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  • An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items.

    Ashley, who has worked at the Chiefland store for about two years, said the glow on people's faces was rewarding.

  • By April Frawley Birdwell

    UF Health writer

    It’s no secret that low-birth-weight babies face significantly greater risks for certain health problems early on, such as respiratory distress or infection. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University shows that lower weights at birth also have an adverse effect on children’s performance in school, which is likely due to the early health struggles small babies often face.

  •  Elder Options will host a public hearing at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 to inform participants of an Older Americans Act service that Elder Options is proposing to provide directly through its Area Plan on Aging Update for 2015 (2013-2015 cycle). The service is the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program (aka Tai Chi for Arthritis). Participants will have the opportunity to make public comments.

    Persons with disabilities should contact Elder Options at least 48 hours prior to the meeting in order to request any special assistance.

  • Cookie walk at St. John the Evangelist's

       St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church's St Vincent de Paul Society will have a cookie walk on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

       All are invited to come in to choose a whole or half bag of homemade goodies and get all of your Christmas cookie needs taken care of in one place. There will be a wide assortment. The funds raised will be used to buy food for the food shelf.

    For more information, call 949-3607.

    Christmas program at Lighthouse Word

  • The monthly meeting of AARP Local Chapter No. 2133 will be held Tuesday, Dec.16, in the Lodge House of Otter Springs, starting at 10:30 a.m.

    Janice Rogers, program chair, announced that entertainment will be provided by Dick Grillo, director of Community and Church Outreach, Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park. He will also answer any inquiry you might have about the facilities at Advent Christian Village.

  •    The AARP Driver Safety Course for Seniors will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Capital City Bank Board Room, 2012 North Young Blvd., Chiefland.

       The certificate is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. There are no tests.

     Registration is required by calling Linda at 352-493-1742.

  • Children of all ages are invited to attend a fun celebration of Christmas. Come listen to a Christmas Story, make crafts, enjoy refreshments, and have pictures taken with Santa! Plan to arrive early

    to see Santa. The pictures will be printed at the party for free.

       Please contact your local library for more information.

    • Bronson Public Library

    Monday, Dec, 15

    6- 7:30 p.m.

    • Williston Public Library

    Thursday, Dec. 18

    6-7:30 p.m.

  • The Suwannee River Economic Center will host the Center for Independent Living Free Phone Giveaway for hearing impaired people from 9:15 a.m. until noon, Dec. 17, at the Chiefland Senior Center, 305 S.W. 1st St.

       A 5-minute hearing test is available for those who are not sure if they qualify.

     

    Loud and clear and free

       FTRI offers a variety of amplified phones — Free to qualified applicants.

  • Toys distribution for all registered children will be held Saturday Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chiefland Walmart.

    Due to a small number of registered children, we will only be having one consolidated registration event. We do not anticipate having a “make-up” date but will readdress this later if necessary.

     All paper registrations will be collected this week and turned in for organizing and finalizing the counts. Online registrations will continue through this Friday at http://j1edit.com/toys/

  • The LARC Thrift Store, in Chiefland, is having an "all-you-can-get-into-a-bag-for-$1" sale from now until Dec. 31.

       The store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a good opportunity for Christmas bargains.

       For more information, call 352-493-2620.

  • The AMVETS Post No. 88 and the American Legion Post 236 will join together on Saturday, Dec. 13, to place holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans buried at Jim Melton Cemetery in Bronson.

    The wreath-laying will be done after a ceremony at 11 a.m. that will include the raising of the American flag, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and speakers.

    The event is open to the public.  

  • Isabella Hewel, 8, of Chiefland, tells Santa what she want this year while he visited the Chiefland Regional Shopping Center Saturday.

    Isabella got a candy cane when she was done.

  • By THE HEAD ELF

    The arrival of Santa Claus in Chiefland for the 11th Annual Christmas Festival and Parade has changed this year.

    Parents and children should be aware that Santa has had to change his schedule for hearing wishes to accommodate the many appearances he must make at festivals on Saturday, Dec. 13. He will be arriving at Trailhead Park at 4 p.m. and will leave shortly before 6 p.m. to lead the lighted float parade down U.S. Highway 19/Main Street, from Chiefland High School to Trailhead Park.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players, in conjunction with the Chief Theater, will debut John Patrick’s comedy “The Curious Savage” on Friday, Dec. 5, with continued performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 12-14.

    Laughter abounds when Mrs. Savage and her adult stepchildren have very different ideas about how to best use the millions of dollars left by her late husband. This play is presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.

  • By Laura Bittner

    The Band Perry is coming to play Rock Crusher Canyon Friday, Dec. 5, to play country music and to raise funds for BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.

    The Band Perry is an all-sibling band, originally from Alabama, with members Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry.

    “A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.,” said Ryan Bell, president of RaC events LLC, which is headquartered in Chiefland.

  • A Gainesville man, who calls Chiefland his hometown, has made a career of making music.

    For T.J. Brown, it all began in about ninth or tenth grade, he said. He had written some poetry as early as middle school, but it wasn’t until an uncle, who was visiting for a family reunion, taught him to read guitar tablature that he began writing songs. Brown said he taught himself the guitar from there and began writing songs immediately, adding that’s the reason he wanted to learn to play.

  • Tin Can Tourists will turn out in droves at Sunset Isle RV Park and Motel at the beginning of December.

       In years past, "tin canners," as they call themselves, have come from as far away as New York, Michigan and Wisconsin to camp and show off their vintage RVs that span several decades.

       Most have been restored or are in the process of being restored, said Bruce Wilson, co-owner of Ada Blue Cafe, located near the RV park.

  • Visitors at Manatee Springs State Park Saturday, Nov. 15,  spy on the park's namesake, returning to the area to take advantage of the spring's relatively warm water.

    The manatee migration began earlier in the fall, perhaps, a sign the mammels knew the weather was turning colder.

    Boaters are being warned to be on the lookout for the slow moving animals on the Suwannee River.  

  • Please join Haven Hospice on Wednesday, Nov. 26 as Drummond Community Bank holds their annual holiday bake sale starting at 8:30 a.m.

    Purchase delicious cakes, pies and other sweets to add to your Thanksgiving feast.  The baked goods are donations from the community and all purchases made that day will benefit Haven Hospice.

    Drummond Community Bank is at 1627 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland.

    To donate baked goods or for more information, call 352-493-2277.

    All purchases are cash or check only.

  • More than 100 veterans and their family members attended Friday's veteran's resource fair and luncheon at Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
    State representatives  Charlie Stone (R-district 22), Keith Perry (R- district 21) and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, along with Haven, helped organize the event as a way to honor veterans and help them learn about eligibility for a range of benefits and resources. More than a dozen organizations had booths at the event.