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Today's News

  • Fuller's time to take it easy

    By Lacy S. Harris

  • Deal made in sunshine case

    Three Fanning Springs council members who were charged with violating the sunshine law have pleaded no contest.

    Charges against Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were filed with the Levy County Clerk's Office on Jan. 26. The arraignment date was changed from Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 2.

  • Raccoons may be cause of birds leaving nests

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.

  • Parade for Words

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School concluded their celebration of literacy week with a parade of literary characters and vocabulary words.

    Throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 29, grade levels kindergarten through second grade students, who dressed up as their favorite literary character, paraded their outfits around the track or courts at the physical education area. Grade levels third through fifth made posters and dressed up to illustrate a vocabulary word. Each class participated in their grade level's parade during their recess time.

  • What should you do when you see a manatee?

    Manatees are found in many of Florida’s waterways and can be difficult to see, especially when you travel in a boat on the water. 

    You may see a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when it dives; see an animal’s back, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or you may only hear the manatee when it surfaces to breathe (as shown here). In all of these instances, keeping your distance and passive observation are the best ways to view manatees. 

  • CF offering connect to UCF

    The College of Central Florida has joined DirectConnect to UCF. This partnership with the University of Central Florida guarantees UCF admission to students who earn an Associate in Arts or an articulated Associate in Science at CF.

  • I-75 task force eager for details

    By Mike Wright

       The task force charged with finding a relief plan for Interstate 75 heard plenty of information Monday, but several members are antsy for details.

      The I-75 Relief Task Force met at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, its second meeting since being formed by the Department of Transportation. It has meetings planned in each of the six counties in the study area, and plans to have a recommendation by August.

  • Now I Lay Me down to Count Sheep

     All my life, sleep has been a most trusted companion. I never leave home without it. It does not matter where I am or what I am doing, I can sleep at the drop of a hat.

     For years, I have heard of people who had problems sleeping at night. I have never been one of those people. I can sit down in a chair and in a few winks, the snoring machine begins. I can never understand people who could not sleep. I always thought they were kind of joking about the whole scenario. Then it happened to me this week.

  • Now I Lay Me down to Count Sheep

     All my life, sleep has been a most trusted companion. I never leave home without it. It does not matter where I am or what I am doing, I can sleep at the drop of a hat.

     For years, I have heard of people who had problems sleeping at night. I have never been one of those people. I can sit down in a chair and in a few winks, the snoring machine begins. I can never understand people who could not sleep. I always thought they were kind of joking about the whole scenario. Then it happened to me this week.

  • Stay true to your Christianity

     I spent my last few days of this deer season in Alabama with Jonathon and Hubert (Hube). Jonathon brought Hube not only because they are friends but because it was Hube’s 80th birthday and because Hube loves to hunt. He likes hunting deer and turkey but he is especially keen on bear hunting where he walks the mountains following his pack of dogs. His slender frame is strong and healthy. I ask him how he stayed that way. He replied, “Good livin’ and good eatin’.”