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Today's News

  • 2 men rescued from Gulf waters

    By Buster Thompson

    Being stranded in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico for 12 hours will be a fishing trip Charles Scott won’t soon forget.

    Scott and his brother-in-law Jerry Newsome, both in their late 60s, went out the morning of Sept. 29 to go grouper fishing, Scott said Tuesday.

    The Marion County residents launched Newsome’s boat from a ramp near Yankeetown in Levy County, pushing their 17’ Starcraft vessel 27 miles out into the Gulf.

    Several hours into their day, Scott and Newsome realized at about 2 p.m. they forgot to put oil in the boat, which would not start, marooning the pair without any way to contact their loved ones.

    “So we just sort of sat their,” Scott said about how him and Newsome anchored their boat.

    Scott’s wife, Wanda, said she expected her husband to call around 3 p.m. to say he was returning home. She never got that call.

    “I didn’t get anything and I was a little bit concerned,” Wanda Scott said. “The first two hours I was so frantic.”

  • Go nuts in Williston at the 29th Annual Peanut Festival

    Autumn may be designated as Sept. 22 on a calendar but in Williston, it’s not official until the opening of the Peanut Festival, held this year Saturday, Oct. 7.

    The 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival, sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, promises to be loaded with vendors and entertainment throughout the day.

    The festival pays homage to one of Williston’s major crops – the peanut, whose season runs from mid-August until late October.

    Besides peanuts and a variety of food items, there will be crafts, jewelry, homemade clothing and plants for sale.

    The festival also hosts a Little Peanut King & Queen and a Baby Peanut contest.

    The Peanut Festival runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Entertainment will be in the main pavilion, but the Clover Squares will also perform in the smaller gazebo in the north end of the park.

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

  • Fanning Springs 'Trunk or Treating' and 'Movie Night'

    Fanning Springs is gearing up for the fall and winter months with Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at The Fort on Oct. 21. Plans are not finalized at the time of printing, but everyone is entertained.

    The event is free to the public. Depending on the flow of the event, Trunk or Treating for an estimated 500 children will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Trunk or Treating will be immediately followed by activities and festivities and then movie at starting at dusk.

    “Movie Night at the Fort” in April featured the latest Star Wars movie “Rogue One,” that was shown on a giant 37-foot screen. The movie for October is not yet selected but it should be a first-run movie.

    The Festival of Lights will be held in December and always draws a nice crowd. The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is still seeking vendors for this event and openings are still available for parade participants. The decorated boats will compete for a sponsored cash prize which is predicted to be the highest yet.

  • Fanning Springs 'Trunk or Treating' and 'Movie Night'

    Fanning Springs is gearing up for the fall and winter months with Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at The Fort on Oct. 21. Plans are not finalized at the time of printing, but everyone is entertained.

    The event is free to the public. Depending on the flow of the event, Trunk or Treating for an estimated 500 children will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Trunk or Treating will be immediately followed by activities and festivities and then movie at starting at dusk.

    “Movie Night at the Fort” in April featured the latest Star Wars movie “Rogue One,” that was shown on a giant 37-foot screen. The movie for October is not yet selected but it should be a first-run movie.

    The Festival of Lights will be held in December and always draws a nice crowd. The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is still seeking vendors for this event and openings are still available for parade participants. The decorated boats will compete for a sponsored cash prize which is predicted to be the highest yet.

  • Haunted Chiefland

    The Chiefland Police Department is bringing back its haunted house every weekend in October from 8 - 11 p.m. in the creepy old Central Florida Electric Cooperative property behind Hardee’s on U.S. Highway 19.

  • Suwannee Community Cleanup is Oct. 18

    Suwannee Community Cleanup is Oct. 18 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Suwannee Community Center, 23465 SE Highway 349. Boat, walk or ride golf carts to help clean the roads and waterways around Suwannee starting at 8:30 am. Refuge staff will transport volunteers down the river from Fowlers Bluff. A free, smoked chicken lunch will be provided by Jerry Everett of the Waterfront Market. For more information and to RSVP for the Fowler’s Bluff Boat Ride, please contact Debbie Meeks by calling 352-278-5088 or email dmeeks352@gmail.com.

  • CHS Class of 1968 plans reunion

    The Chiefland High School Class of 1968 has issued a “save the date” call for Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 to class members. The class will celebrate its 50th year reunion next year, and the group is planning a gathering Friday evening, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 to start the planning process.

    The group plans to gather for dinner at Beef O’Brady’s in Chiefland Oct. 13 at a time to be announced later, and then will gather for a covered dish lunch at the Fowler’s Bluff home of classmate Mary Beth Green Yoder at noon Oct. 14. Bring a favorite dish and folding chair. Class President Franklin Watson issued the call for all classmates to send updated postal, phone and email contact information to him at fwatson@tallynet.com so details of the event can be communicated effectively.

  • 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. Place nonperishable food items at any one of these locations and be a part of blessing a needy family this holiday.

  • Suwannee River Baptist Church yard/bake sale

    Suwannee River Baptist Church is having a yard sale/bake sale Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy barbecue chicken dinners for $8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located across from Dollar General in Old Town. Proceeds to defray shipping costs for Christmas Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse.

  • Toys For Tots

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County is Mon-Thurs, Oct. 9-11 and 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)

    • Property Tax Bill

    • Utility Bill (with Physical Address, not P.O. Box)

    • Voter Registration Card

    Recent Income Statement/Approval Letter: Food Stamps, AFDC, SSI, Medicaid, or a check stub for one month. Income requirements are based on 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.