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

By on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

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.

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Prisoner Labor Saves Taxpayer Money

By on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

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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UF Graduate Builds Future Out Of Recession

By on December 15th, 2014 | Last updated: December 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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

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Alachua Residents Ready For New Grocery

By on November 20th, 2014 | Last updated: November 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Publix is moving to the small city of Alachua and will compete with the only other grocery store there called Hitchcock’s Markets. Residents are excited to see more diversity in their grocery shopping.

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National Organizations Encourage Female Business Owners

By on November 11th, 2014 | Last updated: November 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

What started out as a cleaning job to pay for a pair of jeans turned into a booming Gainesville business. Since then, business owner Kristen Hadeed’s cleaning company, Student Maid, has been successful and is growing daily.

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Florida’s Craft Beer Industry Sees Growth Despite Growler Ban

By on November 6th, 2014 | Last updated: November 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Florida brewers are thriving despite a controversial law that prohibits the sale of 64-ounce beer growlers. A lawsuit calling the limit unconstitutional could change all that.

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Historic Lake City Hotel to Undergo $14 Million Renovation

By on November 6th, 2014 | Last updated: November 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

A project to renovate the historic Blanche Hotel in downtown Lake City will soon be underway. Lake City Mayor Stephen Witt said he is hoping the renovations bring new allure to downtown Lake City.

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A Season’s Waste Makes Wine

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

Island Grove LLC., a Hawthorne berry farm, made a partnership to found a winery that makes use of the berries left in the fields at the end of the season that would have been frozen or thrown away.

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Gainesville Hires Third Party for GRU Audit, Examines GREC Contract

By on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Gainesville Regional Utilities will be audited by a third party to investigate a 30-year contract between the company and the owners of a biomass plant.

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Gainesville Gas Prices Remain Above Average

By on October 15th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Gainesville consistently has higher gas prices than other big Florida cities. This can be traced to lack of competitive gas station chains, transportation costs and location.

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