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Matheson History Museum Receives Grant For Historic Preservation

By on July 10th, 2015 | Last updated: July 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

The Matheson History Museum received a $300,000 special category grant from the Florida Department of State. The money will go toward renovating the exterior of the building, which will then be opened as a library, archive and community meeting space.

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Donors Raise Funds For Family Of Girl Killed By Jumping Sturgeon

By on July 8th, 2015 | Last updated: July 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

A fundraising page has raised more than $20,000 for the family of a 5-year-old girl who was killed by a jumping sturgeon. The girl’s mother and brother were also injured.

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Devotees Turn To Krishna Lifestyle For Solace

By on July 7th, 2015 | Last updated: July 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Some Gainesville residents find the Hare Krishna philosophy peaceful and cathartic. Other however, remain wary of its legitimacy.

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City To Renovate Park’s Restrooms

By on July 7th, 2015 | Last updated: July 7, 2015 at 8:10 am

The city of Gainesville plans to renovate the restrooms at Kiwanis Challenge Park. Renovations are expected to begin July 13 and should be completed in the next 60 to 75 days.

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10 CAN Eases War Veteran Back Into Civilian Life

By on July 6th, 2015 | Last updated: July 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Three-time war veteran Jeremy Johnson suffers from spinal cord injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. 10 CAN, a Christian Adventure Network that works to help veterans and first responders, is easing him back into civilian life.

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Resident Volunteers Keep Dignity Village Standing

By on July 6th, 2015 | Last updated: July 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Community volunteers, like Tygur Scott, help clean and maintain Dignity Village. Dignity Village’s future is not clear, but the volunteer group’s work helps until the city figures out how to manage the tent neighborhood, according to Lieutenant Rob Koehler of the Gainesville City Police Department.

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Gainesville Riders Hope To Start Bike-Sharing Program

By on July 4th, 2015 | Last updated: July 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Shane Hartley and Troy Butler choose to ride their bikes to work because they know the health and environmental benefits of biking. In order to unite people like them, the Gainesville Citizens for Active Transportation want to start a bike-sharing program.

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Photos: Scenes from Fanfares and Fireworks 2015

By on July 4th, 2015 | Last updated: July 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

The 2015 Fanfares and Fireworks celebration, hosted by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, drew more than 10,000 to the campus July 3.

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Unexpected Fireworks Leave Some Veterans On Edge

By on July 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: July 3, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder may face obstacles during the holiday weekend. Military With PTSD, a nonprofit organization, has started a campaign to help educate people about the effects of fireworks on people with PTSD.

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Protesters Appeal To City Commission Over Confederate Statue

By on July 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: July 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Protesters seeking to remove the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier spoke to city officials for the first time since the campaign began in late June. This is the first of several efforts that will go on over the next two weeks among protesters who call for the County Commission to take down the statue.

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