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  • That coon dog’ll hunt, sing his way to dinner

    By Tony Young

    FWC

    Some of my huntin’ buddies and I really live for being out in a wet patch of woods in the middle of a cool night and hearing the not-so-distant sounds of our coon hounds when they open up on a hot trail.

    There’s just something about those hounds’ voices that sounds both pleasing and eerie at the same time.

    We like to brag about whose dog actually struck the trail first and whose got to the right tree first.

  • Levy EMS: Answering the call

    It was a regular day for county employees, what some even called a slow day, but a day unlikely to be forgotten by the people whose calls for assistance were answered.

  • Deal made in sunshine case

    Three Fanning Springs council members who were charged with violating the sunshine law have pleaded no contest.

    Charges against Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were filed with the Levy County Clerk's Office on Jan. 26. The arraignment date was changed from Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 2.

  • Raccoons may be cause of birds leaving nests

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.

  • Parade for Words

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School concluded their celebration of literacy week with a parade of literary characters and vocabulary words.

    Throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 29, grade levels kindergarten through second grade students, who dressed up as their favorite literary character, paraded their outfits around the track or courts at the physical education area. Grade levels third through fifth made posters and dressed up to illustrate a vocabulary word. Each class participated in their grade level's parade during their recess time.

  • What should you do when you see a manatee?

    Manatees are found in many of Florida’s waterways and can be difficult to see, especially when you travel in a boat on the water. 

    You may see a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when it dives; see an animal’s back, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or you may only hear the manatee when it surfaces to breathe (as shown here). In all of these instances, keeping your distance and passive observation are the best ways to view manatees. 

  • I-75 task force eager for details

    By Mike Wright

       The task force charged with finding a relief plan for Interstate 75 heard plenty of information Monday, but several members are antsy for details.

      The I-75 Relief Task Force met at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, its second meeting since being formed by the Department of Transportation. It has meetings planned in each of the six counties in the study area, and plans to have a recommendation by August.

  • Decision defies logic, tradition parents say

    Andrew Caplan

    When Ina Elliott got wind of the transportation change in the Levy County School District, she was not happy.

    Initially, she thought she would have to take her son to Dunnellon High School, but later learned she would need to get to Buddy Risher Park to ride the Marion County school bus.

    Elliott takes her neighbor’s son to the bus stop as well. The two students used to be picked up in front of their houses by Levy County buses and transported to Dunnellon High.

  • McCallum seeks re-election as sheriff

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum announces his bid for re-election as Sheriff of Levy County. McCallum, completing his first term as Sheriff, has over 33 years of law enforcement experience. He has served with the Florida Highway Patrol, the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office and the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Chiefland hospital dead again

     

    For the second time in three years, hopes for a hospital to be built in Chiefland have been dashed.

    The latest bad news came during the City Commission meeting on Monday evening after City Manager Mary Ellzey said CBC Real Estate Group and NeuHealth would fail to meet the state's Jan. 27 deadline to open their books and prove they have $27 million to build a 28-bed hospital in order for the city to receive a $1.5 million infrastructure grant from the state.