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Veteran Voices

  • Event honors veterans

    More than 100 veterans and their family members attended Friday's veteran's resource fair and luncheon at Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
    State representatives  Charlie Stone (R-district 22), Keith Perry (R- district 21) and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, along with Haven, helped organize the event as a way to honor veterans and help them learn about eligibility for a range of benefits and resources. More than a dozen organizations had booths at the event.

  • DAV to meet Sept.4

    The Chiefland DAV Post 63 will be holding its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4 at Beef 'O' Bradys in Chiefland.

    The meeting will start with a social at 6:30 p.m. followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

    The DAV meets at Beef 'O' Bradys the first Thursday of each month.

  • Veterans Day parade Saturday in Inglis

    The Levy County celebration of Veterans Day moves to Inglis this year and the Veterans Parade will be Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. at Yankeetown School and proceeding along County bRoad 40 east to the Inglis Community Center.

    There will be a decorate your tailgate contest and a post parade ceremony in honor of all veterans that will include music and a free lunch.

    The event is being hosted by the Town of Inglis. For more information r to register for the parade email dslatteryngliswaterclerk@gmail.com or Ruth at 352-447-0236.

  • Wreaths to be laid on vets' graves

    The AMVETS Post No. 88 and the American Legion Post 236 will join together on Saturday, Dec. 13, to place holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans buried at Jim Melton Cemetery in Bronson.

    The wreath-laying will be done after a ceremony at 11 a.m. that will include the raising of the American flag, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and speakers.

    The event is open to the public.  

  • WW II vet helps Old Town vets group

    Tri-County Marine Corps League Commandant Mike Harrell presents a plaque to 96-year-young WW II Marine John Howell, center.

    Howell paid off the mortgage on the Marine Corps League’s home and property in Old Town. Howell, from Fanning Springs, is a life member of the league, as well as the VFW and American Legion.

    The league meets the third Monday of the month. All former and active Marines are welcome. For more information, call Mike Harrell at 352-542-7204.

  • Sea Cadets event Saturday

    Manatee Division celebrates Sea Cadet Month with an “Open Ship” event at the Coast Guard Station in Yankeetown on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with games, team building exercises and other activities.

  • FWC implements special-events license exemptions
 for disabled vets, military personnel

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday, Sept. 5, implemented a new recreational hunting and fishing license exemption for disabled veterans, active and reserve duty military personnel, immediate family members of these veterans and military personnel and assistants during special events designed for the enjoyment or rehabilitation of participating military personnel and disabled veterans.

  • Man of Iron

    What could a man who survived eight bouts of malaria, earned two Purple Hearts and loved and lost three women possibly want for his birthday? How about a ribeye steak cooked medium rare?

  • Castell is 2012 Officer of the Year

    Civil Deputy Charles W. “Bubba” Castell, second from right, has been chosen the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2012 by the Disabled Veterans of America Tri-County Chapter No. 63 in Chiefland.

    He was presented the award during Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting. Pictured, from left, are DAV Finance Officer Ivan Chubb, DAV Commander Fred Heinrich, Castell and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum. 

  • Wreaths honor veterans at holidays

    The Sons of AMVETS Squad 88, will hold its annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Rosemary Cemetery in Bronson on Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon.