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UF President urges students to be aware

University of Florida President Bernie Machen sent the following e-mail to all University of Florida students to remind them to use caution in light of recent assaults and attempted assaults in or around the University of Florida. Dear students, The armed assault of a University of Florida student that occurred …

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Marion County Animal Services rescues 28 dogs and 18 cats

Marion County News Release Marion County Animal Services staff worked late into Wednesday night to take custody of 28 dogs and 18 cats that were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The animals lived in a Citra-area single-wide mobile home (16552 NE 45th Court) with their owners: Denise Decker, 44, …

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Traffic stop turned drug bust in Marion County

A traffic stop has landed one man in jail on several drug charges.  A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped 30-year-old Jeffrey Clarke for a tint violation.  The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw a plastic bag hanging out of Clarke’s pocket.  While searching the car, deputies uncovered …

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Resurfacing project in Alachua begins

The Florida Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing the Interstate 75 frontage road in Alachua, locally known as April Boulevard.  The road runs adjacent to the northbound lanes of I-75 just north of US 441.  The resurfacing project will cost $1.2 million and is expected to last about 3 months.  …

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Preventing theft this holiday season

With the official holiday shopping season underway, the threat from holiday thieves is also on the rise.  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jennifer Lowe says shoppers need to be alert at all times. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Lowe1.mp3] She says anyone who thinks they may be witnessing a theft in progress should …

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Smoke from Olive Fire shifts

Alachua County residents may see less smoke from the Olive Fire as easterly winds shift, but the 700-acre fire continues to burn. The fire in Levy Prairie began about a week ago and slowly grew into the 700-acre muck fire. Over the past weekend weather patterns kept the smoke low to the …

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Turkey and the trimmings come at a cost this year

The cost of your Thanksgiving dinner is on the rise this year.  The American Farm Bureau Federation says the retail cost for holiday staples like turkey and cranberries is up about 13%.  AFBF Agriculture Policy Division Director Frankie Hall says the rise comes from a cost increase at the top …

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Red kettles getting ready for the holiday season

Applications are out for anyone interested in bringing some holiday chime to the Christmas season this year. The Salvation Army is looking for seasonal bell ringers to man the red kettles beginning next Monday. Salvation Army Core Officer Preston Lewis says some of the positions are paid to help those …

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