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  • Raccoons may be cause of birds leaving nests

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.

  • Parade for Words

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School concluded their celebration of literacy week with a parade of literary characters and vocabulary words.

    Throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 29, grade levels kindergarten through second grade students, who dressed up as their favorite literary character, paraded their outfits around the track or courts at the physical education area. Grade levels third through fifth made posters and dressed up to illustrate a vocabulary word. Each class participated in their grade level's parade during their recess time.

  • What should you do when you see a manatee?

    Manatees are found in many of Florida’s waterways and can be difficult to see, especially when you travel in a boat on the water. 

    You may see a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when it dives; see an animal’s back, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or you may only hear the manatee when it surfaces to breathe (as shown here). In all of these instances, keeping your distance and passive observation are the best ways to view manatees. 

  • I-75 task force eager for details

    By Mike Wright

       The task force charged with finding a relief plan for Interstate 75 heard plenty of information Monday, but several members are antsy for details.

      The I-75 Relief Task Force met at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, its second meeting since being formed by the Department of Transportation. It has meetings planned in each of the six counties in the study area, and plans to have a recommendation by August.

  • Decision defies logic, tradition parents say

    Andrew Caplan

    When Ina Elliott got wind of the transportation change in the Levy County School District, she was not happy.

    Initially, she thought she would have to take her son to Dunnellon High School, but later learned she would need to get to Buddy Risher Park to ride the Marion County school bus.

    Elliott takes her neighbor’s son to the bus stop as well. The two students used to be picked up in front of their houses by Levy County buses and transported to Dunnellon High.

  • McCallum seeks re-election as sheriff

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum announces his bid for re-election as Sheriff of Levy County. McCallum, completing his first term as Sheriff, has over 33 years of law enforcement experience. He has served with the Florida Highway Patrol, the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office and the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Chiefland hospital dead again

     

    For the second time in three years, hopes for a hospital to be built in Chiefland have been dashed.

    The latest bad news came during the City Commission meeting on Monday evening after City Manager Mary Ellzey said CBC Real Estate Group and NeuHealth would fail to meet the state's Jan. 27 deadline to open their books and prove they have $27 million to build a 28-bed hospital in order for the city to receive a $1.5 million infrastructure grant from the state.

  • Losing a legend

    West Park Avenue had nary a parking spot as guests were ushered into Knauff Funeral Home for the service of Ralph Dahlstrom, Jr. who died Jan. 18 at the age of 82. The lines of cars were eerily similar to Ralph's Burger House around lunch time.

  • Phone app aids in boaters’ rescues

    By Abdon Sidibe

    It is a navigational tool born out of tragedy, but in an ironic twist of fate, the first lives it helped save included the son of the Tampa businessman who created it.

    Jay Stipe, president of MiraTrex Inc., had just developed a GPS-driven boater navigational app, which can be loaded on an iPhone or iPad, as a reaction the tragedy during which two young mariners were lost on the east coast of the state. The remains of the young boys were never recovered.

  • Gun Classes

    Chiefland

    The Chiefland Fastpitch Booster Club will be holding a Concealed Weapons Permit class on Saturday, Feb. 6. Class is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be at the Levy County Sheriff's Office, 9150 N.E. 80th Ave., Bronson.

    This class will qualify an individual to apply for a Concealed Firearms License.

    The cost is $65 per person.

    Contact Jimmy Anderson or Melissa Lott to sign up. Class will be limited so be sure to sign up quickly.

    Bronson