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Thursday, February 22, 2024



Hurricane Idalia leaves minimal effects on health and emergency facilities

As concerned Gainesville residents spent last week huddled around their TVs to follow Hurricane Idalia's path, first responders prepared for the worst. Hurricane Idalia made landfall as a Category 3 storm in Florida's Big Bend region Aug. 30. Although earlier projections predicted a direct hit to Gainesville, cities such as Cedar Key, Steinhatchee and Perry suffered the brunt of the storm's 125 mph winds and 7-foot water surges.


Buchholz High School ranked No. 54 in Florida

Buchholz High School was ranked No. 54 best high school in Florida and No. 1 in Alachua County Public Schools by US News & World Report for the 2023-2024 school year. The school was also ranked No. 822 out of 17,680 public high schools in the country, putting it in the top 5%. 


Remembering David Flagg – former Gainesville mayor, Florida House representative

When he wasn’t jumping from planes as an 82nd Airborne lieutenant, the Gainesville native, history buff and diehard Gators football fan served as a Gainesville city commissioner and mayor-commissioner from 1985 to 1988, followed by two terms in the Florida House from 1988 to 1992. During his time in office, he championed natural resource protection and gun safety legislation. He died Aug. 21.


City officials hold press conference ahead of Tropical Storm Idalia

City officials held a press conference at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss city operations and provide safety tips about flooding and power outages as Tropical Storm Idalia approaches the west coast of Florida. Gainesville Mayor Harvey Ward was joined by City Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut, city manager Cynthia Curry, city attorney Dan Nee, Gainesville Regional Utilities general manager Tony Cunningham and a handful of the city’s emergency response team. 


Alachua County seeks to expand drug rehabilitation efforts

In Alachua County, emergency services responded to 1,451 overdose calls in 2022. The previous year there were 1,405 overdose calls with 62 fatal overdoses. In an effort to combat overdoses, Alachua County and the city of Gainesville have implemented multiple services to assist people with addictions seeking help and recovering addicts like the now 51-year-old farmer who requested anonymity.

Joshua Joseph, the chef and owner of Tropical Eatz food truck, grills at 1225 NW 10th Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023.

On-campus exposure brings off-campus success to local restaurant owners

Chef JJ is one of several local restaurants that Chartwells Higher Education, UF’s dining partner since May 2022, brought to campus since launching the Florida Fresh Dining brand in July 2022.  The brand was founded with a pledge from Chartwell to invest in local businesses — including launching the Taste of Gainesville section of the Reitz Union, which opened Summer 2022 and features two local eateries per day in a pop-up setting.


Ocala man arrested for sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl

The Gainesville Police Department arrested an Ocala man Monday for sexually assaulting his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter. Nathan Everett Pierson, 28, was charged with sexual battery of a person under 12 and lewd or lascivious molestation, according to a GPD arrest affidavit. He is being held at the Alachua County Jail. Pierson’s bond has not been set yet and he has a no contact order with the little girl. 

Marvin Dunn interacts with an attendee of a Teach The Truth tour through Rosewood, Fla., on June 25, 2023.

Rosewood man found guilty of hate crime against Black historian

David Emanuel, a 62-year-old Rosewood resident, was convicted on six counts of federal hate crime charges July 26 for a racially motivated attack in September 2022, according to court records. Emanuel, who was  Marvin Dunn's neighbor, reportedly yelled the N-word and nearly hit the professor and five other Black individuals with his truck on Dunn's property in Rosewood. 

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