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Project Downtown Serving Homeless During Islamic Holy Month

By on July 16th, 2015 | Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

While fasting from sunrise to sunset, volunteers with Project Downtown Gainesville served food to the homeless during the last 10 days of Ramadan. In the future, Project Downtown hopes to have the funding to feed the homeless for all 30 days Ramadan.

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Summer Programs Keep Migrant Children Learning

By on July 16th, 2015 | Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Counties around north central Florida are keeping migrant children learning throughout the summer. The programs are put into place to reduce disruptions migrant children face in their education due to frequent moves.

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Alachua County Commissioners Hear Thoughts On Confederate Statue

By on July 14th, 2015 | Last updated: July 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

A Tuesday Alachua County Commissioners meeting let residents voice their opinions on whether or not to keep the statue of the Confederate solider in downtown Gainesville. Some opponents of keeping the statue said that it was associated with slavery, while others in support of keeping it where it is said it is a symbol of history.

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Sun Key Apartment Residents Forced to Relocate

By on July 14th, 2015 | Last updated: July 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Residents are relocating since the Sunkeny apartment complex unofficially announced its closing. The property is still in the process of being purchased from YMP Real Estate by Landmark Properties. The sale will be finalized on July 18 and an official explanation will be given to residents at that time.

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Northwest 16th Avenue Construction Behind Schedule

By on July 14th, 2015 | Last updated: July 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Due to weather delays, a drainage failure and having a streetlight breakdown caused by a car accident the reconstruction of Northwest 16th Avenue is months behind schedule. Residents have mixed feelings about the delay.

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Protesters Clash Over Confederate Statue

By on July 14th, 2015 | Last updated: July 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

Both sides of the struggle over the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier protested feet away from each other Thursday night. Over 100 people crowded at the foot of the statue with chants, talks and conversation over the statue’s symbolism.

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Community Pays, Government Paves Roads

By on July 13th, 2015 | Last updated: July 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Tired of cars sending up clouds of dust when driving by, High Springs residents took action to get four local roads paved. About 75 percent of residents polled were willing to pay higher property taxes to fund the construction, but some are fighting against it, citing the costs as unnecessary.

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At St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church, Fellowship Spans Many Nationalities

By on July 12th, 2015 | Last updated: July 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church serves as an international melting pot. As the only Greek Orthodox church in the area, members provide services in English to encourage those of all cultures to attend.

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Bookstore Co-Owner Creates Inclusive Space Downtown

By on July 12th, 2015 | Last updated: July 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Erica Rodriguez Merrell is a co-owner of Wild Iris, the last feminist bookstore in Florida. She has shaped Wild Iris over the last few years into a radically inclusive community, providing everything from safe spaces to emotional support.

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The Couple That Gave Up Their Home To Serve the Homeless

By on July 10th, 2015 | Last updated: July 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Ken and Wendy Kebrdle left the American dream behind to help the homeless in Ocala. After serving as missionaries in Romania, they began holding training classes at churches to teach members about relationally-driven service as a substitute for handouts.

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