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Alachua County Grower Among 5 Promising Pot Start By February

Robert Wallace, owner of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm spoke to members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee Wednesday confirming the nursery's ability to meet a February 7 deadline to apply for cultivation authorization. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons Flickr.

TALLAHASSEE — Five dispensing organizations selected by state officials, including one from Alachua County, promised lawmakers Wednesday they would meet a deadline next month to get medical-marijuana production off the ground, despite legal challenges that could threaten their licenses. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee received updates from the state Office of Compassionate …

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New Group Home To Cater To Those With Rare Overeating Disorder

This is the site of The Arc of Alachua County's future group home for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes a person to eat uncontrollably. Officials recently broke ground for the facility, which is slated to open between August and October of this year. (Alexandra Go/WUFT News)

The Century Oak Group Home at The Arc of Alachua County — slated for opening between August and October of 2016 at 1811 NW 9th St. in Gainesville - will provide specialized care for six people with Prader-Willi Syndrome, or PWS. PWS is a genetic disorder that occurs in one of 15,000 to 25,000 births, and those who have it never feel satiated and eat uncontrollably. While The Arc has provided care for people with PWS since 1989, the new group home will offer more specific, hands-on care for clients.

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Providing Tracking Devices To Children With Autism in Putnam County

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Putnam Project Lighthouse, a nonprofit group, is providing GPS tracking devices to people with autism or dementia who have a history of wandering or "eloping." The project officially launched on Tuesday with the support of the Putnam County School Board, the Sunrise Rotary of Palatka and others. Founder Leigh Merryday Porch's son, Callum, was the first to receive a bracelet.

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