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  • Bill Roberson knows where he comes from, a long line of Levy County crackers stretching back seven generations.  His ancestors came to these parts in the early 1800s, making a living as carpenters, cattlemen and the sowers of seeds.

  •  By ANNE ZUBLER

  •     The winner of the annual Chiefland Senior Center Chili Cook-off held Jan. 12 during the annual senior health fair at Tommy Usher Community Center is Ayers Health Center in Trenton.

  •  It was cold enough the night of Jan. 13-- about 32 degrees-- that photographer Barbara Moore, Old Town, made a bowl of ice by freezing water in a plastic bucket. When Moore emptied out the water that did not freeze she had a bowl made of ice with interesting designs. If you look closely, it almost resembles a manatee. "I thought that was terribly unique. I'm going to try it again," Moore said.  

  •   By LOIS SCOTT and

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  • The conversation started in the dark where four women had gathered, seated on the floor of a small room at the back of the Chief Theater.  The only light came from the glowing red letters of an exit sign over a backstage door and a grouping of small lights clustered around the lens of an infrared camera precariously positioned on a tripod.

  • By TONI COLLINS

  •  U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, Manatee Division participated in the unit’s annual inspection. The cadets pulled out all the stops to improve over last year. This unit was in the top ten most improved in the nation last year. They are judged on uniform cleanliness, posture, military bearing and discipline.

  •  Members of the Suwannee River Moose Family Center in Fanning Springs contributed turkeys and all the trimmings for 12 families in need. We worked with Sheriff Johnny Smith and his dept to select and deliver the baskets. This was a followup from Thanksgiving, which we also make an annual event.

    In the photo, from left, Herb Clark, Angie Clark, Joy Nekola,the Senior Regent of the W.O.T.M., Sheriffs Lt. Kelly and Frank Nekola, administrator of the lodge.

  •  Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown, of Gulf Hammock, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brianna Brown, to Sean Turner, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Turner, of Chiefland. The wedding will take place May.  

  •   By LOIS SCOTT and

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  •  The March of Dimes Florida Chapter is seeking grant proposals for community-based programs addressing the health concerns of pregnant women and infants.  Community awards are available in amounts of up to $3,000.

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  • Daron Johnson did not intend to grow up and become a mystery writer. The Baptist missions worker and son of Paul and Carolyn Johnson, of Chiefland, did not like to read books until he was 18, even though he did enjoy writing.

  • A multi-year reunion for the classes  of 1950-1965 at Chiefland High School is being planned.  The organizational meeting will be at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning at 6 PM on Friday, Jan 14.   Everyone is welcome.    

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE