• “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.

  • 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.