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  • For the second year, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members predict the food-related trends that could end up on your dinner plates and grocery store shelves in 2015:

  • Members of the Fanning Springs Fire Station traveled around the small town giving out toys to local kids.

    The firetruck and emergency vehicle — with Santa in tow, played their sirens and loud Christmas music to alert families of their presence.

  • More than 1,100 people of the 1,200 who registered for toys showed up for the Toys for Tots distribution Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.

    "We had a great turnout at distribution Saturday," Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp said Monday.

    The effort wasn't without its challenges, though, he admitted.

    Sponsorship from businesses and organizations was down this year, which resulted in the Toys for Tots program having to pay for about three quarters of the cost, he said.

  • The ladies of the Levy County Quilt Museum are in the midst of their annual quilt show that began the day after Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas.

    “We’re a museum and more … much more,” Myrtice Scabarozi said last Thursday as she pointed out the varieties of items for sale. Everything is handmade, more or less, by local people she said. They are also run by volunteers and supported by donations. She said they made $3,000 last month, a record month. “We’re extremely lucky,” she said.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time listening to the Christmas wishes of children at Saturday's Chiefland Christmas Festival. 

    Then he led the lighted float parade down Main Street. 

  • An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items.

    Ashley, who has worked at the Chiefland store for about two years, said the glow on people's faces was rewarding.

  • Isabella Hewel, 8, of Chiefland, tells Santa what she want this year while he visited the Chiefland Regional Shopping Center Saturday.

    Isabella got a candy cane when she was done.

  • By THE HEAD ELF

    The arrival of Santa Claus in Chiefland for the 11th Annual Christmas Festival and Parade has changed this year.

    Parents and children should be aware that Santa has had to change his schedule for hearing wishes to accommodate the many appearances he must make at festivals on Saturday, Dec. 13. He will be arriving at Trailhead Park at 4 p.m. and will leave shortly before 6 p.m. to lead the lighted float parade down U.S. Highway 19/Main Street, from Chiefland High School to Trailhead Park.

  • By Laura Bittner

    The Band Perry is coming to play Rock Crusher Canyon Friday, Dec. 5, to play country music and to raise funds for BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.

    The Band Perry is an all-sibling band, originally from Alabama, with members Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry.

    “A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.,” said Ryan Bell, president of RaC events LLC, which is headquartered in Chiefland.

  • A Gainesville man, who calls Chiefland his hometown, has made a career of making music.

    For T.J. Brown, it all began in about ninth or tenth grade, he said. He had written some poetry as early as middle school, but it wasn’t until an uncle, who was visiting for a family reunion, taught him to read guitar tablature that he began writing songs. Brown said he taught himself the guitar from there and began writing songs immediately, adding that’s the reason he wanted to learn to play.

  • 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.