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Today's News

  • Willie Nelson to play at Suwannee Music Fest

    Country fans, get your jeans, your head rags and boots ready as country legend Willie Nelson will perform at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at the first two-day Down On The Suwannee Music Festival being held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17.

        Nelson will be joined by country sensation James Otto whose hits include “Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”; Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Josh Thompson, David Cooler, Mike Mullis and Mercy Mountain Band

  • The ‘Crown Jewel’ of Florida’s springs

    If you love and appreciate North Florida’s springs and rivers, particularly the Itchetucknee, you will be rejuvenated by a presentation by local photographer and artist Steven Earl on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Fort White Community Center in Fort White.

    Earl will present images of and reflections on the Itchetucknee Springs and River that he has recently compiled into a book titled "Itchetucknee: Sacred Waters".  

    The event hosted by Save Our Suwannee, Inc. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided afterward.

  • Pumpkins for sale at Chiefland First UMC

    First United Methodist Church in Chiefland is holding its annual pumpkin and gourd sale in front of the church on U.S. Highway 27A/State Road 500. Alice St. John, who was selling pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. 10, said the church has 563 big pumpkins, 10 boxes of assorted smaller pumpkins and gourds to sell. Small pumpkins are 50 cents each and prices on the larger  pumpkins go up to $20. The church is also selling swan gourds and pie pumpkins. The stand is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Sundays, until Oct. 31. 

  • SVP’s new season continues with “Seven Year Itch”

    The Suwannee Valley Players’ 2009-2010 season opened this past weekend with the “Seven Year Itch,” a comedy by George Axelrod, that was made famous when Marilyn Monroe starred as “The Girl” in the 1955 movie. It runs again this weekend at the Chief Theatre.

  • Two dead in Three accidents in five days in Levy

    A spate of accidents in Levy County in the past week has left two women dead, nine injured and one man in jail on a charge of driving under the influence, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.

    The first fatal accident occurred on Friday, Oct. 9, at about 7 a.m. when Carrie L. Cates, 39, of Bronson was struck by the passenger side mirror on a 2008 Ford pickup truck driven by Edward C. Hodge, 18, of Williston as she jogged on the paved shoulder of U.S. 27A/State Road 500 near Bronson town limits.

  • Church News

    • Ebenezer Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming October 25. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and the morning worship service begins at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Eddie Hatch. Lunch will be served following the morning service. There will be no evening service.

    Ebenezer Church is located at 12250 NE 30th Ave. For more information or directions call the church at 352-493-231.

  • Relay for Life kickoff

    The kickoff for the 2010 Gilchrist-Levy Counties Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Trenton Community Center,

    Teams will be signed up at the kickoff for $100 per team. The fee allows teams to set up a booth and give away items at the kickoff.

    For more information contact Courtney Smith at (352) 376-6866, Ext. 5059 or courtney.smith@cancer.org.

  • Haven Hospice to host derby for program funding

    All the grace, color and tradition that is the Kentucky Derby will move South Oct. 24 when Haven Hospice hosts Fall at the Derby at Black Prong Equestrian Center.

    The 250-acre property, nestled in the heart of the Goethe Forest, will showcase an evening of fun for benefactors of the end-of-life care organization.

    Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests will be entertained by the Rick Gordon Band, who will play throughout the evening.

    Both live and silent auctions will take place with the center’s Aulson Hall as the focal point for items that have been donated.

  • Cedar Key to get 3 new bridges

    Christmas has come a little early to Cedar Key and the state Department of Transportation is the Santa bringing three new bridges to replace older, worn bridges considered dangerous beyond their time.

    The good news came during the first meeting of the Levy County Board of Commissioners for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1. The room became almost giddy as the news was revealed. A fourth bridge will be replaced over the Waccasassa River in Gulf Hammock.

  • Chiefland man charged with DUI, fleeing scene of crash

    A Chiefland man is charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, and driving without a license in a crash that occurred on U.S.