Forrest Smith

Forrest is a radio news manager for WUFT News. Reach him by emailing news@wuft.org or calling 352-392-6397.

Police seek mentally ill man

By Forrest Smith-WUFT-FM Gainesville police are looking for man with mental health issues who might be off his medication and could become violent.  Police Spokesman Ben Tobias says 48-year-old Craig Taylor has not been seen since Saturday, when he got away from his home at 3818 NW 25th Terrace.  He …

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Stomach illness up in Marion County

When it comes to washing hands, the message from the Marion county health department is clear–wash them good. Health officials have seen a big jump so far this year in the number of stomach illnesses they think are caused by poor hand washing, and are asking people, especially parents with …

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Bradford county continues to recover

Bradford County is one of many counties in North Florida still dealing with recovery efforts from the flooding left by Tropical Storm Debby.  This afternoon, county, state and federal officials will meet to talk about opening a disaster recovery center in Starke, where people can apply for assistance.  In the …

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Speed restrictions on Santa Fe River

Water levels are way up on the Santa Fe River, and that’s led the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to impose some boating speed restrictions.  A 32 mile stretch of the river from O’Leno State Park to where the were Santa Fe meets the Suwannee is now under an …

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Bradford county surveys Debby damage

Bradford County is not a coastal county–but that hasn’t kept it immune from the impact of Tropical Storm Debby.  WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Bradford Emergency Management Spokesman Michael Heeder about some flooding problems in the area, especially around certain lakes. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/HEEDERFORWEB.mp3] Heeder says people need to remember that as …

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Dixie county surveys Debby situation

Coastal Dixie County remains in the tropical storm warning area of Tropical Storm Debby.  This morning WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Dixie County Manager Mike Cassidy about conditions in the county and how some of the coastal communities have been faring. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/CASSIDYFORWEB.mp3] Cassidy says it’s important to remember it could …

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Levy County monitors Debby

Levy county is one of the coastal counties that could be heavily impacted by Tropical Storm Debby.  This afteroon, WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Levy’s Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson about the monitoring of the storm and what he and his staff are watching for. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/JOHNSONWEB.mp3] WUFT-FM will have the latest …

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Hurricane center is ready

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is at full operational status today, with the official beginning of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season. Earlier today, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’S Forrest Smith talked with the out-going director of the center, Bill Read. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/fpread.mp3] That was Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talking this morning …

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