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Today's News

  • Levy unemployment drops to 11.4%

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped to 11.4 percent in February, a figure not seen for at least two years.

    The February unemployment rate represents a 1 percent drop from January's adjusted rate of 12.4 percent. according to a press release from CLM Workforce Connection, the regional employment agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.

    In Levy County, the number of those with jobs increased by 63 to 15,260 out of a civilian force of 17,222. Those without jobs dropped by 182 to 1,962. In January 2,144 were jobless out of a civilian workforce of 17,341.

  • Homemakers protest drug tests for volunteering

    A homemakers group — with most members over age 55 — took the Levy County Commission to task for requiring they provide urine samples for drug tests in order to do volunteer work in the county's libraries.

  • Quote of the week

    “Editor:  A person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.”

    Elbert Hubbard,
    American writer,
    publisher, artist
    and philosopher.
    1856-1915

  • Bodine keeps on truckin'

    Todd Bodine is the reigning champion of the Camping World Truck Series. In the past six seasons, he has won two championships and never finished lower than fourth in the season standings.

    Though he is coming off a third-place finish at Darlington Raceway on March 12, Bodine faces challenges in defending his 2010 championship. It remains a struggle to secure enough sponsorship for his Germain Racing Toyota.

  • Levy County Sports Calendar

      Schedule for varsity teams from Bronson, Cedar Key and Chiefland.   

     

    MARCH

    24 — Baseball: St. Francis @ Chiefland, 7 p.m., Bronson @ Dixie County, 7 p.m.; Softball: St. Francis @ Chiefland, 5 p.m., Bronson @ Dixie County, 7 p.m.; Track: Chiefland @ Cedar Key, 3:30 p.m.

  • When life yields its greatest harvest

    By GARY MILLER

  • Florida's wily coyotes adapt to change

    Twenty-five years ago, many Floridians might have thought of coyotes as animals scratching out a living amid the arid landscapes of the Southwestern United States. After all, it was usually a desert mesa that Wile E. Coyote plummeted from in pursuit of the Road Runner, not the top of a cabbage palm or granddaddy oak.

    But sometime in the late 1980s, biologists started documenting the movements of coyotes to the Southeastern part of the country.

  • Church Newsfor the week of March 24

    n St. John the Evangelist Church fish dinner
    Dine-in or take-out fish fry dinners will be sold 5-7 p.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland.
    The menu is tilapia, grits, baked beans, French fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert and beverage. Cost is $5 for children and $7 for adults.
    The church is at 4050 N.W. Highway 27A, going towards Bronson. For information, call 352-493-9723
    Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent De Paul food closet. A donation of non- perishable food items is appreciated.

  • Keeping an attitude of gratitude

    By GUY SHEFFIELD

  • Cappy's Corner: Blame me, not coach

    When anyone approaches a reporter and says, “I have a real problem with something you wrote,” most of us instantly become defensive.

    We pride ourselves on reporting fact. We stand behind every word. We aspire to report what we’re told accurately, and succinctly.

    So when a parent came to me “with a real problem” about a sentence in a story about Chiefland finalizing its 2011 football schedule, I instantly put up a wall, ready to tackle whatever was thrown my way.