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Today's Features

  •  A cross peninsula railroad for the State of Florida was the dream of the man for whom Levy County was named, David Levy Yulee.  The Florida Railroad, a 155.5 mile rail line, linked Fernandina on the Atlantic Ocean with Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico.

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  •  By TOM NORDLIE
    IFAS News
    A $512,000 grant will help University of Florida faculty test a new triple-threat approach to controlling hydrilla, the state’s most troublesome invasive aquatic weed.
    The grant was awarded to UF in September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said entomologist Jim Cuda, an associate professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences who leads the team of research and extension faculty.

  • By TOM NORDLIE
    IFAS News
    Florida winters are mild by human standards, but don’t tell that to an aglaonema, sometimes called Chinese evergreen.
    The Sunshine State produces two-thirds of the nation’s ornamental foliage plants, many of them — such as aglaonema — tropical and subtropical species that suffer damage when the temperature drops below about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
    The annual wholesale value of ornamental foliage crops grown in the U.S. is about $400 million.

  • By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com
    A group of avid gardeners — roughly half of them Certified Master Gardeners and the rest hopeful candidates — met at  Fanning Springs City Hall Auditorium to discuss the program and share pot luck.
    The goal was to introduce potential members to the training staff and Master Gardeners.

  • Meagan Morgan, 16, of Chiefland, was recently crowned Miss Photogenic and Miss Holly in the Bell Christmas pageant Saturday Dec. 4.

  • Horse lover Helen Koehler, of Levy County, was recently rewarded for her on-going contributions to the trail systems in the area at the 20th National Trails Awards symposium held in Chattanooga, Tennessee in November.
    The award  "recognizes an individual that has demonstrated outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance."

  •    Brad Pitts would like to announce the birth of his sister, Grace Laren Pitts, who was born on Nov. 6, 2010.  She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.
       Both are the children of William and Stacy Pitts and the grandchildren of Frank and Vicky Pitts, of Chiefland; Leslie McGuire, of Chiefland; and Alan Jenkins, of Trenton.
    They are the great-grandchildren of Attie and the late “Little Boy” Williams, of Chiefland; Jetty and the late Red Blake, also of Chiefland; and Betty and the late Elmer Jenkins, of Trenton.

  • By WINNELLE HORNE
    Museum Director
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  We are having a great time with our Quilt Show. We will leave everything as is until the first of the year, and then it’s time to get ready to take quilts and crafts to Tampa for the Florida State Fair.

  • Are you looking for something a little different to help you celebrate Christmas this year?  If so, you will love the  “It’s A Madison County Christmas” play.

    The performance is at Lighthouse Word Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

    The morning will begin with brunch and Christmas goodies, followed by the play, featuring good old country humor, and ending with traditional Christmas Carols.