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Today's News

  • Handling the flag

    Members of Chiefland Boy Scouts of America Troop 514 demonstrated the folding of the American flag at Brown Masonic Lodge No. 51 in Chiefland, on Feb. 21, as part of the Lodge's  program on Americanism.
     

  • Community volunteers tackle library bathroom

       Edward Michaels, facilitator for the A.F. Knotts Friends of the Library Bathroom Project, headed up a team to demolish the former library lavatories in order to upgrade to a handicapped-accessible unisex restroom meeting all state and local codes.
       The bathroom remodeling crew were, from left, Larry Cohan, Michaels, Tommy Sholes, Yankeetown Councilman Chris Fineout, Jean Holbrook, and Yankeetown Councilman Norm Shannahan. The project is funded by the Friends and the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club.

  • Naval Sea Cadets Corps seeking members

    The Manatee Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps is seeking youth, ages 13 through 17, and the Navy League Cadet unit is seeking youth, ages 11 through 13, to join.
    The Manatee Division provides a fun and challenging environment that is free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and gangs. At the same time it helps develop leadership abilities and broaden horizons using hands-on and self-paced training. Members are guided to become mature young adults whether they decide to join the military or not. 

  • Theft at Fort Fanning may hurt festivals

    Fanning Springs officials are wondering how to deal with a recent theft that leaves Fort Fanning Historical Park without any electrical wiring.
    A report from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office made on March 8 estimates the damage from the theft, which is still under investigation, at about $10,000.

  • Court dispositions

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records.
    n Mirl Edward Hobbs, domestic battery, nolle pros.
    n Michael Raymond Keller, dealing in stolen property, 180 days with credit for 105 days served. Must pay civil judgement.

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted: March 17

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n March 11–Emily Jane Atkinson, 32, Monticello, larceny theft. Bond $10,000.
    n March 12–Richard John Bumgardner, 31, Dunnellon, grand theft and burglary possession of tools. Bond $5,000.
    n March 12–Matthew Thomas Deitz, 24, Dunnellon, grand theft and burglary possession of tools. Bond $16,000.
    n March 12–Joe Mitchell Gunn, 45, New Port Richey, domestic battery. Bond $10,000.
    n March 8, Jeffery Charles Henson, 22, Old Town, VOP grand theft.

  • The heifer show

    It’s a contest where the judge eyes the girls from the ground up, and more often than not, starts at her rear before moving forward.
    It’s heifer time and last week, youth from Dixie, Levy and Gilchrist counties showed off their girls as they competed in 10 different classes at the Suwannee River Fair.
    The road to Saturday’s contest started as far back as two and a half years ago, since the rules for showing heifers mandate the cow be between six months and 30 months old.

  • Big decisions for a little man

    A  young man was spotted Saturday all around the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Fair with his father and he wasn’t there just for fun - he had a serious mission. Clayton Locke, age 6, and his father, Michael, of Chiefland, came to see if Clayton could decide what sort of livestock he likes best. He recently joined the 4H and now must choose what sort of animal he might like to raise his first year.

  • Field trips, suspensions dominate school board

    The seats were filled for the Levy County School Board’s March 8 meeting in anticipation of  Superintendent Bob Hastings’ recommendation on the suspension of Lillie Law.
    However, they had to wait because the meeting got off to a late start of 6:30 — delayed by the expulsion hearings that ran longer than scheduled.
    The school board unanimously accepted a staff recommended revision of the “Approved Field Trip List” to allow students to go on field trips to theme parks, but with conditions.

  • School Board, superintendent comments

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings took the occasion of the March 8 Levy County School Board meeting to praise the 600-plus employees for adjusting so well to the new Skyward data entry system that allows teachers, parents and students to access information about student performance on-line. 
    Some of the features include not only grades, but attendance, athletic eligibility and health records.
    Hastings went on to also praise Director of Finance, Bob Clemons and his team for their “tremendous efforts.”