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Today's News

  • CF Levy campus gets $7.28M to build

    After years of disappointment and governors' vetoes, the College of Central Florida Levy Center is guaranteed a $7.28 million appropriation that will move it from a shopping center storefront to a 44,000 square foot permanent building on a wooded campus north of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19.

  • Fanning Easter splash

    The rain did not deter a small crowd that came out for Fanning Springs' annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday.

    Angelena Hall of Chiefland fills her bucket with the eggs stuffed with candy by the Fanning Springs Fire Department and other volunteers. 

  • Quilt Festival in Trenton on Saturday

    The 2016 and ninth annual Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, March 19 in Trenton. This year the hours have been extended. The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., one hour later than in past years.

    The festival features quilt displays throughout downtown Trenton contributed by individuals and groups. Quilt and craft vendors line Main Street and fill the Old Depot.

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 17

    Thursday,

    March 17

    St. Patrick's Day

    Talk on

    understanding

    emergent ecologies

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Education Center presents Wild Monkeys in Florida? Understanding Emergent Ecologies by Eben Kirskey of Princeton University, on Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m. The Educational Center is at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown.

    Thursdays

    Library Friends meeting

  • Chiefland city commission wants housing grant

    The Chiefland City Commission held its first public hearing on an application for the Community Development Block Grant on Monday and commissioners expressed an interest in seeking a grant to rehabilitate housing.

    The hearing was on the city's attempt to obtain $1.5 million from the state for economic development.

    The grant, similar to one sought last year to help attract a hospital to the city, would provide funding for infrastructure improvements such as water, wastewater and streets.

  • Clinton, Trump win

    Businessman Donald Trump was the unofficial big winner in the Republican presidential primary voting in Levy County as he received 57.64 percent of the Republican vote. He was far ahead of his only challengers in the race for the GOP nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 19.62 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 15.30 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 3.9 percent.

    On the Democratic side former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was barely ahead of her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders with 50.03 percent of the vote to his 43.15 percent.

  • City moving on road work

    The Chiefland City Commission accepted a low bid for construction of Northwest 5th Street and approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to construct and maintain drainage and a culvert on Northwest 11th Street which is slated to go out for bid later this year.

    The city has money in its Streets Department budget for the work on Northwest 5th Street from U.S. 19/North Young Boulevard to Northwest 11th Street.

  • Moose Lodge hosts supreme governor

    The Suwannee River Moose Lodge 325 in Fanning Springs hosted a very special guest last Friday.

    Terry L. Walls, supreme governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, spent the day with members and other special guests on a stop in his travels throughout Florida. He traveled from Oklahoma for the trip.

    "Part of my goal when I come in to the field is to thank people and encourage them to keep doing what they're doing," Walls said. He strives to inspire people and let them know all their efforts make a difference.

  • Fair moves into final weekend

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show & Sale moves into its second and final week of action as swine, life skills, barbecue, and steers take the spotlight.

    And it all culminates on Wednesday, March 23 when buyers pour into the Fair Pavilion and try to set a new record: $1 million. Sales last year fell just short of that figure at just under $975,000. So the pressure is not just n the competitors from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties, but on the buyers too.

    Last year, 369 animals were sold, 232 of those being hogs, 103 feeder steers and 34 fat steers.

  • Barking dogs, bad cats draw complaints

    Barking dogs and cats who roam onto neighbors' lawns to take care of business got the city Planning Board's attention on Monday.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey presented the board with a proposed ordinance designed to stifle animal noise in the city. Owners of animals that can be heard more than 10 feet from the property line and who make noise for more than 10 minutes could find themselves getting a verbal warning followed by citations on future visits from city employees. The proposal is modeled on a noise ordinance recently adopted by the Levy County Commission.