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  • BOCC’s first GOP member sworn in

    The first Republican to serve on the Levy County Commission took office on Tuesday and in her first meeting learned that if you don’t get something on the first try, then try a new tack to get what you want.

    Businesswoman Marsha Drew, former council member and vice mayor of Yankeetown, was sworn in by County Judge Joseph Smith at the start of the meeting. The room was packed for the commission’s regular meeting with fans of the new commissioner.

  • Exams in January? Maybe

    Levy County students might take their first semester final exams in late January next year, but Levy County School Board (SBLC) is fighting tooth and nail to keep that from happening.

    A committee to prepare the school year calendar for next year agreed, with more than 70 percent of members voting their approval, that next year's school calendar should extend the first semester of school past the Christmas break, thereby holding first semester final exams in mid-January.

  • Fade to black: Bronson's Pick A Flick is closing

    It was a nightmare for Crystal Rodriguez, deciding to liquidate thousands of movie titles and close the video store she and her mother Patty had run for the last six years. The store, for the two women who loved movies and loved people, was the fruition of their dreams.

  • Black mold takes over police station

    It was the sniffles that broke the case.

    Folks at the Chiefland Police Department were getting sick. Regularly.

    The folks at Zyrtec and Claritin were counting their profits from all the pills being taken to relieve the sniffles.

    After many visits to the doctors someone suspected something was foul in the air.

    It was Bill Hammond, city planning, building and zoning director, who delivered the final diagnosis: “You’re building’s stagnant.”

  • Ready, Set, Skate

    The sun is shining on the powder coated surfaces of Chiefland’s new skate court at Delma Locke Park. Passersby can hear the clack of little wheels as thrashers ollie up on the rails and kickflip their way off.

    The park officially opens Monday, but area skaters couldn’t wait to be the first to ride the new surface. American Ramp Company designed, built and installed the court for the city of Chiefland; the install was finished Saturday.

  • Governor fills two Levy vacancies

    Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed Marsha Drew, vice mayor of Yankeetown, to an interim term on the Levy County Board of Commissioners and Bronson insurance agency owner Cameron Asbell to a vacant seat on the Levy County School Board.

    Drew will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of commission Chair William Samuel Yearty in District 3 and will serve during his suspension. Yearty and fellow Commissioner Tony Parker were suspended from office by the governor in November after being indicted on federal charges.

  • Refuge hosts annual open house in Suwannee

    The Friends and staff of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges held an Open House last Saturday at the Suwannee Community Center in the town of Suwannee.

    Normally held at the Cedar Key NWR, this was the first time the annual event took place in Dixie County.

    “We wanted to give people over here an opportunity to get to know the Refuge,” said Refuge Manager John Kasbohm. “Based on the turnout we’ll probably rotate years – one year in Cedar Key, one here in Suwannee.”

  • Master Gardener classes come to Yankeetown

    Registration is open for a Select Master Gardener Class being held in Yankeetown from March 10 through April 28.

    The class, being held at the Yankeetown Woman ’s Club at No. 5 56th St., Yankeetown, is limited to 25 students, first come, first served. To register, call Audrey Sharp at 352-486-5131

    These classes are incorporated into the Nature Coast Master Gardener Training. The classes and their dates are:

  • Whole lotta woofin’

    For one night, anyway, country fans at the Second Annual Bark-N-Purr charity concert reclaimed Florida roads as Nashville artist Craig Morgan wailed “International Harvester,” his hymn celebrating hardworking, road-hogging farm combine drivers.

  • Inglis reacts to proposed nuclear plant

    The debate about Progress Energy’s new nuclear energy plant still is lively, as proved at a Feb. 26 public testimony session in Inglis.

    “It will forever change our lives,” said the first person to speak, Inglis Commissioner Edward Michaels.

    For good or ill, all aspects of the project’s impact on people and their environment were to be considered as part of the site certification application in sworn testimony for public record before Administrative Law Judge J. Lawrence Johnston from the Division of Administrative hearings in Tallahassee.