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  • Mason Hancock of Georgia was one of many spring breakers who visited Fanning Springs State Park last week for a dip in the icy waters.

    The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Admission is $6 per vehicle with two to eight people, or $4 for a single occupant.

  • The Cedars of Lebanon cemetery annual spring cleanup is Saturday, April 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at the cemetery.

    Area old timers and friends gather to socialize and share a covered dish. The cemetery is located six miles north of Inglis. Bring a rake and a lawn chair and join the group.

    For more information, contact Cecille Rohrer at Cecillerohrer@gmail.com or call 352-339-3384. 

  • Camp Kesem at the Florida State University, an organization dedicated to helping children affected by a parent’s cancer, announces its 1st annual Superhero Scramble 5K, event on Sunday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at the Integration Statue on the Florida State University campus (near Woodward Ave. and Tennessee St.)

  • By Melinda Myers

    Special to the Citizen

    Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

  • Popcorn, cotton candy, the ferris wheel and more are all part of the allure when the Levy County Fair opens today (Thursday) at Williston’s Industrial Park, across from Horseman’s Park.

    The gates open at 4 p.m. and opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m.

    Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with Reggie Stacy, Jackie McComb and Sami and Destiny. At 8:15 Butch Batts and the SouthBound Band take the stage. Gates will close at 10 p.m.

  • The Widow Sons Masonic Riders are no strangers to holding poker runs for a good cause.

    Their most recent event to benefit Ashley Isenhoward, the young girl who underwent heart surgery to remove a tumor and received a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer, raised a record amount at $5,605. The total included money raised through the cost per rider, purchase of raffle tickets and several other donations.

    It was not necessarily a Masonic event, said Tom Andresen, they were just doing it.

  • A girl pets a miniature goat for sale at one of the booths on Saturday at the Chiefland Farmers Market.

    The market, sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, is held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month in Trailhead Park on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.

    The hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

  • In an effort to raise community awareness about heart disease, Levy County Department of Public Safety participated in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 6 and continued through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

    This is an annual educational event that the department participates in. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Educating communities to recognize what the early warning signs are and not wait to seek medical attention is the key to saving lives.

  • There will be a cemetery workday on Saturday, March 21, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Hardeetown Cemetery. Everyone is invited to come and help with the general cleanup. If you have garden tools and can bring them along that would be helpful. Lunch will also be served.

    The cemetery group is attempting to set up a file with obituaries of all persons buried in Hardeetown Cemetery. If you have an obituary of a loved one, we would appreciate receiving a copy.

  • AMVETS Chapter 422 is holding its 2nd Annual Poker Run Saturday, March 7, starting with registration at 9 a.m. and Last Bike Out at 10 a.m.

    Registration is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. The last bike must be in by 3 p.m.

    Registration fee includes your first raffle ticket and barbecue pork Dinner with all the fixings. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

    The ride route will start at AMVETS Post 422 to Camp Valor at Otter Springs, to AMVETS Post 88, to AMVETS Post 42, then return to AMVETS Post 422.

  • The Williston Community Theater will present "Knowing Cairo", a play by Andrea Stolowitz March 14-15 and March 21-22 at Williston Middle School, 20550 Northeast 42nd Pl. Performances begin at 3 p.m.

  • The 3rd annual “You be the Judge” talent show will be held at Williston High School at 3 p.m. May 2.

    The talent show is open to all students in middle through high school (grades 6-12).  Applications are available at Williston Middle School, Williston High School and Bronson Middle/High School.  They are also available at Tri-County Pregnancy Center ,426 W Noble Ave., across the street from Williston High School. 

    Auditions will be held March 21 at Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 NE 6th Blvd., Williston, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • The Levy County Black History Program will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Usher Center in Chiefland.

    Craig A. Jones and Robert A. Scott will be the featured speakers.

    Donations will be accepted. Funds raised will support scholarships.

    For more information, call 221-1352.

  • For about two hours Friday morning, residents from around the county crowded into the county's commision meeting room to pay homage to a handful of the area's black leaders and community members that have made a difference throughout the years.

    The event, organized by area historian and artist Carolyn Cohens and Clerk of Court Danny Shipp, has been taking place for years in honor of Black History Month.

  • Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff are no strangers to bartering.

    The traveling couple, who hale from New York, spend the first three months of the year in Florida, mostly camping at state and private parks. They trade a couple days of camping for their performances of traditional and original folk music, which all has an emphasis in bluegrass, Staber said.

    During the next two months, Staber and Chasnoff will be playing is area parks and in Cedar Key.

  • The works of Bill Roberts, artist and author, will be on exhibit during February at Brick City Center for the Arts, 25 SW Broadway St., Ocala.

       The exhibit opens Friday, Feb. 6 with a reception at 6 p.m.

       "All I Ever Wanted to be was a Cowboy" exhibit is the work of 82-year- old Roberts. His book of short stories is a reflection of cow hunting in Florida beginning at the tender age of 13 and continuing for the next 35 years.

  • The world’s dinosaur “Sue”-perstar returned to the Florida Museum of Natural History on Jan. 24 in the featured exhibition “A T. rex Named Sue.”

    This bilingual exhibit presents the story of “Sue,” the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed. It features a life-size, 42-foot-long cast of the dinosaur and family-friendly interactive components exploring the paleontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players will present "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", the musical on Feb. 27-28, March 1, 6-8, 13-15.

       Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at

    2 p. m.

    Ask about the special “Dinner with the Cast” performance March 1. 

  • Try doing anything with one arm tied behind your back, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to live a day in the life of Chiefland’s Fred Figueroa.

    The 61-year-old Figueroa, born in the mountains of Puerto Rico, spent the early part of the 1970s in the U.S. Army, typing reports at a training base in a forested region of Germany.

  • A group of divers from Alachua enter the water at Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday morning.

    The state park's springs and its underwater caves are a popular dive destination..