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  • Kids collect 30,000 eggs, visit Easter Bunny

    The arrival of the Easter Bunny at the the Fourth Annual Ultimate Easter Egg Experience was a special moment for the children at Charles Strickland Recreational Park in Chiefland on Sunday.

    While the children enjoyed meeting Peter Cottontail, his arrival signalled the event everyone was really waiting for: the massive Easter egg hunt.

    It was a mad dash for 30,000 candy-filled eggs once the children were finally unleashed, a highlight of an early-evening event that helped kick of Easter festivities for Chiefland.

  • O'Steen, Allen are top Cedar Key grads

    Cedar Key School’s top students in the class of 2017 are Abigail O’Steen, valedictorian, and Ashlyn Allen, salutatorian. Abigail and Ashlyn have been lifelong Cedar Key Sharks; they began school together in the fall of 2003 when they entered pre-K and have been classmates ever since. Both will speak at the commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 20th in the Cedar Key gymnasium.

  • City seeks donations for pound improvements; none given so far

    The city of Chiefland has received no donations from its appeal to residents to make improvements at the municipal animal shelter.

    Staff placed the appeal for donations on its website after two Chiefland women addressed city commissioners at the March 27 meeting. Patty Pastore said Monday she and Denise Bariteau will attend the April 10 meeting at 6 p.m.

  • County's proposed gas tax increase not final

    When the Board of County Commissioners expressed support at their meeting on March 21 for a five-cent per gallon increase on non-diesel fuel, it did not finalize a tax increase.

    Rather, the move, which simply required a signal of support by a consensus of commissioners, put in motion a “fact-finding” process aimed at leading to a final ordinance.

    The action didn’t require a motion or official vote.

  • Fanning Springs water ski show, movie Saturday at the fort

    Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the Water Ski Show and Movie Night at the Fort Saturday. Fort Fanning is located on the Suwannee River, next to the bridge at the corner of U.S. Highway 19 and Kentucky Ave. The address is 9930 Kentucky Ave., Fanning Springs.

     Enjoy a day of family fun. There will be face painting, balloons, corn hole, a bounce house, raffles and park passes, but the first big highlight for the children begins with an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. The Gatorland Water Ski Show Team skims across the water for a 90-minute show beginning at 4 p.m.

  • Harmony Center to host seminar on human trafficking

    By Jennifer Davis
    Correspondent

    Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center is hosting a training seminar April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. concerning human trafficking at First Baptist Church of Chiefland. The seminar defines human trafficking, provides information on understanding the scope of the problem, victimology, understanding the trauma the trauma, and the vicarious trauma and self-care.

  • 2017 Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Show and Sale

    Grand Champion Swine —  Kyndal Bussard, Dixie Middle FFA (Dixie), sale weight; 280 lbs, $29; 

    Buyers: Doug Anderson, Anderson Columbia

  • City moves forward on biosolid digester

    Chiefland City Commissioners approved an agreement Monday with the Suwannee River Management District to proceed toward updating and reconstructing the city’s existing biosolid digester treatment plant and associated equipment.

  • Popcorn, cotton candy and a ferris wheel

    Popcorn, cotton candy, the ferris wheel and more are all part of the allure when the Levy County Fair opens today (Thursday) at Williston’s Industrial Park, across from Horseman’s Park.

    The gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.

  • Bronson to hire Parks employee

    The Bronson Town Council unanimously approved a motion to begin a search to hire a part-time Town employee to help with upkeep and maintenance at James H. Cobb Park.

    Mayor Bruce Greenlee said the demand for help at the Park has increased as more Town resources are required for its new sewer system upgrades and expansions as well as other infrastructure projects, making the Public Works Department less available to help at the Park.