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Local Police Work to Strengthen Community Ties

[From left to right] Assistant Chief Gerald Butler, Sgt. Tim Ball, Chief Tony Jones and Captain Stephen Maynard speak on how they interact with civilians on a daily basis. The event, which was titled “Right vs. Right,” took place Nov. 14 at the Gainesville Police Department and gave citizens a chance to ask questions and hear from law enforcement officials.

Police interaction with the community is a concern that extends past big cities. When the Rev. Milford Lewis Griner attended the “Right vs. Right” event Nov. 14, he learned useful information from law enforcement and community members that he could then share with his congregation and community. “(Open dialogue) can foster more trust …

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Unwanted Chicken Farm Prompts Land Regulation, Environmental Concerns

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JTC Farm Chicken Houses has started construction of a facility that will house up to 270,000 chickens. Legally, no wastewater permit is required for the operation. But local residents who live close to where the chicken farm is being built as well as the Ichetucknee Alliance have raised concerns about the possible increase on nitrate levels in the Floridan aquifer due to runoff from the chicken farm.

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