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Today's Features

  • Today, August 27

    Communication skills seminar

    Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast will host a monthly in service class, “Communications Skills” on Thursday, August 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. This 1 hour class reviews skills and techniques for effective communication.  A one-hour continuing education credit is provided for nurses and CNA's.  Classes are at 304 N Main St, Chiefland.  For more information, call Robin Heysel, community education manager, at 352-634-4969 or toll free at 866-642-0962.

    Thursdays

  • Today, August 20

    Volunteer opportunities

    Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast will conduct its next General Orientation Class for New Volunteers on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at 304 N. Main Street in Chiefland. This prepares volunteers to assist in our offices, at the Thrift & Gift Shoppe, at Herry's Café and in community outreach work.

  • During summer break many kids from throughout Levy County participate in the Florida 4H Camp program led by County Extension Agent Al Fuller.

    The program helps develop life skills in youth through learning by doing education. The 4H group consisted of 70 kids, ages 8-16.

    One activity involved coming out on Aug. 3 to the Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Complex to use the pond. The department has hosted the campers before and this time they came to learn how to use and navigate a canoe.

  • By Melinda Myers

    Special to the Citizen

    Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.

    Start by eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  • By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    Downy mildew, a disease known to damage dozens of plant species in Florida, has now been found on purple velvet plants in South Florida, UF/IFAS scientists say.

    Purple velvet plants are popularly used for foliage and cut flowers, said Aaron Palmateer, associate professor in plant pathology at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead.

  • Today, August 13

    Civil War Symposium at Matheson today

    The Matheson History Museum is hosting its annual Civil War Symposium today, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is Alachua County’s connection to South Carolina, which can be seen in local architecture and in the heritage of many of the county’s founding families, including the Hailes, Chesnuts and Mathesons.

  • The monthly meeting of AARP Local Chapter No. 2133 will be Tuesday, Aug.18 in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs, starting at 10:30 a.m.

    At these meetings you will receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many volunteer options, have a great lunch, enjoy good fellowship, become involved and maybe even win one of the many door prizes. Keep in mind, if you are over 50, you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine for your first time as our guest.

  • Another Way, Inc., domestic violence and rape crisis center, is selling tickets to raffle a gas grill to raise money for a new shelter van.

    They are "very, very excited," Lesley Hersey, Another Way program director, said. "The van is something that is very much needed."

    The center's current van has been in the shop for the last six months, she said, adding the majority of people who come into the shelter do not have transportation.

  • You are invited to attend the SVP 2015 Golden Gravel Celebration on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Chief Theater. The event is named after Barbara Gravel, a founding member of the Suwannee Valley Players community theater group. They honor the best in the groups performances for the past year.

    We are celebrating the Gravel’s with a Carnival in Venice theme with food, entertainment and the celebration of a successful theater season.

  • Chiefland Police Lt. Jay Bolton wraps a slab of ribs, while Sgt. D.J. Macy pulls another rack out of the hot box for a customer.

    The Chiefland Police Department sold slabs in front of Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Christmas Fund.

    Chief Robert Douglas said the officers, who volunteered their time, sold 70 slabs that were donated by BubbaQue’s.