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  •  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.

  • Horse lover Helen Koehler, of Levy County, was recently rewarded for her on-going contributions to the trail systems in the area at the 20th National Trails Awards symposium held in Chattanooga, Tennessee in November.
    The award  "recognizes an individual that has demonstrated outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance."

  •    Brad Pitts would like to announce the birth of his sister, Grace Laren Pitts, who was born on Nov. 6, 2010.  She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.
       Both are the children of William and Stacy Pitts and the grandchildren of Frank and Vicky Pitts, of Chiefland; Leslie McGuire, of Chiefland; and Alan Jenkins, of Trenton.
    They are the great-grandchildren of Attie and the late “Little Boy” Williams, of Chiefland; Jetty and the late Red Blake, also of Chiefland; and Betty and the late Elmer Jenkins, of Trenton.

  • By WINNELLE HORNE
    Museum Director
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  We are having a great time with our Quilt Show. We will leave everything as is until the first of the year, and then it’s time to get ready to take quilts and crafts to Tampa for the Florida State Fair.

  • Are you looking for something a little different to help you celebrate Christmas this year?  If so, you will love the  “It’s A Madison County Christmas” play.

    The performance is at Lighthouse Word Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

    The morning will begin with brunch and Christmas goodies, followed by the play, featuring good old country humor, and ending with traditional Christmas Carols. 

  •   The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will present a program on hummingbirds at 1:00 on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Library in Chiefland.  The presenter will be John Myer.  He will discuss hummingbirds’ habitat, eating habits and tell how to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.   For more information contact Tom Reitz, President of the Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library at 493-1896, 949-5413, or email tomreitz@msn.com, or call the Library in Chiefland at 493-2758.

  • Sandra King said she first got interested in large dogs after a series of burglaries at her Chiefland home back in the mid 1980’s. She said she was working at a veterinary clinic at the time, and a co-worker, after hearing about the break-ins, said, “You need an Anatolian.”

  • A free showing of “Polar Express in 3D” will be hosted by Chiefland Elementary School on Outdoor Family Fun Night on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the track at the school.

    Activities begin at 5 p.m. with music and games and the movie starts at 6 p.m.

    The public is invited to attend. It is recommended that those attending bring lawn chairs and blankets. The glasses to view the movie in 3D are also being provided at no charge.

    The school concession stand will be open selling goodies and hot chocolate.