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  • 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.

  • Dixie, Gilchrist & Levy Counties, AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of tax assistance volunteers.  Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation.

  • This is how much food the Williston community donated on Friday, Nov. 20, the first day of the “Stuff the Hummer” food drive.

    On Friday Dec. 4, the  Hummer will be at the Verizon store in Williston from 10 a.m. to noon and at Winn Dixie in Williston from 1 to 4 p.m.

    On Saturday Dec. 5, the Hummer will be at the Pavilion in Heritage Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Police Chief Dennis Strow and his officers and staff say, "Thank you Williston!"

  •    The saying goes “there’s no place like home”, but for some who prefer to spend their winters in a warmer climate, there’s no place quite like a home away from home.

    An influx of northern dwellers makes its way into Levy County and other parts of the state, for some starting around October and staying through April or May. These south bound travelers, who make their way down in search of the warmer temperatures found in Florida, are commonly called snowbirds.

  • It was a Mother's Day not to be forgotten, but not for the happy reasons one may think.

    On Sunday, May 10 of this year, local resident Karen Monahan was preparing to turn off of U.S. Highway 19 towards the Suwannee River Moose Lodge on her motorcycle when she was struck by another vehicle.

    "I can only tell you what everybody's told me because I don't remember," Monahan said. "I don't remember about two and a half weeks of my life."

  • While the judges were tallying up scores for the Chiefland Elementary School speech contest, two students were asked to give their speeches.

    The winner from each fourth and fifth grade class advanced to the final school competition, but these two had not competed in the final contest. Nevertheless, the teachers had decided their speeches needed to be heard, said Lisa Baxter who coordinated the contest last Friday.

    One speech, by fifth grader Matthew Wilkerson, stood out.

  • So far the Tri-County Outreach has raised about $6,000 by donations from 75 businesses and individuals.

    The proceeds wil go towards food for Thanksgiving and restocking the food pantry shelves at the beginning of the year.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office Deputy Clint Anderson of the Community Relations Division helped personnel from the Levy Learning Academy with a Thanksgiving food drive for needy families.

    Through their efforts they collected enough food for 10 needy families. The Sheriff's Office also thanks Robbie Cooper of Bronson Lube, David Stone Bail Bonds, and Murray Tillis of Tillis Farms for donating the turkeys.