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Today's News

  • Dixie mourns loss of captain in shooting

    The Facebook page with almost 1,200 fans says it all:

    Dixie County Cried the Day Chad Reed Died.

    Another 1,300 fans have signed up at Keep Chad Reed in Our Prayers — We Love You Chad.

    At 33, the Dixie County Sheriff's captain was the face of the office as its spokesman, and the face of its future as a respected lawman predicted to someday be Dixie County Sheriff.

  • Profile of a patriot

    From a young age, Jimmy Jones knew what he wanted to do in life.

    “I wanted to live life as someone that gives back,” he said Friday.

    So, when the 38-year-old Bronson native graduated Bronson High School in 1990, he enlisted in the Navy and became a member of the Seabees—a naval construction battalion formed in 1942 responsible for building bases, roads and airstrips, as well as providing humanitarian assistance.  Seabees are also trained to fight and defend.

  • County wrestles with real estate problems

    A building rented by Levy County for the Guardian ad Litem program that clients refuse to enter,  and a proposal to build a metal storage building for the Levy Emergency Management Department occupied most of the County Commission's attention Tuesday.

    The agenda was short for the commission's second meeting of the New Year, but it provided ample discussion and no resolution to the issues of the rented office and the building.

  • County schools could miss out on funds

    The Levy County Teachers Union declined to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the federal Race to the Top Fund, leaving the school district's current chance of participation in the competitive grant program up in the air.

    The memo required signatures by Superintendent Bob Hastings, School Board of Levy County President Beth Davis and Teachers Union President Cindy Roach.

    Hastings and Davis signed the agreement, Roach did not.

  • Community Calendar

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    The Cedar Keyhole Gallery is proud to announce Artist of the Month for January 2010 is Russel Raethka.

    Russel (Russ) Raethka challenges the standards normally attributed to watercolor paintings. Whereas a watercolor is usually expected to present a soft, muted representation, Russ depicts his scenes in sharp, crisp definitions that could easily be assigned to a real-time sighting.

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    Legion Post 91 to meet

  • Manatee Springs State Park hosts a month of manatee programs

    Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland will host a variety of featured guests throughout the month of January to celebrate Manatee Awareness Month. With the cooler weather, the featured guest will be the manatee, along with partners in manatee protection, awareness, education and enforcement.

    Special events on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include:

    Jan. 23- Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Dorvan Daniels will show their T-top rescue boat and discuss injured and sick manatee rescue operations.

  • Manatee to host moonlight paddle

     The Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park will host a moonlight paddle event on Saturday, Feb. 27.

    The moonlight paddle will be a guided canoe/kayak tour on the Suwannee River. Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Chris Young, Jeff Bates to perform at Bark 'n' Purr

    The Humane Society of Levy County invites all chili cooks to participate at the 3rd Annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert sponsored by Bubba Que’s & Hungry Howie’s on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Bronson Youth League Park, 220 Picnic St, Bronson.

  • Dave Ramsey financial training available at First Baptist Church

    Financial Peace University (FPU), a program developed by money management expert and radio host Dave Ramsey to help families achieve financial peace, is coming to Chiefland.

    The 13-week program is designed to teach families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability. 

    FPU classes will be held in Chiefland at First Baptist Church, 511 N. Young Blvd. beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. Contact Matthew McClellan at (352) 493-1481 or matthew@fbcchiefland.com for more information or to register.

  • Hastings: Levy Schools in need of more money

    Finding revenue to keep the school district growing and improving is still first and foremost on Superintendent Bob Hastings’ mind.

    Wednesday, the superintendent addressed about 20 people at the first Superintendent’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Levy School Foundation.

    Hastings is optimistic that the School District, like the nation, will rebound from the recent sour economic downturn, but he doesn’t think it will be this year, or even next.