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Community Rallies Around Local Teen

On March 16, Park Avenue retailers and restaurants will show support for 17-year-old Trinity Prep student John Michael Night with a fundraiser to support his recovery.

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Not Your Grandmother’s Tupperware Party

Forget everything you know about Tupperware parties because Dixie Longate has a surprise for you. Dixie, a Southern belle from the wrong side of town in Alabama, survived three husbands and is the sometimes-proud mother of three children: Wynona, Dwayne and Absorbine, Jr.

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Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. Plans To Bring History To Life

On a hilltop about 3.5 miles from Silver Springs, Fort King once served as a buffer between settlers moving to the territory of Florida and the Native Americans who called the land their home.

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Bryant House To Become Historic Resource Center

At the turn of the 20th century, Ocala’s Fort King Road was a prominent thoroughfare lined with homes belonging to lawyers, doctors, generals and city councilmen.

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State Funds Used To Restore Historic Florida Hotel

Men arrived in tailcoats and top hats, while women wore flapper dresses embellished with beads, sequins and fringe — a sight that hasn’t been seen since the Hacienda Hotel’s glory days.

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Downtown Development Anchors Palatka Revitalization

On a November night in 1884, residents of Palatka, Florida, witnessed what The Palatka Herald called “the most eventful occasion in the history of Palatka and perhaps the most destructive that will ever visit it again.”

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Clamshell Roof Returns To Weeki Wachee Mermaid Theater

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UAA Announces Plans For Indoor Football Practice Facility

The University Athletic Association announced plans on Wednesday to build an indoor football practice facility.

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Swamp Head Brewery to open new location in coming weeks

Craft beer lovers can soon rejoice as Swamp Head Brewery moves to a larger location. 

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Fla. Division of Cultural Affairs to bring folk trio to Gainesville

Homegrown acoustic folk trio, The Currys, is set to perform at the Thomas Center on Wednesday.

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Play starring three UF students starts this weekend at The Wooly

The customer is not always right in Thomas Puketza’s play, “Work is Cheap,” starring three UF theater students.

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UF on board for One Less Car week

There will be one less car on locals’ daily commutes this week.  

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Additions made to annual space event at museum

Locals will have the chance to crawl through space and time as part of a new addition to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Starry Night on Friday.

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Daily Green looks to redefine local drive-thru food

Daily Green, a healthy fast food option in downtown Gainesville, will soon offer online ordering and drive-thru pick up.

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Florida mayors back Amendment 1 to protect environment

Mayors from six of the state’s major cities including Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee are supporting Amendment 1, which aims to protect Florida’s water and natural resources and will appear on the ballot next Tuesday.

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Matisyahu to perform at UF

The King Without A Crown will bring his reggae hits to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 10.

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UFIT to host event for mobile app development

Students looking to create the latest popular app can visit the UF Information Technology Open House on Thursday.

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STEM Majors in Demand

According to a recent article titled 6 things you need to know about STEM on money.cnn.com, the Department of Education has found that “STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs.”

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Operation Catnip

More than 1,500 people have “liked” UF Squirrels on Facebook since the page was created just over two years ago. However, the squirrels aren’t the only fury creatures that roam the University of Florida campus and surrounding areas. Feral cats are also frequently spotted in Gainesville and there is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing their well-being.

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Reversible male contraceptive in trial

Soon women won’t have to worry so much about forgetting to take that pesky little pill, and guys can be in charge of birth control too. Continue reading

University of Florida relaxes policy on defensive sprays

In light of the recent attacks in and around campus, the UF Police Department is relaxing its policy on defensive products such as pepper spray and mace, according to UF police spokesman, Maj. William Barber. This new policy may be especially important at Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Kentucky.

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Downtown Checkers now offers student discounts through end of year: free ice cream, 10 percent off

A local Checkers is now offering student discounts and supporting local organizations.

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UF students living in hotel

More than 100 University of Florida students are temporarily living at the Holiday Inn on the northeast corner of University Avenue and NW 13th Street, according to the hotel’s guest services manager, Joseph Scannella.

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