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Gainesville Police arrest credit card thief

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -A man was put behind bars in Alachua County after officers say he used stolen credit cards to make purchases. Gainesville Police arrested Larry Howard, 30, on numerous charges. Surveillance video and transactions show Howard using credit cards that do not belong to him. Detectives spoke to...

Brazen Bash event being held this week for Marion County’s youth

An entertaining and educational event for the community’s youth is heading to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion this week. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s BRAZEN team is holding its Brazen Bash 2022 on Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala).

Legendary coach Brent Hall dead at 83

Brent Hall, the legendary high school football coach who taught his champion-winning ways to two generations of Marion County boys, died last week. He was 83. Hall, who gained acclaim after coaching Forest High to back-to-back state championships in 1974 and 1975, had a storied coaching career across Florida. He also coached Jefferson High School (Monticello) to a state championship in 1966 — a team that included future NFL Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood.

The 10 best SEC non-conference games in 2022

A few weeks ago, I answered a question in the #MeansMoreMailbag asking what was the SEC’s best non-conference game in 2022?. There’s plenty of juicy matchups — from Alabama at Texas to Arkansas traveling to BYU in the middle of its SEC slate (You’re welcome, Sam Pittman!) — but I landed on Florida’s home opener against the reigning Pac-12 champion Utah Utes as No. 1 on my list.

SE 17th Street/State Road 464 in Ocala reopening to through traffic

The City of Ocala has announced that SE 17th Street/State Road 464, from SE 20th Avenue to SE 22nd Avenue, has reopened for through traffic effective immediately. During an extreme weather event on Thursday, June 23, an 18-inch force main break occurred, which caused nearly 596,000 gallons of untreated sewage to spill. Crews moved quickly to divert flows, make necessary repairs, and sanitize the area.

NFL Draft 2023: Giants land new franchise QB in latest 1st-round mock

The pressure is on Daniel Jones. The New York Giants could be in a position to acquire a new franchise quarterback in 2023 if No. 6 pick Jones does not step it up this season. Pro Football Network put out its latest 2023 first-round mock draft, and it projects that the Giants will secure the No. 7 pick overall and bring in Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson:

Housing prices continue to rise

According to a report recently released by Florida Realtors Association for activity in the month of May, the statewide median single-family sales price for homes rose another month to $420,000, up 21.8 percent from the previous year. Statewide median sales price for townhouses and condos median was $322,000, up 28.8 percent from the previous year.

Former Clemson, Florida Running Back Announces Transfer Decision

Shortly after re-entering the transfer portal, Demarkcus Bowman has selected his next school. On Monday, the running back announced his commitment to UCF on Twitter. A former five-star prospect out of high school, Bowman transferred from Clemson after receiving just nine carries in 2020. He didn't see much more playing time in Florida, where he gained 81 rushing yards on 14 handoffs.

Look: Florida Boosters Respond To Wild Recruiting Rumor

Sunday was a rough day for Florida Gators boosters as prized quarterback Jaden Rashada announced his intentions to play in the Sunshine State... for the Miami Hurricanes. But there has been a controversy brewing over whether Rashada was offered a lucrative NIL deal to attend Florida over Miami. Michael W. Caspino of Forward Counsel in California recently told On3 Sports that Rashada left "million on the table" by choosing the Canes over an $11 million offer he claim came from the Florida boosters group Gator Collective.

Meet the Candidates: Florida Legislature

Editor’s Note Mainstreet Daily News will continue running longer profiles of the candidates for local offices, posting questionnaires completed by the candidates for the various offices. Last week, Mainstreet Daily News ran a series about the candidates who have qualified for the upcoming elections. Check out our previous stories on the Alachua County School Board, the Gainesville mayor, the Gainesville commission and the Alachua County commission races.

Petco Love to donate $25K to the Humane Society of North Central Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A charity supported by Petco is giving the Humane Society of North Central Florida a $25,000 grant investment on Thursday. Petco Love will hold an event to donate the funds at the Petco location on West Newberry Road at 2 p.m. The money will be used to support their efforts to care for abandoned and neglected animals in North Central Florida.

Ocala Wetland Recharge Park reopens after storm damage

After closing the park last week due to storm damage, the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park is reopening effective immediately. According to the City of Ocala, trees were damaged and debris was scattered throughout the park following the severe weather that passed through Marion County on Thursday, June 23. Crews have...

Four-star Florida target LeBlanc sets decision date, names top three

After several changes to his commitment date, Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola High School four-star defensive lineman Derrick LeBlanc has announced his newest pledge date, July 28. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect also named a top three comprised of Florida, Oklahoma and Penn State. "Going to be in July," LeBlanc told Swamp247 a...