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  • Prescribed burn on the Refuge

    As the sun dries the final traces of moisture left from a damp night, 10 prescribed fire specialists make their way into the meeting room at the Cedar Key and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for the morning briefing.

  • God Committee opens May 8 at the Chief

    The story unfolding in the conference room in St. Patrick’s Hospital brings to the forefront an important process that thousands of people deal with every year.  The God Committee is actually a heart transplant selection committee that is faced with the task of deciding who receives donor hearts.  You will be on the edge of your seat as ethics are hotly debated down to the last minute to decide which patient receives the next newly available heart. Join us in the conference room for this thought-provoking drama in two acts by Mark St. Germain.

  • NRC hearing focuses on environmental concerns

    A coalition of environmental groups has filed a petition with the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking what no one in Levy County has thus far voiced about the proposed two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis.

    If the already operational Crystal River nuclear plant had an accident that required an evacuation within 10 miles of the plant, how would Progress Energy get workers in to operate the Levy County plant located just 9.6 miles away?

  • VFW honors students, community leaders

    Chiefland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 held its annual Youth and Community Awards Banquet Sunday, April 19 to honor those who have excelled in their field in 2008-2009.

    In its program, the Post acknowledged the youth, who exhibited interest in patriotism, love of country and respect of veteran.

    Teachers were commended for being a guiding force to develop future leaders.

    The Post saluted civil servants who are the community's protectors.

    Artists and youth who support the VFW National Home were cited for "adding a ray of sunshine."

  • LARC aces crucial state audit

    Donnie knows he has a right to dignity. Daniel is able to read and write. Frank knows how and when to dial 9-1-1. Every client at Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) has a plan for learning and achievement, and the staff and volunteers help them reach their goals.

  • Video: Chiefland City Hall gets a facelift
  • Don Quincey to lead SRWMD

    The Suwannee River Water Management District  governing board elected officers at its March meeting.

     Donald J. Quincey Jr. of Chiefland, was elected chairman. Quincey was appointed to the board in 2008 and represents the Lower Suwannee basin. He is owner and president of Quincey Cattle Company and also serves as a board member for the Florida Cattleman’s Association.  

  • Baynard is Citizen of the Year

    Ben Lott is usually a man who shies from the limelight, but as president of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, the banker enjoyed his moment Tuesday night.

    In the audience immediately below the stage sat Realtor and Mormon Church leader Owen Baynard. He had been told to bring his friend and business partner Tommy Harrington to the dinner.

  • Dogan Cobb retires from LARC board

    Twenty seven years ago when Dogan Cobb joined the board of directors of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens, he told LARC Executive Director Betty Walker, then new to the job, that he'd stay in his job as long as she stayed in hers.

    Last Wednesday, Cobb reluctantly broke his promise, retiring from the board. Walker said she'd forgive him – after all, Cobb is 98 years old.

    “He's a good man,” she said.

    “In 27 years, we never had a cross word between us.”

  • Jail inmate with big medical bill bonded out

      The Levy County jail inmate whose treatment ran up a $236,107.75 bill was released from jail after Weeks Bons posted her $50,000 bail. The release is good news for Levy County as it will no longer be financially responsible for her treatment. It's the second bit of good news for the county as North Florida General Hospital cut the outstanding bill by 35 percent, County Coordinator Fred Moody said. Moody said he has informed the commissioners on the progress of the one big medical bill for the jail and the total medica