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  • A star athlete in multiple sports at Chiefland Middle High School, Ms. Takiya London added another distinction last Friday as the senior was crowned the 2016 Chiefland Homecoming Queen.

    London, who was escorted by her uncle, Travis Donaldson, was crowned by 2015 Homecoming Queen Sheila Engel.

    Ms. Kirnae Williams, escorted by her father, Rodney Williams, was named the 2016 Homecoming Princess.

  • By Tina Berger

    Correspondent

    Open house at the Chief Theater consisted of a unique behind the scenes look at the theater. The tour started with the “house” where you enter the theater and wait to be shown to your seat. This is also where refreshments are served during intermission for the productions.This is where I was given a bag to collect the goodies I would be receiving – intriguing.

  • A fun-raising Zumba event to benefit Cedar Key which was ravaged by Hurricane Hermine on Sept. 1-2 will be held at Bronson Middle High Cafetorium, 351 Ishie Ave., Bronson on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

    All of the proceeds wil be used to assist Cedar Key businesses and residents. All monetary donations accepted (checks/cash).

    Come by to dance or just to donate. For more information or to donate, contact Angie Frazier Phillips at 352-486-5261 daytime or on Facebook, or Sarah Beth Pergrossi at 352-443-2354 or on Facebook.

  • Friday’s football game at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium between Chiefland and Arlington Country Day was a gold-out game, in tribute to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

    To mark the occasion, football players laid flowers at the feet of Ashley Isenhoward, a Chiefland student who survived a tumor to the pulmonary artery, as she stood with the cheerleading squad for the team’s entrance through the teepee in the east end zone.

  • The "Island Storm" is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning was the guest speaker at the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on June 23 and while he spoke on the serious topic of the death penalty in Florida being in a state of flux, he also chose to share a personal experience – a “let me tell you what happened to me story.”

    As he’s gotten older, he has been buying books online on a new fitness regimen or nutrition plan once every two weeks, which he seldom implements, he said.

  • The runners honoring Citrus Sheriff's Capt. Phil Royal passed through Levy County on Saturday, July 23, honoring his commitment to complete the Run for Money for Key Training Center.

    Royal, a candidate for Citrus County Sheriff, collapsed and died earlier in the week as he was beginning the annual run by law enforcement officers from Tallahassee to Citrus County.

  • “It happened several times,” said Kaye Gaither. “My husband Michael, Honey and I would be in a public place and a small child would see us and smile. Then their parents would see us and become nervous and direct their children to stay away from us.”

  • The Suwannee Valley Players summer youth production “Oliver!” opens on Friday, July 22 at the Chief Theater at 25 E. Park Ave. in Chiefland.

    The cast includes, left to right, in background, Sami Johnson-Streit, Ryan Tedin, Jenevieve Squires, Nelson Crawford; clockwise around table starting from the bottom, are Katie Hodge (as Oliver), Elijah Ridgeway, Wednesday Wright, Audrey Van Dyke, Jenna Walbaum, Alexis Lipscomb, Laci Acevedo (not seen), Jacob Walbaum, Zachary Harmon, Lacey Harmon.

  • Friends and neighbors from the Suwannee River Springs Association helped celebrate  Lillian Bemis's 103rd birthday Friday with cake and pink lemonade.

    Pictured from left to right are Rodger Nogaki, Wynne Falkowski, Michelle King, Nina and Cliff Bemis and Miss Lillian.

    Bemis said her secret to long life is clean living, no smoking or drinking, and walking and swimming for exercise.

  • Massaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt's gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Bernadette Preble has always wanted more for her clients since becoming a caregiver.

    She’s made it her mission to do more at the Suwannee River Economic Council Chiefland Senior Center, where Preble’s been the Older Americans Act coordinator since 2009, and subsequently a case manager.

    With her final day at the center coming this Friday, July 15, she took time last week before her retirement to reflect on the changes she has seen since her arrival.

  • Outgoing Suwannee Rotary Club president Tom Andresen presents the club’s presidential plaque to incoming club president Justin Hardy at Andresen’s final meeting as leader. Andresen thanked his club for its support during his term.

  • Skipper Henderson took the occasion of his final meeting as president of the Chiefland Rotary Club last Wednesday to reflect on the group’s accomplishments under his leadership and its direction for the future.

  • Inside the back office of Dr. Ronald Spink at his Family Pet Vet in Chiefland, GiGi’s boisterous response to a new visitor belies the difficult young life the 2 1/2-year-old female Australian Cattle Dog has endured.

    It’s come a long way since it was brought in to the vet days after getting hit by an automobile.

  • The "Veterans Walk"  started just as dusk fell. with the entire park in absolute silence while patrons stood and saluted our great flag while the National Anthem played in the Bronson 4th of July celebration.

  • AARP has recognized Debra Weiss for 50+ hours of volunteer work. Community involvement is an important part of AARP's Mission. AARP Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AARP that oversees providers and the products offered to its members, recognizes Weiss for 50+ volunteer hours through the ACES community service program. 

  • The Town of Bronson will hold its Annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4, beginning at 4 p.m. for an Independence Day celebration.

    Vendors will be on hand selling delicious treats. Visitors can participate in a Home Run Derby and various children’s games while we wait for the sky to darken. Bronson Fire & Rescue, Station 70, will begin lighting the sky with fireworks at dark. So bring your chairs and blankets to the James H. Cobb Park and join us for this fun, family event.

  • Auditions for “The Lion in Winter” a production of the Suwannee Valley Players at The Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland, are on Saturday, July 9, at 6 p.m.

    Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – “The Lion in Winter,” by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom.

  • Critter Crusaders is hosting a Pet Adoption Event on Saturday, June 25 at the City Of Chiefland/Chamber Of Commerce Farmer's Market on at Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park.
    We shall have dogs and puppies.  The little critters are in desperate need of homes. If anyone is willing to foster, we would welcome the help.   352-348-1615/352-321-7584.