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  • Spring’s latest arrival

    It took the manatees several minutes to approach the dock on the spring run at Fanning Springs Sate Park Thursday morning. Several stout mammals, two bearing scars from the props of boats, waited until a small motorboat made its way back out to the Suwannee.

  • Two Chiefland women selected for contest

       The Florida Watermelon Association announced recently that Erica Leigh Drummond, 18, of Tallahassee, and Rachel Danielle Kee, 20, of Chiefland, have been selected as contestants for Florida Watermelon Queen.
       Drummond is the daughter of Dwayne and Debbie Drummond. Kee is the daughter of Lorraine Martin. Both will join an elite group of young women, ages 18 to 23, from throughout Florida to compete for the state title.

  • Newborn manatee calf sighted at Fanning Springs State Park
  • Levy man finalist for exclusive honor

    Bill Brown, a Levy County resident who has devoted much of his life to helping feed the hungry in North Central Florida, is among 20 finalists for an honor bestowed by this country's most exclusive organization — the living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    The members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which has fewer than 90 members, bestows the nation's highest civilian award on three individuals annually on March 25, National Medal of Honor Day in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

  • County's oldest black church burned for parking

    Levy County's last standing black church that was more than 100 years old is no longer standing.
    As a training exercise by the Chiefland Fire Department, the Adamsville African Methodist Episcopal Church burned to the ground Monday evening. Fire chief James Harris said his department regularly has controlled burns of old structures at the owners' request.

  • Railroad Days chug into Levy County

    It was a political defeat that set the wheels in motion for the development of Levy County.
    David Levy Yulee, an advocate for Florida statehood and the state's first U.S. Senator, did not win re-election in 1850, so he revived a plan he had from 1837 to build a railroad across Florida through land grants and the sale of stock.

  • Commission OKs grants

    City commissioners approved moving forward with several grants at Monday night’s regular meeting.
    The first grant up for discussion, approved unanimously,   was a matching grant from the Florida League of Cities for about $1,900 to help fence the perimeter of the Delma Locke Skate Park. The city will have to match the money offered by FLC, though City Manager Grady Hartzog said some of the money the city contributes will come in the form of in-kind payment, such as the value of city employees installing the fence.

  • Levy County Republicans meet

    The Levy County Republican Executive Committee will have its monthly meeting at BubbaQue’s restaurant in Chiefland. Come join the group Monday, March 21, starting with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. To arrange a ride, call Juanita at 339-0747.

  • The heifer show

    It’s a contest where the judge eyes the girls from the ground up, and more often than not, starts at her rear before moving forward.
    It’s heifer time and last week, youth from Dixie, Levy and Gilchrist counties showed off their girls as they competed in 10 different classes at the Suwannee River Fair.
    The road to Saturday’s contest started as far back as two and a half years ago, since the rules for showing heifers mandate the cow be between six months and 30 months old.

  • Big decisions for a little man

    A  young man was spotted Saturday all around the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Fair with his father and he wasn’t there just for fun - he had a serious mission. Clayton Locke, age 6, and his father, Michael, of Chiefland, came to see if Clayton could decide what sort of livestock he likes best. He recently joined the 4H and now must choose what sort of animal he might like to raise his first year.