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Today's News

  • The Week Ahead

    Students take second round of H1N1 flu spray this week  

    A second round of free H1N1 (Swine) flu nasal spray vaccinations will be provided by the Levy County Health Department for Levy County students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Consent forms that were sent home with students must be completed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school in order for a student to receive the vaccination.

    . Contact the Levy County Health Department or School Nurse if you need a consent form or have

  • Irrigation rules take effect this week

    Starting Wednesday, all homeowners and others within the Suwannee River Water Management District are being asked to limit landscape irrigation to one or two days per week, depending upon the time of the year.  

    For the first time ever, SRWMD is implementing a year-round water conservation rule that applies to residential landscaping, public or commercial recreation areas, and public and commercial businesses that aren’t regulated by a District-issued permit.

  • Blair trial delayed

    The trial of former Levy County EZDA Director Pamela Williams Blair has been delayed until March 1 to allow her attorney time to recover from surgery.

    Blair, who was indicted in November 2008 along with suspended County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker,  is accused of lying to a federal agent during a political corruption investigation.

  • New chair, old chair

    Nancy Bell of Chiefland was re-elected chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners at the group's first meeting of 2010.

    Danny Stevens of Williston was also re-elected as vice-chair of the commission.

    The vote was unanimous. Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood, in nominating the two for the posts, said Bell had done a good job of leading the county through troubled times.

  • Levy County parade in the works

    Veterans and residents of Levy County will once again have a Veterans Day Parade if one Chiefland official gets his way.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, spurred on by the absence of a parade last year, said he’s already spoken to representatives from the cities of Inglis and Bronson about the possibility of forming a committee, composed of representatives from each city in Levy County, to organize the event.

    Bronson and Inglis “whole heartedly agreed,” he said in a Monday morning interview.

  • Dear President Obama

    Dear President Obama,

    How was Hawaii? Did you get to improve your handicap on the golf course? I saw where you took the girls out for shaved ice.

    I know your vacation wasn't much after the underwear bomber tried blowing up a plane on Christmas Day.

    I'm glad you are back at work. I hope you are refreshed enough to help me out with a couple of things folks in Levy might want to know.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday

    Legion meeting

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 236 of Levy County will be holding its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The post is located at 9550 NE Hwy 27 Alt, just southeast of Bronson.  Phone number is 352-486-5003.  All ladies married to veterans (living or deceased) and daughters or granddaughters of veterans are welcome.

    Chiefland High variety show

  • Paddle by the Moonlight

     The air was cool, and the last rays of sunshine were beginning to fade as a group of 27 people in canoes and kayaks slid into the spring’s run.

    Some seemed at home in the sleek fiberglass and aluminum crafts, while others fought to steer and maintain balance, colliding and clustering with each other.

  • Johnson, Ravens claw way into NFL Playoffs

     To reach the AFC Playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens needed a victory last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

    And the Ravens got their trip to the postseason, led by running back Willis McGahee's three touchdowns for a 21-13 win.

    Chiefland High School graduate Jarret Johnson recorded two solo tackles for the game, including a decisive hit to Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell in the fourth quarter. 

  • Winter Wildfire Season Has Arrived

    The combination of recent hard freezes in north central Florida over the last couple of weeks along with relative humidity levels dipping as low at 18-20% has created higher than normal risks for wildfires. Hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps the spread of wildfires. Forestry officials are urging citizens to use caution, especially when conducting yard debris burns, bon fires and campfires. Conversely, the winter months are usually the time when certified experienced burners conduct more prescribed burning as trees enter their dormant stage.