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Today's News

  • Sheriff's cars just one item for the end of year spending

    Those 15 shiny, new patrol cars that Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith purchased last week before the end of the fiscal year are back in Georgia.

    Not that he's trying to get the $414,145.20 money back. No, they are back at the dealership so they can be painted with the office's logos and equipped to go on the road in the coming weeks.

    The reason the sheriff bought the cars without all the required doo-dads is that he was up against a Sept. 30 deadline to spend the money and have the vehicles in his possession, or it would have to be turned back to the county.

  • Bo Diddley to be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame

    Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning has announced the selection of the late recording artist Bo Diddley for induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Diddley was recommended for the Hall of Fame honor by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame during Florida Heritage Month, March 2010.

  • Chiefland churches ban together against abortion

    Dozens of people stood on street corners and sidewalks in Chiefland Sunday holding up signs calling for an end to abortion.

    The demonstrators, from various local churches, were participating in Life Chain, a national event meant to increase awareness about abortion and its alternatives.

    Matthew Kidd, 16, Chiefland, stood in front of Chiefland High School holding a sign that read, “Abortion kills children.”

    “We think abortion is wrong.  This is just one of the ways we tell the community,” he said.

  • Evangelist Billy Mayo to speak at Bronson UMC Homecoming

    The Rev. Billy Mayo will speak at Bronson United Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 11  at the 10:45 a.m. Homecoming service.

    Pastor Mario Chacon extends an invitation to members of the congregation and the community to attend this special 142nd Homecoming service. Come and hear God's Word preached in Mayo's own captivating and unique style. Invite a family member or friend to attend with you.

  • Hope in the Park

    The Partners in Prevention of Substance Abuse (PIPSA)  Faith-Based Coalition of Levy County is sponsoring its 4th Annual Hope in the Park Hope fest on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The event will be held at Edie Buie Park in Chiefland, and includes fun, games and free hamburgers and hotdogs.

  • Legislature needs sunshine

    The political process in Tallahassee is broken. It is time to fix it. It is time to amend the Florida Constitution to require the Legislature's most important work be done in the light of day rather than in secret meetings. We should also end the practice of hurriedly approving massive bills in the final days of the legislative session that elected officials have not been given adequate time to read, study and debate.

  • Chamber News

    Chiefland

    The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting and grand opening  for one of its newest members The Hop Shop.  On Saturday, Oct.  17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public is invited to  join in the festivities. There will be food, fun and assorted bouncy rides for all ages. The Hop Shop will be hold the event at Trailhead park located at 22 S.E. 2nd Ave., Chiefland. The Hop Shop specializes in inflatable games, and assorted bouncy rides.

  • Kountry Kids celebrates 20 years with reunion

    Kountry Kids at 301 N.W. 10th Street will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of business with a reunion on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Linda McElroy and Darlene Pearce, co-owners of the daycare and after school center, say they have averaged about  18 “graduates” per year over the past 20 years. The center provides daycare for 2, 3, and 4 year olds and afterschool care for older children,

    One feature of the open house on Saturday will be a slideshow featuring photos of the children who have gone through the center.

  • Team Levy moves from talking, to planning for county's growth

    Amanda Douglas, executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, said Team Levy’s next meeting would be placing people into groups to help determine the growth strategies for the county.

    “This is actually something we can do as a plan of action, to take action,” Douglas said at the Sept. 30 Chiefland Rotary Club meeting.

    Douglas said the groups would consist of six to eight people playing “scenario games” where maps would be developed that indicate potential growth areas for the county.

  • Clam Task Force Meeting

    The Statewide Clam Industry Task Force is made up of representatives from the various shellfish growing areas in Florida. Their last meeting of the year will be held at the Community Center in Cedar Key on Wednesday, October 14.  

    Agenda items include Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference issues, implementation of consent of use for aquaculture docks, Working Waterfronts legislation, development of a CARES program for clam growers through the Suwannee River Partnership, and more. In addition, there will be status reports given from each growing area.