• The Gator Nation may not have a football game to enjoy on Saturday, Oct. 22 but there are at least three events to keep fans in Levy County busy.

    In the morning the 12th Annual Ride to Provide, a run through the prettiest parts of Levy County, starts registering folks at 7:30 a.m. at the Levy ARC campus in Otter Creek. This is one of two big fundraisers for the center that provides services for developmentally disabled adults.

    For more information, call 352-219-7806.

  • The Drummond Farmhouse at Rocky Hammock Preserve in Chiefland makes its return as the host site for the 10th Annual Fall at the Farm to Benefit Haven Hospice this Saturday, Oct. 22, and its vintage treasures from the 1800s are sure to make it a special night.

    Its many historical pieces are too many for even their owners Luther and Kay Drummond to recount, but volunteer guides will be on hand before the start of the fundraising event and to help inform guests of the history behind the various items.

  • The sixth annual Hutch Poker Run to benefit the Haven Hospice Care Center added to the success of the event in years past.

    This year the ride took place on Saturday, Sept. 24 beginning at the Haven Hospice Attic and after several stops ultimately ending at Chiefland Billiards.

    “It’s been a success every year. A lot of people come out and support it,” Brad Groom, coordinator for the ride, said.

    This year there were about 45 riders who participated. After expenses, around $1,300 was raised.

  • Youth, families, church and community groups located in the Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties are invited to participate in kickoff of the Operation Christmas Child mission project.

    The event is Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 a.m. on the banks of the Suwanee River. The day will open with participants hearing from a shoebox recipient and a local teen who participated in a shoebox distribution to the Philippines this summer.

  • The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce wants cendors to know that it is putting on the Festival of Lights Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Fort Fanning located across U.S. Highway 19 from Fanning Springs State Park. Along the with festival we are having the  lighted boat parade, rubber duck race, car show, live entertainment and a food court. Santa will be there in his sleigh for Toys For Tots.

  • The monthly meeting of Local Chapter No. 2133, will be called to order at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the ForVets, Inc. Lodge House at Otter Springs. Join us for some community caring, sharing and lots of healthy merriment. This is SHINE month!

  • Hurricane Hermine cannot stop a determined Cedar Key Lions Club, so just over a month since the storm sent water flooding over the island the Lions are prepared to welcome their usual crowds for the club's 47th Annual Seafood Festival.

    The festival is Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will be booths with seafood that support the island's non-profit groups, free music in the City Park.

  • The Annual Fall at the Farm to Benefit Haven Hospice returns to its original location for this year’s 10th anniversary, and the setting figures to be a special one.

    The silent auction and dinner will take place on the piece of land known as the Rocky Hammock Preserve at The Historical Drummond Farm in Chiefland on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m.

    The “country casual” evening will feature some rare autographed items at the auction, as well as dinner and drinks for what figures to be an idyllic Florida fall evening.

  • The year-end holidays can be stressful even for individuals who enjoy normal health.  For a person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia — and their family caregivers — the holidays can be even more difficult.  The heightened social demands, parties, family gatherings, and the increased noise and stimulation of the season are all disruptive to the quiet routine and reduced stimulation that people with dementia require.

  • Local resident Kim Bailey is packing her bags to head to Washington, D.C., for specialized chemotherapy to treat a rare cancer she has. It's the closest location for the delicate treatment and specialist to treat her.

    In addition to the help and support of her family, Bailey's friends have organized a “Fighting Cancer with Kim” poker run on Saturday, Oct. 8, to help alleviate the costs associated with the treatment, travel expense and family finances as she heals.


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    The Tri-County Toys for Tots campaign has announced registration dates, times, and locations. There will be one registration date in each county. Residents are encouraged to make plans to attend one of these events, as additional registration opportunities may be limited. Registration requirements are listed below.


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    The Suwannee Valley Players announce auditions for the classic story, “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. This is the story of Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto and the adventures they have when she is hit on the head during a tornado.

  • Harmony Pregnancy & Resource Center in Chiefland will host “A Night of Hope” gala fund raiser to benefit the Center and its services.

    Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion at Camp Anderson in Old Town.

    Harmony Pregnancy & Resource Center is a family ministry whose focus is on saving souls, saving babies, reaching teens, and transforming lives. We serve an average of 43 clients monthly and the need for our services is great. Please help us with our mission by participating in this fun event!

  • A star athlete in multiple sports at Chiefland Middle High School, Ms. Takiya London added another distinction last Friday as the senior was crowned the 2016 Chiefland Homecoming Queen.

    London, who was escorted by her uncle, Travis Donaldson, was crowned by 2015 Homecoming Queen Sheila Engel.

    Ms. Kirnae Williams, escorted by her father, Rodney Williams, was named the 2016 Homecoming Princess.

  • By Tina Berger


    Open house at the Chief Theater consisted of a unique behind the scenes look at the theater. The tour started with the “house” where you enter the theater and wait to be shown to your seat. This is also where refreshments are served during intermission for the productions.This is where I was given a bag to collect the goodies I would be receiving – intriguing.

  • A fun-raising Zumba event to benefit Cedar Key which was ravaged by Hurricane Hermine on Sept. 1-2 will be held at Bronson Middle High Cafetorium, 351 Ishie Ave., Bronson on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

    All of the proceeds wil be used to assist Cedar Key businesses and residents. All monetary donations accepted (checks/cash).

    Come by to dance or just to donate. For more information or to donate, contact Angie Frazier Phillips at 352-486-5261 daytime or on Facebook, or Sarah Beth Pergrossi at 352-443-2354 or on Facebook.

  • Friday’s football game at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium between Chiefland and Arlington Country Day was a gold-out game, in tribute to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

    To mark the occasion, football players laid flowers at the feet of Ashley Isenhoward, a Chiefland student who survived a tumor to the pulmonary artery, as she stood with the cheerleading squad for the team’s entrance through the teepee in the east end zone.

  • The "Island Storm" is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning was the guest speaker at the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on June 23 and while he spoke on the serious topic of the death penalty in Florida being in a state of flux, he also chose to share a personal experience – a “let me tell you what happened to me story.”

    As he’s gotten older, he has been buying books online on a new fitness regimen or nutrition plan once every two weeks, which he seldom implements, he said.

  • The runners honoring Citrus Sheriff's Capt. Phil Royal passed through Levy County on Saturday, July 23, honoring his commitment to complete the Run for Money for Key Training Center.

    Royal, a candidate for Citrus County Sheriff, collapsed and died earlier in the week as he was beginning the annual run by law enforcement officers from Tallahassee to Citrus County.