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  • Visitors at Manatee Springs State Park Saturday, Nov. 15,  spy on the park's namesake, returning to the area to take advantage of the spring's relatively warm water.

    The manatee migration began earlier in the fall, perhaps, a sign the mammels knew the weather was turning colder.

    Boaters are being warned to be on the lookout for the slow moving animals on the Suwannee River.  

  • The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library is gearing up for its fall book sale Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library in Yankeetown, 11 56th St.

    The Friends group is looking for book donations of gently handled hardcover books to add to the sale inventory. You may drop your donations at the library, or call 352-447-4212 for pickup arrangements during regular library hours.

  • The Levy County Sheriff's Office is looking for seniors -- Seniors Vs. Crime.

    For more information on volunteering, contact LCSO Lt. Sean Mullins at 352-577-4235.

  •    With the temperatures in the mid 40s, motorcyclists gathered in the Bronson Middle High School parking lot Saturday morning to kick off the 10th Annual Ride to Provide, which benefits Levy ARC, through 60 miles of rural Levy County.

    The event is one of two main fundraisers for LARC. This year's event raised $9,000, putting the event's total contributions to the ARC of Levy over $100,000. 

  • For many, the holiday season serves as a reminder of just how unfortunate circumstances can sometimes be.

    Families don't always come together, hopes aren't always realized, and presents aren't always under the tree, if there even is a tree.

    It's a thing people like Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp hope to soften.

  • Imagine it, one long continuous rummage sale on roads from Cedar Key to Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Bell.

    That's a lot of shopping for new and used goods.

    Three Chambers of Commerce in the Tri-County Area are teaming up to hold the 1st annual River Rummage Sale, a continuous rummage sale that runs along the roadways from Cedar Key through Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton and ending at the EMS station in Bell on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • By Dr. Brent Stewart

  • By ANSLEY PENTZ

    Contributing writer

    Considering the University of Florida's strong stance against tobacco on campus, some students there are questioning why "big tobacco" was invited to speak Sept. 22.

  • Chiefland

    • Trick or treat in the city is Saturday, Oct. 25, from  6 to 9 p.m.

    • 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.