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Alachua County Talks: Mental Health First Aid & County Court Services

This edition of Alachua County Talks features an interview with Alachua County Court Services Director Peria Duncan. The program focuses on Alachua County's efforts to provide mental health first aid training to all County employees in order to help those experiencing mental health issues.

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Alachua County has made an extraordinary effort to become a leader in this highly important but often overlooked aspect of community health. These efforts are increasing mental health literacy in Alachua County, and helping the public to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.”

For more information, visit,, or call 352-338-7390.

Category: Court Services, Communications Office,

Keywords: Mental Health First Aid, Court Services,

Road renamed for Alachua County Medal of Honor Recipient Dewey (March 2017)

Alachua County has renamed S.E. 174th Place as Corporal Duane E. Dewey Place. The community held a Renaming Ceremony on Friday, February 10, 2017, at 10 a.m. 

Corporal Dewey was issued the Medal of Honor by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. S.E. 174th Place in Cross Creek is the road that Corporal Dewey has lived on for the past 30 years.

For more information, contact Kim Smith at 352-264-6740 or

Category: Community Support Services, County Commissioners, County Manager's Office, Public Works,

Keywords: Veteran Services, Duane Dewey,

Alachua County Talks- Community Weatherization Coalition (March 2017)

This edition of Alachua County Talks features an interview with Community Weatherization Coalition (CWC) Program Coordinator Alane Humrich.  The program covers the range of services provided by the CWC to improve home weatherization and energy efficiency for low-income households through education, volunteer work projects, and community-building.

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Through free home energy surveys the Community Weatherization Coalition saves County residents money and energy. Whether it is by providing home heating and cooling tips or by supplying energy saving light bulbs, the CWC is helping citizens.”

For more information, visit, or call (352)373-2573.

Category: Communications Office,

Keywords: Alachua County Talks, Community Weatherization Program,

Take 5- Public Defender's Office Building

This edition of Alachua County's "Take 5" highlights the recently opened Alachua County Public Defender's Office Building. The new building is located at 151 SW 2nd Avenue in Gainesville, Fl.

Public Defender Stacy Scott said, "Moving into this modern facility allows us to better serve the public. My staff and I are thrilled to see the project successfully completed."

The Office of the Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit, represents adults and children charged with criminal offenses and clients held in civil commitment under the "Baker Act" and the "Sexually Violent Predator Act." The 8th Circuit is comprised of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union counties.  In FY 2014-15, circuit-wide the Public Defender's Office represented a total of 13,985 clients in a total of 16,541 cases. In Alachua County, the office represented 8,835 clients with 10,387 cases. The office employs 68 people, with 50 of those employees working in the Alachua County headquarters.

Category: Communications Office, County Commissioners, Facilities Management,

Keywords: Take 5, Public Defenders Office,

Take 5 - Alachua County Recycling Program (February 2017)

Alachua County Recycling Program Coordinator Jeff Klugh tours the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station, and explains how recycling works in Alachua County.

Category: Communications Office, Public Works, Solid Waste,

Keywords: Take 5, recycling,

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