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Today's News

  • Levy ARC 'Ride to Provide' is Oct. 28

    The Levy ARC “Ride to Provide” fundraiser is Oct. 28.

    LARC is a chapter of the national ARC, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities.

    The event begins with a motorcycle rally from Levy ARC in Otter Creek with kickstands up at 10 a.m. The motorcycle rally is free, however donations are gratefully accepted. The motorcycle ride will end at Gulf Hammock at the site of Wild Hog race. Riders are encouraged to wear Halloween Costumes.

    LARC is welcoming families to attend the event in Halloween costumes or wear water-friendly attire and swing over the Waccasassa River on the zip lines.

    The end of the event is planned to be family friendly, so everyone show up. There will be food and drinks available for purchase and lots of events for the family. For more detailed information contact Levy ARC at 352-486-4239 or email levyarc@bellsouth.net. 

  • What’s in your future?

    What’s in your future? What do you have to say about it? I thought I had the rest of my life all planned out. I’d grow in my career of aerospace, defense, and satellites contract management, for the next ten years. I’d continue to accumulate wealth, then retire comfortably in the sleepy suburb of Manhattan Beach, California, and enjoy the rest of my life at the beach traveling and enjoying the warm California sun. But lo; it was not to be.

    Within one month, everything had been turned upside down and dumped out. I faced a divorce, lost my home, life savings, and most all my friends. I developed a repeating nightmare of everyone I knew crashing and dying in a giant 747 airplane. What a shock, when we find out our best laid plans can die overnight.

  • In 1967, we never thought we'd live to see the day

    About 50 years ago (1967), my 17 classmates and me who sat in Mrs. Weber’s English class were dumfounded when she suggested there were no reasons why we shouldn’t live to see the turn of the century!

    I think we all snickered a bit because it was so preposterous. There were so many reasons we shouldn’t live to see the 21st Century; first and foremost was the Vietnam War. Then there was the Mutual Assured Destruction, a military doctrine that emerged after the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR) achieved nuclear parity with the United States. MAD reflected the idea that one country’s population could best be protected by leaving it vulnerable so long as the other side faced comparable vulnerabilities. In short: Whoever shoots first, dies second. Then, there were accidental deaths and diseases. We didn’t have a drug problem yet in my hometown, that came later after some of the boys started coming home from the war.

  • Veterans appreciation luncheon

    Veterans Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by local businesses in the Community Building at Haven Hospice, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland, Friday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 a.m.

    Please join Haven to honor and show appreciation for the community’s veterans. Lunch will be pork, baked beans, green beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese plus desserts. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will present the colors.

    RSVP to Vondla Sullivan, volunteer coordinator in Chiefland by Oct. 31 by phone at 352-493-2333 or email to vdsullivan@beyourhaven.org.

  • Come see us at the Seafood Festival

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Oct 12 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. After some discussion concerning how the Mohawk Trail top quilting should look, Ailien got to work making the templates. The templates will be used to mark where we want the hand stitching to go to make the quilting design. Next week we’ll sandwich the top and get it in the frame.

    Derick and the guys from Lancaster were out. The yard and inside the building are looking great. Thanks guys for all you do for us.

    We had several boxes of assorted craft items brought in. Thank you for thinking of us. Donations keep us open.

    Cathy will be at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival this weekend. Stop by and say hello. She’ll also be doing Cane Day at Dudley Farms State Park the first Saturday in December.

    Don’t forget the Backyard Pickers will be here Saturday, October 28 and not the first weekend in November. They’ll start playing about 1 PM.

    The Old Sewing Machine Man will be here Wednesday, November 1 to work on your sewing machine. Debra will be teaching a class on the disappearing hourglass block.

  • Levy County first responders receive donations to save pets from fire

    BRONSON – First Responders with the Levy County Department of Public Safety, including seven ambulances, are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of Central Florida donated 10 pet oxygen mask kits to the department.

    This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

    Invisible Fence has donated a total of more than 18,700 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 180-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, 2 dog and 1 cat most recently in Sanford, by the Sanford Fire Department.

    The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where local fire personnel can make a request for their own departments.  

  • 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland

    The 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, and continues through the day until 8 p.m. in the field on U.S. Highway 19 across from Train Depot Park at 23 SE Second Ave.

    Enjoy arts and crafts, food, children’s attractions, entertainment, free photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves, pony rides and games.

    The Lighted Christmas Parade rolls down Main Street at 6 p.m. from Chiefland High School, then south on Highway 19 to SE Third Avenue. Parade viewing is from sidewalks alongside US 19 on the parade route. 

  • Songs of Christmas for the Williston Christmas parade

    Everyone who celebrates Christmas has a favorite song from the season.

    Maybe it’s O Holy Night or Winter Wonderland or Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

    This year the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is giving those who participate in its parade a chance to show off their imaginations and creativity.

    This year’s parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and is themed, “The Songs of Christmas.”

    Floats, walkers, musicians and all participants are encouraged to pick a theme and then have a lot of fun customizing your parade entry to your favorite Christmas song.

    The Chamber will award three trophies during the Light Up Williston festivities at the pavilion following the parade. Honors will be bestowed for Most Original, Best Depiction of Theme and Best in Show.

    Entrants will need to register at the Chamber to be in the parade beginning Oct. 9.

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

  • The math of quilting

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Just as we were beginning to start on our projects, the electricity went off. We were hoping that meant the electricity was being added to the new RV Park on CR 120 behind Walmart. To us, RVers means quilters, which means new friends.

    Janie brought in several items like pencils and a protractor that we may need when we start working on templates for the Mohawk trail. Betcha didn’t know protractors were used in quilting. Quilting involves a lot of math especially if you’re creating your design or quilting pattern.

    Derick and the guys from Lancaster were out this week. They hadn’t been out for some time so they were busy with the yard and straighten up the porch. It was all Ailien and I could do to move the picnic tables to get ready for Hurricane Irma so we waited for the guys to return to get the porch back in order. There was no way we could lift the tables, it was all we could do to push/pull the tables where we wanted them to go. Thanks guys getting the yard and porch looking so nice.

  • Florida’s dwindling water supply needs conservation, regulatory reform

    Florida is facing a water supply crisis. Large portions of the state are deemed “Water Resource Caution Areas” (WRCAs). The Legislature has directed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and regional Water Management Districts to identify “alternative water supply” sources, including reclaimed and reused water and even expensive desalinized seawater.

    How did Florida arrive at this critical point? The answer lies partly in the fact that water has always been thought of as plentiful, and free for the taking. We have a culture – and a regulatory system – that encourages permitting groundwater withdrawals for virtually any use from golf course irrigation to cattle ranching to subdivision development.

    Public water supply and agriculture are by far the largest water users statewide, according to DEP’s 2016 annual water supply planning report. With over 1,000 people a day moving to Florida, DEP expects public water consumption to reach 3 billion gallons per day (bgd) by 2035, while agricultural use will increase to 2.8 bgd.