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Week-long Walldogs Dive into High Springs event begins
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (WCJB) - The week-long event Walldogs Dive into High Springs event starts Thursday. Artists are invited by the community to paint beautiful murals on building walls. The paintings have local historic significance highlighting High Springs and its history. The mural themes are selected by the community. This...
Alachua PD arrests 2nd murder suspect connected to drug deal gone wrong
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - He may not have pulled the trigger, but Alachua Police Department officers have arrested a second man connected to a deadly shooting in December 2022. On Tuesday, officers arrested Franklin Richardson, 20, of Alachua, for the murder of Jaquan Robinson on Dec. 9, 2022. He is...
Fire officials believe animal could be to blame for High Springs gas explosion
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (WCJB) - A 26-year-old woman is recovering from severe burns after a gas leak caused a fire in a High Springs home. Crews with Alachua County Fire Rescue and High Springs Fire Department responded to the scene on NW 239th Place in Old Bellamy Road Estates on Saturday.
Woman thanks FedEx driver who found her unconscious
A Florida woman said a FedEx driver saved her life. Sharon Collar, a High Springs resident, met with Yeisel Rivera, the FedEx driver, to thank her for helping her a few weeks ago. Collar said she was walking from one end of her property to the other when she passed out in the grass.
Alachua man charged with accessory after the fact to December murder
ALACHUA, Fla. – Franklin George Richardson, 20, was arrested yesterday and charged with accessory to murder after the fact and conspiracy to purchase a controlled substance in connection with the murder of Jaquan Robinson in Alachua on December 9, 2022. Lacorrin Raheem Calhoun, 20, was arrested on December 22...
Trenton man on way to meet 14-year-old arrested in sting operation
TRENTON, Fla. (WCJB) - A man from Trenton is behind bars after being arrested for traveling to meet with a 14-year-old girl. On March 9, Trenton Department of Public Safety began work on “Operation Lucky Strike”. Officers found Justin Harper, 33, to be a potential suspect who was going to travel to meet with a 14-year-old.
TV20 Meldon Law Scholar Athlete: Nicole Shepherd (Bell)
BELL Fla. (WCJB) - At Bell High School. Nicole Shepherd relies on self-confidence. Shepherd competes in the triple jump, the long jump and an event that she has excelled in throughout her career. Shepherd said, “High jump is my favorite event. It is the event I am best at, I...
New Newberry residents could pay impact fees as soon as this summer
NEWBERRY, Fla. (WCJB) - Some Newberry residents could have to pay new fees as soon as this summer. “Newberry has had about a 5 percent growth rate for the last five or six years,” said Jordan Marlowe, Mayor of Newberry. While Marlowe says that is a healthy growth rate,...
O’Leno State Park to Host Springs Celebration and Chili Cookoff
The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida State Parks, and The Friends of O’Leno invite citizens to the O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cookoff (from 9 a.m. to noon) and Springs Celebration (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The event is on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at O’Leno State Park (410 SE O’Leno Park Road, High Springs). Admission to the park is free with the donation of one non-expired canned food item (per person) to benefit a local food bank.
ACFR responds to gas leak explosion in High Springs, house fire in Newberry
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County Fire Rescue responded this afternoon to a gas leak explosion in a residence in High Springs and a fire in a residence in Newberry. This afternoon, units from High Springs Fire Department and Alachua County Fire Rescue responded to a reported explosion in the area of Bellamy Estates, north of High Springs. Upon arrival, units found a burn patient who was injured when a gas leak inside a residence ignited. The patient was transported to a local emergency room as a trauma alert but is expected to make a full recovery. The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.
High Springs City Commission to hold public hearing on ordinance requiring non-residents to connect to new water system on April 13
ORDINANCE 2023-02 AN ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 180, FLORIDA STATUTES CREATING A CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS UTILITIES SERVICE DISTRICT; ESTABLISHING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE DISTRICT; AUTHORIZING THE EXTENSION OF MUNICIPAL UTILITIES WITHIN THE DISTRICT; REQUIRING ALL PERSONS OR CORPORATIONS LIVING OR DOING BUSINESS WITHIN THE DISTRICT TO CONNECT TO THE CITY WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEM WITHIN 365 DAYS OF AVAILABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Cedar Key School track and field team members set records at latest meet
The Cedar Key School track and field team had several first and second place winners at its latest meet in Branford. Additionally, a handful of the members on the team also set new personal records, as well. The results from the meet are seen below. Note: Results come from Cedar...
Residents voice concern over High Springs City Commission’s vote to accept grant that requires properties outside the city limits to connect to new water system
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – The High Springs City Commission held a meeting on March 9, where they voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance to create a new utility district and expand the city’s service area along an unincorporated three-mile section of CR 236, from the city of High Springs to the I-75/CR 236 interchange. The utility district will be funded by a wastewater grant that the city was recently awarded through the Department of Environmental Protection, in the amount of $2,484,600. The commission is also working on obtaining an additional grant that would allot $4,156,400 for a (drinking) water line to run alongside the wastewater line. Ordinance 2023-02 reads, in part:
April 4 Newberry Meat Processing Facility Special Meeting
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – The Alachua County Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, to discuss the proposed Newberry Meat Processing Facility. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville).
The Priest Theatre in High Springs still stands, but with no projected path forward
Coconut oil, Cretors popcorn salt and high-end popcorn kernels. Those three ingredients were all it took to make what was said to be the best popcorn in town. “Best popcorn around, no doubt about that,” said Janet Alligood, the owner of the Priest Theatre in High Springs. The Priest...
Road Trip: RiverFest Returns with a Salute to Santa Fe This March
HIGH SPRINGS, FL – The songs of the Santa Fe River are set to overflow its banks in March, weaving melody and music through the fabric of the legendary RiverFest Celebration, now in its 11th year recognizing the beauty and brilliance of the Santa Fe River. The annual Santa...
PREP ROUNDUP: Scores and stats from 3/21/23
— Fort White 13, Dixie County 1: Matthew Pitts went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and Gavin Crews went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs to lead the Indians (3-6) to a run-rule victory over the Bears (3-5) in five innings at home Tuesday night. Crews threw a three-hitter in five innings, allowing zero earned runs and striking out three. Brad Sullivan, Chauncey Mays and Garrett Depaola added an RBI each.
City street resurfacing project update
The city’s annual street resurfacing project began March 14 and is expected to take 3-4 weeks to complete. This year’s project will involve the milling and resurfacing of nearly 3.3 miles of city streets. The five-year resurfacing schedule is created by analytic data provided by the software Roadbotics,...
Fort White motorcyclist dies in collision
A 20-year-old Fort White man died when he attempted to pass and collided with a pickup on Friday afternoon. According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, the motorcyclist was traveling west on SW Wilson Springs Road at 2:08 p.m. and attempted to pass a 50-year-old Fort White man driving a pickup near SW River Oak Court. As the motorcyclist was passing, he collided with the pickup.
Artwalk returns to High Springs on Saturday
The seasonal Artwalk event returns to downtown High Springs on Saturday. The event will feature 15 to 20 local artists and makers on the sidewalks of downtown and will run from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday’s Artwalk will feature artist, Chyna Rosemarea, who works with ink, watercolor, acrylic, bronze, and...
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