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Today's News

  • Joan Shay brings Petal Play to Alachua quilters

     Gainesville – Internationally-known quilter Joan Shay will present a trunk show of her creations at the Sept. 4 meeting of Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild (QACDG).

    Employing her signature Appli-Bond™ technique, Joan creates exciting three-dimensional works of fiber art that literally jump off the quilt.

    September’s trunk show is in advance of an all-day workshop with Joan to be held in October.

  • Military

    At the Military Order of the Cooties Supreme Convention in St. Louis, Kathy Browne, Auxiliary President to the Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary, P.T. 25 received the Supreme Award for Auxiliary President of the Year. 

    Pictured are from left to right, Linda Campbell, Supreme President; Jane Channell, Past Supreme President; Kathy Browne, Cootieville Auxiliary President, and the first and second runner ups.

  • Birthday: MacArthur

    James Allen MacArthur turned 1-year-old on Aug. 5 and celebrated with his parents Ashley and James MacArthur and big sister Lily, all of Chiefland.

  • Anniversary: Bushnell

    High school sweethearts, Drs. Donna Lee and Jay Richard Bushnell will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Aug. 22.

    The Bushnells have two sons, six grandchildren and one great grandson.

    Since 2004, the couple have lived full time at Fowlers Bluff. He is past president of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges Friends group. She is president-elect of the Cedar Key Arts Center and volunteers with her pet therapy dog, Sola, at Haven Hospice.

  • Free fishing reef workshop Saturday

    Horseshoe Beach Artificial Reef Developer Charlie Fornaciari, Project Manager for Dixie County, is hosting a free workshop on the new fishing reefs.  This workshop will consist of a short film, locations of new reefs, and projected reefs.  He will then answer any and all questions, give handouts and provide GPS coordinates.  

    This workshop will be on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Marina in Horseshoe Beach.  

    Come early and learn a lot.  Call 352-498-5405 for more info.

  • TrophyCatch launches new, enhanced website wesitetete ded anglers

    In preparation for season three of TrophyCatch, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched a new and highly improved website to facilitate gathering data on Florida’s famed trophy largemouth bass and to reward anglers for releasing them alive.

    TrophyCatch is an incentive-based conservation program designed for anglers who catch-and-release largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds in Florida. There are three different tiers and two bonus categories offering the opportunity to win prizes:

  • Elite Pro Ball holding tryouts

    Elite Pro Ball Academy will be holding tryouts for the 2014 fall season. Players and families who are looking to join a team to play at a high level of competitive baseball.

    One of the goals for the program is to provide an environment to enhance and encourage the development of skills and desires of our players.

    Baseball tryout dates are as follows:

    12U – Aug. 14 6-8 p.m.

    9U - Aug.15 6-8 p.m.

    13U – Aug. 16 2-5 p.m.

    10U - Aug 14 6-8 p.m.

    14U – Aug 16 9 a.m.-noon

  • Simple test helps doctors catch more concussions on the field

    On the football field, sometimes the signs of a concussion are subtle. A player may have taken a tough hit but isn’t showing symptoms yet, and either doesn’t notice anything is wrong or won’t report it for fear of being taken out of the game.

  • Mayors of Our Community

    Funding for trips, home for a homeless Rotary Club, supplies for Scouts, bows for cheerleaders, the meals before road trips to state championship finals all comes together at one place: the Chiefland Beef O'Brady's on U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland.

    The restaurant is not in the city limits, but its owners, Stacy and Mark Swain, call Chiefland home and they have been named “Mayor of Their Community” by the parent corporation.

  • Man turns TBI into an asset

    Mark Palmer of Sacramento, Calif., read my column a couple weeks ago concerning a man who experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Palmer emailed to tell his own TBI story.