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  • 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.

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to recent large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

  • Regional unemployment bumps above 7%

    Career Source Citrus Levy Marion reported on Monday that the unemployment rate in the three county region in January was 7.4 percent — an increase of 0.4 percent from December 2013, 2.2 percent lower than a year ago, and the lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 7.6 percent.

    In the county breakdown Levy had a 7.3 percent jobless rate, its lowest since it hit 7.7 percent in July 2008; Marion was 7.4 percent its lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 7.6 percent; and Citrus was 7.5 percent, its lowest since 8.0 percent in June 2008.

  • Rain not going away any time soon

    From the National Weather Service in Ruskin:

    THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

    DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

    ...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...