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Today's News

  • Withlacoochee Chamber serves up amenities at ‘low boil’ dinner

    South Levy County is home to the Withlacoochee River, a glorious river that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. On any day of the week, any week of the year, the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy all it’s great outdoor amenities. Conducive to boating, sailing, fishing, camping, hiking, bicycling, paddling, and birding, the river and surrounding areas have it all.

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce is the perfect host and hostess to acquaint those seeking that “Old Florida” adventure. Set in the laid back towns of Inglis and Yankeetown, the Withlacoochee Chamber works tirelessly to give residents and visitors a splendid, idyllic getaway whether it’s for a few hours, a few days, or a few months. Many residents came to the area as vacationers and found they just didn’t want to leave, making South Levy their permanent residences.

  • Levy County Schools Foundation to name two Suncoast CU scholars

    The Suncoast Schools Credit Union Foundation is partnering with the Levy County Schools Foundation to offer two $2,000 scholarship awards to high school graduates in the Class of 2018.

    Class of 2018 high school graduates in the Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s foundation.

    Applications will be open Feb. 1, 2018 and will be available through the Levy County high school guidance departments.

    This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children.

    Since its inception in 1990, the foundation has contributed more than $19 million including more than 600 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.

  • November is Manatee Month

    November is Manatee Awareness Month – a time to celebrate Florida’s beloved, iconic, marine mammal and also to create awareness and shed light on the many challenges imperiled manatees face every day.

  • Faith, family, friends help Smith recover from freakish motorcycle accident

    Faith. Family. Friends. Sheila Smith says those are the reasons she survived a freakish motorcycle accident in 2010.

    Sheila fractured her skull in three places. Her sinus cavities collapsed and her face was paralyzed. Besides a big muscle knot and a bruise on one of her shoulders, “It was just my head and shoulder that was damaged. I was very fortunate.”

    She has no memory of the accident or the two months that followed. Because her face was paralyzed, she couldn’t close her eyes or mouth. Her right eye was stuck toward her nose, which caused problems with double vision, depth perception and vertigo. She had to wear a safety belt when she used a walker and someone had to walk behind her.

    To understand what led to the crash, it is necessary to know Sheila. She grew up in Pennsylvania as a little bit of a tomboy who was afraid of nothing, except maybe a Ferris wheel and other slow-moving things.

  • Levy to get air medical service in 2018

    PHI Air Medical, a medical air service company, was granted a certification by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners Nov. 7 to open an air ambulance service in Levy County.

    The BOCC approved a required Certification of Public Convenience and Necessity after hearing from PHI Air Medical regional director Sean O’Neal and Levy County Department of Public Safety director Mitch Harrell as well as medical director Dr. Charles Wayne, of UF Shands.

    Harrell offered his endorsement for PHI Air Medical opening a location in Levy County, adding that he doesn’t anticipate it coming at any cost to the county. The location in the county is still under discussion, but the site of the Emergency Operations Center was raised as a possibility.

    “It would be an asset for the community,” Harrell said. “With it being located in Levy County, it’s going to reduce the travels times.

    The vote was a unanimous 4-0 margin; Commissioner Rock Meeks was not present.

  • Top Eagles celebrated at BMHS fall banquet

    Top Eagles celebrated at BMHS fall banquet

    Sean Arnold
    Staff writer

    Bronson Middle High School went beyond its usual football banquet to include cheerleaders, band members and JROTC, and even recognized a group of special seniors who will see their names etched on bricks at the school for future generations to remember.

    School Board of Levy County member and Bronson alum Cameron Asbell played host for the evening in his Bronson orange blazer, as he extolled the virtues of Bronson Middle High School and let his school spirit fly high.

    “If you look around, this is where the leaders come from,” he started. “Other towns have other things, but the best high school, not only in this county, not only in this state, but in this entire country is right here, and you students are the best there are, and that comes from me.”

    The members of the JROTC, band, cheer squad and football team were introduced and given various recognitions.

  • CES second-grade students give thanks

    Laura Wilson’s Class

    What dose Thanksgiving mean to you? It means I get to see my family and I don’t see them that often- Miah

    What doses thanksgiving mean to you? Its about sering food and being kind- Franklin

    I am thankful that I have a mom and family- Angelena

    Thanksgiving is of sharing food- Duke?

    Meeting friends, family and kusins, having food and I feel inspired- Grant

    I am thankful for…… Thanksgiving because it is a celebration! We all come together to give praise to God- Juliana

    What does Thanksgiving mean to you, to be thankful. - Richard

    I am thankful for…… Thanksgiving all the dinners I get to eat for my uncle (fishhead???) and taking me to kill my first buck. For my uncle David who takes me hinting and Aunt Kristi. I am thankful for my dad and mom and brothers. And to you miss Wilson- Brandon

    I am thankful for……Dad, sister, Ailin, and mom- (Airin?)

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 16, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. We’ve reached the halfway part of the quilt in the frame except we’ve decided it needs a little more quilting. The circles and half circles will be getting quilted as well as the outside strips. As we roll the quilt back to the starting point, we’ll add the extra quilting.

    Ann brought in her latest quilt top; a star variation. Thanks for sharing it with us. It’s very pretty.

    Derick and the guys from Lancaster were out. The shelves in the storage room are finished so now it’s time for us to fill the shelves. We’re finding several more boxes of fabric to measure and put out so be sure to drop by one day. Thanks Lancaster.

  • Schools Foundation STARS Gala plans are under way

    Plans are underway for The Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event planned for Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Bronson Middle/High School.

    The semiformal evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and mingling at 5:00 pm followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. The event will benefit the nonprofit Foundation with funds to support its scholarship and grant programs for Levy County Schools and students.

    The event chairperson, Stacy Swain, along with many volunteers from the Foundation Board will be working to finalize all the plans for the “Garden Party” theme décor. The evening will feature dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, live auction and door prizes. The program will feature the Honorable Joe Smith as guest speaker; a tribute to Mr. H.C. Henderson as a founding member of the Foundation; announcement of the Foundations Alumnus of the Year and recognition of Levy County Schools Teacher of the Year, Educational Staff Professional of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

  • Clay Landing Days is coming to Manatee Springs State Park

    Manatee Springs State Park will be holding Clay Landing Days, a living history event, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25. Clay Landing Days will bring you to a time when the Seminoles and Settlers lived in the Clay Landing area.

    There will be Covered Wagon Rides that take you on the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut, where Settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was like in the Clay Landing Area. All activities will begin at Manatee Springs Day Use Area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Day Use Area will also have Settlers showing cooking and crafts of the time period. There are wheelchair accessible wagon rides available. The fee for the event is the normal entrance fee of $6 for a car of up to eight people.

    For more information, call 352-493-6736.