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  • Clay Landing Days is coming to Manatee Springs State Park

    Manatee Springs State Park will be holding Clay Landing Days, a living history event, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25. Clay Landing Days will bring you to a time when the Seminoles and Settlers lived in the Clay Landing area.

    There will be Covered Wagon Rides that take you on the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut, where Settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was like in the Clay Landing Area. All activities will begin at Manatee Springs Day Use Area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Day Use Area will also have Settlers showing cooking and crafts of the time period. There are wheelchair accessible wagon rides available. The fee for the event is the normal entrance fee of $6 for a car of up to eight people.

    For more information, call 352-493-6736. 

  • Schools Foundation STARS Gala plans are under way

    Plans are underway for The Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event planned for Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Bronson Middle/High School.

    The semiformal evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and mingling at 5:00 pm followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. The event will benefit the nonprofit Foundation with funds to support its scholarship and grant programs for Levy County Schools and students.

    The event chairperson, Stacy Swain, along with many volunteers from the Foundation Board will be working to finalize all the plans for the “Garden Party” theme décor. The evening will feature dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, live auction and door prizes. The program will feature the Honorable Joe Smith as guest speaker; a tribute to Mr. H.C. Henderson as a founding member of the Foundation; announcement of the Foundations Alumnus of the Year and recognition of Levy County Schools Teacher of the Year, Educational Staff Professional of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

  • Levy County Schools Foundation to name two Suncoast CU scholars

    The Suncoast Schools Credit Union Foundation is partnering with the Levy County Schools Foundation to offer two $2,000 scholarship awards to high school graduates in the Class of 2018.

    Class of 2018 high school graduates in the Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s foundation.

    Applications will be open Feb. 1, 2018 and will be available through the Levy County high school guidance departments.

    This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children.

    Since its inception in 1990, the foundation has contributed more than $19 million including more than 600 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.

  • November is Manatee Month

    November is Manatee Awareness Month – a time to celebrate Florida’s beloved, iconic, marine mammal and also to create awareness and shed light on the many challenges imperiled manatees face every day.

  • FWC Reserch Bulletin 11/03/2017

    Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are looking for anglers’ help to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The recreational red snapper season opens for the weekends of Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12 in south Atlantic federal waters. Read more in the FWC Reseach Bulletin at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1c03880

  • FedEx Ground set to hire up to 200 part-time handlers

    OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2017) –  CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a hiring event Thursday to assist FedEx Ground hire 150-200 part-time package handlers.

    The hiring event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road in Ocala.  Sessions will be held every 30 minutes.

    Package handlers load and unload sorted packages in a fast-paced environment to help ensure FedEx Ground delivers packages on time and with care. No experience is required.

    Interested applicants must be at least 18 and must register with Employ Florida at www.employflorida.com (reference Job Order Number 10571441). Details can be found on the Calendar of Events at careersourceclm.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS, ext. 2203.

  • Levy ARC 'Ride to Provide' is Oct. 28

    The Levy ARC “Ride to Provide” fundraiser is Oct. 28.

    LARC is a chapter of the national ARC, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities.

    The event begins with a motorcycle rally from Levy ARC in Otter Creek with kickstands up at 10 a.m. The motorcycle rally is free, however donations are gratefully accepted. The motorcycle ride will end at Gulf Hammock at the site of Wild Hog race. Riders are encouraged to wear Halloween Costumes.

    LARC is welcoming families to attend the event in Halloween costumes or wear water-friendly attire and swing over the Waccasassa River on the zip lines.

    The end of the event is planned to be family friendly, so everyone show up. There will be food and drinks available for purchase and lots of events for the family. For more detailed information contact Levy ARC at 352-486-4239 or email levyarc@bellsouth.net. 

  • Veterans appreciation luncheon

    Veterans Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by local businesses in the Community Building at Haven Hospice, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland, Friday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 a.m.

    Please join Haven to honor and show appreciation for the community’s veterans. Lunch will be pork, baked beans, green beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese plus desserts. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will present the colors.

    RSVP to Vondla Sullivan, volunteer coordinator in Chiefland by Oct. 31 by phone at 352-493-2333 or email to vdsullivan@beyourhaven.org.

  • Levy County first responders receive donations to save pets from fire

    BRONSON – First Responders with the Levy County Department of Public Safety, including seven ambulances, are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of Central Florida donated 10 pet oxygen mask kits to the department.

    This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

    Invisible Fence has donated a total of more than 18,700 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 180-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, 2 dog and 1 cat most recently in Sanford, by the Sanford Fire Department.

    The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where local fire personnel can make a request for their own departments.  

  • 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland

    The 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, and continues through the day until 8 p.m. in the field on U.S. Highway 19 across from Train Depot Park at 23 SE Second Ave.

    Enjoy arts and crafts, food, children’s attractions, entertainment, free photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves, pony rides and games.

    The Lighted Christmas Parade rolls down Main Street at 6 p.m. from Chiefland High School, then south on Highway 19 to SE Third Avenue. Parade viewing is from sidewalks alongside US 19 on the parade route.