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  • Fanning manatee recovering

    A boat-wounded manatee rescued Feb. 21 from Fanning Springs is in relatively good health and is scheduled to be a candidate for release into the wild in a few weeks, according to representatives from Sea World Orlando.
    About a dozen volunteers and team members from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued the mammal after it was noticed that the manatee had a gash on its back and was having trouble breathing. Rescuers took the animal by truck to Sea World for rehabilitation.

  • Boy, 10, gives fair money to teen battling cancer

    Contestants for the Suwannee River Fair are told not to get too close to their animals, make them pets or name them. It makes parting with them after the sale emotionally hard.
    Chandler Beach, 10, of Buckaroo 4-H in Trenton did something different with his 255-pound pig.
    "I told him he was going for a good cause," Beach said, after No. 132 on the sales list went for $59 a pound at  the youth livestock sale on March 21. And the bids are still coming in.

  • High on the hog

    Williston Middle School Junior FFA's entry in the Swine Division at the Suwannee River Fair gets a sip of water from Ryan Walton, 11, of Chiefland, the owner of last's years grand champion swine at the fair. Walton is the son of Lisa and Hugh Keen. With temperatures in the high 80s on Saturday fair officials waived the rule entrants were required to wear their 4-H and FAA jackets and show in their shirts and tie.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures through March 23

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    ALACHUA COUNTY:

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Southwest 44th and 78th streets, west of Interstate 75, for paving.  Also, daytime lane closures from the Levy County line to Southwest 13th Street (US 441) to repaint the roadway markings.

  • Students ask Commission for candy tobacco resolution Tuesday

    This Tuesday, March 20, at 9 a.m. the Levy Students Working Against Tobacco members will be presenting for the second time to the Board of County Commissioners to ask for their approval of a resolution concerning the sale of candy flavored tobacco.

    Candy flavored tobacco is designed to entice youth into using and getting hooked to tobacco because it has brightly colored packaging and the tobacco has fruit and candy flavoring that appeal to youth.

  • Oelrich campaign comes to Levy

    State Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) will bring his campaign for Congress to Bronson tonight. The campaign is having a meet and greet prior to the Levy County Republican Executive Committee meeting. If you have the opportunity, they would love to visit with you and hear what is on the hearts and minds of the Levy County Voters.  They will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. this evening at the Bronson Family Restaurant.
    The REC Meeting will follow the campaign event at the same location.

  • HELPING HANDS: Food Distribution

    There will be a food distribution on Thursday, March 22, between 1-2 p.m. at the Assembly of God church at 1560 N.W. 19th Avenue — Manatee Springs Road. Recipients are asked to bring photo identification and must be Levy County residents.

  • MD-Meds fills a need

    Matt Brooks and Derrick Wise feel they have hit on a business that can help fill a need — mail-order maintenance drugs and medical supplies from verified international pharmacies at lower cost than those offered in the U.S.
    The two Williston entrepreneurs presented their business, MD-Meds of Williston to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on March 8.

  • Ocala man charged with fleeing

    Marshal Myrick Jr., 22, was arrested for fleeing and attempting to elude a police office, resisting arrest without violence and driving with a suspended driver's license on March 6 by Agent Burt Miller, according to a Levy Sheriff's Office press release.

  • Man charged in truck theft

    Brian Lloyd Sutherland, 47,  is charged with grand theft auto in connection with the theft of a 1995 white Dodge Dakota truck  from a Williston residence on March 8, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Sheriff's Deputy Scott Stancil tracked footprints from the victim's home to Sutherland's residence, but Sutherland denied being involved.