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Hoping the new year will continue boosting employment

With national figures on unemployment showing significant drops, local job placement agencies are hoping to bring in the New Year with a renewed hope. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner says small businesses are leading the way in brining jobs to Marion, Levy and Citrus counties. He says this year is …

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Not all donations end in holiday cheer

In the midst of holiday cheer, it can be easy to get caught in the spirit of giving and forget to protect your own assets.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website offers a number of tips, but Department Spokesman Sterling Ivey says one of the easiest precautions …

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Keeping your name off the credit “naughty list”

During hard economic times, holiday shoppers see gift-giving as a source of stress rather than cheer. President and CEO of Campbridge Credit Counseling Christopher Viale says creating a budget is the key to staying debt free after the holidays. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Viale1.mp3] And creating that budget can be easy. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Viale3.mp3] Viale adds …

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Fishing for job growth in Citrus County

With the recent approval of a blue tilapia farm outside of Citrus Springs, Citrus County is showing its support for small businesses. Citrus County Operations and Projects officer Gary Maidhof says the approval of the farm gives hope for the county which was hit hard by unemployment. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Maidhof1.mp3] He says …

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Non-profit expansion means jobs for North Central Florida

55 full-time jobs are coming to North Central Florida. Childhood Development Services Public Relations Director Brandi Cooney says they are hiring teachers and other positions in Alachua and Marion counties. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Cooney1.mp3] Cooney says there are also 8 position in Citrus county and 6 in Levy county. They are now accepting …

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Local shoppers react to potential grocery store relocation

Gainesville city commissioners are working to keep Winn-Dixie at its current location on North Main Street. The store’s property management, Bosshardt, is considering relocating the store to the former Albertson’s location on NW 13th Street. Frequent Winn-Dixie shopper Natalie Williams says closing the store’s doors would make grocery shopping difficult. …

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