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  • 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.”

  • MARCH 16-21
    n Friday, March 16:
    3 – 5:30 p.m. - Steer Entry
    5 – 5:30 p.m. - Consumer Judging Registration
    5:30 p.m. - Primary & Senior Judging Event
    6 p.m. - Junior Judging Event
    6:30 – 8 p.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)
    n Saturday, March 17:
    7 – 10 a.m. - Swine Entry
    9 – 11 a.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry
    10:30 – 11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Registration
    11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Events

  • Next year, at about this time, the City of Chiefland will celebrate its 100th year of incorporation. The Chiefland Centennial Celebration has been in the works for about a year, and volunteers on the committee overseeing its arrangement have recently come up with a schedule of events for the affair.
    The event, set to happen April 5–6, 2013, will include a community fish fry and dance, a parade, historical booths, displays and demonstrations, contests and cook-offs. The event culminates on a Saturday evening with a fireworks show at Strickland Park.

  • Retired educator Vivian Filer believes children should be raised with love, but also a firm grasp on whatis proper and what is not.
    As the speaker for the Black History Scholarship Banquet in Chiefland on Feb. 18 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, she told the 80 people in attendance, that   having children calls for a commitment to invest long hours, go the extra mile, to sacrifice and "love, love, love."

  • Jeff Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida culture and people, will visit the Cedar Key Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, to give a program about his unique perspective on his home state. Klinkenberg's talk, part of the library's current "Our Stories" series, will be an entertaining, informative look at some of the state's more colorful people, places and events.

  •  The Suwannee Valley Players are so pleased to be able to present its annual musical, Master of Time, which was written by a local writer, Krista Perryman. Not only is SVP honored to produce this play, it is privileged to have Perryman as the musical director and choreographer, while working closely with a SVP veteran director, Janice Grant. The large cast is made up of residents from all parts of our Tri-County area. SVP is proud of its accomplishments. 

  • By SHARON HUSTON
    For the Riverland News

    Rainbow Springs State Park staff, Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) members and volunteers have begun preparations for the annual Cracker Days event, which is presented for the public each February. This year the event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  •    The Bronson FFA Alumni Organization's Annual Food Fest will be Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church in Bronson, with entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and food service at 5:30 p.m.
       There will also be a singing group from the local Cowboy Church, a cake auction, a silent auction and door prizes.
    Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the event. Proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship Program and to send local students to leadership conferences.

  • OLUSTEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 36th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Feb. 17-19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.
    For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/olustee or http://battleofolustee.org.

  • Warmer temperatures and lack of snow in parts of North America are setting the stage for what could be a most intriguing 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coming up this weekend.
    Bird watchers across the U.S. and Canada are getting ready to tally millions of birds in the annual count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

  • The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A is hosting a Valentine's Day spaghetti dinner on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    The menu includes salad, bread, and homemade pies for dessert. All are welcome.
    The cost? A bag of groceries for the Society's food shelf. Canned goods, peanut butter, cereal and soups are always needed. If that is difficult or inconvenient, a cash donation is always appreciated.

  •   AMVETS Post 88 is getting ready for another great running of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 28. This is our 7th year hosting this wild and exciting canoe and kayak race. Two kayak classes have been added this year: women and seniors.
    Please check out the website www.wildhog.wetpaint.com.
       The annual race benefits the Levy ARC in Otter Creek.

  • All it took was a little rain to encourage the trees, shrubs and plants with buds waiting to awaken from their winter sleep. Although Chiefland only got 0.12 inches of rain on Monday, the forecast calls for more precipitation this weekend.

  •    Kanapaha Botanical Gardens' 30th Annual Winter Bamboo Sale is now underway.  Kanapaha has the state's largest collection of bamboos and annually offers bamboos for sale on a dug-to-order basis from Jan. 1 until March 1.  Fifteen types are offered this year, including Buddha Belly Bamboo, Stripestem Bamboo, Golden Goddess, Chinese Goddess and the incomparable Black Bamboo.  See price/availability listings at www.kanapaha.org/calendar or call 352-372-4981. Bamboo workshop Sat., Feb 11, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $10 indiv., $15 couple.

  •    Author and historian Carolyn Cohens, a self-taught artist from Chiefland, will be part of a show "Variations on a Dream: Black History, Liberation & Spirituality" celebrating African-American History Month at Bellamy Road in Melrose through March 4.
       Cohens' artworks celebrate the folk-life of African-Americans in Levy County and the surrounding region. In three series of acrylic paintings she depicts turpentining, spirituality, and the lives of individuals who carry the rich cultural traditions of her community.

  •    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., Thursday, Feb. 9.
      For further information, call FLCPL president Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.

  •    Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings?
       If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling. 
       SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance. If you cannot come to a site call the

  •    The Genealogy and History Society of Levy County will meet on Sunday,
    Feb. 12, at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 NW 10th Avenue, Chiefland.
       Toni Collins, Levy County historian and author, will be the guest speaker, presenting a PowerPoint program on the history of some of the 82 known Levy County family, church, and community cemeteries. Collins also will give a brief history of the persons interred in the cemeteries that will be visited on the armchair tour.

  • You are going to love all the wonderful activities at the Cedar Key Arts Center during the month of February.
    Gallery show opens on Feb. 4, from 5-7 p.m., with Susan Dauphinee’s Florida Landscapes in the main gallery and Connie Nelson showing in the Member’s Gallery.
    n Feb. 22nd at 6 p.m.: Summer Children’s Art Program Benefit Dinner and Raffle of lovely little works of art. The Island Room will cater the three course gourmet dinner. Call 352-543-6520 to make your reservations. Seating is limited.

  • From the outside it looks like just another of the portables at Chiefland Elementary School.
    But the No. 10 portable is a special place with lavender curtains and pretty teacups in formal settings on a long table covered with a tablecloth and decorated for an afternoon party.
    No desks are in sight.
    Instead, about 30 fourth grade students at Chiefland Elementary School are taking a break after doing good on their practice tests for the writing portion of the FCAT — Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.