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  • Schools will benefit from stimulus bill

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.

  • Levy transit in, bridges out in federal funds

    BRONSON — Levy County can expect to get about $1 million in transit funds from the newly signed federal stimulus bill, the Board of County Commissioners was told.

    Bruce Greenlee, head of the Levy County Road Department, said that was the news coming out of a statewide videoconference he attended last week at the Department of Transportation office in Lake City.

  • Park usage takes center stage in Chiefland

    The Chiefland City Recreation Committee meets at noon today to finalize details on a deal that will allow public access to the city’s athletic fields, including the Chiefland Area Athletic Association and the Gulf Coast Panthers semi-pro football team.

  • Participation, sales could dip 10 percent at Suwannee River Fair

    The Suwannee River Fair will be held in March, but you can expect it to have fewer animals for sale and a lingering question of whether buyers will be out bidding for those animals.

    Brad Etheridge, vice president of the Fair, told the Chiefland Rotary Club in its Feb. 11 meeting that fewer animals are being entered in the Fair than in 2008 when 460 animals sold by children from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties brought in $723,070.

  • Celebrate black history Saturday at Usher Center

    NIcholas Causey will be the keynote speaker Saturday when Levy County celebrates Black History Month at the Usher Center in Chiefland.

    The annual event, which serves as a fund-raiser for scholarships, is themed “An era of responsibility enhanced by change and leadership.”

    The evening begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and guests will hear remarks by Causey midway through the event.

    Causey is a sergeant with the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Get healthy in 2009

    The Levy County Wellness Coalition (LCWC) is hosting a 5,000 Pound Challenge that will kick-off Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at Nature Coast Regional Hospital.

    The kick off event will feature a parade, fitness demonstrations, face painting for kids, information on how and where to get healthy and more.

  • Bell stands firm on ‘piggy-backing’

    Levy Commission Chair Nancy Bell, who voted against a plan to “piggy back” county purchases onto bids secured by other governments, came out swinging against a proposal to buy two trailers for solid waste services.

    Rod Hastings, who was standing in for an ill Benny Jerrell, the solid waste department head, said the operation needed two 53-foot trailers, an upgrade from the shorter trailers now used. He said the new trailers would allow the county to haul a larger volume of waste to the New River site on each trip than it currently can.

  • Schools directed to eliminate a spring sports program

    Acting on a directive from Superintendent Bob Hastings, every Levy County high school has eliminated one spring sport program from its schedule.

    After careful review, Chiefland High eliminated the tennis program, Hastings said.

    “I asked the principals to look at the least disruptive or intrusive place to cut,” Hastings said. Recreational sports that do not offer scholarship potential or have high participation were the ones most likely up for elimination.

  • Some educators will see pay cuts

    Superintendent Bob Hastings has told Levy County teachers to prepare for more budget cuts, including some that will in effect result in a pay cut to many area educators.

    Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all high school teachers will be required to teach six out of six class periods every day, according to Hastings. After-school seventh period classes will be eliminated and that time will become the teachers’ planning period, he said.

  • Louise Breeden retires from Perkins State Bank Board of Directors

    Friday, Jan. 30 friends and family members joined Louise B. Breeden to celebrate her retirement from the Perkins State Bank Board of Directors at a reception held at the Williston Branch.

    Breeden has served Perkins State Bank in various capacities in her 65 years of service, including serving nearly 30 years on the board. She announced her retirement from the board as of Dec. 31, 2008.