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Today's News

  • Seahorse Key re-opens for visitors on Saturday

    After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to the island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.

  • Tri-County Community Resource Center July activities

    15 N. Main St., Chiefland

    352-507-4000

    Today, July 16

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Clothing Closet is open, providing emergency infant and children’s clothing. Patrons may access the children’s closet once every six months.

    Tuesday, July 21

    10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cooking Matters: Healthy Snacks; Demonstration by University of Florida IFAS Extension Office; Learn and try new recipes - and be entered to win a grocery gift card just for participating (one card given out each week)!

    Wednesday, July 22

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 16

    Today, July 16

    Tourism group meets

    A meeting of the Visit Natural North Florida (the Original Florida Tourism Task Force) Strategic Planning Committee is on Thursday, July 16, at 9:30 a.m. at Putnam Lodge, 15487 N.W. Highway 19, Cross City.

    For more information contact Steven Dopp at 352-955-2200 ext. 109 or visit dopp@ncfrpc.org.

    Library Friends meetings

  • Free Medicare seminar coming up

    Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, presents “All About Medicare” on Monday, July 27 at 2 p.m. in Crystal River.

    If you aren’t familiar with Medicare or other available resources, or if you just want to brush up on what you already know, SHINE from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs can help.

  • Smoking, oxygen burn Chiefland home

    An elderly Chiefland man is healing from injuries and homeless after he started a fire by smoking while on oxygen.

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris told the Chiefland City Commission on Monday that it is the second fire his department has handled where an elderly person was smoking while being administered oxygen. In the first incident, the man died.

    “I don't know how to prevent this,” Harris said telling the commission the man told the firefighters he was smoking while on oxygen when the fire started.

  • Crumpton will vie for Miss Jr. Teen

    Kierstan Crumpton of Trenton was recently selected as a finalist in the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, July 26. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s pageant coordinator.

  • A Woman's Place is growing

    The health care facility whose motto is “health care for a woman by a woman” is expanding to offer services to men and children as well. Ground was broken on the new facility and staff hopes it will open in about four months.

    A Woman’s Place, owned by Nurse Practitioner Lauren Williams, will still do strictly woman’s care: wellness, sick visits, OB care, ultrasounds and infertility, but the new facility that’s being constructed in the back will offer care for the whole family.

  • Rotarians get legislative update on CF campus

    There has been a lot of negativity in the media and news about what happened in Tallahassee this year, a recent Suwannee Valley Rotary speaker started out saying, and added the truth of the matter is everyone goes up there with several priorities in mind. 

    Bob Batsel, general counsel and director of government relations with the College of Central Florida, presented an update on the legislative session and spoke of twin issues related to health care funding and the prospect of a Medicaid expansion.

  • Children's Table adding to its facilities

    A Bronson area food distribution center is growing and expanding, not only by the number of mouths they feed, but now they’re also adding on to its facilities.

    The Children’s Table has begun clearing the land to place the 60 by 60 foot steel building they’ve made a deposit on. There are plans for the building to eventually feature a large walk-in cooler and freezer with dry storage space, as well.

  • CAKE AUCTION TODAY (Thursday, July 16)

    A cake auction to raise money to help the Rippy Family with funeral and medical expenses is at 6 p.m. today, July 16, at Chiefland Elementary School. Donations of sweet goods can be dropped off starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Jaylon Rippy, 5, died on July 2 when a leaping sturgeon struck her family’s boat. Her mother sustained facial injuries and her brother sustained arm injuries in the fish strike. Both will need surgeries to repair the damage.