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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • LIVE OAK--Film students at American University in Washington, D.C., exchanged fun in the big city to camp in the wilds of Florida for a week over spring break. Classroom in the Wild – an alternative spring break program – gave about a dozen students an opportunity to explore life on the banks of the Suwannee River while learning to film nature.

    The students camped at Adams tract river camp, owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District), March 6-12. During their stay, they toured the Steinhatchee River Basin and other District lands.

  • The famous February 1945, photo of the flag raising at Iwo Jima shows six men planting an American flag. Three died there and three managed to make it back home after World War II. Among the survivors was John “Doc” Bradley, of Antigo, Wis., a corpsman, a medic.

    When Bradley died in 1994, his family recognized that he had never spoken publicly about his involvement in Iwo Jima. Instead, his son James Bradley wrote the book, “Flags of Our Fathers” to tell the story of that moment in a war and how they affected the decades that followed for the survivors.

  • The Levy County Schools Foundation will be holding it's first Cycle for Education on Saturday.

    The bicycle ride will begin at the Chiefland Regional Shopping Center at 102 North Main Street in Chiefland.      SAG stops, with food and beverage available, will be located in Fanning Springs and Old Town until noon.  The ride to Old Town and back to Chiefland is approximately 25 miles.  Riders may ride further if they choose.