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Today's Features

  • n Joppa Baptist hosts "Day in the Lord"

    Joppa Baptist would like to invite the public to attend  a “Day in the Lord” on Sturday, April 24. There will be five pastors preaching throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.  Come at any time. There will also be music throughout the day and a chicken dinner at noon.  Everyone is welcome.  Joppa is located at 7530 NW 165th St in Fanning Springs.

     n  Lighthouse youth hosts Infusion

  • Thursday   WRPC meeting The next Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC) Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the WRPC office located at 1241 SW 10th Street, Ocala, 34471-0323.   Florida Tourism Task Force meeting The monthly meeting of the Original Florida Tourism Task Force will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

  • Margaret Ross Tolbert first began painting the springs of Florida more than 25 years ago.

  • It was about this time of year when Juan Ponce de Leon first landed in Florida  almost 500 years ago. A profusion of greenery and flowers inspired him to call the area Pascua Florida—roughly translated as “ flowery Easter”. The plants were native varieties, blooming without the help of fertilizers, pesticides or water from sprinkler systems and garden hoses, all of which have become an issue affecting Florida’s fragile ecology. Much of the pesticide and fertilizer ends up in Florida’s streams, rivers and springs.

  • Area bicycle riders raised about $5,200 last Saturday during the first Cycle for Education in Chiefland. The event began along the bike trail behind Chiefland Shopping Center and ran through Old Town and back for a ride of about 25 miles. The fundraiser attracted 33 riders and benefited the Levy County Schools Foundation's general fund. School Board member Paige Brookins, of Chiefland, was the chairperson for the Cycle for Education, spending a considerable amount of time planning and preparing last Saturday's ride.

  • Train safety awareness week is April 18 to 24. The local law enforcement agencies and Florida Operation Lifesaver will be setting up at various railroad crossings throughout the state in an effort to increase motorist and pedestrian awareness of highway-railroad grade crossing safety. There will be fliers for all drivers and a few gifts for  kids as well.  

  • The Marion Civic Chorale and the Chancel Choir from First United Methodist Church will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra from the Orlando Symphony. This free-will offering at UMC will go to support First United Methodist Church Pre-School.

  • n The Bronson Church of God will be holding its 3rd Annual Bar-B-Que Cook-Off on April 24, 8 a.m. There will be a $20 per entry fee. The meat will be supplied. Whole Boston butts will be for sale for $20. April 21 is the deadline to purchase a whole Boston butt. For registration and reserving a butt or any other questions please contact Cal Byrd 352-528-6463, Jessicca Nobles at the church office 352-486-4924 or Chris Johns 352-577-4358. n The Bronson Church of God is sponsoring an essay contest for all area high school and middle school children.

  • If spring is here, can the Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race be far behind?  Not likely. The Bronson AmVets Post #88 and the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC)  are gearing up for the 33rd running of this fun paddle to benefit charity.

    At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, paddlers from near and far will gather at the river to participate in one of the six canoe classes or one of the two kayak classes that range from amateur to experienced. Prizes of miniature paddles are awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each category.

  •  The staff of Haven Hospice’s Tri-Counties care center in Chiefland honored their most dedicated volunteer, Harry L. Coleman, with a surprise 80th birthday party Mar. 5. It was a fitting tribute to this Chiefland resident who has made helping Haven his mission. For “Mr. Harry,” as he’s known, the Haven staff is his family and the care center is his home. He adopted them and they in turn adopted him.