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Today's Features

  • Friday, June 19

    Bronson Library Book Fair

    The Bronson Friends of the Library Book Fair will be held on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the old Bronson Town Hall.

    For further information, call the Bronson Library at 486-2015.

    Monday, June 22

    GOP to hold monthly meeting

  • “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Chiefland, Florida, where Donnell Sanders is the pastor, opened the doors to Manna from Heaven Food Bank on Wednesday, June 10.

    Manna from Heaven Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization started to feed needy people and improve their lives. This is done by providing food and other grocery products such as meats and baby formula. Also, educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty is another of the food banks objectives.

  • Double Sink 4-H gets around! Leaders Melissa Mills, Trish Depew, and Mary Carr want to expose 4-H kids to a wide variety of what Florida has to offer.

    The theme for this outing was butterflies, so their destination was the butterfly garden planted by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge at the Refuge Headquarters.

  • Good things come in all sizes. Fanning Springs residents Gene and Rita Wealing have graciously donated their home and an acre of land to Haven Hospice.

    Tim Bowen, president of Haven Hospice, Michael Morse, vice president of organizational development, and Kathleen Bogolea, associate director of development, were on hand for the deed transaction, which took place on Thursday at Levy Abstract and Title.

  • Zachary Andrews says it was hunting that got him through. The Chiefland High School senior was a 15-year-old sophomore when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and everything in his life changed.

    “I was out turkey hunting with my dad and I tripped and fell,” he said.

    “My dad asked me, ‘Why’d you fall down?’ and I told him my knee gave out.”

    Andrews’ left leg had been kind of weak and achy for about a month, he said.

  • It was St. Patrick’s Day, and he was 10 years old. Taylor Carey’s parents noticed he had been short of breath for some time, and he’d been complaining that his legs hurt.

    “My parents just thought it was growing pains but then they took me to the doctor,” Carey said.

    “He couldn’t figure it out right away. Then my mom remembered that when I was born, the doctor said something about a rare blood trait. They tested my blood and that was when they found it.”

  • Kolan Durrance remembers when it happened: in May of last year. He knows how it happened: he noticed a swollen lymph node under his arm; a week or so later he could hardly breathe because fluid from a tumor had filled his right lung. He knows when he started treatment and he knows about when he'll be done.

    The one thing he doesn't know is why.

    “My dad has an autoimmune disorder, and I've heard the trait from that can end up in some people getting non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but I didn't even know,” he says.

    “It just came out of nowhere.”

  • Ketelhaus Easy Company gives a few barks as he tugs on his collar. His owner gives a command and the large animal sits attentively watching the visitor unlock the gate.

    Once inside the visitor learns that Company, as he is known, is just like any family pet. He’s sniffing, chuffing and plants a wet kiss on the hand that’s offered.

    Company, a two-year-old Rottweiler, is one of three pets owned by Donna Bailey of Chiefland. He has a littermate and a shelter dog, both Rotts, for his company.

    And all three are spoiled rotten pets.

  • Mary Grace Curtin adjusts a purple bow at her best friend Adamarie Keeton’s home in Bronson. Curtin has been making the bows, while Keeton and Keeton’s sister Libby Barrin bake cookies and organize the fund-raising effort for their Tri-County Relay for Life team, Team Margaret.