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  • Honey 'The Wonder Dog' celebrates milestones

    Friday, Jan. 26, was a special day for Honey "the wonder dog" who celebrated her eighth birthday with her human friend and companion, Michael Gaither. The day also marked her 100th visit for treatment at the UF Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville.

    Honey has been diagnosed with aspergillus, a fungal infection that affects the immune system and visits UF Small Animal Hospital two times a week for treatments to help quell the devastating effects of the illness. But, the affects of the disease lead to her left eye being removed last year.

    It has been a rough year for Honey, Michael and Kaye, who drives the van from Chiefland to Gainesville twice a week.

    Honey’s treatments include 45 minutes in a hyperbaric chamber, antifungal infusion therapy and pool therapy to strengthen her muscles. The entire visit lasts more than five hours each day.  

    The Gaither's are thankful to the generosity of the U.S. War Dogs Association for help with their gas expenses. Each trip to Gainesville is over 80 miles and the expenses add up quickly.  

  • Williston man killed in car crash

    Matthew Chance Carlisle died early Sunday evening in a crash involving three vehicles.

    Carlisle, 33, of Williston, was traveling eastbound on C.R. 326 in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup toward the stop intersection for S.R. 121, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    Marie Chandler, 24, no city of residence given, was traveling southbound on S.R. 121 in a 2013 Jeep Cherokee. The front of the Jeep struck the left front of the pickup. Upon impact, Chandler’s pickup was redirected southbound and came to final rest facing southbound on S.R. 121.

     A third vehicle, a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling northbound on S.R. 121. Moments after the collision with Chandler’s vehicle, Carlisle exited his vehicle and walked into the path of the oncoming truck. Carlisle was pronounced deceased shortly after the crash at Williston Regional Hospital.

     According to the press release, charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation. The incident was not alcohol related.

  • Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting

    Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting
    ~The public is invited to provide comments on the draft plan~

    WHAT: Public Meeting

    WHEN: Jan. 9, 2018
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Chiefland Women's Club
    825 E. Park Ave.
    Chiefland, FL 32626

    DEP's Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Manatee Springs State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the proposed plans for the state park and provide their comments.

    The public notice, agenda, draft plan and comment form are available online. Copies may also be obtained by emailing Mark.Abrizenski@dep.state.fl.us or calling 352-493-6072. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and accept public comment. Additionally, the public is invited to review and submit comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks at FLStateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us until Jan. 23, 2018.

    The following improvements are proposed for the updated Manatee Springs State Park management plan:

  • 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.