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  • Chiefland

    • The Chiefland Area Athletic Association needs your help.

    The organization is getting ready to host its 20th annual Halloween Carnival Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Strickland Park.

    The City of Chiefland, the police department and C.A.A.A. work together on this to give the public a safe and secure means of celebrating Halloween, but the event is in need of funds, door prize donations and volunteers willing to run booths.

  • Chiefland Rotary Club members, from left, Oz Barker, Skipper Henderson and David Renaud  check out a Baretta 12-gauge valued at $1,100 that the club is raffling as part of its annual Buck Mitchell Memorial Dove Hunt. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and are available from any Chiefland Rotary Club member.

    The gun was donated by Chiefland Pawn and Gun and is on display at their shop. Tickets are also available at the shop on U.S. Highway 19 in North Chiefland. 

  • The ARC of Levy is seeking gospel singers for a fund-raising Gospel Sing on Saturday, Nov. 8 event at the Tommy Usher/Pineland Center n Chiefland. 

    Anyone who has a voice and wants an audience to hear their songful message is asked to call 352-486-4294 to sign up for one or two songs to perform. The Gospel Sing will be from 7-11 p.m.

  • By Ranger Andrew Moody

    Special to the Citizen

    It was sometime back around 1995 or '96 when a young, local girl eagerly waited with anticipation for the Manatee Springs state park treasure hunt to begin.

    "Little Jo" had come to the park to join in the search for the lost pirate treasure and to witness the excitement of the parents and crowds, who would be cheering on their children from the nearby waterfront walkways and the park's shoreline kiddie beach area.

  • The U.S.S. Pueblo was masquerading as a scientific research vessel off the coast of North Korea when enemy forces determined the ship was of interest, sending a small fleet of boats to corral its crew of 81 officers and enlisted men.

    That was 1968, and the enemy had good reason to be suspicious. The Pueblo was a U.S. Navy surveillance ship, loaded down with the most high-tech spy equipment of the day, as well as a good deal of intelligence.

  • The 2014 Bronson Middle High School Homecoming King Jason Ranalli and Queen Emma Harvey were crowned during halftime on Friday, Oct. 3.

    The Bronson Eagles defeated the Bell Bulldogs 36 - 16 in the football game. 

    With over 700 in attendance, the night began with a light steady rain but as evening wore on the rain let up just in time for the halftime festivities.  Announcers John Meeks and Cameron Asbell held the attention of the fans with the play by play of the game.  

  • The 2014 Chiefland Middle High School King is Alphonso Timmons and the Queen is Kasidy Leann Shultz. The Prince is David Hallman and the Princess of Becca Thomas.

    The Little Homecoming King and Queen were Cooper Swain and Lacee Stalvey. Cooper is the son of Mark and Stacy Swain, and Lacee is the daughter of Harland and C’dell Stalvey. 

  • By Karen Sloat

    Correspondent

    The Suwannee Valley Players outdid themselves with an emotional adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" this weekend at the Chief Theare.

    The story is of two migrant field hands, the average-looking yet smart George and the strong but mentally challenged Lennie who both find work on a California farm during The Great Depression.

    In addition to the strong lead role of George, played by the seasoned actor Terry Wines, three young actors stood out.

  • "Of Mice and Men," one of John Steinbeck's most acclaimed works, is in production at the Chief Theater in Chiefland with performances Friday through Sunday.

    This American classic chronicles four days in the lives of migrant workers George and Lennie, unlikely friends who move from town to town hoping to work and save enough to own their own piece of land. But Lennie stirs up trouble, and George must choose between his friend and his dream.

  • The Cedar Key Historical Society announced that it has been selected to host Museums on Main Street (MoMS), which will be taking place from September through October. Funded in part by the United States Congress, MoMS combines the talents of the Smithsonian Institution, the state humanities councils and local organizations to bring national and local heritage to small communities across the United States.

  • As a scientist, Dr. Ken Sulak is trained to make observations. 

    He makes his living studying the ways of the natural world, with an emphasis, in recent years, on the lives of sturgeon swimming the lengths of the Suwannee River.

    But his professional work over time has bled into his personal interests: observations on the lives of humans and their place in the world.

    "In the course of being on the river, you run into a lot of people, a lot of old timers," Sulak said from his office at the U.S. Geological Survey last week.

  •  Gainesville – Internationally-known quilter Joan Shay will present a trunk show of her creations at the Sept. 4 meeting of Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild (QACDG).

    Employing her signature Appli-Bond™ technique, Joan creates exciting three-dimensional works of fiber art that literally jump off the quilt.

    September’s trunk show is in advance of an all-day workshop with Joan to be held in October.

  • Dr. Brent Stewart was the guest of Rotarian Ben Lott at last week's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club. Stewart, an anesthesiologist, recently opened Advanced Pain Medical Center in Jonesville.

    Stewart spoke on the different types of anesthesia in use today, misconceptions about anesthesia and how anesthesiologists determine how much to administer to patient. Dr. Stewart is pictured with SVRC president Dr. Bob Mount.

  • Julie Davis, left, accepts a thank you from Suwannee Valley Rotary Club President Robert Mount for her talk on services provided by her company Mederi Caretakers. 

    She spoke at the July 17 meeting.

  • Robert Mount, left, the incoming president of the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, presents, outgoing president Bill Hammond with a plaque of appreciation for his leadership of the club for the 2013-14 year. 

    The presentation was at the club's July 17 meeting.

  • By Melinda Myers

    Picture yourself harvesting a few fresh strawberries for your cereal in the morning or perhaps picking a few apples from your own backyard tree to cook up into a pie.  It is possible, even if you garden on a balcony or small lot. And even if you have plenty of space, you will still appreciate the fun and convenience of reaching out the backdoor and harvesting some homegrown fruit.

  • Haven Hospice is offering a free, grief-support experience for families through the Camp Safe Haven program. The experience will help families understand their feelings of loss and give them an opportunity to heal.

    Camp Safe Haven Family Camp will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Otter Springs Park and Campground, located at 6470 SW 80th Avenue in Trenton.

  • Personnel from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, family members and Sheriff's COPS (Citizens On Patrol) members  honored Tom and Donna Munsell on their retirement from the volunteer group on July 14.

    Tom Munsell was a part of the second volunteer academy taught at LCSO in the early 1990’s.  During his many years of service he donated 2,122 volunteer hours to the citizens of Levy County. 

    Donna Munsell donated an additional 751 volunteer hours. 

  • Summer work begins early in the morning for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Before the sun makes it over the long leaf pines in the forest, the ice is already in the cooler. Equipment for the day’s work is loaded into the truck along with other essentials, but nothing that would attract bats.

  • This rainbow was straddling Levy County from east to west and was visible from Chiefland to Williston on Friday, July 11.

    If you look closely, you might see a fainter double rainbow above the more visible one. Forget the science of why the rainbow formed. Maybe Levy can be our fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.