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  • Several cadets of Manatee Division were recognized by local organizations and their commanding officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Scott Arnold at their April drill.

    The first was League Cadet Nicholas Sikalos, age 12 of Spring Hill, selected as the Manatee Division League Cadet of the Year.

    Throughout the year these younger cadets are evaluated based on their attendance and performance at drills, grades in school, community service and advancement in the program.

  • The Levy County Historical Society has turned yet another page in the history of Levy County by purchasing the Atlantic Coast Line caboose located on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock from a local family.

    After the purchase, Director Toni Collins set about finding out how one moves a caboose from one place to another. The caboose had been located on CR 326 for 14 years. Today it rests on the Gulf Hammock Wild Hog Canoe Race property at U.S. 19/98 and the Waccasassa River.

  • Organizers have described it as a community get together with some of the top ranked aerobatic pilots in the country.

    The second annual Cross City Fly-In and Expo is a free event taking place Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cross City Airport, and weather willing there will also be air balloon rides available around 7 a.m.

    "There should be some very interesting planes, a wide variety of styles," one of the event organizers Dana Sheffield of Fanning Springs said. There will be planes from the 1930s and 1940s to the newest ones built.

  • A fixture at local and county level government meetings, the mild mannered and unassuming Fanning Springs man who always seems to ask the pertinent questions on everyone's mind may not be known for what many would consider the great adventure that has filled his life.

    However, for Dana Sheffield flying airplanes was just that – a part of life. He went for his first airplane ride with his dad when he was two weeks old, Sheffield said according to what he'd been told by his parents who were both pilots.

  • The 39th Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race is all geared up for another year of wild and family fun times.

    The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 with proceeds benefiting the non-profit agency - ARC of Levy County.

    “It does a bunch for our organization,” ARC of Levy County Director Betty Walker said. It keeps their doors open and helps with operational expenses.

    “They work really hard at it too. We appreciate all they do,” she said.

  • Those who want to get a preview of the laughs to come in the comedy “The Rednecks Bite Back” can stop by Beef O’Brady’s in Chiefland on Monday, April 18 between 6 and 9 p.m.

    The invasion is being brought to you by the Suwannee Valley Players and their merry troop of actors. That beloved redneck family the Bubbas and the redneck paramilitary ninja troop known as the Blubbers are planning to invade one of their favorite restaurants along with a host of other characters from the show.

  • The staff of Haven Hospice in Chiefland came together to thank the over 100 volunteers who help to make their operation possible.

    “It’s a little way to give back,” Haven Administrator Anita Howard said, “it doesn’t come close to what they give us.”

    Haven hosted their annual volunteer appreciation luncheon last Friday at their community room.

  • Some are aware, but many are not, that April 26 is an Official Holiday according to state law for the State of Florida. April 26 is designated as Confederate Memorial Day. This is a day set aside to honor the men who so valiantly served defending the South or Confederacy from 1861- 1865. As a note, Confederate Veterans are recognized the same as any other United States Veteran. See U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958. Also U.S. Public Law 810, Approved by 17th Congress 26 February 1929. Also see Congressional Appropriations Act, FY 1901, signed 6 June 1900.

  • By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    People who buy their produce from farmers markets love the freshness and nutritional value of the product. Not only that, rural residents seek out such markets more than urban residents, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says.

    The latter finding surprised the researchers, led by Alan Hodges, an Extension scientist in the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department.

  • The Hardee House, built by one of Levy County and Chiefland's pioneer families has probably moved more than family members.

    When Isaac P. Hardee built it in 1861 it was in the area where Manatee Springs State Park is located.

    Then it was moved farther away from the Suwannee River to Northwest 110th Street on property owned by Billie Ray Sharp.

    Last week it made what the new owners hope will be its last move to 6450 N.W. 120th Street, better known as Manatee Springs Road.

  • Last year community members rallied around one young girl with a big fight on her hands.

    Now, 11 year old Ashley Isenhoward is 15 months cancer free and back to doing the things that she loves, primarily cheerleading.

    "She's been doing really good," her mom Jennifer Isenhoward, a teacher at Chiefland Middle High School, said in a telephone interview.

  • Tomorrow's Equestrian Center Therapeutic Riding Program held their annual Totally TEC horse show at the farm on Sunday, Feb. 28.

    The horse show gives all of the riders an opportunity to showcase what they have accomplished as some riders do not qualify for Special Olympics. They had 20 riders each compete in two classes – one trail and one equitation.

    Equestrian Center volunteer judges were Kristina Olsen and Beth O'Rourke from Far Out Farm.

  • The rain did not deter a small crowd that came out for Fanning Springs' annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday.

    Angelena Hall of Chiefland fills her bucket with the eggs stuffed with candy by the Fanning Springs Fire Department and other volunteers. 

  • The 2016 and ninth annual Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, March 19 in Trenton. This year the hours have been extended. The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., one hour later than in past years.

    The festival features quilt displays throughout downtown Trenton contributed by individuals and groups. Quilt and craft vendors line Main Street and fill the Old Depot.

  • The Suwannee River Moose Lodge 325 in Fanning Springs hosted a very special guest last Friday.

    Terry L. Walls, supreme governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, spent the day with members and other special guests on a stop in his travels throughout Florida. He traveled from Oklahoma for the trip.

    "Part of my goal when I come in to the field is to thank people and encourage them to keep doing what they're doing," Walls said. He strives to inspire people and let them know all their efforts make a difference.

  • Jeremy Yates, pictured left, shows visitors to Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland some of the current technology available to them.

    Some of the stations included a 3-D printer, padcaster to shoot videos, circuits and computers equipped to do gaming and coding. 

  • Recent auditions for The Voice did not result in a call back for one local talent, but the outcome is not slowing him down one bit.

    For Matthew Lunsford, the experience was a spiritual one.

    "It was the calmest audition I've ever had," he said. Even the drive up to the auditions in Memphis was particularly calm.

    Lunsford felt the support and knew the people in the community were praying for him. He did not have high or low expectations, he said, but felt obedient to what God had in mind for him.

  • The AARP Driver Safety Courses for Seniors will be on March 8, April 12 and May 3 at the Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

    The one-day class starts at 9 a.m. The instructors are planning to have lots of fun and show driver strategies to stop a crash that can cause injury or death. There are no tests.

    The certificate of completion for the course is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. 

    Class size is limited so call 352-727-9542 to register. 

  • Chiefland High School Class of 1996 will be celebrating their 20-year reunion on Saturday, June 4.

    In memory of the classmates we’ve lost, the Class of 1996 is accepting donations for a Memorial Scholarship in their honor to be awarded to a 2016 Chiefland High School graduate.

    For details on the reunion, scholarship or to make a donation, please visit: www.ChieflandHigh1996.com  or www.GoFundMe.com/CHS1996.

    For more information, call 727-686-3735 or visit chieflandhigh1996@yahoo.com.

  • Following its 6th Annual Poker Run held Jan. 30, American Legion Riders Chapter 237 in Beverly Hills recently donated record-breaking $7,722 proceeds to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast.

    Shown holding the presentation check are (from left) American Legion Post 237 Commander Ray Roby, Hospice Director of Development Linda Baker and American Legion Riders Chapter 237 Director John Roby. Surrounding them are members of American Legion Riders Chapter 237, Auxiliary Unit 237 and American Legion Post 237.