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  • 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.

  • Goats and the Suwannee River Fair

    The fur was flying Saturday as three contestants in the Suwannee River Fair’s Goat Costume Contest struggled to cinch skirts, shirts, sun glasses and wigs around the bodies and heads of three previously unsuspecting goats.

    Spencer Hewitt, 13, from Gilchrist County, took first place in the event.  She and her mottled goat, Olivia, were both dressed as entertainer Miley Cyrus, according to Spencer.

  • Hard part isn't winning, it's entering

    Krystina Thompson, daughter of Poultry and Rabbit Superintendent Thelma Thompson, was checking a rabbit over before writing its number in one ear and sending the owner on her way to the cage area.

    Over the sound of roosters crowing in the neighboring "Poultry" area, she was directing entries to cages for chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits.

  • Cloverbuds, 4-H bring best bunnies, birds to show

    Dozens of youth showed off their knowledge and hard work Friday evening as their rabbits and birds took the spotlight at the Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale.

    The Cloverbuds went first, showing their rabbits for the experience rather than judging. Next year, they will bring their rabbits to compete with others of the same breed.

    After teaching the 5- to 7-year-olds about the process, Dr. T.L. Andrews had the responsibility of judging thirteen different breeds of rabbits, with anywhere from two to six (or more) of each kind.

  • Traffic deaths, wrecks lead to driving classes

    In light of the tragedies that have occurred in recent months due to traffic crash injuries and fatalities, the Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relation Division is offering a no cost Realities of Driving presentation to drivers of all ages.  

    At times drivers can become complacent in the driving habits and this reality based presentation is designed as a wake up call for every driver.  Everyone can use a refresher on safe driving habits, so please join the Sheriff's Office for this free two-hour presentation.

  • Memoir writing class at CFCC Levy Center

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a class for aspiring authors in April.

    Memoir Writing: Developing and Refining Your Story is for anyone who has begun writing a memoir and is looking for help in developing and organizing their story. Participants will learn to narrow their subject and how to insert information that will create more relevant and interesting characters.

    The class will meet on Mondays, April 5-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The course fee is $65. Enrollment deadline is Thursday, April 1.

  • The Suwannee River Fair Heifer Show

    Erin Jones, of Trenton, was selected as the Grand Champion in the heifer show last Saturday during the Suwannee River Fair Livestock Show and Sale in Fanning Springs.

    Jones, of Wilcox 4-H, won the even with her 1,225-pound heifer, which was raised on the faimly farm in Trenton.

    Cory Jerrels, of Kountry Kids 4-H, won the Grand Reserve Champion award with his 1,405-pound heifer.

    Several dozen area youth competed in the competition, which was divided into 10 different weight classes.

  • Local rancher speaks up for agriculture

    With the recent sour economy, agriculture has become Florida’s number one moneymaker ahead of construction and tourism.

    Robert “Bo” Hobby, a rancher himself and president of Florida Animal Care Trust (FACT) and former president of Florida Cattleman’s Association  isn’t surprised.

    The agrarian way has long been Florida’s lifestyle, Hobby told Williston Rotary members Tuesday.

    Statistically, 1 in 20 people live near something to do with horses, he said, and in Levy County that ratio narrows.

  • Federal grant funds transportation to work

    Finding a way to work just got easier.

    Levy County Transit, formerly Nature Coast Transit, has gotten a federal grant through the Job Access Commute Program  (JARC) that gives people, who meet income guidelines, a way to their jobs when they don’t have transportation of their own.

    The low-cost bus, at only $1 each way, provides a ride to work and any work-related activity, according to Connie Conley, operation manager.

  • Cross City has new radio station

    Staff report

    Suncoast Radio, Inc. of Cross City has started broadcasting as WZCC at 1240 AM with broadcasts covering Dixie County and portions of Levy and Gilchrist counties and its new owner says it should sound familiar.

    The new station replaces WYNY, which suffered a major transmitter failure nearly a year ago and went off the air.