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New bus service for rural areas

A new bus service will offer transportation to Gainesville for only a dollar. The route will run through Alachua County areas of High Springs, Newberry and Archer. The route will connect residents in rural areas to the city and Assistant Manager at MV Transportation Kenny Gonzalaz says the route is …

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CERT volunteers needed

Area residents can now enroll for Alachua County’s Community Emergencry Response Team Program also known as CERT. The seven weekly classes are free of charge to the public and Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator Ebbin Spellman says CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. …

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Teachers Union files suit against state of Florida

The Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the state for a proposal that would repeal the current state ban on using public money to aid churches and other religious organizations. Alachua County Education Association President Karen McCann says the proposal’s verbiage is misleading to voters. McCann says the …

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Annual event at University of Florida called off

It’s been an annual event each fall. The annual University of Florida Joint Civic Luncheon, which was to promote town-gown relations, will not be held this year. The luncheon traditionally featured the UF President and the head football coach as speakers. UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes says although many have looked …

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Recent rain increases mosquito battle

Citrus County Mosquito Control Board is working against the rainy season. Because mosquito larva need water to hatch, the end of June through October are typically the busiest months. Director of Citrus County Mosquito Control Joel Jacobson says the recent rain has increased mosquito breeding ten fold. Jacobson encourages people …

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Neighbors of Cat sanctuary in High Springs question permit revocation

Residents nearby the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, whose permit was revoked Tuesday, are questioning the health department’s inspections of the property. The sanctuary had nearly 700 cats taken away last month due to various health code violations. Nearby residents have sent emails to the county questioning if previous inspections were …

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Jury renders a guilty verdict in python death of two year old

A Sumter County jury found 21-year-old mother, Jaren Hare and her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Charles “Jason” Darnell guilty today of manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect. They each face 35 years in prison. Authorities say an 8-foot-6-inch albino Burmese python wrapped itself around 2-year-old Shianna Hare’s head on July 1st, …

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