Florida Good

The news isn’t all bad. There are people in Gainesville and across the rest of our slice of Florida doing good work and trying to make their community a better place. These are their stories.

Camp Blanding ceremony gives send-off to engineer unit

A civil engineer response force is preparing for deployment to Qatar, and Florida National Guard Spokesman Ron Tittle says a gathering today at Camp Blanding will send the unit off. He says the members of the 202nd RED HORSE Deployment Engineer unit will focus on highly specialized training. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/Tittle8.mp3] About …

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Islam Awareness Month ends in celebration

Islam Awareness month has come to a close this year, but Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Ally Gardner says one University of Florida campus group ended with a night of festivities. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/WRAPIslamClosingCeremony.mp3]

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Couple married 57 years shares secrets to lasting love

On a day like today, many people believe love is left for the young. But today Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko spoke with University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ former dean, Ralph Lowenstein and his wife Bronia about proving this notion false. The two have been married for nearly sixty years …

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Romancing on a budget

Display of Valentine’s Day cards at CVS Pharmacy (photo by Chris Gilmore) Floral Expressions in Gainesville (photo by Chris Gilmore) Cooper Dean shows off his Valentine’s Day purchases (photo by Chris Gilmore) The pros of procrastination are out in full force here in Gainesville, as Valentine’s day draws nearer. With …

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Boosting job skills after military service

North Central Florida veterans trying to re-enter the workforce are finding their skills often outdated. The Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion County kicks off a “Retooling and Refueling for Success” workshop tomorrow to help veterans explore talent and career options in the workforce. Communications Manager Laura Byrnes hopes …

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Grocery program helps students in tough times

Santa Fe College is helping students stretch their daily dollar through a weekly grocery handout program.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Dana Kurtz says, for some, this program has helped keep their family afloat. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/DJVOICER.mp3] Photos- Dana Kurtz/WUFT-FM  

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Local Life: Meaghan Gallagher

First in an occasional series of glimpses into the lives of the citizens of North Central Florida. Photos by Wesley Rodriguez Although she’s been confined to a wheelchair the past six years following a car accident, Meaghan Gallagher considers herself lucky. Now 28, she celebrates the day of her accident …

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Friends and community rally to help save a family farm

A head-on collision Tuesday left a Hawthorne man dead, but the response from the community to help his family keep its organic family farm has been growing. Ed Sherwood was driving on State Road 20 Tuesday  when he collided head on with another truck, and was pronounced dead on the scene. …

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Working to make memorial scholarship permanent

A scholarship honoring two University of Florida graduate students is moving towards permanence. Counselor education students David and Brian Marshall died in a car accident in 2006. Their mother Esther Marshall says her sons always wanted to help people. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/Marshall1.mp3] College of Education officials say they haven’t yet raised enough …

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Florida civil rights icon remembered

A leader of the civil rights movement who made history while a student in Florida has died. Patricia Stephens Due died yesterday at the age of 72.  While Martin Luther King is recognized by many as a hero within the civil rights moveement, there are others who say Patricia Due was one of …

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