• Haven Hospice held an open house on July 16 to celebrate the opening of the recently completed community building and to announce the promotions of DeAnna Beverly to vice president of clinical operations of Haven Hospice and M’Alice Julius to patient care manager of the Haven Tri-County Care Center.

  • The Levy County Public Library System’s summer reading program is still going strong every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

    Jenny Rodgers, youth program coordinator, and an assistant presented kids at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland with a magic show.

  • By Reba Liddy

    Special to the Citizen

    Visitors can learn about the importance of research and collections in a new exhibit now on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

    “Exploring Our World” features information about ongoing University of Florida and museum research, and spotlights current UF initiatives in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The UF research section includes videos produced by students highlighting projects across campus.

  • After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to the island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.

  • Kierstan Crumpton of Trenton was recently selected as a finalist in the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, July 26. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s pageant coordinator.

  • Planning to stay home tonight? Maybe you would like to watch American Takedown at 10 p.m. on cable channel A&E.

    It will feature the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud, going behind the scenes of a large-scale PIP fraud case, and allows viewers an in-depth look at the inner workings of complex criminal investigations.

  • Recently Haven Hospice bid farewell to long-time volunteers and supporters Harry Coleman and Arnold Dittenber who both dedicated their time, treasure and talents to benefit Haven patients and families.

  • College of Central Florida’s adults with disabilities class in conjunction with the Levy Campus collected a whole lot of can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house in Gainesville.

    It was a community service project for the class of 19 students and according to their instructor, Bessie Brack, they plan on doing it again next year.

  • Deanna McCall with Pascha Coonradt of Partnership for Strong Families spoke at the Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting June 18 about the realities of human trafficking even within the local and surrounding areas.

    We can stop it, McCall said, through education and awareness. The two are pictured with Rotary President Bob Mount.

  • Bill Helms told of his 35 year career with NASA in a presentation rich in history and full of life adventures big and small. The Chiefland Rotary was the audience for this discussion, which Helms titled Adventures of a Console Jockey, and took place at their regular meeting June 17. 

  • Inspired by real life experiences, a local woman uses her writing to teach lessons in friendship.

    Ruth Nott, author of "New Friend True Friend," a children's picture book, said her inspiration came from situations facing her children as they traveled as a military family and often had to make new friends.

    “Sometimes it's hard to make new friends and sad to leave old ones,” Nott said.

  • Spiderman was one of the superheroes visiting Lutherw Callaway Library last Fridlay as part of the Summer Reading Program for Kids.

    There is a program every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library during the summer. 

  • An area firefighter was honored, not only for his duties in the field, but also for his humanitarian efforts in the community.

    Mike MacKenzie, volunteer firefighter for the Fanning Springs Fire Department, was named as this year's Firefighter of the Year for Levy and Gilchrist counties.

    “We're proud of him, not only for his involvement in the community, but he's also been the catalyst for the fire department to be involved in the food pantry and Bread of the Mighty,” Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen said.

  • A small caravan of motorcycles made its way through the Tri-County area on Friday, handing out checks to area nursing home residents.

    Led by Iron Butts for Bucks coordinator Brad Groom, the group gave out $160 checks to two residents at each of the five nursing homes. The recipients were long- term residents chosen by nursing home staff as being in need of the donation.

    The donation amount may not seem significant to most people, but some of the residents are living on about $35 per month, Groom said.

  • Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.

    From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration. 

  • The Suwannee Valley Players presents auditions for The Addams Family Musical,  book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on characters created by Charles Addams. Show dates: Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1

    Audition dates:

    • Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - noon - First United Methodist Church, Cross City -  Fellowship Hall

    • Saturday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave.

    • Saturday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave.

  • Connie Brown, left, executive director for Tri County Outreach, accepts a food donation from Kassie Ortiz, postal employee in Chiefland. Tri County Outreach would like to thank the citizens of Chiefland for all the can goods that were donated to the food pantry May 9 as part of the annual Mother's Day Postal Workers Food Drive.

    Also a big thank you to all the postal workers who collected the cans.

    Tri County Outreach's emergency food pantry is open Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 708 N. Main St., Chiefland.

  • Bronson has been a town in search of a festival for a few years – remember the Pumpkin Festival? – but it may have hit upon a perfect celebration with Saturday’s 1st Ever Blueberry Festival.

    There are a number of blueberry farms in Levy County, some of them U-pick operations, so the festivities will support Levy County agriculture and Bronson’s primary production crop of blueberries.

  • Florida Watermelon Queen Kelli Wilder, returning Chiefland Watermelon Queen Katelyn Ressler, newly crowned Chiefland Watermelon Queen Hailey Bason, first runner up Sarah Gore and Alabama Watermelon Queen Lenzey Morris.

    Bason was crowned during the 61st Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday, June 6. 

  • 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.