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  • The heifer show

    It’s a contest where the judge eyes the girls from the ground up, and more often than not, starts at her rear before moving forward.
    It’s heifer time and last week, youth from Dixie, Levy and Gilchrist counties showed off their girls as they competed in 10 different classes at the Suwannee River Fair.
    The road to Saturday’s contest started as far back as two and a half years ago, since the rules for showing heifers mandate the cow be between six months and 30 months old.

  • Big decisions for a little man

    A  young man was spotted Saturday all around the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Fair with his father and he wasn’t there just for fun - he had a serious mission. Clayton Locke, age 6, and his father, Michael, of Chiefland, came to see if Clayton could decide what sort of livestock he likes best. He recently joined the 4H and now must choose what sort of animal he might like to raise his first year.

  • Field trips, suspensions dominate school board

    The seats were filled for the Levy County School Board’s March 8 meeting in anticipation of  Superintendent Bob Hastings’ recommendation on the suspension of Lillie Law.
    However, they had to wait because the meeting got off to a late start of 6:30 — delayed by the expulsion hearings that ran longer than scheduled.
    The school board unanimously accepted a staff recommended revision of the “Approved Field Trip List” to allow students to go on field trips to theme parks, but with conditions.

  • School Board, superintendent comments

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings took the occasion of the March 8 Levy County School Board meeting to praise the 600-plus employees for adjusting so well to the new Skyward data entry system that allows teachers, parents and students to access information about student performance on-line. 
    Some of the features include not only grades, but attendance, athletic eligibility and health records.
    Hastings went on to also praise Director of Finance, Bob Clemons and his team for their “tremendous efforts.”

  • 59th Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale

    Fairgrounds are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

    Friday, March 18
    3-5:30 p.m. — Steer entry
    5-5:30 p.m. — Consumer judging registration
    5:30 p.m. — Primary and senior judging event
    6 p.m. — Junior judging event
    6:30-8 p.m. — Creative Life Skills entry (non-food items)

    Saturday, March 19
    7-10 a.m. — Swine entry
    9-11 a.m. Creative Life Skills entry
    10:30 -11 a.m. Livestock judging demonstration
    11 a.m. — Livestock judging events

  • County commission has record meeting

    The Levy County Commission set a record for getting business done on Tuesday: 37 minutes from start to finish.
    And along the way, it set the record straight on the question of whether the county has an official "newspaper of record."
    The answer: No, it does not have a designated "newspaper of record."
    Only four items on the commission agenda required votes:

  • Hospital to sell bonds for construction

    The executive heading up the Tri-County Hospital in Chiefland said he is working with a brokerage firm to sell bonds to finance construction of the $70 million facility.
    Frank Schupp, project development executive with Ameris Health Systems Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., said his firm is working with Raymond James brokerage on issuance of bonds for the 60-bed hospital. "I just talked with them (Raymond James) and I'm updating data for a feasibility study that we did," he said.

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  • Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale schedule of events

     59th Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale

  • Bembry named to select committee on reorganization

     Special to the Citizen