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  • Breaking NewsParker's sentencing delayed

    Convicted Levy County commissioner Tony Parker's sentencing has been delayed from 1 p.m. today until April 14. Parker was convicted in December, along with Commissioner Sammy Yearty, of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover agent. More details in Thursday's Chiefland Citizen.

  • Gilchrist contestants triumph at fair’s steer show

    Gilchrist County ruled Tuesday during the Market Steer Show at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale in Fanning Springs.

    Alyssa Hodge, of Bell Senior FFA, won the grand champion award with 1,345-pound, Class 7 steer. Josh Matthews-Leverette, of Trenton Senior FFA, was selected as the grand reserve champion with a 1,290-pound Class 6 steer.

  • No foolin', returning Census form earns cash

    Staff Report

    It's deadline time for getting those Census forms back in the mail and it's worth a lot of money to every person in Levy County.

    For each warm body that is counted, it's estimated that Levy County will receive about $3,600 annually from the federal government for the next 10 years. That's because Census numbers determine how $400 billion in federal money is distributed.

    The 2010 Sunshine Census, the state's effort in getting an accurate count,  has launched the “My Community Counts: Do Your Part.” 

  • Here’s a little pie in your eye

    Standing in for his sister, Cheyanne, Rhett Walker, Chiefland Elementary School, throws a chocalate cream pie in the face of Principal Patrice McCully as a reward for raising $7,000 for the March of Dimes. Rhett and Cheyanne worked as a team.

  • Three named to water board

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed, subject to state Senate confirmation, three individuals to the Governing Board of Suwannee River Water Management District.

    The are:

    Alphonas Alexander, 60, of Madison, independent contractor for The Forestry Company, succeeding Oliver Lake,  for a term ending March 1, 2014.

    Donald “Ray” Curtis III, 28, of Perry, self-employed attorney, succeeding Donald Curtis Jr.,  for a term ending March 1, 2011.

  • Let’s all go to the Levy County Fair

    The new Springtime Levy County Fair is approaching fast.  This year’s fair will be April 8 to 11, at the Williston Airport Industrial Park—just across the road from the Williston Horseman’s Park off Hwy 41 South.

     Admission is $10 per adult, and $5 for senior citizens.  Children under 2 get in free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at all Levy County Capital City Banks, Klover Leaf in Williston, Bronson Ace Hardware and Western Wishes in Chiefland. 

  • Florida SHINE program to help those affected by termination of Medicare contractor

    Florida’s SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) today launched an extensive public outreach campaign to provide reassurance and free assistance to 55,000 older Floridians who previously received their Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage through Fox Insurance Company.

    The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated its contract with Fox Insurance after determining that the plan’s “significant deficiencies” jeopardized the health and safety of Fox enrollees in Florida and elsewhere.

  • The swine show

    Participants at Monday’s swine show learned that the animals they exhibited could have all been contenders five years ago, but not as much today.

    Paul Wigley, a University of Georgia graduate and a swine judge for more that 30 years, told students at the Suwannee River Livestock Show that their pigs were once considered the best at lean and raw, but these days needed to be stouter and overall bigger.

    “I’d like to see them where all they want to do is lay like they’re going to farrow,” he said.

  • Consumer judging measures life skills

    About 35 children and teenagers turned out Friday afternoon to compete in this year’s consumer judging contest at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.

    Wearing green 4-H jerseys or blue Future Farmers of America jackets, the contestants filed into a long white room where they then rated products at four stations.

    “I’ve done it since I was a kid, “said 17-year-old Tyler Johnson, of Dixie County High School FFA.  “It’s the one I’ve done best at, and I want to represent my school.”

  • SRLSS Alumni Show

    For the second year in a row, tri-county FFA and 4-H alumni participated in a pseudo competition at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.  

    Traditionally, the final Sunday of the livestock show has been a day of rest and recuperation, as youth participants and their families prepare for the last couple days leading up to the auction.