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Today's News

  • Commission moves to aid fire department

    City commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to both extend a part-time position at the Chiefland Fire Department and to discuss at the next commission meeting the availability of funds to hire new firefighters.

    A.D. Goodman, a firefighter with the department, showed the commission a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the need for the department to comply with the state’s "2 in/ 2 out" rule, adopted at the beginning of 2009.

  • Mid-air collision kills three

    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a mid-air crash Saturday between two planes that left three people dead.

    Debbie Phillips,  who lives at 215 NE 212 Court, Williston called the Levy County Sheriff's Office and said she heard what she thought was a gun shot. When she looked out her window, she discovered a plane had crashed in the field behind her house.

    The two airplanes collided around 11: 45 a.m. When emergency workers arrived, they discovered an experimental airplane upside down 300 yards from the Phillips’ residence.

  • Outstanding service recognized

    On March 17, Vaunita Babb was honored by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families.  The 14th annual Families Up Front Awards was held at the Alachua County Woman's Club.  Ms. Babb has worked for the Levy County Sheriff's Office for the past 9 years as a Records Clerk. She was recognized for her outstanding service assisting the Dept. of Children and Families.

  • Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show& Sale Schedule

    n Friday, March 26

    3 - 5:30 p.m.

    Steer Entry

    5 - 5:30 p.m.

    Consumer Judging Registration

    5:30 p.m.

    Primary & Senior Judging Event

    6 p.m.

    Junior Judging Event

    6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Home Economics Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)

    Dairy Cow Entry

    n  Saturday, March 27

    7-10 a.m.  

    Swine Entry

    9-11 a.m.

    Home Economics Entry

    10:30- 11 a.m.

    Livestock Judging Registration

    11 a.m.

    Livestock Judging Events

    1 p.m.

  • Goats and the Suwannee River Fair

    The fur was flying Saturday as three contestants in the Suwannee River Fair’s Goat Costume Contest struggled to cinch skirts, shirts, sun glasses and wigs around the bodies and heads of three previously unsuspecting goats.

    Spencer Hewitt, 13, from Gilchrist County, took first place in the event.  She and her mottled goat, Olivia, were both dressed as entertainer Miley Cyrus, according to Spencer.

  • Hard part isn't winning, it's entering

    Krystina Thompson, daughter of Poultry and Rabbit Superintendent Thelma Thompson, was checking a rabbit over before writing its number in one ear and sending the owner on her way to the cage area.

    Over the sound of roosters crowing in the neighboring "Poultry" area, she was directing entries to cages for chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits.

  • 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.