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Today's Features

  • Seven years constitute a lifetime for Andrea Walther.

    She's been a solid A/B student, a pregnant teenager, a high school dropout, a wife, a mother, a GED recipient, a deli worker, a rat farmhand and a restaurant worker.

    And then she made some choices that were detrimental to her life. That's when the changes began.

    Change of Plans

    In the midst of her junior year at Chiefland High School, Andrea, then 16, discovered that she was a statistic-a pregnant teenager. But she was determined that she wouldn't be another statistic.

    It wasn't easy.

  • He is not a celebrity or politician, but he has to be one of the most well-known people around north Levy County. Most everyone driving on U.S. 19 just north of Chiefland has seen him - the "Tater Man" - on Fridays and Saturdays on the roadside.

    Some stop to buy farm-fresh potatoes and other produce. Others stop by just to chat. A honk of the horn will suffice for others.

    Friendly Bobby "Tater Man" Chesser smiles and waves back.

    "I'm a people person," he said. "Look for the blue truck and the big umbrella."

  • Some days Keegan Caudill feels like he is a 40 or 50-year-old man.

    Most days he has a headache that no drugs can alleviate.

    Every day he remembers sights, sounds and smells from the most incredible journey of his young life.

    In the past six months, the 2005 graduate of Bell High School has experienced enough to fill the lifetime of an ordinary man.

    But he is no ordinary man and his experience was nothing short of a miracle.

  • Every weekday, Kay Maxwell wakes up at 3 in the morning, showers, has her coffee and makes her way to the cafeteria at Chiefland Elementary School.

    In front of her is the seemingly monumental task of feeding hundreds of hungry school kids.

    Maxwell along with her team of nine other workers perform the task day after day, week after week, month after month.

    Maxwell has been at it for 19 years now and still hasn't lost any enthusiasm.

  • Step back in time to the fun-filled 50s, into a world of hot rods, leather jackets, 45s, pedal pushers, D.A.'s, roller skates, drive-in movies, and musicians like Elvis, Fabian and Ricky Nelson singing that "new" music known as rock 'n' roll.

    Enjoy an evening with cool Burger Palace Boys and their fine Pink Ladies along with our favorite characters of Rydell High in this live classic rock 'n' roll musical, Grease, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and sponsored by Drummond Community Bank.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe P. Ruth of Old Town announce the engagement of their daughter, Alicia Blanche to Cecil "Edward" Alford Jr. of Chiefland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Alford of Cedar Key.

    The bride-elect is a 1996 graduate of Dixie County High School and is a registered nurse. She is employed by the Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Gainesville.

    The future groom is a 1996 graduate of Cedar Key High School and is employed by Central Florida Electric Co-op in Chiefland.

    A summer wedding is being planned.

  • Garrett

    Amanda and Shane Garrett of Trenton announce the birth of a son Zackery Adma Garrett, born March 4, 2008.

    The baby weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

    Grandparents are Angie and the late Clinton Garrett of Fanning Springs, Shirley and Bobby Stickle of Trenton and Suzie and Mike Johnson of South Carolina.

    The baby has an older brother Dalton.

    Gulledge

    Tasha and John Gulledge of Chiefland announce the birth of a son Payton Allan Gulledge, born Dec. 19, 2007 at North Florida Regional.

    The baby weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

  • Danny Jo Jenkins and Trina Jenkins announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Danielle LaShane Jenkins to Milford Gordon (M.G) Ridgeway, son of Doyle and Diane Ridgeway on Saturday, April 5 at four o'clock in the afternoon at the Woodmen of the World, State Road 26 in Trenton.

  • Mr. and Mrs. James Burkett of Trenton announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Meghan Adayr Burkett of Chiefland to Jay Bolton of Chiefland.

    The bride-elect graduated from Trenton High School and attended Central Florida Community College. She is employed by Fernwood Flowers and Gifts.

    The future groom graduated from Bronson High School and Central Florida Community College (Ocala) where he received a degree in law enforcement. He is employed with the Chiefland Police Department as a K-9 officer.