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Past articles by Alan:

Old Mount Carmel awarded $200,000 grant from African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Built in 1944, Old Mount Carmel was associated with local civil rights efforts in the 1960s through the early 1970s. → Read More

Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville expands offerings with new electric tram

Passengers on the tram learn about the park's wildlife and plants along with its history and management. → Read More

Gainesville police investigating fatal hit-and-run involving bicyclist on Archer Road

The Gainesville Police Department is investigating a fatal hit-and-run involving a bicyclist in the 3500 block of Southwest Archer Road, according to a department Facebook post. The incident took place in the alley behind Kohl's department store. This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available. → Read More

Rincón Latino Market opens on West Newberry Road in Gainesville

The market specializes in Latin American produce and baked goods, according to owner Diana Gomez, who was born and raised in Colombia. → Read More

The BASH Music Festival this weekend at Depot Park in downtown Gainesville

The free, outdoor festival Nov. 5-6 at Depot Park is headlined by Americana rock ’n' roll band Drive-By Truckers and blues legend Mavis Staples → Read More

Alachua County approves preliminary development plan for Lullwater at Fort Clarke project

The Alachua County Commission limited the height to three stories for buildings that border the Eagle Point subdivision on Fort Clarke Boulevard. → Read More

Grady Cabinet Works on South Main Street closes after 76 years in Gainesville

Rick and Debbie Grady, along with an installer, have spent the last 20 years running Grady Cabinet Works on South Main Street in Gainesville. → Read More

Alachua County Commission to hold workshop on proposed 'Lee property' development

Current plans for the proposed mixed-use development include a new University of Florida golf course, a solar farm and its own first responders. → Read More

Will unemployment remain low in Gainesville? Chamber, CareerSource CEOs discuss job market

The Sun talks economy and employment concerns with Phyllis Marty, CEO of CareerSource, and Eric Godet, CEO of the Greater Gainesville Chamber. → Read More

Al Black of 'Florida Highwaymen' fame to paint mural in Gainesville as part of 352walls

The Highwaymen began their artistic journey in the 1950s in Fort Pierce as a way to make a living outside of typical jobs held by African-Americans → Read More

Gator Motorsports designs race car, places third at annual Formula SAE Michigan event

The University of Florida's Formula SAE team used engineering skills and defended ideas in front of industry professionals, in addition to racing. → Read More

Former Gainesville CRA-backed restaurant Southern Charm Kitchen to be sold at auction

In December 2018, Judge Donna M. Keim awarded Fidelity Bank a nearly $700,000 judgment against Oselimo after he defaulted on his small-business loan. → Read More

More than 50,000 people, including Tim Tebow, expected to go to UF's graduation ceremony

University President Kent Fuchs will preside over the event, and bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees will be conferred'; 50,000 expected. → Read More

Law enforcement searching for driver in fatal hit-and-run crash on State Road 24

Officials are searching for they driver of a vehicle they say left the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a man on a motorized bicycle. → Read More

More than 20 family-friendly Easter events are planned throughout Alachua County area

Red White and Blues Farm, Kirby Farm, Roger's Farm, Mayhem Ranch and Butler Town Center are just some of the places hosting big events this Easter. → Read More

Marion County Farm Preservation Festival set to celebrate area's rich agriculture history

The festival was created to promote the importance of farmlands and the need to preserve the land for future generations. → Read More

Target store on ground floor of The Standard to close June 11, company says in statement

The store opened in 2017 and employees about 50 full- and part-time workers. Employees will be given the option to transfer to the Archer Road store. → Read More

Bo Diddley Explosion! to celebrate music and legacy of legendary blues artist

Bo Diddley Explosion! will take place April 16 at the Alachua Woman's Club. Artists scheduled to perform include Sister Hazel and Gitlo Lee. → Read More

Gainesville area restaurant news: Rock N Roll Sushi opens in Tioga Town Center

Rock N Roll Sushi, Tropical Eatz and Gopuff Kitchen are the latest new food offerings around Gainesville. → Read More

Current and former UF athletes headed to Tokyo Olympics

Will Claye, Bobby Finke and Cory McGee are also among a strong group of Olympians representing the University of Florida. → Read More