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Today's News

  • Eric Duquette: Part 1

    Judy Duquette of Smithfield, Rhode Island, clearly remembers when in 1993 her then 18-month-old son began changing.
    “Until then, it looked like things were going well for Eric,” said 48-year-old Duquette in a telephone interview. “He'd been saying about 12 different words and suddenly around 18 months those words were gone. He began having poor eye contact, wouldn't point to things or engage us, and had poor coordination. He lined things up. He would pile his toys into a mountain in his room and had little interest in playing with them.”

  • Education briefs

    Beast Feast to benefit students Oct. 23

    The Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting its 1st Annual Beast Feast Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Black Prong Equestrian Center, SE County Road 337, in Bronson.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.  Some of the foods being served may include venison, gator tail, mullet, sausage, turkey, swamp cabbage, boiled corn, grits, baked beans and desserts.

  • Eric Duquette: Part 2

    Last week, I featured Judy and son Eric Duquette. In the mid-'90s, a physician diagnosed then 3-year-old Eric with autism, which meant he had a wide range of developmental challenges including being nonverbal to having no interest in interacting with others.
    Soon thereafter, Duquette began engaging Eric in purposeful interaction every waking hour. She tirelessly modified his inappropriate behaviors and taught communication skills. For years, she poured her life and love into her son. She homeschooled and had public school help. The results?

  • Hastings supports changes to class-size amendment

     During his closing remarks at Tuesday's School Board of Levy County meeting, Superintendent Bob Hastings voiced his support for changing the state's class-size amendment.

    Hastings said that there was "no way" the district could meet the amendment's requirements this year, which means the state could impose penalties that could total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    "There's no way we're going to meet it 100 percent," Hastings said. "One size does not fit all."

  • Saturday health and nutrition outreach events

    Special to the Citizen
    Two more in a series of monthly community outreach events, sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, will be held  on Saturday, Sept. 25. The events, which will focus on local health and hunger issues, are at:
    n Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 NW 90th Court, Fanning Springs, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    n Mount Pleasant Baptist, 310 SW 5th Street, Chiefland, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
    Services provided will include:

  • County approves budget

    The Levy County Commission did a little housekeeping on the proposed 2010-2011 budget in a special meeting on Monday  and then approved the $58,531,978 spending plan.
    Property owners will not have their millage — 7.4212 mills — raised, nor will county employees be receiving a raise in pay. But the commission will be absorbing the cost of an 11.8 percent increase in the employees' health insurance for the workers and their families.

  • County Briefs

    Drug grant approved
    A request to accept $75,725 in federal grant money to pay the salaries of officers in the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force 19 was approved by the Levy County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Tuesday.
    Levy County Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan said the money distributed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will not cover all the salaries but he said it helped county taxpayers to get the money from Washington, D.C.

    Inmate medical in the red

  • Are you ready to grumble?

    Normally (depending on which definition of normal you are using), I am not given to much grumbling. I do admit to every now and then exercising my right to complain a little, but it is not anything to write home about.
    If you would inquire with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage she might have a different opinion altogether. It seems that the only thing we really agree on is that we do not agree on too much. Our biggest disagreement would be in this area of grumbling.

  • EncountErfEst ’10 a success

    By GENE BENEDICT
    Publicity
    Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to “normal” after the tremendous time we had during EncountErfEst ’10.
    I wanted to say a great big “Thank you” from all of the staff at North Chiefland Church of God for your support, thoughts and prayers.

  • Free Youth Hunt permits available

    The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge hosts a free Youth Hunt Dec. 11 and 12 this year.  Youth hunters 15 and younger can have their parent or a hunting mentor call the Lower Suwannee NWR to reserve one of the 100 permits.