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Alachua County Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday, May 25

Buzz2012GAINESVILLE – The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) will be conducting a driver’s license check point at 7300 S.W. 8th Avenue, Gainesville, On Friday, May 25, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office conducts driver’s license checkpoints to provide a visible deterrent for those who violate laws and reduce the safety of the motoring public. According to the ASO, drivers who do not possess a valid license or insurance have been identified as an area of traffic safety concern.

Motorists are also urged to routinely check their vehicle’s safety equipment to ensure compliance and reduce their chances of being involved in a crash. This check should include the following:

 Take a “walk around” your vehicle to allow you the opportunity to visually observe your tires. Routinely check your tire pressure with a quality tire pressure gauge.

 Check your turn signals, headlights and brake lights.

 Check your horn and windshield wipers.

 Check all of your fluid levels.

 If you have a child restraint seat in your vehicles, check it each time before use.

 Drivers who enter the checkpoint are urged to slow down and follow the deputy’s instructions.

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‘Out of My Mind’ favorite with local readers

W_-_HSCS_Sunshine_IMG_0382_copyHolding their favorite SSYRA book, are Meredith Forrester, Kamryn Senn, Sarah Weitz, Carli Forsberg, Lacey Walls and Madison Estepp.

HIGH SPRINGS – On April 23, 2012 students at High Spring Community School (HSCS) voted for their favorite Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) book.

The third and fourth grade students were chosen to count the votes because they have read all 15 of the books that were nominated for the award.

The book that came in first for HSCS is “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper.  This is also the book that won the SSYRA Award for the state.

The SSYRA is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8, and encourages students to read independently for personal satisfaction, based on interest rather than reading level. At HSCS, the SSYRA program is coordinated by Nancy Ensminger, the school’s library media specialist.

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Spring brings caboodles of flowers

W_-_Flowers_IMG_1493_copyArea roadsides and fields are suffused with the vibrant colors of spring’s abundant wildflowers.  The Coreopsis, which ranges in color from brilliant golden to vivid pink, was designated as Florida's official wildflower in 1991, and is used throughout the state in highway beautification programs.  Submit your photos of local happenings, areas of interest or beauty by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Add a comment Add a comment

Elder Farmers Market coupon program begins 12th year


ElderCare of Alachua County Inc. has announced that the Elder Farmers Market Nutrition Program will begin its 12th year of providing cash vouchers for Alachua County seniors to purchase fresh, local produce at Alachua County farmers markets. Applicants must be at least 60 years old at the time they apply and be living on a limited income. Applicants must show proof of age with a picture ID and proof of total gross monthly income for their household.

Seniors meeting eligibility requirements will receive two books of coupons valued at $20 each ($40 total). ElderCare of Alachua County will have three distribution sites for the general public this year.

 High Springs

High Springs Civic Center

325 NW Santa Fe Blvd.

1 to 4 p.m.

May 9, 2012


First United Methodist Church

6701 SE 219 Ter.

Hawthorne, FL

9 a.m. to noon

May 10, 2012



Senior Recreation Center

5701 NW 34th St.

Gainesville, FL

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 14, 2012


Seniors who are unable to travel to the site may designate someone to pick up their coupons by providing the designated person with a signed permission note, a copy of their photo ID card and proof of the total household income. The designated person must bring their photo ID card also and must have proof of income for the household. For more information, call ElderCare of Alachua County at 352-265-9040

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"Masks off" to Santa Fe High School prom committee

W_-_Prom2Santa Fe High School student T.J. Knight takes a moment to pose with Prom Princess Jolene Henry.

GAINESVILLE – On Friday, April 13, the Best Western Gateway Grand Ballroom was transformed into a magical setting for the Santa Fe High School Prom.

This year’s theme, "masquerade," was accomplished in dramatic fashion with vivid masks, showy peacock feathers and twinkling fairy lights.

Led by Santa Fe High School teacher Risa Wray, she coordinated the event, including student participation, and garnered support by a number of parents who helped with the decorations and food.  Floral arrangements, which were provided by Lady Bug Florist, captivated prom guests.

Among adults in attendance were Santa Fe Athletic Director Michelle Faulk and “Voice of the Raiders” Ben Boukari, Jr.

No prom would be complete without a king and queen. Voted by their peers, seniors Brandon Faulk and Jenna Gainey reigned as "Prom King and Queen." Juniors Lake Hart and Jolene “Joie” Henry were crowned "Prom Prince and Princess."

About the prom, seventeen-year-old Henry said, "I always wanted to be a Disney princess; perhaps I can include this in my Disney resume.”  Henry served on the prom committee, Student Government, Interact Club, Year book, FCA, Varsity Volleyball ,Honor Roll and maintains a 4.0 grade average.

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