Today's News

  • Florida passed over in Race to the Top money

    Florida was denied funds from the Race to the Top program last week, a $4.35 billion fund designed to change how school districts pay and evaluate teachers.

    Race to the Top is a main component of President Barack Obama's education agenda. Florida was considered a heavy favorite to receive a share of the fund. The state asked for more than $1 billion.

    Instead, the first two recipients of Race to the Top money will be Delaware and Tennessee.

  • South county citizens fail to win appointment

    Citizens from south Levy County turned out in force to support County Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown in her quest to replace Planning Commissioner Thad Barber with her own appointee, but while they packed the meeting room, the move failed.

    The action — which drew acrimonious comments from the delegation of about 20 people — came during the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning at the Levy County Courthouse. Also in attendance were Planning commissioners Toni Collins of Camp Azalea and Ron Grant of Williston.

  • Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race scheduled for April 17

    If spring is here, can the Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race be far behind?  Not likely. The Bronson AmVets Post #88 and the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC)  are gearing up for the 33rd running of this fun paddle to benefit charity.

    At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, paddlers from near and far will gather at the river to participate in one of the six canoe classes or one of the two kayak classes that range from amateur to experienced. Prizes of miniature paddles are awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each category.

  • City comp plan and fire budget put on back burner

    The city commission just scratched the surface of Monday night's agenda, ending the meeting in about 20 minutes.

    The first item was a first reading of revisions made to the city's new comprehensive plan, which recently came back from the Florida Department of Community Affairs with several objections.  The plan was submitted to FDCA last year.

  • Haven Hospice celebrates “Mr. Harry’s” 80th birthday

     The staff of Haven Hospice’s Tri-Counties care center in Chiefland honored their most dedicated volunteer, Harry L. Coleman, with a surprise 80th birthday party Mar. 5. It was a fitting tribute to this Chiefland resident who has made helping Haven his mission. For “Mr. Harry,” as he’s known, the Haven staff is his family and the care center is his home. He adopted them and they in turn adopted him.

  • Film students experience wild spring break

    LIVE OAK--Film students at American University in Washington, D.C., exchanged fun in the big city to camp in the wilds of Florida for a week over spring break. Classroom in the Wild – an alternative spring break program – gave about a dozen students an opportunity to explore life on the banks of the Suwannee River while learning to film nature.

    The students camped at Adams tract river camp, owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District), March 6-12. During their stay, they toured the Steinhatchee River Basin and other District lands.

  • Help wanted: 2010 Census

    Certain areas of Levy County are still short of applicants to work as Census Workers next month. 

    This means that folks seeking work still have an opportunity to apply for the well-paid temporary positions.  With no time clock to punch and choosing when you want to work, these jobs offer flexibility.

    Since there is no office to report to, both mileage reimbursement at 50 cents per mile and the hourly wage of $11.25 is paid from your driveway back to your driveway. 

  • Front line first aid and Thaddeus Parker

    The famous February 1945, photo of the flag raising at Iwo Jima shows six men planting an American flag. Three died there and three managed to make it back home after World War II. Among the survivors was John “Doc” Bradley, of Antigo, Wis., a corpsman, a medic.

    When Bradley died in 1994, his family recognized that he had never spoken publicly about his involvement in Iwo Jima. Instead, his son James Bradley wrote the book, “Flags of Our Fathers” to tell the story of that moment in a war and how they affected the decades that followed for the survivors.

  • Bronson pursues federal stimulus funds

    The Town of Bronson gave the green light to Mittauer and Associates to prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report and environmental study on the wastewater treatment plant – necessary actions if the town wants to apply for federal stimulus dollars through the USDA’s Rural Development Agency.

  • 2010-11 School year extended

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved a revised calendar for the 2010-2011 school year that lengthens the school year by several days, yet adds a few perks for students and teachers.

    The board discussed two potential calendars at Tuesday’s twice-monthly meeting, both of which contained various pros and cons.

    The approved calendar for next year puts the final day of school at June 9, as opposed to June 3, which was presented as an alternative.