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Ocala City Council Repeals ‘Saggy Pants’ Ordinance

By on September 17th, 2014 | Last updated: September 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

The Ocala City Council voted to repeal an ordinance banning saggy pants on city property. The controversial ordinance met with criticism from the NAACP.

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City of Hampton Kicks Off New Era with First Election In About a Decade

By on September 8th, 2014 | Last updated: September 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

The city of Hampton holds its first election in about 10 years today after state lawmakers give local leaders a second chance instead of dissolving the city. Citizens will vote to fill city council seats and approve charter amendments.

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Steve Maynard Named Waldo’s Interim Police Chief

By and on September 3rd, 2014 | Last updated: September 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

The Alachua County Sherriff’s Office has named Acting Captain Steve Maynard as Waldo’s new interim police chief, after the previous chief was accused of enacting illegal ticket quotas.

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Spoof Website Turns Attention to Williston Police Department

By on September 1st, 2014 | Last updated: September 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm

National Report, a satirical news website, drew attention to the Williston Police Department after publishing an article about a deal made with Walmart to supply the town with a new, privatized police force. Williston PD pointed out the satirical nature of the story on Facebook.

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Former Waldo Police Chief Accused of Unlawful Ticket Quota

By on August 27th, 2014 | Last updated: August 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo and current Cpl. Kenneth Smith have been accused of misrepresentation, fraud and enforcing unlawful ticketing quotas among other allegations made by current Waldo police officers.

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Florida Inches Closer to Other States in Tuition Charged Undocumented Students

By and on May 1st, 2014 | Last updated: May 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Florida may soon offer undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, joining the ranks of 20 other states with similar tuition equity laws and policies.

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Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency for Heavy Rain Event

By on April 30th, 2014 | Last updated: April 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties, including Alachua County Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued flood or flash flood warnings in several counties throughout North Central Florida.

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Government Aid Loophole Raises Questions About Efficiency

By on April 21st, 2014 | Last updated: April 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

A loophole in Florida’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card program allows eligible cardholders to buy restricted items through the cash-back option at many ATMs and stores.

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Homosassa Man Kills Infant Son Over Xbox, Police Say

By on April 18th, 2014 | Last updated: April 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

Cody Eugene Wygant has confessed to suffocating the 16-month-old, whose crying was distracting him from playing.

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Organic Farming Sustains Popularity Despite High Costs

By on April 17th, 2014 | Last updated: April 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

North Central farmers are straying away from pesticide-filled, genetically engineered foods with an emphasis on organic practices. The number of organic farms has more than doubled in the past two years.

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