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Today's News

  • A vision for excellence

    By Jerry Lawrence

    Guest Columnist

    In Gov. Rick Scott’s press release dated Feb.18, 2014, he said, “A quality education prepares students to succeed in college or a career so they can pursue their dreams. It’s important to measure students’ progress and achievements, but we must not lose sight of our goal to provide every student with the very best education.”

  • Cemetery Cleanup set for March 21

    There will be a cemetery workday on Saturday, March 21, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Hardeetown Cemetery. Everyone is invited to come and help with the general cleanup. If you have garden tools and can bring them along that would be helpful. Lunch will also be served.

    The cemetery group is attempting to set up a file with obituaries of all persons buried in Hardeetown Cemetery. If you have an obituary of a loved one, we would appreciate receiving a copy.

  • AMVETS Poker Run is Saturday

    AMVETS Chapter 422 is holding its 2nd Annual Poker Run Saturday, March 7, starting with registration at 9 a.m. and Last Bike Out at 10 a.m.

    Registration is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. The last bike must be in by 3 p.m.

    Registration fee includes your first raffle ticket and barbecue pork Dinner with all the fixings. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

    The ride route will start at AMVETS Post 422 to Camp Valor at Otter Springs, to AMVETS Post 88, to AMVETS Post 42, then return to AMVETS Post 422.

  • HOSA students bring home awards

    The Chiefland Health Occupations Students Academy for District 2 at Chiefland Middle High School attended the Regional HOSA Competition at Gainesville High School on Jan. 17. The competition was well attended and a large variety of events were held.

    Students from Chiefland competed in events ranging from medical terminology to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency medical technician (EMT) skills. Other events included public speaking, medical spelling, medical reading, medical math skills and essay writing.

  • Gun class benefits Relay for Life

    AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 88 will host a basic gun class Monday, March 9 from 6-10 p.m. with the $50 fee benefiting Relay for Life.

    The class is taught courtesy of the Levy County Sheriff’s Department.

    Participants must pre-register.

    Contact Anna Elkins at 352-222-9453 for more information or to register.

  • Yankeetown man dies after crash

    A Yankeetown man died of injuries sustained on Thursday, Feb. 26, at about 12:30 a.m. in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 19 at County Road 358 in Dixie County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Gregory Smith, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle, Joseph Burnett Jr., 53, of Cross City, sustained minor injuries.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for March 5

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Feb. 23, Justin Beau Barrs, Old Town, VOP disorderly intoxication.

    • Feb. 28, Robert Joseph Bissonette, 54, Bell, burglary, grand theft. Bond $50,000.

    • March 1, Gerald David Browning, 34, Trenton, hit and run. Bond $10,000.

    • Feb. 23, Iran Isahac Castillo-Hidalgo, 21, Morriston, violation of non-resident exemption DL. Bond $500.

    • Feb. 25, Michael James Corr, 43, Odessa, VOP DUI.

  • Service to country lives on Harrell’s final salute

    In 1965 Michael Harrell, a fifth generation Floridian, first took his oath to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The United States was ramping up its commitment of troops to send into battle in South Vietnam.

    Boot camp was short. “It was 8 weeks instead of the usual 12 weeks. That was cause the drill instructor said they needed some warm bodies in Vietnam.”

  • Bronson voters head to the polls Tuesday

    A new councilman will be elected Tuesday when the town of Bronson holds a special election.

    Katie Parks Bogart and Jerry Mongo are seeking the seat vacated by Berlon Weeks' resignation.

    Bogart said the town advertised the job and about six people applied, but the council was unable to make a unanimous decision, so they decided to hold a special election. Of the applicants, she said only two decided to run.

  • Pet adoption Saturday

    Levy County Animal Services is holding an adoption event on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Chiefland, according to David Weatherford, the department's director.

    Tractor Supply will also be providing water for those looking over the dogs, puppies and cats that will be available and adopters will receive a 5 pound bag of 4Health cat or dog food, said store Manager Chad Ekker. Pet supplies, including leashes, harnesses, collars and carriers and cages will be on sale.