Today's News

  • Engagement: Williams-Summers

    Colleen Langston and Joe Williams announce the engagement of their daughter, Kirstie Nicole Williams, to Emory Kevin Summers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Summers. A wedding is planned for Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Fanning in Fanning Springs. A reception will follow in the Trenton Elementary School Cafetorium.  In case of rain, the wedding will be moved to the cafetorium.

  • Log Cabin Quilters for the Week of July 21

    Director, Quilt Museum
       The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, July14, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. We welcomed two ladies who came in to learn how to quilt. Alliene is a great teacher and we look forward to seeing how they will do.  
    We also welcomed three ladies from the Methodist Church who needed help putting an Ohio Star Quilt in the frame. We love to help with these projects, and when they get them finished they bring them in for us to see and enjoy.

  • New Rotary in Chiefland

       The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, which was chartered three weeks ago, held its first club meeting July 7 at BubbaQue's in Chiefland. Thirty members, prospective members and guests turned out for the organizational meeting.  Brookins opened the meeting saying the group's mission "is about involvement. This is about involvement with everybody." The group will officially receive its charter from former Rotary District Governor Sylvia White during a September social gathering.

  • Commission wants 7% off the top

    The chipping away at the Levy County general fund in the 2011-12 tentative budget continued Tuesday and some pointed remarks were directed at one constitutional officer who has refused to go along with the recommended cut of 7 percent.
    Sheila Rees presented the Board of County Commissioners with the tentative budget of $55,340,678 for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Included is $22,242,263 in general revenue fund spending, which has property taxes as its largest source of funding.

  • Judge denies Tarmac motion to dismiss petition

    The Town of Yankeetown's petition to overturn a conditional permit for a 2, 757 acre limerock mine on 4,750 acres near Inglis is alive after Tarmac's motion to dismiss was denied by Circuit Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr.
    In a short morning hearing the judge also granted a request to move a hearing on whether Yankeetown has standing to file the petition for certiorari from Wednesday until Aug. 8. While only an hour was requested for the second hearing, Rountree said, "Knowing how many lawyers we have here I'll set aside two hours."

  • Garbage expense could offset sewer costs

    Bronson Town Council members voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with paperwork concerning a federal grant that would aid in the construction of the town's proposed sewer expansion project, though council members and staff expressed disappointment about the preliminary amounts being offered in the deal.
    "At the time we got this ..." Town Clerk Kelli Brettel started to say.
    "It looked bleek," Council Member Berlon Weeks said, finishing her statement.

  • School Board wrestles with the budget

    Levy schools Finance Director Bob Clemmons says dealing with the 2011-12 budget is a bit “like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking down.”
    Clemmons, in a presentation on Tuesday to the Levy County School Board, outlined the factors that have made this year’s budget the most precarious one he has handled.
    • Declining property tax and state revenues combined with the unfunded mandate of the 2002 Class Size Reduction Amendment to the Florida Constitution is forcing the school board to make steep cuts.

  • Negotiations open for public safety director

    A man who has lived among the Seminole tribe and said he liked the experience is the top candidate for the newly created Levy County public safety director position.
    David Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, is the No. 1 pick for the position after the Levy County Commission spent over three hours interviewing six finalists.
    As emergency services administrator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida from 2001-2003 Knowles and his family lived on the Big Cypress reservation.

  • 'Strongman' drives competition, teamwork

    Chiefland defensive coordinator Randy Fuller summed up one of the reasons behind the Indians’ ‘Strongman Competition’ by shouting: “We’re going to find out right now who’s going to quit on us in the fourth quarter!”

    Despite extra hot and humid conditions, no CHS player quit, even as legs began to quiver late in Tuesday’s workout that was anything but typical as coaches incorporated ropes and tires of all sizes into the competition.

  • Reutimann up to speed (when it counts)


    King Features

    Second place was almost a first, and who could blame David Reutimann for feeling that way after the inaugural Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9?

    Before roaring past five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson at the finish, Reutimann, who has two career Cup wins, had finished no better than ninth in 2011.