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Survey Reveals Police Concerns With NW 8th Ave. Lane Reductions

By on November 7th, 2014 | Last updated: November 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

After reducing a section of NW 8th Avenue from four lanes to two, police worry it is affecting response time for emergency vehicles.

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Local Activists Fight to Save Old Army Reserve

By on November 7th, 2014 | Last updated: November 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

The Friends of Reserve Park organization is pushing to completely transform the asbestos-filled C.R. Layton Army Reserve into a memorial for the reservists who spent time there while also creating a recreational space for the Gainesville community. Some Gainesville officials, though, worry about the cost.

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Grace Marketplace Installs New Washers and Dryers Provided by the City of Gainesville

By on November 6th, 2014 | Last updated: November 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

A local homeless shelter will soon be offering a new laundry program to its residents. On Nov. 6, Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless, received new laundry equipment provided by the City of Gainesville using money donated by the [...]

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Gainesville Non-Profit Lets People Trade Good Karma For Cars

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

A Gainesville non-profit and a car dealership are teaming together to provide cars to those who can’t afford them in a rather unique way.

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Williston Fire Rescue Temporarily Relocates Due to Foundation Damage

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

The Williston fire and police departments are temporarily operating out of trailers after their building sunk due to an eroding foundation.

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Amendment 4 Could Bring Back Marion County Teachers And School Programs

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

On Election Day, Marion County voters will vote on Amendment 4, which calls for the millage rate to increase. The extra money will go toward school programs and teacher salaries, potentially bringing back laid-off, first-year teachers.

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Clean-Up Still Needed Months After Homeless Eviction

By on November 3rd, 2014 | Last updated: November 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

An area dubbed Tent City in Gainesville housed homeless people for years, but their eviction left the area littered with remnants from the former occupants. The property is now seeking help for a much needed clean-up.

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Gainesville Homeless Shelters Prepare for Cold Weekend

By on October 31st, 2014 | Last updated: October 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Expecting a weekend cold snap, Gainesville homeless shelters like St. Francis House and Grace Marketplace are asking for donations to prepare for a surge of homeless people looking to stay warm.

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County Commission Votes To Keep Barr Hammock Trail Open

By on October 30th, 2014 | Last updated: October 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

The Alachua County Commission voted Tuesday to keep the Levy Loop Trail at the Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Preserve open year-round. Residents of Island Field, a neighborhood that borders the trail, raised concerns over noise and privacy earlier this year.

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Imported Pumpkins Help Bring Fall Season To Florida

By on October 28th, 2014 | Last updated: October 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

More than 40,000 pounds of the brightly-colored gourds arrived on a semi-truck Sept. 28 just in time for this year’s pumpkin patch. Before filling the small hay-covered courtyard at Gainesville’s Trinity United Methodist Church, the pumpkins travel 1,807 miles through [...]

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