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  • County looks to encourage growth by mapping economic future

    Times are tough and for businesses looking for a helping hand the answer may be at "Levy County Connections: Building a Stronger Business," a free event being held on Jan. 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Bronson Middle/High School.

  • UF anthropologist creates website to educate, foster discussion on racism

    Edward Gonzalez-Tennant could be called a man of racial violence. Not because he practices it, but because he searches it out, hoping to bring it to the surface. 

  • Event marks 88th anniversary of Rosewood race riot

    Retired Professor Marvin Dunn's Jan. 2 event to mark the 88th anniversary of the Rosewood incident had an atmosphere of a family reunion, rather than serving as a reminder of a week when eight people died in racial violence.

  • Horse church permit dragged across finish line

    The Levy County Commission took 90 minutes to make a decision in a request for a conditional use permit for a cowboy church and horse arena to be located on U.S. Highway 27A and Northeast 162nd Court.

  • Senior Health Fair, Chili Cook-Off

    The Chiefland Senior Center will hold its Annual Health Fair and Chili Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Tommy Usher Pineland Center, Chiefland.

    The event is free to all senior citizens. Health care providers will be on hand to inform seniors of the services available in the community.

    Judging for the chili contest that is open to seniors is at noon.

    The event is sponsored jointly by the Chiefland Senior Center, Haven Hospice and Gentiva Home Health Care.

  • Open season on area monkeys

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • Board to move millions to local investment firm

    It appears the Levy County School Board will be shifting millions of dollars to a local company in the immediate future.
    During Tuesday's morning meeting, benefits analyst Donna Turner presented the board with two options for converting the district's 401k supplemental retirement plan from Winn Pellett in Atlanta. That represents $3.52 million in participant assets, with 374 total accounts of which 169 are actively participating.

  • Levy water supply to meet demand

    A new water assessment by the Suwannee River Water Management District projects no water shortages for Levy County over the next 20 years.
    “The supply is adequate to meet the demand,” said Carlos Herd, SRWMD’s water supply project manager.
    According to the assessment, the counties that show the greatest reduction in water supply by the year 2030 are Gilchist, Alachua, Suwannee, Union, Columbia, Bradford and Baker. Herd said the counties lie in the northeastern portion of SRWMD’s 15-county jurisdiction.

  • Mosquitoes swarm Trenton four years in a row

    Composite FX, a Trenton company that builds one-person helicopters known as Mosquitoes, kicked off its 4th Annual Mosquito Factory Fly-in Monday.  
    This year, the three-day event, attracting pilots and helicopter enthusiasts from all over the country, featured helicopter rides, flight instruction, a factory tour and the aerial acrobatics of Mosquitoes.

  • Economy sets tone for city in 2010

    Ask city Commissioner Rollin Hudson what the toughest issue facing the city was for the last year, and he’ll tell you it was the economy.
    “When you don’t have any money to spend, well, you don’t have any money to spend,” Hudson said last week in a phone interview.
    But, he added, he couldn’t see the city “raising taxes on somebody that can barely function.”