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  • 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.

  • AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 88 held its first community dog walk to benefit the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

    The walk started at Fort Fanning Historical Park in Fanning Springs where Guardian Angels had a booth, along with booths for concessions, T-shirts and bandanas and dog treats run by other volunteers.

    The four-mile walk started at Fort Fanning and carried over on to the Nature Coast State Trail. 

  • The Suwannee Valley Players is holding auditions for “The Addams Family Musical” based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and characters created by Charles Addams.

    The show dates are Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1.

    Auditions will be at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave. Chiefland on Tuesday, June 8, 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, 2-4 p.m.

  • “Campers in the Kitchen” is scheduled for the week of June 22. Campers will learn basic food preparation skills, food safety, nutrition and more. Crafts and physical activity will also be a part of the program. Deadline for this camp is Monday, June 8 with a minimum of 10 campers required.

  • The Horseshoe Beach Library Corporation announced the election of new officers. Zinnette Green is president, Lindy Mather is vice president, Natalie Wilson is secretary and Priscilla Roberts is treasurer. Sara Beth Stribling and Elsie Hicks are directors. The new board replaces President Jeanne Jones and Secretary/Treasurer Laura Wigglesworth.

  • Fanning Springs held its first-ever movie night in the park at the Fort Fanning Historical Park. The event featured fingerprinting for children at 6:30 and the movie, Big Hero Six, started around dark. 

    “I felt like it went extremely well,” said Mayor Trip Lancaster, who estimated there were 400 to 500 in attendance. He said it was a fun night and all the children were playing in the park and then sat down and enjoyed the film.

    Another movie night is being planned for sometime in August before school starts.

  • by Lisa Statham Posteraro

    Special to the Citizen

       Anyone who knew Kathryn Poss Harris knew what a fastidious recorder of information she was. Some might say a real “stickler for detail,” since she’d been seen numerous times sitting for hours in her office into the wee hours of the night making sure all the bubbles in standardized tests were perfect before sending them off for grading. She was the consummate perfectionist.

  • The Iron Butts For Bucks Team is coming together in May to continue their fundraising efforts.

    Last year they raised over $1,400 for needy residents in the Tri-county area.

    This year, the ride will begin on May 15, at 12:00 a.m. and will cover a minimum of 1,000 miles to be completed in less than 24 hours on the same day.

  • The 61st Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival is on Saturday, June 6, but work on this big fundraiser for the Chiefland Woman's Club begins much earlier.

    Karen Schultz Tillis is head organizer for the event and she said vendors and volunteers are needed.

    The schedule for the festival calls for the Chiefland Watermelon Queen's luncheon and contestant interviews to be on May 30 at 11:30 a.m. followed by the pageants at 2 p.m. in the Chiefland Elementary School Cafetorium.

  • By Diana Child

    Special to the Citizen

  • Keith Maynard (far right), along with his son Justin, presented Director of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens Betty Walker with a check for $19,600 raised through various yard sales and fundraisers along with the Wild Hog Canoe Race. Last year, they donated $16,400. In turn, Walker presented their church, Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Williston, whose members volunteer at all of the fundraising events, with a check for $2,500. 

  • On Saturday, May 9, AMVETS Suwannee River Post 422 and its subordinate organizations, Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 422, SOA Squadron 422 and Riders Chapter 422 will hold a blood drive and yard/bake sale for Team Hulk Smash for Riley Hardy.

  • Dixie Music Center will hold its Spring Recital, Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m. The Dixie County Historical Society will once again host this event at the Dixie County Cultural Center (old Old Town Elementary School) on the corner of CR 349S and 55A in Old Town.

    Since its inception in 1991, Dixie Music Center has provided music lessons for a variety of instruments and for hundreds of students.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players will present "The Cemetery Club" by Ivan Menchell, May 8-10 and May 15-17. Friday/Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows start at 2 p.m.