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Today's News

  • Fanning Springs Garden Festival aims at conservation

    It was about this time of year when Juan Ponce de Leon first landed in Florida  almost 500 years ago. A profusion of greenery and flowers inspired him to call the area Pascua Florida—roughly translated as “ flowery Easter”. The plants were native varieties, blooming without the help of fertilizers, pesticides or water from sprinkler systems and garden hoses, all of which have become an issue affecting Florida’s fragile ecology. Much of the pesticide and fertilizer ends up in Florida’s streams, rivers and springs.

  • Locals pedal for dollars

    Area bicycle riders raised about $5,200 last Saturday during the first Cycle for Education in Chiefland. The event began along the bike trail behind Chiefland Shopping Center and ran through Old Town and back for a ride of about 25 miles. The fundraiser attracted 33 riders and benefited the Levy County Schools Foundation's general fund. School Board member Paige Brookins, of Chiefland, was the chairperson for the Cycle for Education, spending a considerable amount of time planning and preparing last Saturday's ride.

  • CFCC news

    Memoir writing course at CFCC Levy Center   The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a class for aspiring authors in April. Memoir Writing: Developing and Refining Your Story is for anyone who has begun writing a memoir and is looking for help in developing and organizing their story. Participants will learn to narrow their subject and how to insert information that will create more relevant and interesting characters. The class will meet on Mondays, April 5-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The course fee is $65.

  • Church news

    n The Bronson Church of God will be holding its 3rd Annual Bar-B-Que Cook-Off on April 24, 8 a.m. There will be a $20 per entry fee. The meat will be supplied. Whole Boston butts will be for sale for $20. April 21 is the deadline to purchase a whole Boston butt. For registration and reserving a butt or any other questions please contact Cal Byrd 352-528-6463, Jessicca Nobles at the church office 352-486-4924 or Chris Johns 352-577-4358. n The Bronson Church of God is sponsoring an essay contest for all area high school and middle school children.

  • Good NewsLevy unemployment rate down

    The news was good for job seekers in Levy County in March as the jobless rate dropped to 13.5 percent, down from February's rate of 14.2 percent.

    That means out of 16,633 people in the civilian labor force, 14,390 were employed and 2,243 were unemployed.

    It's the first good news on the county's job front since October 2009 when the rate was 12.4 percent. The county's unemployment rate has sat stubbornly above 12 percent since July 2009.

  • Area teams eye District 2A-5 softball crown

    Chiefland High School’s varsity softball team is an easy pick to win next week’s District 2A-5 Tournament.

    The Indians are 14-0 in the district (16-2 overall), as of Monday. They have shut out their opponents nine times. They have beat their opponents by double digits 11 times.

    Simply put, they have been dominant.

  • Raiders hammer Sabercats, team ranked No. 10 in nation

    The Levy County Raiders semi-professional football team traveled to Belleview last Saturday night and thumped the Sabercats 25-7 in the Central Florida Football League’s Game of the Week. 

    With their win (the seventh of the season), the Raiders are ranked No. 10 in the country by semiprobcs.com, as of Monday. Boasting the league’s No. 1 offense and defense, they could easily rise in the polls when they come out today.

  • Parker spared prison time

     Suspended Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker was sentenced to six months house arrest, five years probation and 500 hours of community service on Wednesday afternoon by Federal Chief District Judge Stephan P. Mickle.

    Parker, along with Commission Chair Sammy Yearty was convicted of soliciting and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer. Yearty was also convicted of lying to the FBI during an interview and will be sentenced  on May 5.

  • Florida passed over in Race to the Top money

    Florida was denied funds from the Race to the Top program last week, a $4.35 billion fund designed to change how school districts pay and evaluate teachers.

    Race to the Top is a main component of President Barack Obama's education agenda. Florida was considered a heavy favorite to receive a share of the fund. The state asked for more than $1 billion.

    Instead, the first two recipients of Race to the Top money will be Delaware and Tennessee.

  • South county citizens fail to win appointment

    Citizens from south Levy County turned out in force to support County Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown in her quest to replace Planning Commissioner Thad Barber with her own appointee, but while they packed the meeting room, the move failed.

    The action — which drew acrimonious comments from the delegation of about 20 people — came during the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning at the Levy County Courthouse. Also in attendance were Planning commissioners Toni Collins of Camp Azalea and Ron Grant of Williston.