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Gainesville High School Receives Two Additional, Identical Bomb Threats

By and on November 20th, 2014 | Last updated: November 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

Gainesville High School received a bomb threat and subsequently evacuated all students and staff to a nearby Planet Fitness parking lot on Wednesday. GHS received two additional, identical threats Thursday morning, but the school has not been evacuated.

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Alachua County Homeless Seek Relief From Cold

By on November 19th, 2014 | Last updated: November 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Homeless individuals in Alachua County find ways to cope with the cold weather. Some choose to sleep inside at shelters like Grace Marketplace, while others prefer to stay outside with their possessions, rely on friendship to stay warm.

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Finding Your Dog’s Zen

By on November 19th, 2014 | Last updated: November 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Peedee Gilbertson had a knack for launching off the ground and jumping onto beds, and the hyperactive terrier-mix’s owners were running out of answers on just how to keep up with him. “We’ve had him in classes before to no […]

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Thomas Center Applies For Grant To Restore Historic Fountain

By on November 19th, 2014 | Last updated: November 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

Because of years of deterioration, the Thomas Center has applied for a $75,000-grant from the Division of Historical Resources Bureau of Historic Preservation to restore a fountain some say dates back to 1928. The Thomas Center had to match 25 percent of the requested funds in its own budget to be considered eligible by the Florida Department of State.

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Gainesville Market Vendors Voice Concern Over Bo Diddley

By on November 18th, 2014 | Last updated: November 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

After learning about the Bo Diddley Community Plaza redevelopment efforts come early 2015, local Gainesville market vendors are raising concern about the possibility of being relocated to a different area.

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From Gainesville with Love and Jacmel Haiti

By on November 14th, 2014 | Last updated: November 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

From Gainesville With Love, a part of the Sister City Program, hosted Haitian visitors in a cultural exhibition that introduced locals to traditional Voodoo rituals through live mural paintings and music. The partnership between the two groups was formed to educate the two cities about each other by bringing artists and volunteers from Gainesville to Jacmel and Jacmel to Gainesville. Jacmel was once the capital of the french colonial empire, which is one of Haiti’s only tourist cities and has been called Haiti’s cultural capital.

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Rabbit Rescue Fundraiser Aims For More Awareness, Less Baby Bunnies

By on November 13th, 2014 | Last updated: November 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Gainesville Rabbit Rescue hopes that by selling humorous shirts, they can not only help raise funds but also spread awareness. GRR hopes that by spreading awareness to promote spaying and neutering rabbits, they can avoid over-crowding their facility and control the local pet rabbit population.

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Marion County Salvation Army Hosts Holiday Kick-Off

By on November 12th, 2014 | Last updated: November 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Marion County Salvation Army had its annual Red Kettle Kickoff on Wednesday. The organization hopes to raise an extra $11,000 this holiday season.

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Local Power Plant Receives National Forest Certification

By on November 12th, 2014 | Last updated: November 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center received the Forest Stewardship Council’s chain-of-custody certification on Oct. 28. GREC is the first power plant in the country to receive this certification.

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Transitional Housing For Veterans Offers New Beginnings

By on November 11th, 2014 | Last updated: November 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm

A local non-profit organization is helping veterans transition into their futures by echoing their selfless service done in the past.

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