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Today's News

  • Millennials sought for agricultural leadership

    The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is seeking agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply for its 2016-2018 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group. The group consists of young men and women who are interested in representing production agriculture and the farm families who make it successful.

    The Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group allows members to develop and refine their leadership abilities by focusing on personal growth, public speaking, media training, legislative awareness, issue advocacy, business management and service leadership.

  • Backpack meals program helps children in need

    When it comes to important factors in a student’s education and well being, his or her time in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg.

    The Food4Kids Backpack Program has been successful in addressing Levy County children’s basic nutritional needs outside of the school halls.

    Students take home a backpack on a Friday with seven meals, and bring it back empty the following Friday to receive a refill.

  • Remembering the man

    The runners honoring Citrus Sheriff's Capt. Phil Royal passed through Levy County on Saturday, July 23, honoring his commitment to complete the Run for Money for Key Training Center.

    Royal, a candidate for Citrus County Sheriff, collapsed and died earlier in the week as he was beginning the annual run by law enforcement officers from Tallahassee to Citrus County.

  • Haven Hospice volunteer provides helping paw to Kids for K9s

    “It happened several times,” said Kaye Gaither. “My husband Michael, Honey and I would be in a public place and a small child would see us and smile. Then their parents would see us and become nervous and direct their children to stay away from us.”

  • Accident closes road

    Drivers found themselves taking a detour to avoid Levy County Road 339 at U.S. Highway 27A after a fertilizer truck overturned on Thursday, July 21.

    While drivers are detouring to CR 339A this week due to piling repairs on a bridge, they took the detour a little early when the truck accident shut down the road.

    The truck driver, who was not identified, was transported for medical treatment. The Florida Highway Patrol has not released a report on the accident.

  • Public gets their questions answered by hopefuls

    Saturday's candidate forum, sponsored by Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate, drew several questions and raised many more that were left unanswered due to time constraints.

    What follows are the paraphrased questions and answers.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Q: What changes to standards, curriculum and testing do you support?

    Jerry Lawrence: There's too much teaching to test, he said, and it takes away from what students need to learn. He supports working toward the elimination of so much testing.

  • Candidates pack'em in at forum

    The first of four candidate forums began with a resounding message from Tammy Jones, Supervisor of Elections. Aug. 30 is THE election.

    Because only Republican candidates are vying for county races, winners will be decided when Levy County voters head to the polls in a month.

    That means when registered Democrats get their ballots in August, there will be Republican candidates on it, Jones said, despite the fact this is a primary election.

  • CF receives suicide prevention grant

    The College of Central Florida has been awarded a $294,930 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The funds will be used to implement a collegewide suicide prevention project. The project will allow the college to develop and implement an infrastructure that will promote education and awareness, incorporating the philosophy that it is everyone’s responsibility to be knowledgeable on suicide awareness, know the signs and symptoms, strategies to dealing with and know the resources to use, if an occurrence occurs.

  • Student volunteers needed for Stuff the Bus

    The Levy County Schools' Foundation needs volunteer students to help with the annual Stuff The Bus Campaign.

    If you have a child who is looking for community service hours and can be at the Chiefland Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student doesn’t need to volunteer for the entire time, but please let Matthew Dettloff at matthew.dettloff@levy.k12.fl.us or call 941-812-4661.

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  • Williston Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.