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A nonprofit’s free hair styling for girls builds their self-esteem

Twelve-year-old Jasmine Lassiter said kids used to make fun of her hair. Now, thanks to an organization called Her Natural Wreath, classmates admire her beautiful braids. That’s the kind of news Rachel Eloy, the organization’s founder, likes to hear. Eloy, a third-year University of Florida student, recently launched Her Natural Wreath, a Gainesville nonprofit organization that offers free braiding services to girls ages 3 to 17.

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St. Peter Cemetery in Archer designated as a Florida Heritage Site

St. Peter Cemetery in Archer has been designated a Florida Heritage Site, and a state historic marker was unveiled Saturday commemorating the space. About 120 people from the St. Peter and Pinesville communities attended the dedication ceremony to celebrate the rich history of their families. The historic Black cemetery, active since the 1840s, is the final resting place for many former slaves.

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Oak Hammock resident turns 100 years old

Oak Hammock resident Brenda Thomas celebrates her 100th birthday Thursday. She is now one of three residents in the community to reach the milestone. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brenda moved to the United States to attend college. She moved to Gainesville 76 years ago when she married her husband, …

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A farrier’s life

Billy Bishop is a fifth-generation horseman and farrier. Bishop values communicating with these horses to ensure the proper fit and comfort of their shoes. Inspiring and hardworking, he provides an important service to the equine community.

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The Rewind: Week of April 18, 2022

WUFT · The Rewind: Internal investigation into alleged abuse at Alachua County Jail Every week, journalists at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications report important stories for people in the North Central Florida area and beyond. This is The Rewind from WUFT News, a look into some …

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