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Veteran Voices

  • 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.

  • Levy County Veterans Parade

    Hundreds turned out Monday to celebrate Veterans Day as the city of Williston hosted this year’s annual Levy County tribute to members of our nation’s Armed Forces.

  • Celebrating our veterans

    More than 80 veterans and veteran spouses showed up at the Tommy Usher Pineland Center Friday, Nov. 9, for a luncheon in their honor hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Homes.

  • Veterans honored at luncheon

    Veterans in the Tri-County Area will be honored for their service at a free luncheon at Usher Community Center on Friday, Nov. 9, that will be hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. 

    The annual event is free to veterans. The guest speaker is retired Lt. Cmdr Elden H. Luffman, a former military chaplain and World War II veteran. He also is the author of “Bringing God To War.”

    Seating is limited so veterans are asked to RSVP by Monday, Nov. 5 to Pam Leaptrot at 352-493-0050.

  • County to dedicate CR326 to Vietnam vet

    Army Spec 4 Michael S. Osteen of Gulf Hammock went to Vietnam on Aug. 23, 1967. On May 5, 1968, at the age of 22 he was killed by hostile artillery fire in Pleiku Province in South Vietnam. He was one of eight — and some accounts say as many as 19 — U.S. soldiers who died that day when they were ambushed on Highway 14 about 8 miles from Kontum City while escorting a convoy. He was a member of the 4th Military Police Company, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Chiefland soldier glad to be home

    Troy Chancey knows there's no place like home.
    After a year of being shot at and interrogating enemy combatants in Afghanistan, the 22-year-old Army specialist admits being back in the relatively slow pace of Chiefland is a little strange. But life in the states is something he looks forward to getting used to again.
    "I wanna' do a lot of the things I missed out on," Chancey said Friday from the home of his grandparents Janice and Buster.