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  • 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.

  • Bronson wants a bite of Bark ‘n’ Purr money

    The Bronson Town Council is happy for the success of the two Bark ‘n’ Purr events held at Bo Diddley Park, but they would like to see some of the money raised coming to town coffers.

    “I would like to see that the town get some proceeds back,” said Council member Melody LaFlam, who noted that the town provides a facility and other services for the event. “That’s not unreasonable.”

    LaFlam asked the council to set a workshop on setting facility usage fees for the city’s facilities.

  • Seminole Indian War author to speak at quilt museum

    The Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 to 1842, was America’s most costly Indian War in money and lives lost and was experienced differently in the scattered settlements throughout the Territory of Florida. Early pioneers from Tallahassee to St. Augustine to Tampa to Micanopy lived with a constant sense of panic and apprehension out of fear of Indian attack. Soldiers sent by the US government to fight the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians experienced many tactical differences when fighting in remote places such as Charlotte Harbor, the Everglades, and the Cove of the Withlacoochee.

  • One County Commission, School Board vacancies filled

    TALLAHASSEE - 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.

  • Bowers chosen for trip to China

    Kidijah Bowers does not know what to expect when she arrives in China this summer, but she does know one thing: “I will learn a lot.”

  • 33 down, lots more to go in latest TNR

    Thirty two cats went home to their colonies in Otter Creek, Chiefland, Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend, freshly shaved, shorn, vaccinated, medicated and relieved of their reproductive organs.

  • Bark-N-Purr features Craig Morgan

    The 2nd Annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert will open at noon  Feb. 28 and provide a variety of entertaining family events throughout the afternoon.

    However, when the sun goes down the air will be filled with the music of singer-songwriter Craig Morgan. Born and reared in Nashville, Morgan became serious about his career after a tour with the U.S. Army. Every year since 2003, Morgan has had one or two of his songs on the top 100 County and Western charts of Hot Country Songs and The Billboard Hot 100.