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  • Coffee with the Lions

    Morriston’s Small Farms subdivision is in an uproar over the location of lions, tigers, bears, apes and monkeys in their neighborhood — with some animals as close as 250 feet to a child’s bedroom.

     

    “I get the pleasure of looking at the lion while I have my morning coffee,” said Neva Riding, who lives across from a lion cage at the animal sanctuary on Southeast 192nd Court.

  • FEMA at work to provide help in Fowlers Bluff

    The big golden brown vehicle looks a lot like an RV on a visit to Fowlers Bluff just sitting outside the Volunteer Fire Department building, but the big dish on top says it is much more.

    FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — has sent the big bus known as a Disaster Recovery Center and a team of workers to help the residents affected by the spring flooding between March 26 and May 5 on the Suwannee River.

  • The future of our springs

    Levy County's two major springs, Fanning and Manatee, are considered important gems in the crown of Florida's fresh water system. However, experts warn that without cooperation among planners, residents and agricultural and industrial systems, the springs could be damaged beyond repair.

  • Custodian keeps job ... for now

    Chiefland Elementary School’s Head Custodian Dan Clark received notice Friday that he is facing termination of employment based on accusations of willful insubordination and timecard dishonesty.

    Superintendent Robert Hastings asked the School Board Tuesday to suspend Clark’s employment without pay until the next board meeting when he would recommend termination.

    Hastings said that Clark has neglected his duties, failed to accurately report his time, returned late after lunch, and repeatedly parked in the wrong place.

  • State budget concerns Bembry

    State Representative Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, visited Cedar Key last week and commented on the recently passed state budget.

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    Bembry said he finds Florida’s finances worrisome.

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • Breaking News FEMA opens shop at Fowlers Bluff

    The big golden brown vehicle looks a lot like an RV on a visit to Fowlers Bluff just sitting outside the Volunteer Fire Department building, but the big dish on top says it is much more.

                FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — has sent the big bus known as a Disaster Recovery Center and a team of workers to help the residents affected by the spring flooding between March 26 and May 5 on the Suwannee River.

  • Burned in Bronson

    Lee’s Grocery, a landmark business across from Bronson Motor Speedway on State Road 24 burned Monday morning turning a family’s income into smoke and ashes.

    Mohammad Rashid, 24, was working alone at the store when he noticed smoke coming from a storage area on the back left side of the building. He said there was only one customer, a woman, in the store at the time.

    “I asked the customer can you please leave, because there is smoke and she needs to leave,” said Rashid, who with two other brothers works in the store.

  • Senior housing approved

    A 77-unit senior housing development planned for construction at the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest 10th Street won the Chiefland City Commission’s blessing and a commitment to waive $20,000 in building permit fees.

    The action came in a city commission meeting that also saw a renewal of its relationship with Michael Michaelis as the city’s insurance agent and a notice by the Florida Police Benevolent Association that it wants to reopen wage negotiations.

  • Kidnap attempt thwarted

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants

    and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • It's audition time for children

    Suwannee Valley Players announces auditions for our summer youth production “Class Acts”, a series of one act plays.  School aged children are encouraged to join us for  a summer of learning and fun. Auditions are Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. and Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m.  Show dates July 17-19 and July 24-26.