Today's News

  • Popular purple velvet under attack by downy mildew

    By Brad Buck


    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.

  • UF/IFAS apps give irrigation, growing tips,more

    By Brad Buck


    Looking to save money and water when you irrigate? UF/IFAS scientists have developed an app for that. Want to know what plants to grow in your garden? You guessed it: UF/IFAS has an app for that as well.

    UF/IFAS’ so-called “smart irrigation apps” include an urban lawn app that estimates how long you’ll need to water your lawn to meet current plant water demand. It uses a simplified approach for automated irrigation systems.

  • Community calendar for the week of August 13

    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.

  • Dance Alive auditions for the Nutcracker are Aug. 30

    Dance Alive National Ballet, the State Touring Company of Florida for over 40 years, will hold auditions for the Nutcracker and the youth group Next Generation.

    The auditions will be Sunday, Aug. 30, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Pofahl Studios, 1325 N.W. 2nd St., Gainesville. The audition fee is $20.

    Artistic Director Kim Tuttle will be casting for selected roles in the company’s 2015-2016 productions and will select members for the 2015-2016 company.

  • AARP meets Tuesday

    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.

  • Local VA has a space problem

    By Pat Faherty

    Special to the Citizen

    GAINESVILLE – The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, which includes the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville is the VA’s largest health care system.

    It is experiencing steady growth but does not have enough space for its current volume of patients.

    In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the system served more than 133,000 veterans for primary care, mental health and specialty care services.

  • City news briefs

    City manager contract renewed

    The Chiefland City Commission renewed the annual contract for City Manager Mary Ellzey on July 27 with no changes in the terms.

    The renewal on a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Teresa Barron, who gave Ellzey the lowest grades on her evaluation, absent from the meeting. Commissioner Betty Walker made the motion for renewal with Commissioner Chris Jones offering a second.

    Terms of the contract call for Ellzey to be paid $65,000.

  • Domestic abuse center raffles grill tickets to raise funds for a new van

    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.

  • Golden Gravels honor acting's best

    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.

  • Meth making ingredients found in backpack

    The Levy County Drug Task Force arrested a local repeat offender on methamphetamine related charges on Monday, Aug. 10. Task force investigators went to Northwest 125th Street, Chiefland, in order to execute an arrest warrant. There, investigators located and arrested 35-year-old Nevina Tease on an outstanding violation of probation warrant.