The Point, Oct. 9, 2019: Vietnam Veteran, UF Provost, Friend: David Colburn’s Life Honored At Memorial Service


Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.

Today’s top stories

• One of our reporters gathered together the publicly-available details on the strange ending for Williston’s Regional General Hospital. The bottom line, months after its closure, is patients must now travel to either Gainesville or Ocala to receive treatment. (WUFT News)

• David Colburn’s distinguished career at the University of Florida was honored yesterday afternoon in a memorial service. Charles Frazier, a former colleague of his, said Colburn’s impatience would have had him looking around during the service, ready to bolt. Frazier concluded his remarks, looked at those in attendance, saying, “And now, David, you can bolt.” (WUFT News)

A federal judge in Tallahassee is now weighing arguments over portions of the state’s new felon voting law. (WUFT News)

There’s a protest brewing over Donald Trump Jr.’s paid speech tomorrow at UF. (WUFT News)

Marion County detectives disclosed more details surrounding the deaths of a Summerfield mother and her four children earlier this year. The defendant in the case is being held in the county jail without bail. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Gainesville’s new city manager will earn nearly the same salary as that of Miami’s. (WCJB)

• Demolition crews have started to bring down Jacksonville Landing. (News4Jax)

• Alachua County is going to spend at least $500,000 on dog park upgrades from Wild Spaces Public Places sales tax revenue. (Gainesville Sun)

• Rainbows are being added this week to a Gainesville downtown crosswalk that’s near a church. Some members of that church wrote to city commissioners that they didn’t like the city’s process for deciding where to place the rainbows. (WUFT News)

• Florida’s statewide teachers’ union questions whether Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push for higher teacher salaries goes far enough. (WLRN)

A 2017 Christmas Eve shooting at a Lauderhill convenience store is at the center of Florida’s latest high-profile stand your ground case. (Miami Herald)

Today’s sponsored message

Crime Prevention Security Systems has more than 40 years of experience in providing peace of mind for businesses and families in North Central Florida. With its free app, local monitoring and state of the art security equipment, Crime Prevention is the local leader in security systems and home technology. Upgrade your existing system now for remote access to your security, lights, locks and thermostats – from your smartphone or tablet. Call 352-376-1499 or visit

From NPR News

• Science: 3 Share Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Development Of Lithium-Ion Batteries

• Science: 3 Researchers Awarded Nobel Prize In Physics

• National: Apprehensions At The U.S.-Mexico Border Decline For The 4th Consecutive Month

• World: Ukrainians Are More Concerned With Russia Peace Talks Than Trump Call

• World: Mired In Scandal, Canada’s Trudeau Is Locked In A Close Reelection Bid

• Politics: In Montana, A Liberian Refugee Mounts U.S. Senate Challenge

• Politics: Black Voters Remain A Hurdle For Elizabeth Warren

• Business: How Electric Cars Will Change Driving And The Economy

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

About WUFT News

Contact WUFT News by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news

Check Also

The Point, May 31, 2023: Ocala Police hold town hall for deaf community

Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. The stories …