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  • Poker run Saturday helps families kick cancer's butt

    The 4th Annual Kicking Cancer's BUTT Poker Run is Saturday, Sept. 28, with a ride that begins in Chiefland and winds throughout scenic Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties before coming to an end at the Seabreeze Restaurant in Cedar Key.

    All proceeds go to the BACK Fighting Cancer Inc., a non-profit group whose primary mission is to provide financial assistance to families with a child fighting cancer in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

  • Runaway teens located

    Two teens, one from Cedar Key and one from Yankeetown, have been found and are in custody in Miami. 

    Oshun Dunn, of Cedar Key, and Sydney Allen, of Yankeetown, both 15, are believed to have left home on Saturday, Sept. 21, between 1:30 and 5:30 a.m. Dunn took his mother's vehicle which was later found at the Wacassassa boat ramp.

    A law enforcement source said the two have been arrested in the Miami area in a car that was reported stolen from the Gulf Hammock area.

  • Summer's over, unemployment drops

    Good news for those in Levy County seeking a job, the unemployment rate for August was 7.9 percent, a drop of 0.8 percent from July's rate of 8.7 percent.

    Surrounding counties served by Workforce Connection, the region's career service, also saw dips in unemployment. The regional rate was 7.9 percent in August, down 0.4 percent from July, and down 2.2 percentage points compared to a year ago. It was 7.9 percent for Marion County, a decrease of 0.4 percent and 8 percent for Citrus County, also down 0.4 percentage points.

  • FWC proposing rules changes for turkeys

     For the 2014-2015 hunting season, the FWC is proposing greater flexibility for harvesting wild turkeys on private lands by removing the daily bag limit of one. 

  • Klan propaganda thrown in black council members' yards

    Three Bronson Council members got an unwelcome surprise thrown in their yards and driveways some time during the weekend, just a few days after the town elections.
    Council Member Beatrice Roberts, at the end of Tuesday Night's town council meeting, held up a Ziplock bag containing a rock and a leaflet bearing the name of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Klu Klux Klan.

  • Beast Feast in October

    The Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting its  4th Annual Beast Feast on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Etheridge Cracker House, located at N.E. 140th Ave., Williston.   

  • Hip hop organizers working with county on concert

    Two of the organizers of the Labor Day Hip Hop Extravaganza that was cancelled by a court order met with the Levy County Commission and said their event was meant to be one with a positive message that was misunderstood. 

  • CHS votes for class officers

     Above and left, Chiefland High School seniors vote for class officers Friday, Sept. 13.

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones and her staff provided the students with electronic voting machines and registered the students. 

  • Florida ranks high for fire science schools

     Of the top 80 institutions in the U.S. providing the best return on investment to emergency medical technician (EMT) graduates, 20 institutions belong to the Florida College System (FCS). Fire Science Online identified the top programs to help students and families make informed decisions.

  • CEE to meet Sept 19 in Williston

    Citizens for an Engaged Electorate will have its first meeting after the summer hiatus on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Williston Community Center (behind Walgreens). The main topic will be the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment with reports about signature-gathering events held during the summer and plans for upcoming events. With the deadline for turning in petitions November 30, this phase is nearly at an end. If our goal is met, the education phase will begin immediately.