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The Grass is Not Always Greener: Leaf Spot in Bermudagrass

Courtney Darling
UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension

Bermudagrass is a popular choice for hay production throughout the southeast, especially Florida. There are several factors that can impact forage quality and yield, including various diseases. Leaf spot or leaf blight (Bipolaris cynodontis) is one of the most common foliar diseases found in bermudagrass. This disease is caused by the fungus Helminthosporium which causes a decrease in forage nutritive value, yield, and overall palatability.


Officer Shot in Lake City

While Conducting Wellbeing Check

Officer Remington “Cody” Chaunce -LCPD Photo

Lake City, Fla., – UPDATE:
Officer Remington “Cody” Chauncey was shot Tuesday morning while conducting a wellbeing check at a home in Lake City.

Officer Chauncey has been an Officer with the Lake City Police

Department since April 2020. Previously, he was an Officer with the Live Oak Police Department. Officer Chauncey is currently undergoing medical treatment but is in stable condition.

End Update

Lake City, Fla., –According to a report from the Lake City Police Department, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at approximately 1:37 a.m., the Lake City Police Department responded to the area of NE Webster Ave and NE Jenkins Lane after receiving a report of gunshots in the area. Officers arrived to discover that the home at this location had been hit by gunfire, as there were visible bullet holes in its exterior. Officers attempted to make contact inside the residence to conduct a wellbeing check. As they were on the porch of the residence and knocking at the home’s door, they identified themselves as POLICE, fearing that an occupant of the home may have been shot.


Famous pig lives in Dowling Park

Daisy, the Potbelly Pig Promotes Reading wherever she goes


Daisy, left, shown above with owner, Farmer Minor and her canine pug sisters, Lily Pug and Dixie Cup. -Courtesy Photo


Major retailers now requiring masks

By Tami Stevenson

It was announced last week that the largest retailer chain in the nation, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, would require masks be worn by its customers to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Since that announcement, other major retail chains have joined them, and the list continues to grow. Stores like Publix, CVS, Target and Walgreens announced the next day, they were also going to require masks.


Local church gives food to 700+ each week

Volunteers at Harvest Fellowship Church give out fresh veggies, various meets and dairy products to more than 700 people every Thursday in the Jasper community during the COVID-19 pandemic. -SVT Photo


Returning to normal
Branford’s Independence Day Celebration was well attended

The crowds were much larger than expected at the Branford River Reunion’s 4th of July celebration. -Photo: Submitted


Hooked On Heroes Dedicates Veterans Monument at City of Live Oak Cemetery

A new monument dedicated by Hooked On Heroes in the City of Live Oak Cemetery commemorates the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. -Photo by Jeffry Boatright