Florida’s private sector jobs have grown for 46 consecutive months, and its annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s since April 2012. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the top four  industries for job creation in Florida this year have been in leisure and hospitality; education and health services; trade, transportation and utilities; and professional and business services.

Alachua County Adopts Entrepreneurial Spirit To Bring In More Businesses

Florida has the highest job growth rate among the most populous states and the third highest rate in the nation. Alachua County boasts a long history of low unemployment rates and steady job growth rates and works to continue attracting new business.

Students React To Study Explaining The Decrease Of Marriages

Gabriela Moncada walks with her boyfriend Michael as they head to dinner. "It’s crazy how some people think it’s a red flag when women in their late twenties and thirties don’t have a ring on their finger," she said.

The Brookings Institution has found that there is a shortage of marriageable men in the United States. The research found that the shortage is one of several reasons why marriage rates have declined over the past few decades.

Former Wyoming Senator Speaks With Gainesville Chamber of Commerce


Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson spoke at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about the federal budget, tax code, Social Security and health care. Simpson discussed the nation’s fiscal situation and how it affects local businesses with Gainesville regional leaders.

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In the News: Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty, 18 Floridians Aboard Missing Cargo Ship, Special Session Called For Redistricting, Amazon Launches Handmade Marketplace

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CDC Hopes This Year’s Flu Shots Will Be More Effective

Experts predict that this year’s flu shot will be more effective at combatting the flu strain than in year’s past. They recommend visiting clinics or local drug stores to get vaccinated in early October, before the peak of flu season.

Around 700 UF students participated in the 13th Annual Fast-A-Thon at the Stephan O'Connell Center. Islam On Campus organized the dusk-to-dawn event to teach others about the reasons behind fasting.

13th Annual Fast-A-Thon Benefits Local and National Charities

Islam on Campus hosted its 13th annual Fast-A-Thon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Tuesday and rewarded about 700 attendants with a free meal. The event featured guest speaker Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy and will benefit Project Downtown Gainesville, a local charity, and Islamic Relief USA with a goal of benefiting Nepal earthquake survivors.

Putnam County's Clothing Closet currently has about 80,000 articles of clothing available. Thanks to a partnership between Putnam County and Dignity U Wear, the project provides students of poverty-stricken families with sets of brand news clothes to help with self-confidence at school.

Putnam County Clothing Closet Provides Clothes for Underprivileged Students

Putnam County School Districts Clothing Closet partnered with Dignity U Wear to provide clothes for underprivileged students. The program aims to help cloth students who are living below the poverty line in the county.

Open-Carry Gun Bill Bangs Into Business Concerns

Several lawmakers in both parties and an influential business group expressed concerns about the potential impact of the proposal on private property rights.

World Teacher's Day was recently celebrated, but in Florida some teachers say the best gift they could receive would be the end of high-stakes testing.

Standardized Testing Affects Alachua County Public School’s Teaching Practices

A lack of accountability with standardized testing is a common problem facing Florida schools, causing Parent Teacher Associations around Florida and other organizations to promote more positive learning environments. Alachua County Public Schools has recognized the frustration the local educators are feeling.

Sofia DeCerce, 21, a senior studying health education and behavior, and Lindsay Pearl, 19, a sophomore studying health science discuss programs GatorWell offers with Ronit Dastidar, 19, a microbiology sophomore. "People are going to keep doing what they're doing, but it's important to make sure that they're informed to the correct way to do those activities," Dastidar said.

Florida Ranked 47th In Sexual Health, Could Be Due To Educational Lack

Florida ranked 47th in the United States for sexual health by the State by State Safer Sex Index. Melissa St. Onge, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, said she was not surprised to hear Florida ranked so low on the survey, and that sexual health conversations should start at home and continue with education in class.

Survey: Floridians Oppose Guns On Campus

Almost three-quarters of Floridians — 73 percent — oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus.

For National Fire Prevention Week, area fire departments are stressing the importance of having working smoke alarms.

Local Fire Organizations Promote Fire Safety Awareness

National Fire Prevention Week started Oct. 4. Gainesville and Ocala organizations will join the promotion of the national theme, “Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!”

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre put on two productions of “Banned!?” Saturday, a play that discusses children’s books that have been banned. Displayed above is the re-enactment of “Where The Wild Things Are,” which has been repeatedly challenged for “romanticizing anger” to children.

Book Lovers Celebrate Banned Books Week

Annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 was celebrated at UF in the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday. Students read literature aloud from different authors who’s work has been challenged in public schools. The goal for Banned Books Week is to celebrate the liberty to read.

Evanna Alvarez, 10, is spearheading a donation drive to keep the shelves of the Alachua County Humane Society filled with peanut butter for the dogs. They go through 15 jars of it each week.

Local Girl Scout Launches Peanut Butter Drive for Humane Society

Local Girl Scout Evanna Alvarez launched a GoFundMe campaign and donation drive to bring peanut butter to the Alachua County Humane Society. The Humane Society goes through 15 jars of peanut butter a week feeding dogs.

A group of dignitaries recently broke ground for the Cade Museum of Creativity and Innovation in Gainesville.

Cade Museum Groundbreaking Coincides with 50th Anniversary of Gatorade

The Cade Museum held its ground-breaking ceremony Oct. 2 and is scheduled to open in 2017. The museum will celebrate the legacy of Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, in the 50th anniversary of the sports drink.


DCF Reaches Settlement With Survivors Of Bell Killings

The Florida Department of Children and Families as well as two private companies have agreed to pay $750,000 to settle legal claims resulting from a mass killing in Bell last September.

student Arthur Seabrooks waters cucumber plants Wednesday morning at the Loften High location in the greenhouse. Seabrooks, 18, said he enjoys everything about his program.

New Location Spurs Growth for Farm to School Program

Alachua County’s Farm to School to Work program, a place for disabled students to work in gardening and farming, expanded to a new location this Fall. This gives the students more space to grow and process healthy foods to distribute to local schools.

Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (57) shows emotion after tackling Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly (10).

Gators Stun Third Ranked Ole Miss 38-10

Florida defeated the No. 3 ranked Ole Miss Rebels in the Swamp Saturday night. The Gators received a stellar performance from quarterback Will Grier, along with a strong showing from their defense.

Florida Ranks Highly in Assimilating Hispanics

Florida was named the sixth-best state in the country when it comes to assimilating Hispanics into American society. The rankings were based on the state’s ability to assimilate Hispanics into American cultural, educational and economic systems.

Thaddeus Bullard sits with homeless couple, Joe and Vivian Mulligan, as he listens to their story.

UF Hall Of Famer And WWE Superstar Feeds The Homeless

Former Gator great Thaddeus Bullard is completing his challenge of 3,000 volunteer hours to the Gator Nation. Along the way, he stopped by the St. Francis House house to help serve food and mingle with the crowd.


Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub Ends Smoking Inside

It’s the start of a new era at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub as the Gainesville bar banned smoking in an effort to create a healthy, welcoming environment for its customers and employees.


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