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Today's News

  • County jumps into fox penning issue

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering adopting rules to govern the penning and hunting of foxes and coyotes in enclosed lands, something the Levy County Board of Commissioners wants continued.

    The commission, in its regular meeting Tuesday at the County Courthouse, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution stating support for legally operated fox hunting enclosures. The resolution says such businesses "are a benefit to Levy County and should be allowed to continue lawful operation."

  • FCAT score delays cause complications cause

    Area schools will have to wait a bit longer to get their Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores.

    Typically released by the end of the school year, FCAT scores have been delayed until the end of June.

    Parents and students in grades 4-11 are expected to receive their FCAT scores in the first two weeks of July.

  • Kindergartners talk about their first year

    As the school year comes to a close, a mixture of emotions can be found in the hallways as friends sign each other’s yearbooks, kids hug and promise to spend time together over the summer, and students gather to perform their much-anticipated year-end programs.  

    School can be an eye-opening experience, especially for kindergartners. Six-year-old Trae Smith, of Chiefland Elementary School, said it was exactly what he expected, and he loved everything about it, all year long.  “I love to learn,” he said with gusto.

  • CHOWING DOWN

    Young contestants in the watermelon eating contest dive in mouth first Saturday during the 2010 Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

  • WATERMELON ROYALTY

    With her court at her side, 2010 Chiefland Watermelon Queen Lacee Lane gets crowned by last year’s Queen Erika Drummond. 

  • Florida farms call for override of vetoes

    Twenty-four organizations representing Florida farmers and ranchers today called on House and Senate leaders to override Gov. Charlie Crist’s vetoes of legislation that they consider critical to the continued success of Florida’s agricultural industry.

    On May 15, Gov. Crist vetoed HB 981 and HB 7103, each of which would have enacted initiatives that are priorities of Florida farmers and ranchers and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • Money for agricultural energy conservation, efficiency

    Carlos Suarez, state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced an initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) designed to help agricultural producers in Florida transition to more energy efficient operations. While this is a continuous signup, applications for 2010 funding must be received by the June 17 cut-off date.

  • SRWMD funding helps farmers buy tools to protect water quality

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board voted May 13 to provide $210,000 to the Suwannee River Partnership (SRP) to fund crop tools that will assist farmers in protecting the environment.

     The program will provide 75 percent cost share to farmers for purchasing the tools, up to $10,000 per farmer. Cost share funds will be offered to eligible farmers in Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, Alachua, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

  • Summer programs at Levy County libraries

    The programs are for all ages

    and all start at 11 a.m.

    Williston Public Library

    n Monday –        NU-YU Tae Kwon Do & Fitness

    nJune 21st -        Garden/ Art Craft Program

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Library the Williston Public Library

    n June 28th –     Hannah Roof presents Rabbits   and Chickens

    n July 12th –       NU-YU Tae Kwon Do & Fitness

  • Celebrate Flag Day with a proper salute

    Flag Day is Monday, June 14 and while many of us revere this symbol of the 50 states with the stars on a field of blue (known as "the union") and the stripes that stand for the original colonies, some folks do not seem to know how to show proper respect for it.

    The proper etiquette for the United States flag is outlined in the United States Code, the laws of this nation, in Title 4, Chapter 1, section 9:

    Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag