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Today's News

  • News from the military

    Army Pvt. Nicholas S. Dickason has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

    He is the son of Steven Dickason of S. U.S. Highway 129, Bell.

    Dickason graduated in 2001 from Bell High School.

  • Homeboys revival scheduled

    Everyone is invited to attend the eighth annual Homeboys Revival. This gospel sharing and honoring God revival will begin Monday, June 22, and conclude on Friday, June 26. Service will convene at 7:30 p.m. each night.

    Monday night, New Jerusalem Church of Chiefland; Speaker, Evangelist Robert Scott.

    Tuesday night, St. John Missionary Baptist, Bronson; Speaker, Min. Phillip Henderson.

    Wednesday night, Mt. Pleasant Baptist, Chiefland; Speaker, Edward Nelson.

    Thursday night, Mt. Bethel United Methodist, Chiefland; Speaker, Pastor Joseph.

  • Be cool at the springs

    The water is finally clear and blue in Fanning and Manatee springs, now that the Suwannee River is returning to bed at last. Blue Spring, at the headwaters of the tiny Waccasassa, fared very well through the spring flooding. The little Wekiva, at Henry Beck Park, is also clear and fresh this summer. As the mercury hammers the top of the thermometer day after day, the springs of Levy County are open and beckoning.

  • CFCC seeks trainers for noncredit programs

    The CF Institute at Central Florida Community College will hold a recruiting event for trainers on Thursday, July 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

    “With recent layoffs, many people are considering education and skill development for a different employment direction,” said Donnah Ross, director of Corporate Training and Continuing Education.

  • School grade standards getting tougher

    New Levy County Schools Assistant Superintendent Gina Tovine is already hip-deep in addressing the greatest challenges affecting area schools. Tovine spoke at Tuesday's school board meeting, giving an update on Florida Schools Accountability policy.

  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Sheriff says budget cuts will cost three jobs

    There will be bad news for three employees at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    They will lose their jobs in the coming year.

    That’s the news delivered by Sheriff Johnny Smith and Col. Mike Johnson to the County Commission as they delivered their revised budget proposal.

    “This is kind of sad in a way,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we’re losing people.

    “I feel more consideration could have been given to the sheriff’s department.”

  • City sees red ink for next budget year

    It doesn’t matter how they slice it, the Chiefland City Commission is facing a budget for next year that is bleeding red ink.

    The commission considered two budget proposals prepared by its staff during a workshop on Monday — one with a 3 percent pay raise for non-management employees and one with nothing.

  • Woman, 21, dies, possibly from meningitis

    Fifteen Levy County residents have been treated with antibiotics after coming into contact with a 21-year-old woman who died of suspected bacterial meningitis at a Sumter County Hospital.

    Kellie Nichole Taylor, age 21, died July 7, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages in Sumter County where she was staying with a friend.

    Barbara Locke, administrator of the Levy County Health Department, said it was “a sad case.”

  • Bronson football coaching job undecided

    Back in May, Bronson football head coach Al Cooksey was one of several coaches district-wide who found out his job was in jeopardy because his temporary teaching certification was about to expire. Cooksey, who received his temporary certification in April 2007, thought he had until April 2010 to complete coursework for his permanent license.