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  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for Feb. 4–10

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    ALACHUA COUNTY:

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  The sidewalks are closed in areas between Southwest 44th and 78th streets, west of Interstate 75, for repairs prior to the road being resurfaced. Pedestrians are directed to use the sidewalks on the opposite side of the road.

  • Gingrich wins Levy GOP primary vote

    Mitt Romney may have carried Florida but it was Newt Gingrich who carried Levy County in Tuesday's GOP  presidential primary. But the good news was not in the results, but in the voting itself.
    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections website reported — all precincts in — that 3,632 of the county's 8,457 registered Republicans cast ballots.
    That number was music to the ears of County GOP Executive Committee Chair Michelle Finnen.

  • Middle school voters choose Santorum


    Chiefland Middle School students held their own presidential preference primary on Tuesday and the big winner was Rick Santorum, followed by Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
    Ballots were passed out to students after the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the school day and collected at the end of the first period to be tabulated by teacher Gerry Lawrence.
                   
     

  • Club manager dies in U.S. 19 crash

    Tom Bailey, general manager of Chiefland Golf and Country Club, was killed when his car collided with a pickup truck being driven in the wrong direction on U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

  • Scramble renamed to honor golf manager

    Tom Bailey, who died in an accident on U.S. Highway 19 on Tuesday will be memorialized in the annual Superbowl Scramble that he organized at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club.
    Bailey, the course’s general manager, put together for at least 10 years what was dubbed the “Sup Scramble.” Golfers would gather to play a round and enjoy lunch afterwards.
    “Starting this year it will be called the Annual Tom Bailey Superbowl Scramble,” said club member Michael Michaelis.

  • Beth Davis retiring from school board

    From Beth Davis, District 2 school board member—To the citizens of Levy County:
    I would like to announce my intention not to run for re-election for the Levy County School Board, Dist. 2 position.
    I want to thank the people of Levy County for allowing me to serve in this capacity for the past 12 years. I consider this experience an honor.
    Many changes are taking place at the district, state and federal level in our schools.  Our teachers and staff have faced the challenge put before them in every situation.  Thank you for a job well done.

  • Armchair tour of Levy cemeteries

       The Genealogy and History Society of Levy County will meet on Sunday,
    Feb. 12, at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 NW 10th Avenue, Chiefland.
       Toni Collins, Levy County historian and author, will be the guest speaker, presenting a PowerPoint program on the history of some of the 82 known Levy County family, church, and community cemeteries. Collins also will give a brief history of the persons interred in the cemeteries that will be visited on the armchair tour.

  • Miss Winnelle's quilting lives on

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Baynard friends seek blood donations

    Friends of Chiefland civic and religious leader Owen Baynard have issued a call for blood donations to be made to LifeSouth Blood Center in Chiefland.

    Baynard, who is hospitalized, has been receiving blood transfusions and LifeSouth is taking donations in his name. The blood type does not matter.

  • Levy can protest farm agency closing on Friday

    Farmers and ranchers are being invited to attend a meeting on Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposal to consolidate USDA Farm Service Agencies in the tri-county area into one office in Trenton.
    The move is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture move to trim its budget and consolidate 131 county offices in 32 states. The moves would leave more than 2,100 FSA offices remaining throughout the United States.