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  • Researchers uncover details linking stress, fat metabolism

    If you’re under constant stress and can’t lose weight, there might be a protein to blame.

    In cell and mouse model experiments, University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that chronic stress stimulates production of betatrophin, a protein that then goes on to inhibit an enzyme involved in fat metabolism. Those findings were published this month in the journal BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.

  • Consent judgment obtained against credit related companies
  • Local AARP Chapter to meet on Jan. 19

    The monthly meeting of Local Chapter No. 2133 is on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the ForVets Inc. Lodge House at Otter Springs, at 10:30 a.m. Join us in a time of community caring, sharing and New Year gala. 

    Come one, come all. At these meetings, you will receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, have a great lunch, enjoy good fellowship, become involved and join this great organization by becoming a member in good standing and maybe even win a door prize.

  • Log Cabin Quilters

       The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Everyone was happy the Holidays were over and we could get things back to normal. Lunch was fun with seven visitors joining us. We hope they will return for another visit.

       Friday several boxes of fabric were dropped off. Thanks for thinking of us. We know it’s hard to part with a loved one’s things. Sometimes we wish the fabric could talk. We know we’re missing a lot of history that’s being forgotten.

  • Fanning fire chief suspended

    The mayor of Fanning Springs stuck to the basics when giving a reason for suspending the city's fire chief without pay last Friday.

    Ron McQueen has been taken from his post as fire chief after Mayor Trip Lancaster said it was brought to his attention he did not meet the necessary qualifications.

    "That's a firefighter II certification," Lancaster said of the requirements listed in Florida statute 633.416 section one and subsections a and b. The statute went into effect in July 2013, he said.

  • 7th Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off 2016

    Anyone who can cook chili is invited to participate in the 7th Annual Homemade Chili Cook-off on Friday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. It is being held at the Chiefland High School Agriculture Building. The cost is $15 per entry, meal included, as a benefit fundraiser for the Chiefland Ag Program.

    Entrants must adhere to the following general rules as follows: Entry forms must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Entry must be a minimum of 1 gallon of chili so everyone can get a taste. Check-in for participants is 4:45 p.m. on day of contest. Judging will begin at 5 p.m.

  • County euthanizes 3 dogs in attack

    Three Italian mastiff dogs who attacked a man and a woman, snatching a toddler from her arms and mauling the child, were euthanized on Tuesday after their owner signed paperwork surrendering the animals to Levy County Animal Services.

    The surrender came after a hearing on Tuesday before Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning on citations issued in the wake of the Dec. 8 attack that left Kaula Most, 26, and the toddler, now 2, and Arthur Tyson, 20, with stitches, emotional damage and medical associated bills.

  • Threepeat for spelling bee winner

    This year's winner for the Levy County District spelling bee will be traveling to Tallahassee for the next level of competition for the third time.

    Katlynn Karwan, of Williston Middle School, beat out top spellers from elementary and middle schools throughout Levy County in a contest on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Bronson Middle High School cafeteria. This is her third time winning the County Spelling Bee.

    "I think it may be her year," School Superintendent Bob Hastings said.

  • Local talent trying out for The Voice

    The community is rallying support for a local man who is trying to take his talent to the next level.

    Matthew Lunsford is planning to audition for the popular reality talent competition The Voice on Jan. 23 in Memphis, Tenn.

    "It's a mix of excitement and being terrified," he said.

    Lunsford started singing as early as he could remember. His father was a choir director when he was born and as it was told to him, his father would harmonize with his baby sounds to train his ear. Lunsford said he is blessed to have a musical family.

  • Chiefland Commission meeting agendas for Monday, Jan. 11

    The Chiefland City Commissin will meet at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    The commission will hold a regular meeting and a planning board meeting. 

    The public is encouraved to attent and participate in the meeting. 

    Click ont he link to see the agendas.