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Today's News

  • Coaching cuts force schools to punt

    When you go to a district tournament game at the end of each sporting season, the Florida High School Athletic Association reminds you of a few important facts.

    “Interscholastic events are an extension of the classroom,” intones the game announcer.

    The purpose is to remind those in attendance how much sports and school go together.

  • Recession hits Levy school operations

    Levy County’s largest service business has been hard hit by economic downturn.

    The board that oversees the operation has been advised that its assets valued at $2,427,803,027.00 just last year have slipped in value by 7 percent and will slide a total 18 percent by the end of next year.

    That means the revenues are likely to drop by as much as 50 percent at the current rate of return on those assets. The out-of-town parent business has told the local unit it cannot provide an infusion of cash because the overall income is down, dragging down its revenue picture.

  • Coffee with the Lions

    Morriston’s Small Farms subdivision is in an uproar over the location of lions, tigers, bears, apes and monkeys in their neighborhood — with some animals as close as 250 feet to a child’s bedroom.

     

    “I get the pleasure of looking at the lion while I have my morning coffee,” said Neva Riding, who lives across from a lion cage at the animal sanctuary on Southeast 192nd Court.

  • FEMA at work to provide help in Fowlers Bluff

    The big golden brown vehicle looks a lot like an RV on a visit to Fowlers Bluff just sitting outside the Volunteer Fire Department building, but the big dish on top says it is much more.

    FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — has sent the big bus known as a Disaster Recovery Center and a team of workers to help the residents affected by the spring flooding between March 26 and May 5 on the Suwannee River.

  • The future of our springs

    Levy County's two major springs, Fanning and Manatee, are considered important gems in the crown of Florida's fresh water system. However, experts warn that without cooperation among planners, residents and agricultural and industrial systems, the springs could be damaged beyond repair.

  • Custodian keeps job ... for now

    Chiefland Elementary School’s Head Custodian Dan Clark received notice Friday that he is facing termination of employment based on accusations of willful insubordination and timecard dishonesty.

    Superintendent Robert Hastings asked the School Board Tuesday to suspend Clark’s employment without pay until the next board meeting when he would recommend termination.

    Hastings said that Clark has neglected his duties, failed to accurately report his time, returned late after lunch, and repeatedly parked in the wrong place.

  • State budget concerns Bembry

    State Representative Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, visited Cedar Key last week and commented on the recently passed state budget.

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    Bembry said he finds Florida’s finances worrisome.

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • CFCC receives $20,000 grant for literacy

    Reinforcing its commitment to help people gain basic literacy skills, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced that it has awarded Central Florida Community College with a $20,000 grant. Central Florida Community College will use the funds to further its literacy and basic education outreach efforts.

  • Memories on Memorial Day

    White grave markers and bright red, white and blue flags as far as the eye could see … that was my first impression of Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell the first time I went around Memorial Day several years ago.

    There are those buried there who gave their lives in service of their country, but there are many more who served honorably, came home and lived full and productive lives, as my father did. Also buried there are their spouses, such as my mother.

  • A student's plea: Save our coach

    Editor: My name is Cheri, some know me by C.J. At this current moment I'm an 11th grade student here at Chiefland High school. I wanted next year to be the best year here for me and a lot of other students at Chiefland High, knowing that it is going to be the last year for a lot of us. Unfortunately it won't be. Why, you ask? Well, it's not that we are taking a cut in games for some sports, or that the lunches may not always be what we expect them to be, even though they have been a lot better. No, it's neither. It won't be such a good year here because some of our teachers have been cut.