• According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than any other night. To ensure everyone has a safe Halloween, Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) recommends following these guidelines;

     •Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs.

     •Watch for children dressed in dark clothing.

     •Avoid using distracting devices while driving (electronics and other devices).

  •    Haven Hospice hosted its annual fundraising event at the Putnam Lodge in Cross City on Saturday. Over $30,000 was raised in sponsorships alone, not including ticket sales and silent auction sales. Over 250 people attended the event, said Stephanie Brod, events coordinator for Haven Hospice. 

  • The Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 422 hosted a poker run to benefit the Rippy and Foland families who have recently lost loved ones in accidents.

       The event raised a gross amount of $2,894. A small amount of expenses will need to be deducted and the rest will be split between the two families.

       More than just a poker run, the ladies planned an all day event with a cake auction, jail and bail, crockpot cook off and live entertainment by the band Karmic Revenge, made up of AMVET and Auxiliary members.

  • The Guardian ad Litem and Guardian Foundation Inc., has announced that Susan Rosenthal of Cedar Key the 8th Judicial Circuit Wide Volunteer of the Year.

    The announcement was made at theVolunteer Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the Guardian Foundation Inc. and was held in Gainesville.

    This is the 35th anniversary of the Guardian ad Litem Program which relies on their volunteers who advocate for abused and abandoned children involved in the dependency court process. There are 30 GAL volunteers who work in Levy/Gilchrist Counties.

  • The recent Hutch Legacy Poker Run raised $2,903 for Haven Hospice in honor of the late William Nelson "Hutch" Hutchinson, who was a Hospice volunteer.

    Pictured left to right are Val Hutchinson, Haven Hospice Administrator Anita Howard, coordinator for the event Brad Groom and Stephanie Brod, Haven event coordinator.

  • Supporters showed up to raise money for a special cause this past week.

       The 21st annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament had 144 golfers participate last Thursday at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

       This year the event raised $37,916 for the Children's Miracle Network and the kids at UF Health, Shands Children's Hospital

       "It's a whole community out there that supports this effort, so many believe in it," one of the coordinators, Lynetta Griner said.

  • Riders gathered to hit the road for a good cause on Saturday.

       The sixth annual Kicking Cancer's Butt poker run raised about $2,000.

  • Get ready for everything peanut this Saturday when the 27th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival takes over Williston's Heritage Park.

    The festival features a variety of foods and assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, including the famous (while they last) grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Rides, music, crafts, and antique tractors, car clubs and motorcycles will also be here for your enjoyment.

  • Bronson got new rulers on Friday, Sept. 25 when Joseph Urbino was crowned 2015 homecoming king, and Abagail Brooks was crowned 2015 homecoming queen.

    The two were chosen for the honor by their fellow students in an election earlier in the week.

  • The 11th Annual Ride to Provide, a law enforcement escorted motorcycle run through Levy County, will be on Saturday, Oct. 24. There is no fee to enter but donations will be accepted on behalf of ARC of Levy County, a center for challenged adults.

    The event begins with registration, coffee and morning snacks at Bronson Middle High School. Southern Sisters Hospitality will be providing the early morning goodies.

  • The 6th Annual Kicking Cancer's BUTT Poker Run will roll out of Chiefland Billiards on Sept. 26 with a revamped ride that will take bikers to Cedar Key, Bronson, Branford and Trenton.

    The beneficiary of the ride is BACK Fighting Cancer which gives grants to Tri-County Area families with a loved one battling cancer, and scholarships to graduating seniors who will major in a health care career in college.

    The ride has cash prizes for the best and worst hand and a free meal. There will be games at the stops, live music and raffles along the trip.

  • The Rotary Club of Williston will host its 3rd Annual Purple Pinkie Peanut Run Saturday, Oct. 3 to kick off the Peanut Festival.

      The event includes a 5K run or 1 mile walk open to all ages and is presented by Pizza Hut and Taco Bell this year. Proceeds from the run go toward the Purple Pinkie Project – a campaign by Rotary to raise money to End Polio Now and local youth projects.

    Registration is $30 for early registers through Sept. 18.

  • There will be a testing for admission to Mensa, the High IQ Society, on Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 2400 S.W. Williston Road, Gainesville.

    The test takes about two hours, and the fee is discounted to $20.

    Please register at proctor@nfm.us.mensa.org. More information is at www.us.mensa.org/join/testing/.

  • The Tractor Supply Co. store in Chiefland is hosting activities for families and their pets, including pet adoptions, on Saturday, Sept. 19 as part of Pet Appreciation Week.

    Pet Appreciation Week or P.A.W., held from Sept. 16-20, is Tractor Supply’s annual event to celebrate pet owners and their furry friends.

  • (StatePoint) Fall is the ideal season to tick items off your home exterior to-do list. The weather is finally cooler, making the work more enjoyable; and a thorough fall clean-up will give you peace of mind all winter.

    Your MVP during home maintenance season can be the pressure washer. Up to 75 times more powerful than a garden hose, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that offers an efficient way to get a variety of cleaning tasks done.


  • By Brad Buck


    UF/IFAS scientists urge people to sterilize their pruning tools before and after they trim their Canary Island Date Palm trees to avoid spreading a deadly disease.

    Monica Elliott, a plant pathology professor, published a study recently in the journal Plant Disease that shows that Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. canariensis, a pathogen that spreads fusarium wilt of Canary Island Date Palm, was discovered on a wild or Senegal date palm in Palm Beach County.

  • County and state parks were filled with families celebrating the official end of summer over the Labor Day weekend.

    At Manatee Springs, swimmers took advantage of the holiday and the warm weather for another dip in the refreshing 72 degree water.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.