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  • Halloween’s a treat this weekend

    Activities to mark Halloween are plentiful this weekend in Levy County.  

    CAAA Carnival at Strickland
    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association holds its annual carnival that is free for children and charges adults a minimal fee to enter. It will be at Strickland City Park from 5 to 9 p.m.
    The highlight of the evening is the costume contest with age divisions.
    There will be games, candy, bounce houses and drawings for prizes.

    Haunted Theater back at Chief

  • City hopes to mark historic places

    The city of Chiefland could soon have some historical markers if it qualifies for state funding.
    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to allow staff to apply for a $50,000 grant aimed at historic preservation.
    “Mr. Mayor, I’m excited about this, (especially because) you got me on the tourism board,” said Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron. Historical places are good for tourism, she said, especially if they’re placed on road maps.

  • Hunting for a prescription drug plan is no game

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville
    It’s that time of year again.
    “Open season” is right around the corner for the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Hunting down the best plan for you is no game. Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and current beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D plan, should mark their calendars for October 15. The “open season” will run from October 15 to December 7.

  • Buck Mitchell Dove Shoot on Nov. 12

    The Buck Mitchell Memorial Dove Shoot to benefit Haven Hospice will begin at 1 p.m. on Nov. 12.
    The shot will be in Levy County, but the exact field that will be used has not been determined. The cost is $50 per person, and includes a T-shirt and a catered lunch.
    There also will be door prizes and raffle items. All proceeds go to Haven Hospice.
    For more information, contact Jed Mitchell at 352-316-3541 or Casey Mitchell at 352-316-2383.
     

  • CAAA Halloween Carnival is Oct. 29

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association is hosting its annual Halloween Carnival from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Strickland Park.
    Admission is free to all people who enter wearing a costume. All others will be $2 each.
    There will be plenty of games, food and a safe atmosphere to trick-or-treat. There will be a dunking booth, fish pond, greased pig, live fish, a shooting gallery, moon walks and much more. There also will be costume contest for all ages.

  • Levy County Democrats prepare for state convention

    The Levy County Democratic Executive Committee met at BubbaQues in Chiefland Sept. 27 in preparation for the 2011 State Democratic Convention to be held in Orlando.
    The program was presented by Dee Dee Smith, who brought greetings from the State Democratic Chair, Rod Smith. She told the local committee of the State Chair’s interest in having delegates from all 67 counties attend the upcoming state convention.  

  • Helping Hands

    St. John the Evangelist
     USDA distribution

      There will be a distribution of USDA foodstuffs on Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17  from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland.
    Food distribution
    in Fanning Springs

    H.H.A.L.O. will be holding a food distribution on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Old Town community center.
      All residents of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties are eligible with a photo ID confirming residency. 

  • Preserve group to meet

       The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve “snowbirds” are drifting back to Florida.  It’s time to start regular visits to the preserve.  
    Friends will meet:
       n Sunday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers to help tidy up the gardens, grounds and trim the brush along the road at the front entrance are needed. Bring garden tools.

  • Mike Joyner appointed Levy County Commissioner

    Michael F. "Mike" Joyner has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the District 1 Levy County Commission seat that has been vacant since Nov. 2, 2010. He will serve until the next general election, Nov. 6, 2012.

    The seat was first vacated when then-Commissioner Tony Parker was indicted on federal bribery charges and suspended from office the day after his re-election on Nov. 4, 2008, by then Gov. Charlie Crist.

  • Mike Joyner appointed Levy County Commissioner