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  • 4-H Campers sewing inaugural was 'fun-tastic'

    It was a celebration of firsts for the 4-H at the Levy County Extension Service office in Bronson.

    Everyone had made his or her first outfit - a top and a bottom.

    The quilting on the pillows was a first experience.

    Baking cookies was not a "first time" experience, but making them in the shape of clothing certainly was.

    There was the first boy in a class dominated by girls.

    It was the first time sore fingertips united them in a universal dislike of sewing needle pricks.

  • City's flushes have sweet smell of savings

    The staff at the Chiefland Water Reclamation Plant, the place where every toilet flush meets it end, have turned off two 40-horsepower fans that keep the smell down on the sludge digester.

    It sounds like a pretty noxious idea.

    But a change in the way sludge is separated from 168,000 to 170,000 gallons of wastewater daily means the smell emanating from the plant is that of money saved on the electric bill, blowers that no longer need maintenance, and less use of a petroleum-based chemical whose cost has been rising with crude oil prices.

  • Brandon Thorsen remembered

    About 150 people turned out for the dedication of a section of Highway 19 to Army Spec. Brandon Tyler Thorsen who was killed while on guard duty in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 15, 2007. Thorsen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Thorsen were present and pulled the cover off the streetside sign. State Sen. Charles Dean, who helped pass the legislation designating the section of road in front of Chiefland High School, helped the Thorsens unveil the sign. Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said, "To me it's a small thing . . .

  • Standards will clean up Suwannee

    Back in 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act was passed by Congress and President Nixon, setting guidelines to ensure that our nation's rivers remain healthy and clean.

    It has taken most states a long time to take action.

    Some like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kansas, got their acts together quicker than others by drawing up widespread measures.

    Many others, including Florida, dragged their feet - waiting until their backs were against the wall.

  • RV sites will become permanent fixtures

    A request by Goethe Trailhead Ranch to convert 37 of 73 recreational vehicle sites into stationary park trailers drew sharp criticism from neighbors before being approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    The Ranch, located at 9171 Southeast Levy County Road 337 between Williston and Dunnellon, is a horse-themed resort with a lighted arena, convenience store, tack and feed store, the Chuck Wagon Diner, 96 box stalls for horses, and access to more than 120 miles of trails in Goethe State Forest.

  • Who is responsible for crossing guards?

    A stalemate over who is responsible for funding school crossing guards' pay is headed to the state attorney general's office for an opinion.

    The Chiefland City Commission decided in its Monday night meeting to seek the opinion after the Levy County School Board rejected its request to increase funding from $10,400 per year to $12,960 to provide the guards for two hours per day at Chiefland Elementary School.

  • PSC approves need for nuke plants

    The public's opportunity to give the Levy County Commission their opinion on the proposed Progress Energy two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis will come at an informational hearing at 7 p.m. on August 7 in the Levy County Courthouse courtroom.

    The hearing, required as part of the plant's application process, would be the only one held by the Commission.

  • Suwannee Valley Players presents
  • Bronson questions fire chief's health

    BRONSON - A recent workers' compensation claim by Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has town officials wondering if he is healthy enough to perform his duties.

    Plus it has brought about the question, would a possible merger with Otter Creek put an added burden on his physical condition and affect the best interests of all concerned?

    The quandary surfaced at the July 7 monthly meeting when Town Lawyer Stephen Warm surprised council members when he revealed Lombardo's compensation claim history over the past couple of years.

  • LARC challenges political candidates

    "Batter up" will be the cry at Strickland Park in Chiefland, on Saturday, Aug. 9 when the board of directors, staff, and consumers of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens will play the candidates for political office in a softball challenge game.

    LARC has challenged all those currently seeking, or unopposed for, political office to step up to the plate and play two innings of softball.

    But LARC isn't stopping with just two innings.