Today's News

  • Suwannee Community Cleanup is Oct. 18

    Suwannee Community Cleanup is Oct. 18 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Suwannee Community Center, 23465 SE Highway 349. Boat, walk or ride golf carts to help clean the roads and waterways around Suwannee starting at 8:30 am. Refuge staff will transport volunteers down the river from Fowlers Bluff. A free, smoked chicken lunch will be provided by Jerry Everett of the Waterfront Market. For more information and to RSVP for the Fowler’s Bluff Boat Ride, please contact Debbie Meeks by calling 352-278-5088 or email dmeeks352@gmail.com.

  • CHS Class of 1968 plans reunion

    The Chiefland High School Class of 1968 has issued a “save the date” call for Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 to class members. The class will celebrate its 50th year reunion next year, and the group is planning a gathering Friday evening, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 to start the planning process.

    The group plans to gather for dinner at Beef O’Brady’s in Chiefland Oct. 13 at a time to be announced later, and then will gather for a covered dish lunch at the Fowler’s Bluff home of classmate Mary Beth Green Yoder at noon Oct. 14. Bring a favorite dish and folding chair. Class President Franklin Watson issued the call for all classmates to send updated postal, phone and email contact information to him at fwatson@tallynet.com so details of the event can be communicated effectively.

  • 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. Place nonperishable food items at any one of these locations and be a part of blessing a needy family this holiday.

  • Suwannee River Baptist Church yard/bake sale

    Suwannee River Baptist Church is having a yard sale/bake sale Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy barbecue chicken dinners for $8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located across from Dollar General in Old Town. Proceeds to defray shipping costs for Christmas Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse.

  • Toys For Tots

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County is Mon-Thurs, Oct. 9-11 and 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)

    • Property Tax Bill

    • Utility Bill (with Physical Address, not P.O. Box)

    • Voter Registration Card

    Recent Income Statement/Approval Letter: Food Stamps, AFDC, SSI, Medicaid, or a check stub for one month. Income requirements are based on 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.

  • Rosary Crusade

    Join the 100th Anniversary 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade at noon Oct. 14 in the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Chiefland.

    In this historic year of the Fatima Centennial (1917-2017), the world is at a historic crossroad. God is more offended than ever as people ignore Our Lady’s maternal request to “stop offending God.”

    Yes, we must listen to Our Lady’s request and stop sinning if we hope to enjoy God’s blessings and to avert His wrath. He will hear us, if we pray through the intercession of His Blessed Mother. That’s why we’re doing the 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade.

    In the Secret of the Rosary, Saint Louis de Montfort said, “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”

  • CMHS students say 'thanks'

    Dear Central Florida Electric Cooperative,

    I would like to thank you for all you’ve done in my hometown, Chiefland Florida while we’ve been going through hurricane Irma. You have been very generous and brave by putting our needs before your own and working nonstop to make sure we have electricity and are safe.

    During hurricane Irma, my family and I were settled down in my home safely. We had all our windows and doors boarded up and had plenty of food. Our power didn’t go out till late Sunday night, but by Monday afternoon we were back on track with electricity thanks to you.

    Once again, I would like to thank you for all you have done and are still doing.


    Aubreigh Brown


    Dear Central Florida Electric Cooperative,

    Thank you for your dedication to making sure everyone possible can have power including me. I told my mom that I have a bone to pick with the power men because we were without power for 2 days, but at that moment, she told how hard you guys are working to get electricity flowing. I’m sorry and thank you.

  • Taking a knee?

    By Bob Denny

    I played football with “Loopie” Favre, back in high school. Our coach would yell, “Take a knee!” when he wanted to offer us some “constructive criticism,” or more often, to “chew us out.” (You may be familiar with Loopie’s son, another pretty good quarterback.)

    To a football player, “taking a knee” means “Listen up! I need your attention for something important!” It was never a sign of disrespect, or a way to express anger. It was just a way of communicating to a bunch of us that there’s something important, that really needs to be said.

  • Industrial Arts: A disappearing necessity

    By Ed Emrich 

    I became a teacher very late in my working career. After 25 years in corporate management I found myself with an “opportunity” to redirect and re-evaluate my career. So I decided to become a teacher and give something back to society. I was by decades the oldest person in all of my graduate classes at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos). Most teachers graduate from college, go into teaching in their early 20s, and really, what life lessons can they teach? As a 57 year-old Marine Corps veteran and “new teacher,” I have had a lot of life experience that came in real handy because today’s students seriously need mentors as well as lessons about specific core content.

  • What kind of nation is the United States of America?

    What kind of nation is the United States of America? Are we hateful or grateful? Did the United States become the most powerful nation on earth through “Manifest Destiny” or greed? Are we a religious or secular nation?

    Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear was a Christian man and farmer, but I’ll bet if he were asked what he thought about the US, he would say it is all those things. Standing Bear lost his daughter and then his son because of his tribe’s forced relocation from Nebraska to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Some Christian women prayed with him and his family in Kansas when his daughter died. Still, he continued the journey to Indian Territory. The last straw for Standing Bear came at the death of his 16 year-old son. After that, he disobeyed the federal government and returned to his homeland in Nebraska to bury his son.

    Instead of looking at one's actions, ask what someone is trying to say when they take a knee at a football game.

    What was Standing Bear trying to say?