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  •    You see their names all over Levy County, but do you know the faces of the many people who are running for political office? The Levy Association for Retarded Citizens has planned a showcase for the candidates to introduce themselves at an invitational softball challenge.
       The LARC softball team has invited all candidates running for political office to a face-off two-inning softball game. A second game will be played by two teams made up of political candidates picked at random to play against each other in a three-inning face off.

  • On June 2, the Chiefland Lions Club provided free diabetes screenings for the Tri-County area at the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.  
    They had an excellent turnout and were able to screen 68 individuals. Of those 68 individuals, 29 of them were unaware that they had high sugar and were referred to their doctor. This number does not include individuals who were tested that were already aware that they had diabetes.

  • TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month in Florida in recognition of the outstanding recreational opportunities provided by Florida’s natural resources, including forests, parks, trails and other public lands and waters. Great Outdoors Month is celebrated across the country each June, highlighting the health and social benefits of active fun outdoors.

  • Williston will celebrate Independence Day Tuesday, July 3, with a parade at 5 p.m.
       This year's parade theme will be "made in America." Afterward, at 6 p.m., the gates of the Horseman's Park will open, with the opening ceremony starting at 7 p.m.
       There will be food, rides, booths and musical acts such as Javier Hernandez and the Shane Wooten Band. The evening will end with fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.

  • Recording artist Trevis Prince broke down song writing into an easy, three-step process and discussed his own background in music and the intricacies of the industry at a workshop at the Bronson Public Library May 30.
    After graduating from the University of Florida in 2003, the Palm Beach County native works as an insurance consultant in Gainesville while balancing the pursuit of a career in music. In his free time, he enjoys teaching others about his biggest passion.

  • The Tri-county Chapter of the  Disabled American Veterans is hosting a pool tournament and car show on June 17, at 1 p.m. The event will include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a benefit lunch. It takes place at Chiefland Billards at 1545 N.W. 26th Ave in Chiefland. Proceeds benefit 20-year-old Casie Wharton, who has suffered from Type 2 Autoimmune Hepatitis since she was four. She recently received a liver transplant and has nearly $6,000 in medical expenses every month for further treatments.

  • By CARRIE A. MIZELL
    Special to the Citizen
    He may not have a driver’s license, but Matthew George does have a blossoming daylily business.
    The 15-year-old Trenton High School student is actively involved in FFA, sports and running his own business.
    “Matthew is learning about the real world at a young age,” said Steve Broker, Trenton FFA advisor. “He’s a very serious young man, who works hard and will do anything you ask him to.”

  •    A crowd of about 40 people, most huddled under canopies or umbrellas, turned out on Memorial Day at Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in defense of the United States of America.
       As Tropical Depression Beryl sent winds and a steady drizzle, Ivan Chubb, Florida state veterans representative, shepherded the crowd and offered prayers.

  • Learn everything you wanted to know about Medicare, but were afraid to ask, such as:
    • How does Medicare work?
    • What Part D Plan saves me the most $$$?
    • Where do I find supplemental insurance rates?
    • How does my employer’s insurance work with Medicare?
    • Are there any programs to help pay for my Part B premium?

  • The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland will conduct its semi-annual book sale in conjunction with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival on Saturday.  There will be hundreds of hardcover books, paperbacks, audio books, videos and children's books for sale at great prices—most for less than a dollar and some for much less.
       Buy a reusable fabric tote bag for $5 and take away as many books, not specially priced, etc., as it will hold. Some old and rare books will be available at market prices.

  • Chiefland will celebrate the watermelon in its many forms when it welcomes visitors to the 58th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The festival is sponsored by the Chiefland Woman's Club with the help of the City of Chiefland and other groups and vendors who rent booths. The event is a fundraiser for the club, as well as a showcase for the area's biggest agricultural product.

  • The Levy County Quilt Museum welcomed a crowd of folks to its Open House on Saturday, May 19.

    Folks came to check out the many quilts on display, including Log Cabin Quilters' award winning works from the State Fair in Tampa.

    They also checked out "Miss Winnelle's Cporner," an area set aside to honor the museum's founder Winnelle Horne.

    The quilters held a yard sale and celebrated the opening of a sheriff's substation at the museum thay will provide residents with an extra feeling of protection.

  •    Suwannee Valley Players present "Love, Laughter and Lucci," a comedy written by Cricket Daniel, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Question:
    Do Members of Congress have to pay into Social Security?
    Answer:

    Yes, they do. Members of Congress, the President and Vice President, federal judges, and most political appointees, have paid taxes into the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else, no matter how long they have been in office. Learn more about Social Security benefits at  www.socialsecurity.gov.
    Question:
    How do I change my citizenship status on Social Security’s records?

  • By KAY LOUDER
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

  • By KAY LOUDER
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    Summer will be here before we know it. That means millions of high school and college students will be searching for jobs. Whether a new worker is beginning the career of a lifetime or just earning some extra money for the school year to come, there is one question that is likely to be on each new worker’s mind when they see their first pay stub: Where’s the rest of my money?

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, May 10, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. A lot of the members were away with doctor visits, vacations and whatever. We’re hoping everyone will be back with us next week.
    Greg and six boys were out and boy did they get a lot of work done. The porch looks terrific after they cleaned and got rid of some of the old spools that were beginning to show their age. Thanks Lancaster.

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, May 3, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  The Take 5 Quilt was sandwiched and placed in the quilting frame so quilting could begin.  It’s interesting how five pieces of fabric could turn out to look like this quilt.

  •    Girl power is strong at the Manatee Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in Yankeetown, Florida. Female cadets make up about one third of the total membership with most ranking at petty officer third class or higher. Leadership positions in the unit are filled by these young women and they often go on to be midshipmen, instructors under 21 years old.
    BELOW: Christy Pusey (middle) was promoted from ensign to lieutenant junior grade. Cmdr. Gail Ryan (left) and Lt. Todd Dunn (right) presented her commission and shoulder boards.