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Today's News

  • Senate bill defeated, educators still worried

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a controversial education bill last week, but according to School Board of Levy County Superintendent Robert Hastings, more controversial legislation is likely to pass without much notice.

  • CFCC News

    n CFCC To present "35 Years Later: Good bye Vietnam"

    Central Florida Community College will present “35 Years Later: Good-Bye Vietnam,” a retrospective and contemporary look at the era through the eyes of former and current CFCC employees and author Alivia Tagliaferri.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Webber Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, and is a Global Conversations presentation of the CFCC Council for Diversity and Global Understanding.

  • Church News

    n Joppa Baptist hosts "Day in the Lord"

    Joppa Baptist would like to invite the public to attend  a “Day in the Lord” on Sturday, April 24. There will be five pastors preaching throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.  Come at any time. There will also be music throughout the day and a chicken dinner at noon.  Everyone is welcome.  Joppa is located at 7530 NW 165th St in Fanning Springs.

     n  Lighthouse youth hosts Infusion

  • 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.