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  • The group that assembled, there inside the curse-ridden 16th Century stone walls of an Irish manor, froze and stood in terror at the sudden outburst.

    “What’s that terrible cry?” one asked. “It sounds like an animal in a trap.”

    “Not an animal …” replied another. “A banshee.  And we must bait the trap.”

    A few moments later, the cry was heard again. But this time the room erupted in laughter.

  • Tony’s Three-Time World Champion Clam Chowder launched into the food service industry on Friday, Aug 10, at the Florida Food Service annual summer Food Show in St. Augustine.

     Tony’s Chowder is now available in cases of six 51 oz. cans, and is being distributed by Florida Food Service, Inc. and City Line Distributors in New England. 

     Tony’s Chowder fans can also order a case for themselves at www.tonyschowder.com.

  • Shirley Patterson-Taylor may be living on Easy Street, but that doesn't mean life is without its challenges.

    Living alone at 70 and still recovering from a stroke, the Bronson native realized a couple of years ago she might need a little help from the town she knows so well.

    "Bronson is my home. I grew up here, and I appreciate that, because I'm a home-girl, they spent some money on me to make my last days pleasant and peaceful."

  • Volunteers can register for the Great Suwannee River Cleanup, choosing a section on either the Santa Fe or the Suwannee this year.

       Current Problems, Inc., which organizes the cleanup, is hoping for another great turnout for this important event.  

  • Ramona Beauchamp was born and raised in the Chiefland area. She is a wife, mother and grandmother; she has worked in the business world for decades...and Ramona loves to cook! From buttermilk biscuits to her award-winning Red Velvet Cake, she enjoys cooking so much—it is a true labor of love for Ramona’s family and friends.

  • A January report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration claimed 20 percent of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness in 2010 and five percent had a serious mental illness, with the latter corresponding to about 11.4 million adult Americans. The report defined “serious mental illness” using words mirroring those the federal government has used for years to define “disability.” The highest rate of adult mental illness in terms of age was among 18 to 25 year-olds.

  • By Koertni Blackketter

  • Troy Chancey knows there's no place like home.
    After a year of being shot at and interrogating enemy combatants in Afghanistan, the 22-year-old Army specialist admits being back in the relatively slow pace of Chiefland is a little strange. But life in the states is something he looks forward to getting used to again.
    "I wanna' do a lot of the things I missed out on," Chancey said Friday from the home of his grandparents Janice and Buster.

  • Corey Rogers has a sense about horses, about what makes them tick and what it takes to mold them like a lump of clay into a thing of beauty and trust.
    "I just like it, "Rogers said from a barn at Chiefland's White Farms Friday where he works as a trainer. "This is about the only thing I've found I'm good at."
    Rogers, a Chiefland native, likes it so much he moved away to Nevada to train horses after graduating high school in 2007. In June, Rogers came home with intentions to stay, but he wasn't alone.

  • By MELINDA MYERS
    Add a little extra color and motion to your summer garden with containers designed to attract birds and butterflies. Many garden centers continue to sell annuals throughout the summer and many of these mid-season annuals are a bit bigger, providing instant impact.

  • The Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will hold a Group Paddle and Picnic in the Town of Suwannee. Join us for an easy (beginners welcome), short (3.8 miles, 2 hours), fresh water paddle on Lock Creek, through riverine swamp along the Suwannee River.

  •    Suwannee Valley Players will hold auditions for its fall production of “Cry of  the Banshee” on July 14 at 10 a.m. and July 17 at 7 p.m. All auditions are held at the Chief Theater. This will be a cold read for the directors.

  • “Earnhardt” may have been a bigger name at the Bronson Speedway on June 30 but Tabaco Free Florida made a name for itself as well.
    Aided by members of Levy County’s Students Working Against Tabacco (SWAT) club, representatives from Tabacco Free Florida helped spread the word for tabacco prevention and ways to quit using. They were further helped by Jeffery Earnhardt, grandson of Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who was racing at the speedway as part of a state-wide tour with his partner, Tabacco Free Florida.

  • Ed Philman of Trenton, right, takes the oath of office as the new Rotary Club District 6940 governor, from outgoing District Governor Jeannie Quave of Panama City. Philman is believed to be the first governor elected in a district that stretches from Pensacola to Williston who is not from the Florida Panhandle. He was installed during a luncheon Tuesday at the Gilchrist County Woman's Club.

  • Putting on a rocking show that lasted two-and-a-half hours, Cross City based Steel Bridge again asserted themselves as one of the area’s most exciting bands.
    In a two-act show promoted by Chiefland-based RAM-MAN productions, Steel Bridge followed up HIgh Springs’ Crosstyz at Double Down Live in Gainesville on June 23.
    “We wanted to get different fans to come together and help each other out,” said Mike Michaelis, of RAM-MAN. “It’s all about the cross-pollination of groups.”

  • Nineteen politicians turned out for the second quadrennial (something that happens every four years) softball game against the Levy ARC on Saturday that helped raise over $400 for the non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults.
    Like the first game in 2008, the politicians, who formed into two teams, played against the 10-member team made up of LARC clients and staff.
    Each team of candidates seeking office on the August and November ballots played for two innings before conceding they were defeated both times by the LARC stars.

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, June 21, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  Everyone was busy working on various projects – they were quilting on the Watermelon quilt, opening up some of the items that were boxed earlier, washing and drying the items and then putting them out for display.  We did have time for visiting and thinking of the ones who were out with sickness or vacation.