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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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Fest Expands Into Bo Diddley Plaza After Ordinance Changes

By on October 28th, 2014 | Last updated: October 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Punk music festival Fest will have bands perform for the first time at Bo Diddley Community Plaza Halloween weekend. The use of the venue comes with ordinance changes Fest organizers have been waiting three years for.

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Residents Encouraged To Vote Early At ‘Empowerment Sunday’

By and on October 27th, 2014 | Last updated: October 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Voters were encouraged to take full advantage of early voting on Sunday at Gainesville’s Empowerment Sunday organized by the African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County. Martin Luther King III attended.

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Teacher Conference Aims to Bring Global Perspective Into Classrooms

By on October 24th, 2014 | Last updated: October 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Gainesville Connected, a conference in Gainesville, aims to equip teachers to engage students on global issues such as poverty.

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Primate Sanctuaries Feel Stresses of Insufficient Funding

By on October 24th, 2014 | Last updated: October 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

Sanctuaries are struggling to take in primates as researchers and pet owners forgo euthanasia for better homes.

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Oct. 23, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

By and on October 23rd, 2014 | Last updated: October 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.

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Ocala City Manager’s Contract Not Renewed

By on October 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: October 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

The request to reappoint Matthew Brower as Ocala’s city manager was rejected on a three-to-two vote by the Ocala City Council. Brower was appointed city manager in February 2011, and his contract will now expire on Dec. 21.

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