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Today's News

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    In June of 1939, the Division of Professional and Service Projects of the Works Progress Administration published the results of their Historical Records Survey of religious bodies in Florida.

    Grace K. Raborn was Levy County’s surveyor for this monumental project and from June of 1938 until March of 1939, Raborn visited all of the County’s 132 known churches.

  • Sad day for Shell Mound Campground

    To the editor:

    This is a thank you to the couple who have been tending to the Shell Mound Camp/Park.

    We got the very sad news that they will no longer be overseeing the Shell Mound Campground.

    I hope the good people of Levy County and surrounding areas realize what a loss TO US ALL this is.

    This couple kept the grounds immaculate, the bathrooms clean, and the campgrounds safe for all – families, children, women camping alone, the list goes on.

    If you had a problem, it was resolved or a solution offered.

  • Levy commits to 5,000 Pound Challenge

    It’s a new year and dozens of Levy County residents are planning to make it a healthier 2009 by participating in the 5,000-Pound Challenge.

    Saturday scores of them showed up at Nature Coast Regional Hospital to kick off the 10-month program designed to foster healthy living through nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and heart attack and stroke prevention.

  • Stimulus to boost CR 40

    President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus legislation is a lesson in trickle-down economics. From the billions set aside for transit programs, District 2 of the Florida Department of Transportation, which includes Levy County, will receive $44 million.

    Levy County’s share: $1.179 million.

    The money will be used to pave about 2.2 miles of County Road 40 in Inglis.

  • Approval given to long-debated adult entertainment ordinance

    It’s final — finally.

    If there are going to be adult entertainment businesses in the city of Chiefland they will have a few legal hoops to go through, rigorous regulation and licensing and limits on their locations and operations.

    The City Commission in its regular Monday evening meeting gave final approval to the final two ordinances that are part of a three-part package that it hopes will deter adult business operators from locating within the city.

  • Bark-N-Purr concert is Saturday

    Local dogs and cats are tuning up to show their support for Levy County’s biggest block party, the 2nd Annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert and BBQ Cook-Off.

    On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Bronson Youth League Park on Picnic Street will come alive with a full day of family fun and activities to benefit the Humane Society of Levy County. The featured entertainer will be Sony BMG Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan.

  • Annual event focuses on a dream fulfilled

    The annual Black History Month dinner at Tommy Usher Center was its usual warm and entertaining affair.

    But the red, white and blue decorations, the large portrait of newly installed President Barak Obama overlooking the 60 attendees and the speech by a veteran Florida Highway Patrol officer who called for building a bridge between faith and government, carried the message that change is in the air.

  • Says park managers were the best

    To the editor:

    I would like to comment on the recent termination of Sharon and John McVickers as the park managers at Shell Mound.

    As a “VOTING” county citizen who uses this recreation area on a regular basis, I can testify that while under the McVickers’ care, the campsite was one of the cleanest, best run county parks that I have had the privilege of camping in.

  • Support our schools

    To the editor:

    I want to begin with an invitation:

    You are cordially invited to attend a free rally in support of public education. The rally will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in Orlando in the UCF arena. Come and be apart of history while sending a strong message to our elected officials, Save Our Schools, Support Our Students, and Make Education a Priority.

  • Novel by fugitive slave gives view into Black History

    One way to celebrate Black History month is to explore the rich tapestry of African American literature, a body of writing that includes well-known non-fiction works such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, and lesser-known fiction works such as The Bondwoman‘s Narrative by Hannah Crafts.