Local News

  • Three named to water board

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed, subject to state Senate confirmation, three individuals to the Governing Board of Suwannee River Water Management District.

    The are:

    Alphonas Alexander, 60, of Madison, independent contractor for The Forestry Company, succeeding Oliver Lake,  for a term ending March 1, 2014.

    Donald “Ray” Curtis III, 28, of Perry, self-employed attorney, succeeding Donald Curtis Jr.,  for a term ending March 1, 2011.

  • Let’s all go to the Levy County Fair

    The new Springtime Levy County Fair is approaching fast.  This year’s fair will be April 8 to 11, at the Williston Airport Industrial Park—just across the road from the Williston Horseman’s Park off Hwy 41 South.

     Admission is $10 per adult, and $5 for senior citizens.  Children under 2 get in free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at all Levy County Capital City Banks, Klover Leaf in Williston, Bronson Ace Hardware and Western Wishes in Chiefland. 

  • Florida SHINE program to help those affected by termination of Medicare contractor

    Florida’s SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) today launched an extensive public outreach campaign to provide reassurance and free assistance to 55,000 older Floridians who previously received their Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage through Fox Insurance Company.

    The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated its contract with Fox Insurance after determining that the plan’s “significant deficiencies” jeopardized the health and safety of Fox enrollees in Florida and elsewhere.

  • The swine show

    Participants at Monday’s swine show learned that the animals they exhibited could have all been contenders five years ago, but not as much today.

    Paul Wigley, a University of Georgia graduate and a swine judge for more that 30 years, told students at the Suwannee River Livestock Show that their pigs were once considered the best at lean and raw, but these days needed to be stouter and overall bigger.

    “I’d like to see them where all they want to do is lay like they’re going to farrow,” he said.

  • Consumer judging measures life skills

    About 35 children and teenagers turned out Friday afternoon to compete in this year’s consumer judging contest at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.

    Wearing green 4-H jerseys or blue Future Farmers of America jackets, the contestants filed into a long white room where they then rated products at four stations.

    “I’ve done it since I was a kid, “said 17-year-old Tyler Johnson, of Dixie County High School FFA.  “It’s the one I’ve done best at, and I want to represent my school.”

  • SRLSS Alumni Show

    For the second year in a row, tri-county FFA and 4-H alumni participated in a pseudo competition at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.  

    Traditionally, the final Sunday of the livestock show has been a day of rest and recuperation, as youth participants and their families prepare for the last couple days leading up to the auction.

  • High fashion at the Suwannee River Fair

    Every girl was a winner in the fashion competition and show held during the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show & Sale at Fanning Springs City Hall on Tuesday evening.

  • Whoops! Governor's office reverses, no election for third commission seat

     Gov. Charlie Crist's office has reversed itself and decided no election is needed to fill the District 1 Levy County Commission seat when Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland resigns Nov. 16.

    Thursday's announcement by spokesman Sterling Ivey is a turnaround on an email released on Wednesday saying the office would be on the fall election ballot.

  • Lights out for local skaters

    Skateboarders wanting to use the Delma Locke Skate Park at night will find they have been left in the dark, according to city officials at a recent city recreation advisory committee meeting.    

    City Manager Grady Hartzog said the park's lights are not working due to vandalism to an electric panel located at the park. He said repairs are expected to cost between $300 and $400, money the city, with its slashed budgets, would rather spend on other things.    

  • City gets tough on noise, parties

    The city commission voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to revise its noise ordinance after hearing Police Chief Robert Douglas recount the events of a Saturday party held at Buie Park.

    Douglas told the commission the party was playing loud music full of profanities.  Police officers, responding to complaints, confronted partiers, he said, but realized the department had no way to actually measure the level of noise, which should measure no more than 60 decibels at the property's boundary.