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Today's Features

  •  One way to never forget how to say Basil May's first name: he'll either DAZZLE you or FRAZZLE you with his snake collection.

    Basil is a lifelong Bronson resident who recently acquired a new hobby. Snake rescuing, he said, was something of a happenstance.

    "I just sort of fell into it about a year and a half ago, when I got Mr. Green Jeans," Basil said.

  • It was an evening like every other evening last week, as Linda Scoggins set out to enjoy her time away from work.

    But about 6:30, she spied a visitor jumping across her fence on property she and husband, Ron, own off Hwy. 321 in Chiefland.

    A baby deer sauntered into the yard and started making herself at home-by eating her flowers.

    For more that 20 minutes she watched the deer feed and frolic through binoculars, then she came right up to her and yearned for affection.

  • At one time, the entire state of Florida was a haven for snakes, as warm climes, plenty of food and suitable habitat allowed serpents to thrive.

    Massive development over the past few decades to the south has helped put a dent in snake populations, but there are still pockets where the legless wonders can roam relatively undisturbed.

    The rural Big Bend or Gulf Hammock area of Florida is one of those regions, and Levy County would be smack dab in the middle of that.

  • Shelton Irwin has played with and written songs for some big names in the music world.

    Alabama, Johnny Nash, Bertie Higgins, Dennis Yost, Starbuck, Artimus Pyle and Bo Diddley are just a few of a diverse group of stars that Irwin has worked with in his long and storied career.

    Seeing the music industry eat up a lot of his friends, Irwin chose to take the low road some 20 years ago, moving to rural Levy County to chill out, spend time with the family, collect some royalty money and play a little music.

    It's worked out well in some respects.

  • Up in snow country, folks get something called cabin fever.

    Days are short. Weather is ice cold. Travel, if possible, is treacherous.

    People get trapped indoors and lethargic. They need something, like perhaps spring, to make them want to bust out.

    In a way, the economy is like cabin fever.

    The price of fuel has folks staying close to home, less adventurous, to say the least.

    Yours truly is no exception.

    With gasoline prices at around $4.10-$4.15 a gallon, staying instead of straying had become the rule.

  • A reception for Doris Rogers is planned for Sunday, July 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Chiefland.

    She came to Chiefland in 1954 with her husband Lindsey and her two children, Carolyn Langford and Earl Rogers. She will soon be leaving the area.

    During the 54 years she was a part of the community, she served a term as a city commissioner and was a member of the Planning Commission for some 27 years.

  • Hunched over his drafting table, Ferrell Croft painstakingly draws first one line and then another. Within minutes the lines connect, a shape develops and soon another parcel of Levy County land is mapped for posterity-or at least until it is subdivided again and the process starts over.

    Monday, Croft packed up his drafting tools and walked away from a job he's had for over 30 years as the county mapper.

    His career began by drafting survey maps and for years he worked for himself and the private sector.

  • Are the crystal clear Gulf waters and the wonders beneath calling your name?

    Break out your mask and fins! Scallop season began July 1 and runs through Sept. 10.

    Anyone who has scalloped before knows the technique of snorkeling along picking scallops off the bottom of Florida's coastal bay areas.

    This is typically done in 2.5 to 4 feet of water - an excellent activity for the whole family to enjoy. Other techniques involve wading and scooping up scallops with a dip net.

  • It's safe to say the decor at Mike Segal's Chiefland home is not typical for the area. Throughout his house, the walls are covered with groups of brightly colored paintings or stacks of rolled up drawings.

    In one area, the floor is so spattered with flecks of paint that only grooves between the boards offer proof of its true wooden nature.

    The layout is different, too. In many homes, the flow of the main living space centers on a television set, but in Segal's home, things seem to flow around the large wooden easel that displays his most current work.

  • 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.