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Protecting your home from wildfire

With wildfires continuing to burn thousands of acres of land in North Central Florida, the commercial and residential properties on the front line can be at risk. Institute for Business and Home Safety President and CEO, Julie Rochman, says embers can be a bigger threat than the flames themselves. “Those …

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Marion County school employee faces fraud charges

Saddlewood Elementary School bookkeeper Debra Lemily faces charges of organized fraud. She was arrested Thursday when an auditor noticed missing funds from the school’s account. Marion County Public School Spokesman Kevin Christian says Lemily’s arrest was surprising. “This particular employee has been with us since 1980. She has glowing remarks …

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Marion County man dies during permitted burn

One Marion County resident died yesterday when he lost control of a fire on his property. 66-year-old Warren Wimberly had a permit to burn 2 acres of land, but a heavy gust of wind spread the fire. Florida Division of Forestry spokeswoman Ludie Bond says wind can greatly increase the …

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Crime down in Gainesville

More crimes were solved and fewer committed in Gainesville last year. Gainesville Police Department Spokeswoman Tscharna Senn says this is the result of some specific action by the department, including increased patrols on the street and more community involvement. “When we plugged those numbers in we were happily surprised. We …

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How to avoid ponzi investment schemes

Nevin Shapiro developed a Ponzi scheme in Florida and collected more than 880 million dollars over a four year period. 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kara Van Hoose spoke with Lori Schock, the Director of Investor Education and Advocacy at the Securities and Exchange Commission. While Ponzi schemes do actually work at first, …

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