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  • Third arrest made in home invasion homicide

     By LT. SCOTT TUMMOND

    LCSO Media Relations

     

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division made a third arrest Aug. 11 in connection to the home invasion homicide in Williston Friday, Aug. 4. Investigators learned Steven Demar Stacy (7-12-83), of Williston, aided Jalen Days and Andrew Robinson in disposing of the weapons used in the crime to include the murder weapon. Mr. Stacy aided the defendants in the early morning hours of Aug. 4. To date the firearms have not been recovered.

    Investigators are actively working this investigation and still need the publics’ help. Many questions are still unanswered and the community could provide much needed information. Any person who has information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111.

  • Learning to protect the children

     Guardian ad Litem volunteers from Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua, Baker and Bradford Counties attended an all-day in-service training seminar to enhance their skills as representatives in the court system. 

    The training was Saturday, July 29,in Alachua at Turkey Creek Country Club.  

    A Guardian ad Litem is a trained court-appointed volunteer who helps represent in the court system, the best interests of abused, neglected and or abandoned children. 

    Parents have their own attorneys. The state has its own attorney and children are represented by Guardian ad Litem volunteers throughout the legal process — a difficult and scary transition.

  • Rotary makes a difference

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER, Citizen Correspondent

    Rotary District 6940 Governor Lisa Weeks visited the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club where she delivered enthusiastic speeches about “Making a Difference,” the theme chosen by Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley. 

    She visited Chiefland Rotarians Wednesday and Suwannee Valley Rotarians Thursday.

    Weeks reminded the groups of the challenge Riseley had put to Rotarians to “make a difference” by planting a tree for every member in the club between July 1, 2017 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. 

    Weeks said, “It doesn’t have to be a big tree, just a little sapling.”

  • Parks’ booster organization to hold meet-and-greet

     The Friends of Manatee Springs Parks Inc. will be holding a meet-and-greet Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.

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    The event will be held at the Fanning Springs Conference room located in Fanning Spring State Park.

    Everyone that comes to the meeting will receive free food and a free park pass. The event is showcasing the Citizens Support Organization (CSO) for the Manatee Springs State Park, Fanning Springs State Park and the Nature Coast State Trail, and the support they give to the parks.

    We would love to meet you and share all the great things that are happening in your local parks. Be sure to mention your coming to support the CSO and get into park for free!

    Fanning Springs State Park is located at 18020 NW Highway 19, Fanning Springs, FL 32693. For more information, please call (352) 463-3420.

  • Levy ranchers influence Cattlemen's Association

    When Chiefland rancher Ken Griner was named the new president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at its annual convention in June, it marked the third time in a decade that Levy County saw one of its own claim that position.

    The Board of County Commissioners celebrated such a distinction at its meeting Aug. 8, as they presented the trio – Griner, Don Quincy (2011-12) and Robert “Bo” Hobby (2008-09) – with plaques to commemorate the unique honor for the county and its leading agricultural hands.

    The FCA aims to promote and advocate for cattlemen producers.

    “Commissioner (Mike) Joyner brought it to my attention when Ken Griner was elected that we’ve had two in the past, and I don’t think we’ve ever officially recognized them,” BOCC chair John Meeks said. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing these three men personally, and all three of the them are models of what a good Levy County citizen is and should be. They’re role models for the young people coming up.”

  • CF cuts ribbon to future

     The ribbon was cut to the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Aug. 11 in the 60th year of the College of Central Florida as a higher education provider in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. CF President Dr. James Henningsen said in his opening remarks that he couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate than in Levy County. 

    “Our Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus will be the first permanent higher education facility in the entire county,” he said in his opening remarks. “The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus started 13 years ago as a vision of the board of trustees, community members and then President Dr. Charles Dassance.”

  • Members of the Bridle Brigade to test their metal

    Members of the Bridle Brigade 4-H Club spent Thursday afternoon, July 27, building two robotic fish. The club divided up into two teams with each member taking turns drilling holes and cutting the needed PVC sections for the two robotic sea perches. In the fall, the club will travel to Orlando to compete in a statewide competition. The competition is part of the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event.

    The 2017 Sea Perch Remote Operated Vehicle Mini-challenge will be Nov. 4. The Marine Ecology Event offers opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of the marine and aquatic worlds. To prepare for the event, 4-H leaders and club members go on marine field trips, visit museums and aquariums, have group study sessions, conduct Internet research and develop their own “mock contests.” In the process, youth learn important life skills. 

    Club members will work on the robotic fishes over the next several weeks. The final step is adding the motors. Once completed, an underwater obstacle course will be set up where the club members can hone their robotic fishes’ maneuvering skills for the competition in Orlando. 

  • Members of the Bridle Brigade to test their metal

    Members of the Bridle Brigade 4-H Club spent Thursday afternoon, July 27, building two robotic fish. The club divided up into two teams with each member taking turns drilling holes and cutting the needed PVC sections for the two robotic sea perches. In the fall, the club will travel to Orlando to compete in a statewide competition. The competition is part of the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event.

    The 2017 Sea Perch Remote Operated Vehicle Mini-challenge will be Nov. 4. The Marine Ecology Event offers opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of the marine and aquatic worlds. To prepare for the event, 4-H leaders and club members go on marine field trips, visit museums and aquariums, have group study sessions, conduct Internet research and develop their own “mock contests.” In the process, youth learn important life skills. 

    Club members will work on the robotic fishes over the next several weeks. The final step is adding the motors. Once completed, an underwater obstacle course will be set up where the club members can hone their robotic fishes’ maneuvering skills for the competition in Orlando. 

  • College of Central Florida to host open house Friday, Aug. 11

    The College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, will host an open house celebration Friday, Aug. 11, from 2-4 p.m.

    The first permanent facility for higher education in Levy County, the campus features a comprehensive student center, campus bookstore, student lounge, health and wellness area, a large multi-purpose room, a multidiscipline science lab, classrooms, computer labs and faculty offices.

    The college is offering 100 scholarships valued at $500 each to students who want to be among the first to attend the new campus. To be eligible, students must take six or more credits at the new campus when classes begin Aug. 21. The scholarships are available to new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at another college or university.

    The scholarships are a one-time opportunity to celebrate the opening of the campus, which is the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County. The $30 college application fee will also be waived for students to plan to attend the new campus.

  • Bronson city elections will be held September 12

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN, Citizen Correspondent

    Town clerk Pamela Whitehead announced three qualifying candidates for the town council’s open seat during the Aug. 7 council meeting. First District Councilman Aaron Edmundson said he will retire, leaving his seat open. Edith Brown, Robert Partin, and Virginia Phillips are the qualifying applicants. Mayor Bruce Greenlee, fifth district, and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts, third district, will run unopposed for their re-election bids. The city election will be held on September 12.

    Parks and Recreation director Curtis Stacy announced divisions for fall youth sports. Contact football includes 8U, 10U, and 12U teams. Flag football will be available for ages 7 to 10. Youth soccer will include 6U, 8U 11U teams. Girls’ cheerleading will be available for ages 6 to 12. Stacy announced girls’ volleyball would be added to for fall as well. Signup for all sports will be held Aug. 12 at James H. Cobb park.

    • The date and time for Trunk or Treat activities is Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.