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  • Recently Haven Hospice bid farewell to long-time volunteers and supporters Harry Coleman and Arnold Dittenber who both dedicated their time, treasure and talents to benefit Haven patients and families.

  • College of Central Florida’s adults with disabilities class in conjunction with the Levy Campus collected a whole lot of can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house in Gainesville.

    It was a community service project for the class of 19 students and according to their instructor, Bessie Brack, they plan on doing it again next year.

  • Deanna McCall with Pascha Coonradt of Partnership for Strong Families spoke at the Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting June 18 about the realities of human trafficking even within the local and surrounding areas.

    We can stop it, McCall said, through education and awareness. The two are pictured with Rotary President Bob Mount.

  • Bill Helms told of his 35 year career with NASA in a presentation rich in history and full of life adventures big and small. The Chiefland Rotary was the audience for this discussion, which Helms titled Adventures of a Console Jockey, and took place at their regular meeting June 17. 

  • Inspired by real life experiences, a local woman uses her writing to teach lessons in friendship.

    Ruth Nott, author of "New Friend True Friend," a children's picture book, said her inspiration came from situations facing her children as they traveled as a military family and often had to make new friends.

    “Sometimes it's hard to make new friends and sad to leave old ones,” Nott said.

  • Spiderman was one of the superheroes visiting Lutherw Callaway Library last Fridlay as part of the Summer Reading Program for Kids.

    There is a program every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library during the summer. 

  • An area firefighter was honored, not only for his duties in the field, but also for his humanitarian efforts in the community.

    Mike MacKenzie, volunteer firefighter for the Fanning Springs Fire Department, was named as this year's Firefighter of the Year for Levy and Gilchrist counties.

    “We're proud of him, not only for his involvement in the community, but he's also been the catalyst for the fire department to be involved in the food pantry and Bread of the Mighty,” Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen said.

  • A small caravan of motorcycles made its way through the Tri-County area on Friday, handing out checks to area nursing home residents.

    Led by Iron Butts for Bucks coordinator Brad Groom, the group gave out $160 checks to two residents at each of the five nursing homes. The recipients were long- term residents chosen by nursing home staff as being in need of the donation.

    The donation amount may not seem significant to most people, but some of the residents are living on about $35 per month, Groom said.

  • Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.

    From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration. 

  • The Suwannee Valley Players presents auditions for The Addams Family Musical,  book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on characters created by Charles Addams. Show dates: Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1

    Audition dates:

    • Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - noon - First United Methodist Church, Cross City -  Fellowship Hall

    • Saturday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave.

    • Saturday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave.

  • Connie Brown, left, executive director for Tri County Outreach, accepts a food donation from Kassie Ortiz, postal employee in Chiefland. Tri County Outreach would like to thank the citizens of Chiefland for all the can goods that were donated to the food pantry May 9 as part of the annual Mother's Day Postal Workers Food Drive.

    Also a big thank you to all the postal workers who collected the cans.

    Tri County Outreach's emergency food pantry is open Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 708 N. Main St., Chiefland.

  • Bronson has been a town in search of a festival for a few years – remember the Pumpkin Festival? – but it may have hit upon a perfect celebration with Saturday’s 1st Ever Blueberry Festival.

    There are a number of blueberry farms in Levy County, some of them U-pick operations, so the festivities will support Levy County agriculture and Bronson’s primary production crop of blueberries.

  • Florida Watermelon Queen Kelli Wilder, returning Chiefland Watermelon Queen Katelyn Ressler, newly crowned Chiefland Watermelon Queen Hailey Bason, first runner up Sarah Gore and Alabama Watermelon Queen Lenzey Morris.

    Bason was crowned during the 61st Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday, June 6. 

  • Chiefland softball coach Wayne Weatherford sat down with the team early in the season and told them the news.

    He had renal cell carcinoma - a tumor on his kidney - and he might not be able to see them through the whole season.

    “We were pretty devastated. We didn’t expect something like that to happen,” Emily Hallman, catcher for the team, said.

    Weatherford got an original surgery date that would fall on the same day as the state championship game and he knew there was a good chance, his girls would be playing.

  • The Chiefland Watermelon Festival, hosted by the Chiefland Women’s Club, is more than just another festival to one of its coordinators. And she puts in the time to show it.

    “It’s tradition and supporting what watermelon has done for our community,” said Karen Tillis who coordinates sponsorships, media and vendors for the event. She’s also the principal at Old Town Elementary School.

    Tillis has been working with the club to put on the festival for six or seven years with the exception of last year when her son was graduating.

  • The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will have its semi-annual Book Sale June 6 along with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

     Hard cover books are $1 and papeback books are 50 cents or you can fill a bag for $6.  There are also DVD’s, audio books, children’s books, cook books, fiction and non-fiction books.  The sale is in the octagon building behind the police station between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

  • While the highlight of the 61st Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival is the crowning of the queen and her court on Saturday, June 6, at noon in the Trailhead/Depot Park, the competition for the hats and crowns begins a week earlier — Saturday, May 30.

    The festival and pageant are sponsored by the Chiefland Woman’s Club which used the proceeds for its scholarship and community funds.

  • Six dogs and three cats were taken to their forever homes last Saturday.

       Director of Levy County Animal Services David Weatherford said Saturday he didn't expect to adopt out as many animals at the event at the Bronson Ace Hardware, as they have at other adoption events in Chiefland, simply because the population is smaller in the Bronson area.

       "I thought it went very well," he said in a telephone interview Monday.

  • Middle schoolers at CMHS gather around a touch tank provided by the University of Florida’s Aquaculture Association in Cedar Key.

    The event was part of the Springs Festival program put on by high school students in the science wing as part of their final exam in Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

  • Hundreds of people involved in law enforcement, law and judicial fields gathered for the 2015 Annual W.O. Beauchamp Law Day, which was held on the banks of the Suwannee River.

    The annual event is like a "family reunion" for law enforcement at the city, county, state and federal level and for the prosecutors, judges and attorneys who usually do not have time to catch up with each other on the job.