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Today's News

  • Mad Hatter party rewards students

    From the outside it looks like just another of the portables at Chiefland Elementary School.
    But the No. 10 portable is a special place with lavender curtains and pretty teacups in formal settings on a long table covered with a tablecloth and decorated for an afternoon party.
    No desks are in sight.
    Instead, about 30 fourth grade students at Chiefland Elementary School are taking a break after doing good on their practice tests for the writing portion of the FCAT — Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

  • Miss Winnelle's quilting lives on

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Annual star party coming to Cedar Key

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and Cedar Key Museum State Park will host the National Stars-n-Parks Programs on Monday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 24.

  • Baynard friends seek blood donations

    Friends of Chiefland civic and religious leader Owen Baynard have issued a call for blood donations to be made to LifeSouth Blood Center in Chiefland.

    Baynard, who is hospitalized, has been receiving blood transfusions and LifeSouth is taking donations in his name. The blood type does not matter.

  • Levy can protest farm agency closing on Friday

    Farmers and ranchers are being invited to attend a meeting on Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposal to consolidate USDA Farm Service Agencies in the tri-county area into one office in Trenton.
    The move is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture move to trim its budget and consolidate 131 county offices in 32 states. The moves would leave more than 2,100 FSA offices remaining throughout the United States.

  • Rotary gears up for Tour de Melon

    A Chiefland civic group has a plan for the city to capitalize on the area's rural beauty while at the same time contributing to charitable foundations.
    Suwannee Valley Rotary President Paige Brookins told the Chiefland City Commission Monday night that the group is planning to organize a bike ride in June in conjunction with the city's annual watermelon festival.
    Tour de Melon is the name of the event, and Brookins said she hopes to have hundreds of people participate

  • STARS come out Saturday for students

    The 12th Annual STARS Gala, hosted by the Levy County Schools Foundation, will be held Saturday at Chiefland Elementary School, but this is much more than a gathering of the county's movers and shakers. The event's theme this year is Set Sail For Education: Port Levy,
    The event raises money for students to go on field trips, for teachers to help classes take on educational projects and for high school graduates to attend college.

  • Birds of a feather ...

    Three pelicans, watchful for a meal, amble along the surface of the water Friday afternoon in Cedar Key.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Jan. 26

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Jan. 21, Amanda Andrews, 28, Chiefland, DWLS.
    n Jan. 17, Stephen Michael Baker, 20, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $4,000.
    n Jan. 17, James Brian Brunelle, 24, Williston, three counts VOP.
    n Jan. 18, Matthew Hastin Bryant, 24, Williston, petit theft, altering public record. Bond $25,000.
    n Jan. 19, Marvin Eugene Cooper III, 24, Williston, burglary. Bond $50,000.
    n Jan. 20, Mikell W. Dixon, 33, Bronson, out of county warrant.

  • Court dispositions published Jan. 26

    n Chastity Anderson, VOP on vehicle theft,  probation revoked, 36 months with credit for 44 days served. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.
    n Mandy Ashley, VOP on four counts of forgery, one count of larceny between $300-$5,000, one count of burglary, one count of fraud by swindle  under $20,000, probation revoked, 36 months with credit for 179 days served on each, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.