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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Geocaching Contest ends July 31

    A geocaching contest sponsored by Pure Water Wilderness has  9 geocaches in the area. Find them, complete the entry form at  www.PureWateWilderness.com, and answer the questions by 5 p.m, July 31, for a chance to win some nice prizes.

    Today

    Karaoke at the Spirit

    of the Suwannee

  • Cooter festival in planning stages

    Step out of your shell and into some fun at the Great American Cooter Festival in the historic city of Inverness. There will be crafts, fine art, entertainment, children’s activities, contests, pageants, Cooter (turtle) races, barbecue cook-off contest and much more.

  • Bluegrass performance benefits arts program

    Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike are bringing their high-energy musical show to Cedar Key on Wednesday July 21st at 7 p.m. with a fund-raiser for the Cedar Key School arts program.

       Tickets are $10, with children 12 and under admitted free and will be available at the door at the CK School Auditorium

       The musicians were on their way to larger venues when local fans invited the band to make a stop in Cedar Key.  “We’re so excited to have such an acclaimed band play in our own back yard,” volunteer Marci Wilcox said.

  • The pain of leadership

    “You can't squeeze blood from a turnip”

    - Anonymous

    The Levy County Commission's budget workshop this week was painful.

    The most painful moment came when County Coordinator Freddie Moody observed that the proposed 2010-2011 budget of $57.039 million is only slightly smaller than the 2005-06 budget of $57.046 million.

    Just a few years ago, when $25,000 bought an acre of land, the budget hit a high of $70 million.

  • City news briefs

    n City one step closer to tapping well

    The city commission voted 4-0 Monday night to allow City Manager Grady Hartzog to move ahead with the third phase of a project that would bring the city’s water line closer to its new well head No. 5.  Commissioner Rollin Hudson was absent for the vote.

    “It’s a great idea.  We’ve been needing to do this,” said Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron at the meeting.

  • Hospital awaiting signature

    Executives with Ameris Health Systems, the company that plans to build a hospital in Chiefland, are still awaiting a decision from the governor’s office on the reallocation of tax-free bonds.

    Sam Lewis, chief executive officer and president of Ameris, said recently that Gov. Charlie Crist has an executive order on his desk to consolidate and reallocate about $840 million of unspent tax-free bonds for shovel-ready projects like the hospital throughout the state.

  • Unemployment in Levy pops up to 13.1 percent

     Levy County's unemployment rate jumped from 12.6 percent in May to 13.1 percent in June, a 0.7 percent increase.

    In personal terms, the number of people wihtout a job in the county's workforce rose from from 2,049 to 2,158.

    The story was much the same for Marion County which posted a 13.9 percent rate up by 0.3 percent, and Citrus County where the rate rose 0.6 percent to 13.3 percent.

  • Chiefland 12U baseball team wins state title

     The Chiefland 12 and Under All Star team finished its season on a roll, winning the Florida Babe Ruth Small League State Championship Baseball Tournament in Ft. White on June 27.

    Chiefland dominated the whole tournament, topping the 14-team, four-day event. The 12U squad played in six games during the event, and won the championship game in a 10-0 rout of the Melrose All-Stars.

  • Parks entice visitors with family friendly events

    Jay Perryman found the gold coin he’d been searching for buried in the white sand near the edge of the spring. He snatched it up, pivoted on the balls of his feet and sped back toward the water’s edge. The water was too shallow to dive straight in, and Perryman had to wade out to about chest level before he had enough depth to begin kicking his legs.

  • School officials grim about future of school budget

    The School Board of Levy County’s estimated budget for the 2010-2011 school year appears to be in decent shape, considering the recent economic downturn.

    After that, however, the future doesn’t look so bright.

    The board held its first budget workshop on Tuesday, before its twice monthly board meeting, to discuss potential fiscal changes for the next school year.