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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday   WRPC meeting The next Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC) Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the WRPC office located at 1241 SW 10th Street, Ocala, 34471-0323.   Florida Tourism Task Force meeting The monthly meeting of the Original Florida Tourism Task Force will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

  • Officials warn of mosquitoes

         They're back, and they're hungry for blood. With the recent rainfall, standing water and warm temperatures, Mosquitoes are going to be hatching fast, according to Matt Weldon, director of parks and mosquito control for Levy County. Yankeetown and Cedar Key, with their salt marshes, are two of the worst areas, Weldon said, though Gulf Hammock and Otter Creek can get bad, as well. To combat mosquitoes, Weldon said the  county has five trucks that spray an oily coating on the the surface of the water in problem areas, whi

  • Mosquito Facts

    n  80 species of mosquitoes known in Florida n  33 can be problems for humans and animals n  13 are capable of spreading pathogens

    --Information taken from www.mosquito.ifas.ufl.edu 

  • Citizens and officials worried about federal flood maps

    The City Commission voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night in favor of city officials sending a letter to federal and state agencies expressing concerns about recent flood map data. The letter, which will be a collaboration between City Manager Grady Hartzog and Building and Zoning Official Bill Hammond, will be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Suwannee River Water Management District with the hope that the agencies, especially FEMA, will review collected data affecting local property owners. According to a recent report from SRWMD, the maps,

  • Artist’s work reveals changes in springs

    Margaret Ross Tolbert first began painting the springs of Florida more than 25 years ago.

  • Rise in traffic fatalities prompts driving refresher

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring driver refresher courses in Bronson and Chiefland as a result of an increase in traffic fatalities in the county. The free, two-hour class “Realities of Driving” is aimed at all ages. Lt. Sean Mullins of the Sheriff’s Division of Community Relations says the course is a wake-up call designed for all drivers who over time can become complacent in their driving. We can all use a refresher on safe driving habits, Mullins said. The Bronson class is April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Train awareness

    Train safety awareness week is April 18 to 24. The local law enforcement agencies and Florida Operation Lifesaver will be setting up at various railroad crossings throughout the state in an effort to increase motorist and pedestrian awareness of highway-railroad grade crossing safety. There will be fliers for all drivers and a few gifts for  kids as well.  

  • Marion Civic Chorale Handel’s Messiah

    The Marion Civic Chorale and the Chancel Choir from First United Methodist Church will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra from the Orlando Symphony. This free-will offering at UMC will go to support First United Methodist Church Pre-School.

  • Fanning Springs Garden Festival aims at conservation

    It was about this time of year when Juan Ponce de Leon first landed in Florida  almost 500 years ago. A profusion of greenery and flowers inspired him to call the area Pascua Florida—roughly translated as “ flowery Easter”. The plants were native varieties, blooming without the help of fertilizers, pesticides or water from sprinkler systems and garden hoses, all of which have become an issue affecting Florida’s fragile ecology. Much of the pesticide and fertilizer ends up in Florida’s streams, rivers and springs.

  • Locals pedal for dollars

    Area bicycle riders raised about $5,200 last Saturday during the first Cycle for Education in Chiefland. The event began along the bike trail behind Chiefland Shopping Center and ran through Old Town and back for a ride of about 25 miles. The fundraiser attracted 33 riders and benefited the Levy County Schools Foundation's general fund. School Board member Paige Brookins, of Chiefland, was the chairperson for the Cycle for Education, spending a considerable amount of time planning and preparing last Saturday's ride.