Friday to Sunday.

Fest Expands Into Bo Diddley Plaza After Ordinance Changes

Punk music festival Fest will have bands perform for the first time at Bo Diddley Community Plaza Halloween weekend. The use of the venue comes with ordinance changes Fest organizers have been waiting three years for.


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Retired Journalist Reflects On Captivity And Recent ISIS Actions

In response to recent Islamic State actions, Terry Anderson, a University of Florida adjunct professor, reflected on being held hostage in Lebanon for six years and how negotiations with terrorists have changed.


Jon Kistemaker competes Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Lake Wauburg in Gainesville, Fla., in the Men’s C division of the 2014 USA Wakeboard Southeast Regional Competition. Kistemakeris is a University of Florida student and former president of the UF Wakeboard Club.

UF Wakeboard Team Hosts USA Wakeboard Southeast regionals

The University of Florida wakeboard team hosted the USA Wakeboard Southeast Regionals. Seven UF students will compete at nationals: Heather Bouchard, Will Green, Jon Kistemaker, Marcus Knox, Alex Montgomery, Dixie Smith and Freddie Wayne.


Martin Luther King III poses for photos with Eastside High School's Gospel Choir before addressing the crowd of voters at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. “My father used to say that a voteless people is a powerless people,” he said. “One of the most important steps we can take is the step to the ballot box.”

Residents Encouraged To Vote Early At ‘Empowerment Sunday’

Voters were encouraged to take full advantage of early voting on Sunday at Gainesville’s Empowerment Sunday organized by the African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County. Martin Luther King III attended.


Cassidy, an 18-month-old Lab/American Bulldog mix who was part of Academy 14 and his inmate trainer.

Paws On Parole Looking To Continue Perfect Adoption Rate

The Alachua County Animal Services and Florida Department of Corrections Work Camp is working together with this year’s “Hairy Pawter” dog academy to prepare a new group of house-trained dogs for homes.


A wild hog mills around outside the runway enclosure of Williston Municipal Airport. The hogs often explore around a water source by the neighboring rock quarry, Barry said.

Hog Infestation Halts Historic Airport Runway

A hog infestation at Williston Municipal Airport’s grass runway is causing delays in the approval of the runway by the Federal Aviation Administration.


 

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