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City Commission unanimously approves plastic bag ban in Gainesville

Gainesville, Fla. — City commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance banning plastic bags and Styrofoam on Thursday. The ban will go into effect on August 1 and includes plastic bags from grocery and retail stores as well as restaurants.


Gainesville man arrested, accused of sexually assaulting 11-year-old child

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — A Gainesville man is in jail tonight after Alachua County deputies say DNA evidence shows he raped an 11-year-old girl three times. Deputies say they found 23-year-old Deonte Ross driving a stolen car during a June traffic stop.


Gainesville selects interim city manager

The City of Gainesville has selected executive chief of staff, Deborah Bowie, to serve as interim city manager, while the city searches for a permanent replacement. The vote this afternoon comes just weeks after a letter had been sent to the commission by assistant city managers, Fred Murry, and Dan


Scene Calendar: Fun things to do

Special EFX: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $15 adults; $9 seniors, children and UF students; free for SF students, faculty and staff. (sfcollege.edu/finearts, 395-4181) The Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group will perform in a Master Artists Series conc


Gainesville launches Microtransit bus service

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- There is a new bus service in Gainesville for residents who live far away from an RTS bus stop. City of Gainesville spokesperson Chip Skinner said there has been an issue with people using public transit when they live more than a quarter of a mile away from a bus stop.


Gainesville firefighters, police respond to early morning fire

Gainesville Fire Rescue and police responded to a fire in the Duckpond area Thursday morning. An email sent by interim Gainesville Police Department chief inspector Jorge Campos said GFR and GPD responded at 3:03 a.m. to a shed and garage fire at Eastside Garden Apartments, 321 NE Ninth St.


The end of an era

Long-time east Gainesville barber Bernice Henry to retire. It will be the end of an era when long-time east Gainesville barber Bernice Henry retires on Jan. 26. Henry, 80, began her career as a barber in 1962 at Russell’s Barbershop on Northeast Eighth Avenue with her late husband, Russell Henry, wh


Video: Florida man chased down by horses while eluding arrest, deputies say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - After being approached by authorities on a roadway, a Florida man took off on foot and was chased down by horses before arrest, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.


Engage with Your Community at the Third Annual Longest Table

Join the conversation at Gainesville's Third Annual Longest Table event! The Longest Table is all about engaging with your community - your neighbors, your peers and new friends - to build and strengthen relationships in our community.


911 calls from fatal I-75 accident released

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- It was a tragedy that struck not one, but two communities that day. Gainesville and Marksville, Louisiana, will never be the same. WCJB TV20 is the first to obtain the 911 calls from the January 3rd I-75 crash. And while some of it can be upsetting, ultimately the calls te


Editorial: Proceed with caution on U.S. 411

After Hurricane Irma struck the area in 2017, U.S. 441 was shut down completely for more than a week and two of its four lanes remained closed for seven months. It was the latest example of how wet conditions threaten the portion of the road passing through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.


Scott Stricklin believes 8-game SEC schedule works but supports end to permanent cross-divisional games

Under the direction of Scott Stricklin’s leadership, the Florida football program has taken great strides in a relatively short amount of time. Florida’s athletic director has been on the job in Gainesville for just over two years after leaving the same position at his alma mater, Mississippi State,


Man, 26, arrested in Motel 6 robbery

A Gainesville man accused of brandishing an airsoft pistol during a robbery was arrested early Wednesday morning. Trevis Markell Taylor, 26, was charged with robbery with a weapon, a first-degree felony.


Florida man used 'Fortnite' to target teen for sex, and there could be 20 more victims: authorities

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The massively popular "Fortnite" game served as a platform to connect a 41-year-old South Florida man to a teen and lure them into possible sexual activity, authorities allege.


Women's Basketball to Honor Season Ticket Holders Jan. 27

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida women's basketball team will honor all season ticket holders during its Jan. 27 matchup vs. Arkansas at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.


Climate Change Means A Rise In Mosquito-Borne Illness

The sunlight coming through the picture window of Debbie Casey’s room at a nursing home in Daytona Beach falls on a message board covered with pictures from her life. In most, she’s smiling wearing the trademark blonde bob her son Brian has tried to keep up even though she’s in a coma in a hospital


Williston hospital granted payment plan for unpaid utility bills

WILLISTON, Fla., (WCJB) --- Williston officials say Regional General Hospital of Williston Owner Jorge Perez ignored their repeated requests for payment of the utility bills that have now reached nearly $60,000.


Lawsuit claims disabled woman was raped, impregnated at Florida adult care facility

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The family of a developmentally disabled woman is suing a Florida adult care facility after the nonverbal, immobile woman was allegedly raped and impregnated early last year.


iNTIMATE STATES – Works on paper by Eduardo Sarmiento to Open at Thomas Center

The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center is pleased to announce the opening of iNTIMATE STATES – Works on paper by Eduardo Sarmiento, which will run Friday, Jan. 25 – Saturday, May 4, 2019. An opening reception and opportunity to meet the artist takes place Friday, Jan. 25 from 7–9 p.m. during Ar


HITS: 10 weeks of horse shows have begun

Let the horsing around begin. This week, the Ocala HITS Winter Circuit opened 10 weeks of consecutive horse shows in Marion County. The 38th edition of HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) brings together thousands of riders and horses from the hunter/jumper community across the country.