• While the judges were tallying up scores for the Chiefland Elementary School speech contest, two students were asked to give their speeches.

    The winner from each fourth and fifth grade class advanced to the final school competition, but these two had not competed in the final contest. Nevertheless, the teachers had decided their speeches needed to be heard, said Lisa Baxter who coordinated the contest last Friday.

    One speech, by fifth grader Matthew Wilkerson, stood out.

  • So far the Tri-County Outreach has raised about $6,000 by donations from 75 businesses and individuals.

    The proceeds wil go towards food for Thanksgiving and restocking the food pantry shelves at the beginning of the year.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office Deputy Clint Anderson of the Community Relations Division helped personnel from the Levy Learning Academy with a Thanksgiving food drive for needy families.

    Through their efforts they collected enough food for 10 needy families. The Sheriff's Office also thanks Robbie Cooper of Bronson Lube, David Stone Bail Bonds, and Murray Tillis of Tillis Farms for donating the turkeys.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Amanda Sauder, left along with Executive Assistant Robin McCracken, Detention Bureau Lt. Lisa Brock, and Finance officer Nicole Gore represented the Sheriff's Office in the 5K on Oct. 31 hosted by Another Way in honor of Domestic Violence month.

    Another Way has a shelter in Levy County. 

  •     Bronson Middle High School student Mackenzie McCallister, with help from other students and health department coordinator and school nurse, Angie Phillips, raised a total of $410 for the Florida chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

       They raised $170 collecting change in BMHS first period classes and $240 from the Zumbathon.

  • Drummond Community Bank, Chiefland will host the Annual Angel Tree on display in the lobby beginning Nov. 16 The tree will be covered in local “Angels” that without the community’s help may not get to experience Christmas this year.

  • Morriston Baptist Church Quilters are providing an opportunity for area church visitors to bid on and purchase quilted gifts and sewn treasures. Membership in the church is not required to participate in the sale.

    The silent auction will be held at the church, 3141 S.E. Highway 41, Morriston, beginning Sunday, Nov. 29 during morning services, and continuing with bidding until Sunday, Dec. 6, immediately after the evening service.

    Quilts and treasures can be paid for and taken at that time, or picked up during the week in the office.

  • The Bronson Volunteer Fire Company loaned their taste buds to the AMVET’s Ladies Auxiliary Post 88 to judge a chili cook off.

    Proceeds of the competition benefit the Fisher House, a residence for families of veterans being treated at Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.

    The competition was spicy and everyone enjoyed the chili dinners after the judging. In the end the winners were: 1st place, Sharon Sheldon the Ladies Auxiliary president; 2nd place, Lara McKay, and 3rd place Jenna Clifton.

  • Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas presents CPD Sgt. James Yanok the 2015 Chiefland Police Officer Of The Year Award before the Chiefland Homecoming Parade on Friday, Nov. 6.

    Yanok, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps is the featured speaker at the Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12, following the parade at 4 p.m.

    The celebration will be at the Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park.  

  • Those working the booth at Tractor Supply took a break from dog washing and put a smile on their faces for a photo on Saturday afternoon.

    Kayla Jenkins sits with Red, one of the dogs up for adoption by Critter Crusaders.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit people in need with pets in need of food, medications and medical care.

  • Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones and her staff model the red shirts, to show support for veterans, that are being sold by the American Legion Auxiliary Post 444.

    The elections staff is standing in front of the Veteran's Wall of Honor in the Levy County Courthouse.

    Pictured, from left to right, are Jordan Lindsey, Tammy Jones, Carole Weins and Kearston Andrews.

    To purchase your RED (Remember Everyone Deployed) shirt to wear on Fridays, call the auxiliary at 352-529-0593.

  • The Chiefland Middle High School 2015 Homecomng game was Friday, Nov. 6, against Arlington County Day School. 

    Presented as the 2015 Homecoming Queen was Sheila Engel and Homecoming Princess, left, was Tataneisha Barnes. 

  • A Bronson Middle High School student is raising money for a cause that affects her life everyday.

       Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie McCallister has had Type 1 diabetes since she was eight. She's wanted to do a diabetes awareness fundraiser since she was in middle school and this year she emailed the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and got some ideas.

  • The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Rocks the River Music Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with performances by Karmic Revenge and Stephanie Fisher, and the Moses Greyhound Band.

    The event, presented by the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Town of Inglis, will be at Central Park, behind the Inglis Town Hall on County Road 40.

    The night of family fun will have a kids fun zone, arts and crafts vendors, snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, seafood from Shrimp Landing, and raffles for goodies.

  • This week Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced the start of its annual “Stuff the Charger” Thanksgiving food drive. Through Nov. 7, the Department will be collecting non-perishable food donations for Florida’s families in partnership with food banks across the state.

  • By Karen Sloat

    Special to the Citizen

    If you're anticipating a simple little play in the Suwannee Valley Players' latest, "The Addams Family, The Musical," the opening musical number will convince you that this is a complex production performed with precision.

    This is a well chosen and very talented cast with even the smallest children playing big roles alongside veteran actors. This is probably the most enthusiastic, confident cast I've ever seen.

  •    Daylight savings time comes to an end on Nov. 1, so while you change the time on your clocks, be aware that starting Nov. 1 and running until March 31, lawn and landscape irrigation shifts to once a week for residents and commercial entities within the Suwannee River Water Management District.

       This will affect Levy County residents in the Southwest Florida Water Management District as well. Both districts and the Levy County Commission agreed earlier this year that SRWMD would set uniform conservation measures for the entire county.  

  • The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Evelyn has finished another small quilt or wall hanging of tigers. They seem to want to jump off the fabric at you.

         Several people brought in donations of fabric and other items. We are so thankful that you thought of us. These donations are often used to make items for sale at the Museum. Thanks again.

  • For all the ghosts and goullies looking for fun on Halloween, we present our comprehensive list of events:

    Today, Oct. 29

    Costume contest at Suncoast

    There will be a costume contest at Suncoast Credit Union on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Eligible age groups are: birth to 3 years old, 4-8 years old, and 9-12 years old.


    Through Oct. 31

    Otter Springs Nightly Screams

  • Yes, my friends, that creepy, kooky family will take over the Chief Theater in Chiefland through Nov. 1.

    It appears that Wednesday is grown up and has fallen in love. But, as Uncle Fester points out, there is a problem. She is keeping her engagement a secret. First she wants to introduce the young man and his family, the Beinkes to her family.