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  • Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.

    From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration. 

  • Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    VBS Bronson Road Church

    Bronson Road Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-25.

    The church is located at 1380 NE 80th Ave., Newberry.

  • LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be hosting its 5th Annual Battle of the Sexes blood drive competition June 22-26, and the ladies in North Florida will be trying to keep their record perfect.

    “This marks our fifth year, and the ladies have won every year,” said LifeSouth North Florida District Director Dustin Scott. “The whole idea is to beat the heat and add a little fun to the challenge of avoiding a summer blood shortage.”

  • The Suwannee Valley Players presents auditions for The Addams Family Musical,  book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on characters created by Charles Addams. Show dates: Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1

    Audition dates:

    • Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - noon - First United Methodist Church, Cross City -  Fellowship Hall

    • Saturday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave.

    • Saturday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave.

  • Connie Brown, left, executive director for Tri County Outreach, accepts a food donation from Kassie Ortiz, postal employee in Chiefland. Tri County Outreach would like to thank the citizens of Chiefland for all the can goods that were donated to the food pantry May 9 as part of the annual Mother's Day Postal Workers Food Drive.

    Also a big thank you to all the postal workers who collected the cans.

    Tri County Outreach's emergency food pantry is open Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 708 N. Main St., Chiefland.

  • Thursdays

    Library Friends meetings

  • Bronson has been a town in search of a festival for a few years – remember the Pumpkin Festival? – but it may have hit upon a perfect celebration with Saturday’s 1st Ever Blueberry Festival.

    There are a number of blueberry farms in Levy County, some of them U-pick operations, so the festivities will support Levy County agriculture and Bronson’s primary production crop of blueberries.

  • Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    VBS Bronson Road Church

    Bronson Road Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-25.

    The church is located at 1380 NE 80th Ave., Newberry.

    VBS at Joppa Baptist Church

  • June 14 is Flag Day and the American Legion Post 236 in Bronson will be honoring our national emblem. The public is welcome to attend.  

       The Sons of the American Legion are holding a poker run and the Post is putting on a fish fry.

       There will also be a flag retirement ceremony whereby worn out flags will be destroyed according to tradition.

    The fish fry will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the flag ceremony.  

    The Legion is also holding a membership drive for the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders.

  • Today, June 11

    WWII vets meet in Trenton

       WW II Veterans and Proud of It will meet Thursday, June 11 in Trenton at Cherry's Rest. Next meeting will be in September as we do not meet during the summer. Please come, bring your spouse, caregiver or friend.  So glad to see all of you that were there this month. Rod Hooten was out of the nursing home to visit with us, his good friends, Ruby Duke and her son Richard brought him. Any questions, please call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

    Thursdays

    Library Friends meetings

  • Florida Watermelon Queen Kelli Wilder, returning Chiefland Watermelon Queen Katelyn Ressler, newly crowned Chiefland Watermelon Queen Hailey Bason, first runner up Sarah Gore and Alabama Watermelon Queen Lenzey Morris.

    Bason was crowned during the 61st Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday, June 6. 

  • Today, June 4

    Levy Learning Academy graduation

       Graduation ceremonies for students at Levy Learning Academy will be Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the old Bronson High School, beding the Levy County Courthouse.

    Thursdays

    Library Friends meetings

  • Chiefland softball coach Wayne Weatherford sat down with the team early in the season and told them the news.

    He had renal cell carcinoma - a tumor on his kidney - and he might not be able to see them through the whole season.

    “We were pretty devastated. We didn’t expect something like that to happen,” Emily Hallman, catcher for the team, said.

    Weatherford got an original surgery date that would fall on the same day as the state championship game and he knew there was a good chance, his girls would be playing.

  • The Chiefland Watermelon Festival, hosted by the Chiefland Women’s Club, is more than just another festival to one of its coordinators. And she puts in the time to show it.

    “It’s tradition and supporting what watermelon has done for our community,” said Karen Tillis who coordinates sponsorships, media and vendors for the event. She’s also the principal at Old Town Elementary School.

    Tillis has been working with the club to put on the festival for six or seven years with the exception of last year when her son was graduating.

  • The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will have its semi-annual Book Sale June 6 along with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

     Hard cover books are $1 and papeback books are 50 cents or you can fill a bag for $6.  There are also DVD’s, audio books, children’s books, cook books, fiction and non-fiction books.  The sale is in the octagon building behind the police station between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

  • Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    VBS Bronson Road Church

    Bronson Road Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-25.

    The church is located at 1380 NE 80th Ave., Newberry.

    Let Freedom Ring revival

  • Today, May 28

    Grand opening for health foods store

       The Grand Opening of Health Foods and Wellness, a new business at 105 E. Rodgers Blvd., in Chiefland (next to Chiefland Farm Supply) will be celebrated on May 28. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. The owner, Joann Conway, is surveying residents to find out what healthy foods and supplements they would like to see on the shelves. Give her a call at 352-210-4198.

    TDC meeting Thursday

  • Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs?

    Are you new to Medicare and not sure of your options? Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides free, unbiased and confidential information.

    For assistance, call 1-800-262-2243 to have a volunteer return your call visit the Chiefland Senior Center Wednesday, June 17  from 1:30-3:30 p.m.           

  • While the highlight of the 61st Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival is the crowning of the queen and her court on Saturday, June 6, at noon in the Trailhead/Depot Park, the competition for the hats and crowns begins a week earlier — Saturday, May 30.

    The festival and pageant are sponsored by the Chiefland Woman’s Club which used the proceeds for its scholarship and community funds.

  • Today, May 21

    FFA banquet

       The annual Chiefland Senior and Junior FFA banquet is Thursday, May 21 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Chiefland Elementary School cafetorium.

    Spring concert

       The Chiefland Middle High School Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 21, in the school auditorium. There will also be an awards ceremony.

    Branford Camera Club