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Today's News

  • Church news

    n The Bronson Church of God is having their annual God and Country Day, July 4th. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. There is no charge to participate.  Here is just a sample of the exciting activities you and your family can participate in. Gospel Music, water games for all ages, bounce house, beanbag toss, dunk tank (pastor inside), volleyball, horseshoes, arts and craft sale, baked goods auction. Also we will have a contest for the “Best Decorated ‘Little Red Wagon’” for ages four and under.

  • Cat rescue operation in need of volunteers and donations

    People often lament that they don’t know how they’ll cope with an extra mouth to feed.

  • Levy's jobless rate down for 4th month

    Levy County's unemployment rate hit a record high of 14.3 percent in January, but it has dropped every month since then hitting 12.6 percent in May, according to figures released by the state last week. That was a 0.2 percent drop from April's 12.6 percent, March's 13.5 percent and February's 14.2 percent. The last time the unemployment rate was this low was in October 2009, when it was 12.4 percent. The good news is that it was not just Levy County that experienced a drop in the number of people without a job in May.

  • FHSAA creates rural division

    The Florida High School Athletic Association has created a new division to oversee competition for  private and public school in rural areas.  During their June 15 meeting, the FHSAA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a new Rural Division, which would be comprised of high schools in communities designated as rural by the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and whose student enrollment is 500 or less. The new rural classification will be li

  • Farmers keeping close eye on peanut harvest

    As farmers busily harvest the Watermelon fields, many are also keeping a close watch on another crop. Levy County has approximately 12,000 acres of peanuts. The crops were planted in April and May and take 135-150 days to harvest depending on the variety. The first couple months are fairly undemanding, said Anthony Barbaglia, Levy County University of Florida/IFAS Extension Agent for Agriculture.  “The peanuts just kind of hang out there for the first 50 days.

  • Scallop season gets an early start

    Bay scallop season will open 12 days earlier that usual this year, giving area recreational scallop enthusiasts a head start in harvesting the mollusks.

    Traditionally starting on July 1, bay scallop season will instead begin on this Saturday, June 19. The season will close on the usual date of Sept. 1.

  • Water district meeting leaves city still asking questions

    Chiefland city officials got no definite answers from the Suwannee River Water Management District's Governing Board Tuesday about the fate of a 122-acre plot of land surrounding the city's 33-acre well site.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy, one of three city officials attending the board meeting in Live Oak, said, "Chiefland thinks it's in our best interest to control that site." Pomeroy asked if purchasing the site or leasing it for recreational use would be something the board would consider.

  • 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.