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  • Rubio’s statewide amibitions defer to Gov. Crist

    Marco Rubio is not sure which office he will be running for in 2010, but whatever statewide opportunity comes available, he is ready.

    Rubio, who has formed an exploratory committee, addressed the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Memorial Dinner on Friday, March 27.

    Rubio’s choice of which office to seek is complicated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. The Republican has announced he will not seek re-election next year and the iffyness of Gov. Charlie Crist’s plans to seek the office.

  • Judge considering a motion to dismiss

    A lawsuit by A.D. “Andy” Andrews, landscape tree grower and publisher of the Levy County Journal, against the Chiefland Citizen is being considered for dismissal by Circuit Judge David O. Glant.

    Lawyers for both sides argued the merits of keeping the suit alive or dismissing it in Glant’s chambers on Monday morning,.

  • Lobbying the Legislature

    Daniel Rose brought a letter he had composed to Florida’s state legislators. David Estep quietly rehearsed his statement. On the bus trip to Tallahassee last Wednesday, they and 15 other mentally handicapped clients of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens prepared themselves to go to the state capitol and remind lawmakers that the economy was hitting them harder than almost anyone in Florida.

    “I’m concerned about these budget cuts,” said Estep.

    “I’m worried LARC might have to close its doors.”

  • Lobbying the Legislature

    On the same day, Levy County School Board members Paige Brookins and Rick Turner also visited the state capitol, as did Levy County Parks and Recreation director Matt Weldon. Levy County Education Association representative Cindy Roach was also on hand. There was also a statewide rally of teachers and students on the capitol steps to get lawmakers to address budget shortfalls in public schools.

  • Chiefland home to pharmaceutical research

    Members of the Chiefland Area Lions Club were given insight into one of the most innovative and astonishingly little known businesses in the city.

    Tammy Parrott, Clinical Director of Southeast Clinical Research’s Chiefland Lab, was in attendance at the Lions Club meeting March 18 to give an informative and in depth look at the exciting future of pharmaceutical research.

  • AARP hears about fire extinguisher importance

    On Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, AARP held its regular monthly meeting at the Trenton Community Center.

  • Marco Rubio to speak in Chiefland

    The Levy County Republican Party’s  Lincoln- Reagan Memorial Dinner will be  Friday, March 27 at Bubbaque’s Restaurant in Chiefland. 

    The guest speaker will be the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco Rubio,  best known for his book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.  Rubio traveled around the state to gather ideas from citizens for this book.  During his tenure as Speaker Marco Rubio championed a conservative, small-government approach to Florida’s government.

  • Most wanted suspect caught

    One of Levy County's most wanted suspects was arrested without incident on Friday, March 20.

    According to a news release from Williston Investigator James Bond, members of the U.S. Marshal's Office, the Levy County Sheriff's Office task force, the Williston Police Department and the Probation Department caught up with the suspect, Allen Mack, 36, at 450 S.E. 144th Ave. in Williston. From information received earlier in the day, he was believed to be staying with a co-worker at the Highlands area address.

  • Fire chief injured in wreck

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward and well-known Chiefland watermelon grower and festival supporter Murray Tillis were injured in a Sunday night accident that hospitalized the drivers and passengers.

  • BOCC seeks grant for clammers

    The Levy County Commission has approved seeking a $121,000 federal stimulus grant to benefit the clammers and oystermen at Cedar Key.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks brought up the non-agenda item at the Commission meeting on Tuesday morning and the commissioners immediately agreed to take up the matter.

    Rooks said she had received a letter from the Levy County Soil and Water Conservation Board the afternoon before saying the money is available and the grant application must be submitted by April 6.