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.

Honoring veterans now and for the future

The University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will commemorate veterans in Starke tomorrow. The program’s director Paul Ortiz says participating in this event is going to be a great opportunity to gather oral histories to add to their collection. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Ortiz1.mp3] He says documenting these interviews will teach UF …

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Dixie County family mourns loss of their grandson

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing to investigate the death of Bryan Austen Osteen. Osteen was killed in a hunting accident November eighth while attempting to climb down an 11-foot ladder stand. His grandfather found Osteen facedown near the stand and immediately called the police. Yesterday, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly spoke …

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“Strike Out Hunger” invades fairgrounds today

Alachua County is spearheading a food drive which aims to bring 100,000 pounds of food to area residents in need.  WUFT-FM’s Briana Rittersporn says volunteers are ready and eager to accept any donations. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/BRIANAVOICER.mp3] Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long says there is a great need for help in the community, …

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Local group reaching out for veterans

Organizations and students on the University of Florida campus had the opportunity to give back to veterans today in honor of the upcoming holiday. The Americans for Prosperity Organization held a Veterans Day Drive to help homeless veterans in Alachua County.  Americans for Prosperity Vice President Courtney Enright says this …

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Civil rights fighters honored for their work

Gainesville’s civil rights leaders gathered this morning to honor the memory of Rosa Parks. WUFT-FM’s Hannah Winston says this is the beginning of a celebration through next month. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/HANNAHVOICER.mp3] Reverand Milford Griner hosted today’s ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

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Food banks preparing for holiday demand

With the holiday season fast approaching, food banks around North Central Florida are beginning to stock up and prepare for higher demand.  Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Director Anne Voyles says they raised more than 4 million pounds of food over the entire year last year, but it was still …

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Food donations up, but still not enough in Marion County

With only one week left, a Marion County-sponsored food drive still needs donations. Interfaith Emergency Services is helping collect food for the “Bring the Harvest Home” food drive. Warehouse Manager Thomas Curtis says while donations are up, it’s still not enough to meet the demand. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Curtis-51.mp3] Non-perishable food, baby items and toiletries can …

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Local farmers begin chestnut harvesting season

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPChestnutFarmWrap.mp3] October marks the official start of the chestnut harvest season, but what many don’t know is this fall favorite tree is now a rare commodity.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman has more. Chestnut farms around the country have dropped dramatically over the years. Back in the early 1900s, many of these …

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