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Today's News

  • Breaking NewsParker's sentencing delayed

    Convicted Levy County commissioner Tony Parker's sentencing has been delayed from 1 p.m. today until April 14. Parker was convicted in December, along with Commissioner Sammy Yearty, of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover agent. More details in Thursday's Chiefland Citizen.

  • American Legion Auxiliary 383 Easter dinner for veterans

     The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 383, Old Town, is having an Easter Dinner – ham and all fixings – on Sunday, April 4, from 12:30  p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  A nominal donation of $5.00 is asked. 

      This dinner is for American Legion,  Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary  members, their families and guests.  Not everyone has someone – so don’t be alone – come spend the afternoon with us and have a good meal was well!

  • Gilchrist contestants triumph at fair’s steer show

    Gilchrist County ruled Tuesday during the Market Steer Show at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale in Fanning Springs.

    Alyssa Hodge, of Bell Senior FFA, won the grand champion award with 1,345-pound, Class 7 steer. Josh Matthews-Leverette, of Trenton Senior FFA, was selected as the grand reserve champion with a 1,290-pound Class 6 steer.

  • No foolin', returning Census form earns cash

    Staff Report

    It's deadline time for getting those Census forms back in the mail and it's worth a lot of money to every person in Levy County.

    For each warm body that is counted, it's estimated that Levy County will receive about $3,600 annually from the federal government for the next 10 years. That's because Census numbers determine how $400 billion in federal money is distributed.

    The 2010 Sunshine Census, the state's effort in getting an accurate count,  has launched the “My Community Counts: Do Your Part.” 

  • Here’s a little pie in your eye

    Standing in for his sister, Cheyanne, Rhett Walker, Chiefland Elementary School, throws a chocalate cream pie in the face of Principal Patrice McCully as a reward for raising $7,000 for the March of Dimes. Rhett and Cheyanne worked as a team.

  • Three named to water board

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed, subject to state Senate confirmation, three individuals to the Governing Board of Suwannee River Water Management District.

    The are:

    Alphonas Alexander, 60, of Madison, independent contractor for The Forestry Company, succeeding Oliver Lake,  for a term ending March 1, 2014.

    Donald “Ray” Curtis III, 28, of Perry, self-employed attorney, succeeding Donald Curtis Jr.,  for a term ending March 1, 2011.

  • Let’s all go to the Levy County Fair

    The new Springtime Levy County Fair is approaching fast.  This year’s fair will be April 8 to 11, at the Williston Airport Industrial Park—just across the road from the Williston Horseman’s Park off Hwy 41 South.

     Admission is $10 per adult, and $5 for senior citizens.  Children under 2 get in free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at all Levy County Capital City Banks, Klover Leaf in Williston, Bronson Ace Hardware and Western Wishes in Chiefland. 

  • Bronson man sets his sights on life skills

    Ben Thomas opened the door and pulled out a rifle.

    “Are you familiar with the Henry?” he asked in a stern southern accent.  “They’ve been makin’ them since 1890.”

    The rifle was pointed upward and was stuffed with a bright orange cord, an indication that it was safe for the handling, according to Thomas.

    He made a series of rehearsed movements, illustrating the safest way to place a weapon of this sort into the hands of another.

  • Florida SHINE program to help those affected by termination of Medicare contractor

    Florida’s SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) today launched an extensive public outreach campaign to provide reassurance and free assistance to 55,000 older Floridians who previously received their Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage through Fox Insurance Company.

    The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated its contract with Fox Insurance after determining that the plan’s “significant deficiencies” jeopardized the health and safety of Fox enrollees in Florida and elsewhere.

  • The swine show

    Participants at Monday’s swine show learned that the animals they exhibited could have all been contenders five years ago, but not as much today.

    Paul Wigley, a University of Georgia graduate and a swine judge for more that 30 years, told students at the Suwannee River Livestock Show that their pigs were once considered the best at lean and raw, but these days needed to be stouter and overall bigger.

    “I’d like to see them where all they want to do is lay like they’re going to farrow,” he said.