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  • CAKE AUCTION TODAY (Thursday, July 16)

    A cake auction to raise money to help the Rippy Family with funeral and medical expenses is at 6 p.m. today, July 16, at Chiefland Elementary School. Donations of sweet goods can be dropped off starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Jaylon Rippy, 5, died on July 2 when a leaping sturgeon struck her family’s boat. Her mother sustained facial injuries and her brother sustained arm injuries in the fish strike. Both will need surgeries to repair the damage. 

  • Haven Hospice opens Chiefland Community Building

    After being in the talks for some time the construction is finally complete for the new building at the Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. 

       The 4,500 square foot building is designed as a large meeting room with dividers that can turn it into two medium sized rooms and one smaller one. The building can seat 200 or hold 400 in a standing capacity.

  • Levy County vows to save water

    Folks in the unincorporated areas of Levy County may not like it, but the county has agreed to implement and enforce year-round water conservation measures, and to try cutting back water use by 10 percent. And for the first time the entire county is covered by the same conservation rules. 

  • Night of prayer July 30

    The First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Night of Prayer for Levy County on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the church on South Court Street in Bronson.

    FBC pastor, Brother Jeff Buchanan, came up with the idea of the prayer meeting, said church Secretary Gwen Hardison. “He just felt that we needed to show support for our school board and county commissioners and just have a night of prayer for them for their struggles they are about to have with the atheists.”

  • Residents protest pig farm

    In the South we do have a tradition of lovin’ our bacon and pork chops, but no one wants a large hog farm and slaughterhouse in their back yard.

    That was evident when three people told the Chiefland City Commission on Monday that they would like the city to look into plans to build a pig farm and processing plant just south of town and prevent its construction.

  • $15,000 reward offered in Rosewood arsons

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 11-17, 2015

     ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • CEE meets next week

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy will be the main topic of discussion at Citizens for an Engaged Electorate’s regular meeting this month. Also on the agenda is the group’s voter registration and re-registration drive. Other items include:

    • An update on Representative Ted Yoho’s stance on GMO labeling and the DARK Act

    • Fracking on public lands

    • Discussion on Sierra Club’s request to become more actively involved in the district.

  • SRWMD Fanning Springs Dashboard goes live

    Real-time water quality data for Fanning Springs is now available to the public on a new dashboard. Fanning Springs is a second magnitude spring in Levy County continuously monitored by the Suwannee River Water Management District. The District began collecting continuous data in 2014 as a result of a collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

  • Pig farm coming to Chiefland

    Right behind the trees and brush that line U.S. 19 south of Chiefland, work has been under way since 2014 on a hog and sheep farm and now the land’s owner says in documents filed with the Levy County Building Department that it plans to build a pork processing facility that would initially provide 20 jobs and when doubled in size at a later date, to employ 40 people.