Fanning Springs, FL

Scene Calendar: 'Free Fridays,' 'Honky Tonk Laundry,' Fourth of July events and more

“Free Fridays” Concert: 7-9 p.m. today, Bo Diddley Plaza amphitheater, 111 E. University Ave. Free. ( Tamayo and Dionysus will perform. Friday Concerts in the Park: 7-9 p.m. today, Dr. Kenneth A. Schwiebert Pavilion, Northwest First Avenue, Williston. Free. ( Rudy Turner will perform. Miller Concessions will be on hand selling wings, fish, funnel cakes and fried Oreos. Buy dinner there or bring your own picnic.

Landscape Fertilizer Ban in Effect through February within Alachua County

Alachua County’s landscape fertilizer regulations prohibit using landscape fertilizers with nitrogen from July through February and require that fertilizers containing nitrogen contain no less than 50 percent slow-release nitrogen. New regulations also prohibit phosphorus unless a deficiency is verified. The three numbers on a fertilizer bag are nitrogen, then phosphorus, and finally potassium. This means the middle number on the bag must be zero unless you have conducted a soil or tissue test to verify the need for phosphorus. In addition, signage about the fertilizer rules must be displayed at all stores that sell fertilizer. Alachua County Environmental Protection staff are currently distributing signage.

What's Happening: Tioga outdoor movie, water park community day, Family Invention Lab

TIOGA OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT SERIES: The 2022 Tioga Movie Night Series continues at 7 p.m. July 8 with “Sing 2.” Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy the movie under the stars. This is a free outdoor movie screening. Tioga’s restaurants and coffee shop will be open before and during the film so attendees can purchase dinner or snacks to round out the evening. According to, Buster Moon and his friends must persuade reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of a new show in this sequel to hit movie “Sing.” This film is rated PG and has a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. The last movie in the Tioga Outdoor Movie Night Series is “Clifford the Big Red Dog” on Aug. 12.

Best bets: Story voting, 'Free Fridays,' Tioga concert, water park community day, more

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HIGH SPRINGS STORY: For more than a year, volunteers of The Heart of High Springs Inc. have been collecting stories about the people, places and things that are part of the history of High Springs. In March, the organization presented an exhibit of 20 different concepts — and recently added three more subjects — in the display of update posters created with an ultimate goal of using art to preserve this history. The organization now seeks community input by voting for their favorite concepts. These concepts are available for viewing and voting through Sunday at the High Springs Library Branch located at 23779 W. U.S. 27 and Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies at 23645 W. U.S. 27 in High Springs. Voting can be accessed through Paper ballots are available at Lanza Gallery only. For more information about The Heart of High Springs, to volunteer or to donate, visit or email

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Hi Explorers! In this video we visit Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park located in High Springs, FL. This place has picnic areas, swimming, hiking, camping and canoeing and kayaking! The spring head is about 20 feet deep and easy to navigate. The water gradually dips from the shoreline to the spring, forming a beach-like area, making it an optimal place for kids. Come along as we explore this place! Music: Jazzeton by Quincas Moreira

7-7-22 Development Review Committee Meeting

The Alachua County Development Review Committee will meet on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville). This meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Masks for vulnerable citizens are strongly recommended. The Committee will take public comment in person only. The public may view...

Fireworks Safety Reminders

With Independence Day quickly approaching, Alachua County Fire Rescue would like to remind everyone to be safe when handling fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, thousands of people each year are injured by fireworks. Most of these injuries are suffered by children and teens. Additionally, more than 18,500 fires are started each year by fireworks. These fires include damage to vehicles and building structures. Fortunately, you can stay safe this Independence Day by following some safety tips.

Independence Day Schedules and Waste Collection

Other than emergency services, all Alachua County government offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Due to the observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4, residential curbside collection services for solid waste, recycling, and yard trash will be delayed one day for the entire holiday week. The regular schedule for these services will resume the following week on Monday, July 11.
Citrus County Chronicle

Opening the doors to a new beginning

CHIEFLAND — Linda Hagan has been in insurance for a number of years. Hagan, who is the owner and agent at Manatee Insurance Solutions LLC in Chiefland, worked for up to 30 years in the property and casualty part of insurance. But in 2013, she decided it was time to try something new.
Citrus County Chronicle

AMVETS Post 88 raises over $5,000 for children injured in Levy County school bus crash

BRONSON — On June 18, AMVETS Post 88 held a fundraiser to support the children who were injured in the Levy County school bus and tractor trailer crash on March 30. While the event took place close to two weeks ago, the organization recently announced the amount of money raised that day. According to an email from Anna Elkins, who is the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 88 President, $5,800 was raised during the fundraiser.
Citrus County Chronicle

Chiefland football team staying busy this summer

CHIEFLAND — The month of June is drawing to a close. And July is almost here. While the start of the high school football season is still over a month away, players have stayed active this summer, participating in workouts and camps. This has especially been the case for the Chiefland football team.

Manatee Springs State Park

In this video, we display the beauty of Manatee Spring State Park. This place is locate in Chiefland, FL, and is about an hour north-west of Ocala. There is camping, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and Playgrounds for all to enjoy just to name a few of the activities available. The cost of admission for a day visit is just $6.00 but that does not include the amenities and rentals found about the area. The springs have been enjoyed by swimmers for thousands of years and offers diving to those who are certified. There has been careful restoration and monitoring efforts to protect the health of the spring. Come along as we show the wonderful natural display of this park.

Ocala man arrested for Bronson shooting

Ocala Police Department officers arrested an Ocala man who shot and injured a person during a family gathering in Bronson on Sunday. According to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) release sent on Tuesday, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a call from a Gainesville hospital emergency room about a victim who sustained a gunshot wound. ACSO contacted LCSO—who did not receive reports of the shooting through its 911 center—and LCSO dispatched deputies to the University Oaks subdivision in the Bronson area where the shooting occurred.

Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing their Pets over the 4th of July Weekend

Many have expressed concern that the animal shelter is closed for intakes with the 4th of July weekend approaching. It is typically a very busy weekend for animals being brought to the shelter. It is important to understand the shelter is in a crisis overcrowding situation. The existing staff is in crisis. They can not handle more animals. The County will not require it of them.

Karen Sue Mudd, 75

Karen Sue Mudd, 75 of Fort White, FL passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at her home with her family by her side. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, the oldest of 3 children to the late William E. Woodruff and Wilma Jean Roberts Woodruff. Mrs. Mudd was raised in Chrisney and Evansville, Indiana.