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  • Real estate courses offered

    Central Florida Community College announces that the Levy Center in Chiefland has received state approval to offer real estate courses on site.

    All prelicensing and post-licensing courses for sales associates and brokers that are currently available at the Ocala Campus will now be available in Levy County.

  • Reps will listen to your concern

    Representatives for Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-05) will continue the practice of hosting Constituent Outreach Meetings throughout the 5th District in the coming weeks to meet with residents of the area to discuss their views and concerns.

    Staff members from Rep. Brown-Waite's office will explain how to get in touch with the Congresswoman to remedy a problem, offer general assistance and information, and outline what services are available through the office.

  • Power bills going up

    Skyrocketing gasoline prices continue to be much more far-reaching than what you literally pay at the pump.

    A close look at your power bill will reveal charges directly linked to fuel cost increases.

    After holding off for as long as possible, Central Florida Electric Cooperative finally had to pass some of the load to its 30,000 customers in the tri-county area.

    On your bill under "Current Charges," there are a number of lines breaking down each month's figures.

  • Drought hurting crops

    From beneath the shelter of his farmhouse's front porch, Brad Lingo smiled at the sheets of rain falling fast from his roof. The curly hairs of his beard seemed to draw tighter to his face, and though his glasses were beginning to fog, his eyes revealed the feeling that accompanies seeing a long-lost friend.

    "This doesn't solve our drought problem," he said.

  • Cedar Key bridges need work

    Jordan Green out of the Florida Department of Transportation office in Lake City made his annual visit to the Levy County Commissioners to talk about upcoming road projects.

    "We're soliciting work order priorities," said Green, whose office coordinates work in 11 counties.

    The biggest county road project in the DOT's tentative five-year plan is the bridge replacement spanning the Waccasassa River on CR 339.

    Commissioner Lily Rooks, District 4, suggested that two bridges on Cedar Key seem to need immediate attention.

  • Treasure hunting

    With temperatures in the 90s, there's no place better to be than where a Gulf breeze wafts over you. Last week, Karla Harmeier from Texas helped her niece, Alyssa Harmeier of Trenton, bag shells she found on her trip to the beach at Cedar Key. With fuel prices soaring daily, family daytrips or "sta-cations" are catching on. This week, we tease you with the state park on Cedar Key in our print edition.

  • Aerial photography no longer free

    Seems things that were once free are disappearing quickly.

    No more free air or water at the filling station. No more free luggage bags on airlines.

    For Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins, it's no more free aerial photography.

    A shocked Akins revealed to County Commissioners Tuesday that the Florida Department of Revenue has suddenly decided to bill counties with populations more than 25,000 for the aerial shots that are vital to appraisers, realtors, insurers and bankers.

    We're not talking petty cash, either.

  • Bo Diddley remembered

    Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker has always believed Bo Diddley never got enough recognition in his home county.

    The rock 'n roll music pioneer died at the age of 79 on June 2.

    "He was well known around the world," Parker said. "He was bigger in a lot of places than here."

    Here would be Levy County.

    "His mailing address was Archer, but he really lived in Levy," Parker said.

  • Fathers know best at Bronson Speedway

    The staff at Bronson Motor Speedway celebrated Father's Day Saturday night with a "Best Dad Contest."

    Caliegh and Caleb Robinson wrote a great story for their dad, Aaron Robinson, who received the "Best Dad" award.

    There was also Kid's Bike Races on the speedway and three winners received brand new bikes.Then the racers also honored dads with some fantastic racing on the track. It was a great family night of fun at the speedway,

  • Harmony golf scramble honors McElroy

    The sixth annual golf tournament benefitting the Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center took place at the Chiefland Golf and County Club.

    This year's tournament was dedicated to the memory of Paul McElroy, a big supporter of the center and an avid golfer.

    McElroy widely promoted the annual event during the six years of its existence, but he passed away just one week prior to the tournament.

    The scramble was generously supported by area businesses, who provided hole sponsorships as well as gift donations for door prizes.