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Today's News

  • Daughters of Confederacy forming chapter

    A new chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy will hold a charter meeting on Saturday, Aug 6 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the recreation room.

  • Swilley Family reunion

    The Swilley Family Reunion will be Sunday, July 24 at the Pavillion at Hart Springs in Gilchrist County. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and family and friends are invited to come early and share pictures or stories about the family. You don’t have to be a member of this Swilley family, any Swilley family or friends will be very welcome.

  • Elder Options to host a public hearing

    The public is invited to attend a public hearing hosted by Elder Options on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. in Conference Room A, 100 S.W. 75th St., Suite 301, Gainesville.

  • Vendors needed for Epic End of Summer Bash

    The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will hold its 5th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    We will be giving away over 450 backpacks filled with school supplies. There will be a water slide, dunk tank and obstacle course. Also, free clothing, free hot dogs, beverages and snow cones. There will be prizes like gift certificates for kids haircuts and much more.

  • UM Men’s Falling Off the Bone Spare Rib Dinner

    The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church in Chiefland will host their annual Falling Off the Bone Spare Rib Dinner on Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland. You can dine in or take out. To reserve a dinner, call 352-493-4627

    The menu includes: spare ribs, cole slaw, baked beans, Junie’s buns, dessert and beverage (seconds welcome).

    The suggested minimum donation is $10 per adult meal or take-out with children under 10 eating free.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 21

    Today, July 21

    Thursdays

    Homemakers meet

    The Levy County Home & Community Educators group meets the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. There are no meetings during the summer months. For more information call 352-486-5131.

    Library Friends meeting

  • Levy loses “B” under new assessments

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released July 8 by the Florida Department of Education.

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.

  • Clean living helps woman live to 103

    Friends and neighbors from the Suwannee River Springs Association helped celebrate  Lillian Bemis's 103rd birthday Friday with cake and pink lemonade.

    Pictured from left to right are Rodger Nogaki, Wynne Falkowski, Michelle King, Nina and Cliff Bemis and Miss Lillian.

    Bemis said her secret to long life is clean living, no smoking or drinking, and walking and swimming for exercise.

  • A good sense of humor helps keep the heart young

    Massaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt's gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Chiefland Senior Center coordinator to retire

    Bernadette Preble has always wanted more for her clients since becoming a caregiver.

    She’s made it her mission to do more at the Suwannee River Economic Council Chiefland Senior Center, where Preble’s been the Older Americans Act coordinator since 2009, and subsequently a case manager.

    With her final day at the center coming this Friday, July 15, she took time last week before her retirement to reflect on the changes she has seen since her arrival.