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  • New regs on driver IDs cause for headaches

    There was a time when passing written, eye and driving tests were all you needed to be a legal Florida driver. These days, you have to have concrete proof of who you are.

    As of Jan. 1, new requirements went into effect for anyone renewing or getting a new driver’s license, and it’s caused a few headaches for those who issue the licenses.

    “I’ve been chewed out and cussed at,” Linda Fugate, Levy County Tax Collector, told Williston Rotary Club members last week as she explained what’s needed to be a legal driver.

  • Suwanne River Fair Livestock Show & Sale Opens

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, operated by the Suwannee River Fair Association, may just be the year's biggest entertainment bargain.

    The fair, show and sale is in its 58th year and it shows no signs of slowing, having grown to cover two weekends — nine days in all. It opens on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. with the poultry and rabbit entries arrival, and takes a break after the last animal is released on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. The first weekend features poultry, rabbits, goat, dairy cows, heifers and horses.

  • Skill-a-Thon tests equine knowledge

    Do you know the horse grooming process? Can you explain life cycles and prevention of external parasites?

    Then you may be a perfect contestant for the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale's Horse Skill-a-Thon Contest.

    The Skill-a-Thon is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. It is open to participants in the livestock show.

    The individual exam tests knowledge ranging from horse health and coat markings to anatomy and equipment.

  • Kids learn life lessons from raising livestock

    Sixteen-year-old Kodie Meeks, of Chiefland, said she started raising homegrown feeder steers and entering them into contests when she was 9.

    But last year was the first time she won.  She was reserve champion at the 2009 Levy County Livestock Fair with a Black Angus Macros named Oakie.

    “He was so sweet,” she said.  “He was just like a big old Teddy Bear.”

    A 750-pound Teddy Bear, that is.

  • City to apply for EPA grant

    Chiefland residents wanting curbside recycling services might get their wish if the city receives a federal conservation grant.

    The city commission voted unanimously 4-0 Monday night to approve an application for a resource conservation grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Commissioner Frank Buie was absent from Monday's meeting due to illness.

    The application, according to the commission, will ask for about $45,000 to cover two years worth of recycling services from Waste Pro, the city’s current waste removal service company.

  • Juror issue raised in Yearty, Parker conviction

    A juror's complaint about the actions of other jurors during the federal corruption trial of  two Levy County commissioners has been brought to the attention of the judge.

    Attorney Gloria Fletcher filed a motion on Feb. 25 notifying federal District Judge Stephan P. Mickle that the unnamed juror approached her son saying the jurors discussed the case while outside the courtroom at lunch and some had made up their minds on the verdict before hearing all the evidence.

  • Crashes spur county to new policy

    A spate of crashes in the last month involving Levy County vehicles— including one where a gentleman's agreement on who would pay for the repairs — is resulting in a policy being written on the handling of such incidents.

    In the past month, a county vehicle used by the extension office, a county truck that was towing portable work lights, and a county dump truck loaded with asphalt were all involved in accidents.

  • CES students strut for babies

    The pavement was alive with the pitter-patter sound of hundreds of tiny feet walking, skipping and running.

     Some of the children, arms flailing, lungs gasping, were striving to take the lead, while others, with a more modest gait, were content to bring up the rear.

    They circled the track like a giant centipede; separate parts headed in the same direction and with the same goal in mind.

  • Levy students turn out to test their knowledge

    The Tri-County Land Judging contest, hosted this year by Levy Soil and Water Conservation District, brought more than 50 FFA students together Friday to test their knowledge of soil and land characteristics.

    All Levy County middle and high schools were represented, as well as several teams from Bell in Gilchrist County. Dixie County was unable to attend this year.  

  • Prescribed fire helps natural areas, residents

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is promoting the awareness of prescribed fire’s vital role in maintaining the health of state  forests and other natural areas, as well as protecting the safety of the residents and visitors.