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Gainesville’s Suicide Memory Garden Dedicated to Survivors

By on November 14th, 2013 | Last updated: November 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

A suicide memorial garden was dedicated to those who have lost their lives to suicide and to the family members and friends left behind afterward. The garden, which has been in the designing and building process for over a decade, was finally opened on Thursday to the public.

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FWC Plans To Use Herbicides To Get Rid Of Orange Lake Weed Problem

By on October 19th, 2013 | Last updated: October 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Low water levels in Orange Lake are revealing weeds that are stopping boat traffic. A potential applied herbicide could kill the weeds at the surface level and below, however there is much debate about the proper removal.

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Some College Students, Americans Unaware Of Upcoming Health Care Changes

By on October 4th, 2013 | Last updated: October 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

The Florida Public Interest Research Group has launched a campaign to educate young adults about the upcoming health care legislation. Beginning in January, all Americans are required to have health insurance or they’ll have to pay a fine.

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Chief investigator Spencer Mann retires, reflects on career

By on April 10th, 2013 | Last updated: April 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Mann investigated many areas during his law enforcement career in North Central Florida. He’s retiring from his position as the state attorney’s chief investigator within the next week.

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Santa Fe College included in ‘low-cost’ degree challenge

By on January 30th, 2013 | Last updated: September 12, 2013 at 7:29 am

Santa Fe College is joining 22 other Florida state colleges in offering Gov. Rick Scott’s $10,000 bachelor’s degree program.

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Gainesville’s Arbor House closing in March

By on January 23rd, 2013 | Last updated: January 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

In less than two months, five pregnant women being sheltered in Arbor House will have to find a new place to live.

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Marion County’s health department tackles low ranking

By on January 16th, 2013 | Last updated: February 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm

The health department created a new awareness plan, the Community Health Improvement Plan, to combat the low-ranking health statistics in Marion County.

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Two Alachua County schools win healthy eating award

By on December 12th, 2012 | Last updated: December 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Twelve schools throughout Florida have won the Healthy Schools program’s Gold Award to honor its nutrition choices.

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Gainesville farm grows vegetables for local soup kitchen

By and on December 5th, 2012 | Last updated: December 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

Gainesville’s first urban farm is putting a charitable spin on the farm-to-table concept by donating locally grown vegetables to a Gainesville homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

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New firefighting training facility opens at Alachua County high school

By on October 24th, 2012 | Last updated: December 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

On Wednesday, a new fire training facility opened at Loften High School. The new facility will provide more interaction between Alachua County Fire Rescue firefighters and students enrolled in Loften High’s Fire and EMS Academy.

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