Local News

  • 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.

  • Commission moves to aid fire department

    City commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to both extend a part-time position at the Chiefland Fire Department and to discuss at the next commission meeting the availability of funds to hire new firefighters.

    A.D. Goodman, a firefighter with the department, showed the commission a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the need for the department to comply with the state’s "2 in/ 2 out" rule, adopted at the beginning of 2009.

  • Mid-air collision kills three

    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a mid-air crash Saturday between two planes that left three people dead.

    Debbie Phillips,  who lives at 215 NE 212 Court, Williston called the Levy County Sheriff's Office and said she heard what she thought was a gun shot. When she looked out her window, she discovered a plane had crashed in the field behind her house.

    The two airplanes collided around 11: 45 a.m. When emergency workers arrived, they discovered an experimental airplane upside down 300 yards from the Phillips’ residence.

  • Outstanding service recognized

    On March 17, Vaunita Babb was honored by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families.  The 14th annual Families Up Front Awards was held at the Alachua County Woman's Club.  Ms. Babb has worked for the Levy County Sheriff's Office for the past 9 years as a Records Clerk. She was recognized for her outstanding service assisting the Dept. of Children and Families.

  • Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show& Sale Schedule

    n Friday, March 26

    3 - 5:30 p.m.

    Steer Entry

    5 - 5:30 p.m.

    Consumer Judging Registration

    5:30 p.m.

    Primary & Senior Judging Event

    6 p.m.

    Junior Judging Event

    6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Home Economics Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)

    Dairy Cow Entry

    n  Saturday, March 27

    7-10 a.m.  

    Swine Entry

    9-11 a.m.

    Home Economics Entry

    10:30- 11 a.m.

    Livestock Judging Registration

    11 a.m.

    Livestock Judging Events

    1 p.m.