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  • 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.

  • The year-end holidays can be stressful even for individuals who enjoy normal health.  For a person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia — and their family caregivers — the holidays can be even more difficult.  The heightened social demands, parties, family gatherings, and the increased noise and stimulation of the season are all disruptive to the quiet routine and reduced stimulation that people with dementia require.

  • Local resident Kim Bailey is packing her bags to head to Washington, D.C., for specialized chemotherapy to treat a rare cancer she has. It's the closest location for the delicate treatment and specialist to treat her.

    In addition to the help and support of her family, Bailey's friends have organized a “Fighting Cancer with Kim” poker run on Saturday, Oct. 8, to help alleviate the costs associated with the treatment, travel expense and family finances as she heals.

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    The Tri-County Toys for Tots campaign has announced registration dates, times, and locations. There will be one registration date in each county. Residents are encouraged to make plans to attend one of these events, as additional registration opportunities may be limited. Registration requirements are listed below.

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    The Suwannee Valley Players announce auditions for the classic story, “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. This is the story of Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto and the adventures they have when she is hit on the head during a tornado.