Crews are removing a Confederate statue that was created as a memorial to men of the Gainesville area who lost their lives in the Civil War. Work began Sunday to remove the statue in downtown Gainesville, known as “Old Joe.”  It will be moved Monday from outside the Alachua County Administrative Building and will be returned to the local chapter of the United

Daughters of the Confederacy, which erected the bronze statue in 1904. County officials said they did not know what the Daughters of the Confederacy would do with the statue. Meanwhile, authorities said someone splashed red paint around a Confederate memorial park in Hillsborough County. READ MORE