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  • The Widow Sons Masonic Riders are no strangers to holding poker runs for a good cause.

    Their most recent event to benefit Ashley Isenhoward, the young girl who underwent heart surgery to remove a tumor and received a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer, raised a record amount at $5,605. The total included money raised through the cost per rider, purchase of raffle tickets and several other donations.

    It was not necessarily a Masonic event, said Tom Andresen, they were just doing it.

  • A girl pets a miniature goat for sale at one of the booths on Saturday at the Chiefland Farmers Market.

    The market, sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, is held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month in Trailhead Park on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.

    The hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

  • In an effort to raise community awareness about heart disease, Levy County Department of Public Safety participated in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 6 and continued through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

    This is an annual educational event that the department participates in. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Educating communities to recognize what the early warning signs are and not wait to seek medical attention is the key to saving lives.

  • There will be a cemetery workday on Saturday, March 21, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Hardeetown Cemetery. Everyone is invited to come and help with the general cleanup. If you have garden tools and can bring them along that would be helpful. Lunch will also be served.

    The cemetery group is attempting to set up a file with obituaries of all persons buried in Hardeetown Cemetery. If you have an obituary of a loved one, we would appreciate receiving a copy.

  • AMVETS Chapter 422 is holding its 2nd Annual Poker Run Saturday, March 7, starting with registration at 9 a.m. and Last Bike Out at 10 a.m.

    Registration is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. The last bike must be in by 3 p.m.

    Registration fee includes your first raffle ticket and barbecue pork Dinner with all the fixings. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

    The ride route will start at AMVETS Post 422 to Camp Valor at Otter Springs, to AMVETS Post 88, to AMVETS Post 42, then return to AMVETS Post 422.

  • The Williston Community Theater will present "Knowing Cairo", a play by Andrea Stolowitz March 14-15 and March 21-22 at Williston Middle School, 20550 Northeast 42nd Pl. Performances begin at 3 p.m.

  • The 3rd annual “You be the Judge” talent show will be held at Williston High School at 3 p.m. May 2.

    The talent show is open to all students in middle through high school (grades 6-12).  Applications are available at Williston Middle School, Williston High School and Bronson Middle/High School.  They are also available at Tri-County Pregnancy Center ,426 W Noble Ave., across the street from Williston High School. 

    Auditions will be held March 21 at Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 NE 6th Blvd., Williston, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • The Levy County Black History Program will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Usher Center in Chiefland.

    Craig A. Jones and Robert A. Scott will be the featured speakers.

    Donations will be accepted. Funds raised will support scholarships.

    For more information, call 221-1352.

  • For about two hours Friday morning, residents from around the county crowded into the county's commision meeting room to pay homage to a handful of the area's black leaders and community members that have made a difference throughout the years.

    The event, organized by area historian and artist Carolyn Cohens and Clerk of Court Danny Shipp, has been taking place for years in honor of Black History Month.

  • Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff are no strangers to bartering.

    The traveling couple, who hale from New York, spend the first three months of the year in Florida, mostly camping at state and private parks. They trade a couple days of camping for their performances of traditional and original folk music, which all has an emphasis in bluegrass, Staber said.

    During the next two months, Staber and Chasnoff will be playing is area parks and in Cedar Key.

  • The works of Bill Roberts, artist and author, will be on exhibit during February at Brick City Center for the Arts, 25 SW Broadway St., Ocala.

       The exhibit opens Friday, Feb. 6 with a reception at 6 p.m.

       "All I Ever Wanted to be was a Cowboy" exhibit is the work of 82-year- old Roberts. His book of short stories is a reflection of cow hunting in Florida beginning at the tender age of 13 and continuing for the next 35 years.

  • The world’s dinosaur “Sue”-perstar returned to the Florida Museum of Natural History on Jan. 24 in the featured exhibition “A T. rex Named Sue.”

    This bilingual exhibit presents the story of “Sue,” the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed. It features a life-size, 42-foot-long cast of the dinosaur and family-friendly interactive components exploring the paleontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players will present "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", the musical on Feb. 27-28, March 1, 6-8, 13-15.

       Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at

    2 p. m.

    Ask about the special “Dinner with the Cast” performance March 1. 

  • Try doing anything with one arm tied behind your back, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to live a day in the life of Chiefland’s Fred Figueroa.

    The 61-year-old Figueroa, born in the mountains of Puerto Rico, spent the early part of the 1970s in the U.S. Army, typing reports at a training base in a forested region of Germany.

  • A group of divers from Alachua enter the water at Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday morning.

    The state park's springs and its underwater caves are a popular dive destination.. 

  • You are needed to be a SHINE Volunteer in your community!

    SHINE is a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options, Inc (Gainesville).  SHINE volunteers assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers in all things Medicare, including understanding their Medicare benefits, Medicare Part D Drug Plan assistance, Advantage Plans, supplemental insurance options and much more.  Volunteers also assist Medicare beneficiaries to apply for low income programs and other prescription drug assistance programs.

  • 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.