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  • Two New York campers die on Suwannee

    The bodies of two upstate New York residents camping at a state park in White Springs were found in the Suwannee River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.

    The body of Grace C. Maynard, 73, from Auburn, N.Y., was discovered Friday at 9:20 a.m. floating in the river downstream from the Highway 51 bridge. The body of her husband, James J. Maynard, 74, also from Auburn, N.Y., was found Sunday floating approximately 1.6 miles upstream from Dowling Park, FWC officials said.

  • Hunting enthusiasts asked to weigh in on deer regulations

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking hunters in north Florida to give input in proposed management regulations on white-tailed deer populations.
    FWC is holding a public hearing April 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Tommy Usher Center in Chiefland to facilitate input from hunters in the area.
    Hunters in the Tri-County area are in what FWC has deemed as Zone C, and the agency would like feedback on deer population management, antler regulations, bag limits and antlerless deer takes, as well as other local deer issues.

  • Crash in Raleigh sends 3 to hospital

    A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 335 in the Raleigh community on Saturday at about 2 p.m. caused injuries serious enough to send three people to the hospital, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Lauren E. Strawn, 27, of Bronson, and her two passengers Emmalee Woodard, 9, and Lenla Fortner, 4, were transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Strawn and Woodard were taken by ambulance and

    Fortner was airlifted.

    Cynthia A. Allen, 64, of Williston, sustained minor injuries.

  • Chiefland FFA performs well under pressure

    The Chiefland FFA Chapter’s have been very busy lately and have accomplished much.

  • Chiefland FFA member takes Feeder Grand Champion

    Payton Parnell of Chiefland Senior FFA took the Grand Champion Feeder Steer Award on Tuesday at the 2014 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, better known as the Suwannee River Fair.

    The steer weighed in at 785 pounds and was one of the first animals to be sold on Wednesday.

    Here are the sales figures — price is per pound paid — and buyers:

  • Bronson to discuss water with Otter Creek

    Bronson officials have had a change of heart in dealing with some of their neighbors.

  • Blue Grotto gets facelift

    New improvements are putting Blue Grotto Dive Resort on the map as a one-stop dive spot. 

  • Commission defers taking sides in legals fuss

    For the third time this year, Andy Andrews asked that his weekly publication be named the official newspaper of record for the county's legal advertising and publication of the delinquent tax rolls.

  • State issues warning on Valdosta sewage spill

    From the Florida Department of Health:

    TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Health today issued an advisory to residents in counties surrounding the Withlacoochee river. The City of Valdosta has reported a spill, made up of a combination of storm water and untreated sewage that has overflowed into One-Mile Branch, Two-Mile Branch, Sugar Creek and Cherry Creek which flow into the Withlacoochee River.

  • Steeplechase resident complains about road work

    Sally Collins, a resident of Southeast 19th Street in Steeplechase Farms, complained to the Levy County Commission that she and a neighbor were being “targeted” by road maintenance crews that graded their street and blocked driveways with the material scraped off the road.

    “This is the worst they have done,” Collins said. And she went on to accuse Administrative Road Superintendent Bruce Greenlee of ignoring her complaints. “And he lies. He never shows up. He never does anything about it,” Collins said.