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Today's Features

  • Massaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt's gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Friends and neighbors from the Suwannee River Springs Association helped celebrate  Lillian Bemis's 103rd birthday Friday with cake and pink lemonade.

    Pictured from left to right are Rodger Nogaki, Wynne Falkowski, Michelle King, Nina and Cliff Bemis and Miss Lillian.

    Bemis said her secret to long life is clean living, no smoking or drinking, and walking and swimming for exercise.

  • Bernadette Preble has always wanted more for her clients since becoming a caregiver.

    She’s made it her mission to do more at the Suwannee River Economic Council Chiefland Senior Center, where Preble’s been the Older Americans Act coordinator since 2009, and subsequently a case manager.

    With her final day at the center coming this Friday, July 15, she took time last week before her retirement to reflect on the changes she has seen since her arrival.

  • Auditions for “Smoke on the Mountain” will be at The Chief Theater, 25. E. Park Ave., Chiefland, on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

    “Smoke on the Mountain” is the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.

  • The Critter Crusaders of North Florida are looking for donations of household items for a community yard sale to benefit the animals the animal advocacy group serves.

    The sale will be in September and the group is accepting donations through Aug. 31. To donate, call Al at 352-493-4857.

  • The public is invited to attend a public hearing hosted by Elder Options on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. in Conference Room A, 100 S.W. 75th St., Suite 301, Gainesville.

  • The Swilley Family Reunion will be Sunday, July 24 at the Pavillion at Hart Springs in Gilchrist County. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and family and friends are invited to come early and share pictures or stories about the family. You don’t have to be a member of this Swilley family, any Swilley family or friends will be very welcome.

  • A new chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy will hold a charter meeting on Saturday, Aug 6 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the recreation room.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players summer youth production “Oliver!” opens on Friday, July 22 at the Chief Theater at 25 E. Park Ave. in Chiefland.

    The cast includes, left to right, in background, Sami Johnson-Streit, Ryan Tedin, Jenevieve Squires, Nelson Crawford; clockwise around table starting from the bottom, are Katie Hodge (as Oliver), Elijah Ridgeway, Wednesday Wright, Audrey Van Dyke, Jenna Walbaum, Alexis Lipscomb, Laci Acevedo (not seen), Jacob Walbaum, Zachary Harmon, Lacey Harmon.

  • The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church in Chiefland will host their annual Falling Off the Bone Spare Rib Dinner on Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland. You can dine in or take out. To reserve a dinner, call 352-493-4627

    The menu includes: spare ribs, cole slaw, baked beans, Junie’s buns, dessert and beverage (seconds welcome).

    The suggested minimum donation is $10 per adult meal or take-out with children under 10 eating free.