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  • 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.
     

  • Cyclists came from all over the state and beyond to participate in the Tour de Melon, making it a record year for the event with 177 riders. Just over 200 registered for the event, but coordinators believe the threat of rain kept some away.

    The watermelon themed cycling event features family friendly trail rides at 20, 40 and 60 miles long and hard core road routes at 50 and 100 miles. Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, the event is held annually on the first Saturday in June – this year on June 4 – in conjunction with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

  • Suwannee Valley Rotary club members, pictured at right at their lunch time meeting last week, are gearing up to host the fifth annual Tour de Melon – watermelon themed bike ride – to be held on June 4 this year beginning at Strickland Park in Chiefland. Proceeds from the event go toward various community outreach programs throughout the year.

    Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 7:30.

  • Held on the first Saturday in June, the Annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. Activites are centered around the city's Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19/South Main Street.

  • The logging operation of local timberman Dennis Andrews and his son, Miles, will be featured on an episode of “Undercover Boss” that airs on CBS on Friday, May 20, at 9 p.m.

    Andrews' timberlands are managed by Columbia Timber Co. which manages land in the Tri-County Area.

  • Bronson Parks and Recreation is hosting cheer camp June 13 to June 17, from 8 a.m. to noon for girls ages four to 12 years old. Girls four and five years old are required to have an adult stay with them.

    Girls will learn a basic stunt, three cheers and a halftime routine, which they will perform on the last day.

    The camp will be held at the James Cobb Park in Bronson.

    The cost is $60 per child.

    All registration forms can be picked up at Bronson Town Hall. The forms and fees must be turned in there by Tuesday, May 31.

  • Bronson welcomed crowds to its 2nd Annual Blueberry Festival on Saturday, May 14. 

    The festivities started on Friday with a parade through the town's commercial center. 

  • There's a reason the fundraising bike ride is titled Iron Butts for Bucks. It's no easy task to ride 1,000 miles on a motorcycle in less than 24 hours.

    Nevertheless, Brad Groom and Bruce "B.B." Bryant Jr. have completed such rides year after year, with the next one taking place this Friday, May 13. The rides aren't just for fun or to achieve the accomplishment of having completed them. Others pledge contributions and the proceeds benefit area nursing home residents.

  • Contestants in the 2nd Annual Bronson Blueberry Pageant put their best foot forward in the competition on Saturday morning, May 7.

    "I think it went great," one of the coordinators, Bronson Town Councilwoman Katie Parks said of the event. "We had great help and lots of support from the community. I think the kids had fun too, and that's really what the pageant is about."

    This year organizers said there were double the participants in the pageant as there were last year.

  • On Monday morning, Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race board members presented the Levy ARC with a check for the proceeds from the 39th annual Wild Hog race.

    The event raised $20,400, up from $19,400 last year.

    "Thanks for the opportunity to serve you," Wild Hog President Keith Maynard said at the presentation at the Levy ARC facilities. We love each one of y'all, he said.

    Maynard said they'd been called to do the race as a ministry and giving all the glory to God, they knew he'd continue to bless it.

  • Friends, family and community members all came out to support and raise funds for the Chiefland woman who is battling breast and ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 7.

    AMVETS Post 422 in conjunction with Post 42 hosted a poker run and event for Allie Johnson. Over $7,000 was raised the day of the event, with $16,000 being raised over all, including the value of a car which was purchased so Johnson would have transportation.

    "I'm very grateful for our small town," Johnson said.

  • The annual Tri-Counties Relay for Life kicks off on Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion in Fanning Springs.

    To help the fundraiser get off to a good start Carin Knighton, community manager of Relay for Life, front left, accepted a check from Whitney McQueen, communications specialist with Central Florida Electric Cooperative, and other employees of the cooperative. The cooperative employees organize the Light of Hope golf tournament each year and present the money to Relay.

  • 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.