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  •  U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, Manatee Division participated in the unit’s annual inspection. The cadets pulled out all the stops to improve over last year. This unit was in the top ten most improved in the nation last year. They are judged on uniform cleanliness, posture, military bearing and discipline.

  •  Members of the Suwannee River Moose Family Center in Fanning Springs contributed turkeys and all the trimmings for 12 families in need. We worked with Sheriff Johnny Smith and his dept to select and deliver the baskets. This was a followup from Thanksgiving, which we also make an annual event.

    In the photo, from left, Herb Clark, Angie Clark, Joy Nekola,the Senior Regent of the W.O.T.M., Sheriffs Lt. Kelly and Frank Nekola, administrator of the lodge.

  •  Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown, of Gulf Hammock, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brianna Brown, to Sean Turner, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Turner, of Chiefland. The wedding will take place May.  

  •   By LOIS SCOTT and

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  •  The March of Dimes Florida Chapter is seeking grant proposals for community-based programs addressing the health concerns of pregnant women and infants.  Community awards are available in amounts of up to $3,000.

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  • Daron Johnson did not intend to grow up and become a mystery writer. The Baptist missions worker and son of Paul and Carolyn Johnson, of Chiefland, did not like to read books until he was 18, even though he did enjoy writing.

  • A multi-year reunion for the classes  of 1950-1965 at Chiefland High School is being planned.  The organizational meeting will be at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning at 6 PM on Friday, Jan 14.   Everyone is welcome.    

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  • The Luther Callaway Public Library had a fun filled Christmas Party on Dec. 16. The children were encouraged to wear their pajamas for this special night time event.
    The evening started with Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, reading The Florida Night Before Christmas by E.J. Sullivan while waiting for a special visitor. Then, Santa Claus walked in the library with a big smile, a huge bag and a loud "Ho Ho Ho".

  • By DAVE WILSON
    Special to the Citizen
    The Levy County Horse Club held its Tenth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Trail Ride on Oct. 23.  The event is held at the Tidewater Trailhead in Goethe State Forest each year in conjunction with Forest Awareness Month and Greenways and Trails Month.
    This benefit is for a great cause and what better reason to be out on the trails.  This year’s event raised $6,500 that was donated to Shands Cancer Center to be utilized for the use of local breast cancer patients.

  •  A cross peninsula railroad for the State of Florida was the dream of the man for whom Levy County was named, David Levy Yulee.  The Florida Railroad, a 155.5 mile rail line, linked Fernandina on the Atlantic Ocean with Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico.

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  •  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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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