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  • Friends turn out to preserve Refuge

    It was standing room only at a presentation given as part of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges' annual meeting and open house.

        Coleman Sheehy, UF research assistant professor in the department of wildlife ecology and conservation and the associate director of Sea Horse Key marine laboratory, spoke on Gulf Island Ecology: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Cedar Keys.

  • Name may change but services still the same

    The name the ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) of Levy County will remain the same, however, nationally the word retarded is being removed from the title.

    Betty Walker, executive director of the organization in Levy County, announced the change at the Feb. 26 Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting. She said nationally, the acronym is changing to IDD, which stands for intellectually developmentally disabled. Walker along with her associate Bill Slaughter were guest speakers at the meeting.

  • Fort Fanning to be used for future events

    Things are happening in the city of Fanning Springs.

    The council meeting March 3 brought plans for and announcements of events in the upcoming months to take place at the city park, Fort Fanning.

    Anna Elkins of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 88 said a dog walk is planned May 9 to benefit the Guardian Angels medical service dogs, many of which, she said, benefit veterans.

  • Cats and dogs find forever homes

    Three cats and 11 dogs went to new homes on Saturday.

        Levy County Animal Services teamed up with Chiefland's Tractor Supply store for their third successful adoption event.

       It was “very successful,” David Weatherford, Director of LCAS, said on Monday, adding that a high percentage of the animals they bring get adopted. This time that meant three of the four cats they brought and 11 of the 14 dogs, the latter of which included some rambunctious puppies.

  • Three inducted into Civil Rights Hall of Fame

    Gov. Rick Scott announced the selection of Gov. Reubin O’D Askew, Sallye B. Mathis and Edward Daniel Davis to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Scott chose these three from a list of 10 distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on Human Relations for making significant contributions to the improvement of life for minorities and all citizens of the great State of Florida.

  • Children follow parents' voting patterns

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones says the turnout for elections – even in Levy County – can be hard to understand. And young voters have some of the lowest turnout.

    Last year’s county races only attracted 30 percent of the 25,000 plus registered voters and the general election saw only 50 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. And that was despite one primary race coming down to three votes in deciding a winner.

  • 4G Verizon tower coming to Bronson

    Following a public hearing Monday night, Bronson town council approved a site plan for a Verizon Wireless cell tower.

  • See Charlie Brown and Friends

    The final weekend for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is this weekend at the Chief Theatre. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for seniors/students, $12 for adults and children 4 and under are free. The Chief Theater is located 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland. Call Becky Gill at 352-443-9096 to reserve your seats. Tickets are also available at the Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland and Point of View in Fanning Springs.

  • It's a tie in Bronson election

    A recount in Tuesday's Bronson election will take place today at 6 p.m. after unofficial results showed the two candidates vying for the Seat 2 position tied.

    The first votes read Tuesday night showed Jerry L. Mongo leading with 72 votes to Katie Parks Bogart's 66. The suspense built as the proposed charter amendment votes were announced and then finally the absentee ballot totals –Parks Bogart 11 and Mongo 5.

  • Credit card skimmer found in Bronson

    A credit card skimmer has been removed from a pump at a gas station in the Bronson area and residents are being asked to keep an eye on their bank accounts, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The station’s manager reported finding a device attached to one of the pumps which was not part of the normal operating components. The manager removed the device and turned it over to investigators.