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Business Council meets this morning

The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Council's offices at 660 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.


Withlacoochee council meeting cancelled

The Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Board of Directors meeting scheduled for today at 7 p.m. has been cancelled due to lack of necessary business. 

However the Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 for the annual review of the executive director. 

The next regular meeting of the board will be Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Council's office in Ocala.


Williston Library Friends 

host program

Friends of the Williston Public Library will pay tribute to Hispanic Music Month when it hosts Mariachi Renancer in concert from 7-8:30 p.m.

Mariachi Renancer is a group of eight musicians who have been making music together for over 31 years.

Director Moises Rodrigues is also the owner of Little Friends Daycare Center in Williston.

Dedicated to playing only Christian music with Mariachi style, they travel all over Florida playing churches and select venues.


Southern Heritage Festival, 

Cracker Cattle Drive 

Hernando Southern Heritage Festival & Cracker Cattle Drive organizers will once again be driving cattle, riding the trail, and living the life of a “cowhunter”. The Drive is a two day trek (optional) through the woods and underbrush. Boots and hats are the traditional dress of the day. Entry Fee for the Cracker Cattle Drive: two day ride, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, with campout, four meals included, $200 per adult and $150 per child 18 and under; one day ride, Saturday, Oct. 23, lunch included, $100 per adult, $75 per child 18 and under. Deadline for sign-up is Oct. 14. 

Proceeds from the Southern Heritage Festival & Cracker Cattle Drive benefit the continued restoration and upkeep of the Historic Hernando School. For more information or registration forms please contact Angie Rushton (352) 697-2551 or the Hernando Heritage Council office (352) 419-4857.


October 15


ABC Kindergarten & 

KinderCare ribbon cutting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members ABC Kindergarten & KinderCare. on Friday, Oct. 15, at noon. The public is invited to welcome ABC Kindergarten & KinderCare to the community. It is located at 2510 N.W. 15th Lane, Chiefland. 


Cooter Poker Tournament & Casino Night

Want the fun of Las Vegas but not travel the distance?  Come out to the Cooter Poker Tournament & Casino Night, presented by the Senior Foundation of Citrus County at the Citrus County Resource Center at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. This night of fun will include a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and Slots all done by a professional “Vegas style” host. It will also feature live entertainment and karaoke.  Light hors ‘dourves and refreshments will be available.  The doors will open at 6 p.m. for Casino Play.  The Hold ‘Em tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. Raffle prizes to include two Carnival Cruises, flat screen TV, theme park tickets, hotel stays, golf packages, night on the town outings, gift cards and much more.  Suggested donations are $50 for Casino Play and $100 for both the Hold ‘Em Tournament & Casino Play. 

Advanced purchase tickets are required. They can be purchased at the Resource Center or any Citrus County Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, contact Kathy at 527-5907 or Suzanne at 726-2801. Must be 21 years of age to participate.  


October 16


Shrine Club serving breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs. 

The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee for $5.50 per person.

If you miss this one, the next breakfast will be on Nov. 6.


Joppa ladies bake sale

The Ladies of Joppa Lodge will hold their bake sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. — provided the goodies last that long in front of Gail's Cafe on County Road 349. The proceeds go toward the scholarship and community projects funds.


October 17


Library Friends show “Water’s Journey”

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will present the video, “Water’s Journey – Hidden Rivers of Florida” at the Library on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m.  This remarkable 30-minute video, produced by the late Wes Skiles will be followed with remarks by Annette Long, underwater photographer.  Long, who lives in Chiefland, contributed to the photography in the video.  The program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.


AL Auxiliary #383 to have sock hop dance

 The American Legion Auxiliary No. 383 will have a Sock Hop Dance beginning at 4 p.m.  This is a major fund raiser for the Auxiliary as the proceeds go toward gifts for Dixie County's needy children at Christmas.  The tickets are $6 each and are on sale at the canteen.  There will be door prizes, 50/50 raffle, best costume award and hoola hoop contest, as well as food and '50s and '60s  music.  


October 18


Sons of the American Legion meeting

The Sons of the American Legion is having an important meeting at 7:30 p.m., to put out information on the upcoming chili cook-off and fundraiser. If you have not paid your dues, please do so soon.  If you are not a Veteran, and your father or grandfather was one, you can sign up to become an S.A.L. member to help the American Legion veterans. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Post at 542-2021.


October 19


Yankeetown Republican Club meeting

Richard Nugent, the Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District seat, is the speaker for the Inglis-Yankeetown Republican Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions Club on 59th Street in Yankeetown. Nugent is sheriff of Hernando County.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The club is providing the main course and the members are asked to bring desserts to share. Cost is $7 for members and $9 for all others. The public is invited to Attend.

For more information please call Nancy at 447-1447 or Pat at 447-5874.


October 20


Get a Head Start on Medicare Part D 2011

October is the month SHINE, a volunteer program with the state Department  of Elder Affairs,  offers to assist you in finding a Medicare Part D Drug Plan for 2011 that is the least expensive for you and will cover your drugs.

Enrollment for Part D begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31.  Bring your Medicare Card, your Rx Drug Plan Card and your Rx drug bottles or a printout from your pharmacy of the last 90 days of your drugs.  

SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling on Medicare issues. Come by a site or call 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a volunteer or a site near you.

Shine volunteers will be at the Chiefland Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.





October 21

Bronson homemakers meet 

Bronson HCE (Homemakers) will have their monthly meeting at 9:30 at the Levy County Extension Office. New members are welcome. For more information Dee Olsen at 486-2319.

The Bronson Home and Community Education Club is affiliated with the IFAS UF Levy County Extension. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


American Legion Post 91 to meet

The Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91 of the American Legion will hold it's membership/dinner meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. with a donation dinner. The regular members will meet after the dinner. The guest speaker is from the Gainesville Fisher House. They will give information as to what they will be able to provide for veterans' families while their loved one receives treatment at the Malcom-Randall VA Hospital in Gainesville. The meeting is open to the public. The Post is located between Trenton and Bell on State Road 129 next to the FFA arena.




October 23


Sweetest contest in Bronson

The 6th Annual 4-H Bake-Off — cakes, cookies, breads — and FCS Fun Day is from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  

The bake-off will start promptly at 10:00 am with judges orientation. There were 26 participants. For more information on the contest, call Muriel G. Turner at 352-486-5131 or 352-486-5136


Beast Feast to benefit students

The Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting its 1st Annual Beast Feast Saturday, October 23 at the Black Prong Equestrian Center, SE County Road 337, in Bronson.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.  Some of the foods being served may include venison, gator tail, mullet, sausage, turkey, swamp cabbage, boiled corn, grits, baked beans and desserts.

Come on out and enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship for a great cause: public education in Levy County. The evening will also include a live auction and  door prizes. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at all Capital City Bank, Drummond Community Bank, and Perkins State Bank branches.  

If you are interested in participating in the Beast Feast as a sponsor or would like to prepare a food item, please contact the Levy County Schools Foundation at  352-486-3408 or lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us .


Fundraiser to benefit Chiefland Elementary

Chiefland Elementary School is selling tickets to win a Rossi 12-gauge/.243 combo rifle. Funds raised will benefit several school programs, such as FCAT rewards and Teacher Appreciation Week.

Tickets cost $1 each, and are available at the school, Reed Automotive, or a Arnie's Sporting Goods. The gun is also on display at Arnie's Sporting Goods.

For more information, call Christie Reed at 221-1126 or e-mail reedautomotive1@yahoo.com


Friends of the Bronson Library meeting


Friends of the Bronson Library will meet on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Bronson Library.  The Friends will be electing new officers and taking

nominations from the floor.  The group is seeking input on fund raising ideas and activities for the coming year.  The meeting is open to the public and prospective members are welcome.



October 29-31


It’s Official: “Southern Rock’s Finest” booked for the 2010 Cooter Festival


Are you ready to rock out with Sunny Cooter October 29-31, 2010?!?  Here is your chance!  Legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Artimus Pyle has assembled a troupe of Southern Rock Superstars and former members of super 1970’s bands such as Pure Prairie League, The Outlaws, The Allman Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band that are sure to entertain the young and old.  The band, “Southern Rock’s Finest”, will perform FREE on Friday evening at the Cooterfest Kick-off Party (downtown) and will be on stage again at Wallace Brooks Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.   VIP Tickets are available for the Friday Night Bash for only $50, which includes all the food, beer, wine and tea you want as well as a designated seating area.

Joining the stage sets will be an energetic new band from Warner Robins Georgia called Not Hollywood. This group has created a unique blend of Southern Rock, Reggae, Alternative Rock and Rap with so many elements that you find yourself wondering where their music will go next. Strong vocals and heavy guitar solos are backed up with a bouncing rhythm. No matter what music you like, it's there.

