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Today's News

  • UF researchers receive grant money to fight hydrilla

     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.

  • Fogging, misting systems may protect ornamental plants from cold

    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.

  • Green Thumbs come together

    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.

  • Pageant winner

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

  • Local volunteer wins 2010 State Trail Worker Award

    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."

  • Birth Announcement

       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.

  • Log Cabin Quilters: Dec. 9

    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.

  • Five apply for commissioner

    Five people have submitted applications to the Governor's Office seeking appointment to the vacant District 1 County Commission seat.
    But no appointment will be made until Rick Scott takes office as governor on Jan. 4, says a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Crist.
    Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Crist, said the governor would like to see more people apply for the position. "He likes to have eight to 10 applicants," Ivey said.

  • Capshaw covers sports, schools for Citizen

    Mike Capshaw, a journalist with 13 years experience — 12 of it in covering sports — has joined the Chiefland Citizen as sports and schools reporter.
    He will cover Chiefland and Bronson sports, the Levy County School Board and the schools in Chiefland and Bronson.

  • Rosewood rises again

    The organizer of a January event, "Return to Rosewood," was told to come back with some answers about plans for an invitation-only reconciliation event that includes providing parking and access for emergency vehicles if necessary.
    Marvin Dunn of Miami, executive director of Roots in the City, is hosting the Jan. 2 event on Southwest 96th Court on 5.69 acres he owns in Rosewood.