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‘Home-Free’ Squatters Find Community In Gainesville

By on March 28th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm

An abandoned house in Gainesville became a home for a group of individuals that call themselves “dirty kids.” The dirty kids feel that they are different from homeless people.

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Chicken House Fire Kills 24,000 Chicks

By on March 26th, 2015 | Last updated: March 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Chickens die in a chicken house fire at Saavedra Farms on Wednesday night.

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Gainesville Family First To Win The Michelle Park Family Recreation Scholarship

By on March 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: March 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

The Garrity family is the first family to receive the Michelle Park Family Recreation Scholarship from the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 and was created for families to engage in recreational and cultural activities for free.

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Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival Flourishes Over the Weekend

By on March 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: March 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosted the 24th annual Spring Garden Festival over the weekend. The festival flourished with thousands of attendees including, families, horticulturalists and garden appreciators who enjoyed the first days of the spring at the garden.

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Bryant House To Become Historic Resource Center

By on March 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: March 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm

The Historic Ocala Preservation Society purchased the 120-year-old Bryant House in August 2013 with the goal of turning it into a resource center for historic research. After restoring the exterior and first floor of the Bryant House, the society is taking steps to transform the front parlor and hope to have the room open by summer.

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Hawthorne Community Welcomes Fire Station’s Return

By on March 20th, 2015 | Last updated: March 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Hawthorne residents say they once again feel part of a community with the reopening of Alachua County Fire Rescue Station #25. After closing in 2009 for economic reasons, the redesigned station will bring security and potentially lower insurance rates to the surrounding area.

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Therapy Dog Shadow Remembered By His Owner, Those He Helped Volunteering

By on March 20th, 2015 | Last updated: March 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

A black Lab named Shadow died recently after more than a decade of therapy work at the Tower Road Branch Library. The Read With A Dog program will continue to be held every Wednesday afternoon, but Shadow will be missed by those who knew him.

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Bradford County Offers Public Shaming As Probation Condition

By on March 17th, 2015 | Last updated: March 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Bradford County has offered offenders of misdemeanors the option of sign holding as part of their probation. The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office hope the experience will reduce the likelihood of someone repeating the same crime.

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I-75 Lanes Clear After Early Morning Accident

By on March 16th, 2015 | Last updated: March 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I-75 has reopened after a northbound mutli-vehicle accident shut down both sides of the highway early Monday morning. The initial accident caused a second crash on the southbound lanes involving semi trucks. The roadway is being cleaned up and there are still lane closures.

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City To Acquire Land Surrounding GRACE Marketplace

By on March 13th, 2015 | Last updated: March 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

The city is finalizing an agreement to use 10 acres of land currently occupied by Dignity Village homeless encampment which could create a more regulated environment.

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