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  • Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.

    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District Engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused water from nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it muddy brown.

  • Karina Lowyns, center, a fourth grade student at Chiefland Elementary School, is congratulated by CES Principal Patrice McCully, left and Judy Allen of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 Ladies Auxiliary, for winning first place at the state level in the organization's Patriotic Coloring Contest. She took home a check for $100 and a certificate. Her entry now moves on to the national VFW Auxiliary competition.

  • The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL) Board of Directors, will hold its monthly meeting at the library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 12.  The Luther Callaway Public Library is the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System. For an agenda, email: tomreitz@msn.com.  

  •    Patrick Allen, the director of Haven Hospice in Chiefland, was the special guest speaker at the March 29 Suwanee Valley Rotary meeting.
       Allen said the cancer foundation he helped organize, BACK Fighting Cancer Inc., is on a new mission this year: to provide financial assistance to the families for children fighting cancer in the Tri-County Area.

  • From left. Rick Luckhardt, Irene Boyd, of Tri-County Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Paige Brookins, president of the Suwanee Valley Rotary.

  • By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    Colorful flyers seen all over town brought a record crowd to the Cedar Key Library for the third presentation by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman.
    The University of Florida archaeologist has been working on the 30 coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the thirteen islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge for the past three years, so nearly half of the standing-room-only audience had returned for the most recent findings.

  • The 48th Spring Arts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, April  28-29, and the Cedar Key Arts Center is seeking individuals who want to support the festival by becoming a Purchase Award Patron.  It's fun, supports the artists, the festival, and this year, there's a money back guarantee.

  • By LOIS SCOTT and
    BEVERLY SHOBE

    Publicity
    The March business meeting of the Springhouse Quilter's Guild convened Tuesday, March 13, with President Mary Rawlins officiating.  Madam President thanked the guild ladies for their assistance during the March 10 Trenton Quilt and Craft Festival and reiterated her appreciation for their sharing of time and self.  The 39 members and one guest present enjoyed a delightful brunch.  Door prizes were won by Janet Gooding, Lois Johnson and Ve Wietor.

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity

  • Former City of Chiefland Deputy Clerk Edith Goss celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, March 17, with 35 of her family members at a party hosted by her children, Sandra Allen (Raymond), Chiefland, Virginia Sikes, Florence, Ms., Mike Goss, Bruce Goss (Regina), Chiefland, and Dan Goss (Beth) of Fanning Springs. A dinner was served along with birthday cake.  The family spent some time sharing memories and great times they have had with their mother, grandmother and great grandmother's life.

  • Betty Workman and Pop Charles Scarberry of Chiefland are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jane Cannon-Wylie to Bennie Thompson, son of the late Clifford and and Lula Mae Thompson of Branford. A wedding is planned for July 7 at 4 p.m. near Branford.

  • The free evenings of bluegrass at the Old Town Elementary School Auditorium started two years ago when Big Cypress Bluegrass Band approached the Dixie County Historical Society and proposed the idea of a free evening of Bluegrass music in order to promote Bluegrass and also to give back to the community for supporting the band through the years.
    The Historical Society was very gracious in allowing the group the chance to show what it  could do if given the chance. The partnership brings entertainment to all who love traditional Bluegrass/Bluegrass Gospel music.

  • The Levy County Democratic Committee will meet at the Bronson Restaurant on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
    Anyone interested in the Democratic Party, discussing the upcoming elections or just interested in getting involved in the Democratic Party is welcome to come to the meeting and join.
       The committee is seeking people that are interested in the party and interested in fairness in the political system.
       A dinner menu will be available for purchase.
    For more information, call Charley King 352-493-4797.

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks and Nature Coast State Trail will host a Scavenger hunt throughout the park for Earth Day.
       Park Ranger Howard Meyer will read a book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings called The Secret River before the hunt begins. The reading will take place on the stage located in the park from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from there the hunt will begin. There will be prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants and everyone will receive a certificate of participation.  

  • Contestants for the Suwannee River Fair are told not to get too close to their animals, make them pets or name them. It makes parting with them after the sale emotionally hard.
    Chandler Beach, 10, of Buckaroo 4-H in Trenton did something different with his 255-pound pig.
    "I told him he was going for a good cause," Beach said, after No. 132 on the sales list went for $59 a pound at  the youth livestock sale on March 21. And the bids are still coming in.

  • Pre-school Storytime
    These programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading, and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.  The programs last 30 minutes.
     
    A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown
    March 13, at 3 p.m. - St. Patrick's Day Theme
    March 20, at 3 p.m. - The Color Green Theme
     
    Bronson Public Library
    March 12, at 10:30 a.m. - St. Patrick's Day Theme
    March 26, at 10:30 a.m. - The Color Green
     

  • Ellas McDaniel Jr. was just a year old when his father went from relative obscurity, driving an asphalt truck and playing rhythm and blues on the street corners of Chicago, to worldwide fame.
    “He was trying to put diapers on me and my sister. That’s what led him to play on street corners,” McDaniel said last week from the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel. “My mother (Ethel) worked for the Polo Meat Co., cuttin’ up chickens.”