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Today's News

  • 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. In Trenton, boxes are located at Dollar General, 702 N. Main St.; and Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center, 606 N. Seventh St. Place nonperishable food items at any one of these locations and be a part of blessing a needy family this holiday.

  • Railroads and Riverboats are on display at Levy County libraries

    An excursion into the Golden Age of Transportation awaits patrons of the Levy County Public Libraries.

    For the next six months, each of the local libraries will have a display of photographs of the railroads and riverboats that plied the waters of the Suwannee River and surrounding waters.

    Steam navigation started on the Suwannee during the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842) when the vessels were utilized to carry U.S. soldiers to the interior of Florida and bring the captured Seminoles Indians out to the coast for transport west. Commercial navigation ended when the City of Hawkinsville was abandoned by her last Captain, Mr. Currie, on May 19, 1922.

    Today the vessel rests in shallow water on the west bank of the Suwannee River above Old Town.

    Another well known vessel of Suwannee River fame was the Madison, owned and operated by Capt. James Tucker. Not only did the vessel gain recognition providing the residents of the Suwannee River with much needed supplies, but also served under the Confederacy during the Civil War transporting troops and food stuffs and protecting the river.

  • Jones, CMHS girls pick up another Cross Country win

    A pair of Chiefland girls finished in the top three to help lift the Lady Indians to a cross country win Oct. 5 at the 34th Annual Cedar Key Invitational Cross Country Race.

    CMHS eighth-grader Lauren Jones led the crowd in the 5K, while fellow eighth-grader Banner Hodge took third.

    A rainstorm at the end of the event prevented accurate times from being recorded.

    The Lady Indians defeated 11 schools at the Invitational, which is supposed to be the final one worked by longtime Cedar Key School track coach Brad Penney, who is retiring after the school year.

    Chiefland sophomores Jaycie Anderson and Luke Stockman captured top-ten finishes for the CMHS girls’ and boys’ squads, respectively. Dylan Cochran finished 11th among the varsity boys for the Indians, while CMHS eighth-grader Donovan Simoga placed at No. 16.

    Also for Chiefland, sixth-grader Lily Macarthur and freshman Eleanor Frields finished in the top half of the field of more than 50 varsity girls, as did Indians sophomore Jonathan Cannon on the boys’ side.

  • Toys for Tots registration dates in Tri-County area

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers and to ensure sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site, please take advantage of registration dates in your home county, when possible.

    Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Dixie County Public Library, 16328 US-19, Cross City, FL 32628

    Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Ave, Trenton, FL 32693

    Levy County: Mon-Thurs, 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)

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  • Hornets flying in for CMHS homecoming

    After collecting back-to-back road wins to even its record, Chiefland returns to Wayne Pridgeon Stadium for homecoming this Friday, Oct. 13.

    The significance of the opponent likely won’t get lost in the festivities, however. Hawthorne, the Indians’ homecoming opponent, handed Chiefland a bitter loss last year, with players on both sides facing ejections for a scuffle during the game between teams.

    The Hornets, headed by former Florida Gator football and basketball standout Cornelius Ingram, jumped out to a 4-0 start this season before suffering their first loss to Union County (Lake Butler) last week in a 31-25 overtime clash.

    The Hornet offense, led by junior Kahleil Jackson, is a balanced attack, and the defense has recorded 35 tackles for losses.

    CMHS coach says Hawthorne’s success is bolstered by the improved strength of its offensive and defensive lines.

  • 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.