April Warren, Gainesville.com

April Warren


Gainesville, FL, United States

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Past articles by April:

County Commission against new route for I-75 relief

Alachua County commissioners say the Department of Transportation hasn’t given compelling evidence to warrant a new roadway slicing through Alachua County’s rural western side, and at the urging of residents who turned out for public meeting Tuesday night, they put their thoughts into a letter that will be sent to politicians and transportation officials. → Read More

County Commisson candidates discuss key issues

Statements made during Monday night’s candidate forum proved the four County Commission candidates vying for two seats in August’s local primary election are diverse in their backgrounds, previous experience and in their ideas of where Alachua County should be heading — ultimately forcing voters to figure out whose vision for the future is most in line with their own before casting their ballots. → Read More

Sheriff, county look at ways to lower fleet's price tag

It’s summertime, and that nearly always means a season of the sheriff and county commission butting heads over budgets. → Read More

Matheson hopes to have copper lion on display by fall

To better show off a newly restored piece of local history properly, the Matheson History Museum is shaking things up, aiming to replace its decades-old general store installation with a new exhibit that tells the story of Alachua County historic preservation. → Read More

Ruling causes dissent among commissioners, citizens

Eighth Avenue is going to three lanes. → Read More

Alachua County against hunting bears on its land

The Alachua County Commission made its feelings clear on Tuesday — don't hunt bears on our lands. → Read More

Offering their arms, and hearts to help Orlando victims

Gainesville resident Linda Dean, 64, pulled into a parking spot reserved for donors only Monday morning at LifeSouth’s Community Blood Center off NW 13th Street Monday, ready to give blood before beginning her day as a librarian. → Read More

Plans to reconfigure NW 8th Ave. floated again

It’s the road project that just won’t go away. → Read More

Are sex offender treatment fears unfounded?

The mere thought of sex offenders going to a center in a Gainesville neighborhood for counseling was enough last month to make residents irate and send a city commissioner on a fact-finding mission. → Read More

If voters fund Wild Spaces Public Places, here's where parks money will go

The county has made its list and checked it twice. → Read More

Budget process begins, to include $1.25 million for children services

County Manager Lee Niblock delivered his tentative budget to the Alachua County Commission Tuesday evening, a document that includes $1.25 million in funding for children services efforts, additional funding for roads and a small dip in the millage rate, although some residents could end up paying more. → Read More

Dentmond’s dad: No money to pay for funeral

It has been 65 days and counting since friends and family crowded into Ignite Life Center for the funeral of Robert Dentmond Jr, the suicidal teenager slain by law enforcement after a March 20 standoff. → Read More

Robert Dentmond Sr. says he has no money to bury slain son

Robert Dentmond Sr., the father of a teenager shot by police and sheriff's deputies in late March, told the Gainesville City Commission Thursday evening his son’s body still hasn’t been laid to rest because he doesn’t have enough money for a burial. → Read More

Big ideas for RTS site on hold until ownership sorted out

Gainesville city staff presented big ideas for the disputed RTS property on Thursday that included a possible home for a compressed natural gas fueling station, a streetcar hub, space for the school district to maintain its school bus fleet, or ways to enhance the soon-to-open Depot Park. → Read More

Coward’s lifetime of public service to be honored

In 1967, Thomas Coward began teaching civics and history at his alma mater Lincoln High School. He recalls feeling guilty for teaching his students about freedom of speech and all men being created equal when he knew it wasn’t true. → Read More

ITM set to sue city over sex offender claims, Goston says

A Gainesville City Commissioner told his colleagues Thursday if they didn’t proceed with caution in pursuing allegations a local business is improperly treating sex offenders, the company is ready to take legal action against the city. → Read More

96th Avenue residents can't afford county's offer of help

After waiting nearly 10 months for the county to come up with a plan to help rebuild their downed bridge, residents of Northeast 96th Avenue turned down the county's help Tuesday night because the bill was just too high. → Read More

Door left open for Krishna elderly housing

The Alachua County Commission failed to advance a request from the local Hare Krishna community to alter the county’s comprehensive plan to allow religious institutions to provide on-site housing for the elderly, but left the door open for staff to work with the applicant in the hopes of coming to an agreement in the future. → Read More

Carter on ITM challenges: Give me a lie detector test

The day after Intensive Treatment Modalities Group's program director denied statements made by City Commissioner Craig Carter that the business is counseling sex offenders at its site near day care centers, Carter is sticking by his initial remarks. → Read More

Sex offenders treated at ITM Group site near kids, city commissioner says

A counseling company that assured city officials that it would not service sex offenders at its site close to seven child care centers is sneaking them in the back door, according to a Gainesville commissioner. → Read More