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Today's News

  • NRA finds a gun safety friend

    Howell "Trip" Lancaster, the Central Florida field representative for the National Rifle Association, made his annual speech to the Chiefland Rotary to pitch the annual fundraiser for the NRA Foundation. But he got more than he sought.
    After talking politics, Lancaster spoke to the Rotarians about the non-profit foundation's annual fundraiser being held on July 26.  The dinner is the third largest in the state and brings in more than $100,000 for the foundation's projects.

  • Klein celebrates 10 years of Cracker Days

    By SHARON HUSTON
    For the Riverland News

    Rainbow Springs State Park staff, Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) members and volunteers have begun preparations for the annual Cracker Days event, which is presented for the public each February. This year the event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 23

    Through March 4

    Bellamy Road exhibit
    Author and historian Carolyn Cohens, a self-taught artist from Chiefland, is part of an exhibit "Variations on a Dream: Black History, Liberation & Spirituality" at Bellamy Road in Melrose. Cohens' acrylic paintings celebrate the folk-life of African-Americans in Levy County and the surrounding region.

  • Court dispositions published Feb. 23

    n Hants Q. Harrelson, burglary  and three counts of larceny between $300-$5,000, 1 year 7 days with credit for 106 days served and 36 months probation on each; burglary and larceny between $300-$5,000, nolle pros. Must pay civil judgment and $1,800 restitution.
    n Courtney Harvey, burglary, nolle pros; aggravated battery, 42 months with credit for 108 days served. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for Feb. 23

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Feb. 13, Eugene Jehue Cannon, 78, Inglis, FTA. Bond $2,000.
    n Feb. 15, Thomas Joseph Carlisle Jr., 19, Bronson, violation of injunction, FTA. Bond $10,000.
    n Feb. 15, John Christopher Champion, 22, Chiefland, robbery with weapon, aggravated battery on a person with a deadly weapon. Bond $400,000.
    n Feb. 13, Stanley Charles Collins, 38, Northwest Reform, Ala., DWLS habitual, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

  • Sex predator registers address in Cedar Key

    Jeffrey Earl. Lashley, 52, convicted of sexual battery in 2004 and classified a "sexual predator," has registered his address in Cedar Key, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • Chiefland must pay for waste

    Plans for a Solid Waste Amnesty Weekend for Chiefland may have hit a snag as the Levy County Commission rejected the city's request to waive the landfill fees.
    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog made the request that the fees be waived for the city's contract hauler, Waste Pro.
    Hartzog said material would be collected on May 4-5 and would include vehicle tires, paint and batteries.

  • Bronson FFA Alumni Food Fest Friday

       The Bronson FFA Alumni Organization's Annual Food Fest will be Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church in Bronson, with entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and food service at 5:30 p.m.
       There will also be a singing group from the local Cowboy Church, a cake auction, a silent auction and door prizes.
    Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the event. Proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship Program and to send local students to leadership conferences.

  • Community action directors meet

       The Central Florida Community Action Agency Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the agency office at 1405 N.W. 13th St., Suite B, Gainesville. The board committees will meet on the same date prior to the board meeting.
       For more information call Monique Harrison at 352-373-7667, ext. 204, or email mharrison@cfcaa.org.

  • County still waiting on inmates

    The Levy County recycling program is still on hiatus awaiting a decision on when it can get women prison inmates to sort the material collected.
    The county suspended the program and picked up the recycling trailers from around the county three weeks ago after the state Department of Corrections decided to shut down the Levy Forestry Work Camp which provided inmates for the sorting  program at the landfill.