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  • Dixie Music Center is to observe the 21-year milestone of serving the Tri-County Area with its annual music festival and celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event, which has run 11 years in a row, starts at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up at about 5 p.m. The event is free.

  • The public is  invited to a special meet-the-author event with Charles Martin in Cross City on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. at  Ruth Rains Middle School Media Center on the Horseshoe Road.

  • Bronson's Taylor Eckelmann shouts after being announced as the school’s 2012 Homecoming Queen. She was accompanied by her parents, Sam and Kristin Eckelmann. 

  • The Levy County Public Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and e-books available to download from the library’s website. Since Monday, library card holders have been able to check out and download them anytime, anywhere by visiting our new website at www.levylib.org. 

  • There's a touch of fall in the air so it's a perfect time to take a ride and help families battling cancer. 

  • 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.