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Today's News

  • Legislature, Scott give us short shrift

    Residents of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy county cannot be blamed if they just shake their heads at what happens with our Legislature in Tallahassee.

    Nor can they be blamed if their heads are spinning about our governor as well. Scott went off in a room with his staff and whacked over $400 million from his $79 billion “Keep Florida Working” budget.

    But first, consider what happened with the state budget in the past two weeks: 

  • Church News for the week of July 2

     

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    Bronson UMC

    The Bronson United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be having a July Sale-A-Bration Friday, July 10 and and Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   Vendors are needed for only $5 per space per day.  If you want to reserve a vendor space, please call Peggy at 352-316-3817.

  • Chiefland TU grad makes Dean's List

    Josue R. Martinez of Chiefland, a Class of 2015 graduate, was named to the Dean’s List at  Thomas University for the Spring Semester 2015. Dean’s List students attend TU full-time and have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.

    Thomas University, established in 1950, is a private not-for-profit university of about 1,100 students located in Thomasville, Ga. TU awards associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees using traditional classroom  

    settings and online delivery.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 2

    Thursdays

    Library Friends meetings

  • Can tabs for Ronald McDonald House

    College of Central Florida’s adults with disabilities class in conjunction with the Levy Campus collected a whole lot of can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house in Gainesville.

    It was a community service project for the class of 19 students and according to their instructor, Bessie Brack, they plan on doing it again next year.

  • Rotarians learn about human trafficking

    Deanna McCall with Pascha Coonradt of Partnership for Strong Families spoke at the Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting June 18 about the realities of human trafficking even within the local and surrounding areas.

    We can stop it, McCall said, through education and awareness. The two are pictured with Rotary President Bob Mount.

  • Life on the launchpad

    Bill Helms told of his 35 year career with NASA in a presentation rich in history and full of life adventures big and small. The Chiefland Rotary was the audience for this discussion, which Helms titled Adventures of a Console Jockey, and took place at their regular meeting June 17. 

  • Children's book aims to teach power of friendship

    Inspired by real life experiences, a local woman uses her writing to teach lessons in friendship.

    Ruth Nott, author of "New Friend True Friend," a children's picture book, said her inspiration came from situations facing her children as they traveled as a military family and often had to make new friends.

    “Sometimes it's hard to make new friends and sad to leave old ones,” Nott said.

  • How much can happen in a decade

    I was down in my back and experiencing excruciating pain no matter how I positioned myself. Sitting required extra cushions. Lying down required 20 minutes of positioning before finding the sweet spot – and if I awakened in the middle of the night, well, it started all over again. Walking was unbearable, but standing, well, standing I could do without much difficulty.

    That was the prelude to the summer of 2005, and while it was bad enough, the worst part was I was in the throes of packing my apartment to begin a new chapter of my life in Levy County, Fla.

  • Matheson Museum features trip back through time

    Take a journey into an era when railroads were the lifeblood of North Central Florida at the Matheson History Museum’s Gainesville Express Train Show Family FunDay on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Entrance is $4 per adult and $1 per child under 12 years old.