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  • Chamber is gearing up for Christmas

    The Chiefland Chamber is gearing up for the 14th Annual Chiefland Christmas Festival Saturday, Dec. 9. Please see the below listed sponsorship opportunities, as well as ways to get involved in this special community event as a Christmas Festival Silver Sponsor, $50; or as a Christmas Festival Gold Sponsor, $100. Christmas Festival sponsorships assist with purchasing festival advertising and miscellaneous expenses related to the event.

    For the Rudolph Run 5K, donate items for goodie bags (healthy snacks, hand towel, notepads, pens, coupons, gift cards with a $50 minimum. Rudolph Run 5K sponsorships of $50 covers the cost of goodie bags, medals and prizes for runners and walkers.

    Be a T-Shirt Sponsor for $100 and be one of six places on the back of the t-shirts to get a business name and logo. $50 sponsors have business name listed on the back of shirt with no logo.

     Get involved in other ways as a runner or walker in the Rudolph Run 5K; volunteer to help at the Rudolph 5K Fun Run from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; volunteer at the Chamber booth during the event; be a vendor and enter a float or vehicle in the parade.

  • World War II veterans meet

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Local World War II veterans met for lunch recently at HoBo’s Restaurant in Trenton where they were met with warm greetings by other patrons and treated like gold by their server, Jessica, who doted over each one.

    The group meets once a month for lunch to enjoy each other’s company and conversations. The location varies as they are always looking for new venues. Most everyone brings a guest with them and everyone pays for their own meal. Some guests were spouses while others were friends, family or caregivers.

    Most everyone opted for the burgers which were the special of the day and offered several choices of sandwich combinations. The party size varies from month to month depending on everyone’s schedule. This month there were six veterans present, which was purported to be the most ever in attendance. Four were Navy and two were Army Air Corps.

    While enjoying their lunch the group was greeted by Tom Walter of Alliance Dairies who was moved to shake hands and speak to each one, expressing his gratitude for their service.

  • Veterans show respect for the flag

    Retired Army Maj. Jim Lampros spoke on the U.S. Flag Friday during the Veterans Day Luncheon in the Haven Community Building. The former officer said the subject was appropriate due to the recent disrespect shown the flag.

    “It’s upsetting to a lot of people. It’s upsetting to me and I’m sure it’s upsetting to all of you in this room,” he said. “It’s a flag that we fought for, that we defended, that represents so much to us — it’s incorrigible to me that somebody could do some of the things (they’ve done) and be so disrespectful.”

    Lampros said the flag was in a period of restoration from 1914 until 2008 at a cost of $7 million,” he said.

    The flag was tattered and torn from the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, some of the soldiers cut stars out of it as souvenirs, but as much of the original flag as possible was recovered and replaced during restoration.

  • Student Government to host 26th Annual Pie Auction

    The Chiefland Middle High School Student Government Association is holding its 26th Annual Pie Auction Thursday, Nov. 16, in the school cafeteria. The pie viewing starts at 5:30, followed by the auction at 6 p.m. It’s annually the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so the SGA and CMHS appreciate your support through the event. All proceeds from the auction directly benefit the students and staff at CMHS through educational programs, supplies and school pride projects. A special thanks goes to Mr. Chad “Cracker” Johnson for serving as auctioneer.
     

  • Bronson celebrates Halloween with annual Trunk-or-Treat

    The Town of Bronson once again delighted the kids of Bronson with their annual Trunk and Treat.

    Open car trunks and pick up truck beds were decorated with state of the art Halloween decorations.

    Area businesses came out to line the soccer field and hundreds of kids stood in line to begin the procession of receiving candy from the open trunks.

    A cake walk benefitting the Washington DC Safety Patrol trip was a big hit, along with a very spooky haunted house set up by Karen Starbuck and her husband (with help from the fire department).

    Friends of the Starbucks' used their acting abilities and made for a daunting and horrifying experience. A creepy young lady with an even creepier giggle greets you as you entered.

    A girl in a straight jacket asking "Can you help me?", along with shouts of "Get hold while you can!" by a man who appeared to have donated too many body parts to the demented looking Doctor, could be heard over the screaming of the brave who dared to enter in.

  • Levy ARC 'Rides to Provide'

    A small number of riders in the “Ride to Provide” did not diminish their enthusiasm for the need to provide services to 30 Levy County citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    The 60-mile motorcycle ride along back roads attracted 10 riders, which was down by two-thirds from the 30 riders that usually take an hour or so from one Saturday morning a year.

    The ride began in Otter Creek and ended at Gulf Hammock, the site of the “Wild Hog Race,” which is LARC’s primary fundraiser, where the family of Keith Maynard delighted children with a mechanical bull, zip line and an inflated bounce house and slide.

    Despite low participation, the event still raised about $4,000 in addition to $21,000 raised by the “Wild Hog Race.”

    LARC Executive Director Betty Walker attributed to poor turnout to the high number of Halloween-related activities held Saturday, Oct. 28, and possibly some lingering effects of Hurricane Irma.

    “There are too many other things going on today,” she said. “We may look at moving it back to September like it was.”

  • Lone Cabbage Key restoration planned

    By Rebecca Gallagher
    Beacon Correspondent

    UF/IFAS held a forum Oct. 26 to discuss a project to restore an oyster reef known as Lone Cabbage Key. The project is a collaborative effort with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.

    Dr. Bill Pine started the forum by explaining why the project is needed. He showed historical aerial photographs of Lone Cabbage Key in the 1800’s and now. The degradation of the reef was astonishing. Pine said that in the last 30 years the offshore, near shore and inshore reefs had decreased in size by 88 percent, 61 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

  • 'Cars 3' showing at libraries

    Please join us for a fun family movie at a local Levy County Public Library. All events are free and everyone young and old is invited to attend. Mark your calendars for the 2017 Disney movie “Cars 3” when Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

    The movie is rated G and has a running time of 102 minutes. Please contact the local library for more information.

    The movie schedule is:
    Luther Callaway Public Library, Chiefland, Wednesday, Nov 15, at 5 p.m.
    A.F. Knotts Public Library, Yankeetown, Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m.
    Bronson Public Library, Monday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m.
    Cedar Key Public Library, Tuesday, Nov 28, at 4:30 p.m.
    Williston Public Library, Wednesday, Nov 29, at 5 p.m.
     

  • Suncoast Credit Union gives to Levy County Schools Foundation

    Lewrissa Mainwaring, of Suncoast Credit Union in Chiefland, a Paragon Sponsor for the Levy Schools Foundation, presents a donation check of $12,500 to the Foundation Oct. 24 at the meeting of the School Board of Levy County. The funds will go to various school and student-related projects such as Classroom Grants, Grants for Great Ideas and The Literacy Project. The Foundation appreciates the support of such donations and thanked Suncoast Credit Union for the donation.

  • Levy officials, animal advocates discuss no-kill objectives at annual summit

    By Fred Allen
    FloridaNoKill@aol.com

    More than 20 Levy County animal rescuers and activists met with Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks and Animal Services Director David Weatherford during a break in the day-long 2017 North Central Florida Animal Welfare Summit Oct. 27 in Gainesville.

    The event was hosted by the Alachua County Humane Society. There were over 40 attendees representing Alachua, Levy, Marion, Suwannee and Columbia counties. The speakers included Dr. Julie Levy, a nationally-renowned researcher and University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Professor, and Ed Williams, director of Alachua County Animal Services.

    The event agenda included reviewing the status of objectives set at last year’s summit, Strategic Discussions and Action Planning for the purpose of reducing euthanasia deaths of healthy and treatable cats and dogs in the region’s municipal shelters.