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  • On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Levy County Historical Society will present the first of three presentations which tell about the invasion of the Civil War into Florida. Everyone with an interest in the history and heritage of Florida is invited to join us at this free event to learn more about this time in our history.

  • The Tri-County area is full of future stars, and Saturday, Jan. 7 will be your chance to see them before they make it big!

    We have singers, dancers, martial artists, comedians and more all set to take you “Back to The Eighties”. Talented artists both young and old will vie for the prize money and the title of Tri-County’s Most Talented of 2016.

  • The CES Chorus and all grade levels recentlry held their annual Christmas programs.  The chorus under the direction of Roxanne Simpson, music teacher, tickled the funny bones with a musical about Reindeer flight school.  They performed this all three nights followed by grade levels singing Christmas songs.

    Pre-K had a night to themselves as they entertained their audience with favorite traditional songs of the season.  Each class had their own costumes.  Elves, reindeer and snowmen stole the show with their program!

  • A mistake in paperwork on a city water bill was causing Chiefland resident Betsy Hunt some problems.

    But she hoped that like the miracle of the season, Jesus' birth, maybe there was a miracle for her this season.

    Hunt knew something was wrong when she got a bill for $17.76 instead of the usual $56-$57.

    She went to City Hall to check and the clerk looked it up on the computer and assured her it was $17.76.

    Hunt was happy because the extra cash would come in handy.

  • If you are used to going to the Chiefland Christmas Festival at the Old Train Depot Park you might want to look across the street to find the festival and safer parking on Saturday.

    The Chiefland Chamber, which sponsors the annual event, has moved it due to the greater amount of space available and available parking which means no crossing busy U.S. Highway 19 to get to the fun.

  • Chiefland Christmas Festivalgoers will have a chance to start experiencing the change that will come about when the city builds the new Chiefland Trailhead Park on South Main Street/U.S. Highway 19, right across from the Old Train Depot Park.

    That’s because on Saturday, Dec. 10, the six-acre field will be the new site for the Chiefland Christmas Festival this year. The move across the street will end the necessity for festivalgoers to cross U.S. Highway 19 to go from the parking area to the activities. Bring the family and come out for a whole day of fun.

  • The 25th Annual Pie Auction, sponsored by the Chiefland Middle High School Student Government is tonight (Thursday, Nov. 17) in the school cafeteria.

    This is an opportunity to stock up on goodies for the holiday week coming up.

    It's also an opportunity to have fun bidding as the auctioneer usually provides an entertaining call out to those lagging in making sufficient bids.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with bidding starting at 6 p.m.

    Donations of sweets and desserts will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Student Government activities.

  • It took a little bit of Halloween, the hard work of volunteers, the support of the Suwannee Valley and Chiefland Rotary Clubs, the donations of businesses and an old warehouse to make Christmas a little brighter this year for some Chiefland area families.

    This unusual recipe of using one holiday celebration to fund another is the genius idea of the Chiefland Police Department officers and staff who created a Halloween Haunted House in the old, vacant 9,000 square foot warehouse owned by Central Florida Electric Cooperative.

  • The Bronson Middle High School Eagles welcomed their 2016 Homecoming Queen Faith Hyde and King Caleb Rice at their game on Friday. Oct. 28.

    The school also announced the members of the Eagles Royal Court during halftime festivities.

  • By Elizabeth Brown

     Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are recruiting volunteers to help excavate a recently discovered site in eastern Levy County that has produced thousands of fossils, including more than 55 vertebrate species.

    Researchers are enthusiastic about the 5- to 5.5 million-year-old fossils being recovered and say it is the first site of this particular age found in North Central Florida.

  • Halloween is officially on Monday, Oct. 31, but here in these parts the superheroes, princesses and goblins will be celebrating it all weekend.

    The activities kick off on Saturday afternoon when the Suwannee River Moose Family Center hosts a Children's Halloween Party from 1 to 3 p.m. All children are welcome and there will ne games, prizes and refreshments. The lodge is at 8231 N.W. 167th Place in Fanning Springs. For more information, call 352-507-0551.

  • A Chiefland Elementary School student checks out Rori Florance's purple pinky at the Chiefland Rotary and Interact Clubs fundraiser.

    The Clubs raised $412 at $1 per pinky from the students. Each vaccination costs $1.

    All but three countries have eradicated the crippling disease.

  • 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.