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  • 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.

    $4/person

    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.

  • Kay Gaither just winces every time she hears a parent telling their child that her husband's service dog, Honey, is going to bite. 

  • A series of workshops is being provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), University of Florida  IFAS, and Florida Sea Grant to assist the molluscan  shellfish industry in Florida attain the harvester education training required for certification, recertification or licensing.

  • In Jack and Grace; after a recent break-up, Grace is excited to land her first job and begin a new life as a home health attendant in a new town. But she was not ready for how her patient, Jack, would change her life forever. This original play by our own Michael Zubler is a different kind of love story, one that will stay in your heart long after the final curtain.

  • Hundreds of participants will come together this Friday night to honor survivors, their caregivers and pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough.  The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event ignites team spirit among participates and works to raise funds used to save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

  • Chiefland’s premier celebration, the Annual Watermelon Festival, will be on Saturday, June 7, and the organizer, the Chiefland Woman's Club, is seeking vendors and volunteers for the event. 

       If you are an artist, artisan or crafter and are interested in selling your work at the festival, please call 493-9653. 

    For more information or to download a vendor application, visit www.chieflandwomansclub.org

  • For many, now is the time to be out of doors planting and gardening and enjoying the fruits of their labor and of Mother Nature’s.

  •  Mary Read and Michelle Traylor, who are retiring from the Levy County Public Library System, were honored by the Levy County Commission at its meeting on Tuesday.

    Read kept the Williston library open on Tuesdays, as a volunteer, for over 25 years. This is her second retirement — having retired as a public school teacher in Levy County. “This has been a true labor of love and a rare dedication to service,” said County Libraries Director Lisa Brasher.

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