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Today's News

  • Kids learn life lessons from raising livestock

    Sixteen-year-old Kodie Meeks, of Chiefland, said she started raising homegrown feeder steers and entering them into contests when she was 9.

    But last year was the first time she won.  She was reserve champion at the 2009 Levy County Livestock Fair with a Black Angus Macros named Oakie.

    “He was so sweet,” she said.  “He was just like a big old Teddy Bear.”

    A 750-pound Teddy Bear, that is.

  • City to apply for EPA grant

    Chiefland residents wanting curbside recycling services might get their wish if the city receives a federal conservation grant.

    The city commission voted unanimously 4-0 Monday night to approve an application for a resource conservation grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Commissioner Frank Buie was absent from Monday's meeting due to illness.

    The application, according to the commission, will ask for about $45,000 to cover two years worth of recycling services from Waste Pro, the city’s current waste removal service company.

  • Juror issue raised in Yearty, Parker conviction

    A juror's complaint about the actions of other jurors during the federal corruption trial of  two Levy County commissioners has been brought to the attention of the judge.

    Attorney Gloria Fletcher filed a motion on Feb. 25 notifying federal District Judge Stephan P. Mickle that the unnamed juror approached her son saying the jurors discussed the case while outside the courtroom at lunch and some had made up their minds on the verdict before hearing all the evidence.

  • Crashes spur county to new policy

    A spate of crashes in the last month involving Levy County vehicles— including one where a gentleman's agreement on who would pay for the repairs — is resulting in a policy being written on the handling of such incidents.

    In the past month, a county vehicle used by the extension office, a county truck that was towing portable work lights, and a county dump truck loaded with asphalt were all involved in accidents.

  • CES students strut for babies

    The pavement was alive with the pitter-patter sound of hundreds of tiny feet walking, skipping and running.

     Some of the children, arms flailing, lungs gasping, were striving to take the lead, while others, with a more modest gait, were content to bring up the rear.

    They circled the track like a giant centipede; separate parts headed in the same direction and with the same goal in mind.

  • Community Calendar

    Today

    World War II Veterans

    to meet in Suwannee

    All World War veterans are invited to lunch on Thursday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee. Join the camaraderie and a surprise guest or two.

    God bless all veterans and God bless America with renewed strength and direction.

    If you have questions call Billie Cooper 352-493-9368 or Dot Halvorsen 352-542-7697.

    Chiefland library friends meet

  • Withlacoochee canoe, kayak race

    The 2nd Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Canoe & Kayak Race and Rally, hosted by Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc., will start April 10 at 9:30 a.m.

    All proceeds will help fund the organization's efforts to protect and preserve Florida’s Nature Coast and its water sources.

  • Tournament to fund scholarship honoring slain deputy

       An April 16 gold tournament to be held at Chiefland Golf and County Club will benefit a scholarship fund established in memory of slain Dixie County Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed Sr.

       Reed, who was killed in the line of duty by a multiple shooting suspect on Jan. 14, is survived by a wife, Holly, and two sons, C.J., 9, and Caden, 5.

       Stacy Marlow, an organizer of the event, spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club recently and came away with a $250 donation and a $250 hole sponsorship from the group. Marlow's cousin is Reed's widow.

  • Volunteers needed in Levy County

    Are you looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity that enables you to make a real difference in the lives of seniors in your community?  Do you like to help others resolve problems?  If you answered yes to these questions, then the Florida Department of Elder Affairs may have the perfect volunteer position for you!

  • Levy students turn out to test their knowledge

    The Tri-County Land Judging contest, hosted this year by Levy Soil and Water Conservation District, brought more than 50 FFA students together Friday to test their knowledge of soil and land characteristics.

    All Levy County middle and high schools were represented, as well as several teams from Bell in Gilchrist County. Dixie County was unable to attend this year.