Alachua County, FL

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ASO rescinds job offer to Troiano

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A recently-hired Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Major no longer has a job - for now. The employment of Jim Troiano has been temporarily rescinded. Troiano is a former High Springs Police Chief and Alachua County Lieutenant. His contract with the police department was terminated in 2011...
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Tuesday's storms cause damage in Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. - Tuesday's storms across Florida caused damage in Alachua County. FOX 35 viewers Bill and Kala Fuhrmann shared some photos with us from the Micanopy area on Williston Road. Damage consisted of down trees, powerlines and a smashed chicken coop. Bill said his granddaughter's treehouse ended up...
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School Board Member Diyonne McGraw’s ability to vote causes tensions to rise after judge denies emergency injunction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -The debate surrounding Alachua County School Board Member Diyonne McGraw caused tensions to run high at Tuesday’s school board meeting. This was the first time the public and board members were face to face after a lawsuit was filed and Alachua County Circuit Judge Donna Keim denied an emergency injunction. With McGraw able to cast her vote, certain items passed or failed with her vote as the tiebreaker.
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Alachua County School District prepares for surge of kindergartners

Alachua County, FL — School districts across the country are anticipating a larger than normal kindergarten class next year because of the pandemic. For mom Ashley Black, she said going to school was always part of her children’s plan, as she put her child in voluntary prekindergarten in preparation for kindergarten next year.
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No child left hungry

Children of all ages throughout Alachua County will again be fed breakfast and lunch this summer. Thanks to a federally funded food service program that runs from Monday through July 23, children from infants to 18 years old can receive free breakfast and lunch at 93 locations with a multitude of options that include in-person, bus routes, curb side grab and go and the Alachua County School District's food truck, which visits underserved neighborhoods including Hidden Oaks, Majestic Oaks and the Swag Family Resource Center.
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McGraw's school board status in judge's hands

Diyonne McGraw's fate as a member of the Alachua County School Board is now in the hands of a judge. In a Zoom hearing interrupted by a badly-timed fire drill, attorney Jeff Childers who represents plaintiffs Kanh-Lien Roberts Banko etal, argued before Circuit Judge Donna Keim that McGraw should be allowed to remain on the board but to cast no votes while the matter is sorted out.
High Springs,

Remembering the Fallen, Local Memorial Day Tributes

HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Like many small towns, High Springs has a monument honoring local citizens who gave their lives in wartime. Located just west of City Hall on U.S. Highway 27, the monument lists the name of the ones who never returned from World Wars I and II as well as one reserved for as Vietnam vets. World War II hit High Springs hard as 14 young men did not come home out of a town population of 2,000.
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Poe Springs Park Opens to Memorial Day Crowd

HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Poe Springs Park is open again. And tubing, kayaking and barbecuing were just a few ways people spent their Memorial Day weekend at the park’s reopening. The park has endured a series of openings and closings over the past several years to accommodate various improvements and repairs to the facilities.
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Judge to rule if Alachua School Board member can continue to vote

Alachua County — A judge held a hearing Monday, to consider a request for injunctive relief against Alachua County School Board member Diyonne McGraw. Her former election opponent, Khanh-Lien Banko, and others are suing to have her removed from office, because the Supervisor of Elections says McGraw does not live in the district she was elected to represent.
Gainesville, FLWCJB

Farm Fact: The important beef industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The beef industry is a big part of many rural communities. Our friends at the Alachua County Farm Bureau tell us all about it in this week’s Farm Fact. Copyright 2021 WCJB. All rights reserved. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
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‘Above a Third’ of Students Fall Behind During Zoom School Year

A significant number of students across the country fell behind as ill-equipped school districts attempted to teach them over Zoom and other virtual platforms. WUFT reported “above a third” of students in the Alachua County, Florida district fell behind in what was called coronavirus pandemic-related “learning loss.”. “It’s just hard...