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Today's Features

  •  Clay Landing Days at Manatee Springs

  • Gerry Jesk, right, fills a box with cookies at the First United Methodist Church’s Bazaar and Cookie Walk Saturday in Chiefland. The event aimed at raising money for church activities.

  •  U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Petty Officer First Class Ariana Pusey and Seaman Kimberly Vickers, of Manatee Division, attended Academy Day at MacDill Air Force Base. Congresswoman Kathy Castor, U.S. Representative from the 11th District of Florida, provided an opportunity for interested high school students to learn about various military academies and ROTC programs. 

  • By TONI COLLINS
    Special to the Citizen

    Levy County Quilt Museum Executive Director, Winnelle Horne, welcomes Elsie Odom of Chiefland and Wilda Pawlak of Fanning Springs to the 28th Annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Quilt Museum.  The members of the Log Cabin Quilters prepared turkeys and guests brought a banquet of sumptuous covered dishes and desserts to share with the 52 guests who came in fellowship and to give thanks.  Some of the luncheon guests had traveled from Wisconsin, Maine, and Virginia.

  • O’Daniel wants to
    make a difference
    The Spina Bifida Association website claims spina bifida affects about 165,000 Americans and is the nation's most common permanently disabling birth defect. It occurs when a child's spine doesn't close during the first months of pregnancy. People with spina bifida usually require a brain shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid.

  •   The Great Suwannee River Clean-up, initiated and coordinated by Current Problems’ Executive Director Fritzi Olson, is nearing the end of the historic river, and the 2011 clean-up.  The last 20 miles will be tackled by the Lower Suwannee NWR, the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges, and all the volunteers they can muster.

  • Clay Landing Days at Manatee Springs

    To celebrate the living history of this beautiful first magnitude spring, Manatee Springs State Park, with the help of the park’s Citizens Support Organization-The Friends of Manatee Springs Parks, Inc, present Clay Landing Days on Nov. 25-26. The event features rides through the north trail system, where visitors will experience the lifestyle of early settlers and Seminole Indians.

  • Janet McGuire Hendershot says she was first bitten by the writing bug in high school when she won a prize for an essay on what it means to be American, a theme that would shape much of what she wrote about for the rest of her life.
    Hendershot, a 73-year-old resident of Old Town since 1989, grew up in North Miami in the 1950s. It was a different time in America, she says.
    “You didn’t lock your house up, and you could go anywhere on a bus. It was safe back in those days.”

  • By TONI COLLINS
    Levy historian

    North Key, the westernmost island of the collection of islands known as “the  Cedar Keys,” was reserved for government use in 1840 at the urging of General Zachary Taylor.
     Several years later, several citizens of Madison County urged the government to establish a Commercial Depot on the key for the purpose of shipping out products coming off the Suwannee River.  Their appeals were ignored.

  • The delta fields had exploded in white like huge bags of popcorn nuked in the September heat. Everywhere, thick tufts of cotton burst forth from the bolls that had once concealed their glory. It was harvest time.