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Today's News

  • New manager chosen for Lower Suwannee refuge

    Andrew Gude is the new refuge manager for Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges in Florida.
    He is no stranger to Florida having worked previously in both the Vero Beach Ecological Services office and the Florida Keys NWRs.  
    Gude is the Service's Liaison to the Department of the Interior's Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in Washington, D.C.  

  • Not so strategic habitat conservation - A true story about a missed opportunity

    By David Viker
    Ten years ago I was in my first week as manager of three rural Mississippi national wildlife refuges (Hillside, Morgan Brake and Matthews Brake).
    The Project Leader and I were out kicking some dirt on one of the refuges when we began discussing plans for the coming year. He talked about many things that day, but I clearly remember hearing him say in his soft southern accent, “I like diversity. I like to manage for diversity. When I look across the landscape, I like to see diversity.”

  • Learn history from a veteran

    All students in Citrus and surrounding counties can learn history from a veteran when the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, Florida Purple Heart Mural Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Moving Tribute to those who have died in the Global War on Terror and 9/11 will be on display Sunday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 9. Escorted tours of the monuments are free to class groups from public and private schools or home-schooled students

  • Host student through exchange

    World Heritage International is now looking for American families to host high school students from Eurasia. All these students have received scholarships through the U.S .State Department sponsored Future Leaders Exchange Program and will spend an academic year in the United States. This historic program seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy.

  • Host families needed now for international exchange students

    Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

  • National school lunch and breakfast programs

    Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  An application can not be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.

  • The Levy Country Soil Water Conservation District announces the winners of the 2011 poster contest

       The Levy County Soil and Water Conservation District is happy to announce the winners of the 2011 poster contest.  This year the theme was “Forest for People, More than You Can Imagine.”   
    n Kindergarten through 1st grade division:
    1st place Alexandria Epperson, 2nd Tristan Sloan, 3rd Levi Brinkman, all from Cedar Key School.
    n 2nd and 3rd grade division:
    1st place Katlynn Karwan, from Williston Elementary, 2nd Natalie Stewart, from Cedar Key Elementary, 3rd Amanda Robinson, also from Cedar Key Elementary.

  • Court Dispositions for Aug. 25

    n John Wayne Nelson, driving while license suspended and possession or killing of an alligator, 12 months probation on each; served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment, $400 fine.
    n Otis Evan Oliver, petit larceny first offense, 2 counts of fraud by uttering false instrument, petit larceny second conviction, nolle pros; two counts of forgery by altering public record, certificate, and two counts of fraud by impersonation, 36 months with credit for 78 days served on each, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.

  • Sheriff's Reports and Most Wanted for Aug. 25

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Aug. 18, Leroy Brown, 18, Archer, schedule I, III or IV drug, marijuana possession. Bond $5,000.
    n Aug. 15, Isidoro Altamirano Bueno, 37, Palatka, DWLSR habitual. Bond $2,500.
    n Aug. 16, Cory Taylor Chadwick, 25, Chiefland, disorderly intoxication in a public place causing disturbance. Bond $1,000.
    n Aug. 19, Charlie Eugene Chisholm, 29, Fanning Springs, VOP.
    n Aug. 20, Renaldo Corets, 63, Old Town, DWLSR, failure to register motor vehicle. Bond $2,000.

  • Levy unemployment rises 1/2 point

    Unemployment in Levy County rose half a percentage point in July to 11.6 percent after several months of declining rates.
    Rusty Skinner, Workforce’s chief executive officer, said the “slight bounce” or fluctuations in unemployment rates are “indicative of the overall uncertainty in our economy."