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    Vet museum

    All World War II veterans are welcome to join the celebration at 11:30 a.m. at the U. S. Victory Museum in Archer. O’s So Sweet of Williston will cater the event.

    The museum is located within the historic 1890 Archer City Hall, dedicated to the sailors, soldiers and airmen who served and defended our great country.

    If you have any questions or need directions, please call Billie Cooper 352-493-9368 or Dot Halvorsen 352-542-7697.

    Through Saturday

  • Paddling Trail workshop

    “The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail: Make it work for you” workshop will be held at the Steinhatchee Community Center on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Office of Recreation Services to explore how your business can be attractive to visitors seeking adventure on the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail and exploring the beauty of the area’s natural features.

    Lunch will be provided – please call Pam Wessels at (352) 498-7770 and reserve your place today.

     

  • Beauchamp named Levy 2010 Teacher of the Year

    Years of dedication to students have paid off for Sherry Beauchamp, a fourth grade teacher at Chiefland Elementary School.

    Beauchamp was was honored by school and district officials on Feb. 5 as she was selected as the Levy County Teacher of the Year.

    She was surprised in Principal Patrice McCully’s office by Levy County Superintendent Robert Hastings, School Board Member Paige Brookins of Chiefland, and selection committee members.

  • No vote on Levy County Judge; ditto on one circuit judgeship

    Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist's judicial appointments.

    That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

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  • Over and out

    Another meeting, another beating.

    Bell outlasted Chiefland yet again last Monday night, surging in the fourth quarter to a 55-45 victory in the first round of the District 2A-5 boys basketball tournament.

    They won despite Chiefland’s Eugene Carter dropping 34 points, including all 12 of the Indians’ points in the first quarter.

    It was the third time this season the Bulldogs toppled the Indians. The past two meetings went into overtime, with Bell finding a way to come out on top. This time, however, the loss ousted Chiefland from the tournament.

  • Powers lifts Bronson into tourney

     For Bronson’s boys basketball team, it wasn’t how they finished the 2A-5 District Tournament, it’s how they started.

    Raymie Powers surged in the fourth quarter last Saturday to lead the Eagles past Trenton, 39-35, in the tournament’s play-in game.

    Powers scored six of his eight points and nabbed three of his four assists in the fourth, virtually willing his team past its 32-25 deficit against the Tigers.

    Bronson outscored Trenton 17-3 in the final quarter of the game.

  • Sheriff changes punishment for deputy who tased pet dog

    Sheriff Johnny Smith ignored the advice of two internal disciplinary boards and reduced the punishment  recommended for a deputy who admitted he used his Taser on a pet on several occasions.

    Deputy Charles Johnson Jr., the son of the department's No. 2 in command — Col. Mike Johnson, will not serve the three-day unpaid suspension, but instead get a written reprimand for tasing his German shepherd Kaiser.

  • Deputy’s father retiring amid controversy

    Col. Mike Johnson, second in command at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office has notified Sheriff Johnny Smith he will be retiring on March 1.

    Johnson, who has a history of health problems in his family, cited it in his letter dated Feb. 9.

    Johnson’s son, Charles M. Johnson Jr., has been the target of an internal investigation. The investigation has been the subject of media coverage and other complaints aired about the department at an NAACP meeting last week.

  • Sheriff speaks out

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith defended his second in command, Col. Mike Johnson, denying favoritism was shown to Johnson's two children by the department, but he acknowledged there have been mistakes and he is correcting them..

    “I view this as we have had a few bumps in the road,” Smith said, but added the Sheriff's Office “is in great shape.”