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› Virtual schools help some students get ahead
Some students take one or two advanced college-prep courses to get ahead. Others are looking for “grade forgiveness,” taking online courses to make up for the classes they failed or did poorly in. Still others are home-schooled, or are taking a full load of online courses but split time between home and school.
› South Florida bars having 'hurricane parties'
If sitting in a shuttered house snacking on canned beans and warm water doesn't sound enticing to you, there are brazen bar owners out there, ready to take in customers, storm or not.
› Hiring plans for tech companies get boost from FloridaWorks grants
The workforce agency for Alachua and Bradford counties awarded almost $3.1 million to 12 companies to train 350 new hires in technical positions over the next two to four years.
› Lakeridge Winery sales soar from expanded distribution
More and more people are clanking glasses filled with wine from Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. Thanks to the expanding wholesale marketing distribution, revenue increased 24 percent last year for Lakeridge Winery and its sister winery, San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine.
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