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  • Private vehicles approved for student transport

    Private car transportation for school-related excursions is now an option after School Board members unanimously approved the policy change at Tuesday’s Board meeting and public hearing.

    Under the new procedures, drivers of private vehicles for school fieldtrips must be at least 21 years old, have completed the appropriate background check, and submit a request form at least three weeks in advance.

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    In June of 1939, the Division of Professional and Service Projects of the Works Progress Administration published the results of their Historical Records Survey of religious bodies in Florida.

    Grace K. Raborn was Levy County’s surveyor for this monumental project and from June of 1938 until March of 1939, Raborn visited all of the County’s 132 known churches.

  • Levy commits to 5,000 Pound Challenge

    It’s a new year and dozens of Levy County residents are planning to make it a healthier 2009 by participating in the 5,000-Pound Challenge.

    Saturday scores of them showed up at Nature Coast Regional Hospital to kick off the 10-month program designed to foster healthy living through nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and heart attack and stroke prevention.

  • Stimulus to boost CR 40

    President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus legislation is a lesson in trickle-down economics. From the billions set aside for transit programs, District 2 of the Florida Department of Transportation, which includes Levy County, will receive $44 million.

    Levy County’s share: $1.179 million.

    The money will be used to pave about 2.2 miles of County Road 40 in Inglis.

  • Approval given to long-debated adult entertainment ordinance

    It’s final — finally.

    If there are going to be adult entertainment businesses in the city of Chiefland they will have a few legal hoops to go through, rigorous regulation and licensing and limits on their locations and operations.

    The City Commission in its regular Monday evening meeting gave final approval to the final two ordinances that are part of a three-part package that it hopes will deter adult business operators from locating within the city.

  • Bark-N-Purr concert is Saturday

    Local dogs and cats are tuning up to show their support for Levy County’s biggest block party, the 2nd Annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert and BBQ Cook-Off.

    On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Bronson Youth League Park on Picnic Street will come alive with a full day of family fun and activities to benefit the Humane Society of Levy County. The featured entertainer will be Sony BMG Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan.

  • Annual event focuses on a dream fulfilled

    The annual Black History Month dinner at Tommy Usher Center was its usual warm and entertaining affair.

    But the red, white and blue decorations, the large portrait of newly installed President Barak Obama overlooking the 60 attendees and the speech by a veteran Florida Highway Patrol officer who called for building a bridge between faith and government, carried the message that change is in the air.

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    In June of 1939, the Division of Professional and Service Projects of the Works Progress Administration published the results of their Historical Records Survey of religious bodies in Florida. Grace K. Raborn was Levy County’s surveyor for this monumental project and from June of 1938 until March of 1939, Raborn visited all of the County’s 132 known churches.

  • A.F. Knotts Public Library celebrates 50th Anniversary
  • Levy School Board nixes "Three Days Off" Plan

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings’ plan to ask all school board employees to take three days off without pay has been dismissed, he told the Board Tuesday morning.

    Because of the state retirement system, teachers must have a contract of 196 workdays. The plan would have reduced it to 193 days, jeopardizing retirement eligibility.

    “It was deemed that it would not be appropriate and we couldn’t take that route,” Hastings said.