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Today's Features

  • A fixture at local and county level government meetings, the mild mannered and unassuming Fanning Springs man who always seems to ask the pertinent questions on everyone's mind may not be known for what many would consider the great adventure that has filled his life.

    However, for Dana Sheffield flying airplanes was just that – a part of life. He went for his first airplane ride with his dad when he was two weeks old, Sheffield said according to what he'd been told by his parents who were both pilots.

  • The 39th Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race is all geared up for another year of wild and family fun times.

    The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 with proceeds benefiting the non-profit agency - ARC of Levy County.

    “It does a bunch for our organization,” ARC of Levy County Director Betty Walker said. It keeps their doors open and helps with operational expenses.

    “They work really hard at it too. We appreciate all they do,” she said.

  • A poker run is being held this weekend to benefit volunteer firefighters in Bronson.

    The AMVETS Riders Chapter 88 in Bronson will be hosting the event that is open to the public on Saturday with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.

    “I think it’s great. I’m glad to see someone in the community going above and beyond to help the volunteer fire department,” Bronson Fire Chief Dennis Russell said in a telephone interview.

  • Those who want to get a preview of the laughs to come in the comedy “The Rednecks Bite Back” can stop by Beef O’Brady’s in Chiefland on Monday, April 18 between 6 and 9 p.m.

    The invasion is being brought to you by the Suwannee Valley Players and their merry troop of actors. That beloved redneck family the Bubbas and the redneck paramilitary ninja troop known as the Blubbers are planning to invade one of their favorite restaurants along with a host of other characters from the show.

  • The Disabled American Veterans local chapter is holding a poker run on Saturday, April 16 starting t 10:30 a.m. at Bett's Big T in Chiefland.

    Other stops are: Willards in Williston, continue to  Los Avina in Archer and Cherry's Seafood & Steak in Trenton, then finish at Beef O' Brady's in Chiefland.

    Registration fee is $20/ extra poker hand $10, Raffle Tickets are available: one for $1 or six for $5 and you do not have to  be present to win.

    The proceeds from the Tri-County Chapter 63 run will go to veterans.

  • In the story of Oliver Twist, a woman named Nancy, the girlfriend of the brutal Bill Sikes; was part of an inner group of petty thieves, clustered around the conniving Fagin, leader of that band of thieves. Nancy was a prostitute, who tried to protect Oliver from the life of crime planned for him by Fagin. However, here life was a tragedy – a fictional representation of the terrible, deadly impotence that can seize the soul and destroy all hope.

  • The staff of Haven Hospice in Chiefland came together to thank the over 100 volunteers who help to make their operation possible.

    “It’s a little way to give back,” Haven Administrator Anita Howard said, “it doesn’t come close to what they give us.”

    Haven hosted their annual volunteer appreciation luncheon last Friday at their community room.

  • The Williston Lions Club will present its Arts & Crafts Show/Flea Market and barbecue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 6, 7 and 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lions' clubhouse at 401 SE 6th Avenue in Williston.

    Local artists will display their work along with crafting vendors showcasing creative supplies and equipment. Proceeds help support the Lions continuing efforts in our community. This is a community service event and admission is free to the public. Vendor space is still available. Please call Lion Pam Vamosi at 352/214-3315 or 352/362-6553 for details.

  • Some are aware, but many are not, that April 26 is an Official Holiday according to state law for the State of Florida. April 26 is designated as Confederate Memorial Day. This is a day set aside to honor the men who so valiantly served defending the South or Confederacy from 1861- 1865. As a note, Confederate Veterans are recognized the same as any other United States Veteran. See U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958. Also U.S. Public Law 810, Approved by 17th Congress 26 February 1929. Also see Congressional Appropriations Act, FY 1901, signed 6 June 1900.

  • By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    People who buy their produce from farmers markets love the freshness and nutritional value of the product. Not only that, rural residents seek out such markets more than urban residents, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says.

    The latter finding surprised the researchers, led by Alan Hodges, an Extension scientist in the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department.