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  • Kids young and old are invited to come make their own "turkey" at the library. The kids will be given everything they need to create a sugary turkey cupcake creation and then gobble it down. All ages are invited to this Free family event. Large groups are welcome, but please let the library know in advance. For more information, contact Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator 352-486-5552, or your local librarian.

    Bronson Public Library

    Monday, Nov. 9

    4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    WillistonPublic Library

    Tuesday, Nov. 17

  • Ninety-year-old Olga, a long-term resident at Tri-County Nursing Home, in Trenton, looked a little confused when a small group of people entered her room asking questions about expecting visitors Thursday.

    But her confusion melted when she saw that two of the group’s members were short, hairy and of the canine variety.

    “I love animals,” she said as she caressed one of the dogs sitting on her bed, “ and they are so adorable.”

  • Three miles from Williston off a bumpy hilly road, a passage through scrub and pasture leads the unsuspecting traveler to the utopian sanctuary that Dr. Raymond Webber calls home.

    More than 400 species of plants thrive on his 100-acre bit of paradise that has been more than 16 years in the making.

    “Not many people in Florida have their house built into the side of a cliff,” Webber, an endodonist by trade, explains as he begins his trek through the assorted gardens that he has designed.

    Indeed, the vista from this porch is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Suwannee Valley collects gifts

    for Samaritan’s Purse, world’s

    largest Christmas project

     Suwannee Valley residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project.

  • Please check out the  separate listing of Halloween events in the New section of our website.

     Today

    Get a Head Start on Medicare Part D 2010

    October is the month SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be assisting Medicare recipients in filling out the paperwork to find a Medicare Part D Drug Coverage Plan for 2010.

  • Levy County will have less stray and feral cats breeding on its streets thanks to a local Trap-Neuter-Return program.

    On Thursday, Oct. 29, members of Sheltering Hands Inc., an organization that rescues and finds homes for pets in Marion and Levy Counties, received about 39 feral cats needing to be spayed or neutered.

  • A local Levy County group joined the fight against two global epidemics — hunger and obesity — by participating in the "Lose For Good" campaign. 

    As local Weight Watchers members lose weight, they’ve also been collecting food to donate to Bronson United Methodist Church to help their neighbors in need. Within seven weeks, the group lost 854.6 pounds, and collected 488 pounds of food. 

  • O.C. Graham was once like the rest of us. He liked to party, said Aljoseph Carnegie, president of the Tri-County Branch of the NAACP at its 19th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Tommy Usher Community Center in Chiefland on Oct. 24.

    “He liked to party until God took him in,” Carnegie, a Raleigh resident, said. “And he was blind, really blind, until God restored his sight.”

  • Taking care of someone you love can be a tough job. It's hard to find time for yourself.

    Knowing what a hard job caregivers have, a group of organizations have come together to give you a little "Me Time."

    A caregiver day of pampering is planned for Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Gilchrist Women's Club from 9 a.m. to 3  p.m. Dr. Rafael Cott, medical director for Gentiva Home Care, will be the guest speaker. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost.

  • Through Saturday

    Dunnellon Library friends book sale

    The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store will have a storewide sale at the store inside the library located at 20351 Robinson Road (behind Sweetbay) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

    The Friends are offering everyday low prices of $2 for hardcovers; $1 for large paperbacks and .50 for paperbacks.  This week all books big and small, fiction and non-fiction will be 50 cents each.  Inventory changes daily depending on donations.

  • Tomorrow’s Equestrian Center, based in Levy County, will hold its fourth annual charity auction and BBQ on Saturday, Nov. 14 beginning at 4 p.m.

    The event will be held at Southern Auction Marketing Services, at 15991 Hwy 27 Alt., just west of Williston on the north side of the road.

    The barbeque begins at 4 p.m. and costs $5 per plate.  Takeout is available.  The Bar-B-Q includes two pieces of chicken, Cole slaw, beans and bread.

  • Soup 'n' sandwich at Turning Point

    Turning Point Ministry  will host a Soup and Sandwich Supper for $5 per person on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Take the night off from cooking and enjoy a supper with friend, and the proceeds benefit the Children’s Program.      Take out or dine in with us at Turning Point Ministry located on 16750 County Road 341 (Dairy Road).   Please call 463-1882 for tickets.  The website is www.turningpoint-ministry.org.

    Holiday Bronson UMC holds Bazaar

  • Sims speaks Sunday at Lighthouse Word

        

    Pastor Jacinto Sims, one of the nation’s most sought after worship leaders, will be speaking at Lighthouse Word Church  at the Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service.  Sims has been privileged to have led worship for ministries such as Myles Munroe, Joyce Meyers, Clint Brown, Juanita Bynum, Ron Kenoly, John Bynum and many more.  For more information, please call 493-1554.  A nursery will be provided for the service.

    Women of Good Shepherd hold bazaar

     

  • Two performances of the cantata, “Prayer for America” are scheduled to honor veterans. The Old Town United Methodist Church choir will present “Prayer for America” as its third annual Veterans Day remembrance. The first performance will be on Saturday night, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dixie Cultural Center (the “old” Old Town School at the corner of County Road 349 South and State Road 55A.) The performance is open to the public and veterans and their families.

  • Today

    Halloween fun at Chiefland library

    Join in on the Halloween fun as kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat cookies from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. The library will provide all materials needed for this free event. Large groups are welcome, but please inform the library staff in advance.  For more information contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or jrodgers@neflin.org.

    Book signing at Knotts Library

  • The sunlight strained at the edges between clusters of bromeliad-laden tupelo trees, water oaks and cabbage palms.  

    Thin shafts of light breaking through the canopy revealed flitting birds and clouds of mosquitoes hovering over black water dotted with the heart-shaped leaves of cow lilies.

    Snakes, in search of prey, slithered in and out of the murk below, and fiddler crabs scurried over rocks and tiny islands of gnarled tree roots.

  • A few years, ago Earl Damann, of Williston, saw an article in the paper about a new group seeking volunteers.

    “Oh, I think it would be fun,” he told his wife Stella. He called the telephone number.

    They joined the fledgling group Citizens on Patrol, and after more than 7,250 hours of service to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office he’s giving up the fun because a heredity kidney disease is forcing him to the sidelines. That’s a little over 906 days of 8-hour shifts.

  • Seahorse Key gets its name from the shape of the island, but its rich history is complex: a detention camp for displaced Seminole Indians, an outpost with a lighthouse built in 1854 to guide ships into the port of Cedar Key and a prison during the Civil War.

  • Tons of delicious seafood, a parade, live music on the Gulf and shopping in historic downtown Cedar Key – What more could anyone want? The 40th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival takes place this weekend Saturday Oct. 17 and Sunday Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.