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Today's News

  • Holiday Duet marries chopper, color red with seasonal music

    Actors singing traditional songs of the season, admission to the “Art of the Chopper” and “Red” exhibitions, and tasty holiday treats are all included in the Holiday Duet program offered by the Ocala Civic Theatre and Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College Dec. 17-20.

    Admission is $18 per person and tickets are available at the Appleton Museum, Ocala Civic Theatre and online at www.AppletonMuseum.org and www.ocalacivictheatre.com.

  • Christmas moose still performing at Chief Theater this weekend

    Suwannee Valley Players announces the second weekend of its production of “Not a Creature Was Stirring ... not even a moose,” a comedy written by Pat Cook.

  • “Christmas is Coming” cantata at Old Town and Chiefland

    The combined choirs of the Old Town and Chiefland United methodist Churches will present “Christmas is Coming” in two performances.  The first presentation will be on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Old Town United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.  The second performance will be at the Chiefland United Methodist Church at 4 p.m.  All are welcome to come and enjoy the performances.

  • Levy County legislative delegation hearing Dec. 17

    State Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Cross Creek) announced today that the annual legislative delegation hearing for Levy County will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Oelrich, Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Speaker of the House Larry Cretul (R-Ocala), Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison) and Rep. Rob Schultz (R-Homosassa) represent the citizens of Levy County in the Legislature.

  • Blair trial delayed

    Pamela Williams Blair, also indicted on one count of lying to federal agents in the Levy County political corruption investigation, will go on trial on Jan. 4, 2010.

    Blair was executive director of the Enterprise Zone Development Agency and the Nature Coast Business Development Council until shortly before being indicted in November 2008.

    She was head of the agency when FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn, posing as developer Sean Michaels, attended the EZDA banquet at Usher Community Center in Chiefland and donated $500 cash to the agency.

  • Holiday extravaganza at Lighthouse Word

    The Lighthouse Word Church will be hosting a Christmas holiday extravaganza titled, "It's Christmas Time" with the international singing group, Shekinah Glory, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will be a mixture of Christmas and traditional holiday music and drama.  Appetizers and holiday baked goods will be served after the performance.

  • Bluegrass Gospel Concert

    There will be a Bluegrass Gospel concert at Hardeetown Baptist Church featuring "Lou Reid and Carolina" at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10.  The Band, consisting of Trevor Watson on banjo, Shannon Slaughter on guitar, Lou Reid on mandolin and his wife, Christy, on bass guitar, is from Union Grove, N.C.

    The public is invited to attend and will hear a good message delivered in song with fantastic bluegrass picking and beautiful harmony.

    Admission is free.  Hardeetown Baptist Church is located at 1716 N.W. 14th St., in Chiefland, along Hwy 341.

  • Get a lawyer, now

    It's one of the Ten Commandments: Do not lie.

    As a child I got a pretty graphic example from a nun of why lying is unwise.

    She said if you tell a lie you will have to tell nine more lies to cover up that one lie, and for each of those nine lies you tell, you will have to tell nine more, and for each of those you will have to tell nine more, and so on.

    “You 0can't keep track of all the lies, so you will be caught,” she said.

    I have a whole new perspective on lying.

  • Letter: Thank you for coverage

    Thank you for your balanced coverage of the trial.

    Having sat through most of the prosecution’s presentation, I noticed that both sides were not covered by all the newspapers.

    The FBI agent testified he carried around a large amount of cash expecting to be asked for a bribe. You reported his testimony admitting that he was never asked for a bribe.

    Also, the FBI wants everyone to believe that a commitment to support and encourage a company wanting to bring millions of dollars in jobs and development to Levy County is somehow corrupt.

  • Letter: Letters sought

    I am looking for letters written to and from military personnel that served during the Korean War.

    My father was a Purple Heart recipient at the Chosin Reservoir in 1950 and remained silent about his service until near the end of his life.

    His service meant a great deal to him, but unfortunately he did not have enough time to tell me about it.

    Since I lost him I have traveled to South Korea representing him along with other veterans.