Human Interest

The Tracks K-9 Club makes a splash with its third dog competition

Chris and Kim Hutchko developed a five-acre facility for dog competitions called the Tracks K-9 Club, which is an affiliate club of the professional organization Ultimate Air Dogs. Since retiring from the Bradenton Police Department last year, Chris Hutchko has devoted his time to competing two of his five dogs in water competitions while helping others train their own. He built the facility for personal training, but it has quickly become a club and now has almost 80 members.

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Weathering the storm: Homeless Micanopy couple spent two hurricanes in a tent

Of the thousands of motorists who drive southbound Interstate 75 every day, hundreds take the Exit 374 ramp toward Micanopy, and they all pass Sharon James and Tim Rader. James and Rader have been “off and on” homeless for over 20 years and have been in Florida since 2016. They spend their days panhandling at the exit and return to their tent in the woods at night, where they weathered Hurricane Ian and Tropical Storm Nicole. 

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New sandwich shop is first bite at restaurant business for Haitian immigrant

It started with the $5 mini chicken sandwich sold at a local coffee shop. Now, 30-year-old Shelton Seraphin, who is from Haiti, is seeking a bigger bite of the American business success story by opening his first sit-down restaurant earlier this month. Customers can now gobble-up tasty sandwiches with names like the Rooster Deluxe, Blue Bird and Angry Bird at Germain’s Chicken Sandwich Shop. Then stepped up to a food truck and became the purveyor of Gainesville’s most famous chicken sandwich.

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Data do not account for families experiencing homelessness in Alachua and surrounding counties

An accurate record of the number of families experiencing homelessness in Alachua County and surrounding areas is nonexistent. According to Patrick Dodds, the director of Continuum of Care in Gainesville, there are currently about 10 homeless families in the coordinated entry system in need of housing assistance. “I think the number’s probably 10 times that,” Dodds said. “Families are often kind of the invisible homeless.” 

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Artemis I gets off the ground, propelling historic program

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Cheers and applause erupted from spectators at Kennedy Space Center in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning as NASA’s Artemis I blasted off from Launch Pad 39B. The launch paves the way for the space agency to return astronauts to the Moon and later onto Mars. The …

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Updates: Countdown to launch of NASA’S Artemis I moon mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – History was made Wednesday morning as NASA’s Artemis I moon mission blasted off from Kennedy Space Center. This was the program’s third launch attempt after the mission director scrubbed the first two launches due to fuel leaks. Artemis I is an uncrewed test mission for the …

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