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Chamber ribbon cutting at

Star Computers II

The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members Star Computers II at noon. The public is invited to welcome Star Computers II. The business is located at 118 Rodgers Blvd.

Star Computers II specializes in all types of computer repair, building  and sales. Please take some time to welcome Star Computers II owner, Brack Tucker into our community.



Letter carriers food drive

In recent years, a hunger epidemic has swept the nation.

The number of food insecure Americans jumped from 36.2 million in 2007 to 49.1 million in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One in four was a child.

The Stamp Out Hunger program is a national initiative developed to replenish food banks leading up to the summer months, a time when they are typically low in stock.

Making a difference is as simple as a stroll to the mailbox.

Local residents can help fight hunger by leaving a bag of non-perishable food at their mailboxes on Saturday, May 8.

A letter carrier will pick up the donation and deliver it to a food pantry, where it will be distributed to those who need it most in the community.

Please feel free to contact Mindy Underberger with any questions at 352-331-2800. Thank you.

May 13

Friends Of The Chiefland Library

hold board election

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 13.

There will be an election for members of the Board of Directors and plans will be made for the annual Watermelon Festival book sale.  

The Friends supports the library by promoting programs and resources, and through fund-raising, projects to augment the Library’s budget with the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and equipment.  

Prospective members and guests are welcome.  

For further information, call Friends President Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.

May 15

Newberry looking for

watermelon queen contenders

65th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival will be held Saturday, May 15,  and organizers are looking for contestants from newborns to 23 years of age for the annual Watermelon Pageant.

The pageant has the added distinction this year of claiming it gave a start to the National Watermelon Queen Jessica Southard of Bronson.

She was the 2007 Newberry Watermelon Festival queen who later served as the 2009 Florida Watermelon Queen.

Earlier this year she was chosen to be the 2010 National Queen at the National Watermelon Producers annual convention in Dallas, Texas.

To enter the Newberry contest, please contact Lisa Hughes, pageant director, at (352) 354-5385 or visit the website at www.newberrywatermelonfestival.com for an application.

Rotary Club

hosts annual

fishing tournament

The Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing Tournament at Cedar Key is offering cash and prizes up to $7,500 based on a 100-boat entry. There will be a free goodie bag and T-shirt for each entrant.

Prize money will be awarded as follows:

biggest redfish, $1,000, with second and third place receiving lesser amounts;

biggest trout, $1,000, with second and third place receiving lesser amounts;

biggest trash fish, $50

best bag, $2,000

The biggest fish will be determined by the weight of legally caught fish.

The captains’ meeting and Calcutta is Friday, May 14, with a 6:30 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner at the Cedar Key Lions Club. Cash bar available.

Entry forms and rules may be obtained from Chiefland Rotary Club, P.O. Box 931, Chiefland, FL 32644, or call Robert or Jeff Beauchamp, event coordinators at (352) 493-4808, between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

May 17


Chamber- Capital City Bank Mixer

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mixer for one of its members Capital City Bank of Chiefland. This event will be held on  from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Capital City Bank at  2012 North Young Blvd. in Chiefland. Please come out to Capital City Bank , meet your fellow Chamber members and bring a prospective member.


May 21-23

Purple Hatter’s Ball  May 21-23

at Spirit of the Suwannee

Bear Creek Presents and New Earth Music will host the Third Annual Purple Hatter’s Ball honoring the memory of  Rachel Hoffman.

This three-day festival will be held May 21-23 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak.

The line-up for the Purple Hatter’s Ball includes Big Gigantic, DubConscious, Yo Momma’s Big Fat Bootyband,, The Ralph Roddenbery Band, The Burnin’ Smyrnans, The Malah, 3rd Stone, Catfish Alliance, Greenhouse Lounge, Gravity A, Flight Risk, Corporal Boil, Trial By Stone, Pepper Drive, Dead Circus and Lucid Groove. On Saturday, May 22, all guests are invited to wear costumes that include the color purple, commemorating Rachel’s favorite color.

Festival tickets are $40 and include the music, three nights of primitive camping and all taxes and fees.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is also offering a discount on cabins and golf carts. A cabin for two nights and a golf cart for four is $400.

For more information call the park at 386-364-1683, go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com or email the park at spirit@musicliveshere.com.

May 27

Bronson homemakers monthly meeting

Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization that holds educational and fun meetings, workshops, and creating crafts, making caps and lap blankets, etc. for local nursing homes and other local public agencies.

    The next meeting is on May 20, at 9:30 a.m.  at the Levy County Extension Office on Alt. 27 in Bronson. The workshop is on May 24, from 9 a.m. till noon.

    To attend a meeting or become a member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at (352) 528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.

May 26

Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group

    Everyone is welcome to the quarterly meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group on Wednesday, May 26 at the Fanning Springs City Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an open forum where the community can learn from each other and from experts about threats to Fanning & Manatee Springs, and work together to protect groundwater flowing to the springs.

    Learn about how water gets to Fanning & Manatee springs, how spring ecosystems function, and how schools are teaching students about springs. Join the fieldtrip on Thursday, May 27 to see the geology of the springshed.

    For more information, please contact the working group coordinator, Carol Lippincott, at Carol_Lippincott@cox.net or (352) 377-8693.

May 29

Busted Knuckles Car Club presents Gilchrist County’s 1st Annual All American Car Show, A Salute to Our Veterans, will be held Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tyler Creek business community on SR 47 in Trenton. It is open to all American made and/or American powered vehicles.

Pre-registration fee of $15 needs to be in by May 15. Registration of $20 ‘til noon on day of show; no registration fee for active military.

Vendors are needed for swap meet and car corral, $10 per 10x20 space.

There will be Dash plaques to first 100, door prizes, 50/50, food, music and vendors.

There are 17 award classes and Best of Show. Classes are subject to change based on number of entries.

Proceeds will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.

Contact Dan at 352-535-5906 or Russ at 352-221-0500 for information.


Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers

   Be a powerful voice in a child’s life.  Advocate in the court system for children who have been taken away for neglect and abuse. 

   No special background is needed, staff and legal support provided. Next training starts April 27 in Chiefland.  Call (352) 463-3134 or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.

Dixie Humane Society sale

    The Dixie Humane Society holds a weekly Indoor Outdoor Yard Sale onThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The Society is located off of U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town .

    Donations to help the animals are welcome.  

American Legion Post 383 karaoke

on SaturdaysAmerican Legion Post 383 in Old Town has karaoke with Stacy every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Prospective members and volunteers are also welcome. Post 383 is for veterans and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers

Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated as a way of raising funds. The benefits offered for donating include a tax write off for the donors and knowledge that the old clunker is helping a “Positive Place for Kids”. If you want to donate a car, the Florida Clubs can be reached by calling 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group meets at St. Albans Church on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both  men and women are welcome

Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary meets at noon on Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland.Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE 1st Street

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday

Grand Slam Bridge, with two tables in play, is held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in participating are asked to call Joan at 493-0279.Both weekly and substitute players are needed.

Bronson Homemakers


    Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization, that hold educational and fun meetings, workshops, crafts sessions, create caps and lap blankets, etc. for local nursing homes and other local public agencies. The group is always looking for new faces, positive attitudes, fun personalities and an eager willingness to give back to the community.

     Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month.  Monthly workshops are on the 4th Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson.  If you would like to attend a meeting or to become a new member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.

 Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.