• Personnel from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, family members and Sheriff's COPS (Citizens On Patrol) members  honored Tom and Donna Munsell on their retirement from the volunteer group on July 14.

    Tom Munsell was a part of the second volunteer academy taught at LCSO in the early 1990’s.  During his many years of service he donated 2,122 volunteer hours to the citizens of Levy County. 

    Donna Munsell donated an additional 751 volunteer hours. 

  • Summer work begins early in the morning for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Before the sun makes it over the long leaf pines in the forest, the ice is already in the cooler. Equipment for the day’s work is loaded into the truck along with other essentials, but nothing that would attract bats.

  • This rainbow was straddling Levy County from east to west and was visible from Chiefland to Williston on Friday, July 11.

    If you look closely, you might see a fainter double rainbow above the more visible one. Forget the science of why the rainbow formed. Maybe Levy can be our fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  • The "Pirates of Penzance Jr.," performed by area children as part of our children’s summer theatre program, is coming to the Chief Theater.

  • When she graduated from CHS last year, she earned a spot as co-valedictorian, a rare happening at the school, and she was also chosen as 2013 homecoming queen.

  • The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, in Ocala, is highlighting the life and work of Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin in an exhibition that opened Saturday and will close Nov. 2.

  •  Williston

  • Some say it sprang to life more than 900 years ago, gradually pushing its way up through the Levy County muck in a time when, on the European continent, people were still living in the Dark Ages and setting out on what would be the first of many attempts to reconquer the Holy Land.

  • Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones, left, is thanked by Chiefland Rotary Club President Stewart Wasson for bringing members up to date on changes in voting procedures and their responsibilities as voters. She addressed the Rotarians on June 18.

    The club meets at noon, Wednesday, at The Gathering Table on North Main Street/U.S. Highway 19.

  • Edna Nute never had children of her own, but the former teacher nurtured the students who passed through her classroom.

  • It's hot and humid and that means the areas springs, which are flush with water from the heavy rains in the past year are bubbling and cool enough for a dip. 

    Here are the places to chill out on these summer days:

    Park hours of operation and admission cost

    *Otter Springs is currently closed for swimming, but hope water levels will allow swimming by July 4th.

    Otter Springs

    8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


    2 and under free

    60 and over $2.50

  • In partnership with Discover You Can: Learn, Make, Share, the popular food preservation program, Florida Organic Growers will be hosting free food preservation demonstrations this summer to help the community learn to can and vacuum seal food and use fresh local produce to enjoy and share with friends all year long.

  • 2014 Chiefland Watermelon Queen Katelyn Ressler, left, is crowned by last year’s queen, Shelby Crews, at Saturday’s 60th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

    The Festival also had the Florida Watermelon Queen Megan Morgan of Chiefland and the National Watermelon Queen Brandi Harrison of Newberry on hand for the crowning. 

  • The 2015 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is sponsoring a design contest for imagery to be featured in the festival's promotional materials: posters, ads, postcards and T-shirts.

       This year's theme is "Seeing the Art in Nature," and the design will serve in furthering the goal of Cedar Key's first "sustainable" festival.

       Entries are due Aug. 1, with the winner being announced Sept.1.

       Digital images should be sent to cedarkeyartsfestival@gmail.com.

  • The sun is expected to shine on the 60th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday, June 7, when the mercury reaches into the low 90s. 

  • A few Chiefland High School students, with the help of teachers and a few government agencies, are taking the health of Florida's springs to heart.

  • The Tri-County Community Resource Center will have a yard sale and craft show on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Fisher Building at the corner of Park Avenue and Main Street.

    Booth space is available for vendors for a suggested donation of $10. 

       For more information, call 352-493-4627.

    Proceeds go to the new Community Resource Center. 

  • Haven Hospice will be offering five dates and locations to help children, teens and families understand their feelings of loss and to  heal through the free, grief-support Camp Safe Haven program. 

  •  By Kassie Ortiz 

  •  After raising more than $1,500 for needy residents in the Tri-County Area last year, the Iron Butts For Bucks Team is at it again.