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Today's News

  • Cedar Key Oystermen’s, Suwannee Oyster associations win grant for restoration project in Suwannee Sound, Gulf

    Cedar Key, Florida (July 20, 2016). The Cedar Key Oystermen’s Association and the Suwannee Oyster Association have received a grant award of $20,000 to implement an oyster rehabilitation project in the Suwannee Sound, Gulf of Mexico. One of five collaborative grants awarded across the Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor—the funding encourages partnerships to strengthen the region’s economic vitality while simultaneously ensuring the ongoing health of its natural resources.

  • Shell Mound road bids too high

    Bids for repaving and widening the pitiously rutted and worn Shell Mound Road have come in and they are well over the amount of a grant the state Department of Transportation is giving Levy County.

    So the Levy County Commission is asking the state if it can help with more money and looking into whether recreation impact fees collected from new construction can be used for the project on County Road 326/Southwest 78th Place better known as Shell Mound Road.

  • Free summer meal sites, hotline available for local kids in need

    There are 25 sites in Levy and the Tri-County area where children 18 and under can access free meals this summer through the United State Department of Agriculture’s Food Service Program.

    The sites, listed below, include several local schools, libraries and churches around Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua County, and do not require any identification or documentation from clients.

  • Daughters of Confederacy forming chapter

    A new chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy will hold a charter meeting on Saturday, Aug 6 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the recreation room.

  • Swilley Family reunion

    The Swilley Family Reunion will be Sunday, July 24 at the Pavillion at Hart Springs in Gilchrist County. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and family and friends are invited to come early and share pictures or stories about the family. You don’t have to be a member of this Swilley family, any Swilley family or friends will be very welcome.

  • Elder Options to host a public hearing

    The public is invited to attend a public hearing hosted by Elder Options on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. in Conference Room A, 100 S.W. 75th St., Suite 301, Gainesville.

  • Vendors needed for Epic End of Summer Bash

    The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will hold its 5th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    We will be giving away over 450 backpacks filled with school supplies. There will be a water slide, dunk tank and obstacle course. Also, free clothing, free hot dogs, beverages and snow cones. There will be prizes like gift certificates for kids haircuts and much more.

  • UM Men’s Falling Off the Bone Spare Rib Dinner

    The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church in Chiefland will host their annual Falling Off the Bone Spare Rib Dinner on Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland. You can dine in or take out. To reserve a dinner, call 352-493-4627

    The menu includes: spare ribs, cole slaw, baked beans, Junie’s buns, dessert and beverage (seconds welcome).

    The suggested minimum donation is $10 per adult meal or take-out with children under 10 eating free.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 21

    Today, July 21

    Thursdays

    Homemakers meet

    The Levy County Home & Community Educators group meets the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. There are no meetings during the summer months. For more information call 352-486-5131.

    Library Friends meeting

  • Levy loses “B” under new assessments

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released July 8 by the Florida Department of Education.

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.