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Local News

  • Florida farms call for override of vetoes

    Twenty-four organizations representing Florida farmers and ranchers today called on House and Senate leaders to override Gov. Charlie Crist’s vetoes of legislation that they consider critical to the continued success of Florida’s agricultural industry.

    On May 15, Gov. Crist vetoed HB 981 and HB 7103, each of which would have enacted initiatives that are priorities of Florida farmers and ranchers and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • Money for agricultural energy conservation, efficiency

    Carlos Suarez, state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced an initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) designed to help agricultural producers in Florida transition to more energy efficient operations. While this is a continuous signup, applications for 2010 funding must be received by the June 17 cut-off date.

  • SRWMD funding helps farmers buy tools to protect water quality

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board voted May 13 to provide $210,000 to the Suwannee River Partnership (SRP) to fund crop tools that will assist farmers in protecting the environment.

     The program will provide 75 percent cost share to farmers for purchasing the tools, up to $10,000 per farmer. Cost share funds will be offered to eligible farmers in Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, Alachua, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

  • Celebrate Flag Day with a proper salute

    Flag Day is Monday, June 14 and while many of us revere this symbol of the 50 states with the stars on a field of blue (known as "the union") and the stripes that stand for the original colonies, some folks do not seem to know how to show proper respect for it.

    The proper etiquette for the United States flag is outlined in the United States Code, the laws of this nation, in Title 4, Chapter 1, section 9:

    Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag

  • County News Briefs

    Drug money coming to Levy

    The Levy County Commission approved a grant application by the Sheriff's Office that will bring in $75,725 to be used by the Drug Task Force.

    Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan said the amount of money provided under the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program continues to drop each year. Last year the DTF received $80,057 in funding.

    The DTF is a joint drug interdiction program of the Chiefland Police Department and the Sheriff's Office.

    Fire chief to get bunker gear

  • Teen driving classes begin June 18

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relation Division will be offering Teen Driver classes this summer throughout the county.  All classes are free and will begin at 9 a.m. each session and the classes will be approximately 4 hours.  The students will need permission slips from their parents due to the graphic nature of a video portion of the program.  The permission slips can be picked up at the local schools or from the instructor the day of the event.  For more information can contact Lt. Sean Mullins or Sgt. Max Long at 352-486-5111, extension 278.

  • Santa Fe College health career opportunities tour Wednesday

    Prospective students can discover the  opportunities and careers available in health care from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St.  Individuals are asked to meet at 6:30 p.m. sharp  in the W Building lobby for the start of the tour.

    Join an advisor on a tour the state-of-the-art training facility and discover sophisticated diagostic medical procedures, nursing laboratories, and the surgical technology simulated operating room.

  • Women take top honors at CHS: Hard work pays for valedictorian

    For Chiefland High School’s Morgan Smith, a long road of hard work will pay off during her graduation.

    Smith was selected as the valedictorian at Chiefland, an honor given to her as the top student of her class.

    Smith said being picked as valedictorian was the result of years of studying and hard work, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    She credits both inner strength and dedication, as well as her family for guiding her to where she is now.

  • Women take top honors at CHS: Salutatorian works three jobs

    Casey Sims sure knows how to keep busy.

    She works three jobs, she’s involved with FFA and she’s also in Chiefland High School’s Cooperative Distributive Education program.

    In addition to that, the senior found time to finish in the Top 10 of her class, and was selected as Chiefland’s salutatorian for the 2009-2010 school year.

    “It was kind of shocking,” Sims said of receiving the honor.

    “I didn’t think I would get it. My biggest goal was to be in the Top 10.”

  • Bronson valedictorian follows in sister's footsteps

    Becoming Bronson High School’s valedictorian has been a long time in the making for Rebecca Kaye Warren.

    “My sister (Rachel Warren Hurley) was valedictorian seven years ago,” Rebecca said. “I’ve been working towards it since then.”

    “It was definitely a lot of hard work and determination,” she said. “I’m not the smartest person in our grade – I just worked harder than some of the others.”