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Today's News

  • Department of Public Safety succession plan approved

    For everyone who has asked – including the Chiefland City Commissioners – the county Department of Public Safety which operates the ambulances and fire services in the unincorporated county areas is “working fine.”

    That was the description given to the Levy County Commission on Tuesday by County Coordinator Fred Moody who sought the commissioners' approval of a succession plan for the department first drafted in 2012 and updated on March 3, just days before DPS Director David Knowles resigned.

  • Fanning fire chief demoted

    A hearing is scheduled to be held for Fanning Springs' Fire Chief who was suspended on Jan. 8 and later demoted from the position.

    The public hearing regarding the employment of Ron McQueen is set for Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at Fanning Springs City Hall. M. Michael Osteen will preside as the hearing officer.

  • 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.