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  • In 1987 I was in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport waiting for my cousin to come in from the Philippines. I noticed a gentleman standing along the wall, alone. He looked familiar and I realized it was Kevin McCarthy, actor, star of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".

    I walked over and asked if he was in fact Kevin McCarthy, he said yes.

    I told him I enjoyed his work and we talked for maybe five minutes. He was very pleasant, but he never offered to shake my hand.

    Becky Williams

  • Our family was at the Martin County Fair in Stuart where country star John Anderson was playing that night.

    While waiting in line for the concert, a young lady said to come with her and took us to a tent behind the stage and said Mr. Anderson would be out momentarily.

    There was a large table of food and we were told to help ourselves, which our four-year-old son John promptly did.

    When Mr. Anderson walked up, our son's face was smeared with strawberries and Anderson laughed, stooped down and asked his name.

  • I encountered a celebrity while at a concert in Orlando. My boyfriend, Tyler Hart, and I went to see a band called Circa Survive play at a local club. During the show, my boyfriend lifted me up above the crowd and they proceeded to shove me onstage while the band was playing. I rolled over to stand up and was face to face with the lead singer, Anthony Green.

    I tried to say something but I was too astonished to even utter a word. I touched his arm and then the security guard grabbed me and guided me backstage. I was definitely star-struck.

    Tiffani Mathis

  • BRONSON - "Prepare and stay aware! The Florida spring tornado season is upon us," Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson said on Feb. 6.

    The day before, dozens of tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds of others, according to reports.

    Know the threat of hazardous weather exists, Johnson said. Prepare for potential problems caused by these climactic events, he said, by having a weather radio and a disaster kit. Know what to do when dangerous weather strikes, he added.

  • Alysia Gabel was too young to remember most of what happened on that April day in 2001.

    Just 2 1/2 years old, Gabel was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by an aunt. She was in the process of making a turn on Suwannee Road in Old Town. The three-wheeler in the bed shifted, causing the truck to roll.

    Little Alysia was tossed from the vehicle. The injuries were life threatening.

    "She remembers the helicopter,"said her father, Shawn. "That's about all."

  • A very special young boy from Archer recently enjoyed an exciting trip to Disney World thanks to Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

    Andrew, who has Down Syndrome, had a blast in Orlando; for this brave teenager, it was truly a dream come true.

  • Sitting comfortably at his dining room table in his home west of Chiefland, 83-year-old Raymond O. Knisley Jr. spoke on Dec. 31, 2007 about a life-changing event that happened to him on Dec. 31, 1944.

    New Year's Eve 1944 was 63 years ago, but Knisley remembers being captured by German soldiers during World War II -- like it was yesterday.

    It was about 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1945 when the Army private heard small arms fire, he said.

  • For the first time in more than three decades, Sandra Allen won't have to rise to the shrill of an alarm clock this week.

    On Dec. 20, Allen, a Chiefland native, put in her last full day of work at Green South and is ready to step into another adventure.

    For more than a year the effervescent Allen knew she was going to retire and has anticipated the day she could forget about payroll, taxes and ledgers.

    But that's not to say that she hasn't loved–and still loves–the contribution she has made to the area's John Deere dealership.

  • Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland came together last Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the church.

    The first mass in Chiefland was celebrated in December 1973 by Father Paul B. Hogarty at the Chief Theatre.

    When Father Roland Julien replaced Father Hogarty, services were moved to the Chiefland Recreation Center and in 1975, it became a mission church to St. Madeline Parish in High Springs.

  • A 63-year-old member of the University of Florida Class of 1967 retired Nov. 30 from Farm Credit of North Florida after 40 years of faithful service.

    William E. "Billy" DeVore Jr. said he has no regrets about his tour of duty with Farm Credit, where he last served as loan officer and assistant vice president.

    "It has been very rewarding," he said, "very fulfilling."

    He is glad to have worked with the company distributed back about $100 million throughout 18 counties in North Florida since 1988, he said.

  • RALEIGH - An elderly Raleigh couple is grateful for a deferred loan, which resulted in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home being built where their house of 46 years once sat.

    Thomas Days, 71, and Delories Days, 70, both said on Nov. 8 they "feel real good" about the 1,104 square-foot house that is finished now. Their former house was in significant disrepair, including a roof that leaked.