Also performing Cajun and Zydeco Music will be Lee Wilkeson, son of Skynyrd Bassist Leon Wilkeson, Mitch Simmons and Cajun Dave Becknel from Citrus County’s own Neon Leon's Zydeco Steakhouse. 

And do not miss the  largest  traveling Skynyrd memorabilia exhibit including guitars, gold records, stage apparel, rare photos and The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Trophy which will be located in Wallace Brooks Park with Gene Odom, head of security for Skynyrd, plane crash survivor and author of several books and documentaries, available for book signing.

For more information on the entertainment, activities, a Poker & Casino Night, Kick-Off parties and everything Cooter Festival, go to the City of Inverness’ official Cooter Festival website at www.cooterfestival.com or call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 352-726-2801.


October 30

Bronson Homemakers yard sale

Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers is having their 2nd annual yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Levy County Extension Office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.


November 10

Capital City Bank in Chiefland is sponsoring a Hometown Heroes event for Veterans'

 Week on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Shand’s Careair helicopter will land by the bank at noon – providing there are no other medical emergencies a that time. The fire department will be on hand to assist with the landing and possibly do a water show after they leave. The K-9 unit will be on hand doing presentations with the dogs Military vehicles will be on display and there will be a 21-gun salute at 12:30 p.m. There will be food, a drawing event for elementary students with the drawings on display the entire week and a winner receiving a $50 savings bond.


November 27-28

State park to host Clay Landing Days

Visitors are invited to experience a living history of Manatee Springs when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park and the Friends of Manatee Springs Parks, Inc. will host Clay Landing Days from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

This event will feature covered wagon rides through the north trail system, where riders will meet characters from the past in celebration of this beautiful first magnitude spring. The event also includes hay rides to provide more opportunities to visit the Seminoles and settlers. The hay ride is accessible to persons with disabilities with little or no assistance, including wheelchairs. Participants will also witness survival skills used by Native Americans and pioneers, learn how they lived, what clothing they wore, how food was prepared over campfires and, if you master communication with them, you may even get to sample tasty morsels.

This event is free with a paid park admission. For more information, visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org. 






Every Tuesday and Thursday is a Walking Club at 7:30 a.m, behind the Chiefland Middle School at the Delma Locke Park.  Everyone is welcome to come, especially beginners.  I

For more information, please contact Swain Strickland at the Levy County Health Department at 352-486-5300.


Operation PETSNIP

A non-profit  spay/neuter clinic is now available to Levy County cats ($40) and dogs ($60) www.nmhp.net  or call: 376-6647.   


Alanon meeting

Alanon meets At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Chiefland Methodist Church, North Main Street. For more information, please call 1-800-851-1795.


Jackpot Bingo

Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 is having Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday. Post 236 is located at 9550 NE Alt. Hwy. 27, Bronson. For more information, call  486-5003.


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. Call 463-3135 or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.


Dixie Humane Society sale

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

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. 

Heart of the Hammock Humane Society

The  Heart of the Hammock Humane Society, located in the old Carr's Furniture building at 9599 N.E. County Road 349, is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Donated items that include furniture, household goods and wearing apparel are for sale on site.  With new items arriving daily there are always great bargains to be found.  Donated items can be dropped off at the building or calling to arrange a pick up.  You may also call to have any unsold items from your yard/garage sale picked up.   For additional information please call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077. 


American Legion Post 383 activities

American Legion Post 383 in Old Town has karaoke every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. 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 to raise 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 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Both men and women are welcome.


Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary meets at noon on Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s on Main Street in 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 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Chiefland on Mondays. 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 holds educational and fun meetings, workshops, crafts sessions, create caps and lap blankets, and more, 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 from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Monday of the month. 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 become a new member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.


Ombudsman program seeking volunteers

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

All interested individuals who care about protecting the health safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents ? who often have no one else to advocate for them ? are encouraged to call toll-free 888-831-0404 or visit the program’s Web site at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.


Stitches from Heart helps babies

Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that love to knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. Unfortunately, many premature babies often go home from hospitals with little or nothing to keep them warm.    They need volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need.

These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated for our seniors. Stitches From the Heart has donated thousands and thousands of hand-made hats, booties, sweaters and blankets to more than 411 hospitals and charities around the country.

Please call toll free 877-985-9212 or email StitchFromHeart@aol.com or write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90405. The group’s Web site is www.StitchesFromTheHeart.org. Stitches From the Heart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.