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Today's News

  • Goss-Whidden to marry
  • Library announces summer events

    All five Levy County Public Library branches will have free family fun this summer. Join in on the fun at your local library. Large groups are welcome, but please call in advance. For more information, contact your local librarian, or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

    Luther Callaway Public Library – Chiefland

    Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

    Ronald McDonald will be visiting the library for a fun reading adventure. You never know what Ronald has up his sleeves.

    Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

  • Vacation Bible Schools

    A Vacation Bible School will be held at Bronson First Baptist Church June 22 through June 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon with lunch provided.

    The school is for children ages 3 through eighth grade.

    Otter Creek Baptist Church will be holding Vacation Bible School Sunday through Thursday, June 21-25 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

    "Get on board the Boomerang Express" is this year's theme.

    Classes will be held for any child ages 2 through 12th grade.

    There will be Bible study, crafts, dinner and recreation every night so climb aboard and ride.

  • News from the military

    Army Pvt. Nicholas S. Dickason has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

    He is the son of Steven Dickason of S. U.S. Highway 129, Bell.

    Dickason graduated in 2001 from Bell High School.

  • Homeboys revival scheduled

    Everyone is invited to attend the eighth annual Homeboys Revival. This gospel sharing and honoring God revival will begin Monday, June 22, and conclude on Friday, June 26. Service will convene at 7:30 p.m. each night.

    Monday night, New Jerusalem Church of Chiefland; Speaker, Evangelist Robert Scott.

    Tuesday night, St. John Missionary Baptist, Bronson; Speaker, Min. Phillip Henderson.

    Wednesday night, Mt. Pleasant Baptist, Chiefland; Speaker, Edward Nelson.

    Thursday night, Mt. Bethel United Methodist, Chiefland; Speaker, Pastor Joseph.

  • Be cool at the springs

    The water is finally clear and blue in Fanning and Manatee springs, now that the Suwannee River is returning to bed at last. Blue Spring, at the headwaters of the tiny Waccasassa, fared very well through the spring flooding. The little Wekiva, at Henry Beck Park, is also clear and fresh this summer. As the mercury hammers the top of the thermometer day after day, the springs of Levy County are open and beckoning.

  • CFCC seeks trainers for noncredit programs

    The CF Institute at Central Florida Community College will hold a recruiting event for trainers on Thursday, July 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

    “With recent layoffs, many people are considering education and skill development for a different employment direction,” said Donnah Ross, director of Corporate Training and Continuing Education.

  • School grade standards getting tougher

    New Levy County Schools Assistant Superintendent Gina Tovine is already hip-deep in addressing the greatest challenges affecting area schools. Tovine spoke at Tuesday's school board meeting, giving an update on Florida Schools Accountability policy.

  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Sheriff says budget cuts will cost three jobs

    There will be bad news for three employees at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    They will lose their jobs in the coming year.

    That’s the news delivered by Sheriff Johnny Smith and Col. Mike Johnson to the County Commission as they delivered their revised budget proposal.

    “This is kind of sad in a way,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we’re losing people.

    “I feel more consideration could have been given to the sheriff’s department.”