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Today's News

  • Be what you want, but get an education

    What do a country music singer, a US marshal, a race car driver, a soldier, a firefighter, and a sheriff, have in common? Education. That was the message that high profile professionals conveyed Friday at Bronson Elementary Career Day.

  • Levy School Board nixes "Three Days Off" Plan

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings’ plan to ask all school board employees to take three days off without pay has been dismissed, he told the Board Tuesday morning.

    Because of the state retirement system, teachers must have a contract of 196 workdays. The plan would have reduced it to 193 days, jeopardizing retirement eligibility.

    “It was deemed that it would not be appropriate and we couldn’t take that route,” Hastings said.

  • Cedar Key plans Star Party

    Join astronomers and gaze upon the Wonders of the Heavens with telescopes at the Cedar Key Star Party Feb. 22 – 28. All events are free and open to the public.

    Daytime Solar and Lunar Observing at the City Park: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Astronomy Slide Shows and Night Public Stargazing at the Cedar Key Museum State Park: Monday & Friday: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. For more information call (352) 543-5350.

  • Schools will benefit from stimulus bill

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.

  • Levy transit in, bridges out in federal funds

    BRONSON — Levy County can expect to get about $1 million in transit funds from the newly signed federal stimulus bill, the Board of County Commissioners was told.

    Bruce Greenlee, head of the Levy County Road Department, said that was the news coming out of a statewide videoconference he attended last week at the Department of Transportation office in Lake City.

  • Park usage takes center stage in Chiefland

    The Chiefland City Recreation Committee meets at noon today to finalize details on a deal that will allow public access to the city’s athletic fields, including the Chiefland Area Athletic Association and the Gulf Coast Panthers semi-pro football team.

  • Participation, sales could dip 10 percent at Suwannee River Fair

    The Suwannee River Fair will be held in March, but you can expect it to have fewer animals for sale and a lingering question of whether buyers will be out bidding for those animals.

    Brad Etheridge, vice president of the Fair, told the Chiefland Rotary Club in its Feb. 11 meeting that fewer animals are being entered in the Fair than in 2008 when 460 animals sold by children from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties brought in $723,070.

  • Celebrate black history Saturday at Usher Center

    NIcholas Causey will be the keynote speaker Saturday when Levy County celebrates Black History Month at the Usher Center in Chiefland.

    The annual event, which serves as a fund-raiser for scholarships, is themed “An era of responsibility enhanced by change and leadership.”

    The evening begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and guests will hear remarks by Causey midway through the event.

    Causey is a sergeant with the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Down Home Days needs support

    To the editor:

    It has been the privilege of the Community Church of the Nazarene located at 2659 State Road 26 West, Trenton to host the Down Home Days Arts and Crafts Festival for the last two years. The Chamber of Commerce had found it difficult to continue this event due to location difficulties and hoped someone would continue the 22 year old tradition, we stepped in to help.

  • Get healthy in 2009

    The Levy County Wellness Coalition (LCWC) is hosting a 5,000 Pound Challenge that will kick-off Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at Nature Coast Regional Hospital.

    The kick off event will feature a parade, fitness demonstrations, face painting for kids, information on how and where to get healthy and more.