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     • Gators end Florida State’s baseball hopes in big wins in Gainesville; on to the Series - Getting back into the College World Series was a dream for both teams, but the Gators managed to teach Florida State a lesson or two. ...
     • Miracle of heart transplant puts ‘inoperable’ Rachel, 10, back in the arms of her new family - The dramatic story of how 10-year-old Rachel McCary got her new heart and a new chance to live is told by Jack Strickland who watched closely at the hospital in Gainesville while a miracle was performed. ...
     • Colorful veteran George Barnes’ last words were “Don’t give up the ship” - George Barnes found himself an outsider at the end of his life, but he made a difference to a lot of people. He gave and shared compassion, and up to the end, he fought a good fight and found a lot of friendship. ...
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    Local and State News and Views...

    Columnist Jack Strickland

    Gators end Florida State’s baseball hopes in big wins in Gainesville; on to the Series

    June 10, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    By Jack Strickland

    Florida ended Florida State’s 2015 baseball season in Gainesville over the weekend. The two college baseball titans clashed at the NCAA Super Regional. The championship playoff format called for the winner of two out of three games advancing and the loser going home.  With the two victories Florida moves on to to the College World Series at Omaha next week.

    In regular season play this year the Seminoles prevailed. The teams played games in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Gainesville. The Seminoles won at Tallahassee and Jacksonville. The Gators prevailed at Gainesville. Sportscasters expected a hotly contested Super Regional. Both teams have a rich history of College World Series performances. From day one of the regular season the goal of both teams was to get back to the College World Series.

    Florida came out of the dugout on fire in both games. Florida State was unable to recover from the Gator offensive barrage that scored multiple Florida runs in the first two innings of both games. The games were not close. Florida won the first game 13-5. Florida State fell 11-4 in the final game.

    Legendary FSU baseball coach Mike Martin was a class act as always. He wished the Gators well at the College World Series. He said if Florida can maintain the momentum they generated at the Regional and Super Regional the Gators are a favorite to win the National Championship.

    Freshman Gator… (Read More)


    Miracle of heart transplant puts ‘inoperable’ Rachel, 10, back in the arms of her new family

    May 18, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    Rachel McCary has a new heart. The spunky 10 year old is scheduled for discharge this week from Shands UFHealth Children’s Hospital in Gainesville following successful heart transplant surgery.  She… (Read More)

    Colorful veteran George Barnes’ last words were “Don’t give up the ship”

    May 04, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    George Elmer Barnes passed away peacefully on March 26, 2015, at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center at Gainesville, Florida. He endured an extended illness caused by chronic heart disease.… (Read More)


    Opinion...
    Governor doesn’t know how to govern, should resign and go back to private business

    And we now have a governor who believes that the people in Florida don’t deserve the medical care that is available to those in other states.
    That, in itself, would be a sick joke, but our governor believes… (Read More)


    Florida Tales...
    Nation’s handicapped got royal treatment as Tebow Foundation sponsored a special night

    By Jack Strickland

    It was a night to remember. Tim Tebow has done it again. He and his foundation made Valentine’s weekend very special for several thousand Special needs young men and women and their caregivers. They called it… (Read More)


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