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  • Levy County first responders receive donations to save pets from fire

    BRONSON – First Responders with the Levy County Department of Public Safety, including seven ambulances, are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of Central Florida donated 10 pet oxygen mask kits to the department.

    This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

    Invisible Fence has donated a total of more than 18,700 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 180-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, 2 dog and 1 cat most recently in Sanford, by the Sanford Fire Department.

    The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where local fire personnel can make a request for their own departments.  

  • 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland

    The 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, and continues through the day until 8 p.m. in the field on U.S. Highway 19 across from Train Depot Park at 23 SE Second Ave.

    Enjoy arts and crafts, food, children’s attractions, entertainment, free photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves, pony rides and games.

    The Lighted Christmas Parade rolls down Main Street at 6 p.m. from Chiefland High School, then south on Highway 19 to SE Third Avenue. Parade viewing is from sidewalks alongside US 19 on the parade route. 

  • Holiday Food Boxes

    One Way Church of Chiefland is creating Holiday Food Boxes for needy families. Holiday Food donation boxes located at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St.; The Print Shop, 224 N. Main St.; and Dollar General, 1310 N. Young Blvd. In Trenton, boxes are located at Dollar General, 702 N. Main St.; and Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center, 606 N. Seventh St. Place nonperishable food items at any one of these locations and be a part of blessing a needy family this holiday.

  • Railroads and Riverboats are on display at Levy County libraries

    An excursion into the Golden Age of Transportation awaits patrons of the Levy County Public Libraries.

    For the next six months, each of the local libraries will have a display of photographs of the railroads and riverboats that plied the waters of the Suwannee River and surrounding waters.

    Steam navigation started on the Suwannee during the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842) when the vessels were utilized to carry U.S. soldiers to the interior of Florida and bring the captured Seminoles Indians out to the coast for transport west. Commercial navigation ended when the City of Hawkinsville was abandoned by her last Captain, Mr. Currie, on May 19, 1922.

    Today the vessel rests in shallow water on the west bank of the Suwannee River above Old Town.

    Another well known vessel of Suwannee River fame was the Madison, owned and operated by Capt. James Tucker. Not only did the vessel gain recognition providing the residents of the Suwannee River with much needed supplies, but also served under the Confederacy during the Civil War transporting troops and food stuffs and protecting the river.

  • Toys for Tots registration dates in Tri-County area

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers and to ensure sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site, please take advantage of registration dates in your home county, when possible.

    Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Dixie County Public Library, 16328 US-19, Cross City, FL 32628

    Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Ave, Trenton, FL 32693

    Levy County: Mon-Thurs, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626

    Registration requirements:

    Only children 12 years of age or younger are qualified.

    Parent or Legal Guardian’s current Government Issued Photo ID.

    Child’s Birth Certificate or Court Ordered Custody Records

    Child’s Social Security Card

    Proof of Residence (2 of 4, in registering guardian’s name)

    Driver’s License or Photo ID (with star indicating verified residence)

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  • Songs of Christmas for the Williston Christmas parade

    Everyone who celebrates Christmas has a favorite song from the season.

    Maybe it’s O Holy Night or Winter Wonderland or Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

    This year the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is giving those who participate in its parade a chance to show off their imaginations and creativity.

    This year’s parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and is themed, “The Songs of Christmas.”

    Floats, walkers, musicians and all participants are encouraged to pick a theme and then have a lot of fun customizing your parade entry to your favorite Christmas song.

    The Chamber will award three trophies during the Light Up Williston festivities at the pavilion following the parade. Honors will be bestowed for Most Original, Best Depiction of Theme and Best in Show.

    Entrants will need to register at the Chamber to be in the parade beginning Oct. 9.

    For more information, call 352-528-5552 or visit www.willistonfl.com.

  • NCBS opens in Cedar Key

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER
    Citizen Correspondent

    The long-awaited opening of the new Nature Coast Biological Station has arrived. Residents of Cedar Key and surrounding areas turned out en masse to get a view of the new building.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the NCBS, said that the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been active in Cedar Key with research, teaching and extension programs along the nature coast in for about 30 years and yet never had an office.

    “This will be our home,” he said. “This building will provide a research facility and offices for scientists, graduate students and technicians.”

  • City adopts final millage rate, budget

    Chiefland City Commissioners narrowly approved the new millage rate for Fiscal Year 2017-18 during the final budget meeting Monday.

    Resolution 17-09 adopts a final millage rate of 6.9850 is 17.46 percent greater than the rolled-back rate of 5.9468 and for that reason, Commissioners Teresa Barron and Rollin Hudson voted against the motion offered by Commission Donald Lawrence and seconded by Commissioner Chris Jones. Mayor Betty Walker joined Lawrence and Jones in voting for approval. The new rate is projected to raise $878,608 in taxable revenue.

    With that done, commissioners voted by the same margin to approve Resolution 17-10 to set the budget at $5,023,904 in projected revenues and expenses.

  • WoW targets plastic along the coast

    Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full

    of fun and active events, scheduled this year for Feb. 24.

    The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts.

    Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at NCBS, Cedar Key School and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.

    WoW events include the Coastal Heritage 5K with runners of all ages following a route winding through downtown Cedar Key and along the historic waterfront. Race starts 9 a.m. at Lil Shark Park, 192 Second Street. Register at Active.com in advance or on race day at 6:30 a.m. Runner check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.

    Astena Otie Kayak Challenge is for kayakers ages 18 and above. It will start at the beach in downtown Cedar Key at 10:15 a.m. The course runs around and through Astena Otie Key and back to the City Park beach. Racers must pick up at least one item of garbage from Atsena Otie’s shoreline before racing back to City Park. Register at Active.com in advance or day of race at 6:30 a.m.