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  • Make your garden Florida friendly

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fanning Springs State Park will host a festival emphasizing environmentally friendly techniques for watering, fertilizing and pest control practices for the home gardener on March 21.

    The festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. , will host displays of irrigation, plant fertilization and pest management presented by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Nature Coast Master Gardeners’ Association

  • Breaking News

    West Park Avenue will be closed this afternoon, Monday, March 23, at U.S. 19 in Chiefland.  Traffic will be detoured for approximately two weeks as crews replace a drainage pipe under the road, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

  • City planners consider annexing roads with land

    Chiefland has been annexing land from the city, but it has not been annexing the roads and that needs to change, says the city’s top building and zoning official.

    Bill Hammond, director of the city’s building, zoning and code enforcement department, told the City Planning Board that it needs to consider bringing in the roads and right of way during annexations.

  • Asbell sworn; grievance denied

    Levy County School Board replaced former district one board member Billy Morrison Tuesday with a new board member, Cameron Asbell. Morrison resigned in November. Asbell was sworn in before the meeting by Joseph Smith, County Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

    Smith congratulated and thanked Asbell for his service, noting that “these are perilous times in Levy County.”

  • Suwannee Fair begins tonight

    Dig out your jeans and boots and plunge deeply into your pockets.

    It’s time for the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association Show and Sale.

    The two-week event, that encompasses Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties, kicks off today (Thursday, March 19) with poultry and rabbit entries.

    On Friday, March 20, participants with dairy cows, goats, heifers and rabbits will be at the fairgrounds to commence their segment of the show.

    The goat costume contest and and milking contest start at 7 p.m.

  • 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.