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Update - BERYL DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL DEPRESSION

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BERYL DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL DEPRESSION

~State Emergency Operations Center returns to normal monitoring~

TALLAHASSEE – At 11 a.m. EDT, Beryl was downgraded to a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Center. The State Emergency Operations Center has returned to Level Three, regular monitoring.

 Tropical Depression Beryl is located over northeast Florida and is expected to continue slowly moving west-northwest. The greatest threat with this system continues to be the threat for heavy rainfall. Residents and visitors should continue to take caution as flooding is possible.

~State Emergency Operations Center returns to normal monitoring~

TALLAHASSEE – At 11 a.m. EDT, Beryl was downgraded to a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Center. The State Emergency Operations Center has returned to Level Three, regular monitoring.

 TROPICAL STORM BERYL MAKES LANDFALL IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Tropical Depression Beryl is located over northeast Florida and is expected to continue slowly moving west-northwest. The greatest threat with this system continues to be the threat for heavy rainfall. Residents and visitors should continue to take caution as flooding is possible.

TALLAHASSEE – Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall at 12:10 a.m. EDT Monday morning near Jacksonville Beach with winds estimated at 70 mph. The State Emergency Response Team continues to operate at a Level Two, partial activation, to support the needs of the impacted counties in response to the storm.

“Northeast Florida and the eastern Big Bend will continue to experience the impacts from Tropical Storm Beryl through Memorial Day, including rain and potential flooding,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “Residents and visitors should take precautions post-landfall and continue to heed instructions of their local emergency management agency.”

At 5 a.m. EDT Monday, Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 20 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 50 mph and Beryl is expected to become a depression late tonight. Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect north of Flagler Beach and for the Florida counties of Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Columbia, Baker, Clay, Putnam, Bradford, Union, Madison, Lafayette, Inland Taylor and Inland Dixie. Beryl is moving toward the west at 8 mph, but should slow down today while turning west-northwest, and then turn north late tonight through early Tuesday. The greatest threat with this system continues to be the threat for heavy rainfall.

 

  • RIP CURRENTS: Do not enter the water, always assume rip currents are present even if you don’t see them.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Do not drive into flooded roadways.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Use caution when working with equipment when cleaning up after the storm.

 For more information, contact your local county emergency management office. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. To GET A PLAN visit www.FloridaDisaster.org

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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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Elder Farmers Market coupon program begins 12th year

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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

Hawthorne

First United Methodist Church

6701 SE 219 Ter.

Hawthorne, FL

9 a.m. to noon

May 10, 2012

 

Gainesville

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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‘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