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  •  Keyboarding course offered at CCF Levy Center

  • Ask Bronson Volunteer Fire Department Captain Jerry Horton why the program he helped pioneer, the Levy County Fire Academy, is growing in popularity, and he’ll tell you it’s because of the quality of the instructors. “If it wasn’t for the instructors, it wouldn’t be what it is today,” he said Thursday. The program, given its official name this year, has steadily grown since it was started about five years ago and is being looked at by the Florida State Fire College, in Ocala, as a potential partner in providing more advanced t

  • Data collection specialists with the Suwannee River Water Management District spend long hours installing, maintaining and collecting data from gages along our rivers, lakes, and streams, but they can’t do it without the help of a few volunteers that supplement their efforts.  More than 30 volunteer observers help collect  rainfall and water-level data from manual gages within the District’s 15-county region.

  • The Suwannee River Water Management District commends Anderson Columbia Co., Inc., and Strickland Field Limited Partnership for a10-year commitment to water resource protection. The District purchased development rights on a 3,822-acre parcel owned by Anderson Columbia and Strickland Field Limited Partnership for $2.3 million 10 years ago. Under the terms of the conservation easement, landowners of the property have agreed to keep the property in its current natural state. The agreement restricts harvesting or alteration of forested wetlands.

  • Although the effects of the oil spill are decreasing in Florida, the threat to wildlife remains.

  •  Catch and release is a good rule of thumb while fishing. Entice and educate is an even better rule of thumb for young anglers.

  • Another Way, Inc., which operates a shelter and life skills center for victims of domestic violence and rape in Chiefland, has received a grant from Walmart Foundation for $60,000 to support the continuation of its Economic Empowerment Program. The non-profit agency which serves Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy and Suwannee counties had been facing an end of funding for the program by another foundation when the Walmart Foundation came through with the grant. Donna Fagan, executive director of Another Way, said the agency serves about 900 to

  • Chris Wilson doesn’t ride bulls anymore.

        “You have to be a special person to ride a bull,” the 37-year-old husband and father of four said over the phone Monday.  “I’ve been stepped on.  I’ve been rammed into the ground.  And I’ve been sat on.”

    The sport of bull riding is a young man’s game, Wilson said.  “ I’ve seen guys get thrown 50 feet into the air.”  He said he has a brother-in-law who is paralyzed from the neck down from bull riding.

  • The Social Security Stories Project is seeking stories from individuals about the importance and impact of Social Security in their lives, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

    The submitted stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14, 2010.

    There are 10 stories featured in a new video that can be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the story tellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.

  • Cedar Key FFA members! If you want to attend the national FFA meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., in October you MUST contact Adviser Dennis Voyles before Aug. 15 to reserve your room. Please call him at 352-339-2034 or email at davoyles@aol.com.

  • Students filed into a classroom last Thursday at Chiefland High School, well aware that they would see some solemn examples of the terrible things that can happen behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    About 15 participants, primarily from Chiefland and a few from Dixie County, were attending a session of the Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program. The free course shows young drivers the consequences of operating a car while impaired or distracted.

  • Mosquito season is here and we all need to remember a few tips to avoid being bitten.

    The five D’s are:

    n Dusk and Dawn are when mosquitoes are most active so you should avoid being outside at those times. And if you must be outdoors then--

    n Dress so your skin is covered with clothing. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt.

    n Drain any empty containers and stagnant water so mosquito wrigglers can’t grow up to become biters.

  • The Levy County Historical Society Inc. — a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Levy County history for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations —was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Plum Creek Foundation.  Funds will be used to cover expenses for the Levy County Railroad Days event in March 2011.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players announce the upcoming opening of the Summer Youth Production "Hammin' It Up", an evening of comedy entertainment featuring the youth of the Tri-County Area. "Hammin' It Up" is a full evening of one act plays. The first, "Twelve Angry Pigs" written by Wade Bradford is a spoof of the classic "Twelve Angry Men".

    Twelve pigs are gathered as the jury for the Big Bad Wolf who is on trial for destruction of property for blowing down the little pigs' houses; but is he guilty? Only the evidence can tell the truth.

  •    The Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. would like to invite all members and interested parties to its meeting on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building (former Bronson Town Hall), 660 E Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

        The Society's mission is to provide foster care, adoptions and/or the placement of rescued animals that are received from the local shelters. Donated funds will be used to facilitate the needed care, spay and neuter of rescued pets, and the future health and well being of these animals.

  • Hello, I am Tater, a rescued Lab.

     Tatar is a 10 - month old spayed female, Black mixed Labrador Retriever.

      Come meet Tater. she is full of love and play, very sweet girl, gets along with all other dogs and kids.

  • Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike are bringing their high-energy musical show to Cedar Key on Wednesday July 21st at 7 p.m. with a fund-raiser for the Cedar Key School arts program.

       Tickets are $10, with children 12 and under admitted free and will be available at the door at the CK School Auditorium

       The musicians were on their way to larger venues when local fans invited the band to make a stop in Cedar Key.  “We’re so excited to have such an acclaimed band play in our own back yard,” volunteer Marci Wilcox said.

  • Jay Perryman found the gold coin he’d been searching for buried in the white sand near the edge of the spring. He snatched it up, pivoted on the balls of his feet and sped back toward the water’s edge. The water was too shallow to dive straight in, and Perryman had to wade out to about chest level before he had enough depth to begin kicking his legs.

  • The Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo stopped by Tri County Nursing Home for a  special visit to show and tell our residents about a  variety  of animals and reptiles that they care for each day during their training at the college.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players community theater will hold auditions for their fall show "The Night We Knocked the Critic Dead". This is a comedy by L. Don Swartz, produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company. Mikey Chigger, a nasty newspaper critic, turns up dead at the Chestnut Hollow Little Theater's final rehearsal of "The Curse of Infant Isle".  The players, desperate for a box office success, will go to any lengths to avoid a scandal.