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  • Six trophies, no winners in horse show cuts

    The horse show at the Suwannee River Fair was smaller this year. About 60 percent smaller. Show devotees who showed up past noon to check out the speed events would have been greeted by an empty arena and a small crowd, drifting away. There was no speed competition this year, and only nine girls competed in the other events, although more than 30 had entered.

    The reason?

  • Hospital still on track

    The Tri County Hospital is slow to come to fruition but it’s still on track to happen says the facility’s chief executive officer.

    Frank Schupp, who is in Arkansas on business this week, said his company is working on doing a joint venture with another company to finalize financing and make the hospital a reality.

    Schupp said he was not at liberty to reveal the name of the other company, but he expects financing to be worked out in 30-45 days.

  • No trial for Yearty, Parker until May

    The federal trial of two suspended Levy County Commissioners and the former executive director of a business board associated with the county has been delayed until May 4.

    Suspended commissioners W.S. “Sammy” Yearty and Robert Anthony “Tony” Parker, and Pamela Blair, resigned executive director of the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Authority, were granted the delay on Thursday.

  • Lions Club looks for members

    If the third time is the charm, then the Chiefland Lions Club latest attempt to revitalize its membership won’t have a problem.

    The club, formed years ago, was successful and thriving but somewhere along the line interest waned. Then two years ago, it regrouped and came on like gangbusters only to fall by the wayside again.

    This time however, highly motivated people with a firm desire to support the community are determined to build up the membership and once again become an invaluable resource to the city of Chiefland and the surrounding area.

  • No Smoking mural coming to Chiefland

    The city of Chiefland is on board with deterring smoking even if it means granting $400 in fee waivers to put up an anti-smoking mural in the city’s commercial corridor.

    Kristina Zachry, a state Health Department worker who coordinates the Students Working Against Tobacco, asked the City Commission for a waiver of the $100 application fee and $300 hearing fee for a special exception permit for the mural.

    She said the group plans to paint a mural on the side of the Sav-A-Lot building in the shopping plaza at the intersection of state roads 129 and 55.

  • Hold on a minute(s) says commission

    The Levy County Commission’s divisions broke out into the open Tuesday with disagreements on the wording of minutes for the February meetings and which roads to submit for secondary consideration of federal economic stimulus money.

    The board’s meetings usually end uneventfully as they approve minutes of past meetings, but on Tuesday Commissioner Danny Stevens asked to table the minutes of the Feb. 17 meeting because of wording and in discussion about Feb. 3 meeting minutes Stevens said he wanted the minutes re-worded before approving them.

  • Flutist to perform in Bronson

    Donna Wissingar, renowned flutist and educator will present live musical performances at the Bronson Public Library March 12 at 6 p.m.

  • Be a part of the Community Garden

    Always wanted to grow your own flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables? Get involved, save money, and meet new people while enjoying nature.

    Become one of the first to participate in this exciting new community project. Call 352-486-3405 today to reserve your space in the Bronson Community Garden. Plots are now available in the new Community Garden, located on Hilltop School campus between Garner Street and Mongo Street behind the courthouse in Bronson. Individuals and families are welcome to join.

  • Hastings tells Rotary 100 could lose jobs

    Levy County Schools Superintendent Robert Hastings spoke to the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday, offering a “state of the union” on the current budget situation. Hastings said the district is expecting the state to cut approximately $7 million from next year’s budget. That will most likely mean that the district will have to reduce its staff by 90 to 100 employees by the start of next school year, Hastings said.

    “When you spend 81 percent of your budget on salaries, the only way to find $7 million is through salaries,” he said.

  • Make your garden Florida friendly

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fanning Springs State Park will host a festival emphasizing environmentally friendly techniques for watering, fertilizing and pest control practices for the home gardener on March 21.

    The festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. , will host displays of irrigation, plant fertilization and pest management presented by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Nature Coast Master Gardeners’ Association