Local students helped cook and serve food at this year’s Wild Game Feast in Gainesville. The event took place Thursday night at the Rotary Conservation Area at Hatchet Creek. The annual event sponsored by the local Rotary Club featured dishes created and prepared by students of the Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts. The institute’s Director Chef Billie DeNunzio says the best part about teaching is her students’ enthusiasm. Sophomore Abby Gilkey says the program at Eastside provides the best culinary training. Proceeds from the feast are donated to local charities as well as to Eastside High. About 1600 people attended the event to enjoy several different foods, including elk, buffalo and quail. A majority of this year’s donations will go to S.W.A.G., or the Southwest Advocacy Group, located on 8th Avenue in Gainesville. The money will go toward building projects in that community.
The Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday that refocuses the purpose and direction of the state’s community colleges. Senate Bill 374, the College Competitiveness Act of 2017, sets the primary missions of community colleges as providing associate of arts degrees and other lower level undergraduate college credit.