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Today's News

  • Whether you crave cavatini or a steak, Dana’s has it

    BFor almost all her life Dana Hodge has worked in and around restaurants. So when the opportunity presented itself late last fall to own her own place, she couldn’t wait to plunge in feet first.

    The effort, Dana’s American and Italian Restaurant located on Hwy. 19 between Old Town and Cross City.

    On any given day, patrons may find Hodge greeting customers, waiting tables or even preparing their meals. She wants her customers to know that she cares about their dining experience and wants them to leave happy.

  • Tuesday accident kills one

    MORRISTON - A woman driving an SUV struck the back of a stopped school bus on U.S. 41 Tuesday morning.

  • Dunnellon woman dies in accident

    MORRISTON - A woman driving an SUV struck the back of a stopped school bus on U.S. 41 Tuesday morning. The driver was killed and a baby in her car was slightly injured.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tiffany Poupard, 29, of Dunnellon, was northbound on U.S. 41 in Levy County just north of the Marion County line.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I have been around horses for most of my 62 years. I have been an equine professional since the mid 80s, my wife even longer.

    According to Pony Club of America studies 84 percent of horse falls result in concussion. When a safety helmet is worn with the proper ASTM specifications that probability drops to 18 percent. Knowing this fact, plus the recent death of Liam Neeson’s wife, who in their right mind would not demand that their children wear a proper helmet?

  • Out with the old asphalt, in with the new

    This week construction crews on Williston Road (State Road 121), between U.S. 41 in Williston and the Alachua County line, began removing the old asphalt and building up new asphalt on the curves. This will improve drainage and the ability of drivers to maneuver through the curves while still maintaining the speed limit, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    Once work is completed at the curves, crews will begin removing the old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway throughout the remainder of the project.

  • 21 teachers get pink slip

    Twenty-one veteran teachers across Levy County received letters last week notifying them that their annual contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year.

    The 21 educators, each with at least 30 years of teaching experience, were either part of the extended DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program or retired and then rehired back on annual contract.

    “Those teachers were paid at the top of the pay scale based upon their years of experience,” said Candace Dean, Director of Personnel for Levy County School District.

  • Rubio’s statewide amibitions defer to Gov. Crist

    Marco Rubio is not sure which office he will be running for in 2010, but whatever statewide opportunity comes available, he is ready.

    Rubio, who has formed an exploratory committee, addressed the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Memorial Dinner on Friday, March 27.

    Rubio’s choice of which office to seek is complicated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. The Republican has announced he will not seek re-election next year and the iffyness of Gov. Charlie Crist’s plans to seek the office.

  • Chiefland girls recover in time against Taylor

    With Amber Richardson's solo bomb in the sixth and a mighty rally in the seventh, Chiefland girls overcame a three-run deficit to top Taylor County 5-4. For all the game's thrilling rigor, the Lady Indians never should have trailed, having thrashed the Bulldogs 17-0 on their last visit to Perry.

    “I think we took them lightly, and we should never do that,” said Chiefland head coach Wayne Weatherford.

  • From racetrack to runway, Southard is the Queen

    Jessica Southard says she's not a pageant girl. She's an agricultural girl, definitely; a car racing girl, certainly. She's a graphic artist, too; until recently she designed many of the logos and scripts on the race cars built by her parents, Gary and Kathi Southard of Bronson's Southard Racing. How did she come to be crowned the 2009 Florida Watermelon Queen?

    “Years ago, my dad built a car for Buddy Hughes, who is one of the biggest watermelon growers in Newberry,” she says.