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Today's News

  • Cloverbuds, 4-H bring best bunnies, birds to show

    Dozens of youth showed off their knowledge and hard work Friday evening as their rabbits and birds took the spotlight at the Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale.

    The Cloverbuds went first, showing their rabbits for the experience rather than judging. Next year, they will bring their rabbits to compete with others of the same breed.

    After teaching the 5- to 7-year-olds about the process, Dr. T.L. Andrews had the responsibility of judging thirteen different breeds of rabbits, with anywhere from two to six (or more) of each kind.

  • Traffic deaths, wrecks lead to driving classes

    In light of the tragedies that have occurred in recent months due to traffic crash injuries and fatalities, the Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relation Division is offering a no cost Realities of Driving presentation to drivers of all ages.  

    At times drivers can become complacent in the driving habits and this reality based presentation is designed as a wake up call for every driver.  Everyone can use a refresher on safe driving habits, so please join the Sheriff's Office for this free two-hour presentation.

  • Memoir writing class at CFCC Levy Center

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a class for aspiring authors in April.

    Memoir Writing: Developing and Refining Your Story is for anyone who has begun writing a memoir and is looking for help in developing and organizing their story. Participants will learn to narrow their subject and how to insert information that will create more relevant and interesting characters.

    The class will meet on Mondays, April 5-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The course fee is $65. Enrollment deadline is Thursday, April 1.

  • Shed the pounds

    Anyone can enjoy the treats of summer with careful planning and shopping. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) recommends these substitutions to lighten up a traditional cookout.

    Substitute non-fat plain yogurt or non-fat mayonnaise in popular picnic salads.

    Choose lean cuts of meat for grilling. Try ground turkey for burgers or marinated flank steak.

    Pack plenty of fresh vegetables and low fat dips for crunching, air popped popcorn for munching, and a variety of interesting diet drinks for sipping.

  • The Suwannee River Fair Heifer Show

    Erin Jones, of Trenton, was selected as the Grand Champion in the heifer show last Saturday during the Suwannee River Fair Livestock Show and Sale in Fanning Springs.

    Jones, of Wilcox 4-H, won the even with her 1,225-pound heifer, which was raised on the faimly farm in Trenton.

    Cory Jerrels, of Kountry Kids 4-H, won the Grand Reserve Champion award with his 1,405-pound heifer.

    Several dozen area youth competed in the competition, which was divided into 10 different weight classes.

  • Community Calendar

    Today

    Spooky movie at Chiefland library

    Join the Levy County library System for a movie about werewolves and sparkly vampires at 5 p.m. at Luther Callaway Public Library, and at 5 p.m. March 29 at the Bronson Public Library..

    The 2009 movie based on a Stephenie Meyer book will be shown. It has a running time of two hours, 10 minutes.

    It is rated PG-13 for some violence and action.

    For more information please contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.

  • Canning and preserving

       Spring is here and the garden soon will be producing tons of vegetables and fruits, or  perhaps you are planning to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations to buy a large amount of food to put away for later in the year.

       Preserving some of that food  will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.  

       Join us on for a canning update.  You have several choices of dates and times:

  • Easter Egg Hunt

       The City of Fanning Springs will holds it annual egg hunt at  Fort Fanning Historical Park by the bridge on Saturday  from 11 a.m. until all are found.

       There will be groups for the hunt: ages two to four are in Toddlers and Preschool; ages five to six, in the K-1st; ages seven to nine, and ages 10 to 12.

       There will be drawings for bikes in each age group and other gifts. There will also be free snow cones and pop corn, hot dogs will be $1, chips. 50 cents, and drinks 50 cents.

  • Local rancher speaks up for agriculture

    With the recent sour economy, agriculture has become Florida’s number one moneymaker ahead of construction and tourism.

    Robert “Bo” Hobby, a rancher himself and president of Florida Animal Care Trust (FACT) and former president of Florida Cattleman’s Association  isn’t surprised.

    The agrarian way has long been Florida’s lifestyle, Hobby told Williston Rotary members Tuesday.

    Statistically, 1 in 20 people live near something to do with horses, he said, and in Levy County that ratio narrows.

  • Federal grant funds transportation to work

    Finding a way to work just got easier.

    Levy County Transit, formerly Nature Coast Transit, has gotten a federal grant through the Job Access Commute Program  (JARC) that gives people, who meet income guidelines, a way to their jobs when they don’t have transportation of their own.

    The low-cost bus, at only $1 each way, provides a ride to work and any work-related activity, according to Connie Conley, operation manager.