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  • Armchair tour of Levy cemeteries

       The Genealogy and History Society of Levy County will meet on Sunday,
    Feb. 12, at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 NW 10th Avenue, Chiefland.
       Toni Collins, Levy County historian and author, will be the guest speaker, presenting a PowerPoint program on the history of some of the 82 known Levy County family, church, and community cemeteries. Collins also will give a brief history of the persons interred in the cemeteries that will be visited on the armchair tour.

  • Miss Winnelle's quilting lives on

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Baynard friends seek blood donations

    Friends of Chiefland civic and religious leader Owen Baynard have issued a call for blood donations to be made to LifeSouth Blood Center in Chiefland.

    Baynard, who is hospitalized, has been receiving blood transfusions and LifeSouth is taking donations in his name. The blood type does not matter.

  • Levy can protest farm agency closing on Friday

    Farmers and ranchers are being invited to attend a meeting on Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposal to consolidate USDA Farm Service Agencies in the tri-county area into one office in Trenton.
    The move is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture move to trim its budget and consolidate 131 county offices in 32 states. The moves would leave more than 2,100 FSA offices remaining throughout the United States.

  • Rotary gears up for Tour de Melon

    A Chiefland civic group has a plan for the city to capitalize on the area's rural beauty while at the same time contributing to charitable foundations.
    Suwannee Valley Rotary President Paige Brookins told the Chiefland City Commission Monday night that the group is planning to organize a bike ride in June in conjunction with the city's annual watermelon festival.
    Tour de Melon is the name of the event, and Brookins said she hopes to have hundreds of people participate

  • STARS come out Saturday for students

    The 12th Annual STARS Gala, hosted by the Levy County Schools Foundation, will be held Saturday at Chiefland Elementary School, but this is much more than a gathering of the county's movers and shakers. The event's theme this year is Set Sail For Education: Port Levy,
    The event raises money for students to go on field trips, for teachers to help classes take on educational projects and for high school graduates to attend college.

  • Birds of a feather ...

    Three pelicans, watchful for a meal, amble along the surface of the water Friday afternoon in Cedar Key.

  • 5 years of service

    Deborah McDowell, right, was recogized at Monday night’s Chiefland City Commission meeting for five years of service to the Chiefland Police Department. Chief Robert Douglas, right, said McDowell, who was promoted to executive assistant about three years ago, has done an excellent job.
    “My guys call her the department mom,” Douglas said laughing.

  • County libraries more than place to get a good book

    Levy County's public library director told the Chiefland Rotary Club that they should judge their libraries the way an investor would judge a business — by the return on the investment.
    And when it comes to Levy County's five branches that return is a whopping $28 for every taxpayer dollar invested in the system. "I want you to know what my return on investment is," said Brasher.

  • Chamber seeks Citizen of the Year nominations for 2011

    Do you know someone who has made a noteworthy contribution to the community, someone who has gone out of his or her way and beyond to help others, a person who demonstrates a dedication to accomplishing encouraging achievements? The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. Anyone who would like to nominate a person for Citizen of the Year 2011 can submit a letter of recommendation, or call the Chamber office for a nomination form designed to help with the write-up.