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  • Suwannee River water board names April as Water Conservation Month

    LIVE OAK — The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) governing board has joined with other agencies and local governments in designating April as Water Conservation Month.
     The proclamation, adopted by the board, calls upon residents, businesses and visitors to protect our precious water resources by practicing and promoting conservation measures both indoors and outdoors.
     “We’re asking the public to water as little as possible,” said Jon Dinges, District director of Water Supply and Resource Management.

  • Democrats meet Tuesday in Bronson

    The Levy County Democratic Committee will meet at the Bronson Restaurant on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
    Anyone interested in the Democratic Party, discussing the upcoming elections or just interested in getting involved in the Democratic Party is welcome to come to the meeting and join.
       The committee is seeking people that are interested in the party and interested in fairness in the political system.
       A dinner menu will be available for purchase.
    For more information, call Charley King 352-493-4797.

  • Dire report on state water supply

    By MARK SCOHIER
    news2@chieflandcitizen.com
    Because of drought and water withdrawals, the state is having trouble managing water supplies.
    That was the message presented by water district officials at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.

  • County commission approves candy tobacco resolution

    The Levy County Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday in favor of limiting the impact flavored tobacco products sold locally could have on area youth.
    The resolution, drafted by high school students from around the county, asks that the commission support urging tobacco retailers to consider “the cessation of the sale and marketing” of such products, which, according to several students at Tuesday’s meeting, are aimed at getting teens hooked on nicotine.

  • Fanning Manatee in recovery

    A boat-wounded manatee rescued Feb. 21 from Fanning Springs is in relatively good health and is scheduled to be a candidate for release into the wild in a few weeks, according to representatives from Sea World Orlando.
    About a dozen volunteers and team members from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued the mammal after it was noticed that the manatee had a gash on its back and was having trouble breathing. Rescuers took the animal by truck to Sea World for rehabilitation.

  • County commission approves candy tobacco resolution

    The Levy County Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday in favor of limiting the impact flavored tobacco products sold locally could have on area youth.
    The resolution, drafted by high school students from around the county, asks that the commission support urging tobacco retailers to consider “the cessation of the sale and marketing” of such products, which, according to several students at Tuesday’s meeting, are aimed at getting teens hooked on nicotine.

  • Dire report on state water supply

    Because of drought and water withdrawals, the state is having trouble managing water supplies.
    That was the message presented by water district officials at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.
    Three representatives from the Suwannee River Water Management District showed up to tell the commission about a relatively new partnership between SRWMD, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection aimed at finding solutions to the state’s approaching water crisis.

  • Fanning manatee recovering

    A boat-wounded manatee rescued Feb. 21 from Fanning Springs is in relatively good health and is scheduled to be a candidate for release into the wild in a few weeks, according to representatives from Sea World Orlando.
    About a dozen volunteers and team members from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued the mammal after it was noticed that the manatee had a gash on its back and was having trouble breathing. Rescuers took the animal by truck to Sea World for rehabilitation.

  • Boy, 10, gives fair money to teen battling cancer

    Contestants for the Suwannee River Fair are told not to get too close to their animals, make them pets or name them. It makes parting with them after the sale emotionally hard.
    Chandler Beach, 10, of Buckaroo 4-H in Trenton did something different with his 255-pound pig.
    "I told him he was going for a good cause," Beach said, after No. 132 on the sales list went for $59 a pound at  the youth livestock sale on March 21. And the bids are still coming in.

  • High on the hog

    Williston Middle School Junior FFA's entry in the Swine Division at the Suwannee River Fair gets a sip of water from Ryan Walton, 11, of Chiefland, the owner of last's years grand champion swine at the fair. Walton is the son of Lisa and Hugh Keen. With temperatures in the high 80s on Saturday fair officials waived the rule entrants were required to wear their 4-H and FAA jackets and show in their shirts and tie.