The Point, Jan. 22, 2019: A Celebration Of MLK Around North Central Florida


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• In the days leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and national holiday, racist hate flyers were found in the driveways of many Alachua County residents. (Gainesville Sun)

• Still, hundreds gathered in Ocala to celebrate and march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. And in Newberry, which has spent much of the past year in a process of racial reconciliation, a few dozen people showed up to celebrate the holiday together. Here are a few photos from the MLK march in Gainesville. (Ocala Star-Banner, WCJB, WUFT News)

• An Alachua County commissioner likes the idea of automated speed enforcement along the county’s stretch of I-75 to slow drivers down and improve safety. (WUFT News)

• After 28 years, the artistic director of the Hippodrome Theatre stepped down. (Gainesville Sun)

• A Santa Fe student from Ocala has decided to run for Gainesville mayor. (The Alligator)

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Around the state today

• Gov. Ron DeSantis has turned his attention to the program that offers private school scholarships to low-income students with the intent of putting an end to the lengthy waitlist. (Orlando Weekly)

• Nikki Fried will decide who she will pick as the state’s first director of cannabis in the coming weeks. (Florida Politics)

• The Fort Myers Beach Public Library remains closed due to a homicide investigation involving the facility’s director. (Fort Myers News-Press)

• Suspended Palm Beach elections chief Susan Bucher rallied along with others to oppose the governor’s recent decision to remove her from office. (Sun Sentinel)

• An Alabama man is in police custody after assaulting Okaloosa’s County Commissioner. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

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About Kylie Adkins

Kylie is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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