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  • By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    People who buy their produce from farmers markets love the freshness and nutritional value of the product. Not only that, rural residents seek out such markets more than urban residents, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says.

    The latter finding surprised the researchers, led by Alan Hodges, an Extension scientist in the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department.

  • The Hardee House, built by one of Levy County and Chiefland's pioneer families has probably moved more than family members.

    When Isaac P. Hardee built it in 1861 it was in the area where Manatee Springs State Park is located.

    Then it was moved farther away from the Suwannee River to Northwest 110th Street on property owned by Billie Ray Sharp.

    Last week it made what the new owners hope will be its last move to 6450 N.W. 120th Street, better known as Manatee Springs Road.

  • Last year community members rallied around one young girl with a big fight on her hands.

    Now, 11 year old Ashley Isenhoward is 15 months cancer free and back to doing the things that she loves, primarily cheerleading.

    "She's been doing really good," her mom Jennifer Isenhoward, a teacher at Chiefland Middle High School, said in a telephone interview.

  • Tomorrow's Equestrian Center Therapeutic Riding Program held their annual Totally TEC horse show at the farm on Sunday, Feb. 28.

    The horse show gives all of the riders an opportunity to showcase what they have accomplished as some riders do not qualify for Special Olympics. They had 20 riders each compete in two classes – one trail and one equitation.

    Equestrian Center volunteer judges were Kristina Olsen and Beth O'Rourke from Far Out Farm.

  • The rain did not deter a small crowd that came out for Fanning Springs' annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday.

    Angelena Hall of Chiefland fills her bucket with the eggs stuffed with candy by the Fanning Springs Fire Department and other volunteers. 

  • The 2016 and ninth annual Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, March 19 in Trenton. This year the hours have been extended. The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., one hour later than in past years.

    The festival features quilt displays throughout downtown Trenton contributed by individuals and groups. Quilt and craft vendors line Main Street and fill the Old Depot.

  • The Suwannee River Moose Lodge 325 in Fanning Springs hosted a very special guest last Friday.

    Terry L. Walls, supreme governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, spent the day with members and other special guests on a stop in his travels throughout Florida. He traveled from Oklahoma for the trip.

    "Part of my goal when I come in to the field is to thank people and encourage them to keep doing what they're doing," Walls said. He strives to inspire people and let them know all their efforts make a difference.

  • Jeremy Yates, pictured left, shows visitors to Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland some of the current technology available to them.

    Some of the stations included a 3-D printer, padcaster to shoot videos, circuits and computers equipped to do gaming and coding. 

  • Recent auditions for The Voice did not result in a call back for one local talent, but the outcome is not slowing him down one bit.

    For Matthew Lunsford, the experience was a spiritual one.

    "It was the calmest audition I've ever had," he said. Even the drive up to the auditions in Memphis was particularly calm.

    Lunsford felt the support and knew the people in the community were praying for him. He did not have high or low expectations, he said, but felt obedient to what God had in mind for him.

  • The AARP Driver Safety Courses for Seniors will be on March 8, April 12 and May 3 at the Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

    The one-day class starts at 9 a.m. The instructors are planning to have lots of fun and show driver strategies to stop a crash that can cause injury or death. There are no tests.

    The certificate of completion for the course is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. 

    Class size is limited so call 352-727-9542 to register. 

  • Chiefland High School Class of 1996 will be celebrating their 20-year reunion on Saturday, June 4.

    In memory of the classmates we’ve lost, the Class of 1996 is accepting donations for a Memorial Scholarship in their honor to be awarded to a 2016 Chiefland High School graduate.

    For details on the reunion, scholarship or to make a donation, please visit: www.ChieflandHigh1996.com  or www.GoFundMe.com/CHS1996.

    For more information, call 727-686-3735 or visit chieflandhigh1996@yahoo.com.

  • Following its 6th Annual Poker Run held Jan. 30, American Legion Riders Chapter 237 in Beverly Hills recently donated record-breaking $7,722 proceeds to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast.

    Shown holding the presentation check are (from left) American Legion Post 237 Commander Ray Roby, Hospice Director of Development Linda Baker and American Legion Riders Chapter 237 Director John Roby. Surrounding them are members of American Legion Riders Chapter 237, Auxiliary Unit 237 and American Legion Post 237.

  • Rachel Kennedy drops her valentine at the post office last Thursday, Feb. 11 with her kindergarten class.

    Her teacher, Ellen Poe, said they make the walk every year. 

  • On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Levy County Historical Society will present the second of three presentations about the invasion of the Civil War into Levy County.

    The presentation is at 2 p.m. at the conference center of the Cedar Key RV Resort, 11980 S.W. Shiloh Road, Sumner.

    Everyone with an interest in the history and heritage of Levy County is invited to join us at this free event to learn more about this time in our history.

  • Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is opening Seahorse Key to the public on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Visitors to the island must provide their own transportation or buy a ticket on one of the tour boats.

    Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.

    A cast of period-dress volunteers will tell the history of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, which sits atop the 54-foot tall dune, and offers great perspective for wildlife photography.

  • By a unanimous vote, the Chiefland City Commission approved a proclamation on Monday that honors a Vietnam veteran’s service dog known as Honey, the Wonder Dog.

    Honey is the service dog for Chiefland resident Michael Gaither and is a four-time bronze medal winner of the American Kennel Club’s Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).

  • Meeting the creature he calls a gentle giant and the iconic figure of Florida in the early 1990s was all it took for one Ohio man to fall hard.

    “I just fell in love. I was hooked,” David Schrichte said of the manatee.

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  • Ariel Lima has a conversation with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Chiefland Christmas Festival on Saturday evening.

    The festival kicked off with the 5K Rudolph Fun Run first thing in the morning and continued throughout the day with 68 food, fun and handmade craft vendors along with a visit by Santa Claus at the Trailhead Park next to the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce.

  • There will be something for everyone at this year's Chiefland Christmas Festival.

    The Festival kicks off Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. and it promises to keep everyone busy until 8 p.m. with activities centered around the Old Train Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19.

    Whether you are a child, an adult, an athlete, a music lover, a thoughtful Christmas shopper, or carnival foodie, there will be something for everyone this year at the City of Chiefland’s 12th Annual Christmas Festival. Celebrate the magical spirit of Christmas with your community.