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A petition launched by an environmentalist to stop possible cattle grazing and tree growing in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has more than 10,000 signatures. The environmentalist, Shirley Lasseter, started the petition in response to a proposal by the DEP secretary to allow such for-profit uses to help pay for the parks.
This year’s sales tax holiday, which begins on Friday, has been extended to 10-days. Eligible items include clothing priced under $100, school supplies $15 or less per item and personal computers on the first $750 of sale prices.
A potential ordinance in Tallahassee, which would strictly limit the presence of homeless people in public places, was discussed Friday. Some Gainesville officials are advocating for a more collaborative way to address the issue.
The fate of the Confederate soldier statue in downtown Gainesville remains undecided as residents urge decision-makers to consider the town’s Civil War history. While some demand it stays in place, others argue for its relocation to the Matheson Museum.
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.
On Wednesday, Alachua Elementary School, W.W. Irby Elementary School and A.L. Mebane Middle School were awarded $135,000 by Dollar General to fund Fast ForWord, a program designed to improve language and reading competency in students. This is part of a five-year language development initiative to implement the program in all elementary schools in Alachua County.
Gov. Rick Scott awarded a $1,277,312 check to 20 Alachua County schools Tuesday at Stephen Foster Elementary School. The money is part of the Florida School Recognition Program which is giving $124 million to schools statewide.
Community, business, government and education leaders signed a compact aiming to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for students in Alachua County through collaborative efforts. The compact was signed on Monday by 21 people.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office performed a case study on marijuana charges from 2013 to 2014. Its findings sparked discussion about the appropriate response to stand-alone misdemeanor marijuana charges during Alachua County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.