Local News

  • Badcock raises more than $4,500 for Haven Hospice

    Badcock Home Furniture & More of Chiefland raised more than $4,500 during its 5th Annual Benefit for Haven Hospice —a drawing for a large-screen, high-definition TV— bringing its combined contributions to more than $18,000.
    Eve Robinson of Robinson’s Seafood in Cedar Key won the TV. Badcock owner Carol Tew presented a check to Haven Hospice Vice President of Organizational Advancement Michael Morse and Haven supporter Harry Coleman at the Haven Hospice Attic donation drop-off site in Chiefland.

  • Bell's Daniels repeats as feeder champ

    Bell Middle FFA's Lowgan Daniels repeated as Grand Champion of the Feeder Steer Show while Hunter Anderson of Old Town won Grand Champion in the Fat Steer Show.
    "It feels kinda like it did last year, but this year is better because it's two times in a row," said Daniels, an eighth grader who named his winning steer "Teddy," because its face looks like a "big ol' teddy bear."

  • Swine judge commends children and parents

    The judge for the swine competition at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale made a judgement call on more than the porcine participants during Monday's event.
    "This is the nicest group of kids I ever had to work with," said Paul Wigley, a Cooperative Extension Agent in Calhoun County, Ga. Wigley should know as he is considered one of the Southeast's outstanding swine judges and does about 50 shows each year.

  • Livestock Judging

    Dozens of students in FFA and 4-H from three counties participated in the Suwannee River Fair's Livestock Judging contest Saturday.
    The participants, clad in dark blue or green jackets, sat in the stands around the fair's arena with scorecards evaluating four classes of market steers and hogs.
    Justin Crosswhite, an agricultural representative from the University of Florida who gave the official ranking of the animals, explained after each round what the participants should have been looking for.

  • Sheriff won't charge for dispatch — this year

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has decided not to charge local police and fire agencies for its dispatch services in the coming fiscal year as planned.
    Previously, Sheriff Johnny Smith had told municipal police and fire, and county fire and emergency medical services that their agencies would have to pay as much as $40,000 a year for dispatch services now provided free by his department. The charges were to start Oct. 1 and every agency would be required to purchase a $7,500 software program to become part of the sheriff's silent dispatch system.

  • Community garden blooms interest in Bronson council

    Members of the Bronson Town Council are entertaining the idea of a town-sponsored community garden.
    Bronson restaurant owner Jim Beck asked the council to consider the idea at Monday night’s regular meeting. Beck, citing several news articles, told the council he was worried about the potential for food shortages and high food prices in the near future.

  • Back on track at Fowlers Bluff

    David Florance first got involved in firefighting in 2000 as a volunteer with Chiefland Fire Rescue. He said he got involved because of a couple of friends that were already volunteering at the department.
    “It’s just been up hill ever since,” the 36-year-old EMT and firefighter said.

  • Vista has open house celebrating history on the Suwannee

    Much of Levy County’s early history had its start along the banks of the Suwannee River, and that history was demonstrated recently at an open house event on donated land.

  • Water district elects new officers

    New Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board officers are, from left, Donald “Ray” Curtis III, secretary/treasurer; Donald Quincey, chairman; and Alphonas Alexander, vice-chairman.

  • Event celebrates 150 years of local history

    Chunky Pond, Levyville, Bronson – no matter what it was called, it was always the centerpiece of Levy County.
    That was but one of the hundreds of historical snippets shared Saturday as Levy County celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Atlantic to the Gulf Railroad that connected Fernadina Beach to Cedar Key.
    The brainchild of David Levy Yulee, Florida senator and the first Jewish member of Congress, the railroad began in 1856 and after several starts-stops, at last reached Cedar Key in 1861.