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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The poet William Cowper long ago wrote the lines:

     God works in a mysterious way

    His wonders to perform.

    He plants His footsteps on the sea

    And rides upon the storm.

     

    One time, when the road of my life seemed a little rough, a friend placed a hand on my shoulder, and said some comforting words.  I gained courage and went on. Soon the road seemed smoother.

  • BFor almost all her life Dana Hodge has worked in and around restaurants. So when the opportunity presented itself late last fall to own her own place, she couldn’t wait to plunge in feet first.

    The effort, Dana’s American and Italian Restaurant located on Hwy. 19 between Old Town and Cross City.

    On any given day, patrons may find Hodge greeting customers, waiting tables or even preparing their meals. She wants her customers to know that she cares about their dining experience and wants them to leave happy.

  • Jessica Southard says she's not a pageant girl. She's an agricultural girl, definitely; a car racing girl, certainly. She's a graphic artist, too; until recently she designed many of the logos and scripts on the race cars built by her parents, Gary and Kathi Southard of Bronson's Southard Racing. How did she come to be crowned the 2009 Florida Watermelon Queen?

    “Years ago, my dad built a car for Buddy Hughes, who is one of the biggest watermelon growers in Newberry,” she says.

  • Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, March 19 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. It was great to get the quilts back in place after going to Trenton to the Quilt Festival. We took our Rail Fence and Alline and Cathy worked on it and we had lots of people who had never seen hand quilting. It was a great festival and we saw so many people who came to the museum.

    Doris brought in her ‘stack and whak’ quilt - so pretty. Cleo and Marge put quilts back where they came from. Now we look like we are supposed to.

  • He's been singing his heart out for a long time, but this time, Reginald Stacy has really hit a high note.

    Stacy, who won the karaoke contest at the Levy County Fair this past year and was runner up the year before, has been entertaining lovers of soul, gospel, pop and country music for years.

  • Jeff and Renee Tindale announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Renee Tindale to Seth Eugene Sache, son of Wes and Debi Sache.

    The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Chiefland High School and is purrsuing a degree in radiography at Santa Fe College.

    The future groom is a 2007 graduate of Chiefland High School and is pursuing a business degree at Lake City Community College.

    The couple plan to wed after the completion of their college degrees.