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Local News

  • 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.

  • Cedar Key plans Star Party

    Join astronomers and gaze upon the Wonders of the Heavens with telescopes at the Cedar Key Star Party Feb. 22 – 28. All events are free and open to the public.

    Daytime Solar and Lunar Observing at the City Park: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Astronomy Slide Shows and Night Public Stargazing at the Cedar Key Museum State Park: Monday & Friday: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. For more information call (352) 543-5350.

  • 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.