Tag Archives: Alachua County

Thousands Sign Petition Against Profiting From Paynes Prairie

By on September 1st, 2015 | Last updated: September 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

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.

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Back To School Tax Holiday Extended

By on August 7th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

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.

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Tallahassee Homeless Ordinance Creates Conversation In Gainesville

By on July 31st, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm

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.

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Residents: History Should Inform Confederate Statue Decision

By on July 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: July 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

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.

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Summer Programs Keep Migrant Children Learning

By on July 16th, 2015 | Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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.

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Dollar General Awards Three Local Schools $135,000 For Fast ForWord

By on May 29th, 2015 | Last updated: May 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

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.

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Alachua County Schools Receive $1.2 Million

By on May 20th, 2015 | Last updated: May 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm

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.

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Community Leaders Sign Education Compact

By on May 20th, 2015 | Last updated: May 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

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.

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In The News: Clinton To Campaign In Florida, Alachua County Hopes To Add Ambulances, Orange County To Refund Tickets, Former Legislator Davis Dies, Alachua Schools Awarded One Million

By , and on May 19th, 2015 | Last updated: May 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Hillary Clinton To Fundraise In Florida Next Week – Clinton will attend two events in Miami, one in Orlando and another in the Fort Lauderdale area. These fundraisers will be the first official visits from Clinton as a candidate for the […]

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County Commissioners Discuss Misdemeanor Marijuana Issues

By on May 14th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

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.

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