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Today's News

  • Fanning Springs attendance at 5-year low

    Statewide, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's parks and trails saw an increase of more than 1.5 million people in attendance last year.
    The 27 million people who swam in Florida's springs, fished in its rivers, camped in its parks and hiked along its trails contributed about $2 billion to local economies, proving that ecotourism is a necessary part of life in The Sunshine State.

  • Elections office grant used for voting machines

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said $10,808.08 in grant funds from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 will be used to reimburse Levy County for the new voting machines.

    Jones announced the grant and repayment at the Oct. 21, Levy County Board of County Commission meeting.

    The Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (VOTE) Program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers these grants to the states for this purpose.

  • Toys for Tots sign-ups just around the corner

    For many, the holiday season serves as a reminder of just how unfortunate circumstances can sometimes be.
    Families don't always come together, hopes aren't always realized, and presents aren't always under the tree, if there even is a tree.
    It's a thing people like Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp hope to soften.

  • How the First District Court of Appeal ignored Florida voters

    Martin Dyckman

    ContexTFlorida

    Voters across Florida cast ballots in November 2000 to say whether they wanted to continue electing most of their circuit and county court judges or would let the governor appoint them.

    Election was the overwhelming favorite everywhere. In Duval, Nassau and Clay counties, which comprise the Fourth Circuit, it was the choice of 69.3 percent of the voters.

    This week, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal had a message for them:

    Drop dead.

  • Amendment 2 not needed; we already have Charlotte’s Web

    Barney Bishop

    ContexTFlorida

    As time goes by, it appears that Amendment 2 is facing serious opposition from likely voters.

    Though the press has loved quoting a flawed Quinnipiac Poll that showed 88 percent of voters were in support, once pollsters began asking the question as it would appear on the ballot, support has dropped significantly to somewhere between 56 percent and 61 percent.

  • Paying attention to the body

    By Dr. Brent Stewart

  • Perspective: Chiefland grads question 'Big Tobacco' at UF

    By ANSLEY PENTZ

    Contributing writer

    Considering the University of Florida's strong stance against tobacco on campus, some students there are questioning why "big tobacco" was invited to speak Sept. 22.

  • Church News for the week of October 23

    Fall festival at Resurrection

       Resurrection Fellowship is hosting a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 25, from 12 to 4 p.m. This event is free to the general public and will feature a bounce house, fishing pond, paint ball booth and cake walk. We invite you to bring your favorite chili to enter into our Chili Cookoff, too.  Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served.

    The church is located between Chiefland and Bronson, just 2 miles off of Hwy 27 on 339A (Breezy Acres Campground Road).

  • Suwannee Valley Rotary donates to LARC

    The ARC of Levy County's Betty Walker, left, accepted a $500 donation for the organization last week from Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club.

    "I do appreciate all that you have done for this," Walker said. "And the money will surely be put to good use."

  • McCallum addresses Chiefland Rotary

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, left, spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8, about changes in his office, but also to tell them why he is against Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

    McCallum told the Rotarians, “This is not what it seems” and said it would open the door to a variety of legal problems and an increase in other illicit drug use. He asked the Rotarians to vote against the measure and to talk to others about why the measure is bad and ask that they vote against it.