Today's News

  • Fanning adopts water shortage ordinance

    At the Fanning Springs city council meeting Aug. 4, council members pledged their full support of a water shortage ordinance that caused some controversy at the July meeting.

    While some expressed they felt pressure from Suwannee River Water Management to adopt the ordinance, council members spoke in favor of water conservation measures at last Tuesday's meeting.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of August 13

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    •Aug. 3, Krista Kay Blasberg, 37, Bronson, battery. ROR.

    •Aug. 7, Rebia Emarantay Aliza Brown, 18, Bronson, grand theft of motor vehicle. ROR.

    •Aug. 6, Marcus Kissinger Chever, 32, Chiefland, two counts VOP. No bond.

    •Aug. 3, Glenn Charles Chewning, 52, Trenton, battery. Bond $1,000.

    •Aug. 4, Austin Colby Colson, 20, Fanning, aggravated assault W/ deadly weapon W/O intent to kill. Bond $50,000.

  • Suspect sought in robbery

    Chiefland Police Department investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person in reference to a burglary at the Chiefland Patriot Club on Friday, Aug. 7, at about 3 a.m.

    Police responded to a burglary alarm at the club at 313 S. Main St. where a window was broken.

    The person being sought is a male, weighing between 140-150 pounds and standing between 5’ 6’ and 5’ 9’ with multiple tattoos.

  • 4-H Kids learn life skills at Public Safety Complex

    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.

  • Eco-friendly mosquito control easy for the gardener

    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.

  • 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.