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  • 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.. 

  • You are needed to be a SHINE Volunteer in your community!

    SHINE is a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options, Inc (Gainesville).  SHINE volunteers assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers in all things Medicare, including understanding their Medicare benefits, Medicare Part D Drug Plan assistance, Advantage Plans, supplemental insurance options and much more.  Volunteers also assist Medicare beneficiaries to apply for low income programs and other prescription drug assistance programs.

  • For the second year, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members predict the food-related trends that could end up on your dinner plates and grocery store shelves in 2015:

  • Members of the Fanning Springs Fire Station traveled around the small town giving out toys to local kids.

    The firetruck and emergency vehicle — with Santa in tow, played their sirens and loud Christmas music to alert families of their presence.

  • More than 1,100 people of the 1,200 who registered for toys showed up for the Toys for Tots distribution Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.

    "We had a great turnout at distribution Saturday," Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp said Monday.

    The effort wasn't without its challenges, though, he admitted.

    Sponsorship from businesses and organizations was down this year, which resulted in the Toys for Tots program having to pay for about three quarters of the cost, he said.

  • The ladies of the Levy County Quilt Museum are in the midst of their annual quilt show that began the day after Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas.

    “We’re a museum and more … much more,” Myrtice Scabarozi said last Thursday as she pointed out the varieties of items for sale. Everything is handmade, more or less, by local people she said. They are also run by volunteers and supported by donations. She said they made $3,000 last month, a record month. “We’re extremely lucky,” she said.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time listening to the Christmas wishes of children at Saturday's Chiefland Christmas Festival. 

    Then he led the lighted float parade down Main Street. 

  • An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items.

    Ashley, who has worked at the Chiefland store for about two years, said the glow on people's faces was rewarding.

  • Isabella Hewel, 8, of Chiefland, tells Santa what she want this year while he visited the Chiefland Regional Shopping Center Saturday.

    Isabella got a candy cane when she was done.

  • By THE HEAD ELF

    The arrival of Santa Claus in Chiefland for the 11th Annual Christmas Festival and Parade has changed this year.

    Parents and children should be aware that Santa has had to change his schedule for hearing wishes to accommodate the many appearances he must make at festivals on Saturday, Dec. 13. He will be arriving at Trailhead Park at 4 p.m. and will leave shortly before 6 p.m. to lead the lighted float parade down U.S. Highway 19/Main Street, from Chiefland High School to Trailhead Park.

  • By Laura Bittner

    The Band Perry is coming to play Rock Crusher Canyon Friday, Dec. 5, to play country music and to raise funds for BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.

    The Band Perry is an all-sibling band, originally from Alabama, with members Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry.

    “A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.,” said Ryan Bell, president of RaC events LLC, which is headquartered in Chiefland.

  • A Gainesville man, who calls Chiefland his hometown, has made a career of making music.

    For T.J. Brown, it all began in about ninth or tenth grade, he said. He had written some poetry as early as middle school, but it wasn’t until an uncle, who was visiting for a family reunion, taught him to read guitar tablature that he began writing songs. Brown said he taught himself the guitar from there and began writing songs immediately, adding that’s the reason he wanted to learn to play.