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Today's Features

  • Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.

    From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration. 

  • LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be hosting its 5th Annual Battle of the Sexes blood drive competition June 22-26, and the ladies in North Florida will be trying to keep their record perfect.

    “This marks our fifth year, and the ladies have won every year,” said LifeSouth North Florida District Director Dustin Scott. “The whole idea is to beat the heat and add a little fun to the challenge of avoiding a summer blood shortage.”

  • A small caravan of motorcycles made its way through the Tri-County area on Friday, handing out checks to area nursing home residents.

    Led by Iron Butts for Bucks coordinator Brad Groom, the group gave out $160 checks to two residents at each of the five nursing homes. The recipients were long- term residents chosen by nursing home staff as being in need of the donation.

    The donation amount may not seem significant to most people, but some of the residents are living on about $35 per month, Groom said.

  • An area firefighter was honored, not only for his duties in the field, but also for his humanitarian efforts in the community.

    Mike MacKenzie, volunteer firefighter for the Fanning Springs Fire Department, was named as this year's Firefighter of the Year for Levy and Gilchrist counties.

    “We're proud of him, not only for his involvement in the community, but he's also been the catalyst for the fire department to be involved in the food pantry and Bread of the Mighty,” Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen said.

  • Take a journey into an era when railroads were the lifeblood of North Central Florida at the Matheson History Museum’s Gainesville Express Train Show Family FunDay on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Entrance is $4 per adult and $1 per child under 12 years old.

  • Spiderman was one of the superheroes visiting Lutherw Callaway Library last Fridlay as part of the Summer Reading Program for Kids.

    There is a program every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library during the summer. 

  • Inspired by real life experiences, a local woman uses her writing to teach lessons in friendship.

    Ruth Nott, author of "New Friend True Friend," a children's picture book, said her inspiration came from situations facing her children as they traveled as a military family and often had to make new friends.

    “Sometimes it's hard to make new friends and sad to leave old ones,” Nott said.

  • Bill Helms told of his 35 year career with NASA in a presentation rich in history and full of life adventures big and small. The Chiefland Rotary was the audience for this discussion, which Helms titled Adventures of a Console Jockey, and took place at their regular meeting June 17. 

  • Deanna McCall with Pascha Coonradt of Partnership for Strong Families spoke at the Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting June 18 about the realities of human trafficking even within the local and surrounding areas.

    We can stop it, McCall said, through education and awareness. The two are pictured with Rotary President Bob Mount.

  • College of Central Florida’s adults with disabilities class in conjunction with the Levy Campus collected a whole lot of can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house in Gainesville.

    It was a community service project for the class of 19 students and according to their instructor, Bessie Brack, they plan on doing it again next year.